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WHI-1051 | The Implications of Skepticism

On this edition of the White Horse Inn, Michael Horton talks with Greg Koukl from Stand To Reason and author of Faith is Not Wishing about the implications of the arguments put forth by skeptic Michael Shermer in last week’s broadcast. Is Christianity based on mythology; are multi-verses the best explanation for the fine-tuning that we observe in the universe; is it possible to believe in objective good and evil without believing in God? Mike and Greg will discuss these questions and more on this edition of the White Horse Inn.

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Faith Is Not Wishing
Greg Koukl
Tactics
Greg Koukl
The Reason for God
Tim Keller

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WHI-1050 | An Interview with Skeptic Michael Shermer

On this program, Michael Horton talks with Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine and author of numerous books including, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, and most recently The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. The conversation centers on Shermer’s new book, and why he believes his skeptical and agnostic worldview presents a better explanation for the universe than the claims of the Christian faith. Following the interview, Michael Horton talks with Dean L. Overman, author of The Case Against Accident & Self Organization, about the mathematical improbability of life forming by chance.

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The Believing Brain
Michael Shermer
Holman QuickSource Guide to Apologetics
Doug Powell
The Case Against Accident & Self Organization
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WHI-1049 | Paul’s Defense of the Faith

The religions of the world teach doctrines that are believed to be timeless eternal truths. They contain moral and ethical instructions, which if applied will place adherents on the path to the good life here and now, and possibly nirvana in the next. But according to the apostle Paul in his numerous speeches in defense of the Christian faith recorded in the book of Acts, the Christian faith is not a program of life improvement founded on timeless truths, but is rather a truth-claim associated with particular historical events. The hosts will unpack the significance of this important distinction on this edition of the program as the wrap up their brief survey of the book of Acts.

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Christianity & Liberalism
J. Gresham Machen
Christianity Explored
Rico Tice
The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton

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WHI-1048 | The Whole Counsel of God

We often hear Christian leaders say things like, “I’m not inviting you to join a church, but to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus.” So in this approach, everything that is formal, official, planned, and public is seen as mere church-ianity, while genuine Christian experience is informal unofficial, spontaneous, and private. But is this biblical? Would the apostles agree with this kind of anti-institutional approach, or would they recognize it as part of the spirit of the age? The hosts will discuss these questions and more as they walk through Paul’s farewell address to the elders of the church of Ephesus in Acts 20.

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The Christian Faith
Michael Horton
Let’s Study Acts
Dennis Johnson
The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton

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WHI-1047 | Proclamation & Persuasion

As part of their yearlong study of the Great Commission, the hosts have been focusing on key events in the book of Acts where Christ’s mandate to preach the gospel, to baptize, and to make disciples of all nations is being worked out on the ground. In this program they’ll walk through Acts 18 and 19 to see how Christ is advancing his kingdom in this age, not by the power of the sword, but through Word and Spirit as we find the apostles reasoning in the synagogues and marketplaces about the basic truth-claims of the Christian faith.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Selected Shorter Writings
J. Gresham Machen
Tactics
Greg Koukl

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WHI-1046 | Proclaiming the Cross & Resurrection

On this edition of White Horse Inn, the hosts take a look at the conversion of St. Paul and the numerous sermons that he and others preached from Acts 9 through 17. In all of these sermons, the message appears to be the same. The focus is Christ-centered, and the emphasis in particular is on his sacrificial death and resurrection from the dead. The hosts also discuss the different tactical approaches that Paul uses in a Gentile context as he delivers his famous Mars Hill address in Athens, Greece.

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The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Scandalous: The Cross & Resurrection of Jesus
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What is Faith?
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The Testimony of the Evangelists
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WHI-1045 | Stricken, Smitten & Afflicted

Continuing their series through the book of Acts, the hosts arrive at chapter 8 where they find Philip talking with an Ethiopian about the meaning of Isaiah 53, which says in part, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Like Philip, the hosts take this opportunity to walk through the text of the original prophecy, showing how the Servant Songs of Isaiah are ultimately fulfilled in the gospel of Jesus Christ. White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it.

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Christ’s Impossible Prayer
Brent McGuire
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The Atonement
Leon Morris
Pierced for Our Transgressions
Jeffery, Ovey & Sach
In My Place Condemned He Stood
J.I. Packer, et. al.

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WHI-1044 | Words of Life

In Acts chapter 5 we read that the apostles were arrested and imprisoned for speaking about Jesus, and that an angel set them free and spoke to them about their mission. So what was it that the angel said? Did he mention anything about working for social justice? Was there anything about “being the gospel.” No, the angel simply told the apostles to go and “speak to the people all the words of this life.” And so they went back to teaching and preaching. On this edition of White Horse Inn, the hosts continue their series through the book of Acts as they unpack the implications of the Great Commission.

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The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
The Message of Acts
John Stott
Why Johnny Can’t Preach
T. David Gordon

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WHI-1043 | Faith in Christ Alone

What was the basic message of the world’s earliest Christian missionaries? Did they focus on psychological or emotional wellness, having your best life now, or moral or political agendas? Is the essence of Christianity living life Jesus’ way? On this program the hosts continue to unpack the radical message of the Great Commission as it’s unpacked throughout the book of Acts. Focusing on chapters 3 and 4, they discuss the early emphasis on Christ’s death and resurrection, and the fact that there is “no other name under heaven…by which we must be saved.”

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Christ Alone
Rod Rosenbladt
Let’s Study Acts
Dennis Johnson

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WHI-1042 | Word & Sacrament

Many Christians today are preoccupied with the extraordinary over the ordinary. They see God at work only in the big events such as revival meetings or stadium sized worship events. But in the second chapter of Acts we find the apostles engaged in the proclamation of the Word and the administration of the Sacraments. Is this merely “church-ianity” or is this the apostolic fulfillment of the Great Commission? That’s our topic for this week as the hosts continue their study of Acts chapter 2.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
The Preached God: Proclamation in Word & Sacrament
Gerhard Forde
A Better Way
Michael Horton

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