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WHI-1218 | Chaos & Grace

What is the state of contemporary Christianity, and what are some of the trends that are shaping the way we think about God, heaven, hell, and the Christian life? Why are evangelical Christians prone to think about the gospel in subjective and experiential terms? On this edition of White Horse Inn, Michael Horton will be discussing these questions with Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today magazine and author of Chaos & Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit.

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Chaos & Grace
Mark Galli
God Wins
Mark Galli

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WHI-1217 | God in the Whirlwind

Why are so many Christians focused on practical Christian living rather than on understanding who God is and what he has done for us? Why are we more interested in our own subjective experience than we are with objective truth? Joining the discussion is David Wells, author of numerous books including No Place for Truth, The Courage to Be Protestant, and most recently God in the Whirlwind.

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No Place for Truth
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WHI-1216 | Extravagant Grace

We’ll be concluding our series with a focus on sin as a condition that often results in various forms of addiction, depression, and despair. How should we counsel those who are young in the faith, who have a newfound desire to walk with God, but who often find that they don’t have the ability to live the life they desire to live? Joining me in this discussion is Barbara Duguid, author of Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in Our Weakness.

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Sin & Sins
Michael Horton

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Extravagant Grace
Barbara Duguid
Counsel from the Cross
Fitzpatrick & Johnson

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WHI-1215 | Rid of My Disgrace

How should Christians respond to the growing number of sexual abuse cases? How does this issue affect the mental and spiritual lives of both victims and perpetrators of this form of assault? More importantly, how should we apply the gospel of grace in these situations? Mike Horton will be discussing these questions with Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, authors of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault (originally aired Dec. 30, 2012)

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Justin Holcomb

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Rid of My Disgrace
Justin & Lindsey Holcomb
Is it My Fault?
Justin & Lindsey Holcomb
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Google Identifies a Surprising Trait of Leadership

This just in: After an evidence-based study, Google has identified a surprising trait of the ideal leader. Business Insider summarizes the findings:

The prototypical leader is a hero: gives the rousing speech, inspires the troops, and shows up at the last minute to save the day. At least that’s how leaders are portrayed. But that’s not at all what Google discovered as their most important qualities. At Google, they’re obsessive about looking at data to determine what makes employees successful, and what they found in the numbers was surprising. The most important character trait of a leader is one that you’re more likely to associate with a dull person than a dynamic leader: predictability. The more predictable you are, day after day, the better.

Score another point for “ordinary.” At White Horse Inn, we’ve been focusing on the importance of ordinary, sustainable, faithful discipleship and disciple-making in the body of Christ. In fact, we dedicated a recent White Horse Inn radio series to the topic. In October, Zondervan will release my book, Ordinary: Sustainable Discipleship in a Radical and Restless World.

Church leaders may be as surprised as anyone by Google’s findings. The evangelical world is the product of successive waves of the extraordinary-latest-and-greatest movements. Just compare the ideal characteristics of successful pastors today with those in the pastoral epistles (especially 1 Tim 3:1-13; 4:6-5:25; 2 Tim 2:14-4:5; Titus 1:5-2:15). The apostle’s list is closer to the “predictability” that Google discovered in high-quality leadership.

And what’s true for pastors is true for the rest of Christ’s body. We’re burned out on calls to radically “reboot” our lives and churches—to keep up with the latest spiritual fad or be left behind.

A faithful pastor preaches the Word, administers the sacraments, and looks after the flock with the elders. Faithful believers are also content with this ordinary ministry. It may not be as exciting as joining the latest bandwagon, but Jesus pledges his presence in saving grace to this ordinary church and its ordinary disciples.

WHI-1214 | Darkness Is My Only Companion

Why does God allow so many of us to experience deep forms of depression often to the point of despair, and how do we counsel those in our lives who struggle with the torture of the soul? How can pastors and churches be better prepared to recognize symptoms and help those who struggle? Joining me in today’s discussion are Kathryn Greene-McCreight, author of Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness, and Harold Senkbeil, author of Dying to Live and board member of Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual care and Counsel.

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WHI-1213 | Faith and Mental Illness

Are today’s churches prepared to handle issues related to mental illness? How should Christians help those struggling with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and various types of learning disabilities? On this program, I’ll discuss these important yet often avoided topics with Amy Simpson, an editor at Christianity Today and the author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.

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Troubled Minds
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When Life Goes Dark
Richard Winter

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WHI-1212 | An Interview with R.C. Sproul

On this edition of the White Horse Inn, I’ll speak with R.C. Sproul, Chairman of Ligonier Ministries and author of numerous books including The Holiness of God, The Truth of the Cross, and Knowing Scripture. We’ll be discussing many of the problems affecting the contemporary church: the similarities between liberalism and evangelicalism, the rise of deism, and the failure of contemporary models of discipleship (original air date, Sept. 7, 2008).

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WHI-1211 | Youth Ministry & Youth Culture

What are the assumptions about “youth” in our time, and how do those assumptions differ from what we find in Scripture? How do technology and social media ghettoize today’s kids? In a time of perpetual adolescence, how should we form our children to become mature adults? As we conclude our series on Youth Ministry, I’ll be discussing these important questions with T. David Gordon, author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach.

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Distracted
An Interview with Maggie Jackson

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Alone Together
Sherry Turkle

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Calvin At A Glance

Our friends at Books at a Glance have interviewed Mike Horton on his recent work on Calvin and Christian piety:

 

For its value in both historical theology and Christian living Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series was a terrific idea. Of course such a series cannot go long before it includes a volume on the great Reformer John Calvin. If our count is right, Michael Horton’s Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever is the fifth volume in this series, and an important contribution it is. Horton reflects a close acquaintance with the Reformer, his writings, and his times, and his portrait of Calvin that accents this more pastoral dimension is a landmark event. He is here today to talk about his work.

Books At a Glance:
John Calvin is often thought of as a theological giant, which he was. And he is sometimes considered for his model carefulness in biblical exegesis. But he is not very often thought of as a pastoral theologian, a theologian with deep concerns for the Christian life. Is this because so many have not read Calvinsufficiently? Or is it rather that they just have not read Calvin really at all? That is, how pervasive are these concerns in Calvin’s writings?

Horton:
I think you’ve put your finger on a popular impression out there, even among many Christians. I have to say, though, that it’s astonishing, given the fact that not a single doctrine or passage is explained without some connection to Christian living. Doctrine and life are interwoven in a tapestry that he calls “piety.” In this, he simply follows the ancient church fathers and the better medieval writers. He says that there’s no point in knowledge that “merely flits about in the brain.” As rigorously thoughtful as Calvin is, it’s all in service to the formation of Christian disciples. In my view at least, Calvin is the most insightful non-inspired teacher on the Christian life of anyone I’ve ever read. His brilliance lies not in creative innovation, but in his remarkable grasp of Scripture and the whole history of Christian teaching and his ability to synthesize the best insights, distilling them for his own age. As he himself said, the goal of all instruction is edification.

If you’d like to read the rest of the interview (and maybe read a few summaries!), click here.

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