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WHI-1007 | How Not to Interpret the Bible

As they continue to discuss the subject of proper biblical interpretation, the hosts on this edition of the program take a look at frequent errors in biblical interpretation. Mistakes include problems such as moralism, atomism, relativism, taking things out of context, and more. The White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it!

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WHI-1006 | Interpreting Scripture

How should we interpret the Bible? Literally? Figuratively? Allegorically? On this edition of the program the hosts take up the subject of hermeneutics, or proper biblical interpretation. Throughout this program they argue that the Bible is not one book with a single interpretive rule, but rather is a library of numerous ancient texts which need to be interpreted according to the rules of their respective genres. In other words, poetry is not the same as history. That’s what’s on tap this week, at the White Horse Inn!

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Additional Resources on Distraction

We recently featured a provocative interview with T. David Gordon about the problem of electronic distraction (Distracting Ourselves to Death, July 11, 2010) which is making thoughtful reading, sincere reflection and real concentration increasingly difficult. The program was inspired in part by two documentaries produced by Frontline, both of which are available free online:

Frontline: Digital Nation
Frontline: Growing Up Online

Here are some additional books and articles for further reading on this subject:

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr

The Dumbest Generation, by Mark Bauerlein

The Atlantic: Is Google Making us Stupid?, by Nicholas Carr

The New York Times: Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?, by Motoko Rich

NPR: The Shallows: Has The Internet Rewired Your Brain, by Oscar Villalon

NPR: Audio Interview with Nicholas Carr

Mars Hill Audio Journal 94: This particular issue of the MHAJ by Ken Myers features interviews with Maggie Jackson and Mark Bauerlein.

Mars Hill Audio Anthology: On Books & Reading, featuring extended interviews with Dana Gioia, Maggie Jackson, Eugene Peterson, Gregory Reynolds, and others

WHI-1005 | Distracting Ourselves to Death

We live in a world of constant distraction. Not only are we constantly being interrupted by cellphones, email, and text messages, but we’re also distracted from thinking and contemplation in a culture of constant entertainment. Joining the panel to discuss this topic is media ecologist, T. David Gordon, author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped The Messengers, and more recently, Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal.

RELATED ARTICLES

Why Johnny Can’t Preach
T. David Gordon
An Interview with Neil Postman
Bombarding Images
Douglas Groothuis

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Distracted: The Erosion of Attention
Maggie Jackson
Rapt: Attention & The Focused Life
Winifred Gallagher
Why Johnny Can’t Preach
T. David Gordon

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WHI-1004 | The Quest for Relevance

Churches in our time appear to be on a never-ending quest for contemporary relevance. But is this a wise course to take? Shouldn’t the church stand up for the timelessness of truth, rather than the timeliness of the trendy? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts talk with Os Guinness, author of Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance, and Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin (originally broadcast May 6, 2007).

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But is it Relevant?
Michael Horton
Christless Christianity
Michael Horton
Religion & Politics
Horton, Guinness, et. al.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Prophetic Untimeliness
Os Guinness
The Case for Civility
Os Guinness
Time for Truth
Os Guinness

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The Wide Spectrum of Evangelicalism

White Horse Inn producer Shane Rosenthal this week is at the International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis. Here’s a pic from the convention that really illustrates the wide spectrum of Evangelicalism.

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WHI-1003 | Corroborating Evidence

If Jesus was a real historical individual, then do we have any confirming evidence for his life and ministry from sources outside the New Testament? Some point to the writings of Josephus, but isn’t it true that his famous passage about Jesus was proven to be a fabrication? Interacting with the hosts on this topic is historian Paul L. Maier, author of In The Fullness of Time, and editor of Josephus: The Essential Works.

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An Interview with Paul Maier

On Faith & History
Shane Rosenthal
History & Faith
J. Gresham Machen

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Tragic Church Signs

Welcome to a new segment on the White Horse Inn blog: “Tragic Church Signs.”

The first installment comes courtesy of the comment string in a recent MockingbirdNYC blog post.

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If you’ve seen a Tragic Church Sign, send it in!

Video Posted: Horton at Saddleback

AN UPDATE FROM MIKE HORTON:

I had a great time at the Lausanne “Global Conversation” held at Saddleback Church and hosted by its pastor, Rick Warren.  It was a privilege to be part of a distinguished panel of evangelical leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds.  Before the panel discussion, Rick Warren interviewed me for his Purpose-Driven network.  In the first interview he focused on my books and the work of White Horse Inn.  In the second, he focused on the question, “What is the Gospel?”  I appreciated the generous spirit in which Rick asked the questions and encouraged me to lay out the case we have for a new Reformation.  It’s great to be able to discuss our differences as well as our common convictions in a spirit of friendship as well as mutual challenge.  Our mission at White Horse Inn is to go to any forum that invites us where we have a chance to clarify what we are convinced is the proper message and mission of the church.  Thanks for your prayers—and for making such opportunities possible.  May God continue to open doors for an ever-wider hearing!

Michael Horton recently participated in a panel discussion on global evangelism at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.  It was part of the 12 Cities / 12 Conversations tour sponsored by the Lausanne Movement, and a video of this conversation is now available online.   In addition to Horton, other panelists include Skye Jethani, Jim Belcher, Jena Lee Nardella, Miles McPhereson, Soon Chan Rah, and Kay Warren. FYI, the discussion doesn’t get rolling until around 16 minutes into the video (after all the introductory remarks).

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WHI-1002 | Jesus & Modern Scholarship

Can we trust the New Testament portrait of Jesus, or is the Jesus of history radically different from the Jesus of faith? What are we to think of scholars like Bart Ehrman who suggest that Jesus has been “misquoted,” and that the Bible has significantly changed over time? Joining the panel for this discussion is New Testament scholar Craig A. Evans, author of Reinventing Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, and the Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Textual Criticism
Michael Kruger
Gospels, Gospels Everywhere
Mark Pierson

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Fabricating Jesus
Craig Evans
Jesus, The Final Days
Craig Evans & N.T. Wright
The Many Gospels of Jesus
Philip W. Comfort

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