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WHI-944 | Culturally Relevant Preaching

Should Christian ministers work hard at being culturally relevant, or does the gospel of Jesus Christ create its own relevance? This edition of the White Horse Inn was recorded before a live audience near Washington DC, and features Michael Horton, Ken Jones, and special guest Rob Norris, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Christless Christianity
Michael Horton
Peculiar Speech
William Willimon
A Better Way
Michael Horton

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Artist: Andrew Osenga; Song: “O Help My Unbelief”
Album: Indelible Grace V: Wake Thy Slumbering Children

Caring for Orphans in Their Distress

The New York Times reported today on a new movement in foster care for the children of parents in distress. Instead of waiting until a parent’s distress turned criminal (through neglect, abuse, abandonment, etc.), state agencies are turning to nonprofit (primarily church-related) groups to provide temporary “parents” for children, often at a savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Volunteer “parents” step in to provide a home for children for any length of time, from one day to several months.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/us/07safe.html

WHI-943 | Why Johnny Can’t Preach

Something is wrong with today’s preaching. What is the problem, and how can one begin to identify the essential elements of a good sermon? On this edition of the White Horse Inn Michael Horton talks with T. David Gordon, professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College, and author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped The Messengers.

RELATED ARTICLES

Wanted: Ministers Who Preach Not Themselves
Michael Horton
Evaluating Sermons
Derke Bergsma
What Are We Looking For?
Michael Horton

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Why Johnny Can’t Preach
T. David Gordon
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Neil Postman
Christless Christianity
Michael Horton

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Artist: Soular; Song: “It’s a Shame”
Album: Waiting for Tomorrow

WHI-942 | Biblical Ignorance

In our own informal surveys conducted over the years, the majority Christians we’ve interviewed cannot name the Ten Commandments or define crucial biblical doctrines such as justification or imputation. So why is biblical ignorance so common among Christians today? That’s our discussion on this edition of The White Horse Inn (Originally Broadcast April 1, 2007)

RELATED ARTICLES

Sloth
Michael Horton
Wanted: Thinking Christians
James Boice
Does Justification Still Matter?
Michael Horton

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Christless Christianity
Michael Horton
Soul Searching
Christian Smith
Letters to a Diminished Church
Dorothy Sayers

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Artist: WHI production music

WHI-941 | Gospel Driven

On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts offer some concluding observations to their study of 1st Corinthians, and briefly discuss some of the issues raised by Paul in his 2nd epistle to the Corinthian church, focusing in particular on the importance of being gospel-centered in all of life, in all our preaching, and in how we approach Christian ministry.

RELATED ARTICLES

The Promise-Driven Life
Michael Horton
Is there Good News in Your Gospel?
Rick Ritchie
Following Jesus
Michael Horton

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel-Driven Life
Michael Horton (pre-order for Oct. 2009 release)
Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free
F.F. Bruce
The Cross & Christian Ministry
D.A. Carson

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Artist: The Pop; Song: “The Solid Rock”
Album: Rain City Hymnal Vol.

WHI-940 | If Christ is Not Risen

In the middle of the first century the Apostle Paul boldly asserted that “If Christ is not risen…your faith is in vain.” But many Christians today have turned from this objective and historical approach to a more personal and subjective experience of Christ, as expressed in the lyrics of the popular hymn, “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts arrive at First Corinthians chapter 15 and discuss the importance and historical reliability of Christ’s bodily resurrection.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Jesus & The Eyewitnesses
Richard Bauckham
The New Testament Documents
F.F. Bruce
Christianity & Liberalism
J. Gresham Machen

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Artist: Ex Nihilo; Song: “Here is Love”
Album: Rain City Hymnal Vol.

WHI-939 | Spiritual Gifts

Continuing their brief series through 1st Corinthians, the hosts discuss the subject of spiritual gifts as found in chapters 12-13. Are the gifts for today, and if so how are we to understand them? What about prophecy, words of knowledge, and the gift of tongues? These and many other issues will be addressed on this edition of the White Horse Inn.

RELATED ARTICLES

Faith Healing & The Sovereignty of God
C. Everett Koop
Do You Hear the Spirit?
Michael Horton
A New Look At Tongues
Robert Zerhusen (off-site)

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Perspectives on Pentecost
Richard Gaffin
Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?Four Views
Showing The Spirit
D. A. Carson

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Artist: The Pop; Song: “I’ll Fly Away”
Album: Rain City Hymnal Vol.

WHI-938 | Word & Sacrament Ministry

For the past few weeks the hosts have been discussing some of the highlights of First Corinthians in order to see how Paul preached the gospel of Christ in a Pre-Christian culture. But in this program the focus centers not on preaching, but rather on receiving Christ in the Lord’s Supper. How are we to understand what is happening in this meal, and why is it such an important issue for Paul? That’s what’s on tap this week on the White Horse Inn.

RELATED ARTICLES

Mysteries of God & Means of Grace
Michael Horton
By These Means Necessary
John Nunes
The New Gnosticism
Michael Horton

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

A Better Way
Michael Horton
1 Corinthians
Leon Morris
Putting Amazing Back Into Grace
Michael Horton

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Artist: Dave Hlebo

WHI-937 | Idolatry & Other Bad Habits

Continuing their brief series through First Corinthians, the hosts this week take a look at the issue of meat sacrificed to idols. Though this might not be a hot issue on the front burner of today’s church, this text helps us to see that believers sometimes bring their Pagan practices and habits into the church. Yet as the Apostle Paul instructs in his letter, everything we do must be examined in light of the gospel of Christ.

RELATED ARTICLES

Recovering the Art of Christian Prudence
Michael Horton
Of Christian Liberty
John Calvin
The Freedom of the Christian
Martin Luther (offsite link)

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Law of Perfect Freedom
Michael Horton
1 Corinthians
Charles Hodge
We Become What We Worship
G.K. Beale

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Artist: Andrew Osenga; Song: “O Help My Unbelief”
Album: Indelible Grace V: Wake Thy Slumbering Children

WHI-936 | Immorality in the Church

Though Christians are being sanctified they have not yet become perfect, and thus continue to sin in various ways. But what should a church do when the sin is scandalous? How are we to relate to such people? Also, how should we relate to those outside the church? These and other issues from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians will be addressed on this edition of the White Horse Inn.

RELATED ARTICLES

Following Jesus
Michael Horton
Reconsidering Our Accounting
Mark Dever
Gospel Driven Sanctification
Jerry Bridges

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Cross & Christian Ministry
D.A. Carson
1 Corinthians
Leon Morris
The Law of Perfect Freedom
Michael Horton

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Artist: Soular; Song “You Taste, You Feel”

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