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WHI-955 | Boredom & Entertainment

Compared with an action-packed movie, most people would probably characterize the ministry of word and sacrament as “boring.” So in order to reach out, should churches make their services more entertaining? Joining the panel for this discussion is Richard Winter, author of Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment.

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WHI-954 | Paul’s Letter to the Colossians (2)

What does it mean to put on the “new self?” Now that we believe the gospel of Christ, how shall we live? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts seek to answer these questions as they conclude their brief survey of Paul’s letter to the Colossians.

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WHI-953 | Paul’s Letter to the Colossians (1)

Throughout 2009 the hosts have been focusing on the theme of “Christ in a Post-Christian Culture,” and on this program they are once again pushing us back to the sources by highlighting the relevance of the Apostle Paul’s missional approach in the first century. So join them this week as they begin walking through the first two chapters of Paul’s letter to the Colossians.

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WHI-952 | The 500th Anniversary of Calvin’s Birth

This week marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestant Reformer John Calvin. Who was Calvin and why is he worth remembering? On this edition of the program Michael Horton talks with church history professor W. Robert Godfrey about his brand new book on this subject titled, John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor.

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WHI-951 | The Heart of Christianity

On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts interact once again with polls taken at a Christian convention, this time relating to the doctrine of justification. Why is this doctrine so central, and how is it related to the gospel of Christ? That’s what’s on tap this week, at the White Horse Inn!

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WHI-950 | Is Christianity The One True Religion?

Is it true that there are many paths to God or is Christianity the one true religion? If Christianity is exclusively true, does this mean that other religions are 100% false? Also, what about those who have never heard the Christian gospel? Joining the panel to discuss some of these questions is Dr. John Stackhouse, professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College in Vancouver, BC.

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WHI-949 | God’s Story vs. Our Stories

When sharing the faith with others, do you prefer to discuss the gospel of Christ and related doctrines, or your own personal testimony? That’s the question we recently asked at a convention for religious broadcasters, and you might be surprised by the answers we received.

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Interview with Simonetta Carr

41a2oi3u65l_sl150_Modern Reformation recently sat down with Simonetta Carr, the author of John Calvin (published by Reformation Heritage Books, 2008), and asked a few questions about her work and the philosophy behind children’s literature.

Why is it important for our children to read Christian biography?

There are several reasons. I was motivated to write this biographical series for young readers when I realized that most children today are not aware of the concept of “church history” as the progress of God’s people throughout the ages. They read Bible stories, they see other believers today, and they read a few stories about a few individual Christians who lived in between, but the connecting thread seems to be missing.

With these books, I don’t want to tell children, “Look how wonderful these people were! Let’s all be like them.” There are other biographies that do that. I want to explain how some Christians have impacted history – secular and non-secular – and how their teachings affect what we believe today. I am also hoping to introduce children to the real characters, with all the struggles and the intensity of emotions that have accompanied their decisions.

How should parents use this series and your book?

Some parents have read the book to their children in one sitting, and others have used it as a study guide, one chapter at a time, and both of these approaches seem to work well. My hope is that these books will be readily available to our young people, who can then read and re-read them on their own, and that they will spark an interest which parents will be able to encourage with additional material. As I read with my children devotional books based on quotations by John Calvin, I notice that their level of interest is much higher now that they understand how God shaped Calvin’s life and moved him to write what he wrote.

For homeschooling families, these books can provide a basis for unit studies. Currently, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is using the book on John Calvin to formulate a series of lessons that will be used within their clubs.

Why does the story of John Calvin resonate with young readers?

I passed this question on to my own children, and they said that they were impressed to see how Calvin kept faithful, in spite of great difficulties and opposition, to the truth and to God’s calling in his life.

What is the most important point you want children to take away from the life of John Calvin?

His humanity. Calvin never tried to set himself up as a Protestant Pope, as some critics accuse him to have done. His actions and his writings were conscientiously motivated by a compelling love for God’s truth as it is revealed in Scriptures and for Christ’s church.

What is your next writing project?

I have completed a book on Augustine of Hippo, which is presently being reviewed by experts in the subject, and will be published, God willing, in December 2009. I am also beginning research on John Owen for a book scheduled to be published in December 2010.

WHI-948 | Why is Christianity True?

On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts listen and react to some recent polls taken at a Christian convention dealing with the question, “Why do you believe that Christianity is true?” Also joining the discussion is Doug Powell, author of the Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics. The White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it!

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WHI-947 | Smooth Talk & Flattery

The Apostle Paul warns us in Romans 16:18 that by the use of “smooth talk and flattery” false teachers will “deceive the minds of naive people.” But has the contemporary church heeded Paul’s warning in this regard? That’s what’s on tap this week on the White Horse Inn. (Originally broadcast on Nov. 19th, 2006)

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