Consumerism, Pragmatism, & The Triumph of the Therapeutic
Many churches in our day attempt to make their services relevant and entertaining in order to attract people in the marketplace of competing options. The focus often centers on practical lessons designed to help us cope with life’s problems. But what are the historic roots of this particular approach to ministry? Michael Horton discusses these issues and more with Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith. (Originally aired Dec. 26, 2010).
The Embassy of Grace
What is the primary role of the church? Some today argue that its primary task is to participate with God in the redemption and reconciliation of the world through the means of either right wing or left wing social activism. But in 2 Cor 5:19-20, Paul teaches that God has reconciled us to himself by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In other words, reconciliation is a completed event that we are called to announce and proclaim. On this program, the hosts, with the help of Craig Parton, will discuss the implications of the 2 Corinthians passage on the way we understand the mission of the church (originally aired Aug 21, 2011).
Joy Beyond Agony
What is the meaning of the cross of Christ and why is this particular event at the center of the Christian faith? What really happened to Jesus during his crucifixion and where is the idea of a suffering Messiah taught in the Old Testament? On this program Michael Horton discusses these issues and more with Jane Roach, author of Joy Beyond Agony: Embracing the Cross of Christ.
Wisdom for Life & The Cross of Christ
One of Paul's greatest concerns about the church in Corinth was that they were continually distracted from the gospel of Christ. So he wrote to them saying, "Greeks seek wisdom, and Jews seek miraculous signs, but we preach Christ crucified"(1 Cor 1:22). On this program the hosts will interact with this passage as they evaluate the "wisdom for living" genre which one frequently finds in bestselling Christian books and in the messages of contemporary churches (originally aired Aug 14, 2011).