2019 Show Archive

1488 | My Kingdom Is Not of This World – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES When Jesus was brought before Pilate, he was essentially accused of being a kind of rival king, a usurper to the throne. But when asked, he said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” What are the implications of this statement for us as Christians? For example, should believers separate themselves from the world? The hosts will also discuss the significance of Pilate’s words when he said, “Behold the man,” as he presented Jesus to the…

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1485 | Father, Son, & Spirit – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Some people in our day argue that the doctrine of the Trinity is something that developed many centuries after the time of Christ. Yet in John 15:26, Jesus teaches that “when the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” So what are the implications of this statement, and what do Jesus’ words reveal about the respective roles…

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1470 | Drawn by God – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES What does Jesus mean when he says in John 6 that “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” Is he saying that God must take the first step by inwardly wooing and attracting men to himself, which then gives everyone the ability to make a free-will decision? Is Jesus implying here that God is at work in the hearts of all men, even though most people reject him? Or…

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1469 | The Bread of Life – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Throughout our current series on the Gospel of John, we’ve encountered numerous parallels to the story of the Israelite exodus from Egypt. For example, Jesus is presented throughout this Gospel as the ultimate sacrificial lamb, the true and final tabernacle, and the source of living water. Additional parallels to the exodus are explored in this episode as the hosts arrive at John chapter 6, in which Jesus miraculously feeds multitudes in the wilderness and proclaims himself…

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1468 | The Scriptures Bear Witness of Me – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES How should we read and interpret the stories of the Old Testament? Many Christians today would answer this question by saying that a person like David is basically presented to us as a moral example. We need to have faith and courage like his if we are to slay the Goliaths in our own lives. But in John 5:39, Jesus reveals that this way of reading the Bible is completely off track. “You search the Scriptures,”…

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1464 | Worship in Spirit & Truth – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Throughout Israel’s long history, true worship was limited to the area of the tabernacle, which was later transformed to become the Jerusalem temple. But in John chapter four, Jesus says that “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” What are the implications of this statement, and are there any hints in the Old Testament that such a transition would take place? On this…

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1467 | Jesus on Trial – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES In John chapter 5, Jesus graciously heals a man who had been lame for 38 years, and this man’s lameness is presented as a symbol of our spiritual inability. Just as we’re spiritually blind towards God and can’t even see his kingdom unless we’re first granted new life, so too all of us by nature are unable to walk in his paths or climb our way up to heaven. As the authorities interrogate Jesus in this…

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WHI-1465 | Can This Be the Christ? – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES The Samaritan woman came to Jacob’s well in search of ordinary water. But after her brief conversation with Jesus, she ended up leaving her water jar behind as she went to tell others about the extraordinary man she had just met who told her everything she did and who spoke to her about living water. “Can this be the Christ?” she asked them. On this program, the hosts will discuss the implications of this passage as…

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1466 | An Early Date for John’s Gospel? – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Most scholars today assume that the Gospel of John was written toward the end of the first century, but is this conclusion really consistent with the internal and external evidence? Also, how reliable is our present copy of John? Have various passages been added or deleted over time? Joining the program to discuss these issues and more is Daniel Wallace, the executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts and author of…

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1462 | The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Many people in our day argue that John is the latest of all the four gospels, and that as such it reflects the most idealized portrait of Christ, rather than the actual Jesus of history. But is this story accurate? Can any of its historical claims be verified? How does John differ from later spurious texts such as the Gnostic Gospels? On this program Shane Rosenthal will discuss these questions and more with New Testament scholar…

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1458 | God in Our Midst – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES When Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (Jn. 2:19), he was not only hinting at his forthcoming resurrection, but he was also claiming to be the true temple, and the ultimate meeting place between God and man. On this program Shane Rosenthal explores the biblical background to this idea by talking with J. Daniel Hays, author of The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God’s Dwelling Places…

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1459 | Born from Above – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that unless he is born again, he can’t even see the kingdom of God. What are the implications of this idea on the popular concept of free will? Apart from God’s gracious intervention, do people have the ability to make a decision to join a kingdom which they cannot see? What does it really mean to be born again? We put some of these questions to pastors at a recent…

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1460 | God So Loved the World – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES John 3:16 is arguably the most famous verse in all of the Bible. But because it is so familiar to us, this well-known passage may have lost some of its original power. What does it really mean to say that God loves the world? And if he loves everyone, then why do so many people perish? On this episode, the hosts will discuss some of their differences on this issue as they attempt to interpret this…

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1461 | He Must Increase, I Must Decrease – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES If you’ve ever had the opportunity to help plan and prepare for a wedding, you know that it’s actually a lot of work. And that’s basically the way John the Baptist described his own ministry. He was the best man who came to “prepare the way” for the bridegroom. But once he appeared on the scene, John’s goal was to point away from himself and to place the spotlight entirely on Jesus. On this edition of…

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1450 | In the Beginning Was the Word – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Why does the Gospel of John begin with this strange concept of the Word of God who was “with God” and yet somehow also “was God”? Some have tried to argue that the author of this text attempted to borrow concepts from Greek philosophy in order to appeal to his largely Gentile readers. Others push back against this idea, saying that John’s approach is entirely consistent with Jewish beliefs and expectations. On this program the hosts…

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1449 | Richard Bauckham on the Reliability of John’s Witness – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Scholars frequently claim that John is the latest and most idealized of all the Gospels. Its picture of Jesus, they say, represents the beliefs of late first century Christians, rather than actual historical events. But is this view consistent with the evidence? What if it could be demonstrated that the author of this text was actually a careful and reliable eyewitness? On this program, we’ll discuss these issues and more with Richard Bauckham, author of Jesus…

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1448 | Eyewitness Testimony in the Gospel of John – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES If you pay close attention to the details of the fourth Gospel, you’ll notice that words such as testimony, witness, judgment, and truth appear quite frequently throughout this text. And this has led various scholars to conclude that the basic underlying structure of this Gospel is actually that of trial narrative. Though Jesus was rejected by his own people and sentenced to death, the goal of John’s Gospel is to set the record straight by presenting…

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