But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

White Horse Inn - Apologetic Report

Whatever we believe the Scriptures say about legitimate grounds for divorce, the assumption that marital dissolution should not be common among those who claim to follow Christ and Biblical teaching is reasonable. The pertinent passages recognized in the New Testament at most allow for divorce and...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 17:00

WHI-1458 | God in Our Midst

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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...

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Christians who have experienced great trauma and loss are all too familiar with the tropes of well-meant consolation from friends and family—passages of Scripture recited, cliché Christian phrases inside a Dayspring card along with a copy of C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed. Rational...

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In John 2:13-16 we’re told that Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the festival of Passover, and that when “he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there, [he made] a whip of cords [and] drove them all out of the temple.” According...

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There’s a word in American Christendom that strikes fear into the hearts of God’s people. It’s not ‘Islam,’ ‘liberalism,’ ‘socialism,’ or ‘atheism’ (although all those do create irrational fear in Western Christians). The most...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 16:00

WHI-1457 | Money-Changers in the Temple

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In John chapter 2, Jesus arrives in Jerusalem during the festival of Passover and drives the money-changers out of the temple. But who were the money-changers, and why was their presence at this sacred site so offensive? In the other Gospels, the cleansing of the temple...

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Encountering an author for the first time is much like meeting a new friend. In the book Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Who We Are in Christ, we meet not one, but ten doctrinally informed, Biblically rooted, Christ-exalting sisters who explore ten facets of what it means to be an...

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Last month, Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber spoke at the 2019 MAKERS Conference, an annual conference on gender equality.  Before her speech, she brought out a small sculpture of a vagina she’d had welded from donated melted-down purity rings and presented it to feminist icon Gloria Steinem....

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 16:00

WHI-1456 | An Interview with D.A. Carson

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Was the Fourth Gospel written by John the Apostle, or a mysterious figure known as John the Elder? And was this text penned before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., or some time later? Is there a conservative trend in the world of New Testament scholarship? On this...

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They are the bane of every graduation speech, the baleful platitudes adorning 3rd grade posters since time immemorial:

Dare to be Different! Dream Big. Be Original!

Wharton professor Adam Grant’s book Originals tiptoes down the hall towards those elementary school placards. A peek at the table...

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In Book Three of his work, The Gay Science, Nietzsche begins with a legend of how, years after the Buddha’s death, his shadow, large and terrifying, appeared on the wall of a cave for all to see.  He uses his-now notorious phrase: God is dead.   So begins the series of...

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Saturday, 23 February 2019 16:00

WHI-1455 | Water into Wine

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On this episode in our series on the Gospel of John, we find ourselves at the wedding of Cana as Jesus turns water into wine. Though some have attempted to argue that Jesus actually turned water into grape juice, the implications of this passage are unmistakably clear....

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:25

Seated with Christ in Heavenly Realms

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Henk from Springs, Gauteng, South Africa writes,

In reference to your discussion of Psalm 24 on the Climbing Jacob’s Ladder episode, one of the panelists said that we follow the King of glory to ascend the mountain of the Lord. My understanding with special reference to the apostle...

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In parts one and two of her interview with Modern Reformation’s editor-in-chief, Michael Horton, Dr. Mary Poplin talked about the consequences of ideas, and how the uneasy blend of secularism and spirituality that characterizes popular western religion stands at odds with historic, biblical...

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In part one of this interview with Michael Horton, Dr. Mary Poplin discussed her own journey out of secular humanism, the consequences of ideas, and the interesting blend of secular and spiritual that characterizes the religious beliefs of contemporary westerners.  Here, Dr. Poplin outlines...

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Jean from Blackburn, England, writes:

Hi Shane!  We are really enjoying the programmes on John’s gospel. Have just listened to the one on Jacob’s ladder, however, we did not find an explanation of the last verse (Jn 1:51). Please, can you explain what Jesus meant when he said,...

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One of the greatest weapons in the secular arsenal is its claim to objectivity—unlike the religious adherents or political activists of the day, the secular humanist is epistemologically pure, untainted by the psychological manipulations of one ideology or another.  In part one of this...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 16:00

WHI-1454 | Climbing Jacob’s Ladder?

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If you ask people today what they think the Bible is about, you’ll probably be told that it’s a collection of morality tales that encourages people to behave. Even many of those raised in Christian homes tend to think of Scripture primarily as a helpful...

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My two young daughters who discovered glow sticks a few years ago. Bendable gleaming rods you can wear as bracelets became the craze in our home and an addition to our nighttime routine. My daughters would go to bed with a glow stick around their wrists but would wake up to find the light long...

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  1. Why Do We Need Textual Criticism?

One of the classes I teach each year covers textual criticism of the New Testament. Even as I write that I know how boring it sounds. When I mention this class to someone as we make small talk, I can almost feel the waft of boredom fill the room. It’s no...

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Saturday, 09 February 2019 16:00

WHI-1453 | The Lamb of God

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If the Gospel of John is seen as a kind of “trial narrative,” then John the Baptist is the first witness who is called to testify on Christ’s behalf. And John’s declaration is perhaps a little different from what many today might expect. For...

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In an emerging genre that includes recent titles from Brian Thomas (Wittenberg vs Geneva, 2016) and Robert Kolb & Carl R. Trueman (Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation, 2017), Jonathan A. Linebaugh, lecturer in New Testament at the University of...

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The law / gospel distinction is a concept that gets a fair amount of air time in Reformational circles—why is that?  We know that God’s two words of law and gospel show up throughout Scripture. What happens when God gives the law to his people?  How should they respond to the...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 16:00

WHI-1452 | The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

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On this edition of the program we’re continuing our discussion of John’s opening prologue and will unpack the significance of verse 14, as the Word becomes flesh and “pitches his tent” among us. Just as God’s glory resided in Israel’s...

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Thirty years on from the publication of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, author Mark Noll and other interested parties reflect on how things have and haven’t changed. The result—The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future—provides an...

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