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
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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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:00

Resources for Studying John

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Robert from Carrollton Texas writes,

Hey Shane, from your research can you give me some guidance on the best study of John you have found for an adult Sunday school? Ideally it would have some audio/video component as well as a leaders guide. I think the WHI study this year would augment this more...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:09

The Mod | Neurodiversity In The Church

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Recently there was a brief article in the Orange County Catholic, titled “Supporting Diversity and Inclusion Means Teaching Kids about Those with Disabilities,” by Cathi Douglas. While Douglas’s article focuses on children, congregation members of all ages would benefit from...

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Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:00

WHI-1451 | The Jewishness of John’s Gospel

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There was a time in which Judaism & Christianity had many more beliefs in common. As it turns out, many ancient Jews before the time of Christ actually expected the coming of a divine messiah who would appear in bodily form in order to atone for sin and accomplish...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:51

The Mod | Why Language Is Everything

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Everyone has a window, a lens through which they see the world around them and organize their understanding of it.    I began looking through it when I was studying the work of Kenneth Pike and Vern Poythress, and by continual observation have seen more of who God is, who we are, and what...

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Saturday, 19 January 2019 16:00

WHI-1450 | In the Beginning Was the Word

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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...

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Those who came of age reading the youthful Lauren Winner of Girl Meets God and Real Sex might be surprised to find Winner—now an Episcopal priest and professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School—writing for a decidedly academic audience in her newest work, The Dangers of...

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The Enlightenment, if not quite dead on arrival, began to fall apart very shortly thereafter.  The French Revolution offered a bloody testimony to the limits of reason as a foundation for building a new society.   The Romantics pointed to the ineradicable importance of the deeper...

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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...

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Friday, 11 January 2019 06:59

The Logos As a Hebrew Concept

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Ed from Valley View, OH submitted the following question relating to our John series:

I am looking forward to your series on the Gospel of John this year. In the first episode it was mentioned that the logos was a Hebrew concept. My question is whatbook, etc., can I read about this for further...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:23

The Mod | Is Faith Opposed to Evidence?

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For the past fifteen or twenty years, ‘faith-based’ culture has enjoyed something of a resurgence—faith-based films do well at the box-office, faith-based books regularly dominate the bestseller lists, and meditation / mindfulness / wellness seminars abound.  What exactly is...

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Saturday, 05 January 2019 16:00

WHI-1448 | Eyewitness Testimony in the Gospel of John

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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...

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Words like “globalism,” “nativism,” “populist backlash,” and “liberal elites” pepper thinkpieces trying to make sense of anti-EU movements and Donald Trump’s presidency. Amidst the speculation, John Judis has written a short book arguing for the...

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