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White Horse Inn: Conversational Theology

Failed Bible Heroes

Release date:

May 23, 2021





In Genesis 3:15, God promises that one day a seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head. What would happen if we began to read the rest of Scripture in the light of this promise? What would result if we stopped to consider whether subsequent Bible characters and heroes qualified to be the one promised who would ultimately defeat God’s enemy and restore order to his creation? Reading the story this way helps us to see with greater clarity the ways in which other Bible characters are presented as failed heroes, as well as why Christ alone is able to triumph. On this episode Shane Rosenthal discusses this approach to reading the Bible with Justin Holcomb.

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King David committed a capital offense when he killed Uriah and slept with his wife Bathsheba. According to the law of Moses, there was actually no atonement that he could perform in order to cleanse him of such a high handed sin as this. When a person committed murder, his own death was required—and this would end up purifying the nation (Num. 35:30-34). This is why God had to give David a special exemption through the prophet Nathan (2 Sam. 12:13). Ultimately, the one who bore David’s punishment and who purified us all, was David’s greater son, Jesus.

Shane Rosenthal


On the Grace of God 

Author: Justin Holcomb

Why is grace such a big deal? What does God tell us about it in Scripture? Can radical grace really be true? If so, what are the implications for our lives? This book will answer these questions and more as we explore the all-important theme of God’s gratuitous grace throughout the Bible. Packed with big truth, this little book on grace can be read in roughly one hour—ensuring you’ll actually read it.

Him We Proclaim

Author: Dennis Johnson

Challenging modern preachers to expound the Bible like Peter and Paul, Him We Proclaim makes the hermeneutical and historical case for a return to apostolic preaching—preaching that is Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, missiologically communicated, and grounded in grace. But moving beyond theory, Him We Proclaim provides examples of how this method applies to all Old and New Testament genres, from history and law to psalm and prophecy to doctrine and exhortation.

Christ-Centered Biblical Theology

Author: Graeme Goldsworthy

Through the lens of biblical theology the Bible ceases to be a mass of unconnected texts, but takes shape as a unified metanarrative connecting the story of Israel with that of Jesus. It presents the whole scene of God’s revelation as one mighty plan of salvation. For fifty years Graeme Goldsworthy has been refining his understanding of biblical theology through his experiences as a student, pastor and teacher. In this valuable complement to his Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, Goldsworthy defends and refines the rationale for his approach, drawing especially on the work of Australian biblical scholar Donald Robinson.

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