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Recovering the Fear of God in the Church

When we’re living in constant emergency mode, can we turn it all off on Sunday? Can we come together with our different backgrounds and experiences and sing the same songs, hear the same prayers, make the same confession? In this episode, the WHI hosts diagnose the problem underlying the lack of fear of the Lord: a weak view of sin and a mediocre appreciation for God’s holiness. They consider how Sunday worship serves to remind us of who God is and who we are before him. In his church, Christ ministers to us through word and sacrament, and as we lift our eyes to heaven, our sanity can be restored.


Can we turn it all off on Sunday? Just turn it off completely? Can we come to the Lord’s family and feast together on his word and revel in that miracle that God is performing on earth called the church? Then Monday might look a little different.

Michael Horton (Recovering Our Sanity, p. 287)


  • Michael Horton is White Horse Inn’s founder and co-host. In addition to serving as a J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, he is a minister in the United Reformed Churches. He is the author of more than 30 books.
  • Justin Holcomb is a senior fellow with Sola Media’s Theo Global. He also serves as a professor and Episcopal priest. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books.
  • Bob Hiller is the senior pastor of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido, California. He is also the author of Finding Christ in the Straw.

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