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Each Wednesday, we release a WHI Classic episode to our standard podcast feed! You can listen to the latest episode on your mobile device using iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, or by searching for White Horse Inn on your favorite podcast app or site. If you’re a partner, simply login to access our entire vault which now goes back to 1990!



How Our Beliefs Shape Us


According to the doctrines of nihilism, nothing at all is sacred. In fact, nothing really matters except that which gives momentary pleasure or excitement. Christianity, on the other hand, starts with a completely different premise. This world is God’s world, and everything we do matters. So what are the implications of these two views? Do ideas like these just float around in a person’s head, or do these beliefs shape us in ways we can’t even comprehend (originally aired 1-22-17).

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From Drama to Doctrine


Many Christians today have uncritically accepted the idea that “doctrine is irrelevant,” without even realizing that this very idea is itself a doctrine. In fact, the very moment one turns away from any particular belief or opinion, other beliefs rush in to fill the void. So everyone has doctrine, but the question is whether our beliefs and assumptions about God or the world in which we live are true, false, or somewhere in between (originally aired 1-15-17).

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The Greatest Story Ever Told


The Bible did not fall down from heaven as a source book for spirituality, personal life-lessons, or even as a collection of doctrines. Rather, it should primarily be understood as a report of an unfolding drama that took place in real space and time history that culminates in the life of a particular Jew born in Bethlehem in the days of Caesar Augustus. If this story isn’t true, it should be completely rejected and set aside. But if it is true, it’s the greatest story ever told (originally aired 01-8-17).

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Finding Yourself in God’s Story


What are the stories we tell ourselves, and how do these stories shape what we believe and how we live? On this program the hosts take a look at four Ds: drama, doctrine, doxology, and discipleship. As they unpack these key concepts, they’ll help us to see that every belief system is rooted in some kind of narrative or story that ends up forming a person’s core values, goals, and habits (originally aired 01-01-17).

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Repentance & Personal Transformation


On the last edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts discussed the problems associated with a "try it, you'll like it" approach to the Christian faith. But does the Christian faith make a practical difference in a person's life? Should converts to Christianity expect to experience real transformation? How should we think about remaining sin? Will Christians continue to struggle with habitual sins, or is that possibly a sign that they are not really true believers? The hosts tackle these questions and more on this edition of the program (originally aired11-27-11).

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The Gospel of Pragmatism


Why do so many contemporary Churches or best selling Christian books focus almost exclusively on practical application rather than doctrinal truth? Why do most Christians prefer to talk about their own testimonies or changed lives, rather than arguing for the truth of the Christian faith? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts take a look at the philosophy of Pragmatism and its effects on contemporary Christian thought and practice (originally aired 11-20-11).

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Making Disciples: The Mission & Its Methods 2


On this special edition of the White Horse Inn recorded before a live audience at the Desiring God conference in Minneapolis, the hosts continue their discussion of the marks and mission of the Church based on the words of the Great Commission, and also take questions from the audience (originally aired 11-13-11).

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Making Disciples: The Mission & Its Methods 1


Many churches in our day put a lot of emphasis on "being the church" or living missionally. Other churches focus on the worship experience, spiritual formation, or the pursuit of various social and political agendas. What is the mission of the Church? How are we to make disciples of Jesus Christ? Turning to the Great Commission itself and various passages that unpack it, this special live edition of the White Horse Inn, recorded at the Desiring God conference in Minneapolis, focuses on disciple-making through the marks of the Church that Christ himself ordained (originally aired 11-06-11).

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The New Covenant


Over five hundred years before the time of Christ, Jeremiah prophesied that the days would come when God would "make a new covenant with the house of Israel" (Jer 31:31). So how is this new covenant fulfilled in Jesus' life and sacrificial death? How is it different from the old covenant received by Moses on Mount Sinai? Is it true that before Christ the Old Testament saints were really saved by works? On this edition of the program the hosts will discuss these questions as they walk through chapters 8 through 10 of the book of Hebrews. The White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it (originally aired 09-25-11).

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The Gospel of God


If you ask contemporary Christians what they think the gospel is, you're likely to get a number of responses that focus on an individual's life and testimony. But is the gospel really about what God does for us today? Is the good news that we are called to proclaim in the Great Commission chiefly about our changed lives, or about Christ's life, death and resurrection? On this program the hosts tackle this issue as they discuss the implications Paul's comments on the "Gospel of God" in 1st Thessalonians chapter 2 (originally aired 09-18-11).

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By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone


Regardless of the denomination, most Christians would argue that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a free gift of God's grace and mercy that no one deserves. Both by his righteous life and sacrificial death, Jesus provides for us what we cannot provide for ourselves. But at this point some argue that the free gift of God's grace still has to be "accepted," and that it is on the basis of our embracing the gospel that we are saved. So what do you think? Are we saved by "choosing" to follow Christ? Is believing in Jesus the "one work" we have to do in order to get to heaven? The hosts discuss these questions and more as they interact with Ephesians chapter 2. The White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it (originally aired 09-11-11).

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Proclaiming the Gospel in an Age of Super Apostles


In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul warned his readers about various slick preachers that he referred to as the "super-apostles." Though their style was smooth and rhetorically attractive, the substance of the gospel was either being ignored, or distorted. So Paul admonishes the Corinthians church saying, "if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus…you put up with it readily enough!" On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts discuss Paul's concerns about style over substance, especially as it relates to trends in the contemporary church (originally aired 08-28-11).

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