2019 Show Archive

1462 | The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES Many people in our day argue that John is the latest of all the four gospels, and that as such it reflects the most idealized portrait of Christ, rather than the actual Jesus of history. But is this story accurate? Can any of its historical claims be verified? How does John differ from later spurious texts such as the Gnostic Gospels? On this program Shane Rosenthal will discuss these questions and more with New Testament scholar…

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1458 | God in Our Midst – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES 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 program Shane Rosenthal explores the biblical background to this idea by talking with J. Daniel Hays, author of The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God’s Dwelling Places…

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1459 | Born from Above – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that unless he is born again, he can’t even see the kingdom of God. What are the implications of this idea on the popular concept of free will? Apart from God’s gracious intervention, do people have the ability to make a decision to join a kingdom which they cannot see? What does it really mean to be born again? We put some of these questions to pastors at a recent…

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1460 | God So Loved the World – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES John 3:16 is arguably the most famous verse in all of the Bible. But because it is so familiar to us, this well-known passage may have lost some of its original power. What does it really mean to say that God loves the world? And if he loves everyone, then why do so many people perish? On this episode, the hosts will discuss some of their differences on this issue as they attempt to interpret this…

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1461 | He Must Increase, I Must Decrease – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES If you’ve ever had the opportunity to help plan and prepare for a wedding, you know that it’s actually a lot of work. And that’s basically the way John the Baptist described his own ministry. He was the best man who came to “prepare the way” for the bridegroom. But once he appeared on the scene, John’s goal was to point away from himself and to place the spotlight entirely on Jesus. On this edition of…

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1450 | In the Beginning Was the Word – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES 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 appeal to his largely Gentile readers. Others push back against this idea, saying that John’s approach is entirely consistent with Jewish beliefs and expectations. On this program the hosts…

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1449 | Richard Bauckham on the Reliability of John’s Witness – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES 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 it could be demonstrated that the author of this text was actually a careful and reliable eyewitness? On this program, we’ll discuss these issues and more with Richard Bauckham, author of Jesus…

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1448 | Eyewitness Testimony in the Gospel of John – White Horse Inn – Christian Article

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES 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 of this Gospel is actually that of trial narrative. Though Jesus was rejected by his own people and sentenced to death, the goal of John’s Gospel is to set the record straight by presenting…

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