White Horse Inn: Sin & Grace

[display_podcast] How should we think about sin and repentance in a life of Christian discipleship? Do Christians continue to struggle with sin or is it possible to live a victorious Christian life? On this program the hosts will discuss what it means to be simultaneously justified and sinful by walking through chapters 6-7 of Paul’s letter to the Romans as they wrap up their series on the doctrine of Original Sin. Join us for this new edition of the White Horse Inn. Host Quote: “We basically … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: Sin & Grace

[display_podcast]We are continuing our conversation concerning Original Sin. Sin is the necessary backdrop to the wondrous message of grace that has appeared in Christ. If we are to make sense of anything Jesus said or did, we must understand how grace relates to sin.In his conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus said that a person can’t even see the kingdom of God unless he is first born again. In other words, because we are dead in sin, we must first be spiritually regenerated before we can … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 143: Isn’t That Breaking the Rules?

[display_podcast]Following Jesus can be a treacherous path of trying to change the world, as we see it, and running straight into the truth that we are, indeed, the one with the problem.  We need deliverance from:… Our belief that it is up to us to change people. … Our judgmental and legalistic ways.Think about this:In the beginning of Luke 19 – the story of the tax collector Zacchaeus.(Raise your hand if you just started to sing “Zaccheaus was a wee little man, a wee littl … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: What is Original Sin?

[display_podcast]Why is there so much evil and corruption in the world? Why do children need to be taught to behave, whereas disobedience and naughtiness come rather naturally? What exactly is sin, where does it come from, and how does it relate to our view of God’s mercy and grace in Jesus Christ?While this topic of sin is no longer fashionable to voice, the world needs to understand its plight before it comes to believe in the wonders of God’s mercy and grace in Jesus Christ. On this pr … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: My Prodigal Left Home — Should I Give Him Money?

We have a lot of questions from parents of prodigals, and those parents want to walk wisely. Dennis, a father, writes in: “Pastor John, thank you for this podcast. I have a 16-year-old prodigal son who has left our home and walked away from Christ. I struggle to know whether I should generously financially support him in the world, like the father in the prodigal son story. Or, unlike what it seems Eli should have done, should I take a more strict position in relation to my rebelling son? The p … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: “Wherever You Would Call Me”

If things had worked out differently, you might have found Kenny back in his hometown of Corpus Christi, dressed in a stiff suit and tie, maybe in an office with the sweet smell of leather chairs and a view of the bay. He might have been poring over legal documents, using God’s gifts of speech and debate to disrupt human trafficking as an attorney. For a long time, Kenny imagined his life looking something like that. He wanted to do something meaningful, something his dad could point to and be p … [Read more...]