Living in Light of Two Ages
Reformation Brazil -- Part 1
With over 40,000 students, Mackenzie University in São Paulo is often referred to as “the Harvard of Brazil.” An institution of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil, Mackenzie had, like countless other schools, succumbed to theological liberalism. But in recent years something amazing has happened. The school has officially abandoned its liberalism and reaffirmed its belief in the inerrant Scriptures and the Westminster Confession. On this program, Michael Horton speaks with the leaders of this movement and of the opportunities for Reformation in the country of Brazil.
Best catch ever? If not, its up there. While we can debate the greatest catch of all time, perhaps we can all agree that the "Angel wings" uniforms are baseball's worst.
Mike Horton's newest book will be released in October. You may recall the White Horse Inn series, "the Ordinary." Michael's manuscript was the basis for those programs.
Here's the publisher's blurb (Zondervan):
Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a “next-best-thing,” if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom—the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be “ordinary.”
Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace.
Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.
You can pre-order the book here: Mike Horton's Ordinary
When the Academy at Christ Reformed resumes on Friday nights in September (date TBA), we'll begin with a two week discussion of Dr. W. Robert Godfrey's excellent biography of Calvin, John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor.
Then, we'll spend two weeks discussing Michael Horton's Calvin on the Christian Life.
So, if you plan on attending, get the books and start reading!
It is always hard to pack the car to head back home after my annual trek in the Eastern Sierras--but then, I am always glad to be home. I enjoyed an afternoon hike with good friends along the Mammoth Crest, and an excursion to Olmsted Point (in Yosemite) where you can see Half-Dome from many miles distant.
I got to walk in the footsteps of both John Wayne (if you've seen True Grit, you've seen this location) and Huell Howser, who once urged Californians to stop to see the "Upside-Down House" in Lee Vining--won't make that mistake again.
I also enjoyed an evening by the campfire with some church folk, and some good food in one of my favorite restaurants.
I even got to do some hunting--stupid mouse messed with the wrong guy.
Chaos and Grace
What is the state of contemporary Christianity, and what are some of the trends that are shaping the way we think about God, heaven, hell, and the Christian life? Why are evangelical Christians prone to think about the gospel in subjective and experiential terms? On this edition of White Horse Inn, Michael Horton will be discussing these questions with Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today magazine and author of Chaos & Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit.
God in the Worldwind
Why are so many Christians focused on practical Christian living rather than on understanding who God is and what he has done for us? Why are we more interested in our own subjective experience than we are with objective truth? Joining the discussion is David Wells, author of numerous books including No Place for Truth, The Courage to Be Protestant, and most recently God in the Whirlwind.