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Core Christianity

Michael Horton

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Core Christianity
Core Christianity

Core Christianity

Michael Horton

16
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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California) and host of the Core Christianity national radio broadcast. He is the author of many books, including Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story.Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a co-host of the Core Christianity national radio broadcast.

Latest Episodes

Should Christians Believe in Dinosaurs and Cavemen?

Episode 275 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How can Christians, that believe in the creation story, explain dinosaurs and cavemen when we have evidence to prove they existed? 2.I grew up in a Christian home, accepted Christ, got baptized, and attend church regularly. I used to get up at 5 am and spend time with God and our relationship was awesome, but our house burned down. Graciously, individuals opened their home for me to stay thenI became like the prodigal daughter and stopped attending church. In the process, I met my boyfriend and we started living together but I sleep in a different bedroom. Are we common law married? What am I supposed to do? 3.When Jesus told the thief on the cross inLuke 23that today he would be with him in paradise, how does this fit with how you emphasize that to be a Christian we need to go to a church? 4. How does the resurrection fit with heaven? It seems like the Bible makes the resurrection physical, but heaven is about the soul. After the resurrection, do we go to heaven?

25 MIN1 days ago
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Should Christians Believe in Dinosaurs and Cavemen?

Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

Episode 274 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is there such thing as coincidence, chance or luck? Or is God in control of even the smallest things in our life? 2.I've been listening to your program for a while and I had a question about some of the imagery the Bible has about believers. Verses likeRomans 8:15call us adopted sons of God while in chapter 1 of the same book and other places we are bondservants/slaves of God being bought from slavery to sin. How do these two seemingly contradictory images reconcile each other in our lives as believers and followers of God?” 3.In regard toHebrews 6, impossible to renew to repentance. Can you help me understand what that means? Do we take it at face value? I am trying to figure this out for about a year now. I feel like this portion of Scripture really describes me and my eternal destiny is at stake and I can’t get the answer to thi...

25 MIN2 days ago
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Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

How Do We Approach Politics in a way that Grounds Ourselves in the Faith?

Episode 273 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I wanted to follow up on a question on politics and religion. I know that there can be different interpretations of the Bible for example immigration in the United States. How do we take an approach to that in a way that makes sure that we ground ourselves in our religion but at the same time at what point do we bring the two together? I know people who separate the two while others who bring both together. I wanted to get your perspective on that. 2.What do you guys think about apostolic succession? How do you understandMat 16:18? “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” 3. What does it mean when they say that we are justified by faith? I think I understand what it means to have faith but I’m wondering what it means to be justified. 4. What is th...

25 MIN3 days ago
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How Do We Approach Politics in a way that Grounds Ourselves in the Faith?

Should Churches Build Relationships with People of Other Faiths?

Episode 272 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.My question is aboutExodus 17:8-13. Is the imagery here foreshadowing Golgotha and the crucifixion? I would love to hear your thoughts. 2.I’m really struggling in my prayer life. When I pray it feels like God isn’t there or isn’t listening. Can you please tell me what the Bible says about this? 3. If Jesus conquered sin and death, why does God still allow suffering and death to happen? Why do faithful Christians still suffer and die? 4. How do you understand Jesus where he said that he was the way the truth and the life? Based on that, do you think it’s good or proper for churches to build relationships with people of other faiths, like pastors getting to know the local rabbi or Imam? 5.Psalm 103says, “The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” How do you understand this passage?

25 MIN4 days ago
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Should Churches Build Relationships with People of Other Faiths?

Will We Recognize Our Loved Ones In Heaven?

Episode 271 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.Will we recognize our loved ones in heaven? 2.What does blasphemy of the Holy Spirit mean or entail? I hear discussions about how all can be saved. What about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? What can a person do? 3. My son was killed. A woman was driving 100 mph, ran a stop sign and t-boned us, taking my son’s life. She was impaired. My question is, and I blame my self, I never had my son baptized. Now, at the funeral service, the priest did the baptismal ritual along with the burial ritual. If there is any information you can pass on to me to help me, my wife, and the rest of my family feel better or just to look in one of the passages of some sort, it would be greatly appreciated? 4. Can we prove that God exists; or that the Bible is true? 5.Did God know Adam and Eve would sin and if so, why did God create them to do so in the first ...

25 MIN5 days ago
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Will We Recognize Our Loved Ones In Heaven?

Does God Love Some People More Than Others?

Episode 270 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.Does God love some people more than others? 2.What are good reasons for Christian married couples to put off having kids? When does concern about things like finances, time, and energy in regards to having children cross the line from being wise to being unbiblical and not trusting the Lord’s provision or sovereignty over the womb? What if one spouse has a strong desire to have children and the other doesn’t? 3.I’m curious how you guys have worked through doubt in the past. I can read a lot on apologetics and spend time in prayer and Bible study, but it just seems like there are times where doubt starts to creep in and I can’t seem to stop it. I get to these unexplainable moments when it seems like the evidence for Christianity seems too thin to stake one’s entire life on it, especially since this is supposed to be evidence from ...

24 MIN1 weeks ago
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Does God Love Some People More Than Others?

Is God Punishing Me for Not Being a Devoted Enough Christian?

Episode 269 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.I’m trying to do family devotions with my kids before bed time. Our oldestis 4and our youngestis 2and a half. Right now, all I can do is read a short passage, a few verses, and then say a short prayer. Should I be trying to do more? Do you have any advice? 2.I believe in God and I believe in Jesus. I don't feel saved. I know I trust God and Jesus but I'm not able to meet them on their terms. Can you help me? 3.A friend of mine recently asked me this question over coffee: “How do we explain why God commanded the slaughter of people in the Old Testament?” She is Christian and loves the Lord, but she is really struggling to understand this and I don’t know what to say to her. I appreciate any help you can give me. 4.How do you tap into the Holy Spirit's power? I truly feel a lot of defeat. I know that I’m forgiven but I feel back in...

23 MIN1 weeks ago
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Is God Punishing Me for Not Being a Devoted Enough Christian?

Does God Judge us for our Past Sins?

Episode 268 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.If God desires to save everyone as the Bible clearly teaches, then why does he allow people to choose hell? 2.What does it mean for Christians to be new creations? What exactly is new about us? 3.How can you tell if God is disciplining or judging a person? Does God judge us for our past sins even after we repent? 4.Where do I find a gospel-centered church? I think the church has gotten too seeker friendly and even in mainstream churches there is a lot of theological error. I look at statements of faith and this has been quite a while and I have given up. Most churches only have a Sunday service and I don’t see much ongoing discipleship or fellowship.

24 MIN1 weeks ago
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Does God Judge us for our Past Sins?

Why Does the Bible Say to Deliver Someone Over to Satan?

Episode 267 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.I’m at a new church where they recite the Lord’s prayer in the service. I have never been to a church that recited prayers. I would love to hear your thoughts about this. 2.Lately I’ve really been making the extra effort to control my lust issues. Even to the point of refusing to watch certain TV shows and deleting my Instagram. But all the girls in my youth group at church are super-hot. I’m really trying here but I feel like no matter how hard I try, there’s no escaping it. What do I do? 3.I'm a devoted Christian butI don't attend church. My husband fell away and I attend church in secret. I’m really struggling with this and want to be faithful and go to church but some people have advised me that if church is going to cause problems in the home then I should be faithful at home and try to be a Christian without going to churc...

24 MIN1 weeks ago
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Why Does the Bible Say to Deliver Someone Over to Satan?

Can We Be Saved By Love?

Episode 266 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.What do you think about praying for the Holy Spirit’s presence? Since the Holy Spirit is given to every Christian does it make sense to pray for the Spirit to come? 2.Is the human heart good or bad? Is it bad before Christ enters us and good after he enters? 3.What did Jesus mean when he said inMatthew 5that the law will not pass away until it’s fulfilled. Does this mean that we don’t have to keep the ten commandments? 4.I know that we can’t be saved by the law but what about love? Isn’t love the way that Christians follow the narrow way of Jesus?

22 MIN1 weeks ago
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Can We Be Saved By Love?

Latest Episodes

Should Christians Believe in Dinosaurs and Cavemen?

Episode 275 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How can Christians, that believe in the creation story, explain dinosaurs and cavemen when we have evidence to prove they existed? 2.I grew up in a Christian home, accepted Christ, got baptized, and attend church regularly. I used to get up at 5 am and spend time with God and our relationship was awesome, but our house burned down. Graciously, individuals opened their home for me to stay thenI became like the prodigal daughter and stopped attending church. In the process, I met my boyfriend and we started living together but I sleep in a different bedroom. Are we common law married? What am I supposed to do? 3.When Jesus told the thief on the cross inLuke 23that today he would be with him in paradise, how does this fit with how you emphasize that to be a Christian we need to go to a church? 4. How does the resurrection fit with heaven? It seems like the Bible makes the resurrection physical, but heaven is about the soul. After the resurrection, do we go to heaven?

25 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Should Christians Believe in Dinosaurs and Cavemen?

Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

Episode 274 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is there such thing as coincidence, chance or luck? Or is God in control of even the smallest things in our life? 2.I've been listening to your program for a while and I had a question about some of the imagery the Bible has about believers. Verses likeRomans 8:15call us adopted sons of God while in chapter 1 of the same book and other places we are bondservants/slaves of God being bought from slavery to sin. How do these two seemingly contradictory images reconcile each other in our lives as believers and followers of God?” 3.In regard toHebrews 6, impossible to renew to repentance. Can you help me understand what that means? Do we take it at face value? I am trying to figure this out for about a year now. I feel like this portion of Scripture really describes me and my eternal destiny is at stake and I can’t get the answer to thi...

25 MIN2 days ago
Comments
Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

How Do We Approach Politics in a way that Grounds Ourselves in the Faith?

Episode 273 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I wanted to follow up on a question on politics and religion. I know that there can be different interpretations of the Bible for example immigration in the United States. How do we take an approach to that in a way that makes sure that we ground ourselves in our religion but at the same time at what point do we bring the two together? I know people who separate the two while others who bring both together. I wanted to get your perspective on that. 2.What do you guys think about apostolic succession? How do you understandMat 16:18? “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” 3. What does it mean when they say that we are justified by faith? I think I understand what it means to have faith but I’m wondering what it means to be justified. 4. What is th...

25 MIN3 days ago
Comments
How Do We Approach Politics in a way that Grounds Ourselves in the Faith?

Should Churches Build Relationships with People of Other Faiths?

Episode 272 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.My question is aboutExodus 17:8-13. Is the imagery here foreshadowing Golgotha and the crucifixion? I would love to hear your thoughts. 2.I’m really struggling in my prayer life. When I pray it feels like God isn’t there or isn’t listening. Can you please tell me what the Bible says about this? 3. If Jesus conquered sin and death, why does God still allow suffering and death to happen? Why do faithful Christians still suffer and die? 4. How do you understand Jesus where he said that he was the way the truth and the life? Based on that, do you think it’s good or proper for churches to build relationships with people of other faiths, like pastors getting to know the local rabbi or Imam? 5.Psalm 103says, “The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” How do you understand this passage?

25 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Should Churches Build Relationships with People of Other Faiths?

Will We Recognize Our Loved Ones In Heaven?

Episode 271 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.Will we recognize our loved ones in heaven? 2.What does blasphemy of the Holy Spirit mean or entail? I hear discussions about how all can be saved. What about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? What can a person do? 3. My son was killed. A woman was driving 100 mph, ran a stop sign and t-boned us, taking my son’s life. She was impaired. My question is, and I blame my self, I never had my son baptized. Now, at the funeral service, the priest did the baptismal ritual along with the burial ritual. If there is any information you can pass on to me to help me, my wife, and the rest of my family feel better or just to look in one of the passages of some sort, it would be greatly appreciated? 4. Can we prove that God exists; or that the Bible is true? 5.Did God know Adam and Eve would sin and if so, why did God create them to do so in the first ...

25 MIN5 days ago
Comments
Will We Recognize Our Loved Ones In Heaven?

Does God Love Some People More Than Others?

Episode 270 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.Does God love some people more than others? 2.What are good reasons for Christian married couples to put off having kids? When does concern about things like finances, time, and energy in regards to having children cross the line from being wise to being unbiblical and not trusting the Lord’s provision or sovereignty over the womb? What if one spouse has a strong desire to have children and the other doesn’t? 3.I’m curious how you guys have worked through doubt in the past. I can read a lot on apologetics and spend time in prayer and Bible study, but it just seems like there are times where doubt starts to creep in and I can’t seem to stop it. I get to these unexplainable moments when it seems like the evidence for Christianity seems too thin to stake one’s entire life on it, especially since this is supposed to be evidence from ...

24 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Does God Love Some People More Than Others?

Is God Punishing Me for Not Being a Devoted Enough Christian?

Episode 269 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.I’m trying to do family devotions with my kids before bed time. Our oldestis 4and our youngestis 2and a half. Right now, all I can do is read a short passage, a few verses, and then say a short prayer. Should I be trying to do more? Do you have any advice? 2.I believe in God and I believe in Jesus. I don't feel saved. I know I trust God and Jesus but I'm not able to meet them on their terms. Can you help me? 3.A friend of mine recently asked me this question over coffee: “How do we explain why God commanded the slaughter of people in the Old Testament?” She is Christian and loves the Lord, but she is really struggling to understand this and I don’t know what to say to her. I appreciate any help you can give me. 4.How do you tap into the Holy Spirit's power? I truly feel a lot of defeat. I know that I’m forgiven but I feel back in...

23 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Is God Punishing Me for Not Being a Devoted Enough Christian?

Does God Judge us for our Past Sins?

Episode 268 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.If God desires to save everyone as the Bible clearly teaches, then why does he allow people to choose hell? 2.What does it mean for Christians to be new creations? What exactly is new about us? 3.How can you tell if God is disciplining or judging a person? Does God judge us for our past sins even after we repent? 4.Where do I find a gospel-centered church? I think the church has gotten too seeker friendly and even in mainstream churches there is a lot of theological error. I look at statements of faith and this has been quite a while and I have given up. Most churches only have a Sunday service and I don’t see much ongoing discipleship or fellowship.

24 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Does God Judge us for our Past Sins?

Why Does the Bible Say to Deliver Someone Over to Satan?

Episode 267 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.I’m at a new church where they recite the Lord’s prayer in the service. I have never been to a church that recited prayers. I would love to hear your thoughts about this. 2.Lately I’ve really been making the extra effort to control my lust issues. Even to the point of refusing to watch certain TV shows and deleting my Instagram. But all the girls in my youth group at church are super-hot. I’m really trying here but I feel like no matter how hard I try, there’s no escaping it. What do I do? 3.I'm a devoted Christian butI don't attend church. My husband fell away and I attend church in secret. I’m really struggling with this and want to be faithful and go to church but some people have advised me that if church is going to cause problems in the home then I should be faithful at home and try to be a Christian without going to churc...

24 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Why Does the Bible Say to Deliver Someone Over to Satan?

Can We Be Saved By Love?

Episode 266 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.What do you think about praying for the Holy Spirit’s presence? Since the Holy Spirit is given to every Christian does it make sense to pray for the Spirit to come? 2.Is the human heart good or bad? Is it bad before Christ enters us and good after he enters? 3.What did Jesus mean when he said inMatthew 5that the law will not pass away until it’s fulfilled. Does this mean that we don’t have to keep the ten commandments? 4.I know that we can’t be saved by the law but what about love? Isn’t love the way that Christians follow the narrow way of Jesus?

22 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Can We Be Saved By Love?