What Does God Want Me to Do with My Life? Michael Horton Explains

Jeremy Bouma on 8 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310525066‘Tis the season for commencement speeches. On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs gave one of the more memorable ones. His advice to the Stanford graduating class? “You’ve got to find what you love.” This is a common answer to the graduate’s question, “What am I supposed to do with my life?”

But what about the Christian? What are we supposed to do with our life? Michael Horton has an answer, one that’s different from Jobs’s.

In his new book Core Christianity, a helpful guide that tackles the core beliefs that all Christians share, Horton directs our attention away from ourselves—finding what we love—and toward God and our neighbor. His advice on calling begins in a unique way, reminding us where we are and where we’re heading:

we are located…

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Either Lord or Lunatic – An Excerpt from Core Christianity

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One doctrine especially core to Christianity concerns the identity of Christ: Is Jesus God?

As C. S. Lewis suggested over a half century ago, we are faced with the choice that either Jesus is Lord or he was a lunatic. March down through the centuries – from modern day to those who witnessed the life of Jesus – and you will see how the answer to this one question shapes how one views the world. In this excerpt from Core Christianity, Michael Horton walks the reader through the claim, the case and how the skeptics respond.

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JESUS IS GOD. We know this because of the clear claims he made concerning himself and the fact that he rose from the dead just as he promised. Knowing that Christianity stands or falls with this claim, skeptics have focused all their critical…

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What Happens When You Die, Why Should You Care? Michael Horton Explains

Jeremy Bouma on 9 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

9780310525066October 5, 2011: the day Steve Jobs died. When I got the news on my iPhone I was sad. Not only because the world lost an ingenious innovator–mostly because, by all accounts, the man didn’t know Jesus.

This seemed to be confirmed by Jobs himself a few years later, in this reflection from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs:

“I’d like to think that something survives after you die…that maybe your consciousness endures.”

He fell silent for a very long time. “But on the other hand, perhaps it’s like an on-off switch,” he said. “Click! And you’re gone.” (571)

Is that what happens when Death comes knocking? And why should we care what happens when it does?

Enter Michael Horton’s new book Core Christianity, a readable, engaging exploration of the essence of…

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The Problem of Evil – An Excerpt from Core Christianity

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“Either God is great or God is good, but he can’t be both.”

One of the biggest stumbling blocks in Christianity is the question about evil: How can a powerful and loving God allow pain and suffering?

This excerpt from Core Christianity lays out the problem of evil in light of the story of God’s sovereignty, goodness and love. Author Michael Horton brings the drama of good and evil into tension with the end in mind…

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IF GOD IS GREAT AND GOOD, HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH EVIL IN THE WORLD?

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There are a lot of mysteries surrounding the attributes of God. The Bible teaches us both that God is all-powerful and that we have real freedom and responsibility. But how? We know…

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What Is the Bible’s Drama, Why Should I Care? Michael Horton Explains

Jeremy Bouma on 10 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310525066In his new book Core Christianity, Michael Horton describes a childhood church experience similar to my own. Like his church, we loved the Bible, took Sunday School seriously, and trained in Bible knowledge. Yet I had a problem similar to Horton:

with all of this knowledge of the Bible, I never knew how it all fit together. There were lots of interesting (and some not so interesting) stories. But I never heard the big story that moves with dramatic force from Genesis to Revelation. For the most part the Old Testament was alien to me,…

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The Unexamined Faith is Not Worth Believing – An Excerpt from Core Christianity

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Too often, Christians go through life unprepared for their beliefs to be challenged because they don’t even know for themselves what they believe. In his signature style, author Michael Horton challenges us to examine our doctrine. Many think doctrine is dry and boring, but Horton challenges that just as we tend to learn as much as we can about the people and situations most important to us, we should do so with the Gospel.

Today’s excerpt clearly lays out the premise of the book. Hear God call you into his story as you read. Core Christianity is available to order from Zondervan Academic.

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9780310525066A lot of Christians take their story—the narratives that give rise to their beliefs—for granted. They pray, go to church, perhaps even read their…

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What is “Core Christianity” & Why Should I Care? Michael Horton Explains

Jeremy Bouma on 10 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

9780310525066When we lose our job to free trade or we lose our daughter to cancer, what is our first response? As Christians it’s probably prayer—but why?

“Because,” as Michael Horton points out, “you believe…”

You believe this world didn’t just happen; it was created on purpose and with purpose.

You believe everything is sustained by a Creator who steps into our drama and acts on our behalf.

And you believe things about this Creator: God is good, all-powerful, holy, just, and loving.

That one act of praying reveals more than meets the eye: you have a specific worldview, which arises out of a particular story. It’s that worldview and story that Horton explores and illuminates in his new book Core Christianity.

Yes, his book covers what Christians believe about…

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