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The Apostle Paul & Oprah Winfrey

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The world does not need your idea of God; the world needs God's idea of God, and we believe that God has revealed himself in Scripture so that any other god is an idol.

I'm told that 90 million people tuned in to Oprah Winfrey's interview with Michael Jackson not too long ago. That piece of depressing news made me think of what would happen if one of the apostles appeared on a major daytime TV talk show. As a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul did get a spot on the ancient world's equivalent: the Areopagus, where, as Acts records (Ch. 17), the Athenians did nothing but debate the latest idea. As one stupid thought leads to another, my imagination moved to an ad for the program: "Next, on The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Apostle Paul On Resurrection & Repentance. And tomorrow: Cats That Love Mice Too Much."

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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Beyond Culture Wars" May/June 1993 Vol. 2 No. 3 Page number(s): 16-20

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