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MICHAEL S. HORTON (Biola University; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; University of Coventry) is Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in California. In addition to his work at the Seminary, he is the president of White Horse Media, for which he co-hosts the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show. He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He served in pastoral ministry for over ten years. He is author of over a dozen books including Law of Perfect Freedom, Agony of Deceit, and Christless Christianity. He lives in Escondido, California, with his wife, Lisa, and four children.

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The Bible, particularly the Ten Commandments, calls us to discover our obligations to God and to our neighbor and society. It calls the people of God to their posts in society, not as a special interest group demanding its rights alongside everyone else, but as called-out men and women who have a heavy sense of moral duty-not to save their own souls, for that is by grace apart from works, but to bring glory and honor to that gracious King.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080246372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802463722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Horton is the founder of the White Horse Inn, a multi-media catalyst for Reformation. He is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine (www.modernreformation.org) and co-host of the nationally syndicated White Horse Inn radio broadcast (www.whitehorseinn.org). Michael Horton is also the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California.

Before coming to WSC, Michael Horton completed a Research Fellowship at Yale University Divinity School. He is a member of various societies, including the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, and author of thirty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox, whose final volume (People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology) was published in 2008 and won the 2008 Christianity Today Book of the Year award in Theology.

His most recent book is Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World. He has written articles for Modern Reformation, Pro Ecclesia, Christianity Today, The International Journal of Systematic Theology, Touchstone, and Books and Culture.

Michael Horton is a minister in the United Reformed Churches of North America, and lives in Escondido, with his wife, Lisa, and four children.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on February 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Any manifestation of God's grace, even His law, is a gift (James 1:17).

A decade ago Michael Horton emphatically stated: 'That is why, throughout this book we will make a conscious effort to see these commandments not merely as stones to throw at secular society, but as a witness to our unfaithful record at the end of the 20th century.' Horton starts out by immediately directing our attention to important distinctions that have now become blurred, e.g. God's revealed will and God's secret will; the sustainability of the moral (God's) law and the passing of the Jewish ceremonial and civil law; the confusion between the gospel and civil 'righteousness', as set forth by J Gresham Machen a century ago; and the false dichotomy created repeatedly between the Spirit and the Word, as if they had competing agendas. 'Only the Spirit can take those dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1) and make them alive. And once one is made alive, he or she is able to respond positively and affectionately to the law of God for the first time.' p 26

Throughout the Bible sin and its consequences are depicted in uncompromising terms. Israel's failure to walk before God alone and forsake her unfaithful ways brought God remorse. 'We cannot be expected to put God at the centre of our existence if He is not at the center of our theological system.' p 76 Yet that is precisely what happened. "There is no hesed (covenant loyalty), no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land." Hosea 4:1 Horton recounts the enormity of the consequences this had on Israel as a nation, as divine judgment followed.

Though they were a people under the law, Israel was still expected to maintain the spiritual relation presupposed by the patriarchs in the covenant of grace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JOSE DE O AVILLA on May 26, 2014
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Very easy to read, deep in its teaching, not a list of dont's but rather thorough exposition of Ex 20.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luke B. on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Though I didn't agree with everything he wrote; I did find his applications pointed, interpretation to be in depth, and the book very well written. I ordered other books dealing with the Decalog and believe this to be far and away the best. For the pastor preaching through Ex 20 this book is a great resource.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben W on July 11, 2011
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I liked this book, it really went after the heart attitudes & what is positively required by the commandments, not just forbidden. It was like a huge expansion on the Shorter Catechism. Unfortunately, he believes in the 9 commandments, greatly weakening this book (Lord's Day).
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