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Welcome to the NEW!

   Three years in the making! Yes indeed, we knew we needed to upgrade our site a long time ago. So what took so long? Simple. We make a penny scream before we let it go, so we did not go out and buy a pre-made template. Besides, we have skilled volunteers. But, of course, our volunteers are just that: and as you all know, if you want something done, you find the busiest people to do it. But…it’s done!
   Now, you will see, of course, that it will take time to migrate the older articles to the new format. One of the reasons it took some time to do the new design is due to the sheer size of our site. We’ve been doing this for over a decade now, and stuff piles up on a website! So you will find some links going back to the old site for now, but we are working diligently to get everything up to speed. Of course, now that this new format is operational, future changes will be a lot easier, thankfully. It was the first “get caught up to modern technology” move that took so long. For those who don’t know, the format we had first appeared in 2000. So old, it had become retro!
   So we hope you will find our new website easy to use and helpful. I sure like the way it looks! I would like to extend my thanks to (using their IRC nicks) AOMin, Shamgar, Micah, ENielsen, Spidey and buzz for all their hard work for a very long and extended time period. Enjoy!

A Quick Note About Article Authors

   I was a little surprised to see that people have been confused over the authorship of recent blog articles. I just wanted to point out that, as those who have followed this blog for a while know, Dr. White would not dare to venture into such controversial areas as the Harry Potter books. He much prefers to spend his time with far less incendiary topics such as Qur’anic textual criticism, the KJV-Only issue, and Reformed theology. It’s only the more hardened apologists among us that would dare venture into the lion’s den of children’s literature, so please pay attention to who is writing what. There are reputations at stake here! 🙂

BlogMaster Note: I decided to add this picture. It has nothing to do with cds’s comments…sorta. But Chris Arnzen did ask me to go on his program to talk about my Harry Potter blog articles, so maybe, when I informed him that cds was the author, this is what he looked like? I can’t be sure, but it seemed appropriate to the level of seriousness of Colin’s note. 🙂 Besides, as centuri0n has proven over and over again, graphics do not have to have anything at all to do with the text.

Team Apologian Goes Big Time!

   Well, Carla came through and set up an entire CafePress page for our blog, featuring Angel Contreras’ classic artwork. So we were chatting and came up with the idea of maybe buying the sleeveless-T version, shown here, and sending it as our love-gift to Ergun Caner? I’m sure he would appreciate, and utilize, such a gift, don’t you? Definitely. That led to the whole group brain-storming on possible future Angelz caricatures, but I can’t comment on stuff like that. Angelz has this clause in his contract about secrecy and stuff, you know. Artsy types are like that. Very sensitive and all. He has flashy sneakers, too. Just thought I’d mention that.
   So anyway, if you get a Christmas present from me and it comes from our Team Apologian shop, don’t be surprised! Here she is!

And Now…My Secret Weapon in the Blog Wars…Angelz!

   centuri0n started it. Really. It is his fault. But I took up the challenge. And I have a secret weapon. No, it is not Colin Smith (cds), though, he is British. And a vegetarian. No, it isn’t the Gobbler, though, he is a super hero…of some sort. No, it is not the Calvinist Gadfly, DeoVolente, though he still has all his hair. Jeff Downs is a likely suspect, but it isn’t even him. Nor is it TQ and his musical talents (in case you are wondering, I was just went through the main folks on this graphic from left to right, sorta). No, my secret weapon is that little guy down in the left hand corner. See him down there? Yeah, that’s Angelz. And when Angelz draws, people listen! So now, for the first time, the new Team Apologian graphic (which I managed to get inserted in the header even before I got home, though, not without a few difficulties!):

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   For all their photoshop magic, Team Pyro doesn’t have Angelz. It’s like…playing the Bulls when they had Jordan, you know? You could be good, but you were never good enough. Sorry, Phil, Frank started it. Love you guys!

A Classic Updated–in the AOMin Bookstore

   I have to admit, it is one of the most humorous comments I’ve seen in print, from a Calvinist anyway, in a long time. When Lance Quinn updated the work of Steele and Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism for P&R, he expanded the book tremendously by adding a wonderfully useful bibliography. During the process he asked for not only my old books on the subject, but for information on how he could get hold of Debating Calvinism which was, at that time, in process of being written. I’m thankful he was able to include the book before his own work went to press. In the bibliography (90-91) we find the following:

Hunt, Dave, and James White. Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views. Sisters, Oreg.: Multnomah, 2004, 427 pages.
This book grew out of James White’s response to Dave Hunt’s 2002 book, What Love is This? (see the annotation on The Potter’s Freedom, by James White, under “Articles in Reference Works, Systematic Theologies, Etc.” below). This book has a debate format and could well go down as the most lopsided debate in church history. Once again, as in What Love is This? Dave Hunt neither understands true Calvinism nor correctly represents classic Arminianism. If you want to see an excellent presentation of classic Calvinism, you will find it in James White’s portion of Debating Calvinism.

   Pick up your copy of The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented (Steele, Thomas, Quinn) today!