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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!

Upcoming Video Clips and Discussions

   I am truly enjoying providing these video and audio clips on the blog, but, as most of you know, since A&O has a massive staff of…two, I am doing all of this on my own. I have two writing projects I must get done next week, so I am going to have to slow things down. I have a bunch of stuff already posted, so I am spreading it out and inviting the rest of Team Apologian to step up and fill in the blanks a bit as I will be heading to Massachusetts at the end of the month. What is coming up? Well, a few clips from the debate I did with Peter Stravinskas on purgatory that are well worth watching, a KJV Only clip, and then I have begun writing a quick series in response to Brian Flemming’s The God Who Wasn’t There. Yes, I know Ergun Caner has challenged Flemming and his group to debate. I’ve even been told they have accepted the challenge. Yes, I predict a train wreck. I can only assure you that my response to Flemming will be focused upon the facts of his allegations and that it will hopefully be a blessing to those who take the time to watch, and read.

From the Bookstore at AOMin…

   If you have not read this book, you must. Not just you should, you really must. I read it over two decades ago in a single sitting. And it changed my life. It planted the seeds that eventually produced Pulpit Crimes, to be honest, because so much of what I decry in that work is the shallow, fluffy preaching of a church that has no grasp upon the seriousness of the business of worship because it has no grasp upon the holiness of God.
Sproul’s a genius, and everyone knows that, but genius oftens stands in the way of communication, zeal, and passion. As a result, really smart folks can write some horrifically boring books. But that is Sproul’s gift: he can write with clarity, pace, and passion. That’s why I couldn’t put the book down in 1986, and you won’t be able to as well in 2007. If you don’t already own it, get it. If you know an elder, a pastor, who does not have it, get it for him. In a day when Western culture in general, and the wide body of “Christianity” in particular, has created a warm, fuzzy, “very much like us” idol called “god,” we must be reminded of the holiness of the awesome Yahweh. As we sing so often at PRBC:

Before Jehovah’s awful throne,
Ye nations, bow with sacred joy;
Know that the Lord is God alone;
He can create, and He destroy,
He can create, and He destroy.

His sovereign power, without our aid,
Made us of clay, and formed us men;
And when like wandering sheep we strayed,
He brought us to His fold again,
He brought us to His fold again.

We are His people, we His care,
Our souls, and all our mortal frame;
What lasting honors shall we rear,
Almighty Maker, to Thy Name,
Almighty Maker, to Thy Name?

We’ll crowd Thy gates with thankful songs,
High as the heavens our voices raise;
And earth, with her ten thousand tongues,
Shall fill Thy courts with sounding praise,
Shall fill Thy courts with sounding praise.

Wide as the world is Thy command,
Vast as eternity Thy love;
Firm as a rock Thy truth must stand,
When rolling years shall cease to move,
When rolling years shall cease to move.

P.S. John Samson informed me that the video series related to this book is currently available here.

Greetings to James Swan (aka TQuid)

   I would like to introduce the newest member of “Team Apologian,” James Swan, aka, TQuid. I have linked to James’ blog many times, and he reminded me that I posted an article he wrote about a quote Norman Geisler provided from Calvin as well. I have greatly appreciated TQuid’s insightful work on Roman Catholic apologetics and his discussions of the rampant “Luther abuse” found in their writings. He begins his time here on Pros Apologian with a very insightful article. I am thankful for his partnership and ministry.