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Dr. James White in Johannesburg

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Here is Dr. White’s schedule in Johannesburg, South Africa.   This schedule is subject to change!

Friday, October 3

Debate: Jesus or St. Paul – Who is the true founder of Christianity?

James White debates Bashir Varnia

Shan Nun Islam Hall
Lenasia 1821, South Africa
Argon Crescent & Goud Crescent, opposite Rosepark
7:00 PM

 

Saturday, October 4

Biblical Worldview Conference

Topic: Why we can trust our New Testament
James White
with Tim Cantrel

Sandton Bible Church
15 Leslie Ave.  Sandton, 2191
Douglasdale, SA
8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

 

Sunday, October 5

Antioch Bible Church

Session: Roman Catholicism

Knights Preparatory School
Corner of Nerina Street and Alexander Street
Randburg
8:00 AM

 

Heritage Baptist Church

25 5th Street
Corner of 5th and 7th
Melville, Johannesburg
7:00 PM

 

Tuesday, October 7th

Debate: Reading Each Other’s Scriptures: A Christian/Muslim Debate.
Christology in John’s Gospel & the Qur’anic position on the Bible

James White debates Yusuf Ismail

Juma Masjid Masque

corner Denis Hurley (old Grey) Street and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo (old Queen) Street
Durban, 4001, South Africa
6:30 PM

 

Wednesday, October 8th

Debate: Crucifixion & Resurrection: Fact or Fiction

James White debates Ayoob Karim

David Landau Community Hall

5 Crocus Rd
Asherville, Kwazulu Natal, 4091, South Africa

 

Learning to Read NT Greek/Jesus

In last Friday’s post I mentioned the text book Robert Plummer is using for his video series. David Alan’s book (on Kindle) is on sale right now for $2.99. Click here to purchase.

Also wanted to mentioned the Reformation Bible College Fall conference that took place last week. The theme of the conference was “We Would See Jesus” and included speakers: Gregory Beale, L. Michael Morales, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas. Click here to watch.

Slowly apostatizing from Greek?

I am sure some readers of the Alpha & Omega Ministries blog have started learning Greek and ended up back in their favorite English translation(s). If you’re like me, you have started learning Greek around 45 times and you really want to get back at it again. Well, why not another website to motivate you.

Robert Plummer, professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary now has the Daily Dose of Greek. If you know a little Greek (no not the owner of the sub shop down the street), or if you want to begin learning Greek, Rob’s site may be the place to begin.

If you are going to start for the 1st time (or 46th for that matter) Plummer’s videos follow David Alan Black’s book Learning to Read New Testament Greek. If you don’t know who David Alan Black is, check out this short video of him teaching Greek. I highly recommend Black’s video series.

Thomas Hudgins also has a series working through Black’s book.

Pastors, Cut Your Sermon Prep Time in HALF! I Am Serious…

I want to piggyback on Michael Kruger’s “You Don’t Think Learning the Biblical Languages is Worth It? Think Again” and add a few comments of my own on the use of Biblical languages for pastors (and anyone who has a desire to learn them).

1. Pastors (I am not one) who actually know how to read the biblical languages (not consulting “Vines”), will tell you that they save many hours of sermon prep time because they are not dependent on secondary sources. If you know the languages you can bypass commentaries and other secondary sources because you possess the ability to work in the text without training wheels—bypass the middle man.

2. Speaking of commentaries, they are overrated, not to mention we are living in the dark ages of commentary writing; i.e. don’t equate how many commentaries that publishers produce with quality. I would rather have one good quality cigar weekly than a cheap cigar every day.

3. And even if you do consult a commentary, journal article, monograph, or the LOGOS library after your linguistic analysis of the biblical text, you are in the position to evaluate them—that’s right they are fallible, including Hebrew and Greek lexicons! I often hear people cite BDAG and other lexicons as if they are inspired and descended gold-plated from the Greek gods themselves. Lexicons are interpretive; and just like commentaries they often repeat each other. I give you permission to critically evaluate these resources. May there be a day when pastors and other students of the Bible will not perform “LOGOS-gesis”—typing in a biblical reference and poof uncritically incorporate your LOGOS results in your sermon…uhg.

4. Don’t learn the biblical languages to be able to “translate.” There are plenty of good translations out there. Why not use them if that is what you are looking for? Learn the biblical languages because you want to read Hebrew and Greek, yes? And read it aloud! Which brings me to my next point.

5. Don’t use the Erasmian pronunciation system that is taught by the vast majority of seminaries today; instead, use the Modern pronunciation or at least Randall Buth’s Koine Reconstruction system. This is a whole other topic that I will write a blog article for. But I really believe that the Erasmian pronunciation is a major impediment to learning Greek and retaining Greek. So many more seminarians will retain their Greek if they learned to read or listen to it aloud with the Modern system. This is what I listen to about every day. If you do use the Erasmian, it only takes a week to switch over to the Modern system. Well worth it, trust me.

6. I recommend Rodney Decker’s first year Greek grammar coming out in November, Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Stanley Porter also has an excellent first year grammar. I realize that Mounce’s grammar is the most popular; but don’t confuse popularity with what is the best. Mounce’s traditional understanding of the verb system is flawed in my opinion, as well as the opinions of many other Greek scholars including Decker and Porter.

7. As far as an intermediate Greek grammar I highly recommend Stanley Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament. I realize Wallace’s grammar is the most popular, but, again, don’t confuse popularity with what is the best.

Okay, that’s it. Save on prep time so you can focus on other aspects of pastoral ministry!

 

Monday Miscellaneous

Tackled a tough, challenging section of Hebrews at PRBC on Sunday.  NOTE TO ALL ANTI-LORDSHIP, CHEAP-GRACE, NON-REPENTANCE FOLKS: Please note both sermons, but especially the evening sermon.  I really tried to give you all the evidence you could possibly need that I am firmly, unalterably OPPOSED to your position and identify it as a fundamental denial of the Gospel. I hope I’m really clear on that.

Just a quick note: we will have three DL’s this week, Lord willing, including a special Friday edition with Michael Brown to discuss his new book, Can You Be Gay and Christian?  Then, next Tuesday, we will be joined by a young apologist who thinks I do nothing for the kingdom, am like the sound of one hand clapping, and will be discussing Molinism with me anyway!  Should be interesting.

Finally, I’ve added a few items to the Ministry Resource List, here.  Your assistance is always deeply appreciated.  And let me add my deepest thanks again to the handful of folks who responded to our posting of computer materials about two weeks ago.  The speed with which that need was met was astounding, and encouraging in a level that is hard to express.  Thank you so much.