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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.

Remember, Caner Defied Scripture to Claim Copyright on This Pack of Lies

Here is a concentrated version of Ergun Caner’s lies, exaggerations, falsehoods, off-color jokes, etc., from just one of the two Marine videos—the videos he has claimed copyright on, and lost a lawsuit over.  The antics are embarrassing, the lies damning, and all the more because he dared defy Scripture and sue a pastor over having posted them publicly for all to see.  Simply amazing, utterly indefensible.

Catching Up With Technology

We all know most things we buy in the tech world are planned to become obsolete in a relatively short period of time.  It’s a built-in aspect of the market, it seems, but it is also a function of the fact that thankfully, at least in many areas, technology continues to advance and progress.

This is a very small ministry, and hence I am personally dependent—very dependent—upon my computer.  I study on it, correspond on it, communicate on it, video record on it, manage all my debate audio and reading materials on it, do all my trip planning on it—suffice it to say, it’s a daily tool, my electronic secretary (since I do not have one), etc.

For a number of years a single individual has been such an encouragement in providing me with my ministry computer.  “We can’t let the bad guys have all the good toys!” he’d say.  I can’t tell you how encouraging it has been to have that kind of support behind me.

With the changes we have made recently (as you have probably seen on the DL, the new technology we are using, the ScreenFlow videos I’m doing, etc.), we turned our attention, finally, to my desk.  Yes, my desk.  It is so old it was designed only to have a single CRT on it (remember those?).  The legs have clear tape on them to hold the surface to the core.  We bought it last century, literally, and it has seen its age pass.  Further, the external monitor box we’ve been using to give me access to external monitors has likewise gone on to the great bit bucket in the sky.  So, we started looking into how to replace the aged with something that will last a while.

In the process we discovered something.  My current MacBook Pro has served me well.  It’s still got the old style hard drive, but I’ve never had any problems (though I do have to carry an external HD as well).  But we’ve run into a roadblock that only an upgraded unit can fix: its video capabilities.  I thought this thing was maybe 18 months old, seriously.  But when Rich asked me to get its technical specifications, I was shocked to see it identified as “Early 2011.”  How did that happen?  I know I’m getting old, but I really, really thought it was like late 2012.  Well, it’s video innards simply lack the umph to handle what we are asking it to do these days.  And since it is a laptop, we can’t upgrade individual components like you can a desktop unit.

So, we have put the various parts of a replacement unit on the MRL.  Now, the MRL used to be an Amazon wish list.  We had to replace that with something that gives us more control over the flow of funds so that we can cross our t’s and dot our i’s as far as donation credit is concerned.  Here is the current MRL, and you can see the various components of the new unit.  If you’d like to have a part in equipping yours truly with the single computer unit I traipse about the world with, write my books on, record videos on, use in debates, etc. and etc., well, I’ll be most thankful.

Details on My Upcoming Trip

Lots of folks are asking about where I will be speaking on a trip beginning a week from tomorrow.  Well, first, I am flying to New York to speak at New Hyde Park Baptist Church once again, with Pastor Doug McMasters.  I am helping Doug shed the last vestiges of his British accent so that the New Yorkers can understand him.  It’s tough work!  Seriously, we will be dealing with the exclusive nature of the claims of Christ in a world where the watchword is “inclusivism” and “pluralism” (even though, as we all know, those who use those terms are the least inclusive, least pluralistic folks on the planet).  Here is the scoop:

American culture is becoming intolerant of universal truth claims and indiscriminately tolerant of all individual views. That puts our culture in direct conflict with Christ who asserted, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

James White will provide biblical instruction and practical guidance on how to bring the exclusive gospel of Jesus Christ to our pluralistic society. He is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is the author of more than twenty books, a professor, an accomplished debater, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church (and a cyclist who Doug McMasters wants to grind to powder on some obscure hillside on Long Island—I sorta added this part).

When: April 26-27, 2014
4/26: Why One Way at 7 PM
4/27: Special Adult Bible Fellowship at 9:15 AM and  Service at 10:30 AM

Where: 635 New Hyde Park Rd, NHP, NY 11040

Questions? Contact: office@nhpbc.com or 516.352.9672.

Then I will be headed back to Pryor, Oklahoma, and my dear brother Derek Melton and Grace Life Church.  I will be addressing the centrality of the Trinity in Christian worship on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, April 30th and May 1st.  Here is the info.  Hope to see you there!

Two New Systematics (Sproul & Kelly)

One reason many of you enjoy Alpha and Omega Ministries is because of the clarity of the message. Whether through blog posts, audio, video or books the gospel is clearly proclaimed. As much as possible, theological issues are addressed to the common reader. Or, as one apologist used to say “We need to get the hay out of the loft and put it down on the barn floor where the cows can eat it” (actually, I believe this originated with Donald Gray Barnhouse).

In Reformed circles (and beyond) it goes without saying that R. C. Sproul puts the hay on the floor for us common folk. His new systematic theology titled Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology is no different. This book is currently on sale for $15.20 (20% off) right here. If you purchase 5 or more, they will cost you $9.50 each. A sample of this book is located here. It is worth purchasing. Chapters are short and too the point, easy to outline with memorable definitions. Perhaps a glossary after each chapter would have been helpful, but without one, it simply forces you to do some work.

Speaking of Sproul, it was announced last month that Stephen Nichols will become the second president of Reformation Bible College beginning July 1. Nichols is an able, and very articulate spokesman for the reformed faith. Someone recently told me that Nichols is so clear, she could listen to him read the phone book. Anyway, here is a sampling of Dr. Nichols on the topic of “Why the Reformation Matters”. Nichols also spoke at this year’s Ligonier’s conference on (who else, but) Jonanthan Edwards. Watch the lecture here.

Some of you will remember way back in 2004, both James and Steve spoke at an apologetics conference together. Here is the audio from that conference.

Need I even say that Dr. Nichols would certainly appreciate you praying for his future ministry at RBC.

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I have not had a chance to read Doug Kelly’s 2nd Volume Systematic Theology (Vol. 2): The Beauty of Christ – A Trinitarian Vision, but if it is anything like the first, this will not be an easy read. Which simply means you’ll have to spend more time digesting this one in comparison to Sproul’s work. Looking at the Table of Contents, it seems it will be a very relevant work. This systematic is on sale for 40% off through this link. Or, you can purchase both here for $40 (50% off). A sample of this book is located here.