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9 Hours (give or take an hour or so)

{Note: This entire entry is written tongue-in-cheek, the real point is to make you aware of the resources]

I want to take a moment and set a “story” straight. It is a story I heard a number of times this week and I simply want everyone to know the facts of the matter.

Back in August of 2004, Dr. White flew into Maryland where I picked him up from the airport and we drove to Middletown, PA (about an 1 hour and 45 minutes drive, give or take a minute or two). The reason Dr. White came to the beautiful state of Pennsylvania was to teach a class (conference) on apologetics, Aug. 20-21 and also to preach on the 22nd at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

The topics Dr. White covered varied: Open Theism, Justification, Sufficiency of Scripture, etc. etc. We all know that in order to sufficiently cover these topics, one needs time to do so. After James finished with the class (conference) and preaching, we headed to Gettysburg (see Back from PA (this is prior to me holding to a stricter view of the Sabbath) 🙂 You will notice in this blog post that Dr. White says he is “exhausted.” From what, I do not know.

Interestingly enough, after about 6 years, I have finally posted the audio of Dr. White from that conference. But first, from the files of Archive.org, you can check out the facts by looking at the original schedule here. In the title of this blog, I say “give or take an hour or so” because I failed to record one of the sessions so I’m not sure the exact amount of time.

On thing is for sure, the story I kept hearing over the past couple of days has been consistent, from 2004 until now. For example, you may want to check out the statements made at the beginning of this audio, first.

You can check out the audio from the 2004 Apologetics Conference by going here.

So, if you ever wonder how Dr. White and I met, if someone tells you the story about how we met, simply bookmark this blog entry and refer back to it.

More Testimonials

Congratulations on the anniversary of the founding of your ministry. Your books, videos and website have been a great blessing to me as I continue to interact with my Catholic friends. I come from a Catholic background, so it’s important to me to try to keep the lines of communication open with my family and friends.

I recently completed The Potter’s Freedom, right after also reading Sproul’s Chosen By God. I think you laid out the problems and discussion very well. I am convinced that the Reformed position is absolutely what the Bible teaches. I thank God and you for your witness to the great biblical truths which seem to be so maligned in our time, especially by supposed Christians.

–TR

I take my lunch break and sit at my computer and watch your debates. Masterful. Scholarly. Bold. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made (which most people don’t realize) to skillfully defend the Faith!

I’m a pastor and I consider you a mentor.

–DM

I have been listening for all 25 years. And have heard every MP3 show and every debate you have made available.. These truths have enriched my walk with God, and have helped me to understand so many of the rich orthodox Biblical doctrines.

A&O has helped me to defend the Christian faith from Mormonism, The Jehovah Witnesses, Islam, Catholicism, and Atheism.

Thank you, Dr. James White and Rich Pierce for all you have done for me.

–BC

Another Testimony–Still Celebrating 25 Years of Faithfulness!

I can certainly thank God for your ministry. I’ve grown up (I’m 26 and have been a Christian little more than half that time) in the Wesleyan denomination and so until April/May of this year have been more or less Arminian in my theology. For a few years before that time I had already felt dissatisfaction with Arminian soteriology, but just was not quite ready to call myself a Calvinist. However, through a number of factors, such as reading R.C. Sproul’s What is Reformed Theology? and not the least through your ministry I have been thoroughly convinced that salvation is a work of God from start to finish and that it depends not “human will or exertion, but on God who has mercy…on whom he desires.” I know my “conversion” to Reformed theology was itself a work of grace; nevertheless, this ministry has been an instrument of grace and I do thank God for your faithful service to Him.

–AJ

An Encouraging Word from Down Under

I shall try to keep this as short as I can. Basically I stumbled onto your website about 2.5 years ago after stumbling onto a KJV-onlyist website (www.av1611.org) and although seeing that many of the arguments were absurd on their face (the KJV is actually EASIER to read than the new versions?? Seriously, they have this ‘scientific’ test to prove it by counting average word lengths or something) I still was curious to find a proper response to the things they were saying and so found your site. It was from reading many of the articles you have posted, and then subsequently using said articles to defend sola scriptura against a catholic on a Christian web-board about 18 months ago that kindled my own passion for theology and studying God’s word and my life has changed dramatically since then. I will use note points for brevity’s sake:
– I have left my old church, your typical large ‘evangelical’ church that seemed to care more for playing trendy music than for the exposition of God’s Word and the teaching of sound doctrine – in the 10 years or so I was attending there I never ever once heard the words ‘justification’ or ‘sanctification’ or (heaven forbid) ‘predestination’ used in a sentence. Until 18 months ago I didn’t even know what those words meant (also sola scriptura, sola fide, etc…). I now attend a solid, Bible-believing and teaching reformed Presbyterian church as there aren’t any Reformed Baptist churches in Western Australia to my knowledge (incidentally your work on infant baptism has been very useful in this regards!!).
– You are partly responsible for me being a reformed baptist as opposed to just a regular vanilla baptist, though I haven’t yet decided whether I should thank you for that or not. The killing blow was one of my friends from the aforementioned Presbyterian church that I wasn’t attending at that time talking to me and lending me a copy of A. W. Pink’s The Sovereignty of God, though it was listening to you on the DL (I think you were going over a sermon by George Bryson or something) that made me realise that maybe Calvinists aren’t all a bunch of heretics. Otherwise I doubt I would have taken Pink’s book when it was offered to me.
– As a result of your ministry getting me interested in theology I am planning next year to go and get my M.Div at Trinity Theological College, the only conservative theological college left in the state. If you ever come to Western Australia I recommend not accepting offers to speak at any other college (even the baptist one), because they are all either charismatic (and hence focus more on how to run effective youth ministries than on the unimportant things like, say, systematic theology or exegesis) or failing that, would laugh at any student who believed that the Old Testament is actual history. True story – one of my friends did a Theology unit at Murdoch University (the theology school there is run by the Anglican church, what a surprise) and was marked down for citing Calvin and Matthew Henry in an essay because they aren’t reputable sources! Ack! Back on topic though – in the years to come there is going to be a Reformed Baptist church/ministry in Western Australia that there otherwise wouldn’t have been without the work of your ministry. So, thank you very much for that!
– Another side note: about 15 months ago I started working at a Christian bookstore, and even though I get a staff discount the manager still told me a little while ago with a smile that I am getting close to being in her top 20 customer list – including churches and other bookshops! We are the biggest Christian bookstore in WA by miles so that really is something. I dare say I was the only 20 year old (I’m nearly 22 now) they’ve had spend $450 on the 38 volume early church fathers set.
So in summary, I have Alpha and Omega ministries to thank for starting my own passion for theology, which has in turn got me planted in a proper church, and hoping to study theology full-time next year with the hope of beginning a career in full-time ministry. I can absolutely guarantee that none of that would have happened otherwise, so I truly am very thankful for your work and all that you do!
—NB

A Balanced View of Church History and a Blessing in the Philippines

Dr. White,
Interestingly as a flaming Pentecostal, I was not hesitant to accept this strange system of doctrine called Reformed Theology when I encountered it on your site. While your debates on Calvinism served to fortify my already strong conviction of Calvinist doctrine (I had been ‘converted’ before by some other Calvinist teachers). It was your love for Church History that dragged me into loving to listen to your debates and the Dividing Line. It was my dipping into Islam and Romanism at one point to see if they had any valid claims to being the replacement of Christianity or true Christianity, respectively. Now, I’m a recovering Pentecostal who affirms God’s absolute sovereignty and literally LOVES Church History. The difference is that through your site, podcasts and debates I can now balance Church History with a proper theology and doctrine of Scripture. God bless you. (And Rich too, I guess 😉 )
–JH

I often hear you mention London and US but do you know that even in Asia (in the Philippines) your ministry has been used by God? I am grateful to have bought your book “The Roman Catholic Controversy”. Your ministry has been used by God to straighten my views and become a 5 point Calvinist (though I never like this terminology to the biblical view of salvation). It has been 3 years now since I’ve accidentally accessed your web page. The debates are great! Yet, it also reminds me that debates is not the end all activity but merely the beginning of a life long study for the truth. It is my prayer that more than the information, argumentation and refutation of false doctrines; the Holy Spirit will use such intellectual grounding into a deeper relationship and walk with God among Christians.

You have encouraged me to study the Scripture deeply. More than studying, to walk with the Lord in a committed way. I praise the Lord that He used your ministry to inspire a young corporate auditor to love Greek and Theology. I could not imagine how corporate controls and governance theories blend with soteriology, Trinity and etc. But the Lord works in very mysterious ways! I said to myself, “I would rather be an expert in the things of God and about His love and character than be an expert in the things of the world that tomorrow fades away.” May the Lord bless your ministry greatly and may he cause you more to be humble because our God is using you for the edification of His people. When the time comes that God will pass on the torch to the next generation, I pray that people like me who heard the Gospel will walk your walk and face the errors that christians and non-christians hold with boldness in public debates or personal engagements. May we never be ashamed as you provided as an example to not be ashamed of the Gospel.

You will not be alone in your ministry as you stand in the pulpit delivering your opening, rebuttals and closing parts. There are a lot of us who join you in our own pulpits in the corporate world who stand for God and a commitment for truth. As you do your God given task, we will also do our assignment and God will knit together our efforts for His glory. But, Dr. White, we don’t have the luxury of time to go in the libraries and read theological books as much as you do. So, at times, God prompt us to read AOMIN for some resources and validate the information through our own research. May the Lord continue to provide you the strength, vission and passion to share your gift to the church even here in Asia. God bless you richly… all of you in AOMIN!
—JHO