Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
03/28/2005 - James WhiteJust updated the calendar page and added the information on the conference at Bethlehem Bible Church in Massachusetts in June. Check it out!
See! There She Is!
03/26/2005 - James WhiteYou see her, don't you? Right there, in the water! It's Nessie! Yes, this is a shot of Loch Ness, Scotland, and I'm sure I see Nessie right there in the water, don't you?
CNN Strikes Again
03/21/2005 - James WhiteThere is an important article on the gty.org website. CNN massacred an interview with John Macarthur, once again showing that the MSM (Main Stream Media) wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and socked them in the nose. Read here.
A Quick Report from the UK
03/20/2005 - James WhiteGreetings once again from the UK. I'm afraid in the providence of God I have once more been reminded of my mortality and the frailty of the flesh: despite all my best efforts, being crammed into a tiny space against the bulkhead in an ancient "Super-80" in the back of the plane for three hours with the fellow next to you whose elbow is embedded in your ribs coughing consistently for three hours from Phoenix to Chicago, joined with the loss of an entire night's sleep (i.e., jet-lag) was more than sufficient to give me one of the worst upper respiratory infections of my adult life. I was scheduled to speak yesterday (Saturday) on Jehovah's Witnesses (twice), Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, and atheism, going from 10am till 8pm at night. I woke up in great distress, and the coughing through the night resulted in my abdominal muscles producing simply excruciating pain with every cough. I made it through the morning sessions, covered Mormonism pretty well, and did a brief presentation on Rome. I stopped only when I was completely convinced that within two minutes my eyes would roll back in my head and I would pass out in front of everyone. I made it till about 3:45 in the afternoon, and as badly as I feel about all the work my fine brothers and sisters here in the UK put into arranging the day of special studies, I can honestly say I put out the maximum effort I possibly could: there was simply nothing left.
I was to preach at the Edmonton Baptist Chapel this morning, but simply could not. We are having to re-arrange the schedule for my trip to Scotland as well, sadly, as I can tell from how I feel that trying to travel there tomorrow early in the AM, followed by preaching that night, would push me backwards. I will be resting instead, and we will head to Scotland on Tuesday.
I feel simply horrible about becoming so ill and becoming such a burden upon my hosts here, but as they have reminded me many times, we are in the hands of God, and He has his purposes. One thing is for certain: I will have to come back to "make up" for what I've missed, that is for sure. My hosts have simply been angels, and though it is never "fun" to be sick at any time, let alone when away from home, and especially in a foreign country, they have made me as comfortable as anyone possibly could, and for that I am truly thankful.
Greetings from London!
03/17/2005 - James WhiteNo, I'm not really sure what day or time it is, to be honest, but so far I have truly enjoyed my time here in the United Kingdom! Getting ready to head to dinner, and tomorrow to the British Library and Museum! Just wanted to say hello (and test my blogging ability here in England)! I hear I need to respond to a recent accusation that I hold to an improper view of sola scriptura, but I will get to it as I can.
The MusicMatch Jukebox Saga
03/14/2005 - James WhiteA few weeks ago I noted that I had to re-install Windows after a motherboard upgrade (Mac cultists enjoyed that a lot). All of my programs are back and happy and everything...except for one.
I listen to a LOT of music on my computer, and back about 2002 I purchased the full-bore, life-time upgrade, super-duper version of MusicMatch Jukebox Plus. I have recommended it to many. I like its look, and until now, have only had a couple little glitches with it. It can be a little persnickety, to be sure. It crashes easier than almost anything else on my system, especially when someone grabs the audio driver unexpectedly. But, I've enjoyed it...until now.
You can download music using MusicMatch, and I have done so. Over a couple of years you can accumulate quit a number of tracks, and they are licensed to your own personal use. That's fine with me, of course...until you have to re-install the program after a Windows re-install. You are supposed to just be able to go into your account and "activate" your current PC. Well, that's real nice: except that when you enter your ID and password, it goes into a loop, taking you right back to the same screen. (Password is correct: my laptop still has full access to my account). So no go.
So, all I can do is write to customer service and beg them, please, please, forward my note to the technical guys. First response: change your password, and here's how (don't you love those programs that scan your e-mail, pick up on key words, and fire something back at you that is utterly irrelevant?). Even though I knew that wasn't it, I did it anyway. No go. So, I started asking them, please, please, forward to the technical folks. They have now stopped responding to me en toto. Zero. Nada. "Just go away, we have your money, we don't want your business." That is the message I am getting very loud and clear.
Now, I have enough computer savvy to guess what's up: de-installing does not remove everything that needs to be removed, either file wise or registry wise. There is either a file lurking somewhere that is still telling the system I'm on my old motherboard, or, more likely, registry entries that de-installation does not clean out. So, once I get back from England, I can either 1) give up on MusicMatch and all the music I have downloaded over the years, or, 2) make a backup of my registry and go hunting (after another de-installation) for every single reference to MusicMatch anywhere to be found. If it wasn't for the music sitting there, I'd dump this program in a nanosecond, simply because it is obvious these folks don't care a bit about their customers (twelve attempts and nearly three weeks is simply absurd). Now, should any of you folks out there have a fix, I'd love to hear from you. Otherwise, be warned: MusicMatch comes with lots of new computers. It does a good job: until you need customer support. Then, well, you are on your own.
FireFox Update Messing with the Page
03/12/2005 - James WhiteWe do not know why the newest update of FireFox (1.0.1) has decided to completely mess up the margins on this blog. Everything worked just fine in 1.0.0, and still works fine in IE. We've had our "geeks" look it over. We changed nothing, it is something in FireFox itself. I love FireFox, but it is a bit annoying when a "critical update" ends up changing the entire behavior of the browser. So yes, we know the margin is messed up, and if someone can tell us why it would be much appreciated.
UPDATE: OK, very funny! I post this and a few hours later the problem vanishes, once again without our touching anything. So who's the jokester at mozilla.org? :-)
Back from St. Louis
03/10/2005 - James WhiteJust a quick note: the Dividing Line will be live this afternoon, Lord willing. Whether I will be overly alive, or lively, is another issue. Half a night's sleep and a 3 hour plane ride doesn't help the ol' brain work well. Anyway, when we landed, the flight attendant (I was going to put "stewardess" but that would have really dated me) sang a little ditty for us to the tune of the Barney theme. It went like this:
We love you,
You love us,
It sure was faster than the bus.
We hope you enjoyed our hospitality,
Marry one of us and fly for free!
Founders Conference St. Louis
03/08/2005 - James WhiteJust back from a great evening with all the fine folks at the Founders Conference. Preached as best I know how, then did Q&A for, I think, two hours or so. Maybe less, maybe more, I've lost all track of time at the moment. Just a wonderful evening with great men and women of God.
Faith In Gods and Generals from Solid Ground Christian Books
03/04/2005 - James WhiteI just got an e-mail from our good friends at Solid Ground Christian Books advertising a half-price sale on the companion book to Gods and Generals, a great deal at only $12.50. I don't know how big Solid Ground's e-mail list is, but I thought I'd let our folks know about such a great offer. Here it is.
03/02/2005 - James WhiteI'm doing two radio programs today (March 2nd): 8:15am CST on KJSL with Tim and Al on Calvinism, and then 2:05pm EST on "Engaging Your World" on WVNE. You can listen here, at least I hope, to the second program, which will discuss either my Scriptural sufficiency work, or the KJV Only issue, or both. Sometimes I really don't know until I get started. Keeps you on your toes. :-)