Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
A Day Late, Dollar Short
06/30/2005 - James WhiteI am perfectly serious...I was going to write an e-mail to Steve Camp yesterday and say, "Hey, Steve, since you are cranking out all these articles, why not just get with the program, get yourself a blog, get an RSS feed, etc., so the rest of us can keep up with you?" But, I got sidetracked. So what happens today? Steve lets me know he has joined the blogosphere, well, at least officially (he had already been there, just not with an RSS feed). This blog is called CampOnThis. Add him to your RSS feeds!
Oops, Missed This (Hide the Credit Card)
06/29/2005 - James WhiteI'm sure some of the regular readers here love old books...especially new, old books, the kind Soli Deo Gloria sells. But you also know that since the market for Puritans is not exactly Jabez-sized, they can be a bit on the pricey side. So, I'm not sure how they did it, but the folks at Solid Ground have managed to come up with a huge sale on SDG titles until July 9th, including Owen's Biblical Theology. If you've been holding off on an SDG title this might be the time to pull the trigger.
Introduction to the Views of John Crossan
06/24/2005 - James WhiteI am a little surprised how few know who John Dominic Crossan is, given the wide exposure he has received in the media and the large (almost 20) number of books he has written. In any case, I commented on some of his views regarding the Synoptic gospels, and the reliability of the gospel accounts in general, during our Sunday morning Bible Study this past weekend at PRBC. Here's the study. This is just a brief introduction made in passing as part of an explanation as to why we are studying the Synoptics at all, but it will help start getting folks up to speed.
Blogspotting: A Burning Passion
06/23/2005 - James WhiteI would not want to extinguish anyone's new found passion, for in this day of post-modernism it is nice to find someone who can get fired up about anything at all! But just what is "blogspotting" anyway? I had never heard of it till Phil Johnson made it a national pastime. Now, I would not have learned about www.technorati.com if Phil hadn't linked it, (a real hot site!), but I am forced to ponder what would happen if we all started blogspotting. Is there not a danger of an exponential explosion that would cripple, indeed, fry, the entire Net? With so much combustible material around already, if we all started linking to each other, would the smoke ever clear? And would anyone ever again say anything important? And who would know? Better sound the alarm on this blogspotting thing, and some may need to repent in sackcloth and ashes. Time to quench the flame before the blogosphere is left charred and blackened by this insidious plot.
Quick Note for Tonight!
06/11/2005 - James WhiteThis is just for folks coming out tonight in Tom's River: we will be at Faith Baptist Church, 1528 Route 9, Tom's River, starting at 6pm! Sorry to be posting stuff like this two hours before we start, but I did not have the info till now! My apologies. Even if you can't make it at 6, keep on coming, as we will be there a while. :-)
An Unusual Request
06/06/2005 - James WhiteGreetings from Long Island. Despite NY's best efforts at hiding road signs, I made it back onto the Island for the tenth "Great Debate" this coming Thursday evening. I hope to see all of our friends here in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area in just a few nights.
I need to bring something to the attention of those who pray for Alpha and Omega and the work we seek to undertake through this blog, the Dividing Line, etc. Very few understand that the debates that have blessed so many over the years are the result of the hard labor of a small number of people. Wonderful folks here on Long Island invest great sums of time, and money in arranging for the room in which the debate takes place, arranging the myriad of details involved in such a gathering, and advertising it so that a new audience is reached each year. But there is another investment as well, one that is very large.
Let me give you a little history. Did you know that video tape exists of my first debate against Gerry Matatics (Long Beach, 1990), and the first two debates against Fr. Pacwa (El Cajon, Jan. 1991)? Don't bother going to our DVD page to find them: we don't have them. Roman Catholic realtor and sometime apologist Scott Butler owns them. And he doesn't distribute them. Why? Well, the first one isn't out because he and Catholic Answers got into a spat over details of the distribution, so it was simply shelved. The two Pacwa debates (attended by a large audience and by such notables as Bart Brewer and Scott Hahn) did not, in Butler's opinion, go real well, so, they are shelved, too. Now, it does seem odd, does it not, that though these debates featured me, I have no control over them? That is because back then we were, simply, clueless about such things. Butler told us, long ago now, that if we wanted to pay half of his production charges, we could have a copy of the debates. We did not then, and probably do not now, have that kind of money, so those debates, as valuable as they would be, remain locked away, undistributed. ...
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Greetings from Bethlehem Bible Church
06/04/2005 - James WhiteJust a quick note from the Bible Conference of Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, MA. Arrived last evening, a bit late, and given traffic, got to the church less than fifteen minutes before we were to begin. Got all set up and managed a presentation on the New Perspectives on Paul. This morning we covered a wide variety of topics, including the Trinity, evangelizing Roman Catholics, and sola scriptura. I will be speaking in both services tomorrow and in Sunday School as well. On Monday I head for Long Island, and the debate Thursday night.
It was very encouraging to talk to folks here who had been blessed by various of my books and debates, including former Roman Catholics, individuals who had come to the doctrines of grace, etc. Always good to see how the Lord uses our small efforts to bless people far and wide.