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A New Reformed Baptist Publication
09/23/2005 - James WhiteI stopped by Solid Ground today and noted a couple of items of interest you might want to check out (yes, I know, this may tend to prompt biblio-covetousness, the great bane of Mrs. Calvinists everywhere---my apologies):
First, despite the repeated efforts of some folks to deny our existence or our legitimacy, we Reformed Baptists keep popping up. Reformed Baptist Academic Press has begun publishing works and their newest is going to be very interesting to a wide portion of our audience. Covenant Theology from Adam to Christ by Nehemiah Cox and John Owen is being offered at a 50% price for the next week. Edited by Ron Miller, Jim Renihan (my partner in the recent debate at sea in defense of the resurrection of Christ) and Francisco Orozco, this work will surely be useful for those studying the application and ramifications of covenant theology.
Second, Solid Ground is offering the Reformation Study Bible at a great price in the ESV translation. I know a lot of folks enjoy this study Bible (I personally don't do the study Bible scene anymore, but some folks like to carry a small commentary along with their translation it seems).
Finally, Sam Waldron has released his book, To Be Continued, which addresses the issue of the sign gifts from a Reformed perspective.
Update on Sovereign Grace Fellowship Relief Fund
09/08/2005 - Rich PierceSovereign Grace Fellowship of New Orleans has now set up a bank account where you can donate directly. Checks or Money Orders can be sent to:
Sovereign Grace Fellowship Relief Fund
Natchez Main Branch
320 Franklin Street
Natchez, MS 39120
If you want to contact the bank via phone I am sure that they can handle bank to bank funds transfers as well.
This is Perfect
09/07/2005 - James WhiteFor those of you who have heard me speak on the Da Vinci Code and Dan Brown's inability to figure out which centuries are which, this comic is perfect.
Robert Funk Dies September 3
09/07/2005 - James WhiteI cannot help but noting the irony: on August 26th during the evening session of our national conference I played clips from my 1989 encounter with Robert Funk, the co-founder, along with John Dominic Crossan, of the Jesus Seminar, illustrating the bias very plainly found in Funk's position (and in his concluding the interview by telling us all to "go to hell" because it is a "nice place to go"). Just over a week later, when we were in Glacier Bay in Alaska, Robert Funk died at age 79. One can only shudder at the thought of standing before God and hearing his Twenty-one Theses for the Coming Radical Reformation read out. How very strange that this would take place exactly one week after our debate in Seattle. Definitely one for the "odd providences" list.
A Word of Thanks
09/06/2005 - James WhiteBefore we move on to all the issues facing us in the future, allow me to once again express my sincere thanks to two men without whom the recent conference and debate simply could not have taken place. You will soon begin to see video clips, and soon be able to listen to, and watch, the debates, and I believe those with a knowledge of the subject at hand will see just how valuable and useful these debates will be for years to come. I prepared long and hard, but things of this size cannot be done alone. It takes teamwork.
Here you see a picture of myself along with Steve Camp (on the left of the picture...and yes, he's standing on a step) and Mike O'Fallon (to my right). Yes, we were the three who engaged in a competition to lose the most weight, percentage wise, between June 14th and August 23rd. And yes, Steve Camp won by 0.1% over Mike O'Fallon, and I was a lowly third. However, unless I'm missing my guess, neither of my brothers lost another two pounds during the cruise, as I did. We will see whose methodology has longer lasting impact! Anyway, when I last saw Mike last evening, late, in Anchorage, he was looking pretty tired. He had worked so very hard during the entire conference and cruise to make things "work" for us all. He was the one who arranged the debate with Dr. Crossan (and with Doug Wilson and with Greg Stafford, for that matter). He makes the cruises work. He and his wife Sau do far more than anyone knows. Keep that in mind when you get a chance to start hearing the debates and the conference presentations.
But of course, as all of you know who listen to the Dividing Line, the day-in, day-out workhorse of the ministry is Rich Pierce. I looked through all the pictures I have from the conference and could not find one of Rich and I together, which makes sense, I guess. If I am up front, he's in the back making sure the cameras are rolling and the sound is being recorded, etc. That's what he was doing here (and my son Josh is doing the "don't take that picture" look, it seems). But this seems a fitting picture, because Rich is doing what Rich does: working with his "stuff," his tools, here, cameras and sound boards and connections and cables and the like. And that is why you will get to listen to the debate or watch it or, eventually, all the Conference presentations as well.
So surely this past adventure proved once again the appropriateness of Paul's analogy of the Body: each with different gifts. I may be the "out front" guy doing the debate, engaging in the cross-examination, asking the questions, but we have a place to hold the debate, and it is being recorded, and will be distributed, because of believers like Mike O'Fallon and Rich Pierce and the many others who work with them who do not insist upon being "out front." That is the attitude of servanthood.
Greetings from Anchorage
09/05/2005 - James WhiteJust wanted to pop up a few more pictures while I have wi-fi here in Anchorage before we try to catch our flight home late this evening. First is a little better picture of a pre-debate conversation between myself and John Dominic Crossan from last Saturday evening. Once again, let me reiterate how amiable and kind Dr. Crossan was during the debates and the entirety of the cruise. That was much appreciated.
Next, here is a picture Scott Schaeffer took that gives you a good idea of the kind of work and set up that goes into a debate, and the folks who did the lion's share of the work. In the center is Rich Pierce; my son Josh is on the right camera, our friend Larry on the left; Mike O'Fallon is at the podium, and of course Dr. Crossan is on the left, I am on the right of the podium. You can't see all the volunteers who helped to make things happen that night, but the two who did most of the legwork in the months beforehand, Rich and Mike, are there. To the right would be our book table, and surely Dave Gere, who didn't get to go, but who ran most of the DVD's and CD's and the like, should be thanked for his work as well.
Finally, we visited Glacier Bay a few days ago, and the Lord was kind enough to lift the clouds when we got a chance to see the Johns Hopkins Glacier. I have never seen a more beautiful sight, and this time up to Glacier Bay I had my 5 megapixel camera, so I have some simply gorgeous shots now.
Lord willing and our flight is on time we will do the Dividing Line live tomorrow and I will report on the events of the past two weeks.
Sovereign Grace Fellowship Relief Update
09/03/2005 - Rich PierceEddie has updated his blog with an on scene report. Click Here for the update
How to help SGF
Sovereign Grace Fellowship of New Orleans Has Setup A Blog
09/01/2005 - Rich PierceHere's The Link Katrinacus Rex