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Just a Quick Note: ISP Failure
02/26/2006 - James WhiteSome may have noted the death of our website for a while yesterday, including this blog. ISP folks did something they weren't supposed to and it took about twelve hours for them to figure out what it was. Anyway, our e-mail was interrupted during that time. I do not know if we lost any incoming mail or not. Both of the test messages I sent to myself from outside our ISP eventually got to me, but there may have been some failures. Hence, if you sent e-mail Saturday morning and are expecting a reply and don't get one, that may be the reason. Or, it might just be that once again I have proven the fact that sitting for hours and hours and hours in an air-tight metal canister with folks who like to travel while sick will result in...your getting sick as well. And while the coughing is still painful, it is better to cough and be sick at home than abroad, that is for certain.
Back on American Soil
02/23/2006 - James WhiteI arrived home after midnight this morning (someone needs to help United Airlines deliver luggage at a small terminal in less than forty five minutes after a flight has landed), and haven't been able to convince my body to sleep much, so here goes a day or two of jet-lag induced life. But a small cost for the wonderful time of fellowship with the saints in the UK!
Today on the DL I will review that trip, as well as the current Ergun Caner dialogue. See you then!
Greetings from Glasgow
02/15/2006 - James WhiteGreetings from Glasgow, Scotland! Pastor Roger Brazier and I flew in yesterday, and we immediately got to work with a meeting last evening at the Reformed Baptist Church here on the subject of New Perspectivism. The meeting was very well attended, and the folks were most attentive and appreciative for the ministry of the Word. Tonight the series of meetings will continue with a study of sola scriptura and on Thursday evening I will speak on "Reaching Muslims." Then we head west and north with a stop for a minister's fraternal and then on to Inverness and further ministry there before returning to London (the schedule is on the calendar page).
Took a quick trip, dodging rainshowers, to Stirling this morning and early afternoon, to visit the Wallace Monument. I wanted to see the Wallace Sword and see the location of the battle of Stirling where William Wallace defeated the English. Here are a few shots I took there. The first is the monument itself, which is quite striking from a distance. Next is a statue of Wallace that is on the monument right over the entrance. They also put up a statue down at the visitors' center at the bottom of the hill in 1997 or so...but that is a statue of...Mel Gibson as Wallace! Not a few Scots were a bit put off by that move, of course.
Finally, we have the Wallace Sword itself. The thing is huge, indicating that Wallace was at least 6' 3" or more to be able to wield it. It's pretty impressive to see, as was the entire monument.
We have not been able to work out a time to do the Dividing Line that works on both sides of the Atlantic. Rich has been very busy with construction work on the offices (great progress has been reported to me) and when you are traveling and speaking 16 times in twelve days (not including travel days) it isn't easy to mesh schedules, to be sure. Something might still work out for Thursday, but I can't make any promises.
The Contrast Speaks Volumes
02/07/2006 - James WhiteThe horror of Reformed Baptists on the rampage!
Preparing for Travel
02/06/2006 - James WhiteAs I have noted previously, I will be ministering in the UK beginning this week, first in London, then moving north to Glasgow and Inverness. I will be doing my best to blog while traveling, but I honestly am not putting any pressure on myself to keep to any particular schedule since I cannot guarantee any particular level of Internet access.
Each morning brings new and amazing stories of violence on the part of Muslims worldwide though I find the paucity of coverage by American media symptomatic of its inherent fear of the entire topic. Truth would demand a discussion of what the cartoons were about and whether they speak accurately to issues within Islam and specifically in the teachings of Mohammed. But, it is sort of hard to have those kinds of conversations when you are standing on the wrong end of an AK-47 or before a crowd chanting "death to those who offend the Prophet." If you live where you can still speak about these things without too much fear of death, be thankful. Many of our brothers and sisters in the world live under oppression from the Muslim religion and do not have these freedoms.
Thursday Morning Odds and Ends
02/02/2006 - James WhiteMy quick blog run and e-mail review netted some pretty odd stuff this morning.
First, it is amazing to watch the rioting, armed thuggery, etc., associated with the publishing of caricatures of Mohammed in Danish newspapers, and now newspapers across Europe. Michelle Malkin has the entire story. Muslims attacking EU offices with guns, demonstrations in the streets, and all over caricatures that are mild and timid in comparison to what you normally see in US newspapers on a daily basis. Can you imagine if instead of the Book of Daniel they had produced a similar program on the Qur'an? TV stations would have been going up in flames. It is not that blaspheming Christ is any less offensive to me, I just respond by praying for the repentance of those doing it, and using it as a basis for challenging, if possible, those doing it on grounds of truth. Islam claims to have grounds of truth, but as we have seen repeatedly of late, examination of those grounds exposes the religion for what it is. So, the more natural response is to follow Mohammed's example and engage in jihad.
Slice of Laodicea had two disturbing notes, one an episode of that always depraved "comedy" "Will and Grace" scheduled for the week before Easter featuring that model of morality, Britney Spears, playing a conservative Christian hosting a cooking show called "Cruci-fixins." Of course it is a shot at TBN, and of course TBN provides all sorts of fodder for that kind of thing. Doesn't change how ridiculous such a move on NBC's part is. What are they trying to do, take over ABC's role as chief offender of believing Christians? Are they ever going to do an episode making fun of how many people die in Mecca trying to get around to throwing rocks at the devil? Yeah, doubtful. It's a lot easier to attack Christians. We write letters and articles in protest: we don't blow up your facilities. You'd think they'd give us credit for that. Don't hold your breath.
And then there is a citation of a letter written in reference to the End of the Spear controversy, found here. Very worth reading.