Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Today on the Dividing Line
05/25/2006 - James WhiteWell, we started with a call, then the phone went dead for about twenty minutes, then the calls started to come back in. Here's the program.
Also, please note, we will probably only have a single DL next week, probably on Wednesday, and none the week following. Sorry, traveling!
Past Two Dividing Lines
05/23/2006 - James WhiteRich just informed me that I forgot to give the link to last Thursday's DL. My apologies. Here she is.
Today on the DL I basically provided an hour long lecture/discussion of key issues related to Islam and the debate with Shabir Ally. Specifically, Mr. Ally has been writing on two of the topics of the debate, the issue of ibn Mas'ud's response to the Uthmanic revision of the text of the Qur'an (and whether he was, in fact, whipped/beaten or not) and my giving the wrong reference to the citation I quickly read during the cross-ex portion (I provide the proper source on the program today), and the Mark 13/Matthew 24 issue of whether Matthew is trying to "exalt" Jesus by changing Mark's text and calling Jesus "Lord." Got into a lot of background information as well during the course of the program, so you might want to have something to take notes on as there is a fair amount of information contained in this one. Here's the program.
A Banner Day on the DL
05/16/2006 - James WhiteWell, we set new records for connections to our Real Audio server and had at least 62 people in channel at one point (maybe more when I wasn't paying attention) during the program today, proving, with overwhelming evidence, that Tom Ascol should be the host of the Dividing Line! But since I haven't asked Tom to start doing that, I guess you are still stuck with me. Anyway, had lots of callers (are you shocked?) on the program today, and everyone seemed to enjoy the discussion. Here's the program.
Today on the DL
05/11/2006 - James WhiteProvided updates on the Caner debate (discussions on the format/thesis, etc.), progress on setting up the Glasgow debates with Shabir Ally for May of 2007, announced that Tom Ascol will be joining me on the DL next Tuesday morning, and then took calls, the first on Romans 7, the second from a "former believer" who wanted to demonstrate that the Bible is not reliable. Went about nine minutes long. Here's the program.
WOOPS! Double Booked Myself Again
05/11/2006 - James WhiteSorry, but I double booked myself this morning. I will have to move the DL back an hour. I'm on WVNE in Worcester, MA talking about The Da Vinci Code this morning! Completely spaced it! So, I'll do that, then run in and do the DL! My apologies. I don't have a secretary! So, for the many time-challenged folks out there, that means it will be 12pm (that's noon for those of you in Rio Linda and most of the rest of California including the SF area where Micah lives) PDT, 3pm EDT. :-)
Moving the DL Tomorrow
05/10/2006 - James WhiteI have the opportunity to be on the drive-time call in talk program on KPXQ tomorrow afternoon, 5-7pm, so we are going to move the DL to the morning time, 11am. Sorry if that messes anything up for anyone, but that's the wonderful thing about a webcast. You can take advantage of other ministry opportunities as they arise.
Shabir Ally Debate Report on the DL Today
05/09/2006 - James WhiteDespite a less than happy Real Audio server, we managed to get the DL in today. Those who tried to listen live only got portions of it, but the archive should be fine. I spent the entire hour going over the Ally debate and providing some background. Once we started having technical difficulties I had a little more trouble staying overly focused (I can see Rich working on stuff, making phone calls, and can see all the folks in channel whining because the feed died), but anyway...hopefully was useful for those who were not at the debate. Here's the program.
An All Canadian DL
05/04/2006 - James WhiteAll our callers today were from Canada, which was sort of odd. Two great calls, and I likewise played, and reviewed, a discussion of John 6:44-45, once again pointing out where sound, consistent exegesis will always lead you to the same conclusions. This will be the last DL before the Biola Debate, so Lord willing, next week on Tuesday I will have a full report for you. Please remember to pray Sunday evening! I would love to hear from any churches that will be praying for this encounter! It would be most encouraging. Here's today's Dividing Line. Update: I wanted to add as well how encouraging our first caller today was. Some might find the discussion we had...less than heart-pounding (it was on the canon), but this young man mentioned how our small ministry had been used of the Lord to keep him strong in the faith while others around him were giving in to the pressures of liberalism and unbelief. I can't tell you how much that meant to me. If you want to know why Rich and I do what we do, and have been doing it now for twenty three years, and hope to be doing it twenty three years from now, listen to that call. What a privilege to know our materials, books, website, mp3s, debates, etc., have been used of the Lord in this way. I truly needed that word of encouragement!
Today on the DL
05/02/2006 - James WhiteCovered a veritable plethora of topics today, making for a rather daedal program (hey, it's the Word of the Day!). Got everyone in the mood by having another Mylo Hatzenbuhler concert in the pre-feed, including that incredible classic, "Who Let the Hogs Out?" Anyway, having recovered our senses after that, I noted with some humor the attempt of LDS scholar John Tvedtnes to address the issue of the Doctrines of Grace, and how you have to work pretty hard to make some of the other representations of Calvinism we've seen look "good." Then I took a few calls, and then looked at Brandon Cox's claim that Adrian Rogers' "masterful exegesis" of Romans 9 had converted him from being a "Calvinist." So we listened to some of my response to Rogers from 2002 on that very passage. Here's the program.