Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
A Quick Note of Thanks
07/17/2006 - James WhiteI wanted to extend my sincere thanks to those of you who took the time to click on the "support us" link and join us as a regular supporter. We don't talk a lot about money around here--not because we are fully supported but just because I have never felt it went well with apologetics. We don't make marketing calls, we don't even have a regular mailing list either (I'm such a lousey marketer even back when we did whatever we sent out never paid for itself!). We trust that those who see that we engage in a unique ministry in a pretty unique way will likewise realize that given how small we are and given that we tend to be equal opportunity offenders that we need our (few) friends to stand with us. Every once in a while I need to mention that we are, in fact, supported by just a few churches and a small number of faithful supporters, and in general, I don't have to do that too often. But since new folks find out about us all the time, that's required. I happen to believe the folks who see the need for what we do happen to be some of the finest folks around, so I only have to mention our needs and faithful folks step up. So once again, I thank those who did so, and trust that if what we do here on this blog, on the DL, in the materials we publish, the debates we put on, etc., is a blessing to you, you will help us to keep moving forward.
A Special Word of Thanks
07/12/2006 - James WhiteI wanted to give a special thanks for Eddie and Lucy McKee, both members of PRBC. Eddie has been giving a lot of his personal time helping Rich with building projects in our new offices (hope to see the first six sets of shelves next week) and keeping the offices clean (he runs his own cleaning business, so if you are in the Phoenix area, call McKleen!). Lucy works for the Phoenix PD. She also loves to sew/crochet/whatever ladies do with string and thread and yesterday they came over to watch the DL and then gave me a wonderful "office warming" present. And indeed, the phrase is appropriate, as it will definitely warm me up during the winter months (don't need a lot of warming right now, as they are talking highs near 115 this week). This lovely blanket features the A&O logo on a blue background. She worked on it for a very long time. I have placed it on the love-seat along the wall so everyone can see it. Eventually that bare wall will have pictures and things on it. All in time. Anyway, thanks again to Eddie and Lucy!
It Is Good to be Home / A Request
07/11/2006 - James WhiteWell, eight hours from Gatwick, another five from Philadelphia. Makes for a long trip, to be sure! But nothing spectacular to report. I did see "Eight Below" twice though. Yeah, I teared up when the guy found Maya and thought she was dead. I'm a softie, really.
Once again, my deepest thanks to Roger Brazier, pastor of the Edmonton Baptist Chapel for his tireless support of my feeble efforts to bless the saints in the UK. Without Roger and his family I would never have had the opportunities I have had over the past year or so. Anyone who can put up with me for days on end like Roger can should be nominated for some kind of medal...or sainthood or something. Here's a picture from yesterday of Roger and me. Likewise, Jim and Chrissie Handyside in Glasgow have proven themselves "hospitable to the saints" in every way. And my thanks to Peter Masters and the fine folks of the Metropolitan Tabernacle for their hospitality as well.
I am going to try to post the talk I gave in Glasgow on homosexuality as well as my gospel sermon from Jeremiah 9 in London for those wishing to listen.
I head back to work this week with a mountain before me. I hope to take a fresh run at the Ergun Caner situation and seek to reason with brother Caner on the grounds that we must set aside our personal feelings and seek the benefit of the saints. Period. I challenged him to debate because his statements are demonstrably in error regarding the Reformed faith and the consistency of being a Baptist and believing that Jesus Christ saves perfectly without needing human assistance in the matter. I challenged him to debate on the basis of a common commitment to the inspiration and inerrancy of God's Word, the Bible. And I challenged him, personally. I still intend to seek that encounter, to the benefit of God's people. We need to go back to square one, however. It is time to be fair in this discussion. I will present my proposal for the debate format and thesis. I will explain how the audience is benefitted by each and every element. Then I will ask Dr. Caner to please explain, if he disagrees with any element of the proposal, how his counter-proposal specifically and clearly benefits the listening audience. I will challenge him to let that one consideration guide: how will the people of God be best benefitted? We will see if he will allow thoe considerations to take precedence and guide our negotiations.
At the same time, I must rush headlong back into Pulpit Crimes, which has taken a vacation since I got back a few weeks ago. And while doing these things, I must press forward with preparation for the other debates coming up in a matter of weeks, literally, aside from my preaching duties and the like. It is wonderful to have so many opportunities upcoming, but I feel a great weight to do my best in all of these presentations.
So at this very challenging time could I ask all of those who regularly read this blog, listen to the Dividing Line, and utilize the resources we seek to provide to the people of God in apologetics and evangelism, to remember us at this time? Many of our regular readers are taking vacations and paying extra at the pump. Summertime can be a "lull" for many, and as a result, "discretionary" funds go elsewhere. Our ministry is very small, and hence even small interruptions are large to us. Remember that you can join us as a regular supporter and by so doing receive full access to our entire mp3 library. Click on the "Support Us" link on the left to learn more. I know it will be a great encouragement to me if Rich can tell me that a number of brothers and sisters have contacted us and shown their support in a tangible way at this time. I appreciate your consideration at this time.
Last Word from the UK
07/09/2006 - James WhiteHeading home tomorrow morning (Lord willing, as with all air travel). Spoke at the Edmonton Baptist Chapel this morning, then had a little adventure trying to get downtown. We were providentially hindered from making it. Back last evening from Glasgow, where I spoke on homosexuality at the Reformed Baptist Church, pastor Jim Handyside. And yes, I ordered my kilt while I was there! Had a great time with Jim and his wife, despite his assertion that my Scottish accent sounds like a mixture of Pakistani and Italian.
Mr. Compston was kind enough to give me some clearer shots from the School of Theology. Since many have never seen the inside of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, I thought I'd provide this shot which gives you a much better perspective on how it is laid out. The barely visible orange you see in the tie there is the MacGregor Hunting tartan.
Lord willing we will do the Dividing Line at its regular time on Tuesday, 11am MST, 2pm EDT. I cannot guarantee that I will be overly lively, I confess, but I leave that to the Lord.
Greetings from London
07/05/2006 - James WhiteA quick "hello" from downtown London. I'm actually finished speaking at the School of Theology, though there is one day left to go. Got caught in a downpour yesterday, got back to the Tabernacle only 15 minutes before speaking, looking like I swam in. But the Lord was merciful and I was able to put that out of my mind as I spoke on the fact that many evangelical churches today are functionally non-trinitarian. The fellowship has been wonderful with all of God's people here in the UK.
For those in the Glasgow area I will be speaking on the issue of homosexuality Friday night there in Anniesland. I do not know how much longer we will be able to advertise such meetings here in the UK. Amazing developments in granting super-rights to the homosexual community, and don't be deceived, that is exactly what they want in the US as well.