Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
What Is Missing From This Picture? (Updated Twice)
08/31/2006 - James WhiteCan you tell what is missing from this picture? Probably not. What is missing is my tablet PC. Yeah, the one I used in the Shabir Ally debate. Same one I used in preaching at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. Same one I used when speaking to the Grace Life men's meeting a few weeks ago in LA. It's gone. Stolen last night. Thieves are smart enough to get in, but the IQ seems to slip a bit once they accomplish that. You will note that the power cable is sitting there. Yeah, they tried to get it, but my wacky wiring system defied them. And see the two batteries there? Yeah, they have the tablet, but they have one battery and no power supply. They didn't even take the 100gig external drive sitting next to it. We theorize that the infrared sensors, which should have had uber-loud alarms going off (yeah, yeah, they are fixed now) scared them off, but they managed to grab the tablet in the process. Yes, we are now fixing all the problems that allowed them to get in, but isn't that the way of things? The police officer who came by said he thinks they will be back since they had such an easy time getting in. Please pray once again for our safety. As to the tablet, well, we can only hope that before that battery dies they look at a few PowerPoint presentations on the gospel or something. I honestly do not know what I will do now with three major debates heading my way. It was great to have, but if I have to go back to the old ways, well, that's how it will be.
Oh, ouch. I had plugged my Palm T5 in to charge last night. It's gone, too. Tablet and my T5, history. Double-whammy.
Oh good grief. My iPod is gone, too. I didn't even think to look. They even disconnected the cable just to be able to use it. Entire music library went with it. Ah, a banner day!
Couple of Quick Items
08/21/2006 - James WhiteHey, here's a pic of the Pyromaniac and yours truly after I spoke for a couple of hours on Islam. And I wanted to mention a really interesting conversation I had during the break.
During the first half of my presentation I presented what the Qur'an says about Christ and Christian belief. I got to use my new wireless video import device which allows me to project whatever is on my tablet's screen, wirelessly. I was able to walk freely and still project the presentation. It was great.
Then, during the break, a young man, born in Iran, a former Shiite Muslim, approached me. I asked him, "What did you know of Jesus as a Muslim?" He said, "I did not even know the Qur'an said what you just went over." See, many in those lands only hear the Qur'an in Arabic, even if that is not their language. So when you hear the Bible being preached in your language, thank the Lord for the privilege! Anyway, a little later he became very serious and said, "Dr. White, you really should have a security guard with you at all times when speaking on a subject like this." Believe me, I understand how some would react to even a fair, honest, accurate discussion of the text of the Qur'an. I simply have to trust the Lord for protection.
Oh, and I'm sure someone will point it out, but I forgot to insert a link to the article over on Akin's blog. Here it is. I just scanned the comments and was simply amazed at the childishness prevailing there. The last time I saw this kind of behavior was on the playground in sixth grade. If I am so dull and such a fake, why don't you folks back up your brave brilliance by actually engaging my work? Just unreal. See, for these folks, it doesn't matter how long you have taught, how many books you have written, how wide your scholarship has been proven in books, published articles, or in the breadth of your debating experience. Those things are irrelevant for the prejudiced. Convenient excuse for ignoring the facts of the argument, too.
I've Been Norrisized
08/16/2006 - James WhiteIf you've seen the Chuck Norris and Jack Bauer lists that are floating around the Internet (evidently there is some level of...conflict between fans of both) you have the background to understand this humorous parody. As for me, well, Charles scares me. Someone has listened to way too many debates and Dividing Lines. Hope you enjoy it. If you don't...complain to Charles.
Burning Issues / Pulpit Crimes Pre-Publication
08/14/2006 - James WhiteAnother "sneak peak" from my upcoming book, Pulpit Crimes:
If the purpose of the pulpit is to provide a place for God's voice to be heard amongst His people, then surely one of the greatest, and sadly, most common crimes against the pulpit is when God's voice is muddled, mixed, and muffled, by human tradition. It is indeed a great crime when God's people come to the table to be fed on the manna from heaven and instead are given the empty calories of human wisdom masquerading as if they are God's Word. When the Word is covered over by the crust of man's traditions, both in practice as well as in preaching, the people of God suffer as a result. They go away hungry, even if stuffed to the gills with programs and schemes and words without end. Only the truth will satisfy the soul of the new creature in Christ, and men's traditions, when they take the place of the life-giving words of God, can never nourish that soul.I wasn't aware of it, but you can pre-order Pulpit Crimes already, and, if you do so by August 31, you get a special price. You can also take a look at the other books already in this series or planned for this series, here. The book itself will be released at the Pulpit Crimes Conference in Orlando in early November.
And now...back to work on it!
About the Shabir Ally Debate DVD Disk...
08/09/2006 - James WhiteI have been informed that we had a major "woops" take place in the first shipments we made of the Shabir Ally debate DVDs. Seems a stack of the second DVD of the John Dominic Crossan debate got switched with the Ally debate, so what was sent out was the second disk of the Crossan debate. I am also informed that we know exactly who these were shipped to, and are sending out replacements immediately, so you don't have to call. Our apologies. Of course, you might find the second half of the Crossan debate enjoyable, too!
Yeah, Been a While
08/07/2006 - James WhiteIt has been a while since I uploaded a fractal. My Webshots page now allows me to link directly to thumbnails there, which simplifies my doing this, so that is nice. This isn't a normal fractal like those I've uploaded before. Instead, this one I made in Gimp rather than UltraFractal or Sterling. But it makes for a nice background one way or another. I like the mosaic texture. Almost sorta leathery. Anyway, here is the entire album of blog fractals I've uploaded, including this one. Enjoy!
A Chuckle for Your Saturday
08/05/2006 - James WhiteIf you don't get this...you haven't been listening to the DL of late.
This Says It All
08/01/2006 - James WhiteThe following was just linked in channel from here (thanks crewbear). I think it says all that needs to be said about what happens when a denomination is cut loose from the Scriptures:
"We take no position on Scripture or theology or morals," said Donna Bott, a leader of a group called Episcopal Voices of Central Florida, which sponsored the meeting. "We are just Episcopalians."