Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Moving the DL to Friday Morning, 11am MST
08/31/2006 - James WhiteThe alarm company folks need to find out why our alarm failed. Someone else will be working on another aspect of our security problems. Both will need Rich's assistance, and everyone has decided to show up...during the normal time for the DL. So, wisdom would seem to indicate that rather than trying to do a very distracted program with alarms being tested, no one to answer phones, and with me in somewhat less than the optimum frame of mind anyway, we'll give it a shot in the morning.
Today on the Dividing Line
08/29/2006 - James WhiteHad a great time today with Dr. Sam Waldron and Richard Barcellos discussing New Perspectivism, Federal Vision issues, etc., and taking calls. Great time with great brothers. Here's the program.
Special Guests on the DL on Tuesday!
08/26/2006 - James WhiteI am very pleased to have as my guests on The Dividing Line this coming Tuesday morning, 11am MST, Dr. Sam Waldron and Pastor Richard Barcellos. If you do almost any reading in things Reformed Baptist you know both names immediately. Both brothers are a part of the expanding work of The Midwest Center for Theological Studies. Both are authors with a wide range of pastoral and theological experience, so we will be able to discuss numerous issues, from New Perspectivism to the Reformed Baptist view of the covenants, baptism, etc. Richard Barcellos is the editor of the Reformed Baptist Theological Review as well. So I don't think we will have any problems coming up with interesting topics of discussion, but you are invited to participate as well, as we will be taking calls. So join us Tuesday morning for The Dividing Line!
Today on the DL
08/24/2006 - James WhiteI went for the "eclectic DL" today and pretty well managed to pull it off. Started off with a quick review of a comment by Frank Page from Trouble with the Tulip, his anti-Calvinism booklet. I then moved right into a similar error made by Pastor Modene, and then played two clips from his most recent sermon, including his explanation that sin came into the world like a guided missile...or something like that. Then we just about ruined the show's clutch by jumping into Ahmed Deedat talking about Bible versions and translations. Having expanded everyone's horizons, we took our calls, first discussing the 1993 Patrick Madrid debate on sola scriptura and the issue of formal and material sufficiency, and then finishing the hour with a call on the early church and baptismal regeneration. That pretty well covered the spectrum! Here's the program (well, when the file finishes uploading...I'm getting this linked pretty quickly).
Sophistry, Sola Scriptura, and Shane
08/22/2006 - James WhiteThree calls on the DL today. First was our sophist, Jonathan Prejean, who actually managed to get me to hang up on him. That's pretty hard to do, but if you want to know how, here's how you do it: when asked simple, basic questions like, "Was the Incarnation a unique event," respond with a lengthy pause, "uuuuhhhh," and then rattle off a non-responsive answer; avoid answering all biblical questions with any biblical material, but always refer to your own (infallible) interpretation of later patristic writings; accuse me of heresy (Nestorianism) simply for not following you down the primrose path of "since the unity of divine and human in Christ does not mean we worship two Christs, but one Christ, that means everything the Bible says about worship can be thrown out, because the created has been joined to the divine," even to the point of claiming that we as the redeemed in some sense "participate" in the hypostatic union; and then, when it is pointed out that you are going backwards (defining the text by your theology rather than your theology by the text), start laughing---that will earn you the instant dialtone every time. A tremendous example of the sophistry of Prejean's form of Romanism.
Sola Scriptura and the canon was our second call with Benjamin from Oklahoma. Benjamin helped me calm down. Thank you, Benjamin.
Shane called. Well, Shane Coombs. For some reason, when Shane Coombs contacted me by e-mail, he did not to my recollection inform me he was the same Shane who had called into the Dividing Line and who had accused me in the past of "cheap debating tricks." But in any case, we chatted for a while concerning the current interaction. I'm not sure his fellow Roman Catholics will appreciate some of the things he said, to be honest, but he concluded by claiming he would surely make my arguments look silly in a formal debate. I guess that means he can do what his predecessors have not, for some reason.
We went 28 minutes long. Yes, this DL is nearly 90 minutes in length. Here it is. Get some popcorn. Take some notes. Gotta admit, you don't hear this kind of thing on most radio talk shows or webcasts.
Sorry, Today's DL Canceled: No Real Audio Server
08/17/2006 - James WhiteOur Real Audio server is MIA and we can't get hold of the powers-that-be to track it down, so we were unable to have the program today. Our apologies. As I travel tomorrow, we can't just move it back a day, either, so, it will be next Tuesday before we try to make another excursion into broadcast excell...err, do the webcast. Of course, if our intrepid webmaster dude is on vacation or something, we might not have anything Tuesday either! We shall see.
Today on the DL
08/15/2006 - James WhiteFinished off the Modene sermon and then took two calls, one from Jerry Johnson of the Apologetics Group. I started off the program reading from R.C.'s own writings on the nature of the new birth, and then played Modene saying R.C. does not preach on the new birth. A telling contrast. Here's the program.
Also, most of my readers will want to read Mark Dever's comments on the inaction of the SBC regarding non-attending members and church discipline. Here is his article.
Today on the DL
08/10/2006 - James WhiteI spent the first fifty minutes of the program today reviewing Jon Modene's amazing "sermon" against R.C. Sproul, and then took a call on KJV Onlyism teacher Sam Gipp and the KJV's translation of "Easter" in Acts 12. Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line / Scott Hahn Book Reviews
08/08/2006 - James WhiteToday on the Dividing Line I started out responding to an article by Malcolm Lavender on Acts 13:48. Then we took two excellent phone calls, the second of which was particulary useful as it focused upon Biblical authority in response to Roman Catholic claims. Should be useful to a wide variety of folks. Here is the program.
Also, when talking to someone in channel concerning an acquaintance who was moving toward Rome and reading Scott Hahn's book on Mary, I started looking for the two Dividing Lines I did on Hahn's book when it first came out. I looked and looked and looked, but could not find them. Eventually I realized that they had been on straitgate.com, and had never been archived in our mp3 archives (which only go back to 2002). We have fixed that, so that they are now found in the 2001 archive listing, though I haven't been able to add the description yet. They are found here, and the dates are 4/21/01 and 5/05/01. If you have not listened to these programs (and that would be a majority of folks), you will find them helpful if you are dealing with Roman Catholicism.
Today on the Dividing Line
08/03/2006 - James WhiteContinued the Lynn/Spong discussion, then went back to looking at Ahmed Deedat's attacks on the Bible, and then tried to take a call that didn't work out too well due to a less than spectacular phone on the other end of the line. Then briefly mentioned the statement on the upcoming Liberty debate. Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line
08/01/2006 - James WhiteRemember that poem, Alexander's No Good Very Bad Day? I memorized it when I was a kid. Well, today was Rich's No Good, Very Bad Day behind the control board. We had fun. Oh well, we aren't pretentious enough to worry about not getting the break started, or having the end of the program go late because the computer's clock was off by five minutes for some reason. Hardly matters. Instead, today we continued listening for the first half of the program to the Barry Lynn interview of John Shelby Spong, commenting as we went along. Then after the break-that-didn't-want-to-break, I continued with Mr. Martignoni, Roman Catholic apologist. But intead of jumping right back into his comments on "once saved, always saved," I started with a clip from a recent Catholic Answers program where he argues for the Bodily Assumption of Mary. Then we went back to the CD that had been sent to us by Mr. J. Lee with the promise that the contents would "eat your lunch." So far, I have not missed a single lunch. But maybe later. Anyway, here's the program.