Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Fighting Hard for Discipline
08/28/2006 - James WhiteI really, really, really want to write an article about the commentary offered by Sayyid Qutb on Surah 4:157, but I must be disciplined and exercise restraint since I am under severe deadline pressure on Pulpit Crimes. I should set up a system whereby I am flogged each time I blog on something other than that subject until the project is completed. So for now I will simply refer you to the beginning of my Sunday School lesson from this past Lord's day, found here. While I continued the review and rebuttal of Frank Page's comments on the nature of election from Ephesians 1, I started with a few minutes of commentary on Qutb and how this once again proves my maxim, "theology matters."
Join Me on Iron Sharpens Iron
08/27/2006 - James WhiteChris Arnzen, long known as the (in)famous introducer (and arranger) of The Great Debate series on Long Island, will be starting his own radio program live drive-time in the afternoons on Long Island this week, and I will be joining him to discuss Pulpit Crimes. The program airs 3-4pm on WNYG, 1440 am. You can listen to the program on the net here. That means I will be going directly from the DL to Chris' program this Tuesday, so it should be an interesting two hours, going from interviewing Sam Waldron and Richard Barcellos to being interviewed by Chris along with his guest hosts! Both programs use Real Audio, so fire up your computer and join us this coming week.
Blessings to Sammy and J!
08/19/2006 - James WhiteOne of our channel ops, sammy, found himself a wonderful bride in J, and today was their wedding day. I wish I could have been there, but I was on the other side of the continent. So we have pictures! Well, one, at least. Sammy cleaned up pretty well, and of course, J is just beautiful! Sammy had been one of our top chatters...until he met J. And well, since then, we've hardly seen him. Something tells me we won't be seeing him any more in the future! But congratulations, and may the Lord bless you both as you serve Him!
Press Release from WordMasters
08/17/2006 - James WhiteFor Immediate Release
Allendale, New Jersey
A student representing Cortez High School recently won high honors in this year's WordMasters Challenge, a national competition for high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry.
In the year's fourth meet, held in April, Summer White made only one mistake and placed among the 304 highest-scoring eleventh graders nationwide. More than 55,000 students from 46 states entered the meet. The school's participation was overseen by Diane Bykowski.
The premise behind the WordMasters Challenge is that attentive reading and sensitivity to language are among the most important skills students acquire in school. The texts students must analyze for the Challenge can range from short fiction by Eudore Welty or John Updike to poetry as old as Shakespeare's or as recent as Margaret Atwood's, and to essays as classic as E.B. White's or as current as a Newsweek Magazine essay by George Will. Though the texts vary widely in voice, subject, tone, and length, they have one thing in common: style. All use language skillfully to convey layers and shades of meaning not always apparent to students on a first or casual reading.