Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Baptism Debate Audios Available
11/27/2006 - James WhiteThough we have yet to receive our own copies of the debate from October 19th, the mp3 audio of the debate has been posted, so we have taken those files (which seem to be missing some small things, like the full introductions) and have sampled them down to a manageable size and make them available to you here. It is my hope that God's people will be edified by this exchange between two convinced advocates of their positions as we seek to bring the issue directly to the Word of God.
A Quick Note From Somewhere Off Shore of Jamaica
11/07/2006 - James WhiteI flicked on the TV in my room before heading over to the evening session last night here on ship and what came on my screen but...The DaVinci Code. I got to watch again the main "attack" section where the Council of Nicea is turned into a completely fictional fairy-tale, and I could not help but recall that twice in the Spong debate the Bishop made reference to the movie in the context of being thankful that it had drawn attention to the evolutionary nature of Christian theology! What an amazing thing. I did not even bother to respond to the statement as any thoughtful observer is already well aware of the fallacious nature of Dan Brown's work. But you truly have to mourn for the Episcopal Church when one of their bishops can not only speak favorably of a pack of lies like The DaVinci Code but, in the same evening, confess he has never, ever heard of J.C. Ryle! Yes, that's what I said. I made mention of the great Anglican J.C. Ryle and Spong honestly asked who that was, as he had never heard of him. A true head-shaking experience.
Tonight Steve Camp will be leading our evening session with a discussion of the Emergent Church movement. Last evening I did a Q&A session that eventually led to a little sneak preview of next year's cruise. Let's just say folks were excited about what we have planned, and I think many of you will be too! Don't make any plans for October 15-19, because you may wish to join us for an intensive time of seminary-style teaching with yours truly. More details to come!
And Thus the Debate Ended
11/03/2006 - James WhiteI hardly know what to say, honestly. Once again a high-profile advocate of simple heresy has demonstrated that when it comes to those who still believe as Jesus did in God's revelation, they have little to no interest in preparing or interacting with our views. Bishop Spong, like Barry Lynn before him, and Peter Stravinskas as well, came into this debate without even having taken the time to obtain The Same Sex Controversy, let alone, it seems, having read a single item I've ever written. While I had his books in hard copy and electronic versions, and had listened to hours and hours of his lectures, he had surely not reciprocated. So, his rebuttals of my position differed not in the slightest from the arguments used by atheists against Scripture. Bishop Spong refused to follow protocol in the debate, constantly going on and on and on while he was supposed to be asking me questions, and taking up to five minutes to get around to asking a single question. But despite these things, one thing was clearly demonstrated: when you do not believe God can speak, you can only reason in circles and attack as unloving and judgmental those who believe God has spoken.
I'm sure Rich will be getting these DVDs out as soon as possible, since he has full control over the tapes. We are still waiting, I admit a little impatiently now, for the tapes from Long Island for the baptism debate as well. So keep an eye on this blog for the announcement of their availability.
I have to be up early in the morning, and I do not know when I will again have internet access from at sea, so let me thank everyone who prayed, thank all those who were at the debate and those who made it possible, and esp. Rich Pierce, who will be flying back tomorrow. Once again, it was proven that those who oppose the faith truly have little more than circular arguments to throw out, and when examined closely, their objections evaporate.