Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Heading into Cold Weather!
11/30/2006 - James WhiteHeaded to some real cold weather this weekend, well, cold for an Arizonan, anyway! Check out this forecast! I love it! Can't wait to meet with the folks at Covenant of Grace Church in St. Charles, and the many others who will be traveling there. I do hope the weather does not keep some from making it, though, as there will be snow! Hopefully just enough to let me enjoy it, but not enough to make travel treacherous. In any case, I will be speaking on sola scriptura this week. If you need directions, meeting times, etc., click here.
Ironically, as I go to speak on the sufficiency of Scripture in light of attacks from secularists, Islam, Mormonism, etc., I likewise have to deal with the attacks upon God's Word launched by the servants of Rome, such as this one I ran across just today (hat tip how2fish). I hope to find the time over the next week or so to examine this apostate's claims (look at the meaning of the word, consider the context, abandon the post-modern mindset of "feelings before logic and truth," should that term bother you in the least--I use it in light of the man's self-professed apostasy from the faith he once professed) especially in that he obviously hasn't a clue what Islam believes about the inspiration of the Qur'an. In any case, the attacks upon the ability of God to speak in Scripture are many today, so this is a very needful conference. May God be pleased to bless all who are there with the kind of love for His Word confessed by the Psalmist, "Therefore I love Your commandments Above gold, yes, above fine gold" (Psalm 119:127).
Oh, and just as I was finishing this up, Shamgar in channel pointed me here. Heaven help us.
Stuff You Find in Boxes
11/15/2006 - James White1994. El Tour de Tucson, November. It was cold. Never got into the 50s the whole day. 111 miles of riding. Helmet hair. Yes, I had hair. Weight? 168 or so. I have no idea what I, and half the human population, was thinking with glasses that size, really. That's my old Specialized Epic Allez bike (I miss it!), and of course, realizing my son is closing in on 21 and my daughter very close to 18 now...man, I'm getting old! I forget my time. 6:30 or so? I wanted to break six hours, but it was just too cold. I still remember the last 30 miles, which, if you've ever done something like that, was well over half the ride. Funny what you find in boxes when moving.
Home Safe and Sound
11/13/2006 - James WhiteHome safe and sound, but you know what it is like after you've been gone for a long time, and even before you left, you were putting little things off to finish the big projects headed your way. I don't know when I'll have a lot of time for much more than doing the DL and getting a number of class syllabi put together, book lists submitted, etc. But do be watching for the appearance of the announcement for next years cruise! We have big plans and honestly, we truly hope to see many of you in October of 2007, and I think once you hear what we are preparing, you'll want to be there, too!
Oh, here's a little shot from the last night on the ship. Great images to be found at sea!
Yes, I have every intention of doing the DL on Tuesday morning, and I hope to be able to discuss the Spong debate, etc. The Lord was merciful to me, and I have kept my health despite numerous hours in sealed metallic cylinders (aircraft) and in vehicles with sick folks, and a lot of hand-shaking. So, Tuesday should work out fine. I look forward to it!
Greetings from Grand Cayman
11/06/2006 - James WhiteYeah, I'm the world traveler alright. Most everyone is off the ship right now doing...what you do at places like this. I have a load of laundry going, Beethoven playing on my iPod, and I'm playing chess against...my computer. Yeah, I am truly the party animal!
Now, for those of you who wondered if I would indeed do what I promised to do, and in fact, had been looking forward to do, well, here is photographic proof. Since everyone in my group was grabbing cameras last night and saying they were going to post the pics on line, I figure I might as well beat them all to the punch, since I happen to be proud of my Scottish heritage. Here is my lovely wife and I after the formal dinner on board last night. My thanks to Pastor Brazier and Mrs. Handyside! Look out, Jim! The pictures are being taken! (A little inside stuff there).
So far I have spoken on the "Clobber Passages" (as soon as we got on ship), I did a theology talk wherein I basically went back over the Spong debate but also discussed parallels to my previous debates on other subjects, and then yesterday afternoon spoke on "What is at Stake," taken mainly from the chapter of the same name in Pulpit Crimes. This morning I had the pleasure of listening to one of our group witnessing to an elderly Roman Catholic man in the Lido restaurant. It was a real blessing to get to hear someone else bearing witness!
I was truly struck by something else that took place during the debate Friday night. During the audience questions Spong kept responding to my statement by saying, "I keep hearing guilt and judgment in what Dr. White is saying." To which I replied, "Yes, Bishop Spong does hear guilt and judgment, because without judgment of sin there is no need for a Savior! As a guilty sinner, I need a perfect Savior!" The contrast could not have been any stronger.
Also, I wanted to once again thank all of those who worked so diligently at the conference for all their hard work, and especially wish to thank Rich Pierce for making it all possible. Here is a shot of our book table the night of the debate. I think I saw some of Bishop Spong's supporters picking up my book on homosexuality (oh that he had bothered to read it himself before the debate!), so pray that the materials distributed will be of assistance to those who obtained them.