Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
A Quick Note on Dan Corner
12/29/2006 - James WhiteIf you listened to Gene Cook's attempted interview/discussion with Dan Corner today, you know it came to a halt when Corner began accusing Gene of editing the mp3 of the previous program. I have looked around Corner's web-page and have not found the promised documentation of these changes (that website seriously needs help), but the one he played on the program is enough to make you question Corner's ultimate stability. Why? He alleged that, after allowing Corner to use the term "obedience" dozens and dozens of times throughout the program, he cut out half of the word right at the end of an exchange. To what possible end? What an absurdity, especially in the light of a rather simple fact. Did you catch Gene's call to The Dividing Line on Thursday? Did you note something about it? Yes, the quality of Gene's connection was not very good. We checked our system, but it wasn't on our end. So why was Gene dropping out, and certain words were not clear? Well, Gene mentioned the reason on his program today. His phone service for the program is VoIP, Voice over IP, specifically, Vonage! Go ahead and listen to the last call on the DL. What will you hear? You'll hear drop-outs, the common problem of all VoIP systems. And if the incoming calls are competing with Gene's outgoing webcast signal, the more calls he would be getting, the greater stress on his connection, resulting, obviously, in drop outs. And that is obviously what happened in the clip Corner played. I can't comment on any other of his allegations, since his website is such a mess you can't find anything, but the one example he gave borders on the absurd, to be sure.
In any case, let's remember: Dan Corner edited a recording he made of the phone call that took place at the St. Louis radio station in 2001, cutting my sentence so as to avoid admitting my real meaning. He has been challenged to post the unedited master of his recording ever since then. He has, of course, refused to do so. That's why I find it incredibly hypocritical of him to start accusing others of editing things when he is the one who has been shown to be less than honest in his use of sound files.
Two Angry Calvinists
12/08/2006 - James WhiteLiberty University has a "Christmas Convocation" each year that, I'm told, can be quite humorous. This year, yours truly got to have a part. Oh, well, only by parody, but yes, I had a part. Evidently, they did a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and for number two, they had "Two Angry Calvinists." Of course, if Dr. Ascol and I are angry, I truly wonder what "Calvinists are worse than Muslims" means? Anyway, according to an eye witness account sent to me this morning, two folks came out on stage during the "two angry Calvinists" portion; they were followed by someone shouting, "God loves you, but He doesn't love you."
Now, there are plenty of things one could look to over the past year about which to chuckle regarding Liberty and its anti-Calvinist crusade. John Gill a Presbyterian. There's one that should make you laugh as loudly as Bishop Spong not knowing who J.C. Ryle was. "Calvinists are worse than Muslims." There's one that will go down in history. "I'll be standing on my...hands...standing on my feet...standing on a stump" is another one. There are lots of them. But as the cover art Ergun Caner posted a while back demonstrates, for something to be funny, it has to have an element of truth in it. It simply isn't funny when it is based upon a lie, or willful and continual ignorance.
So I'm honored to have had a part in Liberty's celebration, however--I'm not an angry Calvinist. In fact, I think it is pretty obvious that when it comes to this topic, the anger and emotion is found in Ergun and Emir Caner. I would once again encourage any fair minded person to listen to the presentation made on this topic at our national conference in November and ask yourself a simple question: who is dependent upon emotion and rhetoric, and who seeks to present a biblical, cogent, consistent, truth-honoring theology?
Even at that, I would not be able to work "two angry synergists" into my rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I would have to come up with something along the lines of "an entire administration afraid of allowing for open and free academic debate on a biblical subject of tremendous importance" and I'm afraid getting that to fit and rhyme is way beyond me.