Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Back At It!
12/10/2007 - James WhiteBack at the ol' homestead, trying to dig out from all the "life" that piles up when you are away. Why do car batteries die at the most inopportune times? And could anyone direct me to the guy who designed the location of the battery in a PT Cruiser? I'd like to whip the guy with a wet noodle.
Anyway, tomorrow on the DL (yes, a live DL!) I would like to talk a bit about the Mitt Romney speech. News flash! 99.9% of all news commentators, 99% of all conservative pundits (including some who should know better), and 98% of all evangelicals do not have a clue what Mormonism teaches, and has taught, on the nature of God. Wow, there's a revelation. That's the kind of insight you can find only here! I did not expect a meaningful primer on LDS theology from Romney, despite the fact that I am completely convinced he is fully aware of the entire spectrum of LDS theology, and how contradictory it is to orthodox Christian beliefs. His family includes General Authorities of the LDS Church, so the idea he is unaware of these things is simply untenable. So exactly what was accomplished by his stating that he believes Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, both phrases with completely unique meanings in LDS theology? Every LDS missionary on his bicycle would tell you that. What is truly sad are the conservative pundits who think this is some revelation, and now all the questions are answered! As I said from the start, the level of conversation Romney's candidacy will produce will be so dismal, so horrific, it should throw a strong light on the utter lack of theological discernment that marks so much of post-evangelicalism today.
On the brighter side, the USofA is not the Holy Land, and God is busy building His church and glorifying Himself by drawing His elect unto Himself all over the world, and getting to meet and fellowship with brothers in the Lord from far away lands has once again reminded me that viewing all of God's work through a lens that sees things in a red/white/blue filter will only lead you to think things are much worse than they actually are! So maybe we can discuss some of that on the DL as well. In any case, it will air at its regular time!
The Lord's Blessings
12/07/2007 - James WhiteWhen I came to Nashville a few days ago to record these programs, I expected to do a grand total of twenty programs. That, at least, was our plan. When we finish shooting tomorrow, Lord willing, I will have done thirty two. After the first four I went "solo," and my translator will be coming back in January to record the translation of the material I am recording now (this works better for both of us and allows for a much better end product too). We also recorded a whole series for translation into Arabic (or other languages) on the subject of Islam. The folks here have been fantastic, and the quality of the production is very, very high. I hope to be able to post some more video tomorrow. We thought we had transferred the clips to my jump drive, but for some reason the transfer did not work.
These videos are intended to be satellite broadcast in Iran, and the Arabic videos in many other countries. I can only say I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to provide this teaching in this context, and surely hope and pray that the Lord will use these videos to the benefit of God's people for years to come. I am truly humbled to have this opportunity, and only pray that should more opportunities arise, I will be able to share my meagre knowledge and abilities.
I am very thankful for the prayers of God's people during this week. As the week has gone on I have felt better each day. In fact, I have developed a rapport with the crew, and I have enjoyed noting that my presentations have sparked theological discussions, even in the control room! I have now delivered lectures on a wide range of topics, including inspiration, canonization, all sorts of textual issues, allegations of corruption, the gnostic gospels, the Epistle of Barnabas, Trinitarian topics, and a wide range of Islamic subjects. We have truly covered a vast amount of information!
Meanwhile, back at the offices, a pretty wild night! Our cameras recorded a lightning strike that knocked out power near our offices. Note that in the first image it is dark outside, and then in the very next second, the lightning is seen reflecting off of the wet sidewalks. My daughter works nearby and she reported hearing it, and how a customer reported seeing a bright blue bolt nearby. Power was knocked out throughout the area. Rich and Rob (a new member of our fellowship who has been helping us greatly with electrical work at the offices) had to go down to do some repairs in the rain. It is wonderful to have faithful brethren back there in Phoenix taking care of things while I am so far away! I surely could not do any of the things I do if it were not for Rich and all the others that assist us in keeping the ministry going! Please continue to pray for us!
Greetings from Nashville
12/03/2007 - James WhiteI had about 15 hours at home between trips to and from St. Louis and now I am here in Nashville. I had a great time with Pastor Van Lee and the brothers and sisters at Covenant of Grace Church in St. Charles. This was my fifth consecutive year with them on the first weekend in December. I spoke on Islam. Did a quick flight home, repacked, and I have just arrived here in Nashville.
I would request your prayers for the rest of this week. I will be recording many hours of video presentations that will be live translated into Farsi for satellite broadcast in Iran. The Christian church in Iran has requested apologetics information so that they can give an answer for the hope that is within them (what a challenge to the rest of us who have so much more freedom and yet so often ignore that command!), and I am honored to have been asked to speak on the issue of the inspiration, canonization, and transmission of the text of the Bible. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated, for it is my sincere desire that these videos encourage and strengthen our fellow believers in Iran, grounding them in the truth of God's Word.
Of course, this also means that unless the other brothers of Team Apologian don't have articles to share...things will be very, very quiet here! My days will be pretty well invested in this work, to be sure. I am going to try to get the next in the LDS series posted this week, maybe even tomorrow, but I have to put first things first, and opportunities like this do not come along every day.