Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Van Til's Trinitarian Theology
12/30/2008 - Jeff DownsIt can be a dangerous thing to recommend audio that one has not listened to (yet), but with this, I have no doubt it is safe. I have been waiting for this interview for quite sometime and the guys at Christ the Center have finally put it together.
On December 26th Nick Batzig, Jeff Waddington, Jim Cassidy, Camden Bucey interviewed Dr. Lane G. Tipton from Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) on Van Tilís Trinitarian Theology. Tipton's doctoral dissertation is titled "The Triune Personal God: Trinitarian Theology in the Thought of Cornelius Van Til", which will hopefully turn into a book in the near future.
Tipton has done other work worthy of your time. I'll simple mention one article titled "Christology in Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:1-4: An Exercise in Biblico-Systematic Theology" found in Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in the Service of the Church (Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.) published in 2008 by P&R.
From my perspective, this is one you will want to listen to. Click here to check it out.
Christ the Center
12/24/2008 - Jeff DownsNot sure how I missed this one since I try to stay on top of this Podcast, but James was recently (Nov. 21, 2008) interviewed on Christ the Center discussing Apologetics and Islam. Click here to listen.
While the panel of Christ the Center are Presbyterians (PCA and OPC), I think the Baptist (and others) who read this blog would greatly benefit from this podcast. For example, their most recent interview (posted today) was with Stephen J. Nichols. The discussion was on Nichols' recent book Jesus: Made in America (IVP, 2008).
12/23/2008 - James WhiteOn Monday I am going to be re-recording my opening statement in the resurrection debate that took place in 2005 between myself and Dr. Jim Renihan of the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies (representing historical Christianity) and John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg on the topic of the resurrection. Then we are going to try to sync that up with the video (the audio was badly distorted during my opening statement, which is the main reason we have never gotten the debate into mp3 or video format).
Unfortunately, the older computer unit we have used to generate audio and video materials gasped its last, flipped over, twitched a few times, and gave up the ghost. Right as we are doing our best to get more and more of our material into digital video format for download (perhaps BECAUSE we have been doing so, of course).
In any case, given the encouraging support that we have seen from our faithful supporters in reference to ministry resources I need for debate preparation and writing (found on my Amazon wish list), we want to make you aware of this need. We have put a description of the system we would like to put together here. Obviously, very few of our supporters can purchase the entire unit, but we have made it possible to donate toward the total cost. We try to keep our materials very reasonably priced, but there just isn't any substitute for having the proper computer facilities needed to edit video, render it, create DVDs, mp3s, etc. This unit would allow us to continue to make progress also in getting all of our older video materials available in digital format. We've been defending the faith for 25 years, and over that time we have produced a good bit of material! We want to get all of it out there! This unit would allow us to press forward.
12/04/2008 - Jeff DownsAs a student at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, I am pleased to announce the 2009 Spring Theology Conference, sponsored by GPTS.
The theme for the conference is John Calvin 500 Years in Retrospect: A 21st Century Assessement. "Loved, hated, misrepresented, misunderstood, blindly-followed by some, rejected out-of-hand by others, but nevertheless relevant even in the modern world, John Calvin is in a singular class of men."
There is a great line-up of speakers and the schedule is simply outstanding.
For further information check out the conference website. Printed brochures are available as of today. For further information on GPTS, you can watch an introductory video here.