Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Falling Ever Farther Behind! But Exciting Things Coming Up!
03/28/2009 - James WhiteMy sincere apologies! I talked about blogging this on Thursday on the DL, fully intending to do so that evening, and here it is Saturday evening before I get it done! Ah, well, at least I'm not bored! Having way too good a time studying for preaching tomorrow from Hebrews 1. Oh the Word of God is so rich! I love it.
Anyway, first, we need to move our current stock of 20 or 30 copies of The King James Only Controversy out before the new edition arrives in a few weeks. So, why buy an edition that is about to be "old"? Well, I signed it, does that help? And what is more, if you want to have some to "give away," this would be the time to sort of stock up.
Second, as I announced on the DL Thursday, we have added another debate to the trip to Milwaukee, that being at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana on Thursday, April 30th. I will be debating Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. As this is short notice, we don't have a second "sponsor" from the Christian side for the debate, which is fine. We just need to raise the funds to fly there, a couple nights hotel room, and a rental car to drive to Milwaukee from there. We haven't priced stuff yet, but it can't be too bad. You can help out here. Thank you!
03/16/2009 - James White
I wanted to let folks know where we stand on current projects.
I am still gathering materials for the Ehrman project. Of course, Ehrman is right now on the NPR/talk show circuit pushing Jesus, Interrupted, so I am gathering info from his appearances. I will post a video later today, Lord willing, drawing from his recent NPR appearance. I have added a few more items to the ministry resource list, mainly focusing on counter-evidence regarding those very early years of Christian history (about which Ehrman makes many assumptions, stating them as "givens").
But before I press on with the Ehrman work I feel the need to do something "positive," in the sense of not simply responding to error. I am writing a small book presenting the gospel to Muslims. There are fundamental stumbling blocks in the Islamic perspective that keep them from "hearing" the full symphony that is the glorious gospel of Christ. I pray that the Lord will open a way to have this book distributed widely to the salvation of His elect and the glory of the gospel. More as I have portions ready to share.
Please pray that the Lord will give guidance regarding a third possible debate at the end of April/beginning of May in the Midwest. I hope to have final word on this possible ministry opportunity this week.
Finally, pray about the possibility of a joint work in response to Beckwith's reversion story. His work is simply re-stating the basic errors of Akin and other RC apologists, including his overturning Paul's entire argument in Romans 4 regarding justification (he styles it the "journey of justification," i.e., he buys into the refutation of Paul's argument in Romans 4 by agreeing with Paul's opponents!), but given his position in the ETS, it is worthwhile to respond to his errors. There are a number of patristic issues he raises as well that need to be examined and refuted. Many hands makes for lighter work!
Our Sincerest Apologies
03/04/2009 - James White
We really wanted to be shipping the new edition of The Potter's Freedom this week, but found out today that the distributor had put a hold on our order without the kindness of informing us of the matter. Rich let them know in no uncertain terms that they needed to get those books to us asap, and so we have been promised them by Friday. Once again, our apologies. We will ship them as soon as we get them. Thanks for your patience.
Ehrman's New Anti-Christian Book Ships
03/01/2009 - James White
I just received word that Ehrman's new book, Jesus, Interrupted, has shipped. Though I can pretty much tell from the advertising what it will contain, keep an eye out for a quick review later this week. Be listening to your local NPR outlet for the free advertising of Ehrman's work soon! Watch your TV as well! This is the kind of "here's a reason not to obey the gospel" book that the world loves.