Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Day Two of the Debate with Harold Camping
07/29/2009 - Micah BurkeThe second day of debate between Dr. James White and Harold Camping of Family Radio is now available. Today Mr. Camping didn't even attempt to interact with Dr. White's presentation, attempting instead to teach his unusual Biblical numerology to the listeners.
Day two of the debate is now available here.
Ministry Resource List Update
07/17/2009 - James White
I have updated the Ministry Resource List with a few items.
The first is Tim Staples' series on heaven, hell and purgatory. I have been communicating with Mr. Staples, and though he says he would "love" to debate, for reasons he cannot elucidate, he just can't. However, I pressed him on joining me on the DL for a discussion of purgatory, and in particular, 1 Corinthians 3. He has asked for the link to the program where I addressed his comments (June 11th DL, 34 minutes in), and I have sent it to him. So though the subject would be focused, I would like to hear his most recent presentation on the topic.
Second is a new book, Muhammad is Not the Father of Any of Your Men by David S. Powers. Part of the documentation of this book relates to the theory that there was a general editing of the Qur'an after the time of Uthman, say, around 705 or so. I am looking forward to seeing this in print!
An Adobe Acrobat Project Request
07/11/2009 - James WhiteI have another "folks who have a lot more time to edit things than I do" request. I have created a pdf of the entire Arabic Bible to put on my Palm (one of the best ways to work on vocabulary, etc., is exposure), but there is one problem: without an index or set of bookmarks, finding a text would take forever. So, I am looking for someone who has, in the words of Napoleon Dynamite, "PDF skills," to take this text and insert the needed bookmarks/indexing data for each chapter. I could do so---over the course of a couple of hours. But I keep being told I should not be investing my time in such things when there are folks who would be happy to do that themselves. So...there's the request! Let me know!
I Have Joined...The Dark Side....
07/04/2009 - James WhiteNo, no, I'm not watching the entire Star Wars series again on Spike this week (OK, well, I did see some of it, as there still is nothing as cool as Yoda with a light saber), I am talking about...can I get it out...Twitter. Yes, Twitter. No, I haven't lost my mind. But I think I may have found a way to capture a number of the thoughts I have while out and about that never make it here to the blog.
I have no intention of telling folks when I'm putting on my shoes or going to the grocery store. I will never understand why anyone would want to know such information, and I sure am not interested in offering it (in fact, given what I do, that would be unwise in the extreme). However, I often think of things, maybe while riding or in the car, that I would like to share on the blog. But, by the time I am in my office, I am flooded with "to do's" and e-mails and phone calls and the like, and I never get around to sharing those thoughts.
So last evening I encountered a tremendous addition to my BlackBerry Storm. It is called Vlingo. It is voice recognition software. Once I started looking it over, I realized that with its Twitter interface I could simply grab my BlackBerry, hold a button down, speak for a moment, and without the investment of any more effort, those who would be interested in what an apologist has to say on apologetic and theological topics would be able to do so. Since it doesn't require firing up a browser, logging into anything, etc., this will be a major time-saver for me.
Now, voice recognition isn't perfect, so, there will be typos---or are those voice-o's? I don't know. But, you should be able to figure things out. If I took the time to fix them, I would be defeating the whole purpose. The idea is to share snippets--some of which may be useful to you, some of which may not. I leave that to whoever is interested in "following" the commentary here.