Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Yesterday on the Dividing Line
10/30/2009 - James White
I listened to a "debate" of sorts between Tim Staples and Mike Gendron recently. I do not know when it took place, but it could not have been too long ago. In any case, it was very, very brief. Tim Staples has a pretty much set presentation in those situations, and he does the rapid-fire "carpet bombing" routine of using isolated texts to create the illusion that Rome's gospel is truly biblical. And while you can't really provide much in the way of contextual exegesis in a brief radio "debate," the fact is that if you slow it down and look at each text, Staples' house of cards collapses in a heap. I took the first 50 minutes of the program to go through his presentation on the gospel verse by verse, and then took one call on what questions I would ask William Lane Craig if I had the opportunity. Here's the program.
A Ride Through the Stack-O-Stuff on the DL!
10/27/2009 - James White
I had a real "Stack-O-Stuff" to get through today, so I felt like I was moving at warp speed as I covered the past weekend in Southern California, and a failed Arminian attempt to refute my criticism of Middle Knowledge from last week's DL. Then we dealt with Patrick Madrid's significantly less than "in depth" comments on 2 Timothy 3 and our debate from 1993 on Marcus Grodi's "Deep in Scripture." Then I started responding to an article by anti-Trinitarian Anthony Buzzard, when in the middle of reading the article TurretinFan posted a link in channel that caught my eye. He posted a link where "Servetus the Evangelical" responded to some of the brief comments I have made on my blog. The nature of the commentary offered gives you a good insight into the mindset of this individual, and why his long-refuted arguments against the deity of Christ are hardly worthy of re-examination. I then finished up on the Buzzard topic (including noting that Dan Corner wrote an entire article attacking Calvin for Buzzard's most recent newsletter---and I thought Corner was at least a Trinitarian!) and took one call on the doctrines of grace and one fast call on inerrancy. Quite a range once again! Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line: A Review and Refutation of Middle Knowledge
10/22/2009 - James White
While I started out with a brief discussion of Frank Beckwith's claims about the Council of Trent, I spent the vast majority of the hour (even skipping the break) presenting William Lane Craig's understanding of Middle Knowledge from his book, The Only Wise God, and interacting with it from a biblical perspective. I haven't taken the time to do this to this depth in the past, so I hope this will be useful for folks. Here's the program.
If You Enjoy the Dividing Line....
10/21/2009 - James White
...you might want to help it keep going! We've managed to do the DL on a shoestring for a very long time. Thanks to volunteers who know a great deal about computers and the net, and to the Lord's blessing of our equipment, we have almost never missed doing the program due to technical difficulties. But the reality is, we do the program for almost nothing with a minimum of equipment and cost.
Now, here is our current webcasting computer setup (that's me back there doing the DL). These two units have been crunching along for ages (in computer time), and every time I hear them fire up I can tell the Day of Disaster is not far away. Check out that box on the right---that's a 3.5 inch floppy drive! We've coaxed these two ancient boxes to perform beyond their capacities for quite some time now, and wisdom says it is time to replace them with a single computer capable of handling the entire task without melting down. So if you enjoy the DL, please consider helping us make sure we can keep it going without interruption. You can contribute toward the new DL computer unit here. Thanks for considering us in your stewardship!
Today on the DL: Ergun Caner's "Debates," Spong Gives Up Debates, Lots of Calls
10/20/2009 - James WhiteFirst DL since Ergun Caner blocked me from following his insights on Twitter. I played a clip of him claiming that he has a standing rule to debate anyone, anywhere, any time. Then I briefly commented on John Shelby Spong's new manifesto in which he claims his side has won the homosexual debate, so, there's no reason to debate it anymore (as if he ever debated it meaningfully in the first place). Then we took calls on a wide variety of topics. Here's the program.
Barack Obama's Anti-Christian Dream for the US
10/13/2009 - James WhiteI went through Barack Obama's speech/sermon to a radical homosexual organization on Saturday on the DL today, demonstrating that Obama's dream for the US is for a nation without Christian morals or guidance. I didn't bother leaving my seat when it was over, for I then did the next hour on Iron Sharpens Iron with Chris Arnzen on the same subject. Here's the DL program. See here for the ISI program.
A Wild Radio Free Geneva and More
10/08/2009 - James WhiteI intended to spend the whole hour doing a Radio Free Geneva, announcing that I had learned that Ergun Caner has written a foreword for Lou Ruggiero's new book, The God of Calvinism, but the first two calls that came in (early in the program) were on Camping (from a fellow who has called the ministry many times) and atheism (from an atheist who wanted to "review" the Barker debate). Rich told me ahead of time exactly what the Camping caller was going to do, and I mean, exactly. He knew since he has gone around and around with the fellow before, so, I decided ahead of time I wasn't going to invest a lot of time on that one. I spent a lot more time with our atheist caller, and though highly exasperating, I hope it was likewise educational. I have once again been struck with how atheists, who profess themselves to be such clear thinkers, are so often anything but, and how they will throw consistency to the wind as long as it assists them in their suppression of the knowledge of God. The longer I live and minister, the more I not only believe Romans 1 is inspired, I see it. Here's the program.
LouRugg, Harold Camping, and an Atheist
10/08/2009 - Tur8infanOn today's Radio Free Geneva edition of the Dividing Line we discussed LouRugg and his planned book against Calvinism, with highlights from some previous interactions he's had with Dr. White and TurretinFan. Next we turned to a caller who seemed to think that Harold Camping didn't go far enough. Finally, we heard from an atheist/agnostic who thought Dan Barker edged out Dr. White in the most recent debate. Here's the program! As mentioned in the program, here as well are the links to the full audio of the debate between TurretinFan and LouRugg (mp3 format)(wma format).
Today's DL...and a Lost DL from Oregon
10/06/2009 - James WhiteI forgot to blog the DL we did up in Oregon on the 24th of September. As I recall, we finished off our review of the George/Beckwith ecumenical dialogue at that time. My apologies for not having gotten it blogged before. Here's that program.
Today on the program we started off wishing Rich Pierce a happy birthday, and then moved on to a discussion of the response I've received from commenting on the Chuck Smith/Calvary Chapel comments on Calvinism. I played, again, the allegation that Calvinism is "Christianity without Jesus," and commented on it. Here is that portion of the program:
We then took calls on a wide variety of topics, including the misuse of church history sources, Matthew 18, and more. Here's the program.