Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Exciting Opportunities in London
01/16/2010 - James WhiteI haven't been able to talk a lot about my trip in only a month to London, as we are still arranging things, but I'm getting really excited. We are trying to arrange *two* debate on Unbelievable, and one of them may be with an anti-Trinitarian I have wanted to engage for a long time. Another Islamic debate opportunity may have opened up as well. Of course, once we have confirmation of any of these, I will let you know, either here, or on the DL (or more probably, both!).
In either case, we still need a lot more help to "pay the freight" for the trip over to London. There is a banner ad up above that would allow you to help me bless the saints in the United Kingdom (while we still have the freedom to do so!). You could help there, or by helping me with the personal computer project I mentioned recently as well. In any case, your partnership in pursuing these exciting opportunities of witness, ministry, and apologetics, is deeply appreciated.
Thankful for My Mother
01/15/2010 - James WhiteThere is no greater joy than to know the power of Christ's resurrection in the face of death. The gospel of God's free grace, which points us solely to Him and away from ourselves, gives great peace and comfort when loved ones who share the faith leave this life and enter into His presence.
The Lord in His great grace gave my daughter Summer and I the blessing of being with my mother when she suddenly entered into eternity this past Sunday. Though we thought she was making a good recovery from a heart attack suffered on Tuesday, and would be coming home soon, the Lord had other plans. Summer and I came by after church on Sunday, and were chatting with her (and her very talkative roomate) when evidently she suffered another massive heart attack and went to be with the Lord. The entire family was so thankful that we were there, and though we grieve her loss, we do so as those with a living hope.
My parents have always made my ministry and work their highest priority. Sharing in the work of the gospel has united us and drawn us together in the face of all adversity and opposition. My mother was a servant to the end, complaining in the ICU on Tuesday that she might not be able to play the organ at church the coming Sunday. She didn't realize she would be playing the organ indeed…just in the heavenly places!
I rejoice in the great blessing of a life well lived, in the hope of the resurrection, and the comfort of the Spirit.
Betty Lou White, October 4, 1932 / January 10, 2010
Apologies from Mill Valley
01/14/2010 - James White
I know I mentioned it on the last DL, but I should have blogged the fact that I am out of town this week, teaching at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's Mill Valley campus. Sorry if anyone tried to listen to the DL and found...well, nothing at all. Lord willing, we will be back on a regular schedule next week.
Please note the week after is going to be...insane. As the banner ads show, I will be joining Michael Brown to discuss Reformed theology on his nationwide radio broadcast on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then Thursday Tim Staples and I will be debating 1 Corinthians 3:10ff and purgatory on the DL. I will be speaking at a conference the preceding Saturday, twice on Sunday at PRBC, and Friday and Saturday evening in a conference on Islam the following weekend, and the next week I head to Georgia! Who is in charge of my scheduling, anyway? Oh, that's right, I am.
While I am away Rich is making good progress on getting the new studio/meeting room finished. I can't wait to shoot our first video in there. I also expect that the DL next Tuesday will be streaming from our new DL machine, too.
Speaking of the DL and our great supporters, we have put an item into our shopping cart, here. Now that we have the computer on Rich's side of the glass updated, it is time to work on the one on my side of the glass. For about 16 months now I have been basking in the glory of a MacBook Pro, which has become my primary computer. It goes with me to the office, back home, on the road, to the debate, conference, and classroom. I am typing on it even as I sit here in Mill Valley. It is a great unit, and we want to bring it into the DL studio to become the unit I use while on the air. To be able to do that, I need to replace it with a new and more powerful unit. I do my own videos on this Mac, and the new Macbook Pros are much larger and more powerful, disk and RAM wise, than this one. We have put the above item into the shopping cart to start working toward updating my "go everywhere, hopefully survive TSA screening" main unit, and putting this unit into the DL studio. Your help in the on-going work is greatly appreciated.
Prayer Request for a Couple in Haiti
01/13/2010 - Alan KurschnerThere is a young couple from my church in Wisconsin who flew to Haiti to minister at an orphanage. It was one hour after they landed that the earthquake hit. Please keep them in your prayers as they now minister in ways that they were not expecting.
Dear Moms and Dads and Pastors (Jan. 12)
Please pass this info along to everyone who may be worried. The earthquake was scary but the building held up fine. We even have internet at the moment. But we may not later. So don't worry if we don't write back soon.
We have plenty of water and a large pot of rice and beans, snacks and medical supplies
The earthquake hit about one hour after we landed, we were on the road about 1/3 of the way to the guest house. It took two hours of driving through rubble and by many large collapsed buildings to get to the guest house. (I saw at least 6 bodies of those killed by the street, but there must be thousands thoughout the city) I went with Jason to see the two orphanage building, and both are intact, on generator power, and the kids are safe. The streets are crowded because everyone is scared to go inside, but we are in a strong building. We don't know what the plan is from here, but we will do what we can to help tomorrow and take it one day at a time.
Thank you for your prayers, we will try to stay in touch.