Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Monday Miscellaneous--From New York
08/30/2010 - James WhiteFirst, please pray for the debate this evening on Long Island. I have found a setting on the little streaming PC that should make the audio much clearer and louder for those who will wish to listen live on the regular DL link. I should have it fired up and running by 7pm EDT (unless I have to run solely on batteries, at which time I will hold off till closer to 7:30pm).
Next, our good friend Clyde Bauman, the genius behind Mylo Hatzenbuhler, has produced a wonderful new album that I've been enjoying for a couple of weeks now, Prairie Memories. I hope to have Clyde on the DL in the near future to talk about it. You can check out his album, and hear clips, here. Be careful though, I've been humming "Lord of the Rolling Hills" ever since I first heard it!
Finally, Carla Rolfe has updated the AOMin gear store, and you can find her great designs here. I especially like the Theology Matters design. That's a conversation starter! I think her next design might be, "Don't Be Quotin' No Pseudo Augustine to Me!" or maybe, "Thomas, Thomas, Check Your Sources Thomas!"
Live Stream Should be Up Tonight, 5:45pm EDT
08/28/2010 - James WhiteI hope to have the stream up and running between 5:45 and 6pm tonight, EDT for the debate on the sinlessness and immaculate conception of Mary. I need to conserve battery power, as I haven't replaced the external battery I was using to extend its life (I need to do that asap!). The debate is taking place at a Roman Catholic location, so I am wondering what kind of audience mixture we will have.
And on a geek note, did you know you can use an iPad as a second monitor? Though I have mine plugged in here, that is only for charging the battery. Here my iPad is a secondary monitor on my MacBook Pro. I have the PDF from which I'm pulling citations on the iPad, and the KeyNote screen on my main unit. Very useful while traveling! (The app is called Air Display).
Full Moon Setting / SermonAudio App for Droid
08/25/2010 - James WhiteSnapped this picture about 30 miles into a 42 miler this morning. That full moon had made the completely dark portion of the ride---less than completely dark! It was really gorgeous. Amazingly, though it was 88 degrees, the wind made it feel almost cool at times (I am going to freeze when the temp drops into the 70s!). So as the sun was rising we got a real good view of a full moon as it was heading toward setting. Still the greatest time of day to be up and about, that's for sure!
On a completely, and I do mean completely, different topic: Steven Lee of SermonAudio.com let me know that they just released their new Droid App. I put it on my Incredible and it works great! Very good looking app, well made. If you are a fellow Droid user, I highly recommend it!
Marine Videos Posted
08/18/2010 - James WhiteOne of the most troubling pictures I have seen in the Ergun Caner Scandal, and the following Evangelical Cover Up, is that of Ergun Caner lecturing to a room full of military personnel. I assumed, from the start, that he was lying to them about growing up in Turkey, being trained in jihad, etc., and I was right. Jason Smathers has posted the videos provided to him by the US Marines of Caner's presentations. You can watch them, and read his report, here. More "misstatements"? How long can anyone keep up that kind of excuse-making?
Monday Miscellaneous--From Detroit
08/16/2010 - James WhiteSettled in at my hotel in Detroit (found a Target, found Subway, have skim milk and Kashi cereal, as well as a good Internet connection---life is good). I think doing four live "Jesus or Muhammad" programs on ABN will be sufficient for the week (as well as speaking at the God and Culture Conference this weekend), so I don't intend to attempt to do any DLs while here. Instead, here is the schedule for the live programs, which you can see either on satellite, or live on line at www.abnsat.com.
Pray for the recorded programs too, where we will be addressing a wider variety of issues. Those programs will be played at various times on ABN, and will have a wide impact as a result. Pray for clarity of thought and expression, and that the Spirit would bless our efforts this week to the edification of His people and the salvation of the lost.
This is an interesting story out of Saudi Arabia. I get the feeling that the last cited cleric would not be a lot of fun to debate.
Finally, if Barry Lynn had not proven to you that the "United Church of Christ" has gone far, far beyond the label "apostate" to the reality of active opposition to all that is true, godly, and faithful, this article should finish the job. I do pray God will vindicate His truth and close the mouth of false teachers, and in a way, He is doing so. The "mainline denominations" are vanishing before our eyes. Even the secularists can recognize a fake when they see one. But there is one "Reverend" I would dearly love to debate. The cross-examination period would be most…educational.
Ah, one last "thank you" to all who not only helped with Ministry Resource List items, but who have given toward my travel costs as well. I couldn't take advantage of these wonderful opportunities of ministry without your help and partnership.
Apologetics Graphic T: Hetoimoi Aei Pros Apologian
08/03/2010 - James WhiteSo I asked Carla Rolfe to come up with a design incorporating the key Greek text from 1 Peter 3:15, and she came up with this. I think it looks great. She blogged about it here, and you can get yours here. But make sure you have 1 Peter 3:15 memorized, in context, before wearing it!
08/02/2010 - James WhiteFirst, the last lower res pic from my riding phone---a new phone (still cheap enough to be taken on rides) with a 5.1 megapixel camera arrives today. This is eastbound on CareFree Highway at 5:43am, not quite half way through a 62.11 mile ride (fellow cyclists will recognize the distance: 100km, a "metric century"). Very odd weather we are having in Phoenix right now...it was 74 degrees out there! But, it is headed back to furnace status later this week. But I had to take advantage of the cool while I could (esp. since I leave Thursday for NY). What was I listening to? GK Beale's We Become What We Worship. Tomorrow I will have Sproul's The Holiness of God going.
On the "this is really weird" side of things, over the weekend a flood of Ergun Caner websites began showing up on Google searches. Evidently, someone (I sure hope it isn't Caner himself!) has dumped at least $800 into hiring an online reputation firm. How do we know this? Well, the firm is so good, they tell you who they are! Note this reference. It was posted by "Udentiti Online Reputation Services." Others are following up on this story with more zeal than I am, but it seems that it is a rather silly attempt to bury negative Google search results for Ergun Caner under a mountain of hits for the same article, which, as you will notice, was not written by a native English speaker. It is written in what is called Engrish, that wonderful language that flows from online translators and is often the stuff of greatly humorous labels and street signs. In this case, we learn that Caner is a Theologist, and, "Caner embrace as a Teacher and Theologian, being challenged and make each person to think and open their minds through his wonderful knowledge." Umm, right. Here's a list of some of the hits (compiled by none other than Jason Smathers), all obviously coming from the same organization, that have appeared over the weekend:
I don't know about you, but could it get any weirder? I mean, you have people running around the web pulling down conference talks and sermons, while at the same time some organization of non-English speakers is posting nonsense articles in praise of Ergun Caner as a "renowned" theologian. All while Caner continues his silence, and his critics ignore the real issues (while engaging in the politics of personal destruction). Simply amazing.
Finally, heading to New York this weekend. I'll be at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in the morning on Sunday, and Hope Reformed Baptist Church in the evening, both on Long Island. I am speaking Friday and Saturday for Jeremiah Cry's conference, "Go Stand Speak: The Forgotten Power of the Public Proclamation of the Gospel." I will be delivering a lecture on answering common objections to the reliability of Scripture (preaching in the Ehrman age), and then I will be preaching, as best I can, on the holiness of God. Just a quick trip, back on Monday (well, crossing the US and navigating JFK is never really accurately called "quick"). But, that means there will be no Thursday DL as I will be somewhere over Kansas about then I think.
Oh, one more additional note that I am adding after posting this. I just saw that Peter Lumpkins has demonstrated once again not only that he and honesty are strangers, but that there is no level to which he will not stoop to express his wild dislike of yours truly. He has produced an animated film that is, of course, nothing but a lie, as he well knows. Here is the link. Watch with amazement, then compare the thinking, behavior, and mindset, of Peter Lumpkins, Caner Defender Extraordinaire, with the truth, easily available to all:
I wonder how many more videos Peter Lumpkins will post documenting his dishonesty? One is left wondering.