Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
08/30/2010 - Jeff DownsGreenville Seminary is hosting a class on Islam the week of September 6-10. The instructor is Anees Zaka is founder and senior missionary of Church Without Wall, based in Philadelphia, PA. He is authored numerous books including this one, reviewed here and this book both published by P&R. You can listen to Zaka preach on "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name by clicking here.
I received an Email regarding the class stating "This class is available for audit and Dr. Zaka's church has graciously offered to cover the audit fees for members of the community who would like to attend." So, if anyone is interested in taking the course, seating and scholarships is limited. If interested, contact the registrar at GPTS.
This Islam class is now on a regular rotation (it is a required M.Div course) in our curriculum; I'm pushing to have Dr. White teach this class in the future. :)
Cling to the Cross: A Gospel Message for Muslims
08/24/2010 - James WhitePlease share this with your Muslim friends, family, co-workers.
Answering Islam Episodes Posted by ABN (Aramaic Broadcasting Network)
08/23/2010 - James WhitePlease pray for the great folks at ABN (www.abnsat.com). Believe me, you get a lot of opposition when you take the stands they do on Islam. I just booked my flights to return to ABN in December after speaking (for the eleventh year!) at the Covenant of Grace Church in St. Charles December 3-5, 2010. I will be on ABN December 6-8, Lord willing. Here are the episodes from this week, in case you missed them live:
(Note: I left graphics to be used for a new opening and closing for the recorded series we have been working on, as we recognize the opening and closing currently in use is not quite...on theological topic).
"Discussion" with Ehteshaam Gulam
08/20/2010 - James WhiteI had not intended to utilize this material. I commented on what brought this "discussion" about right after it took place, here. This morning Mr. Gulam posted on our Facebook page a question. He asked why I was "hiding" our "debate." Well, this isn't a debate, of course, and we have been hiding nothing. I was given the DVD of this encounter, as well as the one with Sheikh Ahmed Awal, last evening, before we began recording the next episodes of Answering Islam for ABN. But since Mr. Gulam made the accusation, I took the time to do a quick burn of the encounter and upload it to YouTube. It is one hour fifty-one minutes in length (I am surprised YouTube accepted the single file upload). At least the questions at the end are educational, and somewhat entertaining. Unless Mr. Gulam develops the personal ability to reflect upon his own worldview, this will be the only encounter we will be having.
Tony Costa vs. Osama Abdullah
08/13/2010 - James WhiteNow, I would normally not link to anything featuring Osama Abdullah. I just do not believe he is a relevant apologist for Islam, and I think I demonstrated that a few years ago. But this debate took place on ABN using Skype, and I may be doing this in a little over a month, so I was interested in seeing how it works. I wonder if my lava lamp in the background will distract anyone? :-)
The Real Story of the Arrest of Nabeel, David, Paul and Negeen
08/13/2010 - James WhiteA lot of development has taken place over the past few weeks in the Acts 17/Dearborn situation, but with my traveling and the debates I have coming up, I haven't had time to try to keep up here on the blog. But I knew that eventually the video of the "encounter" that was the original foundation of the action of the police (which they refused to examine on the cameras to begin with, their first error in a long, long line of errors that, if justice prevails, should result in a massive judicial correction) would be posted, and it has. First, David Wood has posted a full article here. Next, here's the video:
Who is Roger Williams? I have no earthly idea, but one thing is for certain: he gave false testimony to the police, as the video clearly shows. The man claims to be a Christian. What church is he part of? Jason Smathers interviewed Williams and was told he came to the festival with a group from Trinity Baptist Church. If that is the case, I suggest the elders of that church need to speak with Williams and call him to repentance. He needs to contact the Dearborn Police Department and confess to his actions. The Dearborn Police need to apologize for their actions, and the City of Dearborn needs to drop their charges, with public apologies from the chief of police, the mayor, and all the officers involved. The officers need to be disciplined for ignoring standard protocol and legal guidelines (like, uh, watching the video offered to them?). And, of course, there are other legal avenues open to those arrested that should be pursued to the fullest. The Apostle Paul did not hesitate to assert his civil rights, nor should those falsely arrested by the Dearborn Police.
Further, those Christians who have jumped on the "attack Acts 17" bandwagon should be lining up to offer their profound apologies for the incredible things that have been said and asserted over the past few weeks. I was somewhat encouraged to see Hussein Wario apologizing (once he became aware of the Roger Williams dishonesty), though, I don't think I was included in that mea culpa.
Lessons to be learned from this situation are many, of course. David suggests this is a form of dhimmi witnessing, where Christians "buy" the "chance" to "share" the gospel with Muslims through abandoning their rights and attacking Christians who are boldly proclaiming the gospel. As I have had little conversation with those who have been attacking David and Nabeel, I can only hope that is not the case, but, I can certainly see why one would conclude that this kind of activity has been going on. But one thing is for sure: when venturing into situations like that, video coverage is an absolute necessity. In fact, in the future, may I suggest live streaming to the Internet? If the police knew the video was already available for all to see, I think things might have been different.
Did Mohammad Have Assurance of His Salvation?
08/11/2010 - James WhiteHere is an interesting debate between Tony Costa and Bassam Zawadi on whether Mohammad had assurance of salvation. Obviously, for me, the key here is the grounds of salvation, and how this differs so fundamentally between Christianity and Islam. I posted these on my own site because what Tony possesses as a debater, he lacks as a geek. In fact, as embarrassing as this is, I had to be sent the files by mail. Yeah, the mail. Shocking!