Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
09/30/2010 - James WhiteI will be on with Janet Mefferd today at noon my time. I have no idea if that will be live anywhere, always recorded...just don't know. But, I'll be on!
Had a great double ascent of South Mountain this morning, and snapped this picture on the way down the second time. A bit hard to see, but each of those clouds has what looks like a stalactite formation hanging from it, glowing in the early morning sun! Upside down pyramids. Just gorgeous! How sad that humanists see that and go, "Eh, atmospheric temperature variations producing minor precipitation that evaporates at altitude" and think that their knowing the mechanics exhausts the meaning of nature. Very sad indeed.
Finally, on the way home I hit rush hour, so I was sitting in a line waiting to get on the northbound I-17 freeway in Phoenix, when I looked over and saw a large billboard, black letters on a bright yellow background. It read, "We don't have an immigration problem, we have a capitalism problem." Say what?
Ergun Caner Mocks His Critics and Returns to His Old Tricks
09/27/2010 - James White
Quick Monday Miscellaneous
09/20/2010 - James WhiteFirst, I will be on Iron Sharpens Iron to discuss my debates with Robert Sungenis in about forty minutes (8PM EDT). http://sharpens.blogspot.com.
Second, I forgot to let folks know about a sermon I delivered on a biblically-based doctrine of the believer's security in Christ while in Santa Fe. It is not your normal sermon on the topic, but, I think it will be helpful to folks to hear "the whole story." You can find it here.
A video preview of the sermons delivered in New York a few months ago at the JCM Summit Conference has been posted here. Enjoy!
Finally, Carla tells me there is a sale on t-shirts at Zazzle, which means the Team Apologian gear is even more affordable then ever! http://www.zazzle.com/teamapologian/tshirts is the link, and the coupon code is AUTUMNZAZZLE.
Quick Turn Around: Sorry for the Silence
09/13/2010 - James WhiteAs our readers know, I have a two-on-two debate tomorrow evening here in Phoenix, where I will team up with Dr. Michael Brown in defense of the Trinity against two unitarians, including Sir Anthony Buzzard. So I have not had time for blogging, and evidently the rest of the team is just as busy as I am. My apologies. But I thought I would take a moment to note that the OliveTree app for iPad will be what is running when I do the debate tomorrow evening. I have found how to insert rather full notes, using unicode Greek and Hebrew, into the text. Since it has great menus, I can get from one text to another very quickly, and by inserting important notes right into the text, I am, in essence, creating an "apologetics study Bible" text right on my iPad. For example, I just inserted the textual critical data on John 1:18 into a note attached to that text which includes not only the NA27 data (from my Logos library) but the CNTTS data as well (from Accordance). I also included the four-point argument relating to Romans 9:5 from The Forgotten Trinity as well. This will be very, very helpful in situations where speed (and time) is of the essence, such as in debates, or in this case, the even more challenging situation of doing a debate on a television program!
I have been amazed at how the iPad has come to do more and more for me when traveling and debating. I never expected it to have the capacities that it does. Those at the debates the past two weekends have seen how I have used it to control my KeyNote presentations, take my notes, function as English Bible text, Greek text, LXX text, Hebrew text, repository of notes on relevant subjects, etc. And now that I have the 3G HotSpot via Froyo on my Droid, I can have the iPad wirelessly connected to both the Internet (for quick searches) as well as to my MacBook Pro (for transfer of files, quotations, citations, etc., using either SyncDocs with Notebooks, or DropCopy--all iPad apps).
Well, enough geek speak for the moment! Yes, I will be doing the DL tomorrow, live, at its regular Tuesday morning time.
Norman Geisler Remains Silent: the Cover Up is Working
09/11/2010 - James WhiteTwo months ago I posted the following video in which I ask Dr. Geisler to answer three questions. Two months have passed, and Dr. Geisler has remained silent. The game plan of those involved in the cover-up of the Ergun Caner Scandal is now clear. Taking a page directly from the political play book (that seems to be the new ultimate authority for many in leadership at Liberty Seminary, note the Beck controversy), Geisler and the others who have purposefully sought to provide Ergun Caner a means of avoiding public confession and repentance regarding his false public pronouncements and claims are banking on evangelicals in general to partake of the same kind of mindset one American political party is hoping will work between now and November, or at least now and November of 2012: a short memory. Westerners are easily distracted, with an attention span just a bit longer than a shoelace. We tire easily, get "bored," need something "new" to rev us up. Knowing this propensity, the perpetrators of the Cover Up know that eventually, over time, people lose their focus upon such topics as "integrity in the pulpit," "discernment in ministry," "honesty in proclamation," "consistency in apologetics," and the like. "Yeah, he shouldn't have lied like that, but hey, he's a nice guy, so let's just move on." No confession, no repentance, no restoration, just another black eye to the Christian ministry, the integrity of Christian apologetics, and the sanctity of the pulpit.
So I wish to remind folks, especially folks who might be attending "discernment" or "apologetics" seminars featuring the primary architects of the Cover Up, of the questions they might want to ask Norman Geisler, Ergun Caner, and others. Personally, I am still waiting for Dr. Geisler's insightful identification of, and discussion of, Hadith 2425. I think he should look for it right next to Bible 916.