Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Red Morning, Cyclist's Warning (Ancient Proverb, I Think)
08/31/2012 - James White
Another Glorious AZ Sunrise
08/24/2012 - James WhiteWell, it was glorious right up until it soaked me about ten minutes after I took these, but hey, that's the risk you take! ...
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A Word of Thanks
08/18/2012 - James WhiteI am at my office on this Saturday afternoon, typing as fast as my fingers will go, working hard to beat my deadline in finishing this book before I head to the UK. The folks in channel are probably tired of reading my text dumps as I keep them appraised of what I'm working on. But in any case, I wanted to take two minutes to thank someone who doesn't get thanked nearly enough, since he's always here: Rich Pierce. I've said many times this ministry would not exist but for him, and if anything ever happened to him, well, we'd disappear quickly (so pray for his well being!). Anyway, a few weeks ago I mentioned to Rich and Barry that I need more light in my office. My eyesight is aging, just like I am, and I need more light to be able to read the teeny tiny fonts in most of my books (how did they shrink over the past decade?). So Rich put aside some other projects and, with the initial help of Ray from PRBC, an electrician, installed tracks in the drop down ceiling. I now have some LCD spots above my desk that I can turn on and off with a little remote sitting on my desk. I don't want them on often---they make seeing my 3x22 inch stacked screens hard---so I can just pop them on and off with my remote. So, I was just typing out some quotes from Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah and all I had to do (aside from getting out the reading glasses that I hang around my neck, yeah, the CSI-NY coroner's version!) was reach over, pop a little remote, and POOF, brilliant white light to read by. Done typing? Click, back to normal! Yeah, I know, but such things make my life a little easier, so, thanks again to all who make such things possible (in this case, Rich and Ray, but of course, we had to buy the materials, so all our supporters), as well as to those who help make such written materials available via the Ministry Resource List as well. Much appreciated!
Another Glorious Sunrise
08/15/2012 - James WhitePictures (esp. on cheapie little cell phones) just cannot begin to do justice to the sunrise this morning. I took this on my second climb up "Tower Road" on South Mountain (for those familiar with the park). It took a minute or two to get the phone turned on, and the sun is actually just peeking over the horizon in these, but I just had to stop and try to capture this. We had a strange little rain storm in the early morning hours, and even now in Phoenix it is oddly hazy and overcast and windy, so the unsettled weather produces some spectacular sunrises. If I did not have a book to finish I would do a video about the physics of why sunrises look like this---and how, if we think ourselves overly wise because we understand refraction and water content in the air and a few other things like that, we will miss the fact that the reason we find this so beautiful, so thrilling, and so "peace producing" in our hearts is not because we are merely some briefly existing random accident of nature that has been conditioned to find this "pretty." The conditions that have had to come together for the existence of life, the functioning of my eyes, the operation of my mind, the appreciation of beauty---all together point so clearly to the Creator that it is only the most blind of men who refuse to see. But---no time! So, till then, just enjoy the pictures. I sure enjoyed seeing it.