We started off with four phone calls on various topics from around the country, and then listened to some comments from Leighton Flowers insisting that I never use unbiased sources in my response to Ken Wilson. Then we had a little church history discussion before signing off for the week. About 84 minutes or so.
Went over why I responded so negatively to the idea of churches accepting federal funding from the recent CARES funny-money “stimulus” at the start of the program. Talked a little about giving my grandkids a “sun show” today using my Meade solar telescope, then moved back into fundamentals of scholarly examination of historical materials, this time looking at a section where I clearly disagree with Augustine, and yet his original context still must be represented accurately. 90 minutes.
Today on the program we extended our sympathies to RZIM and the family of Ravi Zacharias. We likewise extended our congratulations to Kofi Abu-Boahen and his wife on the birth of his son Gareth Kwabena. Then we moved back to James 2:14, specifically, and looked closely at the question, “Can that faith save him?” in light of the “free grace” viewpoint. Then we took at look at a seven year old Q&A from William Lane Craig on the topic of Molinism before investing the last portion of the program in more “Augustine Actual” texts from Ken Wilson’s dissertation, including, right toward the end, an examination of Philippians 1:29 and its testimony to faith being part of the work of God in the believer.
No, I am not entering a Really Cool Garage Band competition. Today’s 100 minute long DL starts off with ol’ Paula White buzzing around the stage telling us about bees—you just have to watch. Then we look at something OTHER THAN Ken Wilson’s dissertation, this time his views on James 2 and…Augustine! Yes, poor Augustine takes it on the chin again from Ken Wilson. We spent a good bit of time in the text today, and then watched and listened to Wilson discussing an upcoming article on Augustine and James 2.
This will be my only program this week—don’t worry, we have a special guest filling in on Thursday (I have to head out of town quickly). So we went long, a full two hours. Covered a ton of topics from Pope Francis’ call for “believers of all religions” to join in asking God to “help us” with coronavirus, Dan Barker’s bad argument against the Christian faith due to a bad theology of prayer, and another bad, bad tweet from the Bad, Bad Twitter Man (me) wherein I once again failed to buy into the social justice narrative (oh, and one caller who went rounds with Rich showing that, like so many, he is controlled by his emotions rather than his mind). Then the last hour we went back to “Wilson vs. Augustine Actual,” reading comments from Wilson and then going to the cited Augustinian sources.