Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Today on the Dividing Line
04/28/2006 - James WhiteI can't see that our new location would have anything to do with phone calls, but it seems we have really been getting more calls since we moved here. We did today, to be sure. I played a small portion of a debate wherein Shabir Ally commented on the New Testament, but mainly took calls, commented on the Caner situation, etc. A quick moving program! And, after a bit of a delay, here it is! :-)
Dividing Line Schedule Change
04/27/2006 - James WhiteI mentioned on Tuesday that we will have to change the schedule for the DL today. I know, some folks get a little upset with that, but you know, I'm really glad we are not locked into some kind of "network" timeframe in doing the program. The "elder Elder" at PRBC, Don Cross, passed away last Friday at age 85. We are having the memorial today at 11, and though I am uncertain of the exact time for the graveside, there is no way to do the afternoon DL. So, we will go for the morning time slot on Friday, 11am PDT (2pm EDT).
A Potpourri on the DL Today
04/25/2006 - James WhiteLet's see...John Shelby Spong, Dr. Wilks, and the first ever playing of a minute of the dialogue that took place on board the ship between myself and John Dominic Crossan regarding John 8:24 last September...along with phone calls. A true potpourri indeed! Here's the program. Please note: we will need to move the Thursday DL to Friday. Right now I'm leaning toward doing it at the regular 4pm time, maybe an hour earlier. I'll let you know.
Today's DL and Support from Whitefield
04/20/2006 - James WhiteWent a little long on the DL today because we filled up the phone lines by about twenty after the hour! I started with a little John Shelby Spong, and then responded to Dr. Davis on Romans 9, and when you mention Romans 9, well, look out! First caller, Joe, is a Pentecostal minister who had asked months ago that I debate him, and didn't take too kindly to the fact that Rich basically pointed out that we have a certain standard as to who we will debate as far as publications, teaching positions, etc. Well, anyway, he was the first caller, and it was quite interesting. So we went about six minutes long to get all the rest of the callers in. Here's the program.
Just as I was going on the air, J.S. sent me this quote from George Whitefield that goes well with the topic of the DL today:
Come, ye dead, Christless, unconverted sinner, come and see the place where they laid the body of the deceased Lazarus; behold him laid out, bound hand and foot with graveclothes, locked up and stinking in a dark cave, with a great stone placed on top of it. View him again and again; go nearer to him; be not afraid; smell him, Ah! how he stinketh. Stop there now, pause a while; and whilst thou art gazing upon the corpse of Lazarus, give me leave to tell thee with great plainness, but greater love, that this dead, bound, entombed, stinking carcase, is but a faint representation of thy poor soul in it natural state;...thy spirit which thou bearest about with thee, sepulchered in flesh and blood, is literally dead to God, and as truly dead in trespasses and sins, as the body of Lazarus was in the cave. Was he bound hand and foot with graveclothes? So art thou bound hand and foot with thy corruptions; and as a stone was laid on the sepulchre, so there is a stone of unbelief upon thy stupid heart. Perhaps thou has lain in this estate, not only four days, but many years, stinking in God’s nostrils. And, what is still more effecting, thou art as unable to raise thyself out of this loathsome, dead state, to a life of righteousness and true holiness, as ever Lazarus was to raise himself from the cave in which he lay so long. Thou mayest try the power of thy boasted free will, and the force and energy of moral persuasion and rational arguments (which, without doubt, have their proper place in religion); but all thy efforts, exerted with never so much vigor, will prove quite fruitless and abortive, till that same Jesus, who said ‘take away the stone” and cried “Lazarus, come forth,” also quicken you. This is grace, graciously offered, and grace graciously applied. Or as the Confession originally puts it, “grace offered and conveyed."
Today on the Dividing Line
04/18/2006 - James WhiteInteresting show today. I spent about the first 25 minutes going over developments in the "Shall we do a serious debate in Lynchburg that has a format and rules and attempts to actually address a question or shall we just allow discussion of every possible issue so that nothing is ever discussed to enough depth to find out the truth" saga. I mentioned that I think it would be great to have the debate coaches and judges at Liberty provide the format. I also went over the odd insistence of the Caners to identify me as a "hyper-Calvinist." Then we took two great calls, one from a graduate of Liberty back in May of last year. Both callers expressed amazement at Caner's ability to so completely turn Romans 9 on its head as to say that God "hated Esau because of what Esau did." Very fast moving hour! Here's the program.
Be Listening Today: Dr. Caner's Sermon Examined
04/13/2006 - James WhiteThis picture appears on Dr. Caner's personal website. I just hope he wasn't preaching against the freedom of God in salvation when this shot was taken. Check out that background! OK, I would like to officially concede all issues regarding leather jackets, cool beanies, cool microphones, and PowerPoint slides promoting faces and names, to Dr. Caner. I am truly out of my league here. Best I can do is a kilt and a Claymore. No contest.
But on a serious note, today's Dividing Line will be one you will want to catch live, or in the archive as soon as it is up if the 7pm EDT time slot doesn't work for you. I will be going fifteen minutes longer so as to provide a little more time to cover the entire sermon (if needed), and skipping any breaks. My assumption is I will start preaching myself, so I do not know if we will have time for calls or not (I sort of doubt it), but obviously, if we need to, we can fit in all callers on Tuesday.
Update: Well, went 25 minutes longer than normal! What I didn't mention on the program (well, briefly over the music at the end) was that the air conditioning guys showed up right as I was starting. So you've got guys tromping around on the roof, the air kicks on, kicks off...once it kicks on without cooling, but whoever is working on the thing is smoking a cigarette right next to the fan, so I'm trying to focus on what I'm doing and I'm getting Marlboroed to death (I detest cigarette smoke). Eventually it kicks on full bore. Now, of course, I'm dressed to survive heat, not a freshly fired up AC unit, so I'm becoming a snow man in there by the time Rich decided to turn it up a bit! Ah, the joys of new/old offices. Anyway, here is the program.
Dividing Line Scheduling Update!
04/12/2006 - James WhiteI just got word that the fan motor has arrived! It is scheduled to be installed at 9am tomorrow morning, which, Lord willing, and everything else actually works with the unit, means we will do the DL at its normal time tomorrow afternoon, 4pm PDT, 7pm EDT. I intend to go 15 minutes long so that I can provide as full a response to Dr. Caner's sermon in that one program as possible.
Today on the DL
04/11/2006 - James WhiteWell today we had a massive studio audience for the DL (well, massive for us). Now that we have that cool window I sort of feel like a fish in a bowl. Anyway, had a call on the Gospel of Judas, got back to the Davis sermon, this time addressing individual texts cited by him in his sermon, and took a few more calls as well. Here's the program. Please note I mentioned that we have yet to hear from the air conditioning folks about the fan motor for our AC unit, and they are predicting 92 tomorrow, 97 on Thursday. They were supposed to have it yesterday, but you know how that works. If we don't have air for Thursday, we will have to forego the DL until we do. I simply do not like running the equipment and risking over-heating. Does not seem a good stewardship. So, we will see what happens!
Today on the DL
04/06/2006 - James WhiteContinued my review of Dr. Davis' anti-Calvinism sermon today, but first I reviewed an article on the BaptistFire website (found here) that sets new records in the "double standards" department. Discussed compatibilism, the eternal decree of God, etc., and then Pierre called in for the last fifteen minutes of the program. Here it is.
On the DL Today
04/04/2006 - James WhiteDocumented two major misrepresentations on Dave Hunt's part, reproduced in Dr. Davis' sermon, today on the DL, one from Calvin, one from Spurgeon. And, in reading the full context of both statements, important truths regarding assurance, the ground of faith, the ordo salutis, etc., were covered. Dave Hunt fans will not enjoy this one, nor will those who think you should just sweep such errors under the rug and give him a "pass." Here's the program.