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On the Dividing Line Yesterday
06/30/2006 - James WhiteYesterday on the DL I reviewed the first portion of Paige Patterson's comments in the Patterson/Mohler discussion at the SBC, once again noting, with not a little bit of thankfulness, the lack of rancor in the discussion and the fact that Patterson, though still giving what I would consider surface level answers to important issues, is on a completely different plane than most of his synergistic contemporaries. You can't help but like Paige Patterson, and you can't help but truly admire Al Mohler, especially given the physical circumstances he was facing. Then we took a call from a Presbyterian challenging me on some statements I made in last Sunday's sermons, then a call from Australia on Islam. Skipped the break and still ran out of time! Last DL till July 11th when I get back from the UK. Here's the program.
Spong, Caner, Lynchburg, Orlando, and You!
06/27/2006 - James WhiteWide ranging DL today. Started off with a clip from Bishop Spong on the nature of the "church" being in "exile" which provides an excellent insight into his deeply secular worldview. Then I moved into explaining why we need your support not in Lynchburg but in Orlando in reference to the Caner saga. Mike O'Fallon mentioned in channel that we could possibly move our schedule around a bit in Orlando to allow for Tom and I to do a two-man presentation/discussion on the Caner debate, assuming, of course, we can get the Caners to start treating us like human beings and actually work with us to set up a meaningful debate with a format and topic that make at least some sense. The point being that even those who are all fired up to go to Lynchburg would get more direct access to the debaters in Orlando at the Pulpit Crimes conference and be able to ask questions than they could ever have trying to squeeze in to the debate itself. Then we took calls the rest of the hour. I never got to the Roger Olson article I wanted to review, nor the clips from Paige Patterson from the SBC, but there is always Thursday! Here's the program.
Wow, What a Day
06/22/2006 - James WhiteOK, you know how you come into your place of business in the morning with an idea of what you are going to try to get done? And know the feeling at the end of the day when you realize that though you have hardly taken the time to take a deep breath you didn't get anything at all done of what you had originally planned? Yeah, that's today.
OK, well, if you want to sit at your screen and stare and sort of drool and go, "No way...no, can't be...he just said that? What?" then don't forget today's "As Liberty Turns" installment, found here. I couldn't make this kind of stuff up if I tried.
On the DL today I went over the Caner situation (prior to getting his final reply, please note), then took calls on that situation and, for some reason today, textual critical questions. Today's DL is found here.
Finally, Sam Shamoun has written two articles I'd like to refer you to. Shabir Ally has put together some replies regarding our debate, and Sam has replied to them. Here is his article. He has also written this article which may be of interest to my readers. Well, almost anything Sam writes will be of interest to my readers for that matter, so here is his main index page. Bookmark it, and remember to pray for brother Sam. He knows the meaning of being "in the trenches" like few others do.
Today on the DL
06/20/2006 - James WhiteWell, definitely an interesting program today. Started out with Karl Keating's e-letter and some stuff about comments on Jimmy Akin's blog. Then we talked about the PCUSA moving to adopt new terminology for the Trinity, like "Mother, Child, and Womb." I'm not making this up. Then I looked at Greg Boyd's attempt to get around John 9. Then, in response to the invitation/challenge I posted last night, "Shane," who had posted a number of things about me on Jimmy Akin's blog, had the courage to call in, so we talked the last twenty some odd minutes of the program. Shane is going to call back when he has the documentation he needs to back up his accusation that I engaged in dishonest behavior in my last debate with Tim Staples. I look forward to hearing from him. And while he's looking things up, he might want to check out this article, and this one, too. They might help! All in all a very interesting hour. Here's the program.
Note on the Dividing Line / Liberty Debate Issues
06/19/2006 - James WhiteDue to summer time scheduling issues, tomorrow's Dividing Line will again have to be at the normal Thursday time of 4pm MST/PDT, 7pm EDT. This would be a great time for all those folks on Jimmy Akin's blog, who seem to know so much about me, like "Shane," to give me a ring so we can talk about stuff. It is so odd that folks will accuse me of being "brave behind the keyboard" when I host a program twice a week with a toll free number, and when I challenge them to put feet to their accusations, well, all of a sudden they are so very busy whenever the DL is on, they just can't pick up that phone! I would love to respond to the accusations of "cheap debating tricks" that Shane and others have posted, given that the litany of cheap debating tricks used by Roman Catholic apologists over the years that I could list, and document, is long indeed. I especially liked the one about how I allegedly try to make Roman Catholic apologists look bad by pronouncing Greek words differently than they do. I had not heard that one before. Anyway, the DL will be live, the phone lines open.
Also, tomorrow is the 20th, and as you may have seen, that was the day I requested a final response from the Caners on why Dr. O'Donnell, the head of the debate program at Liberty University, has refused to respond to any correspondence from the opposing side. Obviously, if you will not even show the kindness of responding to requests for information, you cannot function as the moderator, since you are, again, obviously biased toward one side. Hence, unless I have an e-mail explaining this situation tomorrow, we will be discussing our need to obtain a fair, unbiased moderator, which again opens up the subject of agreeing to a meaningful debate format that allows for the very kind of biblically-based interaction that the audience so clearly wants to see and experience.
Southern Baptist Convention, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Jimmy Akin on the Dividing Line
06/13/2006 - James WhiteAnd when I say Jimmy Akin, I mean it. He called the program (right at the end...we went long to give him enough time). The first 40 minutes or so included clips from sermons at the Southern Baptist Convention and a discussion of the dogged unwillingness of many to address the important issues with any sense of seriousness; then we took a call on Jehovah's Witnesses, then we talked with Jimmy Akin. He wanted to point out that he had actually written two replies to me, and I had only commented on one, and he was correct. I had not seen the first he had written, which is found here. Now, I will be glad to reply to it (brief summary: try to dismiss those who are responding to your materials all you wish: the fact remains sola scriptura is a key topic, my argument has been out there in print, being discussed in debates, for over a decade, and if you want to be the "director of apologetics and evangelization" for an organization that has often started its radio programs (over the strains of Yanni) as one of the "largest and most trusted apologetics and evangelization organizations in America," you shouldn't be willing to give surface-level replies that show you do not listen to those who are giving replies to your claims), but given the "heat" of the article, I may give it a few days to cool off. Besides, I will be out of pocket for a few days anyway, so we will see. Anyway, here is today's Dividing Line.
Quick Dividing Line Note
06/13/2006 - James WhiteWe will be doing the DL live today at the normal Thursday time, 7pm EDT, due to scheduling conflicts. See you then!
Yesterday on the Dividing Line
06/01/2006 - Rich PierceStarted off with a quick discussion of the use of Messianic prophecies by Islamic apologists, including connecting Isaiah 9:6 to Mohammed (except, they have to sort of skip a few portions of the text). Then a call on witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses took the rest of the hour, providing a great opportunity for "practical evangelism" training on the topic. Here's the program.