Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Today on a Wednesday DL from London
02/24/2010 - James WhiteDid a Wednesday morning edition of the DL from London today, starting off with a few brief comments about the "Circle the Wagons, Shoot Anyone Who Moves" attitude of folks like Peter Lumpkins in reference to the Ergun Caner situation (did he really debate Abdul Saleeb---which means "Servant of the Cross"?), reported on the debate Monday evening, and the two Unbelievable radio programs with Justin Brierley, and then filled the rest of the hour, without break, responding to Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel. Brodersen wrote a response to me (oddly, without feeling it appropriate to use my name) that can be read here. It is a classic example of tradition-driven eisegesis, with a few rather surprising statements (did you know there is every reason to question the eternal state of the Amorites who were destroyed by the Israelites?). It also contains a good example of how the leadership of the largest non-denominational denomination (which has a very unbiblical ecclesiology which they cannot examine because, as everyone knows, they don't have an ecclesiology, yet, if you violate their ecclesiology, you get kicked out of the movement) handles texts that they are twisting but can't defend their twisting: just believe what we say, period. That's basically how he handled Matthew 23:37, while skipping right past the words themselves. In any case, this was the first program we've done on the new streaming PC, so we were really pushing it to do it via Skype. Here's the program.
A Wednesday DL Tomorrow: and Brian Brodersen Responds
02/23/2010 - James White
We will be doing one DL this week, tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11am MST (6pm for me here in London!). We will be really pushing the envelope this time: Rich has installed the new webcasting unit, and I will be doing the program via Skype. Hence, we have maximized the possibilities of utter failure! But, we will press forward anyway!
I may well look at a very lengthy, confused article that was just posted by Brian Brodersen, one of the leading figures in the Calvary Chapel movement. I had written to pastor Brodersen a while back, letting him know of my posted response to his comments. I never heard back from him, though, I guess that is what this article amounts to. Sadly, it shows the same kind of confusion on the part of the very leaders of Calvary Chapel that we have discussed before. You can find the article here. Note just one of the rather glaring problems: Brodersen confuses "synergist" (which is the term I used: Brodersen and his fellows are synergists, as opposed to monergists) with "syncretist," and then takes me to task on the basis of his unfamiliarity with these basic theological terms. There would be much value in examining this attempted response.
But, of course, I would like to report on the past five days of ministry here in London as well, so, join us at Wednesday at 11am MST for the Dividing Line!
On Today's Dividing Line from London: William Lane Craig and "Mere Christianity"
02/18/2010 - James WhiteWe didn't let a little thing like 5,281 miles get in the way of doing the DL today. With the help of Skype (which seems to keep improving in quality), my MacBook Pro, a really decent Internet connection here in London, Rich's work back at the office, and our faithful King of All Things Internet in Texas (we had server problems before the program began), we managed to put together an hour long examination of a "Reasonable Faith" podcast where William Lane Craig answered the question, "What About Catholicism?" He even enunciated the "Mere Christianity" viewpoint clearly, so I hope the discussion will be useful to folks. I think this is a major issue today, one ignored by most, despite its importance. Here is the program.
I hope to do another DL next week, though it may have to be on Wednesday rather than one of our regular DL days, depending on my schedule. We might be able to do Tuesday at the regular Thursday time as well, we will see.
Once again, thanks for all who have donated to help cover the costs of this trip. We still need your help in that area. I noted above the good Internet connection I used to do the DL today: $85 for seven days worth (costs are high in London). Your help is greatly appreciated.
Responding to Brian Brodersen and Chuck Smith
02/09/2010 - James WhiteStarted off the program today talking about the upcoming debate with Robert Price, and requesting continued prayers that I would be given my visa to visit London in time for my flight a week from Thursday. I was going to fairly briefly respond to the comments by Brian Brodersen, Chuck Smith, and Don Stewart, but once I played all the comments and went back through, I did not have time to get back to the Anthony Buzzard comments. I will get back to that on Thursday, Lord willing. Here is the program in mp3 format, and here is the portion where I specifically addressed Brodersen's "Calvinism lacks the heart of Jesus" accusation:
Today on the Dividing Line: Calvary Chapel Leadership Refers to Calvinism Again
02/09/2010 - James WhiteWhile I was flying to Atlanta on Thursday the hosts of the Pastor's Perspective radio program, featuring Chuck Smith, received a phone call about election. One of the hosts mentioned yours truly by name, making reference to the following video posted in response to his claim that Calvinism is Christianity without Jesus. He attempts to elucidate his thoughts. Today on the DL I will play their comments and respond, then we will move back to the Sir Anthony Buzzard debate on the Trinity. I want to make sure we can get to his comments on Psalm 110:1 soon, especially as they relate to his attempt to avoid the identification of Jesus as Yahweh in Hebrews 1:10-12. As the Lord gives time I will be posting a fairly in-depth review of the inconsistency forced upon Socinians by these two texts.
Today on the DL: Post-Mortem on Last Week's Debates
02/02/2010 - James White
Started off with some of the very interesting comments made on the Catholic Answers Forums, and then moved to the specifics on the Staples debate, including reading the full context of both of the "Protestant" citations Staples offered. Looked at the broader issues of purgatory, and then moved on to some comments made by Dr. Brown on the issue of Calvinism. Went about nine minutes long, but got to everything I wanted to get to. Here's the program.
Don't forget, there will not be a DL on Thursday, as I will be flying to Georgia at that time.