Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Today on the Dividing Line: Lots of Calls, A Response to a Bible/Qur'an Article
03/31/2011 - James WhiteAlmost canceled the program today (our Internet access went down thirty minutes before the program again), but we got it back and made it through. Talked with Justin about witnessing to LDS missionaries, covered a common argument about the Bible and the Qur'an, took calls on baptism in the early church and a wide variety of other issues, going about 8 minutes long (again). Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line
03/30/2011 - James WhiteStarted off briefly noting Peter Lumpkins' absence (fully expected of course), then took some quick calls on a wide variety of topics, including a discussion of the high priestly work of Christ and an upcoming debate with atheists. I then moved into reading a large portion of chapter 4 of Love Wins, illustrating the man-centeredness of the Arminian fundamentalism that Rob Bell has rejected, and the frightening results. Here's the program.
Sorry! Technical Failure: DL Rescheduled to High Noon Tomorrow (Wednesday)
03/29/2011 - James WhiteWell, the Cox guy comes out, says we should be fixed up, and...boom, five minutes before the DL, once again, we are dead in the water. Thankfully, the Cox guy was just leaving. He can't find anything wrong here, so this is all in the "main office," but he isn't getting anywhere with them, either. Somebody is playing games anyway. Be that as it may, we can't get a regular connection to stay alive for more than ten or fifteen minutes, so there's no reason to attempt to do the program like that. So, we will be moving the program till tomorrow at 3pm EDT, high noon here in Phoenix. Sorry about that! Not much we can do about it.
Hopefully Moving the DL to 6pm EDT
03/29/2011 - James WhiteOur ISP is having...issues providing us with consistent internet access. We lost all connectivity about 30 minutes before the DL, but got it back. Then it dropped out five minutes before, so we have called them and they are "sending someone out" (you know how specific that is), so, for now, we are going to try for 3pm our time, 6pm EDT for an afternoon DL. Please check back then. I know I am anticipating a call from a brother who is meeting with LDS missionaries (I hope this doesn't conflict with his meeting!), and of course, we are all waiting with baited breath and fingers crossed for the great unveiling of Lumpy's "official" sources (yeah, don't worry, we won't spend too much time waiting for that one). Then I hope to get to some very important material that I hope will be edifying for many.
A Double Book Review on Today's Dividing Line
03/24/2011 - James WhiteStarted off challenging Peter Lumpkins to provide documentation of claims he has been making, and then moved on to important stuff: a quick review of key issues relating to both Love Wins as well as Forged by Bart Ehrman. I hope to provide some foundational and important observations that will be helpful to my fellow believers. Here's the program.
Love Wins...and Makes Strange Bedfellows, and Calls, on Today's DL
03/21/2011 - James WhiteStarted off noting that Love does Win...at least, it gets Peter Lumpkins to post reviews of Rob Bell's book by Anglicans (well, Anglican last time I checked anyway). But we had a very full board of calls, and after a few technical glitches, got to them, including questions about KJV Onlyism, Rome's abuse of Luke 1:28, Fred Phelps, and the use of Ergun Caner's materials in apologetics. Here's the program.
Special Monday Dividing Line
03/20/2011 - James WhiteWe are bumping the DL back a day, so, regular Tuesday time (11am MST) on Monday. Yeah, Amazon released Love Wins early, so I'm about half way through that, but...that has nothing at all to do with why we are moving the program. I just needed to clear Tuesday out for something else! So, hope to hear from you as we take calls and discuss God's truth Monday morning!
Richard Mouw, Rob Bell, Fuller Seminary, Mustafa Arja, and More on the DL
03/17/2011 - James WhiteAnother eclectic program today, covering Richard Mouw's proclamation of Rob Bell as orthodox, a call from Ben the agnostic, a quick review of some comments by Mustafa Arja in a recent debate (looking at his use of Shabir Ally and especially Bart Ehrman), and then a call that took us almost 15 minutes beyond our normal time, a conversation with Lars on Reformed theology and in particular, 2 Peter 3:9. Here's the program.
While I Have Net Access...
03/17/2011 - James WhiteOur ISP is having a hard day today. We lose our connectivity every few minutes, and maintain it only erratically. So, that may impact the DL this afternoon. Right now, we, just like the God of Open Theism, do not know what the future holds. So if you try connecting up at 4pm MST and there's nothing there, you'll know why! Whether we will "deadcast" (and post it later) or not, I do not know. We will "play it by ear"!
Today on the DL: Presuppositionalism, Chorazin and Bethsaida, and Rob Bell (In That Order)
03/15/2011 - James WhiteAnother eclectic program today, starting off with two calls, one on RC Sproul and his opposition to presuppositional apologetics (the call moved quickly to a discussion of the method more than Sproul's views) and the next from Silly Brit II (aka John Samson) on Jesus' words about Chorazin and Bethsaida. Then we launched into Rob Bell's press-release video presentation from yesterday and the oddity of his allegedly orthodox and yet obviously not theology. Here's the program.
I mentioned that I had just done a podcast with Chris Date's podcast right before the DL, covering more than an hour on Roman Catholicism and its claims of authority. Chris has posted that material and you can find it here.
I am currently uploading the video of the first call from today's DL, and once it is available, I will update this entry with it.
A Wide-Ranging Dividing Line
03/10/2011 - James WhiteLet's see, we covered a question on common grace and those who deny there is such a thing; Mark 6 and Jesus "could not" do mighty works in Nazareth due to unbelief; Acts 17:27 and what "groping" for God might mean; refuting the community college atheists and their Osiris/Horus/Dionysus/Attis/Mithra madness; responding to an atheist's "Questions for Bible Thumpers," and finally, the "grammar/gender" question concerning the Comma Johanneum. A little something for everyone! Here's the program.
Today on the DL: Caner, Siljander, and E-Mail Questions
03/08/2011 - James WhiteStarted off with my frustration at the "discernment ministries" of our land that seem to either lack discernment, or a backbone, to stand up and blow the lid off the Great Evangelical Cover-Up (can you say not-so-Veritas Seminary?), and then moved on to e-mail questions. We got into Geek 101 for a while, covering Kindle and iPad stuff, as we get a LOT of e-mails on the topic. Talked about Bart Ehrman as well. Here's the program.
DL Time Adjustment in the Morning!
03/07/2011 - James WhiteI have duties to attend to at home, so rather than just canceling the DL for Tuesday, we will do it early: 9:30am MST, 11:30am EST, and 3:30am in Sydney, Australia (David Ould was just whining in channel about this). I need to make sure our friends at Liberty know about this, lest they miss anything at all. :-)
Mark Siljander's Insider Movement Promoting Book, and Ergun Caner's Endorsement of It, Today on the DL
03/03/2011 - James WhiteOn January 31st I was contacted by a professor in a reformed seminary relating to Mark Siljander's book, A Deadly Misunderstanding. That happened to be the day I left for London, so I do not recall when, exactly, I purchased the book via Kindle. I know I began listening to it on a 75 mile climbing ride on February 23rd. I finished listening to it yesterday on another marathon ride. The subject of the book, its argumentation, its relationship to Ergun Caner and his alleged expertise in Islam (or lack thereof), and the continued blight upon Christian apologetics represented by the Great Evangelical Coverup led by Norman Geisler and others, is the substance of the entirety of today's program. Get a comfy seat and listen carefully, this is important stuff. Here's the program.
By the way, here is Ergun Caner's endorsement of the Siljander work:
I believe passionately that Mark has discovered a real pathway here—a means to open dialogue that we have not seen in centuries.
Dr. Ergun Caner
President of Liberty University Theological Seminary
Today on a Technically Challenged DL: USA Today Tells Christians to Shut Up, and More
03/01/2011 - James WhiteTackled the USA Today article basically telling us all to stop talking about God's law and what is right and wrong, answered an e-mail about how to handle emotional responses to God's sovereignty in salvation, and finished off listening to a series of statements by John Hick, philosopher of religion (and opponent to revelational Christianity). Here's the program.