Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Yesterday on the Dividing Line: Does Rome Possess the Gospel?
03/30/2012 - James WhiteIt is a question every generation has to face. Often. Repeatedly. And today, it is a question being brushed under the rug in the service of ecumenism and political power and cultural defense. Does Rome possess the gospel? Many on the far side of the Tiber River have concluded that while Rome gets a few things wrong, they are not really definitional, and hence, Rome gets a pass now, and can be considered simply a Christian faith with a few odd additions, nothing more. You will not be shocked to discover that I disagree. Strongly. Passionately. That took up the first 45 minutes of the program. Here's the show. And here is the video of that 45 minute (or so) segment:
ABN Debate Canceled---Jumbo DL Instead!
03/29/2012 - James WhiteABN just informed me that my opponent can't make it tonight, so the debate on ABN has been canceled. Hopefully we can reschedule for later in April. So, we will do a Jumbo DL instead, starting at 6:30pm EDT (3:30pm PDT). I will be commenting on this article by C. Michael Patton at the start. Very troubled by it.
Today on the Dividing Line: Thoughts on Liberalism, Redaction Criticism, and Islam
03/27/2012 - James WhiteToday we took the time to review some issues relating to the various forms of criticism of the Bible prevalent in the West, and how these are used, and quite honestly, abused by Muslims. Then we took some calls as well. Here's the program.
Here is a video of the teaching portion of the program prior to taking calls:
Today on the Dividing Line
03/20/2012 - James WhiteDid a Jumbo edition early today, as I fly to Toronto tomorrow, and needed to get in an "extended study session" in the afternoon. Tackled some items relating to the politics in the apologetics realm, then continued my response to Adnan Rashid's comments in a February debate, and then switched over the Bart Ehrman from October of 2011. Remember, no DL on Thursday as I will be debating Shabir Ally at an Islamic Center in Toronto, Canada. Back to our regular schedule, Lord willing, for next week. Here's the program.
And don't forget the WayBack Machine, streaming Dividing Lines from 1998 onward 24/7! You can listen on the Flash Player found here.
Early Dividing Line Tomorrow!
03/19/2012 - James WhiteI am headed to Toronto on Wednesday, have a lot, and I mean a LOT, to do before I go, so we will be doing an early DL tomorrow, jumbo edition, starting at 9:30am PDT. Plan on hitting some Bart Ehrman and some Adnan Rashid. So join us!
Don't Forget: 3:30pm Start Time for the DL on Thursday
03/14/2012 - James WhiteSince I will be doing a live debate on abnsat.com tomorrow evening at 8pm EDT (ironically, on the same topic of our new video, Surah 4:157), we will be moving the DL up half an hour to 3:30pm PDT (6:30pm EDT). Join us then!
Today on the Dividing Line: Apologetic Methodology
03/13/2012 - James WhiteAfter a brief report on ministry in Hawaii, I looked at two examples of why apologetic methodology must be derived from sound biblical exegesis and theology, not the other way around. Specifically, I responded briefly to this article by Paul Copan during the first half of the program. Here is the video of that portion:
I noted that others had already responded, including this article.
Then I started looking at a recent Reasonable Faith presentation (YouTube video found here, and the plain audio found here) including this incredible Q&A from a student to Dr. Craig wherein he identifies Cerberus as a possible illustration of the Trinity! Yes, the three headed hound of Greek mythology was the illustration Dr. Craig suggested to the student. I was left speechless as well, I assure you, but, see the video for yourself (time indexed to that specific question). We also tackled a few other questions from the presentation, and will continue our examination in future editions of the Dividing Line.
Here is today's program.
Time Change for Tuesday's Dividing Line
03/13/2012 - James WhiteWe will do the DL live from Phoenix on Tuesday at the regular Thursday time, i.e., 4pm MST, which is now 4pm PDT (thanks to the fact you all messed with your clocks again! I am red-eyeing it home from Hawaii Monday night/Tuesday morning, so, I think I will be a bit more functional for the afternoon time slot than coming straight from the airport for the morning edition. See you then!
Yesterday's Dividing Line from Hilo, Hawaii
03/07/2012 - James WhiteYesterday I managed to sneak in a Skype-aided Dividing Line from my room here in Hilo, Hawaii. We discussed a variety of issues, including the Sandra Fluke controversy, the wild-eyed attacks on Kirk Cameron for daring to be a Christian in the United States today, etc. Then we discussed the continuation of the Great Evangelical Coverup with another example of how Ergun Caner has to sneak around to speak at willing churches these days. Then we looked at this wild-eyed attack on Reformed theology and in this case, John Piper. Then we took a call on apologetic methodology. Here's the program.
By the way, I've been informed since the program that the "Vox Day" fellow noted above is actually Theodore Beale. His wikipedia page (shudder) notes a few interesting facts about him, but likewise asserts he is an open theist, which would explain the wild, intemperate, and simply heretical language found in the above linked article. If the information is true (and you can never know with wikipedia), it says volumes.
In any case, I will be leaving Hilo in the morning, heading to Honolulu. I have truly enjoyed my time on the Big Island and with the people of Berean Bible Church. I would like to thank the pastor and elders for all their work in putting together the conference, and to those who sacrificed their time to cook and do all the other things that go into these events as well. And to the brother who lent me his bike for the week, many thanks indeed! Today I rode out the Stainback Highway, and took the picture you see here. It just goes up, and up, and up! Where you see the road turning to the left up at the horizon, the grade, according to my Garmin 800 computer, hit 14%! If you aren't a rider, well...that's steep. Managed to get in 102 miles with over 6,000 ft. of ascent over the past few days. I will always remember getting to ride in Hawaii, and truly hope to get back here again someday to tackle Saddle Road!
Live Dividing Line from Hilo, Hawaii Today at Noon, MST
03/06/2012 - James WhiteJoin me for the Dividing Line one hour late today. I can tell you now there may be an interruption along the way, as my Internet purchase will run out sometime around that time, but, we will work our way through it anyway! Join me!