Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Theological Junkies Rejoice
10/31/2012 - Rich PierceWe have decided to re-post our 'Apologetics Articles' section from our vintage website into the blog feed making that which was old new again. The vast majority of these documents originated in paper form that we called 'Theological Information Sheets' that spanned various topics such as the Trinity, the Deity of Christ and even a sample page describing how to remove one's name from the rolls of the LDS church. Over the next several weeks we will be gradually re-posting those items here on the blog so keep an eye out for them.
Update: We have taken great pains to move these pages over and repost them as accurately as possible. If you find an error on a page or even worse, the author is attributed incorrectly please take a moment and send us a note about it and we will corrected it as soon as we possibly can.
The New (and Hopefully Improved) Calvinist Gadfly
06/09/2010 - Alan KurschnerFrank, make me proud.
Team Apologian: Two New Additions!
06/18/2008 - James White
A few months ago I decided I could use some more help with the blog, so I began pondering who to invite to join Team Apologian. Right around that time I started noticing the amount of time, and effort, going into posts here. I had come to know Tur8infan (his nick in our channel) over the preceding months, as he had become a regular in our chat channel. The consistency of his work, the depth of his understanding of the issues, and his ability to provide a God-honoring, biblical apologetic, led me to invite him to join our team. Tur8infan adds to our Presbyterian presence on the team, and is likewise our first pseudonymous team member (lest anyone think he is claiming to channel THE Francis Turretin!). I am excited to have Tur8infan with us, and I will be posting his first article tomorrow. Tur8infan joins our famous graphic on the far left, the writing on his jacket indicating his Presbyterian predilections.
On the right side of our graphic I am justifiably proud to introduce my second-born, she who in my own opinion is a better writer than her dad, my 19-year old daughter, Summer. Many of you have found encouragement in my reporting Summer's encounters with the world of academia, first her letter to President Bush back in her sophomore year in high school, and second her encounters with her philosophy professor in her first year of college. Of course, Summer's presence on the team completely messes up the "really bad looking Calvinist guy" image we were working on, but we will survive. We left the Pyromaniacs in the dust a long time ago as far as having Angelz doing our graphics (thanks again, Angelz! Now let's see a Nadir Ahmed toon!), but now, adding a brilliant young lady like Summer---well, what can I say? We have moved into a whole new realm!
So I welcome our two new team members, and hope their contributions will add to the value of this blog in the years to come. I begin with Summer's first contribution.
Welcome to the NEW aomin.org!
01/24/2008 - James WhiteThree years in the making! Yes indeed, we knew we needed to upgrade our site a long time ago. So what took so long? Simple. We make a penny scream before we let it go, so we did not go out and buy a pre-made template. Besides, we have skilled volunteers. But, of course, our volunteers are just that: and as you all know, if you want something done, you find the busiest people to do it. But...it's done!
Now, you will see, of course, that it will take time to migrate the older articles to the new format. One of the reasons it took some time to do the new design is due to the sheer size of our site. We've been doing this for over a decade now, and stuff piles up on a website! So you will find some links going back to the old site for now, but we are working diligently to get everything up to speed. Of course, now that this new format is operational, future changes will be a lot easier, thankfully. It was the first "get caught up to modern technology" move that took so long. For those who don't know, the format we had first appeared in 2000. So old, it had become retro!
So we hope you will find our new website easy to use and helpful. I sure like the way it looks! I would like to extend my thanks to (using their IRC nicks) AOMin, Shamgar, Micah, ENielsen, Spidey and buzz for all their hard work for a very long and extended time period. Enjoy!
A Quick Note About Article Authors
07/26/2007 - Colin SmithI was a little surprised to see that people have been confused over the authorship of recent blog articles. I just wanted to point out that, as those who have followed this blog for a while know, Dr. White would not dare to venture into such controversial areas as the Harry Potter books. He much prefers to spend his time with far less incendiary topics such as Qur'anic textual criticism, the KJV-Only issue, and Reformed theology. It's only the more hardened apologists among us that would dare venture into the lion's den of children's literature, so please pay attention to who is writing what. There are reputations at stake here! :-)
BlogMaster Note: I decided to add this picture. It has nothing to do with cds's comments...sorta. But Chris Arnzen did ask me to go on his program to talk about my Harry Potter blog articles, so maybe, when I informed him that cds was the author, this is what he looked like? I can't be sure, but it seemed appropriate to the level of seriousness of Colin's note. :-) Besides, as centuri0n has proven over and over again, graphics do not have to have anything at all to do with the text.
Team Apologian Goes Big Time!
03/14/2007 - James WhiteWell, Carla came through and set up an entire CafePress page for our blog, featuring Angel Contreras' classic artwork. So we were chatting and came up with the idea of maybe buying the sleeveless-T version, shown here, and sending it as our love-gift to Ergun Caner? I'm sure he would appreciate, and utilize, such a gift, don't you? Definitely. That led to the whole group brain-storming on possible future Angelz caricatures, but I can't comment on stuff like that. Angelz has this clause in his contract about secrecy and stuff, you know. Artsy types are like that. Very sensitive and all. He has flashy sneakers, too. Just thought I'd mention that.
So anyway, if you get a Christmas present from me and it comes from our Team Apologian shop, don't be surprised! Here she is!
And Now...My Secret Weapon in the Blog Wars...Angelz!
03/01/2007 - James Whitecenturi0n started it. Really. It is his fault. But I took up the challenge. And I have a secret weapon. No, it is not Colin Smith (cds), though, he is British. And a vegetarian. No, it isn't the Gobbler, though, he is a super hero...of some sort. No, it is not the Calvinist Gadfly, DeoVolente, though he still has all his hair. Jeff Downs is a likely suspect, but it isn't even him. Nor is it TQ and his musical talents (in case you are wondering, I was just went through the main folks on this graphic from left to right, sorta). No, my secret weapon is that little guy down in the left hand corner. See him down there? Yeah, that's Angelz. And when Angelz draws, people listen! So now, for the first time, the new Team Apologian graphic (which I managed to get inserted in the header even before I got home, though, not without a few difficulties!):
click here for full size image
For all their photoshop magic, Team Pyro doesn't have Angelz. It's like...playing the Bulls when they had Jordan, you know? You could be good, but you were never good enough. Sorry, Phil, Frank started it. Love you guys!
A Classic Updated--in the AOMin Bookstore
02/21/2007 - James WhiteI have to admit, it is one of the most humorous comments I've seen in print, from a Calvinist anyway, in a long time. When Lance Quinn updated the work of Steele and Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism for P&R, he expanded the book tremendously by adding a wonderfully useful bibliography. During the process he asked for not only my old books on the subject, but for information on how he could get hold of Debating Calvinism which was, at that time, in process of being written. I'm thankful he was able to include the book before his own work went to press. In the bibliography (90-91) we find the following:
Hunt, Dave, and James White. Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views. Sisters, Oreg.: Multnomah, 2004, 427 pages.
This book grew out of James White's response to Dave Hunt's 2002 book, What Love is This? (see the annotation on The Potter's Freedom, by James White, under "Articles in Reference Works, Systematic Theologies, Etc." below). This book has a debate format and could well go down as the most lopsided debate in church history. Once again, as in What Love is This? Dave Hunt neither understands true Calvinism nor correctly represents classic Arminianism. If you want to see an excellent presentation of classic Calvinism, you will find it in James White's portion of Debating Calvinism.
Pick up your copy of The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented (Steele, Thomas, Quinn) today!
Upcoming Video Clips and Discussions
02/15/2007 - James WhiteI am truly enjoying providing these video and audio clips on the blog, but, as most of you know, since A&O has a massive staff of...two, I am doing all of this on my own. I have two writing projects I must get done next week, so I am going to have to slow things down. I have a bunch of stuff already posted, so I am spreading it out and inviting the rest of Team Apologian to step up and fill in the blanks a bit as I will be heading to Massachusetts at the end of the month. What is coming up? Well, a few clips from the debate I did with Peter Stravinskas on purgatory that are well worth watching, a KJV Only clip, and then I have begun writing a quick series in response to Brian Flemming's The God Who Wasn't There. Yes, I know Ergun Caner has challenged Flemming and his group to debate. I've even been told they have accepted the challenge. Yes, I predict a train wreck. I can only assure you that my response to Flemming will be focused upon the facts of his allegations and that it will hopefully be a blessing to those who take the time to watch, and read.
From the Bookstore at AOMin...
02/15/2007 - James WhiteIf you have not read this book, you must. Not just you should, you really must. I read it over two decades ago in a single sitting. And it changed my life. It planted the seeds that eventually produced Pulpit Crimes, to be honest, because so much of what I decry in that work is the shallow, fluffy preaching of a church that has no grasp upon the seriousness of the business of worship because it has no grasp upon the holiness of God.
Sproul's a genius, and everyone knows that, but genius oftens stands in the way of communication, zeal, and passion. As a result, really smart folks can write some horrifically boring books. But that is Sproul's gift: he can write with clarity, pace, and passion. That's why I couldn't put the book down in 1986, and you won't be able to as well in 2007. If you don't already own it, get it. If you know an elder, a pastor, who does not have it, get it for him. In a day when Western culture in general, and the wide body of "Christianity" in particular, has created a warm, fuzzy, "very much like us" idol called "god," we must be reminded of the holiness of the awesome Yahweh. As we sing so often at PRBC:
Before Jehovah’s awful throne,
Ye nations, bow with sacred joy;
Know that the Lord is God alone;
He can create, and He destroy,
He can create, and He destroy.
His sovereign power, without our aid,
Made us of clay, and formed us men;
And when like wandering sheep we strayed,
He brought us to His fold again,
He brought us to His fold again.
We are His people, we His care,
Our souls, and all our mortal frame;
What lasting honors shall we rear,
Almighty Maker, to Thy Name,
Almighty Maker, to Thy Name?
We’ll crowd Thy gates with thankful songs,
High as the heavens our voices raise;
And earth, with her ten thousand tongues,
Shall fill Thy courts with sounding praise,
Shall fill Thy courts with sounding praise.
Wide as the world is Thy command,
Vast as eternity Thy love;
Firm as a rock Thy truth must stand,
When rolling years shall cease to move,
When rolling years shall cease to move.
P.S. John Samson informed me that the video series related to this book is currently available here.