"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 1:  January 7, 2000.

Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is
Copyright (C) 2000 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  For
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.  INTRODUCING THE EDITOR, BARRY TRAVER
2.  FAMILY-SAFE INTERNET
3.  SOME CHRISTIAN WEB SITES
4.  FREE ENCARTA ENCYCLOPEDIA 2000 (AFTER REBATES)
5.  INDEX OF REFRAINS FOR THE ORIGINAL TRINITY HYMNAL
6.  SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR FREE NEWSLETTER 
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1. INTRODUCING THE EDITOR, BARRY TRAVER

The editor Barry Traver is an ordained minister in the Orthodox
Presbyterian Church.  He earned his M.Div. and his Th.M. in New 
Testament from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
Currently he is serving as Teacher at Pilgrim Church (OPC),
Philadelphia, as well as teaching computer science part-time at
City Center Academy, a ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church
(PCA), Philadelphia.

He has been involved with online services and the Internet for
many years.  When he was active in the TI world (and had a
regular monthly column in MICROpendium, Computer Shopper, and
Vulcan's Computer Monthly and had programs and/or articles
published in such magazines as 99'er Home Computer Magazine,
The Smart Programmer, and Super 99 Monthly, in addition to 
editing and publishing his own magazine-on-disk, the Genial
TRAVelER), he served as a sysop on the "TI FORUM" on CompuServe
and as bulletin board manager for the "TI RoundTable" on GEnie.

Later he became active in the IBM world and (while he was 
working for a company called Infonautics) served as bulletin
board manager for all of the following:  the Homework Helper
bulletin board on Prodigy, the Electric Library bulletin board
on MSN, the Research Zone bulletin board on AOL, and the
discussion area for the researchpaper.com Web site.  He has
a special interest in "Christians and the Internet" and is thus
starting a free newsletter that will (hopefully) be helpful to
others interested in that topic.
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2.  FAMILY-SAFE INTERNET

The Internet has much to offer, but it can also be a somewhat 
dangerous place for families (including children and Dads).  For 
example, how does a Christian family avoid encounter with 
pornographic material on the Web?

Happily, there are a number of ways the Internet can be made
safer for families.  One way is to use "filtering" software
(such as CyberPatrol or Net Nanny or any of a number of such
programs) to "filter out" objectionable material.  Another way
is to sign up with an Internet Service Provider or "ISP" (such
as FamilyClick.com, ifriendly.com, or Hisnet) that "filters
out" such material.

An alternative approach is to do "monitoring" rather than
"filtering."  Monitoring does not prevent access to certain
sites, but it does keep a record of what sites have been
visited.

My discussions with other pastors have convinced me that this
is an issue that is affecting many congregations.  Much helpful 
material is fortunately available, however.  Here are some
addresses that you may find useful:

One Good Source of Parental Control Software
 http://tucows.epix.net/parent95.html

Some Filtered Internet Software Providers:
 American Family Online:
  http://www.afo.net/
 ChristianISP.net:
  http://www.christianisp.net/
 CleanNet:
  http://www.flash.net/~remay/isp/ordclean.htm
 FamilyClick:
  http://familyclick.com/
 HISnet:
  http://www.hisnet.org/
 ifriendly.com:
  http://www.ifriendly.com/
 Integrity Online:
  http://home.integrityonline.com/
 Rated G Online:
  http://www.rated-g.net/
 safeplace.net:
  http://www.safeplace.net/home/
 This.com:
  http://www.this.com/
 World Christian Online:
  http://www.worldchristian.net/

You'll find further information and references to many more
resources in this area at the following Web site:

 http://traver.org/cgi/discus/showreformed.cgi?14/243
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3.  SOME CHRISTIAN WEB SITES

The World Wide Web is a huge library of diverse resources.
Since the Web is so large, however, it is not always easy to be
aware of Christian sites that may have a particular interest to
us.

Following you'll find a list of Christian Web sites, some of 
which you may like to check out further.  Some of the sites on
the list are "Reformed" in perspective; others are more broadly
evangelical in viewpoint.

Obviously, this list is not a complete list of Christian Web 
sites, nor does inclusion of a particular Web site on the list
necessarily imply endorsement of that site. You should,
however, find some here that may be of interest to you that you
may not have seen before.

Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
 http://www.alliancenet.org/

American Association of Christian Schools
 http://www.aacs.org/

American Family Association (Donald E. Wildmon)
 http://www.afa.net

American Tract Society
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ats/

American Vision
 http://www.avision1.com/

Andre Kole
 http://www.andrekole.org/

Antithesis
 http://www.reformed.org/webfiles/antithesis/

ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band)
 http://www.apologetix.com/

As for My House
 http://www.gcp.org/ministries/as_for_my_house.htm

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
 http://www.arpsynod.org/

Baker Book House
 http://www.bakerbooks.com/

Best of the Christian Web
 http://www.botcw.com/

Bible Gateway
 http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible?

Bible League
 http://www.bibleleague.org/

Bible Study Hour (James Montgomery Boice)
 http://www.icrn.com/The_Bible_Study_Hour/

Billy Graham
 http://billygraham.org

Boston Homepage (Thomas Boston)
 http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Den/1548/index.html 

BreakPoint (Charles Colson)
 http://www.breakpoint.org/

C.S. Lewis and the Inklings
 http://personal.bgsu.edu/~edwards/lewis.html

Campus Crusade for Christ
 http://www.ccci.org/

CCM Magazine Online (Contemporary Christian Music)
 http://www.ccmcom.com/

Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics (CRTA)
 http://www.reformed.org/

Center for the Advancement of Paleo Orthodoxy
 http://capo.org/

Chalcedon Foundation
 http://www.chalcedon.edu

Christian Answers Network
 http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/canhome.html

Christian Book Distributors (CBD)
 http://www.chrbook.com/

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
 http://ccel.wheaton.edu/

Christian Coalition
 http://www.cc.org/

Christian Computing Magazine
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ccmag/

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
 http://www.ccef.org/

Christian Schools International
 http://www.gospelcom.net/csi/

Christian Scholar's Review
 http://www.hope.edu/resources/csr/

Christian Teens.Net
 http://www.christianteens.net/

Christians United for Reformation (CURE)
 http://capo.org/cure/cure.html

Concerned Women for America
 http://www.cwfa.org/

Contra Mundum
 http://www.visi.com/~contra_m//cm/

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (D. James Kennedy)
 http://www.cr-online.com/

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW)
 http://www.cbmw.org/

Covenant College
 http://www.covenant.edu/

Covenant Media Foundation
 http://www.cmfnow.com/

Covenant Theological Seminary
 http://www.covenantseminary.edu/

Credenda Agenda
 http://www.credenda.org/

Desiring God Ministries (John Piper)
 http://www.desiringgod.org/

Escondido Tutorial Service
 http://www.gbt.org/

Family Research Council
 http://www.frc.org/

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
 http://www.fca.org/

Fire and Ice:  Puritan and Reformed Writings
 http://www.puritansermons.com/index.htm

Focus on the Family
 http://www.fotf.org/

Geneva College
 http://www.geneva.edu/

Gideons International
 http://www.gideons.org/

GOSHEN (Internet Christian Resource Directory)
 http://www.goshen.net/

Gospel Communications Network
 http://www.gospelcom.net/

Gospel Communications International
 http://www.gospelcom.net/gf/

Great Commission Publications
 http://www.gcp.org/

Hall of Church History
 http://www.gty.org/~phil/hall.htm

I.C.E. FreeBooks
 http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/sidefrm3.htm

Institute for Creation Research (ICR)
 http://www.icr.org/

International Bible Society
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)
 http://www.ifesworld.org/

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
 http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/

Into the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
 http://cslewis.DrZeus.net/

Jews for Jesus
 http://www.jewsforjesus.org/

JonathanEdwards.com
 http://www.jonathanedwards.com/

Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
 http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

Knox Theological Seminary
 http://www.knoxseminary.org/KTS_main.asp

L'Abri Fellowship (Switzerland)
 http://www.labri.org/

Legacy: WWW Reformed & Puritan Christian Literature
 http://www.iserv.net/~mrbill/Legacy.html

Ligonier Ministries (Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ligonier/

Logos Research Systems
 http://www.logos.com/

Michael Card
 http://michaelcard.com/

Mid-America Reformed Seminary
 http://www.m-ars.com/

National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)
 http://nae.net/

Navigators
 http://www.gospelcom.net/navs/

NetCentral
 http://www.netcentral.net/

New Horizons
 http://www.opc.org/new_horizons.html

Ordained Servant 
 http://www.opc.org/OS/Ordained_servant.html

Orthodox Presbyterian Church
 http://www.opc.org/

P & R Publishing
 http://www.prpbooks.com/

Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
 http://www.pcanet.org/

Presbyterian Youth of America (PYA)
 http://www.newcitymedia.com/pya/

Prison Fellowship Ministries
 http://www.pfm.org/

Promise Keepers
 http://www.promisekeepers.org/

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
 http://www.heritagebooks.org/seminary.html

Reformed Bible College
 http://www.reformed.edu/

Reformed Church in the United States
 http://www.rcus.org/

Reformed Episcopal Church
 http://www.recus.org/index.htm

Reformed Network
 http://www.reformednet.org/refnet/index.htm

Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America
 http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org/

Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS)
 http://www.rpts.edu/

Reformed Theological Seminary
 http://www.rts.edu/

Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul (Ligonier Ministries)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ligonier/

Rutherford Institute
 http://www.rutherford.org/welcome.asp

Southern California Center for Christian Studies (SCCCS)
and Bahnsen Theological Seminary (BTS)
 http://www.scccs.org/

SovGrace (Sovereign Grace Theology Resource Center)
 http://www.dallas.net/sovgrace/

Spurgeon Archive
 http://www.spurgeon.org/

Still Waters Revival Books
 http://www.swrb.com/

Summit Ministries
 http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/summit/sumhome.html

The Lighthouse electronic Magazine (TLeM)
 http://tlem.netcentral.net/toc.html

Thornwell Hall
 http://www.thornwellhall.org

Unravelling Wittgenstein's Net - A Christian ThinkTank
 http://www.webcom.com:80/~ctt/

Westminster Bookstore
 http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia)
 http://www.wts.edu/

Westminster Seminary California
 http://www.wscal.edu/

Wheaton College
 http://www.wheaton.edu/

White Horse Inn (Michael Horton)
 http://www.icrn.com/The_White_Horse_Inn/

World Magazine
 http://www.worldmag.com/

Wycliffe Bible Translators
 http://www.wycliffe.org/

Young Life Ministries
 http://www.younglife.org/

Youth for Christ (YFC)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/yfc/

Zondervan Publishing House
 http://www.zondervan.com/

Again, the list makes no pretense of being complete nor is
there an implied full endorsement of every site included.  I
trust, however, that you will find at least some of the sites
on this list of interest or useful to you.  (Further details on
various sites are planned for future issues of the newsletter.)
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4.  FREE ENCARTA ENCYCLOPEDIA 2000 (AFTER REBATES)

This offer is good only in the United States and ends January
15, 2000, but you can get Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia
2000 on CD-ROM (almost) for free (after rebates) right now from 
Beyond.com, one of the better software stores on the Internet.
If you're interested, here's the place you can go for further 
information:

 http://www.beyond.com/PKIN147917/prod.htm

Basically, you pay $35 for the product and later get back $25
from Microsoft and $10 from Beyond.com.  Encarta is one of the
better secular encylopedias on CD-ROM, and you can't complain
about the price.  (Incidentally, you will end up paying about
$5 for shipping, but it's still a great bargain.)
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5.  INDEX OF REFRAINS FOR THE ORIGINAL TRINITY HYMNAL

If you're trying to locate a hymn in the original Trinity 
Hymnal and remember some of the words, you should be able to
track it down by using a useful online tool found on the
Orthodox Presbyterian Web site, viz., the Trinity Hymnal online
search engine at the following address:

 http://opc.org/books/TH/index.html

If you remember the first line of the hymn, you can also locate 
the hymn by using the index at the back of the hymnal, of
course.  But what if it's a hymn with a refrain and you
remember the first line of the refrain but not the first line
of the first verse (and you do not have immediate access to the
Trinity Hymnal online search engine)?

For some unknown reason, the original Trinity Hymnal refrained 
from including the first lines of refrains in its index of
hymns.  For example, if you want to find the hymn containing
the refrain "Up from the grave he arose ...," you'll find it
easy to find the hymn in the revised Trinity Hymnal but not so
in the original Trinity Hymnal (unless you happen to remember
that the first verse begins, "Low in the grave he lay...").

For the sake of those who are still using the original Trinity 
Hymnal, I compiled an index of refrains to make it easier to
find certain hymns.  You can access it online at the following
address on the OPC Web site:

 http://opc.org/books/TH/refrains.html

You'll also find it in two different formats suitable for
printing out (Microsoft Word and PDF) at the following 
address:

 http://traver.org/downloads/trinity/

After you print out the Trinity Hymnal refrain index, you can
fold it in half and place it inside the back cover of the
Trinity Hymnal.  By the way, if you do not own Microsoft Word,
it's good to know that Microsoft has made available a free
utility that you can use to view or print out Microsoft Word
documents.  Here's the place to go to get a copy:

 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/
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