"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 permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact Barry Traver at email@example.com. Permission is hereby granted, however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1) no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety. To subscribe, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, including "Subscribe to CATI" in the Subject line and including in the body your real name and the email address to which you wish CATI sent. (To be removed from the emailing list, also write to email@example.com, but include "Remove from CATI List" in the Subject line.) ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ 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. ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ 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.) ________________________________________________________________ 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.) ________________________________________________________________ 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/ ________________________________________________________________ 6. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR FREE NEWSLETTER This is the first issue of a free newsletter devoted to "Christians And The Internet" ("CATI," pronounced "Katy," but spelled with a "C" and an "I" for "Christians" and the "Internet"). If you are not yet a subscriber and would like to become one, send an appropriate note to firstname.lastname@example.org.