"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 21:  May 26, 2000.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. THE INTERNET: GUIDES FOR BEGINNERS
2. CHARLES H. SPURGEON: PRINCE OF PREACHERS
3. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER 
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1. THE INTERNET: GUIDES FOR BEGINNERS
If you're a beginner on the Internet, where can you go for
help?  Yes, CATI publishes articles for people on all levels
(see "Editorial Thoughts on 'Bunnies' and 'Giraffes'" in CATI
1/4/1), but what do you do if you have some questions about
an area that CATI hasn't covered yet?
Well, you may have to do without the Christian commentary, but
there are some excellent general beginners' guides about the
Internet on the Internet.
My advice is not, of course, to try to read them all, but to
try out different guides until you find one you like, one that
fits your learning style and that matches where you're at
right now in your knowledge of the Internet.
Here are some beginners' guides that you may want to check
out:
About.com: Net 101 (in six lessons)
   http://specials.about.com/channels/internet/net101/lessonindex.htm
Lesson One: All About Email (First Contact, Attachments,
    Signature Files, Spam, Greeting Cards)
  http://specials.about.com/channels/internet/net101/lesson1_index.htm#row1
Lesson Two: All About Browsers (What Is a Browser?, Change
    Your Start Page, Returning to Your Favorites, Filtering
    Software)
  http://specials.about.com/channels/internet/net101/lesson2_index.htm#row1
Lesson Three: All About Chatting (How to Chat, Chat Etiquette,
    Cyberlingo, Emoticons, Online Safety)
  http://specials.about.com/channels/internet/net101/lesson3_index.htm#row1
Lesson Four: All About Searching (Search Basics, How and Where
    to Search, Finding People, Finding Webcams)
  http://specials.about.com/channels/internet/net101/lesson4_index.htm#row2
Lesson Five: All About Downloading (PC & Mac: How to Download,
    Zip Files, Plug-ins, Protecting Against Viruses)
  http://specials.about.com/channels/internet/net101/lesson5_index.htm#row2
Lesson Six: All About Shopping (Shopping Advice, Online
    Auctions, Computer Shopping, Safe Shopping)
  http://specials.about.com/channels/internet/net101/lesson6_index.htm#row2
Beginners Central
  http://northernwebs.com/bc/
"... this online tutorial is aimed at the Internet newbie.
Divided into several chapters, the tutorial guides users
through the basic concepts and practical details of using
the Internet. Topics include file downloading, email and
news reader configuration and operation (on the two major
browsers), FTP and Telnet basics, and Internet myths. A
summary and brief quiz conclude each chapter.... [On] the
whole, beginning users should certainly benefit from a
visit."
Internet 101
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/internet101.html
"Internet 101 was created for those who want to know just the
basics. This guide will provide you with enough knowledge to
have fun on the Internet, yet will not bore you with too many
details. Think of this as a set of instructions...for people
who don't like to read instructions!"
The Internet
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/internet.html 
The Web
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/web.html
Getting Started
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/start.html
Safe Surfing
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/safe.html
Viruses
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/virus.html
Browsers
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/browser.html
Email
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/email.html
Search
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/search.html
Locating Software
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/software.html
Newsgroups
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/newsgroups.html
Chat
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/chat.html
E-Commerce
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/shopping.html
Terminology
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/terms.html
Help (for the Internet 101 Web site)
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/help.html
Free Stuff You Can Get Online
  http://www2.famvid.com/i101/freebie.html
Learn the Net
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/index.html
That's the best way to access the site, but if you want to
access the "How To" pages directly without the sidebar menu
(so that they will appear full-screen without the frames),
here's where you'll find them:
How to Use the Site (but better viewed with the sidebar menu)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/html/00start.html
How to Master the Basics (Making Connections, About Modems,
    Monitor Settings, Netiquette, Birth of the Net, Net
    Anatomy, The Future)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/intbas.html
How to Surf the Net (Web Browsers, How the Web Works, Anatomy
    of a Web Page, Domain Names, Understanding Web Addresses,
    Decoding Error Messages, Bookmarks and Favorites, A Home
    (Page) of Your Own, Web Chat, Online Shopping, Online
    Auctions, Online Learning, Plan Your Trip Online, Top Ten
    Tips, Under the Hood of the World Wide Web)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/www.html
How to Harness E-Mail (How It Works, Anatomy of an E-Mail
    Message, Understanding E-Mail Messages, Sending an E-Mail
    Message, Attaching Files, Sending E-Mail Attachments,
    Cleaning Up An E-Mail Message, Web-based E-Mail, Mailing
    Lists, Smileys, How Private Is Your E-Mail?)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/email.html
How to Find Information (Searching the Web, Advanced Search
    Techniques, The Interactive Search Engine Tutorial,
    Online Information: Fact or Fiction?, Searching Databases)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/digdat.html
How to Download Files (How To Do It, Downloading Software,
    File Formats and Extensions, File Compression}
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/download.html
How to Join Newsgroups (All About Newsgroups, Searching
    Newsgroups, Subscribing and Reading Postings, Posting
    Messages, Start Your Own)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/newsgroup.html
How to Conference (Virtual Meetings)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/conference.html
How to Enjoy Multimedia (Plug-Ins, A Little Net Music, Web
    Radio)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/multi.html
How to Build a Website (Under Construction, Identifying
    Content For Your Site, Understanding Copyrights, Getting
    Help, HTML Overview, Designing for Different Audiences,
    Working With Graphics, Design Tips, Advanced Web Tools,
    Finding A Home for Your Site, Publicizing Your Site,
    Maintenance and Updating, Getting Feedback, Measuring
    Traffic)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/webpubl.html
How to Do E-Business (Making Money Online, Investing in a
    Business Website, HotHotHot Web Sales Sizzle, A Foreign
    Affair, Inside the Intranet)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/dobusi.html
How to Protect Yourself (Secure Transactions, Privacy, Top Ten
    Privacy Tips, Computer Viruses, Bidder Beware, Safety
    Tips, Parent's Guide)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/protect.html
And here's where you'll find some other interesting pages
on the Learn the Net site:
The World Wide Web at a Glance (a 20-minute tutorial)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/web/000www.htm
The Animated Internet (requires installation of the Flash
   player to view)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/animate.htm
Test Your NetSmarts (online crossword puzzle)
  http://www.learnthenet.com/english/html/100crossword.htm  
Newbie Dome
  http://www.candleweb.net/newbie/newbie.htm
"If you are new to the Internet, then you've come to the right
place. Newbie Dome... A Beginner's Guide to the Internet all
under one roof!" (I'm not as impressed with this site as with
some others, but it has some useful information.)
First Day On Tour (Links, Programs)
  http://www.candleweb.net/newbie/firstday.htm
Walkabout The Dome (E-Mail, News Groups, Browsers, FTP's,
    Graphic Viewing, Sound Capabilities)
  http://www.candleweb.net/newbie/walkab.htm
What's the Gig? (Chat Programs; Games, Travel, Entertainment,
    and Fun Stuff; Greeting Cards)
  http://www.candleweb.net/newbie/gig.htm    
Center Stage (HTML Tutorials & Resources; Backgrounds, Buttons
    and Bars)
  http://www.candleweb.net/newbie/centstg.htm
Links Galore (links to sites related to the following:
    Background, Buttons and Bars; Chat Programs; E-Mail
    Programs; FTP Programs; Fun Stuff; Graphic Viewing
    Programs; HTML Tutorials & Resources; Newbie Help; News
    Readers; Submission Sites for Your Web Page; Software;
    Sound; Virtual Greeting Cards; Web Browsers)
  http://www.candleweb.net/newbie/linkit.htm  
Using and Understanding the Internet: Beginners' Guide
  http://www.pbs.org/uti/begin.html
Part of PBS Online, this comprehensive collection of Internet
resources is really more than a "Beginners' Guide" (and may
not really be the best starting point for beginners).  If you
like the "Beginners' Guide," you may also want to check out
this page on the site:
Using and Understanding the Internet
  http://www.pbs.org/uti/
Webmonkey Guides (including Internet Basics)
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/
Get on the Web (Getting Connected, Finding an ISP, Intro to
    Browsers, Using Your Browser, How URLs Work, Intro to
    JavaScript, Navigating the Web, Searching the Web)
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/web/index.html
Email, Chat, and News (Netiquette, Avoiding Spam, Web-based
    Email, Intro to Chat, Newsgroups)
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/email/index.html
Net Nuts and Bolts (Internet History, Clients and Servers,
    Online Security, Who Runs the Net, Nine Net Innovators,
    Ten Net Companies)
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/net/index.html
Glossary of Terms
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/glossary/index.html
Glossary of Terms: A-F
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/glossary/a_f.html
Glossary of Terms: G-P
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/glossary/g_p.html
Glossary of Terms: Q-Z
  http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/guides/glossary/q_z.html
webTeacher
  http://www.webteacher.org/winexp/indextc.html
A Web Primer and Web Tutorial actually intended for teachers,
and presented by the National Cable Television Association and
TECH CORPS. Here's how they describe it:  "... a comprehensive
Internet training tool.... webTeacher is a self-paced Internet
tutorial that puts both basic and in-depth information about
the World Wide Web at a teacher's fingertips - just a mouse
click away! E-mail, video conferencing, chat rooms, Web page
design, Internet safety, curriculum material research --
teachers choose the tutorial topic they want to explore,
they choose their own pace, and they choose the depth of
knowledge they desire, and webTeacher leads them through
the information. Then, because webTeacher is an interactive
guide, teachers have the opportunity to apply their new
knowledge immediately through the online exercises and
activities."
Enjoy!
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2. CHARLES H. SPURGEON: PRINCE OF PREACHERS
Sometimes called the "Prince of Preachers," this British
Baptist was much-loved in his own time and is much loved in
our time as well:
"The most widely popular of English preachers in the
nineteenth century was without question, Charles Haddon
Spurgeon. He was born ... June 19th, 1834.... Spurgeon
was raised in the knowledge and understanding of the
Christian gospel; but it was not until a stormy January
night in 1850 that he was converted.... [In] 1854 in his
nineteenth year, he was installed as shepherd over the
flock of the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, London,
later to become the Metropolitan Tabernacle. In January,
1855, Spurgeon published his first sermon... During his
pastorate at London, Spurgeon ministered to a congregation
of almost 6,000 people each Sunday, published his sermons
weekly, wrote a monthly magazine, and founded a college for
pastors, two orphanages, an old-folks home, a colportage
society, and several mission stations.... Spurgeon continued
to preach the gospel until his death in January, 1892. Now
more than 150 years later his sermons are again gaining in
popularity...."
  http://www.mountzion.org/spurgeon.html
In a moment I'll be sharing with you where you can find more
about -- and much by -- Spurgeon on the Web, but before I do,
let me mention an excellent source of books by C.H. Spurgeon
(as well as a video documentary on his life entitled, not
surprisingly, "The Prince of Preachers"):
Pilgrim Publications: Spurgeon
  http://members.aol.com/pilgrimpub/spurgeon.htm
(The 56-minute video, by the way, is available for only $23,
including postage!)
The best place to start for Spurgeon on the Web is this Web
site by Phil Johnson:
The Spurgeon Archive: The Largest Collection of Spurgeon
    Resources on the World Wide Web
  http://www.spurgeon.org/mainpage.htm
And here on that site is where you'll find indexes to sermons
of Spurgeon available online:
Spurgeon's Sermons, Alphabetical Index (by Title)
  http://www.spurgeon.org/index/aindex.htm
Spurgeon's Sermons, Chronological Index
  http://www.spurgeon.org/index/cindex.htm
Spurgeon's Sermons, Scripture Index
  http://www.spurgeon.org/index/rindex.htm
At a different site, you'll find a different approach to the
organizing of Spurgeon's sermons:
C.H. Spurgeon Collection of Sermons and Other Writings
  http://www.biblebb.com/spurgeon.htm
Here you'll find not a Scripture index, not a chronological
index, nor an alphabetical index by title, but an alphabetical
index by subject.
If you prefer listening to Spurgeon's sermons to reading them,
you can hear them online at this site:
C.H. Spurgeon: An Audio Archive (RealAudio)
  http://www.mountzion.org/spurgeon.html
The sermons are capably read by Charles Koelsch who, however,
would probably admit that he is no Charles Spurgeon (but we
will not complain, since Charles Spurgeon cannot read them
for us himself at this time).
Following is a list of some books, articles, and excerpts by
C.H. Spurgeon available on the World Wide Web:
All of Grace (regular HTML format)
  http://www.spurgeon.org/all_of_g.htm
    OR
All of Grace (PDF format)
  http://www.inspirationalmedia.com/AllofGrace.pdf
"Commenting and Commentaries"
  http://www.ccel.org/s/spurgeon/comment/comment.html
"Confession of Sin: A Sermon with Seven Texts"
  http://ic.net/~rstevens/0113.htm
"A Defense of Calvinism"
  http://www.spurgeon.org/calvinis.htm
    OR
  http://www.christian-bookshop.co.uk/free/sht/def_calv.htm
    OR
  http://members.aol.com/twarren15/defense-cal.html
Documents on the Down-Grade Controversy (40+ documents)
  http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/dwngrd.htm
"Early Religious Impressions" (from his Autobiography)
  http://www.spurgeon.org/earlyimp.htm
"Earnestness: Its Marring and Maintenance" (from Lectures
    to My Students)
  http://reformed.org/books/ltms/Lecture_II.08.html
"Exposition: 1 John 3:1-10"
  http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0062.htm
Faith's Check Book (daily entry only)
  http://www.spurgeon.org/fcb/fcb.cgi
Farm Sermons
  http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/fspref.htm
"The Great Change--Conversion" (from his Autobiography)
  http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/abio011.htm
"The Greatest Fight in the World"
  http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/gfw.htm 
"Happy Childhood at Stambourne" (from his Autobiography)
  http://www.spurgeon.org/childhd.htm
John Ploughman's Talk
  http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/plowman.htm
"The Kind of Revival We Need"
  http://www.spurgeon.org/revival.htm
"A Memoir of Thomas Watson"
  http://www.puritansermons.com/watson/wats_mem.htm
Morning and Evening (daily devotions)
  Today's readings or access by month:
    http://www.christianword.org/Spurgeon/morn_eve.shtml
      OR
    http://www.ccel.org/spurgeon/morn_eve/morn_eve.html
  Access by month:
    http://calvarychapel.com/library/Spurgeon-Charles/MorningAndEvening/0.htm
  Today's readings or access by specific date or use Scripture
      index:
    http://www.khouse.org/blueletter/Comm/charles_spurgeon/m_e/morn_eve.html
  Today's readings only (or subscribe for daily email) :
    http://www.devotionals.net/Spurgeon/
"The Need of Decision for the Truth" (from Lectures to My
    Students)
  http://reformed.org/books/ltms/Lecture_II.03.html
"Particular Redemption"
  http://www.kcnet.com/~puritan/chs_redemp.htm
"A Pastoral Letter"
  http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0221a.htm
"Preparation for Revival"
  http://www.txdirect.net/~tgarner/chspur11.htm
"A Puritan Catechism"
  http://www.spurgeon.org/catechis.htm
    OR
  http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/history/spurgeon.cat.txt
"Salvation Is of the Lord"
  http://www.gospelcom.net/thehighway/salvation_is_of_the_lord.html
"Sermons" (forty-two sermons)
  http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/history/spurgeon/spurgeon-home.html
(Important:  See also the indexes of Spurgeon's Sermons that
are mentioned above.)
Sermons in Candles
  http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/candles.htm
The Soul Winner
  http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/soulwinr.htm
"Till He Come: Communion Meditations"
  http://www.ccel.org/spurgeon/till_he_come/title.html  
The Treasury of David (comments on the Psalms)
  http://grace-for-today.com/chstod.htm 
    OR
  http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm
If you've never read anything by Spurgeon before, you may want
to begin with either Morning and Evening or The Treasury of
David, both of which are widely recognized as great Christian
classics (and not just by Baptists!).
The Spurgeon page for Pilgrim Publications includes many good
links to interesting (particularly historical) material about
Charles Spurgeon, if you're interested in learning more about
his life:
Pilgrim Publications: Spurgeon: 
  http://members.aol.com/pilgrimpub/spurgeon.htm
(Just be prepared to do a lot of scrolling to look through
that page!)
Finally, if you want an inexpensive way to own the collected
works of Charles Spurgeon, here's one you might check out:
Comprehensive Charles Haddon Spurgeon Collection
  http://www.online-bible.com/charles_spurgeon_collection.html
Here is how Cross Country Software describes the collection:
"We have now released the most complete collection of C. H.
Spurgeon's writings ever published. Cherished by Christians
for many years are the more than 3550 sermons from one of the
most gifted speakers and blessed Christian leaders of our era.
In addition to this overwhelming collection of sermons, are
over 70 of Spurgeon's books, lectures and writings. Included
on this incredible CD are the entire 57 Volumes of the
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 6 Volumes of the Park Street
Pulpit, The Sword and the Trowel (7 Volumes), and John
Ploughman's Pictures. Over 3,241 consecutive weeks (62
years) of sermons and wonderful Christian inspiration. All
Complete works on one CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows."
The price is only $49.95 American ($69.95 Canadian), and
there is no charge for shipping!
Enjoy!
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