"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 31:  August 4, 2000.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART TWO: RCUS CONGREGATIONS
2. HEARING AND BROADCASTING SERMONS: MORE ABOUT REALAUDIO
3. PUREMP3.ORG: MP3 SITES WITH NO PORNOGRAPHY ADS
4. ADDITIONAL OPC CHURCHES THAT HAVE WEB PAGES
5. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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1. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART TWO: RCUS CONGREGATIONS
As mentioned in the previous issue of CATI, NAPARC stands for
"North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council."  Here is
the basis of the Council:
"Confessing Jesus Christ as only Savior and Sovereign Lord
over all of life, we affirm the basis of the fellowship of
Presbyterian and Reformed Churches to be full commitment to
the Bible in its entirety as the Word of God written, without
error in all its parts and to its teaching as set forth in
the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons
of Dordt, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the
Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms...."
And here are the member congregations:
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 
Korean-American Presbyterian Church 
Orthodox Presbyterian Church 
Presbyterian Church in America 
Reformed Church in the United States 
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America
I'm in the process of putting together a directory of churches
in conservative Reformed denominations (primarily those in
NAPARC) that have Web pages.  To addition to the six NAPARC
denominations, I also intend to include in my own directory
congregations that belong to the United Reformed Churches of
North America, a denomination which holds similar convictions.
The second installment to the Web directory of churches is
a list of congregations in the Reformed Church in the United
States who are on the Internet.  (Please notify me of any
errors that need to be corrected or additions that should be
made to the list.  Thanks!)
Here's the denominational home page for the RCUS:
Reformed Church in the United States
  http://www.rcus.org/
The Reformed Church in the United States was earlier popularly
known as the "Eureka Classis," but that officially changed in
1986.  Although it is not a large denomination, the RCUS is a
"quality" denomination, fully committed to the Scriptures and
to the Reformed creeds.
The monthly magazine of the RCUS is the Reformed Herald, which
can be accessed online in both HTML format and Acrobat format.
In a later issue of CATI, I hope to go more thoroughly into
what is meant by Acrobat format.  For now, let me say that to
use Acrobat ("PDF" for "Portable Document Format") files, you
need a free program called the Acrobat Reader.  This program
lets you print out copies that are almost exact replicas of
the original magazines.
Here's where you can access the Reformed Herald in HTML (Web
page) format:
Reformed Herald: HTML (Web page) Format
  http://www.rcus.org/publications/reformed_herald/rh_browser.htm
And here's where you can access the Reformed Herald in Adobe
Acrobat (.PDF) format (as well as find a link to where you can
download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader):
Reformed Herald: Adobe Acrobat Format (.PDF)
  http://www.rcus.org/publications/reformed_herald/rh_pdf.htm
At the present time, you can access almost an entire year of
past issues (September 1999 through July 2000 at this time).
Here's where you'll find links to various publications (The
Reformed Herald, Book Depository, Position Papers, Sermons,
and Articles -- note menu of left of the Web page):
Reformed Church in the United States: Publications
  http://www.rcus.org/publications_frame_set.htm\\
And here's where you can find RCUS congregations:
Reformed Church in the United States: Find a Congregation
  http://www.rcus.org/congregations/congregations.htm  
Many RCUS congregations do not have a Web page, but here
are those that do:
CALIFORNIA
Chico:
Covenant Reformed Church, Chico, California
Pastor: Dale Clark
  http://www.jps.net/mdill/crc1/home.html
Grass Valley:
Covenant Reformed Church, Grass Valley, California 
Pastor: Dennis E. Roe,  
  http://www.nccn.net/~crcgv/
Modesto:
Trinity Reformed Church, Modesto, California
Pastor: Paul H. Treick  
  http://all.at/trichurch
Pleasanton:
Grace Reformed Chapel, Pleasanton, California
Pastor: Jonathan Merica
  http://www.gracereformedchapel.com/
Sacramento:
Covenant Reformed Church, Sacramento, California
Pastor: Jim West
  http://www.sac-crc.com/
COLORADO
Colorado Springs:
Trinity Covenant Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pastor: C.W. Powell
  http://www.tcrc.faithweb.com/
MINNESOTA
St. Louis Park:
Redeemer Reformed Church, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  http://users.lightdog.com/redeemerrcus/
NEBRASKA
Lincoln:
St. John's Reformed Church, Lincoln, Nebraska
Pastor: Clif Loucks
  http://stjohnsrcus.inetnebr.com/
NORTH DAKOTA
Minot
Harvest Reformed Church, Minot, North Dakota
Pastor: Rev. Michael Voytek
  http://www.minot.com/~harvest/
SOUTH DAKOTA
Grace Reformed Church, Rapid City, South Dakota
Pastor: David Fagrey
  http://www.gracereformedrapidcitysd.homestead.com/GraceReformedChurch.html
Again, please let me know of any errors or omissions in the
preceding list.  I hope (D.V.) to publish a revised list in
the future.  In the meantime, I hope you find this information
to be helpful.
Enjoy!
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2. HEARING AND BROADCASTING SERMONS: MORE ON REALAUDIO
A previous issue of CATI contained an article listing many
Christian programs and sermons that you can hear online
using RealAudio:
RealAudio: Intro Plus Some Christian Programs and Sermons
  http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati29.htm#1
I am grateful to Doug Nystrom for calling my attention to the
Web site for Atlantic Coast Communications, which focuses on
"Christian Real Audio Resources":
Atlantic Coast Communications
  http://www.accradio.com 
It has links to many Christian sermons, and most of them are
by pastors of the Presbyterian Church in America or of the
Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Here is ACC's statement of beliefs:
"The Bible is the written word of God, without error and of
  divine and infallible authority.
The One, True God is personal. He created and sustains the
  universe and is intimately involved with and concerned for
  His creation. He exists eternally in three distinct Persons:
  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; each of whom
  possesses all the divine attributes.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who entered the world
  and history and became man, and who lived and died and
  bodily rose again as payment for the sins of those who trust
  in Him. His sacrifice is the only way for human beings, all
  of whom have rebelled against God, to be redeemed.
God's Gift of salvation is freely offered to all people who
  receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Jesus Christ is coming again as the final consummation of
  God's plan of salvation. He will judge the living and the
  dead."
And here are their RealAudio offerings:
"The Beacon of Truth"
Dr. Robert Letham, Emmanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church,
  Wilmington, Delaware
    http://www.accradio.com/Beacon/Programs.htm
"The Bible and Life"
Dan Hendley, Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), Palm Bay,
  Florida
    http://www.accradio.com/BibleLife/Programs.htm
"Capitol Hill Baptist Church'
Dr. Mark Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
    http://www.accradio.com/Capitol/Programs.htm
"Covenant Theological Seminary"
President Bryan Chapell and others, Covenant Theological
  Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
    http://www.accradio.com/CovenantSeminary/Programs.htm
"Cutting It Straight"
Jerry Marshall, New Community Church, Wildwood, Missouri
    http://www.accradio.com/Cutting/Programs.htm
"God's Word for God's World"
Wilson Benton, The Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, St.
  Louis, Missouri
    http://www.accradio.com/GodsWord/Programs.htm
"In His Grace"
Scott Sauls, Oak Hills Presbyterian Church (PCA), Overland
  Park, Kansas
    http://www.accradio.com/HisGrace/Programs.htm
"InPerspective"
Harry Reeder, Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA), Birmingham,
  Alabama
    http://www.accradio.com/Perspective/Programs.htm
"In Spirit and Truth"
George Robertson, The Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), St.
  Louis, Missouri
    http://www.accradio.com/SpiritandTruth/Programs.htm
"Life Changes"
David Rountree, New Covenant Church, Anderson, South Carolina
    http://www.accradio.com/Change/Program.htm
"Living Grace"
Dr. Bill Barton, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Irmo, South
  Carolina 
    http://www.accradio.com/LivingGrace/Programs.htm
"Living Truth"
Sandy Willson, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee
    http://www.accradio.com/LivingTruth/Programs.htm
"Living Waters"
Carl Robbins, Spring Meadows Presbyterian Church (PCA), Las
  Vegas, Nevada
    http://www.accradio.com/LivingWaters/Programs.htm
"Living Word"
Mike Milton, Kirk O the Isles Presbyterian Church (PCA),
  Savannah, Georgia
    http://www.accradio.com/Word/Programs.htm
"Meet Me at the Chapelgate"
Ron Steel, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church (PCA),
  Marriottsville, Maryland
    http://www.accradio.com/ChapelGate/Programs.htm
"Oaks of Righteousness"
Rodney Stortz, Twin Oaks Church, Twin Oaks, Missouri
    http://www.accradio.com/Oaks/Programs.htm
"One Eagle's Wings"
Mike Ross, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
    http://www.accradio.com/EaglesWings/Programs.htm
"Timeless Truths for Today's Living"
Mike Potts, First Presbyterian Church, Coral Springs/Margate,
  Florida
    http://www.accradio.com/timeless/Programs.htm
"Transforming Grace"
Glenn Parkinson, Serverna Park Presbyterian Church, Pasadena,
  Maryland
    http://www.accradio.com/TransGrace/Programs.htm
"The Truth in Love"
Rev. Douglas Nystrom, Westminster Presbyterian Church (OPC),
  Wichita Falls, Texas
    http://www.accradio.com/TruthinLove/Programs.htm
"Westminster Pulpit - Lancaster"
Dr. Michael Rogers, Westminster Presbyterian Church,
  Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    http://www.accradio.com/WestLan/Programs.htm 
"Westminster Pulpit - Vancouver"
Dr. Jim Bordwine, Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA),
  Vancouver, Washington
    http://www.accradio.com/WestVan/Programs.htm
Oneplace.com is another site to check out, if you want to hear
Christian programs and messages in RealAudio.  Here are some
Web pages to check out:
Oneplace.com: Listen by Featured Ministry
  http://www2.oneplace.com/
Oneplace.com: Ministry Listing by Program Title
  http://www2.oneplace.com/Ministries/  
Caution:  this site contains some links that are "Reformed"
in perspective, but also many that are not, although they
will be generally "evangelical" in viewpoint.  Oneplace.com
claims to be "the leading provider of Christian audio content
on the Internet," and it does contain a number of links that
you should find useful.  In addition to links to Christian
programs, there are links to 50 Christian radio stations that
you can listen to while online.
In addition to hearing Christian sermons in Real Audio, some
CATI readers may be interested in broadcasting sermons in
RealAudio (perhaps the helpful sermons that are being preached
at your own church?).  If so, you may find useful this Web
page called to my attention by CATI subscriber Michael White:
How to Create RealAudio Sermons
  http://www.vor.org/mebane/sermons/encoding.html
It contains detailed step-by-step instructions, helpfully
provided by Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Mebane, North
Carolina.
Enjoy!
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3. PUREMP3.ORG: MP3 SITES WITH NO PORNOGRAPHY ADS
It's less than what's needed, but it may be a step in the
right direction.  Here's the article as it appeared in the
August 7, 2000 issue of the Dummies Daily newsletter on "MP3
and Digital Sound":
"TODAY'S eTIP: Clean Living [Monday, August 7, 2000]
PureMP3 is a collection of MP3 sites that have gotten
together to decry the appearance of porn-site banners on
other MP3 sites. The sites listed here promise to be free
of pornographic banners and pictures, and not to link to
sites that promote anything pornographic. These sites also
agree not to use any annoying Javascript dialog boxes or
any popup ads that are not hosted on their own site.
http://www.puremp3.org/"
It is apparently not possible to access past issues of Dummies
Daily online, but here is the place where you can subscribe to
to various newsletters in the areas of Computing, Internet,
Lifestyle, Money and Investing, Pets, or Sports and Recreation
(plus perhaps a few more):
Dummies Online: Sign Up
  http://www.dummiesdaily.com/
Caution:  you'll find this notice at the bottom of the page:
"Dummies Daily and its publisher, IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.,
occasionally inform subscribers of interesting specials,
products, and services we believe you'll appreciate; these
opportunities may be provided by our own companies or third
parties. If you don't want to receive such notices, please
check here."
  http://www.dummiesdaily.com/
Unless you like to receive junk mail, I recommend that you
do check there if you do decide to subscribe to some of the
Dummies Daily newsletters.
Let's get on to the main topic, which is PureMP3.org.  Here
is the address for their Web page:
PureMP3.org
  http://www.puremp3.org
It's less than what's needed, but the home page for the
site contains many commendable statements:
"MP3 -- 1 : Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer 3; 2 : A
way of compressing audio samples with minimal loss of quality. 
In the definition above, where is the word 'pornography?' -
Nowhere. Therefore why are there banners on MP3 web pages
...which have explicit sexual content on them?...
"We are a group of dedicated MP3 sites whose goal is to ban
pornographic images from MP3 pages, whether they are pictures
or banners....
"What we're saying is that the members of PURE MP3 not only do
not have pornographic banners or pictures on their sites, but
they will not link to sites which have anything pornographic
on them. You can be sure that you and your family can search
for songs and mp3 information without the worry of maybe
finding a pornographic picture on the site your are loading
up....
"To be in Pure MP3, your site must of course be pure....
We're talking about language which is explicitly sexual....
Violating this rule is just as severe as actually having
sexual content on your site, and will result in removal of
your site from the members list....
"Keep in mind, this is an anti-pornography campaign....  If
you have no porn or links to porn pages, or links to pages
which have links to porn pages.. and you have the Pure MP3
button...on your site, you will be accepted."
  --http://www.puremp3.org
As I said, PureMP3.org may be a step in the right direction,
but it's less than what's needed, for a number or reasons:
PureMP3.org gets rid of pornographic ads and sexually explicit
language, but it doesn't outlaw other inappropriate language
(such as cursing).
PureMP3.org does not explicitly discourage the improper (and
illegal) sharing of copyrighted files.  There you're on your
own, to make sure that the copyright owner of the music has
given permission for his or her music to be made available
for downloading in MP3 format.  (You'll have to search the
individual PureMP3.org MP3 sites to see whether they have
posted an appropriate policy on this issue.)
PureMP3.org may forbid the carrying of pornographic ads or
sexually explicit language, but that does not necessarily
mean that the MP3 files themselves carried by PureMP3.org
sites will be free from objectionable content.
So in many respects you're still on your own, although at
least you shouldn't have to worry about pornographic ads
on these MP3 sites (which cannot be said of many other
MP3 sites).  If you decide to try PureMP3.org, I trust
you will do so with proper discretion.
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4. ADDITIONAL OPC CHURCHES THAT HAVE WEB PAGES
The previous issue of CATI included a list of congregations of
the Orthodox Presbyterian Church that have a Web page:
My NAPARC-Plus Web Directory, Part One: OPC Congregations
  http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati30.htm#1
Here are some OPC Web sites not originally included on that list:
CALIFORNIA
Eureka:
Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Eureka, California
Pastor:  Andrew J. Preston
  http://www.covenantopc.com/
OREGON
Grants Pass:
Faith Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Grants Pass, Oregon
Pastor:  Larry D. Conard
  http://www.faithgp.org/aboutus.html
TEXAS
Fort Worth:
Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Contact:  Gary W. Davenport
  http://www.opcfw.com/
Houston:
Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas
Contact:  Coleman Simpkins
  http://www.providenceopchouston.com/
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