"Christians and the Internet" newsletter CATI, Vol. 1, No. 32: August 11, 2000. _______________________________________________________________
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. CHRISTIAN HUMOR ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB 2. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART THREE: ARP CONGREGATIONS 3. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER _______________________________________________________________
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1. CHRISTIAN HUMOR ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB
First, a caveat: what is and what isn't viewed as "Christian humor" is seen differently by different people. My intention here is to present some thoughts and suggest some sites, but I do not endorse all of the sites mentioned here. Rather, in some cases, what claims to be "Christian humor" may be in fact anything but. So, as usual, exercise Christian discretion as you explore the Web.
One Bible verse to consider: "Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving" (Ephesians 5:4). Good humor is a gift of God, but some jokes are out of place for a number of possible reasons: they may, for example, mock God's law by giving an implicit approval, say, to sexual immorality, or they may be blasphemous in mocking God Himself. Such humor is not for the Christian.
Some collections of "Christian humor" are "a mixed bag," so to speak. It's up to us to "... Hate what is evil; cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9). Not to do so is not to show true love to our God (and His commandments) or to our neighbor.
An interesting collection of sites (some of which are humorous and some of which are not) can be found here:
Hector Dolt's List o' Favorites http://www.gty.org/~phil/bookmark/hdlist.htm
(You'll find it on Phil Johnson's Annotated Bookmarks site, and it has been claimed that Phil Johnson IS Hector Dolt. Phillip Johnson is a Calvinistic Baptist and the executive Director of Grace to You, a Christian tape and radio ministry featuring the preaching ministry of John MacArthur.)
You'll have to go to Hector Dolt's List o' Favorites for links to some of the sites that he comments on, but here are his comments on four of the sites, just to illustrate that you may need to be cautious about some "Christian humor":
"BarneyFife.com. Not merely a paean to the TV series, but a complete set of adult Sunday-school lessons based on the adventures of Barney and Opie. Hector Dolt wants it made perfectly clear that he does not recommend trivializing Sunday School this way. But he includes this link as a tragic (but nonetheless humorous) example of how far some people go to avoid the Word of God--even in Sunday School....
"The Door. 'The world's pretty much only religious satire magazine.' Christian (?) satire. This magazine is sometimes funny, occasionally insightful, usually irreverent, and too often flat-out blasphemous....
"GLAD: The Christian Humor Magazine. Sometimes quite clever and funny. (But someone needs to inform the folks at Glad that merely mentioning God in a joke doesn't necessarily make 'Christian Humor.' Sometimes it's nothing more than a form of taking His name in vain. Too many of the jokes here trivialize sacred things.)...
"Landover Baptist Church. Vicious satire--some hilarious, some well past the bounds of good taste. Some poor angry soul spends far too much time maintaining this site....
Needless to say, I do not necessarily recommend a visit to any of the previous four sites (and I am not really familiar with them). Whether you decide to visit any of them is up to you. My main point here is that there is considerable variation in what people regard as Christian humor, and you need to think through whether or not a certain site is appropriate on the basis of your understanding of Scriptural principles.
If you understand that, then you may find the following site to be a very helpful site because of the comprehensiveness of its content:
About.com: Christian Humor http://christianhumor.about.com/comedy/christianhumor/
The site is hosted by Greg Hartman, who "holds a double-major bachelor's degree in Bible and Theology and Journalism from Multnomah Bible College."
Here's what he has to say about himself and his site:
"Many people think becoming a Christian means checking your brains at the door and drowning your sense of humor in holy water. Folks, it just ain't so. Some of the smartest and funniest people on the Web are Jesus freaks. Accordingly, this site points you to the best in Christian humor on the Web, and helps you find the best in Christian apologetics." http://christianhumor.about.com/comedy/christianhumor/mbiopage.htm
His site is a rich resource of links to "Christian humor" sites (the largest collection I have seen), so it's a great place to explore, as long as you understand that you'll find there a mixture of the good, the bad, and the indifferent.
Because of the various views people have about what humor is good and what is not, I'm hesitant myself to suggest specific "Christian humor" sites, but here are a few you might like to take a look at (as long as you understand that I do not necessarily endorse everything you may find on these sites):
Church Humor http://home.flash.net/~go4crown/chhumor.htm
Free Christian Cartoon E-cards http://www.faithavenue.com/postcards/mainpostcard.html
John Mark Ministries: Religious (and other) Humour http://www.pastornet.net.au/jmm/ahmr/index.htm
Johnny Hart: B.C. http://www.creators.com/comics/bc/ Dallas Morning News: "A Cartoon With Heart" by John C. Davenport "B.C. creator spreads God's message with a touch of laughter." http://www.messengerinquirer.com/religion/932597.htm World: "Widely Read and Widely Censored" by Les Sillars "Happy culture warrior Hart continues thrilling readers and infuriating editors." http://www.worldmag.com/world/issue/04-08-00/national_5.asp
Mark Lowry http://www.marklowry.com/
Reverend Fun http://www.gospelcom.net/rev-fun/rf.php3 Reverend Fun Artchives http://www.gospelcom.net/rev-fun/artchive/
Whirlwind Bible Tour http://www.pronetisp.net/~diana/wbt.htm
2. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART THREE: ARP CONGREGATIONS
As mentioned in two previous issues 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 third installment to the Web directory of churches is a list of congregations in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 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 ARP:
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church http://www.arpsynod.org/
And here is where you will find what the denomination believes:
What We Believe http://www.arpsynod.org/believe.html The Standards of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church http://www.arpsynod.org/standard.html Westminster Confession of Faith http://www.arpsynod.org/confeson.html Westminster Larger Catechism http://www.arpsynod.org/lrgcat_1.html Westminster Shorter Catechism http://www.arpsynod.org/shorter.html Form of Government http://www.arpsynod.org/fog.html Book of Discipline http://www.arpsynod.org/discipl.html Book of Worship http://www.arpsynod.org/worship.html Position Statements (abortion, homosexuality, Scripture) http://www.arpsynod.org/position.html
And here's where you can find ARP congregations:
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Churches http://www.arpsynod.org/chlist.html
Some ARP congregations do not have a Web page, but here are the ones I know of that do:
Covenant Family Fellowship, Hoover, Alabama Pastor: Rev. Kerry Ptacek http://members.aol.com/kptacek/index.html
Bethel ARP Church, Oak Hill, Alabama Pastor: Rev. Benjamin W. Dowling, III http://members.tripod.com/~BethelARP/bethel.html
Parkway Place Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas Pastor: Rev. Donald L. Bowker http://www.forministry.com/72211PPPC
Hickory Springs ARP Church, Warren, Arkansas Pastor: Rev. Troy L. Pritt, D.Min. http://www.forministry.com/71671hsarp
Park Springs Presbyterian Church, Coconut Creek, Florida Pastor: Rev. Mark O. Bolhofner, D.Min. http://www.parkspringschurch.org
Shepherd Road Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida Pastor: Rev. Robert C. Hovey Associate Pastor: Rev. Wyatt H. Folds, Jr. http://www.srpc.net/
Faith Presbyterian Church, Merritt Island, Florida Pastor: Rev. William L. Barron http://www5.palmnet.net/~faith/
Tampa Bay Area
Hope Presbyterian Church - Tampa, Lutz, Florida Pastor: Rev. Michael A. Jones http://www.hope4tampa.com/
The First ARP Church of Augusta, Augusta, Georgia Pastor: Rev. Hershel Don Yancey, D.Min. http://www.firstarpaugusta.org/
Highlands Presbyterian Church, Grayson, Georgia Pastor: Rev. S. Harrison Cain http://highlands-presbyterian.org/
Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church, Norcross, Georgia Pastor: Rev. J. Barry Dagenhart, D.Min. Associate Pastor: Rev. Anthony R. Locke http://www.pcarpchurch.org/
Calvary Community Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia Pastor: Rev. Michael I. Leach http://www.calvaryarpchurch.org/
Midlane Park ARP Church, Louisville, Kentucky Pastor: Rev. Wayne E. Stanchfield http://www.erskine.edu/ARP/midlanepark.html
Presbyterian Church of the Atonement, Silver Spring, Maryland Pastor: Rev. Curtis J. Young Associate Pastor: Rev. David G. Galletta http://www.atonement-arp.org/
Hopewell ARP Church, New Albany Pastor: Rev. Steve R. Woods www.forministry.com/38652HARPC
Elsberry ARP Church, Elsberry, Missouri Pastor: Rev. Carl Geisik http://www.forministry.com/63343earpc
Mount Zion ARP Church, Troy, Missouri Pastor: Rev. Carl Geisik http://www.forministry.com/63379mzarp
Church of the Cross, Wentzville, Missouri Pastor: Rev. Carl Geisik http://www.forministry.com/63385cotca
Ballston Center ARP Church, Ballston Spa, New York Pastor: Rev. Charles H. Roberts, D.Min. Associate Pastor: Rev. Jeffrey Dean Lang http://www.mindspring.com/~bcarp/
Ambassador Presbyterian Church, Apex, North Carolina Pastor: Rev Warren C. Harvey http://ambassadorpres.home.mindspring.com/
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. John Spence http://www.redeemerarp.homestead.com/
Hemby Bridge Church, Charlotte, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. Paul Doriani http://www.hembybridgechurch.org/
Fuller Memorial Church, Durham, North Carolina Supply Pastor: Dr. Darrell C. Pond http://fullerchurch.com/
Crowders Creek ARP Church, Gastonia, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. James D. McLurkin http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/crowderscreek/
Pisgah ARP Church, Gastonia, North Carolina http://www.pisgaharpchurch.org/
Providence ARP Church, Gastonia, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. Mark R. Hornby http://homestead.juno.com/providencearpchurch/
Christ Community Church, Greensboro, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. John S. Kimmons Associate Pastor: Rev. N. Lanier Ellis Associate Pastor: Rev. Paul G. Patrick http://www.cccarp.org/
Covenant Fellowship, Greensboro, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. Joel S. Gillespie http://www.backporch.org/covenantfellowship.htm
Cross Community Fellowship, High Point, North Carolina http://www.xcf.org/
Adams Farm Community Church, Jamestown, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. Edwin M. Sink, Jr. http://personal.lig.bellsouth.net/~afchurch/
New Testament ARP Church, Lincolnton, North Carolina Supply Pastor: Rev. James Carroll Owens, Ph.D. http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/ntarpc/
Trinity Chapel, Raleigh North Carolina Pastor: Rev. John Lewellen Associate Pastor: Mr. Jeffrey Privette http://www.trinitychapel-rdu.org/
Covenant ARP Church, Statesville, North Carolina Pastor: Rev. Robert P Brawley, D.Min. http://www.covenantarp.org/
Chester ARP Church, Chester, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Dwight L Pearson, D.D. http://www.chesterarp.com/
First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina Co-Pastor: Rev. Lance E. Hudgens, D.D. Co-Pastor: Rev. Mark E. Ross, Ph.D. Associate Pastor: Rev. John H. Hopkins Associate Pastor: Rev. Lance E. Hudgens, D.D. Associate Pastor: Rev. Neal R. Mathias http://www.firstprescola.com/
Sherwood Forest ARP Church, Columbia, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. C. Ronald Beard, D.D. http://members.aol.com/arpchurch/
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Conway, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Martin Lewis Taylor http://members.christhost.com/wpcarp/wpcarp.htm
Effingham Presbyterian Church, Effingham, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Andrew K. Putnam http://home.earthlink.net/~aputnam/epc.html
Carolina Covenant Church, Fort Mill, South Carolina http://web.cetlink.net/~cccarp/
Devenger Road Presbyterian Church, Greer, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Stuart B. Latimer Associate Pastor: Rev. Gentry F. McColm http://www.palmettopages.com/drpc/
Unity ARP Church, Lancaster, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Guy H. Smith, Jr., D.D. http://web.infoave.net/~guysmith/unityarp.htm
Pressly Memorial ARP Church, McCormick Pastor: Rev. R. Eldredge Kelley, Pastor http://www.geocities.com/arp29835/
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Moore, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. William E. Slattery http://www.lifeisworship.com/redeemer/Welcome.html
Unity ARP Church, Piedmont, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. R. Mark Wright http://www.unityarp.org/
Spartanburg ARP Church, Spartanburg, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Peter A. Waid http://home.switchboard.com/spartanburgarp
Faith Presbyterian Church, ARP, Sumter, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Andrew E. Basham, Jr. http://members.tripod.com/~Faith_ARP_Sumter/Index.html
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Charles D. Clendinen http://www.qblue.com/redeemer/
Bethel ARP Church, Winnsboro, South Carolina Pastor: Rev. Gregory C. Slater http://www.forministry.com/29180BARPC
Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Culleoka, Tennessee Pastor: Rev. Charles W. Bradley http://www.usit.com/hopewell/
Emmanuel Presbyterian Chapel, Hohenwald, Tennessee Pastor: Rev. Charles W. Bradley http://www.usit.com/hopewell/
CrossWay Presbyterian Church, Corpus Christi, Texas Pastor: Rev. James M. Aubey http://www.crosswaychurch.com/
Edgemont Presbyterian Church, Covington, Virginia Pastor: Rev. Maurice S. Ulmer http://personal.cfw.com/~edgemont/
Mt. Zion ARP Church, Moncton, New Brunswick Pastor: Rev. Jack C. Whytock http://www.mtzionarpchurch.nb.ca/
Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia Pastor: Rev. John R. Shearouse http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~av900/
Riverside ARP Church, Cambridge, Ontario Pastor: Rev. John van Eyk http://fish-tank.uwaterloo.ca/~rarp/
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