"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 32:  August 11, 2000.
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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
Enjoy!
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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:
UNITED STATES
ALABAMA
Birmingham 
Covenant Family Fellowship, Hoover, Alabama
Pastor: Rev. Kerry Ptacek
  http://members.aol.com/kptacek/index.html
Oak Hill 
Bethel ARP Church, Oak Hill, Alabama
Pastor: Rev. Benjamin W. Dowling, III
  http://members.tripod.com/~BethelARP/bethel.html
ARKANSAS
Little Rock 
Parkway Place Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Pastor: Rev. Donald L. Bowker
  http://www.forministry.com/72211PPPC
Warren 
Hickory Springs ARP Church, Warren, Arkansas
Pastor: Rev. Troy L. Pritt, D.Min.
  http://www.forministry.com/71671hsarp
FLORIDA
Coconut Creek 
Park Springs Presbyterian Church, Coconut Creek, Florida
Pastor: Rev. Mark O. Bolhofner, D.Min.
  http://www.parkspringschurch.org
Lakeland 
Shepherd Road Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida
Pastor: Rev. Robert C. Hovey
Associate Pastor: Rev. Wyatt H. Folds, Jr.
  http://www.srpc.net/
Merritt Island 
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/
GEORGIA
Augusta 
The First ARP Church of Augusta, Augusta, Georgia
Pastor: Rev. Hershel Don Yancey, D.Min.
  http://www.firstarpaugusta.org/
Grayson 
Highlands Presbyterian Church, Grayson, Georgia
Pastor: Rev. S. Harrison Cain
  http://highlands-presbyterian.org/
Norcross 
Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church, Norcross, Georgia
Pastor: Rev. J. Barry Dagenhart, D.Min.
Associate Pastor: Rev. Anthony R. Locke
  http://www.pcarpchurch.org/
Stone Mountain 
Calvary Community Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Pastor: Rev. Michael I. Leach
  http://www.calvaryarpchurch.org/
KENTUCKY
Louisville 
Midlane Park ARP Church, Louisville, Kentucky
Pastor: Rev. Wayne E. Stanchfield
  http://www.erskine.edu/ARP/midlanepark.html
MARYLAND
Silver Spring 
Presbyterian Church of the Atonement, Silver Spring, Maryland
Pastor: Rev. Curtis J. Young
Associate Pastor: Rev. David G. Galletta
  http://www.atonement-arp.org/
MISSISSIPPI
New Albany
Hopewell ARP Church, New Albany
Pastor: Rev. Steve R. Woods
  www.forministry.com/38652HARPC
MISSOURI
Elsberry
Elsberry ARP Church, Elsberry, Missouri
Pastor: Rev. Carl Geisik
  http://www.forministry.com/63343earpc
Troy
Mount Zion ARP Church, Troy, Missouri
Pastor: Rev. Carl Geisik
  http://www.forministry.com/63379mzarp
Wentzville
Church of the Cross, Wentzville, Missouri
Pastor: Rev. Carl Geisik
  http://www.forministry.com/63385cotca
NEW YORK
Ballston Spa 
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/
NORTH CAROLINA
Apex 
Ambassador Presbyterian Church, Apex, North Carolina
Pastor: Rev Warren C. Harvey
  http://ambassadorpres.home.mindspring.com/
Asheville 
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina
Pastor: Rev. John Spence
  http://www.redeemerarp.homestead.com/
Charlotte 
Hemby Bridge Church, Charlotte, North Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Paul Doriani
  http://www.hembybridgechurch.org/
Durham 
Fuller Memorial Church, Durham, North Carolina
Supply Pastor: Dr. Darrell C. Pond
  http://fullerchurch.com/
Gastonia 
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/
Greensboro 
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
High Point 
Cross Community Fellowship, High Point, North Carolina
  http://www.xcf.org/
Jamestown 
Adams Farm Community Church, Jamestown, North Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Edwin M. Sink, Jr.
  http://personal.lig.bellsouth.net/~afchurch/
Lincolnton 
New Testament ARP Church, Lincolnton, North Carolina
Supply Pastor: Rev. James Carroll Owens, Ph.D.
  http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/ntarpc/
Raleigh 
Trinity Chapel, Raleigh North Carolina
Pastor: Rev. John Lewellen
Associate Pastor: Mr. Jeffrey Privette
  http://www.trinitychapel-rdu.org/
Statesville 
Covenant ARP Church, Statesville, North Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Robert P Brawley, D.Min.
  http://www.covenantarp.org/
SOUTH CAROLINA
Chester 
Chester ARP Church, Chester, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Dwight L Pearson, D.D.
  http://www.chesterarp.com/
Columbia 
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/
Conway 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Conway, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Martin Lewis Taylor
  http://members.christhost.com/wpcarp/wpcarp.htm
Effingham 
Effingham Presbyterian Church, Effingham, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Andrew K. Putnam
  http://home.earthlink.net/~aputnam/epc.html
Fort Mill 
Carolina Covenant Church, Fort Mill, South Carolina
  http://web.cetlink.net/~cccarp/
Greer 
Devenger Road Presbyterian Church, Greer, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Stuart B. Latimer
Associate Pastor: Rev. Gentry F. McColm
  http://www.palmettopages.com/drpc/
Lancaster 
Unity ARP Church, Lancaster, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Guy H. Smith, Jr., D.D.
  http://web.infoave.net/~guysmith/unityarp.htm
McCormick
Pressly Memorial ARP Church, McCormick
Pastor: Rev. R. Eldredge Kelley, Pastor
  http://www.geocities.com/arp29835/
Moore 
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Moore, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. William E. Slattery
  http://www.lifeisworship.com/redeemer/Welcome.html
Piedmont 
Unity ARP Church, Piedmont, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. R. Mark Wright
  http://www.unityarp.org/
Spartanburg 
Spartanburg ARP Church, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Peter A. Waid
  http://home.switchboard.com/spartanburgarp
Sumter 
Faith Presbyterian Church, ARP, Sumter, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Andrew E. Basham, Jr.
  http://members.tripod.com/~Faith_ARP_Sumter/Index.html
Surfside Beach 
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Charles D. Clendinen
  http://www.qblue.com/redeemer/
Winnsboro 
Bethel ARP Church, Winnsboro, South Carolina
Pastor: Rev. Gregory C. Slater
  http://www.forministry.com/29180BARPC
TENNESSEE
Culleoka 
Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Culleoka, Tennessee
Pastor: Rev. Charles W. Bradley
  http://www.usit.com/hopewell/
Hohenwald 
Emmanuel Presbyterian Chapel, Hohenwald, Tennessee
Pastor: Rev. Charles W. Bradley
  http://www.usit.com/hopewell/
TEXAS
Corpus Christi 
CrossWay Presbyterian Church, Corpus Christi, Texas
Pastor: Rev. James M. Aubey
  http://www.crosswaychurch.com/
VIRGINIA
Covington 
Edgemont Presbyterian Church, Covington, Virginia
Pastor: Rev. Maurice S. Ulmer
  http://personal.cfw.com/~edgemont/
CANADA
NEW BRUNSWICK
Moncton 
Mt. Zion ARP Church, Moncton, New Brunswick
Pastor: Rev. Jack C. Whytock
  http://www.mtzionarpchurch.nb.ca/
NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax 
Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Pastor: Rev. John R. Shearouse
  http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~av900/
ONTARIO
Cambridge 
Riverside ARP Church, Cambridge, Ontario
Pastor: Rev. John van Eyk
  http://fish-tank.uwaterloo.ca/~rarp/
Enjoy!
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