"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 36:  September 8, 2000.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: CATCHING UP WITH CATI AGAIN
2. BOOK REVIEW: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE INTERNET....
3. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART SEVEN: PCA CHURCHES, N-S
4. A NEW CANADIAN RPCNA CONGREGATIONAL WEB ADDRESS
5. "A 21ST CENTURY PURITANISM": A NEW WEB ADDRESS
6. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: CATCHING UP WITH CATI AGAIN

Yes, CATI is still in publication (D.V.), but once again it's
behind schedule.  The main problem this time was a bad crash
of my main computer, a crash from which it has still not fully
recovered.  I did what I thought was a full backup the week
before, but some of it won't restore properly. 

So some of my programs, for example, need to be re-installed
brand-new.  This isn't always simple to do.  For example, I
know where my FrontPage 98 upgrade CD is, but in order to use
it I need to locate my original FrontPage 97 CD.  Until I find
that CD, I'll need to figure out a different way to update the
CATI Web site.

A more frustrating problem is that -- although I have been
able (I think) to reconstruct my latest CATI mailing list --
I have not been able to access the earlier messages in my
Pegasus email database from the backup.  I haven't given up
on this, but for now I'm unable to access earlier email sent
by and to subscribers.

Therefore if you haven't heard from me on something, please
send me another note.  In the meantime, I'm going to continue
to work on seeing whether there's a way to reconstruct that
Pegasus database.  (Pegasus, by the way, is my email program.
For email, other people may use some other program, such as 
Microsoft Outlook Express, Netscape Messenger, or Eudora.)

Fortunately, I was at least ahead of schedule so far as the
NAPARC articles were concerned (a rather major undertaking in
terms of time and effort), so I'm hoping that CATI may still
get out 52 issues by the end of the year (Lord willing, of
course).  If that doesn't happen (say, because of continued
health problems), I hope that you will continue to find CATI
to be useful and enjoyable (even if it's not always right on
schedule!).

Thank you for your patience, your support, and your prayers.

--Barry Traver, Editor of CATI
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2. BOOK REVIEW: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE INTERNET....

The Ultimate Guide to the Internet for the Christian Family
(Barbour, 2000) is the complete title of this helpful book by
Christopher D. Hudson, and it's available from Amazon.com at
this time for $4.47 plus shipping:

The Ultimate Guide to the Internet for the Christian Family
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1577487311/travertabletalk

The title is a bit misleading, because rather than being a
general guide (much less an "ultimate" one) to the Internet,
the book is primarily sort of a "yellow pages" guide to Web
sites that are family-friendly (and mostly Christian-friendly
as well).  A more accurate description is given on the back
cover of the book:

"At last, here's a comprehensive web site guide for the
Christian family.  If you've been wanting to tap the Internet
for its educational, recreational, and spiritual benefits,
this is the book for you."

After a two-page welcome or introduction, a three-page "FAQ"
or "Frequently Asked Questions" section, and one page of "Tips
for Safe Surfing," the book is divided into three parts.  Here
is how the book describes them on page iii:

"The FIRST PART (pages 1-14) presents overviews of a handful
of the best Christian Internet communities.  For some readers,
this will be the most important section of this book.  These
sites are so complete, some Christians use only these sites
and the pages they link to.

"The SECOND PART (pages 15-401) is an A-to-Z guide of the most
popular subjects to many Christians.  Sometimes we wrote brief
descriptions, sometimes we let the sites speak for themselves.
We've tried to bring the best information to you, whether
it's from a Christian site of not.  As Crosswalk.com says,
we've provided 'information FOR Christians, not just FROM
Christians.'

"Finally, the THIRD PART [pages 403-428] concludes with a
glossary and index to help you navigate and enjoy it even
more."

Note that 387 pages are devoted to the SECOND PART, while
only 14 pages are devoted to the FIRST PART and only 26
pages to the THIRD PART.

Thus, as you can see, most of Hudson's book is devoted to the
"A-to-Z Guide."  To give you an idea of the range of the book
(as well as something of the range of material available on
the Internet), here's a list of the subjects covered in this
section of the book:

A:
Academics; Advice; Animals, Insects, and Pets; Anthropology
and Archaeology; Art; Auctions; Automotive; Awards

B:
Beauty; Bible; Bilingual; Books

C:
Career; Chat for Kids; Chemistry; Children's Health;
Classifieds; College; Comics; Computers; Consumer Reviews;
Cooking; Crafts

D:
Desktop Customization; Diet; Distance Learning

E:
Education; E-Mail; Embassies and Consulates; Employment;
Engineering; Entertainment; Environment and Nature; Ethics;
Ethnic Studies; Etiquette

F:
Family; Family Safety; Fashion; Finance and Investment; First
Aid; Fitness; Food; Foreign; Free Stuff; Fun for Kids

G:
Games; Genealogy; Geography; Gift Buying; God and Theology;
Government; Graphics; Greeting Cards

H:
Health; History; Hobbies; Holidays; Home and Garden; Home
Pages; Homeschooling; Humor

IJK:
International; Internet 101; Internet Broadcasts; Issues and
Causes

L:
Lodging; Long Term Care

MNO:
Magazines; Maps; Mathematics; Men's Health; Military;
Missions; Movies; Museums, Galleries, Centers; Music

PQ:
Pharmacy

R:
Radio; Real Estate; Reference; Relationships; Restaurants;
Reunions

S:
Science; Search Engines; Senior's Guide; Shopping; Ski
Reports; Small Business; Social Research; Space and
Astronomy; Special Education; Sports

T:
Taxes; Teaching; Telecommunications; Telephone Directory;
Today's News; Traffic and Road Conditions; Travel; Trivia; TV

UV:
Usenet (Newsgroups)

WX:
Weather; Women's Health; Women's Issues

YZ:
Yellow Pages

The extent to which the sites are Christian-friendly depends
partly on the topic covered.  For example, note what the book
says about the Women's Issues section on page 394:

"Most of these sites are not Christian-based and many might
be antagonistic to Christianity.  They are, however, sites
with lots of information on the study of women in the United
States.  Use your discernment as you surf."

Such a topic is an exception rather than the rule, and some
of the sections in this second part of the book include sites
that are not only FOR Christians, but also BY Christians (and
are identified as such by an appropriate icon).

Although thick, the book is not large (the cover is about the
size of a 5" x 8" index card), so it's easy to carry around
for easy reference, and it does contain a lot of worthwhile
information.  Some sections are not as helpful as others (for
example, I found the Home Pages section disappointing), but
any book of this type must be somewhat uneven in nature.

I wish that the book had devoted more attention to Web sites
that are specifically Christian in nature (the first part is
rather skimpy compared with the second part) and that the book
had pointed out more weaknesses as well as strengths of the
sites listed (probably a quibble on my part, because, after
all, it is a collection of recommended sites), but I do think
that Christopher Hudson has done a commendable job, and I do
recommend the book with some enthusiasm.

Where topics overlap with CATI articles, in general you will
usually find  more thorough coverage (including more critical
analysis) in CATI (he said rather modestly ), but in
Hudson's book you'll find much material not (yet) covered by
CATI, so you may want to consider adding Christopher Hudson's
The Ultimate Guide to the Internet for the Christian Family
to your family library.

One caution:  my copy of the book lists $9.95 as the suggested
retail price, so check the price before you buy.
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3. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART SEVEN: PCA CHURCHES, N-S

(continued from previous issue)

I'm in the process of putting together a directory of churches
in conservative Reformed denominations (primarily those in
NAPARC) that have Web pages.  In 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 seventh installment to the Web directory of churches is
the third part of a list of congregations in the Presbyterian
Church in America which 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 PCA:

Presbyterian Church in America
  http://www.pcanet.org/

Here's where you'll find a directory of congregations in the
PCA:

Presbyterian Church in America: Church Directory
  http://216.5.214.50/directory.asp

Some PCA congregations do not yet have a Web page, but here
are some I know of that do (N-S, by state):

UNITED STATES

NEBRASKA

Grand Island

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Grand Island
Pastor: Rev. Todd Bowen
  http://www.theindependent.com/ads/covenant/

Lincoln

Zion Church, Lincoln
Pastor: Rev. Stuart L. Kerns
  http://www.zionpca.com/

Omaha

Harvest Community Church, Omaha
Pastor: Rev. A. Glenn Durham
  http://www.harvestpca.org/

NEVADA

Las Vegas

Spring Meadows Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas
Pastor: Rev. Carl Robbins
  http://home1.gte.net/smpc/

NEW JERSEY

Bridgewater

Grace Community Church, Bridgewater
Pastor: Rev. Raymond D. Cannata
  http://www.cometograce.org/

Chester

Hope Presbyterian Church, Chester
Pastor: Rev. Mark R. Wellman
  http://www.realhope.org/

Flemington

Locktown Presbyterian Church, Flemington
Pastor: Rev. Keith Graham
  http://members.aol.com/Lc9967707/index.html

Wall Township

Calvary Presbyterian Church, Wall Township
Pastor: Rev. Craig DiBenedictis
  http://www.crln.com/calvarypc/

NEW MEXICO

Almogordo

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Alamogordo
Pastor: Rev. Rick L. Steele
  http://www.zianet.com/wpcpca/

NEW YORK

Ithaca

New Life Presbyterian Mission, Ithaca
Pastor: Rev. Steve Froehlich
  http://www.newlifepc.net/

Schenectady

First Presbyterian Church, Schenectady
Pastor: Rev. Michael R. Alford
  http://www.1stpreschurch.org/

NORTH CAROLINA

Cary

Peace Presbyterian Church, Cary
Pastor: Rev. Stephen D. Bostrom
  http://users.vnet.net/peacepca/

Charlotte

Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church, Charlotte
Pastor: Rev. Stephen E. Jackson
  http://www.sovereigngrace.org/

University City Presbyterian Church, Charlotte
Pastor: Rev. Wayne W. Zaepfel
  http://www.ucpc.org/

Hendersonville

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville
Pastor: Rev. James W. Phillis
  http://www.brinet.com/~covenant/

Lexington

Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church, Lexington
Pastor: Rev. Gary R. Cox
  http://www.MeadowviewChurch.org/

Matthews

Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, Matthews
Pastor: Rev. Tom Henry
  http://www.christcovenant.org/

Mooresville

Harbor Presbyterian Mission, Mooresville
Pastor: Rev. William C. Heard
  http://www.harborchurch.org/

OHIO

Aurora

Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, Aurora
Pastor: Rev. Scott R. Wright
  http://www.crpc1.homestead.com/

Cincinnati

Faith Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati
Pastor: Rev. Daniel H. Perrin
  http://www.faithpca.org/

Columbus

Christ Covenant Reformed, Columbus
Pastor: Rev. Max A. Forsythe
  http://www.tulip.org/

Hudson

Grace Church, Hudson
Pastor: Rev. Zachary W. Eswine
  http://www.gracechurchpca.org/

Loveland

North Cincinnati Community Church, Loveland
Pastor: Rev. Walter W. Wood, Jr.
  http://home.fuse.net/ncccpca/

Medina

Harvest Presbyterian Church, Medina
Pastor: Rev. Michael E. Van Arsdale
  http://www.harvestpca.com/

OKLAHOMA

Lawton

Beal Heights Presbyterian Church, Lawton
Pastor: Rev. John O. Butler
  http://www.bealheights.org/

Tulsa

Christ Presbyterian Church, Tulsa
Pastor: Rev. David M. O'Dowd
  http://www.cpctulsa.com/
 
OREGON

Gresham

CrossWinds Church, Gresham
Pastor: Rev. Jeffrey Doerr
  http://home.integrityonline.com/crosswindspca/
 
PENNSYLVANIA

Bryn Mawr

Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr
Pastor: Dr. Peter A. Lillback
  http://www.proclamation.org

Carlisle

Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church, Carlisle
Pastor: Dr. David T. Myers
  http://www.crpc-pa.org/

Glen Mills

Covenant Presbyterian Church of Concord, Glen Mills
Pastor: Rev. Daniel Scott Kiehl
  http://users.snip.net/~covenantpca/

Glenside
New Life Presbyterian Church, Glenside
  http://www.newlifenet.com/glenside/

Hanover

Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church, Hanover
Pastor: Rev. R. Drew Derreth
  http://www.hanovervalley.com/

Harleysville

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Harleysville
Pastor: Rev. Stephen B. Ford
  http://www.covpreschurch.org/

Harrisburg

The City's Gate, Harrisburg
Pastor: Rev. Steve A. Heinbaugh
  http://www.thecitysgate.net/

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg
Pastor: Rev. Thomas L. Myers
  http://community.pennlive.com/cc/trinitypca/

Lansdale

Lansdale Presbyterian Church, Lansdale
Pastor: Rev. Thomas G. Keane, Jr.
  http://www.lansdalepca.org/

Monroeville

New Hope Presbyterian Church, Monroeville
Pastor: Rev. C. Scott Parsons
  http://www.nhpca.net/

Newtown

Bucks Central Church, Newtown
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Bruce. R. Finn
  http://www.buckscentral.com/

North Huntington

Calvin Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon
Pastor: Rev. Robert C. Weeber, Jr.
  http://www.calvinpca.org/

Philadelphia

Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
(Former Pastor: the late Dr. James M. Boice)
  http://www.tenth.org/

Third Reformed Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Pastor: Rev. Frank D. Moser
  http://www.ForMinistry.com/19154TRPC

Pittsburgh

First Reformed Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh
Pastor: Rev. William H. Smith
  http://members.aol.com/firstrpc/

Quarryville

Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, Quarryville
Pastor: Dr. John P. MacRae
  http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Byte/7033/faith_church/

Shippensburg

Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg
Pastor:  Rev. David J Fidati
  http://www.innernet.net/hopechurch/

Valencia

Gospel Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Valencia
Pastor: Rev. Nick E. Protos
  http://www.wpanet.com/gospelfellowship/

West Chester

Reformed Presbyterian Church, West Chester
Pastor: Rev. Stanley D. Gale
  http://www.rpcwc.org/

York

Providence Presbyterian Church, York
Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Phillips
  http://www.starinc.com/ppca/

SOUTH CAROLINA

Anderson

New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Anderson
Pastor: Rev. T. David Rountree
  http://www.newcovanderson.org/

Columbia

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Columbia
Pastor: Dr. K. Eric Perrin
  http://www.cornerstone-pres.org/

Rose Hill Presbyterian Church, Columbia
Pastor: Rev. Gary A. Bainton
  http://www.midnet.sc.edu/Rosehill/

Easley

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Easley
Pastor: Rev. William P. Laxton
  http://www.covenantpc.com/

Greenville

Calvary Presbyterian Church, W. Greenville
Pastor: Decherd C. Stevens
  http://www.calvarypca.com/

Horizon Church, Greenville
Pastor: Rev. James F. Stephenson
  http://www.HorizonChurch.org/

Greenville Area

Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville
Pastor: Rev. Carl Robbins
  http://www.wrpc-pca.org/

Mount Pleasant

Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, Mount Pleasant
Pastor: Rev. Samuel B. Joyner, Jr.
  http://www.eastbridge.org/

Roebuck

Mount Calvary Presbyterian Church, Roebuck
Pastor: Rev. Robert (Bob) E. Baxter
  http://www.mtcalvary.org/

White Rock

Faith Presbyterian Church, White Rock
Pastor: Dr. G. Fredric Mau
  http://www.faithpca.net/

(to be continued...)
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4. A NEW CANADIAN RPCNA CONGREGATIONAL WEB ADDRESS

An earlier issue of CATI contained information on the Reformed
Presbyterian Church of North America, including a list of Web
sites for congregations in that denomination:

MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART FOUR: RPCNA CHURCHES
  http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati33.htm#2

Here's a congregation that should be added to that list:

CANADA

Ontario

Bancroft

Cornerstone Reformed Presbyterian Church, Bancroft
Pastor: Rev. Andrew Stringer 
  http://www.geocities.com/cornerstonerpc/

Please let me know of any other additions or corrections that
should be made to any of the lists by writing to me at this
address:  cati@traver.org.  Thank you!
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5. "A 21ST CENTURY PURITANISM": A NEW WEB ADDRESS

An early issue of CATI suggested some Christian Web sites with
comments, including A 21st Century Puritanism: 

MORE CHRISTIAN WEB SITES, THIS TIME WITH COMMENTS
  http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati03.htm#3

Here was my comment on A 21st Century Puritanism:

"Mitch Cervinka, a self-described '21st Century Puritan,' has
put together a wealth of information, including sections for
articles and books, information on conferences, and favorite
links, such as links to Christian sites that use RealAudio."

Recently I got the following email message from the Webmaster:

"Thank you for your gracious comments concerning my 'A 21st
Century Puritanism' website in your January 21st newsletter.
I recently moved the website to a new internet provider, and
I wanted you to let you know the new address so that you can
keep your bookmarks up to date."

Here's the new Web address:

A 21st Century Puritanism
  http://www.planetkc.com/puritan

Enjoy!
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