"Christians and the Internet" newsletter CATI, Vol. 1, No. 38: September 22, 2000. _______________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. SSOME CATI TOPICS AND ARTICLES (AND WHERE TO FIND THEM) 2. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART NINE: URCNA CHURCHES 3. NOAH WEBSTER AND AMERICAN DICTIONARIES (THEN AND NOW) 4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER _______________________________________________________________ 1. SOME CATI TOPICS AND ARTICLES (AND WHERE TO FIND THEM) There have been a lot of articles published in CATI thus far this year, and all of them are available online! Following is a list of some of the many topics covered and where you can find many of the related articles: AOL (AMERICA ONLINE) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati05.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati25.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati27.htm#3 ARP (ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati32.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati34.htm#3 BACKUPS, IMPORTANCE OF HARD DRIVE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati37.htm#1 BEGINNERS' GUIDES TO THE INTERNET http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati21.htm#1 BEST (GENERAL) WEB SITES http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati26.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati27.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati28.htm#2 BOICE, JAMES MONTGOMERY http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati23.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati26.htm#3 "BROKEN LINKS" ON THE WEB http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati26.htm#2 BOOK REVIEW: ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE INTERNET http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati36.htm#2 CHRISTIAN WEB SITES, LISTS OF http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati01.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati03.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati07.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati08.htm#4 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati13.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati14.htm#4 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati16.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati18.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati19.htm#1 COMIC STRIPS ON THE WEB http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati35.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati37.htm#4 COMPUTER MAGAZINES ONLINE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati04.htm#4 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati05.htm#4 DOWNLOADING SOFTWARE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati12.htm#2 EDITOR, INTRODUCING THE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati01.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati02.htm#1 EMAIL ETIQUETTE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati04.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati05.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati27.htm#3 EMAIL HOAXES http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati02.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati11.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati18.htm#2 EMAIL TIPS http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati03.htm#5 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati23.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati25.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati34.htm#1 FAMILY-SAFE INTERNET http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati01.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati03.htm#4 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati06.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati07.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati08.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati10.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati11.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati17.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati25.htm#1 FINDING INFORMATION (SEARCH ENGINES, ETC.) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati09.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati12.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati12.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati13.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati15.htm#5 FREE STUFF ON THE INTERNET http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati07.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati08.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati10.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati17.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati19.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati24.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati25.htm#3 GOSPEL MAGIC http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati13.htm#4 GREEK NEW TESTAMENT http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati22.htm#3 HALL OF CHURCH HISTORY http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati19.htm#1 HODGE, CHARLES AND A.A. http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati20.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati20.htm#3 HOME SCHOOLING http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati14.htm#2 HUMOR http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati30.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati32.htm#1 INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPS) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati05.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati10.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati11.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati24.htm#1 JOHNSON, PHIL http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati18.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati19.htm#1 JOURNALISM, CHRISTIANS IN http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati10.htm#3 MIDI FILES http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati09.htm#1 MODERN REFORMATION MAGAZINE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati23.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati24.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati25.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati37.htm#2 MOVIE AND VIDEO REVIEWS http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati09.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati15.htm#4 MP3 FILES http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati02.htm#4 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati02.htm#5 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati31.htm#3 NEWTON, JOHN, AND AMAZING GRACE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati11.htm#1 OPC (ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati30.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati31.htm#4 PARENTAL CONTROL SOFTWARE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati01.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati06.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati07.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati08.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati25.htm#1 PCA (PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati34.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati35.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati36.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati37.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati35.htm#3 PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati08.htm#1 RCUS (REFORMED CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati31.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati34.htm#3 REAL AUDIO http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati29.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati31.htm#2 RPCNA (REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati33.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati34.htm#3 SEARCH ENGINES http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati12.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati12.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati13.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati15.htm#5 SPURGEON, CHARLES http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati21.htm#2 TELEVISION AND THE INTERNET http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati15.htm#2 URCNA (UNITED REFORMED CHURCHES IN NORTH AMERICA) http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati38.htm#2 VIRUS PROTECTION http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati06.htm#3 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati16.htm#4 WARFIELD, BENJAMIN B. http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati28.htm#3 WEB BROWSERS http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati22.htm#4 WEB SITE BUILDING http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati17.htm#2 WEBRINGS, CHRISTIAN AND OTHERWISE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati04.htm#2 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati05.htm#1 http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati37.htm#4 WORLD MAGAZINE http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati29.htm#2 If your email program permits it, you can just click (or maybe double-click, if required) on one of the preceding links and explore the articles directly from this issue of CATI. Or, if you prefer, you can use the online partial index of CATI articles online at this address: http://traver.org/cati/pindex.htm That partial index of CATI includes the CATI article titles in addition to the links to the articles, but even that index is only a partial index (that is, it's incomplete). For a chronological (or, rather, reverse chronological) list of all of the CATI issues and articles published thus far, you can check out the following Web page: http://traver.org/cati/archives.htm There also you will find individual article titles in addition to links to their locations on the Web. Finally, if you want to search for something specific in CATI, you can use the special CATI search engine found on this page: http://traver.org/cati/ Here's where you'll find a brief explanation of how to use the CATI search engine: http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati15.htm#5 Enjoy! By the way, if you have suggestions concerning what you'd like to see in future issues of CATI, please let me know. (You can contact me at this email address: email@example.com. _______________________________________________________________ 2. MY NAPARC-PLUS WEB DIRECTORY, PART NINE: URCNA CHURCHES I'm in the process of putting together a directory of churches in conservative Reformed denominations (primarily those in NAPARC) that have Web pages. As I indicated previously, in addition to NAPARC denominations my intention was/is also to include in my directory of Web pages congregations that belong to the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA), a denomination which holds to similar convictions. That URCNA list is included in this issue. Please notify me of any errors that need to be corrected or of any additions that should be made to any of these lists (or if you happen to know of any Korean-American Presbyterian Church congregations with Web pages). Thanks! First, here are some pages where you can learn more about the URCNA: Unofficial site for the United Reformed Churches in North America http://www.urcna.org/ United Reformed Churches in North America http://www.iserv.net/~bethany/URC.htm An Abstract of the History of the United Reformed Churches in North America http://spindleworks.com/library/precedent/ppMain/u01.html The United Reformed Churches: The Reformation Continues http://reformedtoronto.org/urcna.html And here's where you'll find a list of URCNA congregations: United Reformed Churches in North America: Directory of Churches http://www.iserv.net/~bethany/director.htm And here are URCNA congregations that have Web pages (or at least the ones of which I am currently aware): UNITED STATES ARIZONA Phoenix Phoenix United Reformed Church, Phoenix Pastor: Rev. Bradd Nymeyer http://www.phoenixurc.com/ CALIFORNIA Anaheim Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim Pastor: Rev. Kim Riddlebarger http://www.christreformed.org/ Arcadia Pasadena United Reformed Church, Arcadia Pastoral Intern: Movses S. Janbazian http://purc.homepage.com/ Escondido Escondido United Reformed Church, Escondido http://www.escondidourc.org/ Oceanside Oceanside United Reformed Church, Oceanside http://www.oceansideurc.org/ Ontario Ontario United Reformed Church, Ontario Pastor: Rev. Rand Lankheet http://www.ontariourc.org/ Ripon Zion United Reformed Church, Ripon Pastor: Rev. Alrick Headley http://www.zionurc.org/ Walnut Creek Trinity United Reformed Church, Walnut Creek Pastor: Rev. Joghinda S. Gangar http://pweb.netcom.com/~davirma/turc/ ILLINOIS Lansing Oak Glen United Reformed Church, Lansing http://www.imperiumnet.com/oakglen/ MICHIGAN Kalamazoo Covenant United Reformed Church, Kalamazoo Pastor: Rev. Philip Vos http://www.covenant-urc.org/ Wyoming Bethany United Reformed Church, Wyoming Pastor: Rev. Casey Freswick http://www.iserv.net/~bethany/ VERMONT New Haven United Reformed Church of Champlain Valley, Ferrisburg Pastor: Rev. Fredrick (Fritz) Harms http://www.sover.net/~fharms/ CANADA ALBERTA Calgary Bethel United Reformed Church of Calgary, Calgary Pastor: Rev. Ed Marcusse http://www.bethelurc.org/ Lethbridge Trinity Reformed Church, Lethbridge Pastor: Rev. John Barach http://www.trinityurc.org/ ONTARIO London Cornerstone United Reformed Church, London Pastor: Rev. Dennis W. Royall http://www.forministry.com/N6BCURC ELSEWHERE PHILIPPINES Davao City Davao Reformed Christian Church, Davao City http://pweb.netcom.com/~davirma/drcc/ Please let me know of additions or corrections that should be made to any of these lists. Thanks! _______________________________________________________________ 3. NOAH WEBSTER AND AMERICAN DICTIONARIES (THEN AND NOW) When we hear the name Webster, most of us probably think at once of dictionary, and an American dictionary at that. That is properly the case, because the first American dictionary was prepared by Noah Webster. An American Dictionary of the English Language was published in two volumes in 1828 and later enlarged in 1840, although his first dictionary (a preliminary effort) was published back in 1806. Even earlier than that, in 1783 he had written A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, a book which was popularly known as the "Blue-backed Speller" because of its blue cover. The "Blue-backed Speller" was, according to some authorities, "the most popular American book of its time" (although the same could be said of his dictionary). The "Blue-backed Speller" was used for 100 years to teach children how to read, spell, and pronounce words. Benjamin Franklin reportedly used this book to teach his granddaughter to read. But, as I said, Webster's dictionary was no less popular, so there is good reason for his becoming known as "the Schoolmaster of the Nation." William J. Federer has some interesting comments about and quotations from Noah Webster in his book America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, a useful book that you can read more about at Amazon.com: America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1880563053/travertabletalk The quotations from Noah Webster in this article are taken from that book. Here are three comments from Noah Webster on education: "Education is useless without the Bible." "The Bible was America's basic text book in all fields." "God's Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct." And here's what he had to say in the Preface to his great 1828 dictionary: "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children under a free government ought to be instructed.... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people." Here are some comments which may help to illustrate the extent of both Webster's scholarship and his achievement: "In 1806 Webster published A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, the first truly American dictionary. Immediately thereafter he went to work on his magnum opus, An American Dictionary of the English Language, for which he learned 26 languages, including Anglo-Saxon and Sanskrit, in order to research the origins of his own country's tongue. This book, published in 1828, embodied a new standard of lexicography; it was a dictionary with 70,000 entries that was felt by many to have surpassed Samuel Johnson's 1755 British masterpiece not only in scope but in authority as well." http://www.m-w.com/about/noah.htm Webster was also actively involved in the politics of his time. At the time of the American Revolution, he was an active member of the Federalist party and wrote articles and pamphlets to promote that cause. Although much of his later life was devoted to his dictionary work, even at the end of his life he maintained his interest in political issues. In his 1832 History of the United States, for example, he wrote the following (although you need to keep in mind that the word "republican" refers not to the later distinction between Republican and Democrat but to the meaning of the word "republic" as in "...and to the republic for which it stands..." in the Pledge of Allegiance): "When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just [that is, righteous] men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws." In 1833 Webster published an American version of the King James Bible "with amendments to the language." You can find a copy online here: Noah Webster, The Holy Bible http://www.stg.brown.edu/webs/bible_browser/Versions/webst.shtml At that location we are told that "In 1834, the year after completing the Webster Bible, Noah Webster wrote a companion piece titled 'Value of the Bible and Excellence of the Christian Religion - For the Use of Families and Schools.'" If you're interested in reading more about Noah Webster, you may want to take a look at Harlow Giles Unger's book Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot, a book that presents a very sympathetic picture of Webster. Read more about the book at Amazon.com: Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471379433/travertabletalk After his death in 1843, Webster's heirs sold the rights to the dictionary to G. and C. Merriam Company. That is the reason for the "Merriam" in the Merriam-Webster dictionaries seen today. We've looked at "then," so let's look at "now." You'll find two good American dictionaries online today (but without the same Christian perspective
), including a Merriam-Webster dictionary: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary http://www.m-w.com/netdict.htm You can access that dictionary free of charge, and it has been available on the Web since 1996. Here's how Patrick Douglas Crispen describes that site in his helpful (and free) TOURBUS newsletter: "The online Merriam-Webster dictionary works much like a search engine. Key in the word you are looking for and up pops the Webster's entry for that word, including the word's pronunciation, origin, and definition. It couldn't be easier to use. In fact, it is so easy to use that you may find yourself doing something you never thought you'd do: look up words in the dictionary ... often!" http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0010C&L=tourbus&P=R429&m=51 That site also offers other word-related resources, including the following: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus (different tab) http://www.m-w.com/thesaurus.htm Word of the Day http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/mwwod.pl Word Games http://www.m-w.com/game/ Word for the Wise (past scripts for the radio program) http://www.m-w.com/wftw/wftw.htm But Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is only one of two very helpful modern American dictionaries now available on the Web. Patrick Douglas Crispen tells the story: "Merriam-Webster isn't the only name brand dictionary on the Web,... There is a new kid on the online dictionary block. The...American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language is now available, free of charge...." http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0010C&L=tourbus&P=R429&m=51 And this online dictionary has even more to offer: "[The] American Heritage dictionary takes the Merriam-Webster dictionary one step further. Not only does the online edition of the American Heritage dictionary have over 90,000 entries and 900 full-page color illustrations, it also has 70,000 audio word pronunciations. That's right, folks ... not only can you look up a word's definition, you can also hear how that word is pronounced!" http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0010C&L=tourbus&P=R429&m=51 Here's the Web address for the American Heritage Dictionary: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language http://www.bartleby.com/61/ And Crispen tells how to use it: "Using the online American Heritage dictionary is a little like using the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, but with one additional step. Key in the word you are looking for, and you'll be taken to a search-engine-esque results page. You have to click on the appropriate hit to see the definition for which you are looking. [This will make more sense when you try it.]... Oh, and to hear how a particular word is pronounced, just click on the beige speaker icon in the pronunciation section of that word's definition." http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0010C&L=tourbus&P=R429&m=51 If these two dictionaries aren't enough for you (or aren't the type for which you are looking), Crispen's article provides links that will lead you to hundreds of other dictionaries: Patrick Douglas Crispen, TOURBUS (Fri., 20 Oct. 2000) http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0010C&L=tourbus&P=R429&m=51 If you like his newsletter (written alternately by him and Bob Rankin), here's where you can subscribe: The Internet TOURBUS http://www.tourbus.com/ And, yes, this is the Crispen of "Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules," mentioned earlier in CATI: Virus Protection: Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati06.htm#3 Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules: "I Love You" Update http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati16.htm#4 Enjoy! _______________________________________________________________ 4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER This is the thirty-eighth issue of a free newsletter devoted to "Christians And The Internet" ("CATI," pronounced "Katy," but spelled with a "C" and an "I" for "Christians" and the "Internet"). To subscribe, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, including "Subscribe to CATI" in the Subject line and including in the body your real name and the email address to which you wish CATI sent. Past issues: you'll find archives of past issues of CATI available online at http://traver.org/cati. "It's not a pretty site," but hopefully it may be a useful one.) ________________________________________________________________ Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is Copyright (C) 2000 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact Barry Traver at email@example.com. Permission is hereby granted, however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1) no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety.