"Christians and the Internet" newsletter CATI, Vol. 2, No. 12: August 30, 2001. _______________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. SOME CHRISTIAN WEB SITES: AN UPDATED LIST FOR MID-2001 2. SEARCHING FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY PICTURES ON THE WEB 3. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER _______________________________________________________________ Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is Copyright (C) 2001 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. 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. (To be removed from the emailing list, also write to email@example.com, but include "Remove from CATI List" in the Subject line.) _______________________________________________________________ 1. SOME CHRISTIAN WEB SITES: AN UPDATED LIST FOR MID-2001 Over a year ago CATI published a list of some Christian Web sites of possible interest to CATI subscribers. Since the Web is always changing, it is now time for an update of that list, since a number of links on that list are now "broken" (i.e., the sites have moved or, in some cases, have ceased to exist) and some new links ought to be added. Thus following you'll find an updated list of 200+ Christian Web sites, some of which you may like to check out further. Some of the sites on the list are "Reformed" in perspective; others are more broadly evangelical in viewpoint. Obviously, this list is not a complete list of Christian Web sites, nor does inclusion of a particular Web site on the list necessarily imply full endorsement of that site. You should, however, find some here that you will find profitable and/or interesting. Each has something special to offer (even if it is a different point of view!). Please let me know if you have suggestions of important sites to add to the list. I apologize in advance for leaving out sites that should have been included (but, with your help, I may be able to include them in a future issue). Enjoy! A 21st Century Puritanism http://www.planetkc.com/puritan/ Abate Not: Reformed Christian Resources http://members.aol.com/mariostz/christian/ Abortion and the Christian by John Jefferson Davis http://members.aol.com/CPLBO/AbortionandtheXian.toc.html Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals http://www.alliancenet.org/ American Association of Christian Schools http://www.aacs.org/ American Center for Law and Justice http://www.aclj.org/ American Family Association (AFA) (Donald E. Wildmon) http://www.afa.net American Tract Society http://www.gospelcom.net/ats/ American Vision http://www.avision1.com/ Andre Kole http://www.andrekole.org/ Antithesis http://www.reformed.org/webfiles/antithesis/ ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) http://www.apologetix.com/ As for My House http://www.gcp.org/products_c.asp Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) http://www.arpsynod.org/ Association of Classical and Christian Schools http://www.accsedu.org/ Audio Bible (KJV) http://www.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Awesome Christian Sites (CrossDaily.com) http://awesome.crossdaily.com/ Bahnsen Theological Seminary (BTS) and Southern California Center for Christian Studies (SCCCS) http://www.scccs.org/ Baker Book House http://www.bakerbooks.com/ The Banner of Truth http://www.banneroftruth.co.uk/ Best of the Christian Web http://www.botcw.com/ Bethany Christian Services http://www.bethany.org/ Bible Gateway http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible? The Bible League http://www.bibleleague.org/ Bible Study Hour (James Montgomery Boice) http://www.alliancenet.org/radio/bsh/bsh.html Bible Study Tools (Crosswalk.com) http://www.biblestudytools.net/ Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://billygraham.org Blue Letter Bible http://www.blueletterbible.org/ Books & Culture http://www.christianity.net/bc/current/ Boston Homepage (Thomas Boston) http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Den/1548/index.html BreakPoint (Charles Colson) http://www.breakpoint.org/ C.H. Spurgeon: An Audio Archive http://www.mountzion.org/spurgeon.html C.S. Lewis and the Inklings http://personal.bgsu.edu/~edwards/lewis.html C.S. Lewis: 20th Century Christian Knight http://ic.net/~erasmus/RAZ26.HTM Calvinist Cadet Corps http://www.gospelcom.net/cadets/ Campus Crusade for Christ http://www.ccci.org/ Campus Life http://www.christianitytoday.com/teens/ CCM Magazine (Contemporary Christian Music) http://www.ccmcom.com/ Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics (CRTA) http://www.reformed.org/ Center for the Advancement of Paleo Orthodoxy (CAPO) http://capo.org/ Central Ideas in the Development of American Journalism by Marvin Olasky http://www.worldmag.com/world/olasky/centralideas/index.html CHAIM (Christians Announcing Israel's Messiah) http://www.chaim.org/ Chalcedon Report http://www.chalcedonreport.com/ Children's Ministry International, Inc. http://www.childministry.com/ Christ College http://www.christcollege.org/ Christian Answers Network (ChristianAnswers.net) http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/canhome.html Christian Book Distributors (Christianbook.com; CBD) http://www.chrbook.com/ Christian Classics Ethereal Library http://www.ccel.org/ Christian Coalition of America http://www.cc.org/ Christian Computing Magazine http://www.gospelcom.net/ccmag/ Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) http://www.ccli.com/ Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) http://www.ccef.org/ Christian Financial Planning Institute (Larry Burkett) http://www.christianfpi.org/ Christian Freedom International (CFI) http://www.christianfreedom.org/ Christian Home & School http://www.gospelcom.net/csi/chs/current_issue/ Christian Homeschool Forum on CIN (Christian Interactive Network) http://www.gocin.com/homeschool/ Christian Parenting Today http://www.christianity.net/cpt/current/ Christian Reader http://www.christianity.net/cr/current/ Christian Scholar's Review http://www.hope.edu/resources/csr/ Christian Schools International http://www.gospelcom.net/csi/ Christianbook.com (Christian Book Distributors; CBD) http://www.chrbook.com/ Christianity Today http://www.christianitytoday.com/ Christians United for Reformation (CURE) http://capo.org/cure/cure.html ChristianTeens.Net http://www.christianteens.net/main.shtml Classical Christian Homeschooling http://www.classicalhomeschooling.org/ Concerned Women for America http://www.cwfa.org/ Contra Mundum http://www.visi.com/~contra_m/cm/ Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (D. James Kennedy) http://www.crpc.org/ Council for Christian Colleges & Universities http://www.gospelcom.net/cccu/ Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) http://www.cbmw.org/ Covenant College http://www.covenant.edu/ Covenant Media Foundation http://www.cmfnow.com/ Covenant Seminary http://www.covenantseminary.edu/ Covenant United Reformed Church: Reformed Links http://www.covenant-urc.org/links.html Credenda Agenda http://www.credenda.org/ CrossSearch.com Resource Directory http://www.crosssearch.com/ Crosswalk.com http://www.crosswalk.com/ Crown & Covenant Publications http://www.psalms4u.com/ Crown Financial Ministries (Larry Burkett) http://www.crown.org/ Cumberland Valley Bible Book Service http://www.cvbbs.com/ Cyber Hymnal http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ Desiring God Ministries (John Piper) http://www.desiringgod.org/ DiscipleMakers http://www.dm.org/ Dordt College http://www.dordt.edu/ Echo Hills Christian Study Center (Jack Kinneer) http://www.wso.net/echohills/index.htm Ephesians Four Group (E4 Group) http://www.e4.net/ Escondido Tutorial Service http://www.gbt.org/ Family Radio http://www.familyradio.com/ Family Research Council http://www.frc.org/ Farese.com http://farese.com/ Favorite Hymns http://www.planetkc.com/puritan/hymns.htm Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) http://www.fca.org/ Fellowship of Christian Magicians http://www.gospelcom.net/fcm/ Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings http://www.puritansermons.com/ Focus on the Family http://www.fotf.org/ Gateway to Joy (Elizabeth Elliot) http://www.gospelcom.net/bttb/listen/gwtj/ Geneva College http://www.geneva.edu/ Gideons International http://www.gideons.org/ Global Journal of Classical Theology http://www.trinitysem.edu/journal/journalmain.html GOSHEN (Christian Search Engine and Directory) http://www.goshen.net/ Gospel Communications Network http://www.gospelcom.net/ Gospel Communications International http://www.gospelcom.net/gf/ Grace to You (John MacArthur) http://www.gty.org/ Great Commission Publications http://www.gcp.org/ Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary http://www.gpts.org/ A Guide to Christian Literature on the Internet (Pointing the Way) http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-books.html A Guide to Christian Resources on the Internet (Not Just Bibles) http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-resources.html Hall of Church History http://www.gty.org/~phil/hall.htm The Highway http://www.the-highway.com/ Hollywood Jesus http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/ Home School Digest (Wisdom's Gate) http://www.homeschooldigest.com/hsd.htm Home School Legal Defense Association (Mike Farris) http://www.hslda.org/ HomeSchool Channel (Mike Farris at Crosswalk.com) http://homeschool.crosswalk.com/ Homeschool World (Mary Pride) http://www.home-school.com/ Homeschooling Today http://www.homeschooltoday.com/home.htm I.C.E. FreeBooks http://metanet.net/freebooks/sidefrm1.htm Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD) http://www.ibcd.org/ Institute for Creation Research (ICR) http://www.icr.org/ Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-cvinst.html OR Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (with Introduction by John Murray) http://www.ccel.org/c/calvin/institutes/institutes.html International Bible Society http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/ International Christian Concern http://www.persecution.org/ International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church http://www.persecutedchurch.org/home.cfm International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) http://www.ifesworld.org/ Internet for Christians (Quentin J. Schultze) http://www.gospelcom.net/ifc/ InterVarsity Christian Fellowship http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/ Into the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis) http://cslewis.DrZeus.net/ James Ward Music http://www.jameswardmusic.com/ Jews for Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/ John Newton (The Newton Library) http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/index2.html John Owen: Puritan Prince of the Divines http://www.theocentric.com/johnowen/ JonathanEdwards.com http://www.jonathanedwards.com/ Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm Judy Rogers http://www.judyrogers.com/ Just for Catholics (Joe Mizzi) http://www.justforcatholics.org/ Just Moms http://www.justmoms.com/ Kid's Corner http://www.gospelcom.net/gci/kc/ King's Meadow Study Center (George Grant) http://capo.org/kmsc/index.htm Knox Theological Seminary http://www.knoxseminary.org/ L'Abri Fellowship (Switzerland) http://www.labri.org/ Layman Online (Presbyterian Layman, PCUSA) http://www.layman.org/ Leadership Journal http://www.christianitytoday.com/leaders/ Legacy: WWW Reformed & Puritan Christian Literature http://www.iserv.net/~mrbill/Legacy.html Ligonier Ministries (Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul) http://www.gospelcom.net/ligonier/ Logos Research Systems, Inc. http://www.logos.com/ Marriage (Marriage Partnership) http://www.christianity.net/mp/current/ Men of Integrity http://www3.christianity.net/menofintegrity/ Michael Card http://michaelcard.com/ Mid-America Reformed Seminary http://www.midamerica.edu/ Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF) http://www.merf.org/ Modern Reformation http://www.alliancenet.org/pub/mr/mr.html The Mountain Retreat http://members.aol.com/twarren10/ MovieGuide (Ted Baehr) http://www.movieguide.org/ NAPARC (North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council): Member Congregations http://www.opc.org/relations/NAPARC.html National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) http://nae.net/ National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) http://www.nanc.org/ The Navigators http://www.gospelcom.net/navs/ NetCentral http://www.netcentral.net/ New Horizons http://www.opc.org/new_horizons.html North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC): Member Congregations http://www.opc.org/relations/NAPARC.html Not Just Bibles: A Guide to Christian Resources on the Internet http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-resources.html Open Doors with Brother Andrew http://www.opendoorsusa.org/ Ordained Servant http://www.opc.org/OS/Ordained_servant.html Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) http://www.opc.org/ P & R Publishing http://www.prpbooks.com/ Phil Johnson's Bookmarks http://www.gty.org/~phil/bookmark.htm Phil Keaggy http://www.philkeaggy.com/ Philip E. Johnson Page http://www.origins.org/menus/pjohnson.html Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive http://www.johnbunyan.org/ Piper's Notes http://www.soundofgrace.com/piper.htm Pointing the Way: A Guide to Christian Literature on the Internet http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-books.html Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) http://www.pcanet.org/ Presbyterian Youth of America (PYA) http://www.newcitymedia.com/pya/ Preview Family Movie and TV Review http://www.gospelcom.net/preview/ Prison Fellowship Ministries http://www.pfm.org/ Probe Ministries http://www.probe.org/ Prodigal Press by Marvin Olasky http://www.worldmag.com/world/olasky/Prodigal/index.html Promise Keepers http://www.promisekeepers.org/ Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary http://www.heritagebooks.org/seminary.html Puritan Wisdom http://members.home.net/drbrooker/puritanwisdom.html A Puritan's Mind http://www.apuritansmind.com/ The Quiet Place: Reformed Baptist WWW Resources http://www.iserv.net/~mrbill/Quiet.html Ravi Zacharias International Ministries http://www.gospelcom.net/rzim/ Reformation & Revival Ministries (John H. Armstrong) http://www.randr.org/ Reformation Ink http://www.markers.com/ink/ Reformed Bible College http://www.reformed.edu/ Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) http://www.rcus.org/ Reformed Episcopal Church http://www.recus.org/index.htm Reformed Network (Protestant Reformed Network) http://www.reformednet.org/refnet/index.htm Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org/ Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) http://www.rpts.edu/ Reformed Theological Seminary http://www.rts.edu/ Reformed Theological Seminary Bookstore http://www.rts.edu/bookstore/ Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul (Ligonier Ministries) http://www.gospelcom.net/ligonier/ Reverend Fun Cartoons http://www.gospelcom.net/rev-fun/ Richard Baxter Homepage http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html Robert Murray M'Cheyne http://web.ukonline.co.uk/d.haslam/m-cheyne.htm Rutherford Institute http://www.rutherford.org/welcome.asp Scottish Preachers http://www.newble.co.uk/hall/ The Shelter: A Francis A. Schaeffer Site http://www.rationalpi.com/theshelter/ Sola Scriptura! (Michael Bremmer) http://www.mbrem.com/ Sound Word Associates, Ltd. http://www.soundword.com/ Southern California Center for Christian Studies (SCCCS) and Bahnsen Theological Seminary (BTS) http://www.scccs.org/ Spirit-Wars (Peter Jones) http://www.spirit-wars.com/ Spurgeon Archive http://www.spurgeon.org/ Still Waters Revival Books http://www.swrb.com/ The Strait Gate http://straitgate.com/ Summit Ministries http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/summit/sumhome.html Telling the Truth by Marvin Olasky http://www.worldmag.com/world/olasky/truth1.html The Teaching Home http://www.teachinghome.com/ Telling the Truth by Marvin Olasky http://www.worldmag.com/world/olasky/truth1.html Third Millennium Ministries http://www.thirdmill.org/ Thornwell Hall http://www.thornwellhall.org Today's Christian Woman http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/ Trinity Book Service http://www.trinitybookservice.org/ Unravelling Wittgenstein's Net - A Christian ThinkTank http://www.webcom.com:80/~ctt/ The Voice of the Martyrs (Persecution.com) http://www.persecution.com/home.asp Wanted: Thinking Christians http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Thebes/4689/ Web Devotions http://www.farese.com/webdev.htm Westminster Bookstore http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/ Westminster Shorter Catechism Project http://bpc.org/wsc/ Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) http://www.wts.edu/ Westminster Seminary California http://www.wscal.edu/ Wheaton College http://www.wheaton.edu/ The White Horse Inn (Michael Horton) http://www.alliancenet.org/radio/whi/whi.html The Wilberforce Forum http://www.christianity.com/wilberforce/ Wisdom's Gate http://www.homeschooldigest.com/ Wisdom's Gate: Home School Digest http://www.homeschooldigest.com/hsd.htm WordMP3.com http://wordmp3.com/ World Evangelical Fellowship http://www.worldevangelical.org/ World Magazine http://www.worldmag.com/ www.francis.schaeffer.net http://www.francis.schaeffer.net/ Wycliffe Bible Translators http://www.wycliffe.org/ Young Life Ministries http://www.younglife.org/ Your Church: Church Buyers Guide http://www3.christianity.net/yc/ Youth for Christ (YFC) http://www.gospelcom.net/yfc/ Youth Specialties http://www.gospelcom.net/ys/ Zondervan Publishing House http://www.zondervan.com/ Again, you are expected to use your own Christian discretion and common sense in using this list. Many of the sites are "Reformed" in viewpoint while others are broadly evangelical, and even the "Reformed" sites may differ on significant issues (such as eschatology, appropriate music for worship, and even infant baptism!). I like the warning that Covenant United Reformed Church gives in its own list of suggested links (see above): "All those making use of these links should use discretion and, like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), compare everything taught in them against the Scriptures. The listing of any link here should not be considered to be an endorsement by us of that organization or its teachings." http://www.covenant-urc.org/links.html I do believe, however, that all should find at least some of these links to be valuable and rewarding. Enjoy! _______________________________________________________________ 2. SEARCHING FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY PICTURES ON THE WEB Most CATI readers know how to use search engines (such as the popular Google at http://www.google.com) to search for text on the Web. Here are some previous CATI articles dealing with that topic: Finding Information on the Web: Using Search Engines http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati12.htm#3 Finding Information on the Web: Family-Filtered Search Engines http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati13.htm#3 Safer Searching of the Web with Google's SafeSearch http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati43.htm#2 But what if you want to search not for text, but for pictures? Well, there are indeed search engines available for pictures, but that can be risky territory on the Web because of the abundance of "adult" sites filled with pictures that are not "family-friendly." It is possible, for example, for a person to do a search for Disney cartoons and come up with cartoon drawings which are definitely not "G-rated" and which Walt would never have authorized. "Adult" material can show up in the results regardless of whether one is actively looking for such on the Internet. There are a number of approaches a family may take to work around this problem. One option is to use parental control software, such as CyberPatrol or CYBERsitter. For past CATI articles on that topic, check "Parental Control Software" in CATI's partial topical index: CATI: Partial Index of Articles (by topic) http://www.traver.org/cati/pindex.htm (I'm also planning to include a new article on this topic in the next issue of CATI.) Another option is to use a family-friendly "ISP" ("Internet Service Provider"). Focus on the Family used to provide a list of such providers, but they are no longer doing that: "Focus on the Family is no longer to maintain a list of family-friendly services that we initiated in 1998. However, we are pleased to direct our Web visitors to FilterReview (www.filterreview.com), a new resource operated by the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families. Focus on the Family worked alongside the National Coalition in development of this resource that allows families to review a variety of safe Internet services in order to find the service that best meets their family's needs." http://www.family.org/cforum/research/papers/a0002551.html Here, again, is that new resource to replace the old: FilterReview http://www.filterreview.com/ This new site, by the way, does not confine itself to the topic of finding a family-friendly ISP, but has much other useful information as well. So using parental control software and a family-friendly ISP are two available options. But for those who want a third choice, there is one: family-friendly search engines that are specifically intended to be used to find appropriate pictures on the Web. Here's one family-safe place to search for pictures: Ditto Visual Search http://www.ditto.com/ And here is their philosophy: ________________________________ / "Family Filters "Many Ditto users prefer not to have adult sites included in their search results, therefore, we have taken special measures to filter these sites and eliminate them from our search results. While no filtering process is 100% accurate, we use proprietary technology as well as a human element to check each and every keyword and image that is in our production database. "Our filtering is 'Always On' meaning the Ditto web site is safe all of the time. There is no need to toggle back and forth between the site being 'Safe' and 'Not Safe'. Sites, web pages and images containing pornography, explicit sexual content, and other offensive material are always blocked from search results. With this 'Always On' approach you can feel confident in directing users of all ages to search our web site for their search needs. We strive to keep the filtering information as current and comprehensive as possible. However, if you find sites or images that contain offensive content in your results please send an email with the site's URL to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will investigate it. "By adhering to a strict filtering process our web site has received recognition as a safe site from the following web filtering vendors: Net Nanny, CYBERsitter, SafeSurf." http://www.ditto.com/filters.asp \________________________________ Ditto.com's filtering is "Always On" when you use them to search for pictures, but you need to be more careful when you search for pictures with AltaVista.com: AltaVista: Image Search http://www.altavista.com/sites/search/simage Important: Check the top right-hand corner to make sure that it says "Family Filter is on" if you want it set for family-friendly searching. Here's how AltaVista describes that function: "Family Filtering. Some of the material on the Site includes mature or adult content intended for people who are at least 18 years old. We have developed three filters to exclude material that you may think is not suitable for people under 18 years old. These filters cover AltaVista Search. To change these filters, go to Family Filter for Search." http://www.altavista.com/sites/search/simage Note, however, this warning from them: "While we make diligent efforts to exclude adult content from the filter, we may not be able to exclude all of it. In addition, people may disagree over what content should be excluded from filter. That's why you may see some content you think is adult content even if you use the filter. If that happens, please let us know by e-mailing us at email@example.com. Please note that we disclaim all liability for this in our Disclaimer of Warranties section...." http://www.altavista.com/sites/about/termsofuse So when you search for pictures on the Web, you may prefer to use Ditto.com rather than AltaVista. One other note: there is no perfect solution in this area. Even though Ditto.com should protect your family against "hard porn," searching for certain actresses or TV stars could turn up pictures that some people might consider to be not far from "soft porn." Even so, Ditto.com should prove to be a helpful resource when searching for family-appropriate pictures on the Web, but it is not a complete substitute for appropriate parental supervision. It's still true that "parents make the best parents"! _______________________________________________________________ 3. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER This is the fifty-seventh 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) 2001 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.