"Christians And The Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 4 No. 7:  September 27, 2003



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Copyright (C) 2003 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  See
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For some reason, the English Reformers are not as well-known
as Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin,
but certainly they are well worth getting to know.  Of the
English Reformers, John Wycliffe is better known than
William Tyndale (perhaps because of the work of Wycliffe Bible
Translators), but William Tyndale better deserves the title
of "the father of the English Bible."

The King James Version (as the Geneva Bible before it) owes a
lot to William Tyndale (in this regard, it is an interesting
activity to compare the early translations), and Tyndale
made his translation on the basis of the original Hebrew and
Greek (rather than, say, the Latin Vulgate), and the result
of his work was actually published (i.e., printed) and thus
had a wider influence than the work of Wycliffe (which was
based on the Vulgate anyway).

Perhaps we should remind ourselves that "Reformed" really
means "Reformed according to the Word of God."  Thus the
Bible is fundamental to the concept of being "Reformed," and
William Tyndale was a great English Reformer particularly
because he was a great Bible translator.

Incidentally, a book that is worth looking for (but that may
difficult to find) is Theology of the English Reformers by
P.E. Hughes, a good book because it describes the theology of
the English Reformers in their own words.  Well, look no
further, since the book is still in print and can be obtained

Reformation Heritage Books

The main purpose of this article, however, is to introduce you
to William Tyndale and to a Web site whose main purpose is to
introduce you to William Tyndale:

William Tyndale Gallery

Here is their introduction to the man:

"William Tyndale gave us our English Bible.  This is perhaps
the best-kept secret in the history of the Bible.  Many have
heard of Tyndale; very few have read him.  For centuries
Tyndale has been revered by scholars and church historians as
"The Father of the English Reformation," "The Apostle of
England," and as the man who made the English Bible widely
available.  Yet, the remarkable account of his life and his
extraordinary accomplishments are little known or appreciated.
Through his unparalleled service to Christ and His Church,
Tyndale was used of God to profoundly influence the course of

And here is their list of contents for the site:

Visit our William Tyndale Galleries:
Gallery 1: A Brief Introduction
Gallery 2: The "Crimes" of William Tyndale
Gallery 3: Tyndale's Importance as a Translator
Gal1ery 4: Prison Letter and Portrait
Gallery 5: Characters in Tyndale's Life
An Account of Tyndale's Life by John Foxe
Death of the Great Reformer of England by d'Aubigne
Sir Thomas More's Controversy with Tyndale
Tyndale's Pathway to Scriptures
Tyndale's A Brief Declaration of the Sacraments
Tyndale's Prologue to the Epistle to the Romans
A Timeline: William Tyndale & the Reformation
Why Were Our Reformers Burned?

Elsewhere on the site two more items are added:

History of the English Bible
Transmission of the Bible

The term "Gallery" is not arbitrarily chosen.  The site is
a visual feast, and the slideshows are professionally done.
The music is well-done as well, BUT the site in this area
illustrates, I must confess, one of my "pet peeves."  I do
NOT like sites that start playing music for you, whether or
not you want to listen to it.  To me, such behavior is a bit

A good book (in spite of the title) is Michael Miller's
Building Really Annoying Web Sites.  It's a good book because
you can take his recommendations as things that you want to
avoid if you do not want to build a really annoying Web site.
Well, here's a list of his recommendations:

Building Really Annoying Web Sites

Note #82:  "Force Users to Listen to Music Before the Page
Loads," an example which is illustrated here:


(Click on "demo" to move to the annoying Web page.)

On the William Tyndale Web site, let's try "Gallery 5:
Characters in Tyndale's Life" as an example:


Unfortunately, the Web page follows rule #82 and is annoying.
Fortunately, at least there is a way to turn off the music.
Scroll to the bottom of the page, and in the middle you'll
see two icons:  the left one is for "Play," but the right one
is for "Pause."  Stop the music!

In addition to its own offerings related to William Tyndale,
the Web site includes links to other relevant sites:

William Tyndale Gallery:  Links of Interest

The site also contains information about a first-rate
dramatic production, "Fire for the Ploughman," relating
to the life of William Tyndale, but my guess is that you
pretty much have to be in Great Britain in order to see the

Except for my quibble about the music, this is a very fine
site, one worthy of a visit.  Not only is it a pleasant
experience (because of the galleries and perhaps even the
music), but one that will teach and inspire.



As Christians, we want to exercise good stewardship over all
that God has given us, including our money.  One way to do
this on the Internet is to take advantage of the fact that
often (but not always) there are low-cost (or even no-cost)
alternatives to expensive software packages.

If you need Microsoft Office (or it came with your computer),
that's fine, but generally we're talking about an expense here
of $300 or $400.  There are, however, alternatives, some of
which I discussed in "Free and Inexpensive Office Suites" in
the October 8, 2002 issue of "CATI":

Free and Inexpensive Office Suites (Many MS-Compatible)

My favorite of the free suites is Open Office, which got
even better with Office 1.1, which was just released.

Open Office includes a word processor (compatible with
Microsoft Word), a presentation program (compatible with
Microsoft PowerPoint), a spreadsheet (compatible with
Microsoft Excel), and more.  And here is where you'll see a
list of new features in version 1.1:

OpenOffice.org 1.1 Features

Note the date:  September 24, 2003!

The list includes these categories (I'll provide a few specific
examples as well):

Enhanced file format support
  PDF (Portable Document Format) export
  XHTML export.
  Support for Macromedia Flash (SWF) export.
  CTL, vertical and bidirectional writing
  Other Internationalization enhancements
MS Office compatibility enhancements
  All components
    Forms conversion within Word documents
    Improved import of text document layout
    Support for Data Validation
    Import/export of graphical details of charts
    Even better one-to-one layout of text frames
    Improvements to import of WordArt objects
    Enhanced footnote support.
    Configurable font for HTML and BASIC source code.
    Support for drawing objects in headers and footers
    Support for Excel 95 (and older) form controls
    New database type in data source administration dialog - MySQL.
    Database Report Wizard
  Writing Aids
  Programming and Automation
    Macro Recorder
  Other Enhancements

One of the exciting new features is the ability to create PDF
files.  You can, of course, purchase Adobe Acrobat for $200 to
$280, and you can use that program to create files in Portable
Document Format (PDF).  Or, for most documents, you can simply
use Open Office to create PDF files without its costing you
anything at all.  (Open Office cannot do everything that Adobe
Acrobat can do, but most people will never use the additional
features included in Adobe Acrobat.)

I'll let you look at the list to see the many other features
of this new release.  I will simply mention that compatibility
with Microsoft Office has significantly improved (and I had
found the previous version to be surprisingly compatible), so
that further increases the usefulness of Open Office for
MS-compatibility (even though I found, as I said, the previous
version to be amazingly compatible).

So the bottom line is that with Open Office you get $500 or
more worth of software for free!  Try it:  you may like it, and
the price is right!


Christians are to be "wise as serpents, innocent as doves"
(Matthew 10:16).  Thus they should be cautious about supplying
sensitive confidential information (such as information about
credit card numbers, expiration dates, etc.), because they
know something about the hearts of men and about the Biblical
doctrine of total depravity.  If you are asked for personal
information of any kind, think twice (maybe more!) before
supplying it.

eBay is a very popular on-line auction site.  If you know what
you are doing, it is possible to find many bargains.  Thus I
would not be surprised to learn that you have an account at
eBay, just as I do.

Recently I got an e-mail which purported to be from eBay, but I
had reasons to doubt its genuineness, so I wrote the following
e-mail to eBay:

Dear eBay,

I just received a letter which I suspect of being a hoax.

Please let me know whether the note is genuine or not.

One reason I am suspicious (other than my customarily using a
different ID on eBay) is that the text turns to gibberish when I try
to forward it.

Warm regards:

Barry Traver

Below is the e-mail as I received it:

From:  eBay <us-confirm15@eBay.com>
To:  Batraver <batraver@ix.netcom.com>
Subject:  0fficial Notice for all eBay users

Dear eBay user:

During our regular update and verification of the accounts, we
couldn't verify your current information.  Either your information has
changed or it is incomplete.

As a result, your access to bid on eBay has been restricted.  To start
using your eBay account fully, please update and verify your
information by clicking below:




**Please Do Not Reply To This E-mail As You Will Not Receive A

Below is what the e-mail becomes when I try to forward it:

This is a forwarded message

From: eBay <us-confirm15@eBay.com>
To: Batraver <batraver@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2003, 3:35:21 PM
Subject: 0fficial Notice for all eBay users

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IMPORTANT (I think):  the gibberish text is text, but the message that
makes sense is NOT text but really a gif picture!

My suspicions were correct, since I got back the following
e-mail from eBay:

This is a forwarded message
From: eBay Customer Support <spoof@ebay.com>
To: Barry Traver <batraver@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2003, 8:38:55 PM
Subject: SP91011 - Your recent report to eBay's Trust and Safety Department .   (KMM91338107V36704L0KM)

===8<==============Original message text===============

Thank you for contacting eBay's Trust and Safety Department
about email solicitations that are falsely made to appear to
have come from eBay.  These emails, commonly referred to as
"spoof" messages, are sent in an attempt to collect sensitive
personal information from recipients who reply to the message
or click on a link to a Web page requesting this information.

The email you reported did not originate from, nor is it
endorsed by, eBay. We are very concerned about this problem
and are working diligently to address the situation. We have
investigated the source of this email and have taken
appropriate action. You may rest assured that your account
standing has not changed and that your listings have not been

We advise you to be very cautious of email messages that ask
you to submit information such as your credit card number or
your email password.  eBay will never ask you for sensitive
personal information such as passwords, bank account or credit
card numbers, Personal Identification Numbers (PINs), or Social
Security numbers in an email itself. If you ever need to
provide information to eBay please open a new Web browser,
type www.ebay.com, and click on the "site map" link located
at the top the page to access the eBay page you need.

If you have any doubt about whether an email message is from
eBay, please forward it immediately to spoof@ebay.com and do
not respond to it or click on any of the links in the email
message. Please do not change the subject line or forward the
email as an attachment.

If you entered personal information such as your password,
social security number or credit card numbers into a Website
based on a request from a spoofed email, you need to take
immediate action to protect your identity. We have developed
an eBay Help page with valuable information regarding the
steps you should take to protect yourself.

To get to the "Protecting Your Identity" Help page from the
eBay site, please click on the "help" link located at the top
of most eBay pages and select the following topics when the
"eBay Help Center" window appears:

 Safe Trading > If Something Goes Wrong > Identity Theft

We encourage you to review additional information about
protecting your identity found in the eBay Help system. Please
click on the "help" link located at the top of most eBay pages
and select the following topics when the "eBay Help Center"
window appears:

 Safe Trading > If Something Goes Wrong& > Account Theft >
Account Protection

Once again, thank you for alerting us to the spoof email you
received.  Your vigilance helps us ensure that eBay remains a
safe and vibrant online marketplace.

eBay SafeHarbor
Investigations Team
Your Personal Trading Community (tm)


Important: eBay will not ask you for sensitive personal
information (such as your password, credit card and bank
account numbers, Social Security numbers, etc.) in an email.
Learn more account protection tips at:

  http://www.pages.ebay.com/help/account_protection.html ....


Like the Microsoft virus/worm covered in the previous issue,
the eBay scam is very professional in appearance, so it is
all the more important that you hesitate before giving out
any personal information, no matter how valid-looking the
e-mail may be.  Note:  most antivirus software will not
warn you about such e-mail messages, so you are on your
own!  (Fortunately, you've been warned, so that you can
be "wise as serpents, innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16).)


NAPARC stands for "North American Presbyterian and Reformed
Council."  Following 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...."

Here are the member denominations:

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
Korean-American Presbyterian Church
Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church in America
Reformed Church in the U.S.
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.  In addition to the NAPARC
denominations, I also intend to include in my own directory
congregations that have Web pages and belong to the United
Reformed Churches in North America, a denomination which holds
similar convictions.

Note:  Since "CATI" is a newsletter devoted to "Christians And
The Internet," this list includes only those congregations
that have a Web site.  See the denominational Web sites for
a more complete listing:

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Korean-American Presbyterian Church

Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church in America

Reformed Church in the U.S.

Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America

United Reformed Churches in North America

Unlike the previous listing published in "CATI" in 2000, this
one will be geographically based, and arranged alphabetically
by state or province.  We continue with Arizona and Arkansas:



Desert Palms Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Pastor:  David E. Bennett


Immanuel Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Pastor:  Vincent L. Wood


Fellowship of Grace, PCA
Pastor:  William G. Phillips


Calvin (OPC)
Pastor:  Wayne A. Buchtel

First RP Church of Phoenix (RPCNA)
Pastor:  Jon M. Maginn

Phoenix United Reformed Church (URCNA)
Pastor:  Bradd L. Nymeyer
Associate Minister:  H. Dexter Clark


Covenant Community Church (PCA)
Pastor:  Jack William Barnes


Catalina Foothills Church (PCA)
Pastor:  G. Mark Roessler

Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Pastor:  Philip Scott Kruis



Christ the King Presbyterian Mission, PCA
Pastor:  A. Glenn Durham

Hot Springs:

Covenant Presbyterian Mission (PCA)
Pastor:  Corey Pelton
  http://www.covenant-hotsprings.org  Covenant  Rev.

Little Rock:

Parkway Place Presbyterian Church (ARP)
Pastor:  Donald L. Bowker


First Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Pastor:  Timothy Hammons


Trinity Grace Church  (PCA)
Pastor:  Christopher A. Miller


Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Pastor:  Don Erwin

IMPORTANT:  Such a project is prone to error, so if you
notice any additions or corrections that ought to be made
to this list, please pass them along to cati@traver.org .
I apologize in advance for any errors or omissions.
Additions and corrections as needed will be published in
future issues of "CATI."  Thank you for your assistance!


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