Welcome to the March 2, 2006 Newsletter
Full Time Status!
This week has been my first in full-time status with CARM. It is a bit of an adjustment psychologically because I keep thinking I have to go to work. Already, I'm losing track of what day of the week it is -- which I find amusing. Work has a way of keeping you on track.
Again, I want to thank all of you who have prayed for me to go full-time and for those of you who are and have supported me financially, thank you. Without both the prayer and financial support I could not go full-time. But, after 10 years working on CARM, it's finally here and by the grace of the Lord, I will be able to accomplish a lot more with this Ministry.
Three Main Projects
There are three main projects I'm working on now. The first is a novel called "The Garden". It is a story about an unbeliever named Mark who encounters an angel. Mark and the angel discuss various theological points. The story line has demons fighting angels, battles, prayer, a pastor, bad guys, good guys, etc. I've let the few people read the first few chapters and all of them have said that the story is very engaging.
The reason I'm writing this novel is for evangelistic purposes. The story is meant to be the hook that keeps the reader interested. The true "meat" of the book is found in the dialogue between the angel and Mark -- who eventually gets saved. By the time the reader has finished the book, he/she will have learned about the Trinity, the deity of Christ, His sacrifice, resurrection, salvation by grace, why there is evil in the world, the fall, God's nature regarding his character and holiness, etc.
It is designed to be relatively short, less than 200 pages, and interesting for both the Christian and non-Christian. Hopefully, Christians would be able to give the book to unbelievers as a witnessing tool. The effort is laborious, but it is well worth it. So, I would appreciate your prayers in this is well.
The second project I'm working on is a third school for CARM called "The School of Critical Thinking." It is one thing to have knowledge but we need to be able to think critically so we can properly use what we know. This will take a lot of care to write because I need to develop a method for teaching people how to think critically (for evangelistic and apologetic reasons), yet do it without being so high-faluting that it can't be understood. I have read books on critical thinking, and to be quite honest, after a few pages it becomes so heavy, so mentally demanding, that I put the books down. Why can't people write simply and to the point and teach people how to think critically at the same time? Well, let's see if I can do it.
The third project I'm working on is developing Flash presentations on a host of topics: Christian doctrine, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, evolution, atheism, etcetera. I am doing this by producing PowerPoint slides with embedded voice, embedded video (if I can pull it off technically), and then convert the files to flash. I would then put them on CARM for free download and distribution. The goal is to produce five to ten minute slide presentations that are theologically and biblically accurate, not too deep to understand, and can be easily played on any computer system. I would encourage them to be copied and distributed everywhere.
As you can see, these are all significant projects. I believe that they are good ones and worth the effort. Please consider supporting CARM as the Lord would urge you so that these projects could be expanded and achieved.
The new discussion boards are doing very well with about 40 signups a day. They are located at http://www.christiandiscussionforums.org/v/index.php, and they have a LOT of new features that are really great. If you like to interact with those who oppose God's truth, and want to sharpen your witnessing skills, then this is a place for you.
CARM is averaging well over 30,000 visits a week now. I am down from over 4000 to 3758 unanswered e-mails. There are over 18,000 people on his e-mail newsletter list.
Just a reminder. CARM has two online schools that you can sign up for. One is on theology and it is the most popular and the second one is on apologetics. Each school costs $50 (which is used to run CARM, expenses, etc.) and has about 90 lessons in each. So, if you are interested in both supporting CARM and getting some bang for your buck, check them out. The are located at http://www.carm.org/online.htm
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From the Theological Dictionary
Be fishers of men, not keepers of the aquarium