Welcome to the May 23, 2007 Newsletter
Please support CARM
This Sunday, the 27th, my wife and I will be in Santa Cruz, California. She's joining me on the drive down from Boise so that I can attend an emerging church. I'll be meeting with the pastor for an interview. This is part of my ongoing research in CARM. We'll be staying with friends near the church.
The emerging church seeks to reach the lost with the Christian gospel by adapting to present day culture. There are many critics of the emerging church as well as proponents. Some emerging churches are so liberal they aren't even Christian. But, others are very orthodox. As with most things, there is is good and bad.
Though I have been doing research by reading books on the emerging church (for and against), it is always a good idea to have first-hand experience with what I'm researching so I might more accurately represent it. Please pray for this encounter and safety in traveling.
Seattle, WA Sponsorship
As I continue to research emerging church, I also plan to travel to Seattle, Washington during the weekend of June 9 through 12th. There are two emerging churches there and would like to attend both of them. So, I'm looking for sponsors to cover the costs.
Ryan Turner is a student at Norman Geisler's Graduate school who, Lord willing, will graduate next year with a Masters in apologetics. He has expressed a very strong desire to work with CARM. Ryan will be flying out to Boise on June 8 and will stay here for 10 days, in our home. This is so he can check us out to see if he wants to make a commitment to work with CARM by moving here next year. Anyway, I plan to drive from Boise to Seattle with Ryan and stay there for two, three, or four days while we check out two emerging churches and also, hopefully, the Discovery Institute that works with intelligent design theory.
Again, if anyone would be willing to sponsor us for our trip up there (hotel and gas), please let me know. Or, if someone has a spare couple of rooms in their home for a few days, that would be fine, too. My car gets great gas mileage and has GPS navigation so directions aren't a problem, nor is traveling an hour (or less) to get to the churches should we find lodging at a distance. So, if you want to help out, please contact me at email@example.com.
Steve the Mormon
For about three weeks, on Mondays, I have had a Mormon in studio. We've been discussing Mormonism. Steve makes for good radio, but he is a lousy debater. He's been insulting and completely illogical, a real test of my patience. If you want to hear the latest show, go to http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=432798. You won't be disappointed.... unless you're a Mormon.
I haven't purchased the video camera yet. But I have been doing a great deal of research trying to make the best purchase. As I have stated in a previous newsletter, someone donated $2000 to purchase a camera and in my research I discovered that I can probably get two cameras for the price of one that will do the job of the original one that I had initially considered. Having two cameras would enable me to produce better quality videos (i.e., two angles instead of one, better editing abilities) for release on the Internet and along with DVD distribution through CARM.
I hope to provide a series of lectures on Christian theology, apologetics, witnessing, evangelism, et cetera. I would also like to produce five minute presentations for release on youtube.com, as well as longer presentations for distribution through CARM.
As CARM expands and we try and hire people to work for us, I'm hoping that this video work will provide the funds by which we could pay those who seek to be employed here. Quite literally, we're living by faith and trusting the Lord to provide as we continue to move forward.
Are you interested in purchasing advertising space on CARM? If so, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. CARM gets about 400,000 unique visitors a month.
By way of reminder, if any of you are interested in perhaps one of the very best, if not the best, Bible programs available, please check out http://www.logos.com/carm. I use it all the time. If you purchase software through the CARM link, you can get a discount and it helps to support CARM as well.
If you get anything at Logos, use CARM as the coupon code during checkout.
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