CARM Newsletter 01-11-07

Welcome to the Jan. 11, 2007 Newsletter

1st Newsletter of 2007
Welcome to CARM's first newsletter of 2007.  It has been a very hectic year so far.  There is so much to do and I have been working very hard, often up till two o'clock in the morning working on the redesign of CARM, updating various aspects of the website, working on a book on Christians surviving secular school, laying out a family devotions curriculum, answering emails, and more.  I'm actually excited about having so much to do. It is good to be busy and I praise the Lord for 11 years of working as the president of CARM.  I consider it a great privilege to be able to do what I do.

I hope that you had a good New Years and that the holidays were not exhausting.  Sometimes we need a couple of weeks to recover from our vacations and that is the case in our house as well.  Whew!  We did a lot of entertaining.  No complaints.  It was all fun.  Praise God.

Anyway, I figured a few weeks off from the newsletter at the end of the year would be a good idea. The last one was December 15, so it has been almost a month.

A Christmas doh!
My wife loves music and loves to listen to it in the kitchen when prepping meals.  So, I did a lot of finagling and managed to get her an mp3 player AND some nice speakers. I wrapped them both up and put them under the tree.

Now, in order to make the surprise even better, I "whined" about having to get her something because "women are hard to buy for."  She gave me "the look" several times when I was routinely complaining.  Finally, I dropped a couple hints that I got her an electric toothbrush (he he he he).  She knows me well, so I had to play dumb, intelligently.  It wasn't easy.

Anyway, on Christmas eve, as is the custom in our home, we all open one gift and leave the rest for the morning.  That Eve, I gave her the mp3 player present.  She was floored!  Ha!  Gotcha!  So, I mentioned the electric toothbrush again and threw in a couple of "tomorrow morning" statements to keep her unaware.  It worked great.  She had no idea that in the morning she'd be getting speakers, the very ones she had eyed at a store sometime earlier!  Yes!  I was going to score major points, big time.

Alright, we all got up, kids were eagerly waiting, and we opened presents.  It was great.  The kids had a great time.  Finally, it was time for me to give her "the speakers"... but, before she got to mine, she had one last present to open.  She tore into it and.... to my shock..... she opened the very same set of speakers I had wrapped up for her...only, they were from her brother!  Doh!

AND!  she cried when she saw the speakers!

Dang.

So, after she regained her composure, I gave her my present.  She opened it and, well, let's just say she was suprirsed.  She didn't cry over "my" speakers.  I got pre-empted.

But hey, it all worked out.  We took mine back to the store and she has what she needs.  Now, the only problem is, what the heck do I get her for her birthday, and electric comb?

Radio Show Status
We are still reassessing the Faith and Reason Radio show (www.carm.org/radio/radio.htm). We have a $500 deficit for the month of December and we are presently trying to raise monthly support so the costs will be covered by those who listen.  I heard a preacher once say "You pay where you get fed.  You don't buy a hamburger and McDonald's and pay at Burger King."  I know there are a lot of people who enjoy the show and are fed by it.  We hope that some of them will help support it.

Anyway, we have until the 19th of January to decide whether or not it will continue.  So far, many have come forth and donated to keep it on the air.  We are presently at about $300 in monthly support.  It needs to be at $500 to stay on the air.  If you're one of those who has support so far, I thank you very much.

But, we don't want to stop there.  If the show continues, and it looks like it will, we want to expand it into other radio stations.  I figure that the more people we have listening the more callers we will get and the more interaction we will have:  debates, objections, questions, etc.  It is kind of like a saturation point.  Once it is reached, the show will flow very nicely.  Also, I will probably start a weekly study through one of the books of the New Testament.  I could take a half hour 45 minutes and teach and take callers.  We'll see how that goes.

If you are interested in listening to the show live, you can do that over the Internet at www.myfamilyradio.com. The link is at the top of the Radio Stations' web page.  But if you want to go straight to the audio player, click here:   www.myfamilyradio.com/player.html

One a side note, the podcasts of the show are being downloaded around 10,000 times a month!  It looks like F & R is a hit.

 

Love and Hate Mail

CARM is constantly getting e-mails of thanks and praise and condemnation.  Here are a few...in the raw.  (At the suggestion of a reader, the hate mail is first so that the last taste in your mouth, is the love mail).

  • Hate mail:

    • You are misleading people!!  You need the Holy spirit.  May the Lord have mercy on you for changing what the Bible says.
    • Matthew 4.4, you need to read this Scripture before Degrading the People of the Pentecostal Faith. We live by the Bible period. Not by our flesh or carnal attitudes. How can you even thing you don't need Baptism to go to heaven, when Jesus himself had to have it. You are putting yourself above Jesus Christ.
    • You talk about Jehovah's Witnesses being a cult, so in other words you are passing judgment on others, seems to me that's very unchristian like. The Watchtower Magazine is not a mind controlling thing, it brings out issues in modern Christian life that can be discussed in an open forum. Do you not listen to your leadership at your congregation, or are you saying you too are being controlled? God's purpose was not for us to be like the hypocritical Pharisees, but to love our neighbors. Please read your Bible carefully and you will see that Jehovah's Witnesses are trying to be like the early Christian Church. What you have to offer to the public about the Jehovah's Witnesses is false accusations. Please be careful.
  • Love mail
    • Thanks so much for such a well-studied web-site on the bible!! I used to be a JW, and i still need to get my mind cleared from their absurd teachings, so anything you can do to help me would be GREAT!!!
    • Just a quick 'note' to say 'Thank you' for your efforts; I am thoroughly appreciative of having your School of Apologetics as a resource as I prepare to lead a group study on evangelism and 'objections.'
    • I ordered and just received your whole work [the MOAN] that is on CARM. God Bless you. Obviously I have not delved into it all but I am so excited to have such an exhaustive resource. Thank you and I shall keep you and your ministry in my prayers.
    • Thank you for your service. CARM is a blessing and ministry that is progressively
      building God's Kingdom through love and knowledge. All praise to Jesus Christ

       

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.