The Washington, DC trip was great. McLean Presbyterian Church is a nice place to speak. The people were warm and responsive. On Friday night (25th) I spoke to about 120 people and then again on Saturday I spoke to the same group. On Sunday I addressed the parents and the need for them to focus on ensuring their children are well equipped to defend the Christian faith in a hostile world. After all, three out of four Christian youth who are raised in a Christian home and go to church regularly, lose their faith within two years of going to a secular college. I spent Friday night trying to motivate people to study and Saturday morning teaching them the basics of the Christian faith and how to learn to ask the right questions and discover logic problems in opponents' assumptions. In all, it was a productive time. I want to thank those of you who showed up and visited there at the Church and Lunch.
|Video||Next week a guy named Jacob will be coming out from Missouri to spend about nine days here teaching me the ins and outs of video shooting. We'll also have Bill McKeever (mrm.org) here for three days and we hope to do some video shooting on Mormonism. Bill is an expert on it.|
I really believe that video production is necessary in apologetics. More and more people are going to video websites and fewer people, it would seem, want to take the time to sit and simply read. So, we want to be current with the times.
|The Garden||Update on The Garden: I wrote in the last newsletter that I finished a fiction novel that teaches Christian theology encased in a story about spiritual warfare. Here is some feedback from the discussion boards about the book.|
If you're interested in checking it out, go to http://www.carm.org/index/garden.htm.
|From March 21 to 23, I will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 34th annual atheist conference. A friend of mine will be going with me and we hope to possibly do some on camera interviews while we were there. I went to the last one in Seattle and actually found it to be enjoyable. Unfortunately, a lot of the presentations in the Seattle conference were filled with attacks on Christianity that weren't very well done. I expect a lot more quality substance on their part. But, there wasn't much at all. We'll see what happens at this next conference.|
|Atheist Debates||There's a possibility of me going to Pensacola Florida on April 7, or thereabouts, to participate in a debate with an atheist. Also, I've been asked to fly to Portland, Oregon to debate another atheist on ethics. Neither debate has been solidified yet. More on that to come.|
|Biblical Worldview Conference||From April 10-12 here in Boise, Idaho, there will be a Biblical Worldview Conference. I will be speaking on three topics. They are not yet narrowed down, but they will be, of course, dealing with apologetics, Christianity, etc. If you are interested in information on the conference, please go to http://www.biblicalview.com.|
|Emerging Church||Because I've been getting more and more occupied with traveling, speaking, radio, and switching the CARM office procedures to QuickBooks, I've been repeatedly delayed in focusing the last few articles necessary for the emerging church section on CARM. Please be patient with me as I endeavor to get finished. |
Here I am in my office working on this newsletter. Then I need to finish the donation receipt letters. Tomorrow I need to work with our weekly office lady on QuickBooks and stuffing envelopes. Then next week will be dedicated to video work with Jake and Bill. It is one thing after another. I'm so swamped with all sorts of things to do, that it is difficult to focus on one project at a time. So, I hope you'll continue to be patient.
|Online Schools||I'd like to remind you that CARM offers thre online schools. A lot of people sign up for them and they are one of the ways we use to support this ministry. If you are interested in learning your theology, learning about false religious systems, and learning about critical thinking all in a logically arranged, self-paced, systematic manner, then please check out the schools. It is a great way to get something for your support of this ministry. http://www.carm.org/online.htm|
|CARM Needs Staff||CARM needs staff. In June of next year Ryan Turner will be joining me for full-time ministry. He's twenty-three and will be graduating with a Masters in Apologetics. He came out here in June of this year and spent 10 days with me. He's a great guy and he understands how much CARM can do, and how much help is needed. I praise God for this young man. |
Are you interested in a ministry opportunity? I am Looking for people who don't mind working hard, who will have cultists praying against them, who don't mind facing spiritual difficulties, who will have to raise their own support, who can do research, write, don't mind learning the ins and outs of CARM, and are willing to move here to Boise, Idaho. Glamorous, huh?
I wish I had enough money to hire three people right now. I need a programmer Web person, an administrator, researchers, writers, video editors, audio editors, etc. The goals are to produce teaching materials in writing, audio, and video formats. There is so much to do and I'm absolutely buried.
I know that you might be wondering why we can't do this over the Internet. Some things can be done that way, but not everything. I need people on site. I need people to interact with, to brainstorm with, to sit with for long periods of time and train, to have them do video shoots with me, answer emails, maybe help with radio, etc. In short, I need to disciple people on how to be better apologists, how to write, and how to do everything necessary to continue this ministry and/or produce their own.
You can be male or female. You have to agree to the CARM statement of faith, and I prefer people who are educated and/or experienced in their field of expertise. But I must reiterate; this is not an easy ministry. It is time-consuming, often unrewarding, frustrating, etc. But, there are rewards. You get to know that what you produce will affect thousands of people for years to come. This ministry is a challenge and it is not for the fainthearted. Interested? If so, contact me at [email protected]
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