|The Basics are so important||The Basics of what we believe are critically important. If you believe that evolution is true then you cannot have an objective moral standard. Morality would be nothing more than a consensus of society and/or whatever works well enough to keep things harmonious. Within Christianity we not only have doctrinal basics such as the Trinity, the deity of Christ, justification by grace and faith, etc., but we also have the basic presupposition that we are made in the image of God, that we have not evolved, and that we are to carry out the Great Commission of God.|
A Christian worldview is the basis for harmony and proper function in the family and society. If you do not hold to a Christian worldview, you will not hold the belief that everyone is created in the image of God and therefore worthy of respect and honor. This would remove racism and prejudice. If you do not hold to a Christian worldview, you most probably would not hold to the position that the life in the womb is human. If everyone did, then killing babies in the womb would stop. With moral relativism marriage would not need to be restricted to a man and a woman, but instead would be open to man to man and woman to woman. Is this healthy for families? If you do not hold to a Christian worldview, then how can truth be absolute since it would not be based upon God's nature and revelation but upon how mankind interprets what he believes to be true...and that changes!
How can society function, mature, and prosper when people are not honored whether in the womb or out, where marriage is not held in sacred esteem, or where truth is a commodity to be exchanged for convenience? Such foundations are not healthy.
This is why it is important for the Christian family to train up all its members in the ways of the Lord according to the word of God.
|Minneapolis, Minnesota||From March 21 to 23, I will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 34th annual atheist conference. It should be interesting. I plan to bring a video camera and see if I can do some interviews. I'll let you know what happens after I get back.|
|Praise God! Someone sent us enough money to cover the purchase of the new Macintosh computer so that we can do video editing here on site. I want to thank the person who donated that money.|
The only thing left now is to obtain the software needed for editing on the Mac.
So far, the response to my book The Garden has been very positive. I'm going to continue to submit it to publishers as it usually takes several attempts before one picks up on it. In the meantime you can obtain a copy by going to http://www.carm.org/index/garden.htm. Here's what people are saying about it on the CARM discussion board.
April 17 2008
|I am set to go to Pensacola Florida on April 17th, to participate in a debate with an atheist. The topic is "Does God exist?" Please pray for me that I will represent the Lord properly and bring glory to his name.|
|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.|
|Women in Ministry Section||I and presently working on a new section on corn dealing with women in ministry. I know it's a controversial subject but that hasn't stopped me before, has it? I expect to offend some people because those people won't like the biblical position to be presented.|
|Online Schools||I'd like to remind you that CARM offers three 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|
|Computers||We are going to be needing a new computer in June when Ryan, the new CARM employee gets here. If you have a computer that's two years old or less and you would like to donate it to CARM, please let me know: [email protected]|
|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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