Thinking of Radio
It has been on my heart for a while since being in the Boise, Idaho area, to do a weekly radio show. I've only done a little research on the cost and CARM cannot afford it now. But, the idea just won't go away and perhaps the Lord is moving me in that direction. The Boise Idaho area has about 400,000 people in it and there are a lot of Christian churches. Of course, there are plenty of Mormons (72% Mormon population) with a growing Jehovah's Witness population as well. I would like to be able to have a show where callers could ask questions and I could answer them. I've done this before on a different radio show and it was always lots of fun. So, if you feel led please pray for that opportunity. You never know what the Lord will provide.
Online CARM Schools
I assume that most of you on this e-mail list are aware of the two online schools provided by CARM. One school covers Christian Theology. You can sign up and systematically learn Christian doctrine. There are about 90 lessons with questions and answers provided. The second school in his on Christian Apologetics where you can systematically go through various false theologies and learn how to refute them. Each school costs $50 and the tuition is what helps keep CARM going and paying all the expenses. So you can kill two birds with one stone by signing up. You could get something valuable as well and support this Ministry. If you want to see a demo version of the schools, then go to http://www.carm.org/online.htm.
For the past two or three years I have been teaching on the Internet in voice chat rooms. During in these times I have had many debates and spontaneous discussions with Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, atheists, et cetera. I have covered a host of topics such as the Trinity, logic, the deity of Christ, justification by faith, and much much more. As a result CARM has many many hours of audio. Thanks to two people who are volunteering their time, we are in the process of preparing the audio recordings for distribution through CARM. I am not yet sure how we're going to distribute them because CARM gets around 27,000 to 30,000 visits weekly. If I were to put up audio files for download, it would quickly overrun the server bandwidth. So I am thinking of providing CD's and or DVD's with the audio discussion on them for sale the CARM web site. Of course, I would put up samples for people to listen to so they would know what they were getting. So, keep your ears in tune for that later.
PowerPoint add in
PowerPoint is a great presentation tool from Microsoft. One of the things that I would like to do is produce lessons through PowerPoint and insert audio over the various slides. Then, I would like to convert the PowerPoint presentations to flash since almost 100% of all computers have flash capability. This way I could provide lessons on a host of topics that could be downloaded and presented on for use in Bible studies, Sunday school, homes, homeschoolers, etc. It would take some work but it is one of the projects I'm looking into. Unfortunately, the good programs that convert PowerPoint to flash are not cheap. Decent programs that "do it right" range from $499-$699. If I'm going to produce something like this, it needs to be done properly. After all, we Christians should provide the best presentations we can. Think about it. Our society is highly oriented towards visual cues. Commercials, TV shows, movies, are all topnotch in their presentations and our society is accustomed to quality work. I think it is a problem in the Christian church when we produce mediocre to substandard presentations. We need to do the best we can and that is why I'm hoping to be able to purchase one of these programs (PresentationPro PowerConverter $499 or Articulate Presenter $499 standard and $699 pro). I don't have the money now, but if someone is interested in sponsoring the purchase, please let me know. As it stands I'm not quite ready to produce these presentations since I am finishing a book. But I do plan to do them and the longer I have the program the better I can get at using it.
Projects: book, catechism, marriage and family
I'm presently continuing to work on the book called The Garden (read chapter one) which is a witnessing tool aimed at unbelievers. The few people who have read the first couple chapters say that it is very engaging. Please pray for continuation and success of this endeavor (as well as for an editor).
Among my other projects I hope to do, finishing a book called The Crucible is on the list as well. This is something that I have been working on for a couple of years. It is a dialogue based book. The Internet is so pervasive and the youth of today use chat text programs constantly. The book is written in that format and it covers the type of subjects that Christians are challenged with in secular school. In fact, statistically 72% of Christians who are raised in the Christian home and go to church on a regular basis lose their faith within two years after attending a secular college. Therefore, I'm writing this book called The Crucible about a Christian named John who goes to a secular college to get a degree. On the campus is a room called The Crucible where once a week anyone can present any philosophical position. John goes to The Crucible on the first night and ends up discussing atheism with the atheist presenter. Of course, he systematically, and politely, dismantles the atheist position. The next week John attends The Crucible where an evolutionist is presenting evolution. The next week relativism, followed by psychology, philosophy, etc. The book is aimed at answering the major objections to the Christian faith that Christians will face in secular college but are not equipped to handle. It is a demanding endeavor but it is worth the effort.
I am also working on other projects: marriage and family, and a family catechism. The first section will deal with Christian marriage, problem resolution, the role of the mother, the father, training children, etc. The second project "family catechism" will be a series of free downloadable lessons that are designed to be read (along with the Bible) at the dinner table by the parents. Its purpose is to teach the children from early age through the teen years about the basis of Christianity, other religious systems, and even evolution. They are age-appropriate and tied to Scripture.
I got the idea through my own family since we have regular devotions after dinner and that is where I teach my children the basics of Christianity. I also teach them about Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, atheism, evolution, so that when they are ready to go to a secular school, they are prepared. It is easy to do especially when it is done on a regular basis over several years.
EMAILS FROM READERS
I wanted to introduce you to Diane. She is a great asset to CARM. Besides my wife and myself, she does more to keep CARM going than anyone else. She is located in New Jersey and she oversees the CARM discussion boards http://www.christiandiscussionforums.org/dc/dcboard.php and more than 6000 members. Diane and I are in regular phone contact and she is overseeing the audio editing, board moderators, and a few other things. She's a great asset to CARM and I'm letting you know about her because not only has she been extremely dedicated to this Ministry for several years, but she also needs are prayers. Anyone who works with CARM inevitably comes under spiritual attack. At the present she isn't under such an attack but she has been. I figured it was about time to let people know that CARM has dedicated people who volunteer time to it so that you can pray for her as well.