Welcome to the October 21, 2005 Newsletter
It has been a busy past couple of weeks. I've been writing some articles on Roman Catholicism, researching radio costs, putting a hold on the book "the Garden" (due mostly to "writer's block"), and trying to catch up with e-mails. That is why I am a little late on this newsletter.
Jehovah's Witness Encounter
A few days ago I was driving in my neighborhood and I spotted two Jehovah's Witnesses talking to my neighbors. I pulled up in their driveway and got out of the car. We spoke for about an hour and during that time I had to repeatedly tell the JW's that the Trinity was not three gods. After numerous attempts to correct them on this I finally was able to get to the false prophecies of the watchtower organization. I told them that the watchtower society had claimed to be the prophet of God and had made false prophecies. The older Jehovah's Witness denied that this was so. I told him that I had the documentation at my house whereupon I pointed to it and told him that we could both walk over there very quickly and I could prove what I was saying. He refused to take me up my offer. Nevertheless, with some more coaxing I finally got him to agree to meet with me so that we could go over the false prophecies.
Now, it was difficult enough to get that far with him but I was able to do it, by God's grace. The Jehovah's Witness did not want to meet at my house because he told me that he wanted to meet at some place that was neutral. I said "Fine, how about Starbucks?" He replied that that would not do and that the neutral ground that he was thinking of was the Kingdom Hall. I chuckled out loud about that and said "That's neutral ground?" He said with a straight face, "Yes it is." Boy was he objective. Anyway, that was fine with me and we set an appointment for three days in advance. The morning that we were supposed to meet I called him to get directions to the Kingdom Hall. He told me that he had done some research (didn't tell me what kind of research or on what) and then immediately said that he did not want to dialogue with me further. I asked him what did he research and he said again that he did not want to dialogue with me. I quickly responded with telling him that 1 Pet. 3:15 tells him to give an answer to everyone who would ask him and that I was asking him to give an answer. He said that's not what it says and he hung up on me. Amazing. 1 Pet. 3:15 says, "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."
Apparently, he found out something that made him run. Who knows, maybe he looked my name up on the Web. After all, I mentioned I had a website.
Possible Radio Show
I have been doing a little research on what it would take to get a radio show going here in the Boise, Idaho area. I have been in contact with a local Christian radio station and met with the program director. I told him that I was considering a radio show where listeners could call in with questions about the Bible, cults, atheism, abortion, tough questions, etc. We talked about an hour and he was very favorably inclined towards the idea. Coincidentally, I have a friend who works at that radio station part time and he told me that they need a Christian talk show. so, they are very interested.
The program director told me that the listener base is around 20,000 and that their radio shows are streamed on the Internet so that it can be heard by anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world.
I have pursued the radio idea because many people have told me lately that I should do radio. I am told I have the voice and the knowledge and combined with two years experience doing Christian radio in the late 90s as a weekly guest host on a Christian radio show in Oregon, I think it would be a good use of the Lord's gifting.
I would need to raise the support. I already have one person who wants to donate towards the radio show and I am hoping to get others to do the same. The amount of radio I can do (anywhere from one half hour, once a week to one hour every day, five days a week) depends on the support that comes in. The costs are $40 per 1/2 hour program if aired once per week and $30 per 1/2 hour program if aired five times per week. For the show to be most effective, it works best to be an hour long because it takes about a half-hour for listeners to feel engaged enough and confident enough to call in and ask questions. Ultimately the goal would be to develop a show that would be self-sustaining through advertisers and, hopefully, expand to other stations.
If you are interested in supporting a CARM radio show that you could hear via the internet, you can donate in two ways. First, there is
Second, you can donate via CARM at PO BOX 995, Meridian, ID 83680
Weekly Teaching Time
Every Thursday evening I host a live discussion room on platlak.com. Paltalk is a free voice chat system that is quite good. Paltalk is full of Christians as well as non-Christians and the battles over truth are frequent. It is however, a good place to learn how to defend your faith. Anyway, if anyone is interested in you would like to check it out and join us for our weekly discussion, then go to paltalk, download the program, and join us on Thursday evenings.
|Paltalk.com | Section = Christianity | Room = CARM|
The larger the scope of CARM, the the greater the possibility of a lawsuit. Therefore, if anyone out there would be interested in doing some pro bono consulting with CARM periodically, please let me know. Occasionally we have a question on what we should and should not do regarding copywrite, non-profit, etc. Nothing significant has happened nor do we expect anything too. I just want to be prepared. If interested, please contact carm at [email protected] Thanks.
Need a staff: someone to raise support and move to Boise, ID.
I have been in contact with two people regarding the possibility of working with CARM. I am hoping that by God's grace he will provide one or more individuals who would be willing to relocate to the Boise area, the disciples in apologetics, and work with me in developing CARM to a much broader audience as well is developing more content.
So, I'm still looking for someone who is educated and/or has a passion for apologetics, who can write, and wants to work with CARM. I firmly believe in increasing the ability of others to do the work of this Ministry. I'm not in it for my glory. I'm in it to equip the body of Christ and bring glory to God. This world is not a playground. It is a battleground. We are to be fishers of men, not keepers of the aquarium. So, I'm aiming to do the best I can with what God has given me.... and I need help to do it.
Please consider supporting CARM. CARM depends upon your giving in order to continue. I am not quite full-time with CARM yet. I have a part-time 20 hours a week job and I write and research for CARM an additional 50 hours a week. So, I work 70 hours each week and have been doing this for years. It is tiring. I desperately want to do CARM full-time for two reasons: first, to be able to spend more time with my family. Second, to facilitate acquiring a staff in order to produce more material.
I have the passion, the experience (25 years in apologetics), and the education (Masters of Divinity). But, I cannot do it all on my own. Please consider supporting CARM with $5 a month. It is easy to do and it does help a great deal. If interested, please sign up here.