CARM Newsletter 2-8-2014

 
From The
Desk of Matt Slick
 
 


2013 Statistics
Last year, 2013, was CARM's best year ever as far as visitors go. We had a total
of 8.9 million people come to the site with 21 million page views.  Every
single country visited CARM.  That is a huge amount of reach into the world. 
And, already we can see that we are on course to do even better this year than
last. We praise God that he is using us for his glory. May he continue to use
us in the future as we expand into other languages and venues.

 


Atheist Debate
and Dan
Barker
 


A few weeks ago I was contacted by a local secular group from Boise State University
and they asked if I would be willing to debate the atheist Dan Barker on "Does
God Exis
t?" 
I, of course, agreed. However, a few days later my contact at the secular group
let me know that he did not want me to debate by quoting Mr. Barker or bringing
up anything about morality. I would not agree to his terms and I told him
 I
would not debate Dan under those terms.  They found 
someone
else. If you want to read the story of what happened go to http://carm.org/slick-barker-bsu-debate-cancelled. However,
to my surprise, Dan Barker emailed me and we discussed the "confusion" that
led to them to find a replacement for me. To make a kind of long story short,
I invited Mr. Barker to come into the radio station so we could have a discussion
on air. He has agreed and he came in on
Friday
 and we talked about his history and why
he was an atheist.  We bantered back and forth a bit before we started
getting into the tough stuff.  But, it was a good interview and he expressed
interest in calling in to do it again.  I’ll let you know what happens.
 

 


Philippines Trip
Thank you to everyone who has purchased items from the Amazon Wish List for
this trip. The Philippines trip is getting closer and I'm looking forward to
going. It will be a long trip since we will be gone about 24 days.  I have
been praying that the Lord will be glorified.  As it turns out, we will
be speaking in two prisons, an orphanage, a seminary, and numerous churches. 
So, please pray for the word of God to go forth with power, that local pastors
would be edified, that people would be saved, and for our safety and health
as we travel and go to areas devastated by the last typhoon. If you are interested
in contributing to the trip in any way, we appreciate any cash donations because
we want to take money and leave it with different pastors. We do not want to
be a burden on anyone and so we'll be taking enough money to buy food not only
for ourselves, but also for others. I've developed an Amazon
Wish List where I placed a lot of items that would be helpful for the
trip.  If you want to help us out, please consider going to the wish list
and purchasing stuff for us.  Thanks.


    Also, I plan to be uploading
pictures to the cloud so that one of the CARM staff can keep people updated
on Facebook and Twitter.

 


Israel Trip
We are heading to Israel next year for a Bible lands tour. I did it last year
and was thoroughly satisfied with how great the trip was. We went to the seven
churches of revelation in Turkey, a surprisingly pleasant extension. And when
we got to Israel, we had the great privilege of seeing so many of the things
that are mentioned in the Bible. I am most definitely looking forward to going
back. If you'd like to join us just go to
http://carm.org/2015-israel-tour. 
It is an awesome trip.

 


Salt Lake Radio Show
The Salt Lake radio extension is working well. We get calls now regularly from
the Salt Lake City area and were very grateful that God has provided the finances
for that. Our funds are not very high and were just barely keeping up with the
bills. By God's grace, we hope to venture out into other radio markets.

 


Got suggestions? 
Do you have any suggestions for CARM?  We want to know what you think. 
Please help us out by emailing us at [email protected] to
submit suggestions.  Now is the time since we are in the redesign process
of CARM and, as we make plans, we want to improve in areas which will matter
to CARM's readers.

 
From The
Desk of Ken Cook
 
 


Traveling to Boise 
This
weekend I am traveling to Boise to meet with Matt face-to-face to work on new
software integration for the sight, map out some goals and procedures for this
year, and help run things while Matt is gone to the Philippines for about a
month. I was booked to fly out on 2/7 but due to the weather in Portland, OR
I was unable to take that flight. It has been rescheduled to 2/8. It has been
a bit frustrating, but I am looking forward to the trip

 


New Projects

We are constantly living under the motto, "so much heresy, so little
time!" We are working hard to get the level of information you've come to expect
from us on several new and exciting projects. Please keep us in prayer as we
venture into new cults, heresies and religious groups.

 


Gregg Harris

is a dear friend and brother. If you live in the Portland Area I would highly
recommend checking out his upcoming seminar on time management. I have provided
the details below.

 
Newest
Article
 
What
is divine healing and is it for today?
By
Matt Slick
 

Divine healing is the act of God through
the person of Jesus and the prayers of the saints where a person is healed
physically and/or delivered from emotional, mental, or spiritual affliction.
Most often, it is seen as a physical healing of sickness such as cancer,
diseases, deformities, etc., but it is not restricted to the physical.

 

Sometimes such healings are accompanied
by rituals such as specified prayers and fasting, and often with the anointing
the sick with oil. The one who is afflicted is supposed to faithfully trust
and expect a healing to occur as he or she prays to God in Jesus' name.
In all Christian groups that seek divine healing, it is always associated
with the atoning work of Christ where, it is said, he purchased healing
for us. So, those church groups that emphasize divine healing also emphasize
the idea that the redemption of the soul also purchased redemption of the
flesh which includes healing. Some of the verses used in support of this
doctrine are as follows...(Click
here to Continue Reading)

 
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CARM Amazon Wish List

Amazon Wish
List
 

 

Please consider the CARM's
Amazon Wish List..  There is a list of things that CARM could
use and some things that would just be plain helpful – a lot is
for the Philippines trip.  Thank you to all those who have
purchased something for us from the Amazon Wish List. 

Volunteer at CARM
 

Things are busy in the ministry and as we
continue to work to grow, we need folks who would be willing to volunteer in
various areas. If you have the time, we can use your help! We need moderators
and researchers.

 

Discussion
Forum Moderators
 
The CARM Discussion forums are a hub of
activity. Many Christians spend countless hours doing online evangelism, having
discussions and growing in their apologetic ability, all because of this branch
of the CARM ministry. We are in need of folks who can help monitor postings
on the forums and help to enforce the rules. If this sounds like something you
would enjoy, please check out the
information about this area of service.
 


Researchers

 
CARM is a research based organization. Over
the past two years we've had many people offer help with researching various
projects. However, we haven't done the best job of organizing folks in to teams
and giving regular assignments to those groups. As part of our systems upgrade
we are going to be doing this much better than we have in the past. If you have
talked with someone at CARM about researching in the past and are still interested,
we would love to have you help us. Please follow
this link and we will be in touch soon. If you have been considering helping
CARM research, or are just now finding the idea attractive, please pray about
it and click this link to begin
the process.
 
Love and Hate Mail
 


Love

  • Hi Matt, Thoroughly enjoyed your conversation with Cora. If she
    calls back please tell her here's someone else who had to read, read,
    study, and read some more during my youth when "on the fence". John 20:27 is
    "my" verse. I questioned everything, just like she is doing! The Holy
    Spirit was drawing me, but didn't realize it at the time. I pray she
    will ask the Holy Spirit to guide her and that He will bring her to
    the foot of the cross in full surrender. Sally
  • Matt, so enjoyed your conversations with John last week, and Cora
    today. Quality, engaging conservations. I am praying for all of you
    that God will give you the wisdom and grace, and that their hearts would
    be open to the Holy Spirit. I so appreciate your ministry. My prayers
    for you and Annic, are regularly lifted up to our God. Over the past
    year I have become more and more secure in my theology as I have listened
    to Carm. We will be praying as you travel on a few weeks. Blessings,
    Cyni
  • I found your website many years ago while studying for my undergrad
    degree. Your articles were very helpful and equipped me to be a more
    informed apologist. I know you occasionally get some heat from some
    critics out there, and will constantly be straw-manned and pigeon-holed,
    but keep up the good work. You do some solid exegesis on the scriptures,
    and you, in my opinion, fairly and objectively represent the worldviews
    of others. I was thrilled to see you had an app for my iPhone for a
    fair price. Your site is a valuable resource, and I reference it periodically
    throughout my studies and ministry. Keep honoring Jesus as Lord and
    continue being ready to give an answer for the hope we have, and continue
    doing it with gentleness and respect. Soli Deo Gloria, Larry



     

     


Hate

  • You're an idiot. Where do you think you got your Bible? Who are
    your saints? The Greek Orthodox together with the Catholic (You likely
    don’t realize the Pope is also the Pope of the Byzantine Catholics as
    well as the Roman) is the only Body that can trace its heritage to Jesus.
    All the world knows about Jesus came down through the ages via the Catholic
    conduit. It’s no wonder there isn’t a single protestant on the Supreme
    Court. You have to check your brains in at the door to be a protestant.
    Maybe you don’t know. The Supreme Court is made up of three Jews and
    six Catholics. Think about it if you can. Bev
  • Dear Sir or whoever wrote the article on Mr. A. Murray. I have read
    a lot of articles about different issues, but your article on Mr Murray
    was so ridiculously sottish it is beyond funny. I have been a student
    for 28 years and always will be a student of Mr. Murray. I will say
    it like Arnold does your stupid. It's people like you that will lead
    their entire flock wright into Satan's arms in the end times. I guess
    you believe in the rapture doctrine to, and your going to run away and
    stick your head in the dirt like an ostrich, while Satan's here, rather
    than standing and fighting for the real Lord. That doesn't mean it's
    real fighting either. Its a battle of the minds. So sorry to see men
    turn into jellyfish. Feel free to leave me a message. Ron
  • Are you serious..? Baptism is not necessary for salvation? Yes,
    it is..! Why are you butchering the Word of God to lead people astray
    and inevitably send their souls to Hell for all eternity? You’re a low-life
    scumbag and you will get your reward..! You deserve it too...!!!
 
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About The Author

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