One of the great aspects of the Internet is that it opens up new possibilities for ministry. One example of this is creating short, gospel oriented videos.
The new website skitplanet.com was started by a local assembly in Ontario, Canada to stimulate interest in creatively using video to proclaim the Gospel message. It’s a team effort by the local church… young, old, male, female… working together to script Bibically sound, and visually interesting skits. There is a double benefit, believers working & praying together and the potential to take the Gospel message to a worldwide audience. Just think of it: if one of the videos happens to go ‘viral’ literally millions could hear the Gospel for the very first time!
The website’s about page says:
SkitPlanet is made up of both adults and youth from grades 8 and up. The entire team contributes in different ways including: writing, acting, filming, editing and setup. Their dedication to this ministry is what makes it happen and we are thrilled to have such a super team working on the videos.
Check out Skitplanet.com… don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section of this post and be sure to share the videos with your online friends!Read More
A standard piece of parenting advice is to preview movies and other media before allowing the children to indulge. Sounds simple and logical. Unfortunately, in the real world, there is rarely enough time to preview everything we as parents allow our children to watch.
The temptation is to ‘cut corners’ by attempting to make an educated guess about the movie or TV show in question. We rely on the reputation of the movie’s producer, word of mouth, the movie’s rating, or even the description on the package. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t. Whoever said ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ was right… and the same is true for DVDs.
So, what is the modern day Christian parent to do? One resource I have found to be of great help isRead More
People face many temptations, especially in the area of moral purity. One of the most appealing lures to the fallen flesh is sexual lust. Pornography has become increasingly brazen, readily visible to the unguarded eye of one who is not even seeking it. It has become one of the most successful weapons against the child of God. Our church families are plagued with failed marriages as the enemy has rushed in to ruin the testimony of the saints. There has been casualties among public leaders, the last to be suspected of such moral sin. This all-too-common tragedy has burdened my heart to exhort and encourage men, in particular, to echo the plea of the psalmist as he stood before his Lord and cried out, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” Psalm 51:10
This is a quote from the introduction to the book Look Straight Ahead – A Call To Men For Moral Purity written by Sam Thorpe, Jr. and published by Everyday Publications of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The book is a heart felt plea to the men of the church to intentionally live a life of moral purity. This is a timely book, dealing with a major issue in the church that few others are willing to address.
The author rightly recognizes the sin of pornography as a powerfulRead More
Back in October Digital Sojourner reviewed the helpful website StemPublishing.com. The S.T.E.M. (an acronym for Sound Teaching on Electronic Media) website provides an archive of solid Biblical teaching from a prior generation. You can read Digital Sojourner’s review of the site here.
S.T.E.M. recently updated the functionality of their website to allow easy downloading of much of the material offered on the site. The advantage of downloading the material to your computer is obvious… the material will be accessible to you with or without an Internet connection.Read More
One of the great benefits of the internet is the ability to quickly, easily, and inexpensively disseminate high quality literature. However, if you have spent any time on the internet, you will know that the major obstacle is identifying and locating reliable and trustworthy literature.
Sure, you could use a search engine (such as Google or Bing) to help locate material online regarding the topic you are interested in. However, search engines will not distinguish between Biblical truth and heresy. Online (and offline) we must remember to follow the example of the Bereans (Acts 17:11) who searched the scriptures daily to see whether the things they heard were true or not.
Here at Digital Sojourner we are constantly on the lookout for websites and other digital resources that we believe are worthy of your attention. Digital tools that we believe are helpful to the child of God. Of course, our recommendation is not a substitute for being a good Berean.
www.keybibleconcepts.org is an excellent example of a website that provides high quality and reliable literature for those who are seriously seeking the things of God. The website features ten full length books written by Professor David Gooding and Professor John Lennox. Each book is freely available via PDF download. There is no cost whatsoever. The site does not require you to create an account, or even provide an email address. Simply select the book you are interested in and begin reading!
Available titles include: According to Luke, by Professor David Gooding. This book carefully examines the literary structure used by Luke to present the person and work of Christ. In Opium or Truth Professors Gooding & Lennox examine the obstacles in accepting Christianity that many thoughtful people have expressed.
I could continue to list the available resources, but why not visit the site yourself to see what is available and then let us know in the comments what your favorite book is!
Note: Most of the books at www.keybibleconcepts.org are available in traditional print format from Gospel Folio Press at very reasonable prices.Read More
Scripture has much to say about our money and possessions, yet many Christians struggle with their personal finances. There seems to be a disconnect between what the Bible teaches and how many Christians are living their lives. This is unfortunate. Glen’s passion is to bridge the gap by communicating God’s truth on this important topic in a fun and encouraging manner.
What is podcasting you ask? In brief, podcasting is an extremely flexible audio medium that can easily be adapted to fit almost anyone’s lifestyle. No time to sit at your computer and listen to a 45 minute podcast? No problem. You can download the audio file to an iPod or any mp3 player and listen while you’re on the go. You can also subscribe via iTunes or RSS Feed. Glen’s site provides more information on how to go about doing this here.To date twenty-two episodes have been posted covering a wide range of topics, including: common money mistakes (Episode 20), the art of encouragement (Episode 8), and managing our time and talents (Episode 18).
Many of the podcasts feature interviews with other Christians who share Glen’s interest in biblical financial principles. I personally had the privilege of being interviewed in Episode 12 – “Don’t Disinherit The Lord In Your Will”.
The site also offers other helpful resources, so happy exploring!Read More
Website: “Bruce Collins, Evangelist”
Veteran evangelist Bruce Collins writes a weekly blog with a meditation on some portion of Scripture. Sometimes his remarks are gospel-oriented; other times he focuses on Christian living or other aspects of Bible teaching. There are also healthy doses of devotional articles that flow from his keyboard. His style is clear and easily understandable. What is more, this is no ivory tower, impractical blog. Brother Collins writes from a wealth of experience of dealing with real people, saved and lost. His material is Christ-centered and edifying, and definitely worth subscribing to by RSS feed (there is no charge for this, and one may use programs like Google Reader to receive his posts as the author uploads them.)Read More
Archaeology fascinates modern people, for it lifts the veil on life in the ancient world. Christians are particularly interested in this field due to the light it sheds on the world of the Bible.
During the past two centuries, skeptics have sometimes asserted that archaeology disproves the Bible – or at least, undermines its credibility by revealing numerous errors. A careful study of archaeology from the 19th-21st centuries demonstrates that these claims are patently false. Time and again, the biblical view of the ancient world has been vindicated by the scholars’ shovels, spades, and research in libraries and laboratories.
The more of the Bible lands that are excavated, the more clear become the culture, languages, and backstory of Bible passages.
Unearthing The Past
Happily, digital sojourners (i.e. web-connected believers) have a trove of good materials relating to Biblical archaeology on the web. I wish to highlight three helpful & trustworthy pages.
By way of disclaimer, I will admit that the three driving forces behind these sites are acquaintances of mine: I studied with Dr. Bryant Wood during my history studies at Messiah College in the early 1990s. Todd Bolen led study tours at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies (now called Jerusalem University College) when I was a student there in the Fall of 1993. Gordon Franz has been a close personal friend for twenty-one years, and has encouraged and edified me in innumerable ways. I am indebted to these three brothers for their good service to their fellow-saints by laboring in the Word and historical research.
Veteran archaeologist Gordon Franz’s site is called Life & Land Seminars and may found here: www.lifeandland.org. His page contains numerous articles that he has written over the years on OT & NT history and archaeology. There are also excavation and tour reports pertaining to various biblical sites around the world. He updates the site regularly, and has it well-organized under various tabs such as “Life of Christ,” “Life of David,” “The Seven Churches of Asia Minor – Rev. 1-3,” etc. Technical material is sometimes discussed, but in a way that is accessible to the non-specialized reader.
Todd Bolen’s Bible Places prominently displays his excellent photography of biblical lands – some is freely downloadable, other material may be purchased. He has spent years teaching in Israel (first with the IHLS and then with Master’s Seminary’s extension campus in Israel.) He is currently completing a doctorate at Dallas Theological Seminary. His blog (blog.bibleplaces.com) is outstanding. It contains helpful news from Israel, as well as links to current archaeology on the web.
The Associates For Biblical Research (ABR) exists to teach biblical archaeology, as well as conduct fresh research in the field. Its president, Bryant Wood is well-trained with advanced degrees from the Universities of Michigan and Toronto. His writing in defense of the biblical Jericho has been particularly noteworthy in refuting the prevailing opinion set down by Dame Kathleen Kenyon. Helpful articles and excavation reports may be found at their well-organized site under such headings as “Contemporary issues,” “Exodus-Conquest,” and “New Testament Era.” What is more, it is well-worth subscribing to their quarterly print magazine, Bible & Spade. Their bookstore contains helpful audio, video, & print resources. The blog’s address is www.biblearchaeology.org
I commend these helpful website for all thoughtful Christians, as well as for those who are not convinced of the Bible’s trustworthiness.Read More
With the prevalence of atheism, agnosticism, occultic and cultic belief systems, and many other errors in western society, it is good that the Lord raises up some Christians to defend the faith and equip the church for effective evangelism. Two websites that I enjoy in this regard are Christian Evidences and Apologetics315.
Christian Evidences Ministries, is run by my friend and brother in Christ, Rob Sullivan. A businessman by profession, brother Rob is also a gifted Bible teacher and gospel preacher who has a special interest in evangelism and apologetics. He organizes his site around four lines of evidence, summarized by the acronym “MAPS”: “Manuscript evidence”; “Archaeological evidence”; “Prophectic evidence”; and “Scientific evidence.” Using video presentations, coupled with written materials, Rob presents answers to many objections of modern skeptics, as well as presenting a logically coherent case for biblical Christianity.
Apologetics 315 is a website started and maintained by Brian Auten (whom I don’t know personally.) It has many interesting interviews with scholars, apologists, preachers, authors, and others who proclaim the truth and answer the critics. His interviews may be beamed by RSS feed directly to a reader (e.g. Google Reader) or iTunes. He also presents weekly bonus links to other audio, video, & written material from around the web dealing with apologetics and witnessing. The site also features regular book reviews pertaining to apologetics. Apologetics315 is an excellent tool for those who want to clear away obstacles to the gospel.
Both of these sites present a great trove of materials for defending, sharing, and teaching the Scriptures to a lost world. They carry on the spirit of the injuction in 1 Peter 3:15: “but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”Read More
Among the many helpful websites for Christians who are serious about studying the scriptures is STEM — Sound Teaching on Electronic Media.
The site provides free access to the writings and teachings of several gifted brethren from prior generations. Included among the available authors is John Nelson Darby, William Kelly, and F. B. Hole. Much of the material available on the site is either difficult, or impossible to obtain in printed form. This is the real value of the STEM website… solid teaching, freely available for all of the Lord’s people.
The homepage clearly explains the purpose of the site:
Our prayerful desire is that the Lord Jesus Christ will use this God-given ministry in this form for His glory and the blessing of many in these last days before His coming.
When you visit the site you are immediately struck with the clean, minimalist look of the homepage. There are no gaudy graphics or other distractions from the site’s valuable content… a truly refreshing change from many other contemporary websites. As you explore the site you will notice the minimalist theme throughout the site. Also, at the top of most pages is a navigation bar to simplify your movement around the website.
Where to begin?
If you are already familiar with some of the authors listed on the homepage you can go directly to an index of an author’s writings. To do this, simply click on his name. If you are not looking for a particular author the “Samples of the Teaching” section of the homepage offers an excellent way to begin. Here you can explore some of the site’s offerings by topic or by the books of the Bible.
Another way to begin is to use the search tool located near the top center of the homepage. Here you can search the contents of the site for all of the occurrences of a particular word or phrase. When searching for a phrase be sure to surround the phase you type in to the search box with quote marks (example: “The Church of God”). To narrow your search to a particular author click on the “Targeted search” link.
Two Personal Favorites
Among the hundreds of books and articles available on the STEM website are two that have been of particular help to me.
The first is John Nelson Darby’s Synopsis of the Books of the Bible. The “Synopsis” is an extremely helpful commentary that covers all 66 books of the Bible… however, it is not “just another commentary.” The author’s approach is unique, concise and insightful. His tone of writing clearly reveals his love of the scriptures and of the scripture’s Author.
The second is C. H. Mackintosh’s Notes on the Pentateuch. In this offering Macintosh explores the depths of the Pentateuch while maintaining a gentile, devotional tone. Throughout his Notes, he regularly reveals the Lord Jesus Christ, and shows the connection of various passages to the New Testament.
The site has much more to offer, happy exploring! Let us know about your favorite author or article from the STEM website in the comments below.Read More