Digital Sojourner’s New Site Design

Welcome to Digital Sojourner’s new look!

We are very excited about the site’s new look– and thankful for the Lord’s ongoing provision and blessing. In DigSoj’s short existence (34 days) the Lord has provided in amazing and completely unexpected ways. Without question He has shown Himself “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” Ephesians 3:20. To God be the glory!

Among the many who have contributed to DigSoj is the talented team over at mySonlight. mySonlight is a team of dedicated Christians devoted to helping local churches and other Christian ministries with their online efforts. Many congregations and ministries lack the technical skills necessary to establish and maintain a quality presence online… however with the rapidly growing reach of the internet it is becoming ever more important to be online.

If your local church is looking for help in this area mySonlight could very well be the solution you are looking for. Here are a few links to sample their work:

Again, welcome to DigSoj’s new look. Let us know what YOU think about the new design in the comments section.

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Two Apologetics Websites

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.”

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Podcast: Interview with Dwight Beavers of Voices For Christ

Digital Sojourner recently posted a review of the Voices For Christ website. The VFC website features more than 50,000 audio sermons in mp3 format. The site has been a tremendous blessing to countless English speaking believers around the world.

Behind VFC is a small, all volunteer team of believers who freely give of their time and talents. This team keeps the site online and constantly growing.

When VFC first went online in the Spring of 2005 there were several hundred audio messages available. Since then VFC has steadily grown to over 50,000 messages. Most of the messages were originally recorded years ago on cassette tapes, which means each tape must go through a time consuming process to digitize and save in mp3 format.

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Dwight Beavers in Durham, NC. Brother Dwight has spent thousands of hours digitizing countless messages. The work he does is far from glamorous, and often tedious. Nevertheless, as he describes in the interview it is a “labor of love.” Digital Sojourner is posting this interview with the prayer that regardless of the nature of your service for the Lord, glamorous or not, tedious or exciting, you will be encouraged and inspired. To God be the glory.

You can listen to the interview here:

 

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Website Review: stempublishing.com

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.

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Website Review: VoicesForChrist.org

Voices For ChristVoices For Christ is an online repository of approximately 50,000 audio sermons in mp3 audio format. All of the sermons are available for live streaming or download free of charge. The site offers messages from 1,175 of the Lord’s servants from our own generation, and prior generations as well. Some of the preachers from a prior generation include Alfred P. Gibbs, Harry A. Ironside, and Stephen Olford. Among the more contemporary preachers you will find Michael Attwood and Craig Shakarji.

The Voices For Christ homepage explains the purpose of the ministry:

Voices for Christ is an attempt to make Christ-centered ministry available to a wider audience. We are especially interested in helping those on the foreign field, those who have a sincere interest in the infallible Word of God, and any desiring to see the Lord Jesus Christ preeminent in His church.

Because of the large number of messages, and preachers featured on VFC it can be a little overwhelming the first few times you visit. However, it is well worth your time and effort to fully explore the site.

Where to begin?

From the homepage click the “voices” tab near the top center. This will take you to the Library page. Here you can scroll through the names of the preachers who are available. When you find a preacher of particular interest, simply click on his name to bring up a listing of available messages. The list can be resorted by clicking on any of the column titles.

If you are interested in a particular topic you can use the search tool located near the top right corner of the Voices’ Library page. Simply enter a keyword and click the “search now” button. When I entered “Hosea” the search resulted in a listing of 88 messages. “Genesis 22” resulted in 73 messages; however you should carefully review the list as not all 73 messages deal with Genesis chapter 22. This is because the search will also list messages about Genesis that just happen to be 22 minutes long, regardless you should still be able to find what you are looking for.

Two additional starting points are “the most recently added messages” link and the “top 25 downloads” link. Both are found on the Voices’ Library page as shown in the screen shot below.

Voices For Christ Library Page

Once you have identified a message that you would like to listen to, you may listen online by clicking the circular play button to the left of each message, download the mp3 file to your computer by clicking the title of the message, or order a custom made CD by clicking the check box to the far left and completing the order form at the bottom of the Voices’ Library page.

Finally, it is important to keep in mind that our only authoritative source of truth is the Bible. Resources like Voices For Christ should be used as a help in our study of God’s Word, but never as a replacement. Because of this the VFC Library page states:

While much of this can be helpful, none of this material is a substitute for your own personal study of the Word of God. God’s word alone is authoritative and you should carefully compare anything you find here with the scriptures (Acts 17:11).

Voices For Christ is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about God’s Word. If you have been particularly blessed by one of the messages from VFC, let us know about it in the comments below.

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Website Review: johnlennox.org

During the past decade New Atheist writers such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris have waged war on theism in general and Christianity in particular. They contend that faith in God is unscientific, irrational, and down-right harmful to society.

Various Christians have eloquently and reasonably answered these critics by means of the spoken and written word. Among them is Dr. John Lennox, whose academic credentials give him an opening to weigh in on scientific questions, especially when they intersect issues of faith; he is described thus on the website’s biography page:

Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.

His website – www.johnlennox.org – is an especially useful tool, providing video and audio discussions on pertinent apologetics questions like “God and suffering,” “Axioms and Inferences: A Mathematician Thinks About Faith,” “Atheism and morality,” and “Limitations of science,” among many others. It also provides various treatments of brother Lennox in the mainstream media, including newspaper interviews and radio programs.

The site is well-organized, attractive, and user-friendly… a real boon for the sojourner who takes 1 Peter 3:15 seriously.

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