The Faithnetworker Newsletter
Vol. 2. No. 3, April 22, 2001
Firetalk with Trevor Turner
Tuesdays at 9pm Eastern
After an uncertain chain of events, Faithnet Fellowship is still going
strong on Firetalk. Previously Firetalk had announced it was going the
way of many dot coms and would close up shop on March 8. But, after an
uprising by loyal users, and a rumored merger, Firetalk is still operating.
Trevor is looking to expand his online ministry by seeking an additional
venue for voice chat. We'll share the details as soon as decisions are
For more info on Firetalk and to download the free software, visit Firetalk.com.
Faithnet Bulletin Board
We have started a new Faithnet Bulletin Board for users to post their
items of interest. Examples of items are: a link to your web site,
resources for spiritual growth on the web, announcements of upcoming
events, etc. This service replaces the old Swap-A-Link page. Simply
email your item to Mark Jones. Appropriate items will be maintained
on the Faithnet Bulletin Board.
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Is there really life after death? Mark Sibley Jones
To believe that Christ was crucified and buried requires of me a certain
kind of faith. With various forms of historical evidence, it is a
pretty sure bet that Jesus was a real person who was executed by
But, what about a belief in the resurrection? There the historical
evidence wanes, except for the record in the holy writings passed down
through the ages of the Christian movement.
I've never been one with much energy to debate doctrine, or the truth
of religion versus science and history. Besides, one of my ancestors,
William Jennings Bryan, made a historically-recorded fool of himself
doing such in the Scopes Monkey Trial. So, just in case I'm endowed
with some of the silver-tongued orator's DNA and bent towards the foolish,
I stay out of those kind of discussions.
But, what I can say with certainty is that there have been numerous
experiences in my life where new beginnings have arisen from the ashes
of lost hopes. Some say that when life closes the door, God opens a
window. I'm not sure what to call it, but it certainly seems consistent
with the character of a resurrecting God.
Not that God can be put in a test tube. God doesn't seem to cater
to those who seek amusement by asking for miracles of astonishment
when grief has not fully visited upon them the darkness of despair.
Most characteristic of my many mini-resurrection experiences is the
startled surprise that came with them.