|Good News for the Diaspora
|..that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have Life in His Name (John 20:31).
On 16 December 1998, Pastor Michael McCoy launched scholia.net, maintaining a rich resource of sermons, writings and devotional materials. The scholia website is a resource and devotional site for visitors, pastors, missionaries, vicars, parishioners, teachers, chaplains, parents, home-schoolers, seminarians and congregations throughout the world. It has provided free resources that have been down-loaded in all continents (including Antarctica) and in hundreds and hundreds of nations. The site has been accessed millions of times. The resources have been in the form of bulletin covers, sermons, Bible studies, bulletin inserts, pdf copies of public domain books, exegetical studies, orders of service for those in the Diaspora (particularly isolated people and military), graphics, audio files and so forth.
Three of the priorities at scholia.net have been and remain: 1) to provide doctrinally sound materials that properly distinguish Law and Gospel, 2) to provide these resources free, and 3) not to restrict broadcasting of the resources by imposing copyrights that limit distribution. It has been a satisfying privilege to do this. The Word has neither been bound nor restricted. Rather, it has simply been allowed to go forth over the internet and accomplish God's purpose where and when He wills.
Upon retirement, Pastor McCoy turned over the scholia.net site to contributor Pastor Tim Pauls, whom he characterized as able to exercise an "able stewardship" of the site while assisted by his son as webmaster. At the time, he was kind enough to write, "We have been of like mind concerning the scholia site for years. Pastor Pauls has been a major contributor to scholia. Nathan has been the webmaster for quite some time now. No doubt they will be able to use the ever-evolving technologies and applications to make scholia better and more helpful in getting the message of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Christ out to the nations, and particularly to those in the Diaspora. Your continued prayers for them and words of encouragement to them would be beneficial and greatly appreciated."
Due to a combination of life circumstances and a lack of technological know-how, little has changed on the website since Pastor McCoy's retirement. Despite the lack of added resources, however, the site has proven to be a resource for many within the Church; and as the materials within are drawn from the everlasting Word, many of them have proven remarkably resistant to irrelevance over time. Thus, although little has changed on scholia.net over the past years, we have considered it important to maintain its availability, and we pray that it might be of benefit to you. Who knows? Perhaps we will be able to resume adding material in the future as time allows.
One more note: Pastor McCoy's Web storefront is no longer active. Most links to it on this site have been removed but we may have missed a few.
The peace of the LORD be with you alway,
Pastor Tim Pauls
The word "diaspora" means "scattered" or "dispersed." The Diaspora refers to God's Church in the world. Christians are scattered among the nations. The Internet is a way to get the Word out to others, and especially to you. For this reason scholia.net is a resource and devotional site for visitors, pastors, missionaries, vicars, parishioners, teachers, chaplains, parents, home-schoolers, seminarians and congregations throughout the world.
At scholia.net there is . . . Good News for the Diaspora!