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My Blogosophy

This blog is a place where a small group of Christians who know one another practice the discipline of spiritual conversation.  If you know us and want to join in, just post a comment.  The first time you comment it will await moderator approval.  After your first comment is approved, your future comments will appear on the blog immediately.  If you are not known personally by several in our community, your comment will probably be deleted.  Don’t be offended.  You’re welcome to eavesdrop, but we want to keep this a small group discussion.   

After some time of blogging this way, I can now commend it to others.  We have found that conversation between strangers often leads to an unedifying escalation of rhetoric.  For a long time I stayed out of the blogosphere because I couldn’t stand the tone of many commenters.  But when the blog is used as a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, real community, then it can be a very helpful way to encourage one another daily.  When you know that you will see all your readers on Sunday, it puts a check on your bluster.

UPDATE: The regular readers have probably noticed I’ve loosened up this policy lately.  The regular readers have probably noticed that’s because they don’t comment much any more and I’m getting bored.  I know, I know, I don’t post as much anymore, so what do I expect.  So I’m publishing just about everyone’s comment now and will do so until someone makes me sorry I did.  

born 1967.  born again 1986.  married 1992.  6 kids. I was a pastor of one church from 1994-2010.  Currently in law school.  I enjoy chanting Hebrew, playing soccer, cheering for the White Sox, and drinking bourbon.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2006 12:42 pm

    Hey, I just figured this out! Did you know we could actually discuss this here?

  2. September 21, 2006 12:44 pm

    Like, for example, we could debate the blogosophy, or I could talk about scotch, or the fact that I’m wearing a New York Mets hat today to express my acceptance of the White Sox’s failed run for the playoffs.

  3. Son of Matt permalink
    September 21, 2006 1:18 pm

    Or we could ask if the (insert blorkese for the little image next to your posts) is of a cat sitting on the “place of defication”?

  4. September 21, 2006 1:57 pm

    good good, I appreciate the topicality. The blorkese word you are looking for is “avatar”. And it is not a cat sitting on a place of defecation, but a dog with his head in the place of defecation. He’s probably just getting a drink, but it looks very much like he is vomiting, and a vomiting dog brings to mind the name of the blog.

    If you want a cool picture by your name, you can either become a registered wordpress user, or go to Gravatar = globally recognized avatar. It will follow you around from blog to blog.

    I used to have a picture of narcissus as my gravatar, because narcissism, after all, is what makes this big blogosphere go round. See my first post:

    then click on the wiki link to see the picture of Narcissus.

  5. Bethlen Gabor permalink
    September 21, 2006 7:03 pm

    No gravatar for me. I like to think my charming, gracious personality precedes me. Um, is that your dog, or some stray that follows you from blog to blog?

  6. September 21, 2006 8:03 pm

    not my dog. My dog is a beagle name Dora. Cute and useless.

    I found the dog in the picture by searching google images for “dog vomit”.  I’m sure if you repeat the search you’ll find the full picture.  It’s pretty funny. 

  7. Bethlen Gabor permalink
    September 21, 2006 8:54 pm

    So…a stray. Don’t feed them, and they’ll go away eventually.

  8. November 7, 2006 2:43 pm

    So today I was reading Mark Driscoll’s book and he made mention of the well known story of Jonathan Edward’s experience of the glory of Christ while walking in the woods. This made me hungry for God and so I went out for a walk in the park and prayed for greater revelations of the glory of Christ. Then the Holy Spirit brought this verse to mind, “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15). The point, as I take it, is that humility prepares one for such revelations.

    The next thought I had was that the blogosphere is not a great place for the cultivation of humility. Now I enjoy my experience with this blog because it is not a virtual community, but a digital facilitation of pre-existing real community. But when I go out into the open seas of the big bad blogosphere, I often find things to feed or provoke my pride. I don’t mind putting my sermons up for others to read, for expository preaching is my calling, but does the world really need to hear, on my blog or in the meta of others, my instantaneous reactions to the news of the day? I’m not saying that everyone who blogs this way is proud. I’m just saying that it frequently is unhelpful to me. There’s just too many words flying around. I want more quiet and more humility.

    And that’s another part of the rationale behind my blog being a closed community. I’m sure we’re missing out on a few pearls of wisdom, but we’re also missing out on a lot of white noise and a lot of hot air.

  9. March 13, 2007 10:39 pm

    The more I poke around your web site the more concerned I become that I may have a double. :) So much of this sounds so much like me. You’re not me are you? Or, I’m not you am I? I’ve always thought I was me.

    Well, except for the White Sox. No much of a baseball fan. Other than that…

  10. Shari Upton permalink
    April 30, 2008 2:06 pm

    Just wanted to say hey, its nice to be a part of your community in the blogosphere here…

    Shari from mattoon illinois!

  11. December 30, 2008 11:41 am

    Hi, all,
    I was posting that very Luther quote as my “Quote of the Month” for January 09 (oft used in our World Harvest Mission community) and thought I’d google a phrase to see who else was into such wonky thinking… and found you guys.
    GOOD STUFF! Almost makes me think God may be doing some BIG GRACE THING in our grace-starved world.
    Thanks for being there. Check out my website if you will: I think you’ll discover we’re kin.
    : )
    A boilerplate sinner-saint,

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