Busy with academic work…
Busy with academic work…
We’ve just hit 10 000 comments on the blog… and counting!
And guess who it belongs to? Fr Robert Darby!
Fr Robert went on a commenting hiatus, but I’m glad to see he’s back. He has been following this blog faithfully since the start and even though we sometimes disagree on theological points, he remains a learned theologian who frequently challenges others who comment, readers and the blogger, contextually.
May our Irish-Anglican friend, and everyone else who takes the time to pop in, visit and comment, be blessed!
So anyway, I tried to picture these ‘vicious guard dogs lurking in the background’ over here, and it conjured up an image that looks something like this:
Maybe having a guard dog or two around the blog isn’t a bad thing? Some have certainly quickly rallied around in my defence before. And many do so simply because they actually care. Which is appreciated. Always.
Are you one of them?
Well, Google Reader is all but gone. And every time I log in, I keep getting the terminal reminder:
Not so long ago, I asked if anyone could recommend an alternative aggregator. I’ve been using Google Reader since I started blogging and will really miss it, but I think I’ve found a fine replacement: The Old Reader. In fact, I’ll go as far as recommending it as the perfect replacement.
I know that a lot of people are going with Feedly, but it is a little too complex for me. The Old Reader interface looks so familiar and is very simple. No wonder it’s being called: the traditionalist app. Yes, perfect indeed.
Moreover, one can import your Google Reader feeds effortlessly. All in all it makes for a great RSS feed reader.
Fr Anthony Chadwick reflects:
Fr Stephen Smuts has reflected one of my closely-held convictions, that blogging can be a true Christian ministry… As I have experienced, the blog (or for that matter other social media like Facebook and Twitter) can be used for good or evil. If used for the purpose of pastoral ministry and Christian teaching, then it is excellent and should be encouraged by bishops and religious superiors.
It is spiritually and emotionally wearing, especially when we have to deal with conflict, in an environment where a person would be more evil or lacking in empathy in his or her expression than he or she would dare in a face-to-face situation. In a way, this is reassuring to the priest who asks himself whether blogging really is a true ministry…
You can read the whole post here.
There are more and more of us priests doing it and writing blogs on our own account as well as on behalf of our Churches. Many bishops are only beginning to discover what the Internet really is and what it is not. Church websites are vital, but the dynamism of the blog is what keeps it interesting to follow…
He understands the concept and medium of blogging well.
A thorny issue… for some… Priests and blogs. The new media. The room for evangelism is tremendous. Furthering the cause of Christ. For others, this is simply a no-brainer:
“Priests stand at the threshold of a new era… as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, priests are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word…
Give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the ‘Web’.”
“Blogs and social networks give us new opportunities for the Christian mission” at a time when the Church comes under attacks more often than before, the patriarch said. “Not to be present there means to display our helplessness and lack of care for the salvation of our brothers.”
“Now that social media shows a huge interest, although not always a sound one, in church life, our duty is to convert it for a good cause, to create conditions for young people to know about Christ, know the truth about the life of people inside the Church,”
Speaking of the Anglican Catholics, Fr Ed Bakker, today, asks the question: How should one behave as a Priest on a blog?
With so many Priests being involved in blogging I think it would be good if we had a guideline how to behave , especially when we deal with those, who just happen to disagree with us and make comments, which perhaps are not appropriate…
For the rest, go here.
He concludes with the Collect of Purity. We need a lot more purity and charity, all-around.
Again, the cause of Christ and His Gospel must be furthered. There are souls to be saved!
Blog, Priests, blog!
The Church should be building platforms of social influence that extend well beyond the four walls of the Sunday experience.
All God’s people: Go forth into the digital world and proclaim the good news!
Is to retire soon! I get most of my feeds there.
News that service will be taken down sparks online petitions and protest site.
Google is killing off Google Reader, its less-than-mainstream RSS aggregation tool, citing declining popularity.
The service will be taken down on 1 July. In a Google blogpost on the company’s “spring clean”, the firm’s senior vice-president of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, said Reader launched in 2005 to help people track updates on their favourite sites, and it will be retired despite a loyal following.
“Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months,” he wrote.
RSS, which stands for either rich site summary or really simple syndication, became a familiar fixture on news sites in particular, encouraging users to subscribe to updates in their RSS reader via its distinctive orange button.
I should protest too!
BTW has anybody got any alternative aggregator suggestions? Just in case…