Busy with academic work…
Busy with academic work…
The title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe every pastor should have a blog? Yes I do. I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with them the benefits of such a discipline in writing.
Understand that writing a blog can begin simple with little time pressure. The pastor can commit to write 400 words a week in one post. I do recommend that the number of posts increase to at least twice a week later, but you need to start somewhere.
I think you will be amazed how much the blog benefits the church and your ministry. Here are seven reasons why it is so important…
Read them here.
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.
The ultra-liberal Anglican Bishop of Niagara, the Rt. Rev. Michael Bird has sued an orthodox Anglican blogger, a layman, alleging that he was libeled 31 times on Anglican Samizdat, a blog by David Jenkins that presents facts and pokes satirical fun at liberal Anglican leaders who depart from “the faith once for all delivered to the saints.”
The Bishop of Niagara was one of his targets.
The claim seeks:
* $400,000 in damages plus court and legal costs.
* An interim and permanent injunction to shut down Anglican Samizdat.
* An interim and permanent injunction prohibiting Jenkins from publishing further comments about Michael Bird…
Read the whole report here.
And from the conclusion:
It is very funny, our political realm is full of daily insults from one politician to another, but no one sues, nor would they get away with it. It is considered debate. It seems that some high-level Anglicans believe in the god of relativism, until their own dear little noses are out of joint. Then, instead of examining their conscience, they call in a litigation professional. How Christ-like. Do you think Jesus would have sued Pontius Pilate, given the chance? Can anyone take seriously ever again the much-ballyhooed “dialoguing” of the ACofC? When put to the test by its own authors, it crumbles sadly.
The Anglican Samizdat (which I have on occasion linked to before) is here.
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.