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Blogger was down today and it rocked my whole world.

I went home for lunch today and had Spaghetti-os (for more on that subject you can read here). I was excited to see that I helped someone out on the Albuquerque forum on www.dukecityfix.com When I moved here, DCF was my window into anything and everything Albuquerque and even helped me find counterculture. Anyway, there was a discussion on the new forum about this restaurant, formerly O’Neill’s then Sig’s now Two Fools Tavern. I definitely gave my thumbs up to their fish and chips and the recommendation seems to have been a good one.

It is funny to me how the blog world has changed how I communicate. I read a lot about other people, and I know that a lot of people know more about me than ever before. I think we as a culture are seeking to make these relationships with people because in our busy world, we have trouble connecting with each other in the same ways as previously possible. Suddenly we’re bombarded with media and we’re pulled in every which way.

But is this blog world a bad thing? Is it keeping us from truly engaging with each other? Most of my interaction with others happens via the internet and I’m pretty lost if I don’t have it at my disposal. There was a huge write-up in the Reporter this week about the blog world and how it helps to connect younger generations with the church. Suddenly, lay members and others who feeli that their voices aren’t being heard have a forum to sound off on. I haven’t joined the Methodist Blogroll because of the ridiculous length of it, because I like the aesthetics of my blog at the moment. But I peruse the MBR weekly roundup and there is some great stuff out in the Methoblogsphere.

I haven’t answered the question about whether or not this blog world is a bad thing. I think if we isolate ourselves that it can be harmful, but I feel that engaging with others in topics that sometimes are not polite to bring up at dinner is a good thing. Those of us wrestling with matters of faith just need to remember the ultimate goal cannot be to push one’s agenda politically or theologically, but instead our goal should be to encourage questions, encourage dialogue, and have an open forum that will ultimately enrich the lives of others rather than make people feel bitter and angry at the church.

Blogging from IGRAC the rest of the week. Hopefully with fun pictures. :-)
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1 Comments:

It's always interesting to compare what my seminary colleagues are talking about and my blogging friends are talking about.

The former are almost universally unaware of red-hot debating issues (e.g. homosexuality) and pop theology. They prefer to focus on their local churches and the work of ministry.

Overall, I think that Methoblogging is an advantage so long as one does not bury oneself in it and loose the local church perspective.

And, of course, to keep one's mouth shut about divisive issues at the local church. The members aren't even aware of the church hiearchy or possible splits, and I do my best not to inform them of the hijacking of their denomination. It wouldn't help one bit.

By Blogger John, at 5:38 AM  

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