The new blog is here…

I’m transitioning to mainly “blog” at

http://blog.sixsteps.org/

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In due time, this main website–http://www.sixsteps.org/–will become the “landing page” for me, myself, and my ministry.

(Why?  I don’t have the time or energy to maintain and continually update the WordPress software that runs this website.  The Posterous micro-blogging platform is much more versatile for multimedia, with built in plugins for audio & pdf, as well as a built-in mobile version of the blog.)

To blog and Not to blog

Things I will be blogging about this semester:

  1. The Pentateuch and Historical Literature in the Old Testament
  2. 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude
  3. Pneumatology
  4. Eschatology

Things I will not be blogging about this semester:

  1. Dating / courtship / relationships
  2. The Christian and Missionary Alliance (my previous denominational affiliation)
If you've suggestions to add to these two lists,
feel free to comment;-)

Should You Pass on Bad Reports? (Tim Keller and David Powlison)

Should You Pass on Bad Reports?

by Tim Keller & David Powlison

One obvious genius of the internet is that it’s “viral.” Information explodes to the whole world. The old neighborhood grapevine and the postal service seem like ox-carts in a speed-of-light universe. (Do twenty-somethings even know what those antiquities once were? In the old days, people had to talk to each other or stick a stamp on an envelope.) Instantaneous transmission produces some wonderfully good things. Truth, like joy, is infectious. A great idea feeds into a million inboxes. But it also produces some disastrous evils. Lies, rumors, and disinformation travel just as far and just as fast.

So what should you do when you hear “bad reports” about a person or church or ministry? We want to offer a few thoughts on how to remain constructive. To paraphrase Ephesians 4:29, “Let no unwholesome words come out of your computer, but only what is constructive, in order to meet the need of the moment, that what you communicate will give grace to everyone who ever reads it.” That Greek word translated “unwholesome” is sapros. It means something that is inedible, either devoid of nutritional value or rotten and even poisonous. It applies to thorny briars or to fish or fruit that’s gone bad. At best, it’s of no benefit to anyone. At worst, it’s sickening and destructive. Consider three things in how to stay constructive.

What Does James Say about Passing Along Bad Reports? Continue reading

2008 Band of Bloggers

Band of Bloggers

2008 Band of Bloggers

“The Gospel Trust”

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 :: (11:30 – 1:30)
The Galt House (Louisville, KY)
Tim Challies, Justin Taylor, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Mark Lauterbach

Together.

For the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Band of Bloggers was started with a vision and collaborative effort to unite bloggers who have a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ. It carries with it a desire that the gospel be normative in our lives, central in our writing, and powerful in our witness to the world.

The first Band of Bloggers fellowship developed when several bloggers who were attending the 2006 Together for the Gospel Conference discussed the possibility of holding a meeting to encourage one another to live and write with a gospel-centered emphasis. Within a matter of weeks, the idea had blossomed to an event with a panel of speakers–Justin Taylor, Tim Challies, Dr. Albert Mohler, and Dr. Russell Moore–and a gathering of more than 70 bloggers hosted by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The meeting served to compliment the thrust of the conference, viz. to come together for the sake of the gospel in this generation.

The second Band of Bloggers fellowship is slated to take place in 2008, again in concert with the Together for the Gospel Conference. This year’s theme, “The Gospel Trust,” focuses on what it means to be entrusted as servants of God and stewards of His glorious gospel. During the period of time leading up to the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship, we will endeavor to fuel a greater passion for the gospel of the glory of Christ through resources, articles, and media (including podcasts).

As we seek to facilitate discussion and foster gospel-driven lives and blogs, we encourage you to join in and share this vision with others. For comments, questions, or to contact us, please email to thegospeltrust@gmail.com.

Genuine Conversations

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Romans 12:9-11

May I be frank with you? I want us to have genuine conversations.

SBTS  Plaque in front of Norton HallThere are some blogs on the Internet that do not have a comment section, and if they do, some do not make comments public. For example, see Southern Seminary president Albert Mohler‘s blog, or the Desiring God blog where John Piper blogs.

I am no world-class theologian, and likely will not be regardless of how disciplined I am in reading widely. However, in the true spirit of the blogsphere where the comment section drives blog discussions, my blog is open for comments (and rebuke, correction, training in righteousness).

Before you do, however, make sure you have read up on why I blog and the disclaimer in place for commenting.
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Disclaimer about Comments & Emails

I recently updated my About page with a link to a new Disclaimer page that has user expectations about comments and emails from you my blog readers. (HT to Said At Southern, as it borrows similar user expectations)

The most significant change is that from now on I expect all commentors to use their real name when commenting/emailing me (either in full or initial+name). Commenting by a nickname or anonymously (as seen in this recent post) creates a hostile environment where the commentor seems to be unopen to dialoging nor receiving correction or rebuke as they are hidden behind a smokescreen.

From now on, anyone commenting anonymously or with a pseudonym may have their comments removed without notice. Hopefully, this would make my site here more dialogue friendly 😉

For more info, please read the
Disclaimer about Comments/Emails