Friday, November 23, 2007

General rant about blogs

I enjoy skimming various blogs. I don't spend lots of time doing so, but I do keep up with some blogs almost daily. On one hand, surfing blogs can be informative, edifying, and entertaining, on the other hand, it can be a real time sucker. One has to be careful to not get too caught up in checking, reading and responding to blogs for hours a day.

I am asked constantly to blog on this or that issue or debate. People send me links to various blogs, almost daily, asking me to respond to a particular entry.

Here's my thing- if a matter involves my denomination, people I know personally, matters that are in ecclesiastical process, a potentially divisive tension, or the need for me to give very thorough consideration (I'm not always quick to perceive what a given debate is about), I don't think a blog is a good way for me to address it. I'm a talker, not a writer, so I would much rather deal with people, one on one, face to face, than blog back and forth about an issue. I'll always tell you what I think, even if it is "I'm still processing that one". I have no problem carefully stating my position on a matter in writing, but only after extensive consideration and careful crafting- things I can't do on a blog. It's way too easy to spout off on a blog. That's dangerous. Face to face interaction is always better than blogging. Blogging can be like too much booze- it makes people brave when they shouldn't be.

Frankly, some of the debates I have been reading on blogs lately make be very uncomfortable. Us pastor-bloggers must remember the biblical principles that govern our communication with the brethren must govern our blogging also. Generally, heated debates should happen privately between two brothers, not in front of hundreds or even thousands of spectators. Further, with all the blog writing and reading some pastors do, I wonder what time they have left to feed and tend their local flocks? Maybe I'm just a sub-par pastor, but I couldn't possibly keep up with all the matters being debated in the blogosphere and prepare sermons, lessons, run meetings, guide a staff, pick on Brian, regularly guide, comfort, and correct Christ's Sheep, hunt (oops), etc. I just don't know how some guys do it. I never feel like my shepherding task is even close to finished, and that's before thinking to check what's going on in the blogosphere. I get a kick out of the well meaning, one-track person who says to me- "you mean you didn't know about this debate"? Do they have any idea what a week looks like for me and most pastors? As I say to my wife- "bless their hearts".

I blog in order to express and share myself with those who might care. I combine humor, hobbies, and spiritual devotion. I do check the various controversial blog debates from time to time, I just don't choose to join the fray by the blog medium. Don't get me wrong, I love to talk theology, doctrine, and controversial matters, I even spout off from time to time on my blog about such things. But when it comes to matters like I mentioned above, I am not comfortable taking it to the blogosphere by way of my own entry or commenting on someone else's. The last thing I want is for one side of a polarizing debate to use my name to support their position in blogdom.

Sorry for the rant. It's my blog and I'll whine if I want to. I think I'm due for another anti-dog post.


Kampfgruppe-H said...

It's your blog and you can do what you want with it. You're the benevolent dictator of your blogosphere. After all, you know what's best for your readers.

Kidding aside. Good post Pastor T. I'm more comfortable debating in person; it's more "personable" than emails, a blog, etc. The blog is more of a "diary" of what you're thinking, your interests, likes-dislikes, etc. Keep it up.

Frontier Forest said...

That would be the day the Lord takes me home if any one in my family would ever refer to you as a "sub-par" pastor! Super Pastor is more in my thinking. Think deep and Blog on, Super Pastor!

AJF said...

Right on KH.

Woodster, I'll get you the $20 asap.

Rick Calohan said...

After I read my email, I will go to the Redeemer website click the Welcome link then click on to your blog and depending upon what you write if I think I have anything to add I will post. If I post something good in my opinion, I will post it on my blog page in hopes that what we express may shed light after darkness.

Often when email debates over theology occur among the group, I play Battlefield 2 with and you have covered the topic I will link your blog and I always link Redeemer PCA or other Reformed and Biblical links to support proper interpretation and application. I do so since the majority of them are Catholics. I realize those I try to persuade may not convert, or become Reform five-point Calvinist, or Presbyterian, or even read what I may submit. However, I want them to see where they may be in grave error and even if it should reach one out of twenty plus people, then all Glory be to God, because He delights when even one lost sheep returns to the fold.

Therefore, I may not be an avid deer hunter, soccer fan, or enjoy the music of Metallica or rap. I might not respond to every post but I do enjoy reading, learning, and getting to know a Pastor, his family, and his flock vicariously through this blog and while attending Redeemer. Where on any given Sunday, an exceptional dynamic under-shepherd tends to his flock and presents a Biblically based sermon, to feed his sheep. As Jesus said, “If you love me, feed my sheep.”

AJF said...

Rick, your words are always a blessing...especially your keen insight to all things Yankee. Thanks for reading and sharing.