Thinking Out Loud

March 30, 2009

Mashpost Monday

Filed under: blogging, Christianity, Faith — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 4:30 pm
From Musician Shaun Groves

On your first day on the other side of the grave, do you think you’ll look back on this life and be flooded with gratitude for hours spent watching episodes of American Idol and Lost?

Will you wish you’d done more of that? Do you think you’ll look back fondly on the effort and money spent remodeling the kitchen?  Will you wish you’d had a nicer home?

Do you think you’ll be glad you were up-to-date on the juicy details of celebrity lives?  Will you wish you’d read more magazines?

Will you regret not spending more time at the office?  Will you wish you’d logged just a few more hours every week at work?

Will you miss your blog or Facebook?  WIll you wish you’d just had a couple hundred more readers, just a few more “friends?”

Me neither.

~ posted at Shlog Blog
(HT Zach Nielsen)

Why I Don’t Link To Your Blog

Thanks for the link on yours to mine, but here’s why I am presently not returning the favor:

  • doctrinal discussions are fine, but militant denominationalism doesn’t interest me
  • you haven’t posted anything since 2008
  • I gave up on your last post after the 27th paragraph
  • I like edginess and don’t mind critical commentary, but remember that Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her
  • you think Twitter is cool, but I really don’t want to read all the minutae of your life, I’ve got my own minutae and you don’t want to read it  (BTW, Dan is over his problem with irregularity and Carla’s got blonde streaks in her hair now)
  • I can respect your view that the “other-ness” of the gospel is best expressed by using King James era English, but if that’s what you believe to be the case, I’m going to have to insist you write your blog that way
  • I’ve already got a dozen links that share your viewpoint and decided that was sufficient
  • I wanna blog about Jesus, the Bible, the Church, faith; not the latest gadgets from Apple, alternative operating systems and social networking sites
  • there’s a reason why newspapers have photo editors, I tried text-only blogging and its boring, plus you discover new ideas when searching for pix
  • I’m not sure that the Bible itself should ever be the object of a joke
  • if you don’t mind my saying, I think you’re really full of yourself
  • I’m not sure my average reader would get your distinction between the church’s need to embrace homosexuals versus the idea of personally embracing or endorsing the lifestyle
  • is it really about the blog, or are you just trying to sell more copies of your books?
  • I enjoy reading what you write to other pastors, but I’m not sure that the average reader of this blog would relate to it
  • I think your cynicism and skepticism is potentially contagious and thereby potentially dangerous
  • the thirty-five YouTube embeds currently on your first page mean that the page takes forever to load, even with high speed
  • here’s a thought, if you didn’t “get” what The Shack was all about and who it was written for, perhaps the problem is you not them  (comments re. this entry will not be posted)
  • we didn’t want to offend our Baptist readers
  • for all the depth of your deep theological explorations, I’m not sure that any of it really matters to anyone besides yourself
  • last time I checked, the Christian world extended beyond the United States’ borders
  • many of the bloggers I link to are people I would really, really like to meet
  • a house is known by the company it keeps

I currently read about 140 blogs per week, there’s about half that many listed here.   The ones that are listed are ones I endorse, and many of them are deleted if they wander from what they were when I started, and of those, about half find their way back later on.

Reaching Out To The Wealthy by David Hayward at the Blog Naked Pastor


For My Ontario (Canada) Readers

This year, for the first time in Ontario history, some students will be going back to school the week prior to Labour Day.   (Yes, that’s Labour with a “u,” in Canada!)   The decisions by each school board are just being announced now, and not every board is making the change.   Needless to say, this is throwing the tourism industry in general into a bit of a tailspin, but it also greatly impacts Christian camps, many of whom had their materials printed and suppliers under contract since last summer.   Christian camping is a ministry sector important to me, and my wife and I met at a Christian camp.    This is a surprise they simply didn’t need.   To read more about this, with a response from three Christian camps affected, you can link to a separate article here.


  1. I noticed that we share the same title to our blogs. Is that a case of “great minds think alike” or sheer luck? I was once an Assemblies of God minister who was also a monk at the same time. If you were too, I think I may have stepped into another dimension, and won’t my wife be surprised!!

    Comment by Jim Thornber — March 30, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  2. Hey, I don’t mind if you don’t mind. There’s actually about six that I’ve counted; but only one other Christian one so far as I know.

    His name is Travis Paulding and he does tech stuff for a local church. Wait ’til you see the layout on this one:

    As to surprising your wife, I’m sure if you were both a Pentecostal minister and a monk at the same time, your wife has had all the surprises she needs.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — March 30, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

  3. You’re right. She has an adequate amount of surprises. However, I did have the good graces not to marry her until AFTER I left the monastery. They kinda look down on that kinda thing. Can’t imagine why…

    Comment by Jim Thornber — March 30, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  4. Oh, great web layout by Paul. I’m lucky just to find the “publish” button for my posts!

    Comment by Jim Thornber — March 30, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  5. Funny you should mention American Idol. I do not watch any television at all. Doesn’t interest me in the slightest. However last year a friend got me hooked on that seasons Idol show.On Tuesday and Wednesday I would turn on my rather dusty TV (minus cable) But far too much time every week I wrapped my head and heart around that show. But somewhere around the middle God really spoke to me…”You’re not going to do this again”. It was such a clear rebuke that I was not tempted this year to tune in even once. I want to do things that matter, things that last for Him! So your thought is in keeping with my own…and I believe with God as well!

    Comment by Cynthia — March 30, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  6. I generally don’t link to blogs. But yours is one I delight in having in my in box.

    You’re saying things I think as well. Loved the list of reasons for not linking to a blog.

    My reason is that reading is too tempting when I need to be writing.

    Seventeen days and counting til I go on a writer’s mentoring retreat. I still have much to do.
    So for right now, you are a near occasion of sin. You tempt me to read, not write.

    I’ll try to be strong.

    Comment by Judith — March 30, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  7. Good Stuff Brother!

    Comment by Rick Apperson — April 1, 2009 @ 9:38 am

  8. paul, you are a beautiful, beautiful man.

    Comment by randy morgan — April 1, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

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