Thinking Out Loud

August 12, 2009

How They Began: First Blog Posts

Filed under: blogging, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:10 am

A couple of well known blogs — plus a few you may not know — got their start the same day as this one.  But then Jon Acuff cheated by reposting his first 40 items with different dates.  Anyway, these blogs all more or less started around the same time. These blogs are linked in the blogroll at right. Here’s a flashback to the first posts at:

abraham piper22 Words (Abraham Piper)

I’d like to be an interior designer and plan restaurants without a single bad place to sit. It shouldn’t be that hard.


Rene Descartes walks into a bar. Bartender says, “You gonna have a drink?” Descartes replies, “I don’t think I am,” then disappears.

jon acuffStuff Christians Like (Jon Acuff)

We do some things really well and we do some things less than really well. But when we pretend we’re perfect, people see right through it and won’t believe anything else we say. And that’s the point of this project. I want to be honest and upfront and hopefully a little funny about the issues the church and Christians struggle with sometimes. I want to say, “Whoa, whoa, please don’t judge me or God by Christian radio.” I want to admit the times we’ve dropped the ball on issues or ideas that people called to love their neighbor should have knocked out of the park. I want to blow up misconceptions and preconceptions about what it means to be a Christian.

Just a Thought (Rick Apperson)

We as God’s children, have the opportunity to share His love with the world. We are a peculiar people….ones that God called for His glory. We should be consumed with the things of God. The passion David displayed is possible in our own life as well. God should consume us…be our all in all, our everything. Will you let Him be your everything?

Christ, His Work and His Word (Jim Upchurch)

One of the primary aims of this blog is to point others to the greatness of Christ by describing how he serves his people. Of course, he didn’t do this because we are just that special. Christ serves his people for his own glory and for the glory of the Father. For example, the Scripture says in Philippians that Christ humbled himself, even to the point of death on the cross. “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11). When Christ serves us, we get joy and he gets glory.

The Well (Kathy Bousquet)

“So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.” In a time of famine, Isaac didn’t run, didn’t seek for greener pastures, didn’t do the natural thing — he stood firm and trusted God.

He worshipped — he built an altar
He prayed — he called on the name of the Lord
He found a well — he unstopped it, dug it up
He drew from the well — he prospered in that place!

The springing up from below, in contrast to the outpouring from above, is associated with private encounters with God where you alone are the sole recipient of His attention. This “inner baptism” involves the digging out of plugged up wells and the breaking down of emotional dams that block the flow of the underground springs of the Spirit that every believer has been granted.

This last one demonstrates what should be the goal of every blogger; if you’ve considered starting one of your own, this is good advice:

Girl in Glass House (Cynthia)

To begin properly, I must begin thoroughly! If the goal is to become transparent and aware, than I must fully understand what that means to my life. The dictionary describes these two attributes as follows:


So sheer as to be almost invisible, allowing light to freely pass through
Easily detected or recognized
To be candid, frank


Having knowledge in a keenly responsive way
Being fully conscious of ones surroundings

These blogs all started in 2008 and are regularly linked here.  We’ll do some more of these sometime, suggestions welcomed.


  1. I am honored to be mentioned here! Thank you.

    I also wanted to thank you for posting the prayer request for Benjamin on your side bar. Such things hold great weight with God.

    You have been a great source of new thought for me , which us why I find myself so regularly on you blog. Congrats on your first year!

    Comment by Cynthia — August 12, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

  2. Thanks, Paul! I was surprised yet honoured to find my blog highlighted here among such esteemed bloggers!

    Comment by kaybee — August 14, 2009 @ 6:40 am

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