Charles Lehardy of AnotherThink writes:

To be effective evangelists, however, GodBloggers must to be welcoming, open and authentic, and committed to building relationships with those who drop by.

I see GodBlogging as a translation of historic Christianity into the lingua franca of a techno-centered generation. In that sense, GodBlogging is in the best tradition of John Wycliffe, who translated the Bible into English, and Martin Luther, who translated the Bible into German.

The Internet is a new vernacular. GodBlogs are translating the Gospel for a new generation.

Just one more reason why I’ve added AnotherThink to my daily reading.

Yet I can’t help wonder whether the rise of technology, particularly blogging, is actually inhibiting our ability to effectively transform the lives of Christian youth. By posting short, accessible thoughts, we meet “Milennials” where they are at, but are unable to take them further. What Millenials need is not the accessibility of a blog post–it’s the difficulty of reading Scripture. The accessibility of blogging could impair a reader’s ability to struggle with a text that is not accesible since they are used to having everything short and easy. Make your blog post over two screens long and no one will read it. But how then will they read Leviticus? Isaiah?

I don’t think I’m making a false dilemma–either blog posts or the difficulty of Scripture. If blogging actually becomes their lingua franca, then it seems we’re in trouble. Maybe we should blog with the intent of pointing our readers back to books…

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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  1. Thanks for the link and your comments, Matthew. Your point is a good one, and I do fear that for many people reading about Christian faith online substitutes for the harder work of studying the real Word of God. Blog posts may be something akin to parables — at best, the characterize truth, but they are not themselves truth.

    So we need to keep directing our readers to dig deep into the Word themselves, don’t we?

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  2. Well, if it helps at all, it is a lot easier on the eyes (and, I think, on the brain) to read long stuff like a book of the Bible on paper than it is to read it on a computer screen in a blog post.

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  3. Perhaps the comment about translating the gospel into the language of a generation, as an analogy, is a poor one.

    English readers can read books about Christianity and about the gospel in any bookstore in the country. Blogs are merely a context. A newly popular context, yes, so we should propound the truth in it, but it should be said: it is not the language, or even the style and form that prevents American non-believers from hearing the word of truth. It is the content. The wisdom of the Lord is foolishness to those who are perishing. His sheep hear his voice and recognize it.

    A related comment that this post just brought up in me: i think comparison of Blogs to to the printing press and other “technological” advances in writing is inaccurate.

    It can also be said of Gutenberg that he brought groups of people together around books. He made it possible for a wide range of texts to do what texts do well: serve as the locus for conversation between live human beings, all in a room together.

    How can we move towards blog-centered conversation? I think GodBlogCon was a good start… It is expensive, however, and narrowly-cast. How can computers, like the ones in just about everyone’s home or office, serve as conversation starters?

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  4. What God does through us is what counts. He enters other unconditionally elect through us as non-metaphorically birthing them as new creations in Jesus Christ. No old creature can ‘decide’ to be a new creature given any amount of supposed ‘holy info’. So if you are just wondering out loud how to arrange/present the ‘holy info’ don’t waste your time.

    If in any way what comes out of you is an ‘offer’ of salvation to any, you should know two things:

    1. there is no offer and to even imply there is anti-Christ

    2. This generation, as well as every generation of Americans and to some extent the world, has grown up in a visible Church environment that has lied to them that God is ‘offering’ the gospel to them. To that end they have been the subject of every gimick imaginable to sell some particular brand name of Jesus. The Joel Olsteen / Billy Graham ‘loving approach’. The hard-core ‘end-timer’ “hurry and ‘choose’ time is running out” approach and everything between. But a lie is a lie no matter told for free over the internet or at great expense as having some apostate preacher in to speak.

    And functionally having an “evangelism conference” (how to be ‘more effecive in your methods’) as a post on your blog only shows those who grew up being ‘offered to’ as a plague on their lives that come to your blog looking for God in Truth you don’t have God to give but are only selling something not-God.

    What is popularly conceived of as Christendom is simply worn out with pop Christianity. They don’t want to hear even a ‘more conservative message’. They want God through you. Period.

    If God isn’t speaking through you, then no matter what you are saying, it is anti-Christ advertising for his own speech and your own stats. And everyone knows it.

    Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt word go out of your mouth, but if there be any good one for needful edification, that it may give grace to those that hear it .

    1Thess 1:5 For our glad tidings were not with you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; even as ye know what we were among you for your sakes:

    2 Corinthians 13:3-6 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, (who is not weak towards you, but is powerful among you, for if indeed he has been crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power; for indeed *we* are weak in him, but we shall live with him by God’s power towards you,) examine your own selves if ye be in the faith; prove your own selves: do ye not recognise yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless indeed ye be reprobates? Now I hope that ye will know that we are not reprobates.

    In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

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  5. My concern with blogging is the one-sided conversation with the computer screen, lacking non-verbal communication and the very inflections and tones our voices carry when speaking. I stated this on a blog @ Fide-O due to their cutting edge, hard hitting approach. My concern was that the sarcasm found in some blogs, that does make for interesting reading, may in fact deter someone from wanting to find the Truth of Jesus Christ. The response from their site was that their blog wasn’t for evangelism, but one of iron sharpening iron spiritual growth and discussion. Can evangelism take place in this sphere? Absolutely. God used an ass to speak in the Old Testament on His behalf, He certainly can and will use what He chooses. We must present Jesus Christ in the brave new world of blog as He is presented Himself to the world 2000 years ago, in the flesh, a living,loving and holy sacrifice, that whosoever believeth…
    God can a will use any of us who are willing to speak His Truth: “Jesus Christ” and to be ready to give an defense in season and out, because He is the One who brings the growth, we are only farmers.

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  6. My concern with blogging is the one-sided conversation with the computer screen, lacking non-verbal communication and the very inflections and tones our voices carry when speaking. I stated this on a blog @ Fide-O due to their cutting edge, hard hitting approach. My concern was that the sarcasm found in some blogs, that does make for interesting reading, may in fact deter someone from wanting to find the Truth of Jesus Christ. The response from their site was that their blog wasn’t for evangelism, but one of iron sharpening iron spiritual growth and discussion.

    I think this is a good point. It’s vital to blogging as Christians that we maintain charity toward all, even on our blogs. While I’m not against a good joke among friends, having this sort of tone in a public forum doesn’t, it seems, take seriously enough the reality that anyone can read the post and that humor is incredibly difficult to convey in the written word.

    If blogs are simply to be forums for friends, then don’t make them public.

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