Weekend Roundup

16 09 2006

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Well Rick Warren holds true to form, drawing a substantial crowd to IrishCalvinist.com. We even had some skeptics and atheists as well as a new age Hindu. You’rs truly was even glossed as a “a flaming grade ‘A’ honking nutjob”. This sounded like a quote from the guy on LOST who was also Mary or something in the Lord of the Rings (I’m bad with names).

Tricky Ricky, man, he can draw them in, nearly 50 comments a new record for the site, (smashing the old Catholic debate post)…maybe they would have stayed if we told them how good they were and how the cross was God’s tangible way of demonstrating their worth…

We also got to meet a few guys (Mike Ratliff, Lazrow, Travis, & Justin) who were willing to step up and defend the faith. Their resolve was encouraging to me and you as well, I trust. If you haven’t read through the comments, I’d encourage you to grab a nice tall coffee (hold worldly wisdom message) and plow threw them, it is encouraging from an evangelistic perspective.

Much of the traffic was no doubt due to the Slice of Laodicea article. Others who wrote on this were Solus Christus, Tim Brown, the Home Church USA, Emergent What? , and Life of Worship (from Singapore).

Also I am excited to note that Matt Fudge has started blogging. This guy always has something to edifying to say, he has even posted here a couple of times (the Billy Graham cracker). The blog primarily is focused towards his youth ministry, but its content is worth your while.

Btw, Omaha Bible Church is turning out some helpful blogs. In addition to Matt’s and this site, make sure you check out Tony Reinke and Justin Potts.

IrishCalvinist.com ended up on a site in Ireland. Irish-Reformation is a site that aims at “pursuing the reformation of the Irish church. Moladh go deo leis!” Well there you go. My cover may be blown though, as one commenter noted: “he’s not even Irish – he was born in Massachusetts?!!!!” True indeed, born in Massachusetts..you got me. In MA we kinda keep track of such things as nationalities and even divide towns up by these things. I may have honorary citizenship through my patronage of Arthur Guinness over the years (joking).

I’m thankful for the help of some techie friends who helped redesign a couple of ministry sites (Omaha Bible Church and Crossroads) for us.

I would also like suggest that any who feel compelled join me in a moritorium on dropping Mark Driscoll references. Let’s go ahead and carry it till the end of September. It seems like here recently my blog reader is filled with more references to “Mark the cussing pastor” than to Jesus. I enjoy reading what the guy writes, but, easy; personality cults are never a good thing (1 Cor. 3).

Finally, if you have not been following the posts over at Pulpit Live! I would encourage you to do so. They are tackling the evolution issue in a very helpful manner. Similiar to what you may have read in MacArthur’s Battle for the Beginning. Good stuff that is worthy of your bookmark.

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All-right I am out, but before I go, I’m calling my shot. Nebraska over USC tonight by 3!! (turnovers that is 8^D). We are coming back, but not that far back (yet!).

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100 Posts…man time flies

29 08 2006

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Somewhere in the middle of the How to Live a Miserable Christian Life series this blog hit its 100th post. This number has been a bit of a road marker for me. I had wondered if I would keep things going or not and the hundredth post seemed like a good place to measure things.

Many of the regular readers of this site have asked how the site got started. It is kind of a funny story. Back in March (’06) I subscribed to some RSS feeds through Bloglines and then subscribed to some more and then some more. And then tried to get a pulse on what is being written in the Christian blogosphere.

When I signed up with Bloglines they gave me a blog. I wasn’t down with their stuff so I looked around and thought WordPress was pretty innovative. After reading a lot of blogs and not finding very much in the way of devotional writings out there I began writing some things that flowed out of my daily journaling from my devotions and meditations and publishing them on this site.

Around the same time I found myself doing a lot of meetings with guys in Starbucks or Caribou or somewhere similar and drawing upon something that I had read in my devotions or studied. It seemed that God was pleased to encourage these men with our meetings so I figured I’d try to broaden the impact. I have been humbled to consider that God has used this site to help some of his children’s hearts to become more impressed with the Savior. So I was encouraged and kept plugging away.

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How to increase your blog’s traffic

25 07 2006

There is a whole arm of the technological industry dedicated to helping bloggers increase the traffic on their blogs. However, I think I may have found an option they have failed to identify.

In recent weeks I have taken the opportunity to interact with legalistic positions on alcohol, specifically within the Southern Baptist Convention, as a result this blog’s traffic has dramatically increased. (see the following posts and comments here, here and here)
So for all of the gadgets and toys that the experts say to add to your blog to make it more attractive let’s add another:

Jesus drinking and making wine and the Christians who think it is sinful to do so.

This seems to get folks excited and reading.

However, this site’s aim is not controversy, numbers, or traffic, but rather edification. My goal here is to spend time with Jesus and his Word and then share it with you. To fill my own heart with love and esteem and then live and interact with life while (hopefully) providing edification.

Therefore, I’m looking forward to getting back to affection stirring biblical devotion on this site. You know the kind of affectionate praise that causes your heart to beat faster and your eyes to water as you read and interact with the Word!! This is where its at for me. Thanks for joining me as I try to learn and love Jesus more.
by grace,

erik





New URL!!

8 04 2006

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Thanks to some encouragement from some of you the site’s url has been updated to an easier name (sorry Asahel Nettleton =^>….btw, that does not count as a prayer to a saint, but rather a feeble attempt at levity…)

We are now IrishCalvinist.com!

I’m thankful for all of your encouragement and feedback; I pray that it continues to be helpful & edifying.

This site’s aim remains to promote and defend the glory of God. Soli Deo Gloria!