Sunday’s Ponderous Point


5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.” (2 John 5 – 6)

Want to hear the verse in context? 2 John
What is this about?

Contextualisation of 2 John 5 – 6, “Built on the foundation of truth our daily walk must be characterised by love for our brethren which is obedience to God’s Word.”

So what does this love need to look like? Romans 12:10 says we should, “be devoted to one another”1 and again we should, “honor one another.”2 12:16 says we’re to, “live in harmony with one another”3 and 14:13 says we must, “stop passing judgment on one another.”4 15:7 says we’re to, “accept one another …just as Christ accepted you”5 and 15:4 says we’re to, “instruct one another.”6

We’re to “greet”7, “wait”8, “have equal concern”9, “serve”10, “carry”11, “not be conceited”12, “not provoke”13, “not envy.”14 We’re to be “patient”15, “be kind”16, “forgiving one another.”17

We’re to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”18

Are we “submitting”19, “considering”20, “not lying”21, “bearing with”22, “teaching”23 and “admonishing one another?”23 We must be “encouraging”24 and “building up”25 and “spurring one another on.”26 The list goes on, that’s just a start, you cannot be “slandering”27 or “grumbling against each”28 other but you should be “confessing your sins”29, “praying”30, “living in harmony with”31 and “using our gifts for the benefit of one another.”32

The idea of walking in love is that one’s life is to be so characterised by love that it should be seeping out of you; bubbling up through you; bursting forth from you. How’s that bursting going?

1 Romans 12:10
2 Romans 12:10
3 Romans 12:16
4 Romans 14:13
5 Romans 15:7
6 Romans 15:4
7 Romans 16:16
8 1 Corinthians 11:33
9 1 Corinthians 12:25
10 2 Corinthians 13:12
11 Galatians 6:2
12 Galatians 5:26
13 Galatians 5:26
14 Galatians 5:26
15 Ephesians 4:2
16 Ephesians 4:32
17 Ephesians 4:32
18 Ephesians 5:19
19 Ephesians 5:21
20 Philippians 2:3
21 Colossians 3:9
22 Colossians 3:13
23 Colossians 3:13
24 1 Thessalonians 4:18
25 1 Thessalonians 5:11
26 Hebrews 10:24
27 James 4:11
28 James 5:9
29 James 5:16
30 James 5:16
31 1 Peter 3:8
32 1 Peter 4:10

Why blog: Interaction (Part 2)


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The blogosphere is just another communication channel for bloggers. That sounds obvious doesn’t it but let me explain why I think it’s a relevant observation. Introverts tend to propagate introverted blogs; they battle to form alliances, attract readership and build a community. Extroverts tend proliferate extroverted blogs; they just connect easily, their readership flourishes and they end up belonging. *

Normative Christianity is characterised by social and communal behaviour. We call it Christian fellowship, brotherly love and practising the one another’s. ** Right from the start Christians were identifiably as connected to one another. Consider Acts 2:41 – 47,

41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Want to hear the verse in context? Acts 2
What is this about?

I guess my point is that many Christian bloggers see the blogosphere as a wider platform for interaction. This is good. They do this for a number of differing reasons: Some seek fellowship (Blogroll Guy), some seek diversity (Comment-all-over-the-place Guy), some seek uniformity (Denomination-Upfront Guy) and some just seek a platform (although Bullhorn Guy might not be a form of interaction as it’s not two way communication).

The platform can be a useful tool to facilitate interaction and I believe this is a natural progression from the blogger who writes out of a motivation of Introspection (see https://markpenrith.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/why-blog-introspection-part-1/).

* Does anyone know if there’s any research to support this?

** Do I need to point out that fellowship stands with worship, teaching and evangelism as pillars of the New Testament Church?

South Christian African Bloggers who I believe really get this right:

Angus Kelly

Angus Kelly and I spend a lot more time disagreeing on things than agreeing (oh Lord bring more Calvinistic, Pre-trib, Pre-Rapture, Dispensationalist, Fundementalists across my path ;) ) but I appreciate his openess to debate. John van de Laar from Sacredise is top of this category too.

For some great examples of interaction check out http://gruntleblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/profile-for-my-churchs-website.html?showComment=1273571802959#c8415165032976866184 and http://sacredise.blogspot.com/2010/03/consistency.html?showComment=1267764591216#c8180813531555402382

Angus Kelly

Sharkbait was the fish I wrote to when I decided I wanted to blog. He steered me through setting up. He’s Anglican and worships with my family down in the Eastern Cape. He has a surprisingly large following of woman (I follow his comments RSS and am frequently struck by how popular he is).

Others I believe are in this category are: Dion’s random ramblings, Khanya, Ryan Peter Blogs and stuff and .

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