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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My WatchList

My Watchlist
Blog Name
(click on a blog to link to it)
Calvinism Arminianism Universalism Dispensationalism New Covenantal Theology Conenantalism Conservatism Liberalism
Shark Bait’s Reef  RSS  Link Love   almost Arminianism         Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Chris Ebden  RSS Calvinism           Covenantalism   ?  
Contact Online Weblog  RSS Calvinism           Covenantalism Conservatism    
davidsshortstories’ photostream  RSS   almost Arminianism         Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
St John’s Anglican Church  RSS   almost Arminianism         Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Called. Convicted. Converted.  RSS Calvinism         New Covenantal Theology   Conservatism    
Conservative Christianity  RSS Calvinism       Dispensationalism     Conservatism    
Urban Ministry Live…  RSS   almost Arminianism         Covenantalism Conservatism    
Dutch Reformed Church
my contemplations  RSS  Twitter   ?         Covenantalism   ?  
Carpenter’s Shoes  RSS  Twitter  Link Love     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
gruntleblog…  RSS  Twitter  Link Love     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Keeping Up…with the Joneses  RSS  Link Love     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Matthew 6 : 25 – 34  RSS  Link Love     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Along “The Way”  RSS  Twitter     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
An uncommon path  RSS  Twitter     Arminianism       Covenantalism     Liberalism
Living In Grace  RSS  Twitter     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Rock in the Grass  RSS     Arminianism       Covenantalism     Liberalism
Sacredise  RSS  Twitter     Arminianism       Covenantalism     Liberalism
Tongue In Cheek Stew  RSS     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Wessel’s place  RSS     Arminianism       Covenantalism   almost Conservatism  
Because He Lives  RSS  Twitter  Link Love Calvinism       Dispensationalism     Conservatism    
Christian Diary  RSS  Link Love   ?     Dispensationalism     Conservatism    
Reformed and Renewed  RSS  Link Love Calvinism       Dispensationalism     Conservatism    
…daylight  RSS Calvinism         New Covenantal Theology     almost Conservatism  
Ryan Peter Blogs and stuff  RSS   ?       ?     ?  
Watch and Pray  RSS   almost Arminianism       New Covenantal Theology   Conservatism    
Khanya  RSS  Link Love   ?         Covenantalism   ?  
fresh expressions…  RSS                    
a piece of my mind….  RSS                    
BiblioPolit  RSS Calvinism         New Covenantal Theology   Conservatism    
Just thinking…  RSS Calvinism         New Covenantal Theology   Conservatism    

Symbol Description
RSS Not using RSS to follow your favourite blogs is like trying to dig a garden pond equipped with a spoon. Want more information about RSS? Click here.
Twitter Everyone’s on Twitter… or should be. Click the Twitter image to go to the persons Twitter page.
Link Love Thanks for linking to me from your blogroll. I really appreciate it. This is my way of giving you cred.
Um, you’ve been boxed. Check the column. How close am I?
? I’m not sure where you stand. Maybe you could drop me a note and correct me?

A blogroll is really just a “blogger’s list of hyperlinks to other blogs”. More often than not it quickly degenerates into a you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours rewards mechanism. I decided to drop it from my sidebar because I was concerned that by linking without prudence I’d give unfettered consent to views disparate from my own and I had a deep sense of discomfort with that thought.

Enter My Watchlist. These are the South African blogs monitored by my RSS feed. These are not blogs I necessarily always (or even ever) agree with, these are blogs purporting to be Christian which I subscribe to. To emphasize discernment I’ve categorised each of them according to criteria which I deem to be important. Of course the categorization is subjective and my perception may well be incorrect. If you become a casualty of my zealous endeavour I apologise, it is done without malice. Please correct me in the comments section below.

As always I’d encourage you to excise discernment, amongst those listed are savage wolves seeking to draw away disciples after themselves.

It was my blogging friend Jenny Hillebrand who pointed out the need for me to lay down some of the guidelines to how the categorisation was done. The tables below are an attempt to make clear the thinking above. Most of the silly, dusty, Theological words are hyperlinks that you could press on to link to wikipedia articles giving you more information.

Calvinism Arminianism Universalism
Total depravity Humans are naturally unable to make any effort towards salvation. No works of human effort can cause or contribute to salvation. Salvation is possible only by God’s grace, which cannot be merited. God plans to redeem, restore, and transform all people through Christ. This is in conflict with the clear teachings of Scripture and is an apostate belief system.
Unconditional election God’s election is conditional on faith in the sacrifice and Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Limited atonement Christ’s atonement was made on behalf of all people.
Irresistible grace God allows his grace to be resisted by those who freely reject Christ.
Perseverance of the saints Believers are able to resist sin but are not beyond the possibility of falling from grace through persistent, unrepented-of sin.
It is my observation that Calvinists will view “To the Glory of God” as the preeminent theme running through Scripture. I’d imagine that Arminianists would view “The scarlet-colored blood-red thread of God’s redemptive plan and purpose” as the chief end and purpose of the Biblical account?
The Big Picture
Dispensationalism New Covanent Theology Covenantalism
Dispensationalism is a Protestant evangelical tradition and theology based on a biblical hermeneutic that sees a series of chronologically successive “dispensations” or periods in history in which God relates to human beings in different ways under different Biblical covenants. A middle-ground between a Reformed and Dispensationalist view of how the Old Testament, and in particular the Mosaic Covenant, apply to the Christian today. Covenant theology (also known as Covenantalism or Federal theology or Federalism) is a conceptual overview and interpretive framework for understanding the overall flow of the Bible. It uses the theological concept of covenant as an organizing principle for Christian theology.
Some Important Nitty Gritties
Conservatism * Liberalism
The inspiration of the Bible by the Holy Spirit and the inerrancy of Scripture as a result of this.
The virgin birth of Christ.
The belief that Christ’s death was the atonement for sin. Ransom view or the moral influence view
The bodily resurrection of Christ.
The historical reality of Christ’s miracles.
Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”).
Sola fide (“by faith alone”).
Sola gratia (“by grace alone”).
Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”).
Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”).
Creationism. Evolution, Ruin-Restoration Creationism or Progressive Creationism.
Cessationism Spiritualism (not to be confused with Spirituality) or Mysticism

* Conservatism: I’ve chosen to adopt this word because in fairness Fundamentalism, the word I used originally, is too narrow in scope for what I wish to describe.

Anyone I’m missing?

Much to my own amusement I’ve just realized that neither Wayne Grudem nor John Piper would make it into the conservative column because they’re not Cessationists ?. I’m a bit double handed. Sorry.