Let’s Begin

When I started writing articles more than 35 years ago, the words web, twitter, text, and Blog were not contemporary. They have only come into my personal vocabulary in the last few years. I use the web. I text. I seldom twitter. I have never blogged, until now that is! With this writing, I am now a “blogger”!

I looked in a hardbound copy of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (yes, I still own one) and the entry went from “block” to “bloke”, with no “blog” listed. The online dictionary defines “blog” like this: Blog, noun, a Website on which someone writes about personal opinion, activities, and experiences (It can also be a verb, as in, “I blog”.)

While twitter is limited to 140 characters, which is a near impossibility for a preacher, a blog can be much L-O-N-G-E-R, like a sermon. The word “twitter” first came into being some 7 centuries ago, when Geoffrey Chaucer, the grandfather of English poetry, coined the verb that literally means, “to chirp continuously.” While I have heard some birds “chirp,” and find them both inspiring and enjoyable, continuous chirping can be irritating. So, too, can continuous preaching or blogging. I have heard some preachers chirp continuously. Thus, my goal going forward will be an attempt to be inspiring and hopefully not irritating. I have learned with this new technology that the “delete” button works well. Some folks use it on Sunday morning when the “in person blogger” goes a bit long.

The New Testament writer, Paul, giving some words of instruction to Titus as a pastor, said this: “…(he shall) hold fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.” (Titus 1:9 NASB)

I hope you will visit me here every few days and that my words will exhort and encourage…and not be too irritating.

Blessings to all,
Pastor Bob

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