Design Note

During certain times of the year I change the cover image of The Master’s Table Facebook page. I switch to the wise men following the star to Bethlehem during Advent and this image of three crosses for Holy Week. I don’t tinker with the banner here for a couple of reasons. One is I’m afraid of messing it up. I know, I know, but I still worry about never getting it to look exactly right again.

There is another reason. Di Vinci’s portrait of The Last Supper is where the idea for The Master’s Table as a title came from. There’s a whole explanation in the About section. That supper took place during Holy Week. It would be totally wrong to take it down this week of all weeks and replace it with something else. That picture is the goal for the Christian life. To eat and drink with the Master, sitting with other followers and listening to his teaching.

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2012 in Review

WordPress, the blog platform used to produce and host The Master’s Table, creates a year in review infographic for each user.  Stats include the most read post, most commented on post, most active commenter, etc.  Click the link at the bottom of this post to view the full report.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

What Is A Blogger?

People that don’t blog probably have a pretty negative image of what a blogger is.  Computer geeks, emo girls, tree huggers and every single personality on G4 all come to mind.  Many blogs are driven to generating profit, whether for the entertainment industry or marketing products and services.  But then there is the other type of blogger; enter the world of the Christian Blogosphere.

Michael Spencer, the original Internet Monk, introduced me to blogging.  He was neither 24 years old nor living in his parents’ basement at the time.  The internet is a tool, just like books, radio and television.  There are some Christians that will never let a t.v. in their house but there are also some good Christian programs on it.  There are Christian radio stations and Christian book stores.  The internet is neither inherently good nor evil but could be used for either.  And some of us are using this tool to reach people and places with the Gospel that wouldn’t let missionaries or a case of Bibles cross the border.

I recently added Meeting in the Clouds to my blogroll.  My mother is 71, and knows how to push the space bar to pause Netflix.  That’s the beginning and end of her computer literacy.  Cloud Watcher is 74.  Notes from a Retired Preacher is authored by former pastor Jack Weaver.  His is a spry 82.  He uses the Internet to reach the world that he is no longer as capable of physically getting around in.  We may not agree on everything (if we did one of us would need to stop blogging) but he is not short on passion for sharing the Gospel.

Whatever a “blogger” looks like, the Christian blogger is sometimes a whole other animal.  In a sense, blogging is all about saying “Look at me!”  The Christian blogger is saying “Look at Jesus.”

I’d Like to Give a Shoutout

It’s always a pleasure to make new friends.  Amanda, author of Theologigal, left a comment yesterday and I was introduced to her site for the first time.  The religious blogosphere is pretty much a man’s world, but she has just started blogging theology and is off to a fine start.

In Mere Churchianity (haven’t finished reading it yet) Michael Spencer makes a distinction between being a follower of Jesus and following a particular church.  There is certainly a church culture, and it can be a distraction at times (or all the time) from what is really important.  Daniel is the author of Non Religious Christian, a blog devoted to taking the “religion” out of following the Christ.  I checked out his blog and found my button there.  Thanks for the link love.

I think these blogs are worth a look into, and in the next couple of days I will take the time to add them to the blog roll.  BTW, The Joy of Grace (thank you Sonny) has a Master’s Table button as well.  Just wanted to acknowledge I noticed.

Welcome to WordPress MBC

We live in what is called the Information Age.  Just one generation ago, Americans found out about what happened in the world around them by tuning in to a 30 minute televised news broadcast at 6:30 each evening.  Walter Cronkite, who only recently passed away, was the very first news anchor.  Today, with broadband mobile devices and public access to high speed Internet, we are never more than a few seconds removed from breaking news that happens anywhere on the globe.  There are of course those people that Tweet each individual item they put into their shopping cart, resulting in what the kids call TMI (too much information).

The point is that any data can be accessed instantaneously, and to overlook the potential to share the Gospel would be foolish.  I wish to welcome Manchester Baptist Church in Manchester, KY to WordPress. Continue reading

Cleaning the Blogroll

blogrollWhen I first started blogging, I worked to build up a blogroll.  These are the ones I read, and wanted to share with my readers.  Recently I’ve had to make a couple of subtractions. 

Tim Wilson lives in the United Kingdom, and was the author of Christ Centred.  His last post, the one linked, asks the question “Should Your Blog Exist?”  It also explains why he quit blogging.  The short answer is that there are a lot of blogs out there, and many are better than his own.  Since pastor’s like John Piper and C.J. Mahaney are doing such a good job, his blog was either redundant or inferior.  My name didn’t come up in his consideration.  Hmmm.  Tim concluded that the vast majority of Christian bloggers need to shut it down. 

My good friend That Dude You Know  is taking some blogging time off.  He says at least a year; no blog writing, no Facebook, no Twitter.  His goal is to re-prioritize the things in his life.  He is supporting a family, raising two kids, and working on a seminary degree.  I’ll watch for him though, and should he return I’ll recommend him again.

There are some I wonder about.  Cafe e Vino, A Small Faith and Red Head Rev stuggle sometimes to hang in there.  I’m going to leave them on the blogroll, and suggest perhaps stopping by and/or leaving a word of encouragement.  In the words of Red Green, we’re all in this together.

What do you think?

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One of the most read bloggers on the internet gave me a good piece of advice back when I first started blogging.  He said “Find a theme and a design that works for you and leave it alone.”

I have tried to do that.  The Master’s Table has not had a face lift since the doors opened in May of 2008.  I’ve been wanting to switch to a 3 column theme for some time for a couple of reasons.  One is that the sidebar ran so far down the page on my 2 column theme, and the design was just so narrow.  My Other Blog is done in Andreas 9 which I love except for one thing; the headers above each widget are too close to what’s above them, and not close enough to what they are meant to label.  It’s a small thing, and I don’t want both blogs to look alike anyway.  BTW, find some other blogs in Digg 3 and then ask me how I got the title to look like that.

So, to make a short story long, this is the new look of The Master’s Table.    What do you think?

p.s.  If you’re in a reader, jump over to the actual site for a minute.  Thanks a bunch.