Even if you didn’t see Soul Surfer you must be somewhat aware of Bethany Hamilton. She and her family not only consulted during the production of the film (based on her autobiography) Bethany herself did many of the stunts seen onscreen. The fame has created an audience she would not have had otherwise, and she thanks God for the opportunity to be a witness. Hamilton has traveled the world telling her story and doing mission work. Here is the link to her blog, but I will warn you she averages one or two posts per month. She was nearly eaten alive by a shark; what’s your excuse?
If you’ve never heard of Alltop, it is an aggregator of sorts. It is actually a collection aggrgators, and they can be arranged by the user depending on what it is you want to find. The Christianity page at Alltop is a collection of RSS feeds from a wide variety of Christian blogs and websites. Tall Skinny Kiwi and Internet Monk are there, for example. You will also find dozens of others that you may never have stumbled across otherwise.
I may add the page to the Useful Resources list on my sidebar in the near future. Go explore, you may find yourself with a new blog friend or two soon. Just don’t forget to come back sometime (seeing as how I’m not on it).
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.”