Five Hundred Followers

I recently mentioned that The Master’s Table was nearing 500 followers. It turns out that the number of WordPress followers was 497 but there are also 23 that follow via email. I only realized tonight that we have a Facebook link on the sidebar but no clear and simple way to follow the blog. There is now a follow button on the right-hand sidebar. If you are not a logged in WordPress user you can enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts. Continue reading

Random Bits

Screenshot 2015-12-07 at 2.22.41 PMWriters tend to work through things by writing about them. There hasn’t been a new post at My Other Blog in quite a while but this one lists some things I’ve done over the past 40 years. Big birthday coming up, this is more productive than buying a small sports car. Continue reading

Thank You for Following

200 followsI’ve been blogging since 2008. Back then everything was about blog rolls. If other bloggers listed you that was a good sign. I worked to build a useful blogroll so that readers could interact with my blog friends and vice versa. Today blogs have integrated with social media. There are over 150 followers of the Master’s Table Facebook page and sharing any blog post with Facebook or Twitter is as easy as one click.

For those of you who follow – via email, RSS feed reader, social media or what-have-you – thank you. That’s all. From one Christ follower to another, peace and God bless.

The Internet – Email, Blogging, Social Media – for Church

Chances are that if you were in the “blogging is a waste of time” camp you wouldn’t be reading this one right now.  While I may be preaching to the choir, what I plan to do is share my reasoning on how the Internet is a tool that can be used by churches to support their ministry, build community and share the Gospel.

I have personal friends in real life that have deleted their Facebook accounts because they are a waste of time.  “There’s nothing but junk on there” was the reasoning.  I know Christians that lament having wifi and DSL in their home because it distracts them from studying scripture.  Unplugging your internet is much worse than evangelicals who tossed out their t.v. sets in the 80’s.  Television only works one way; the Internet is a two way street. Continue reading

Coffee with Jesus: Re-Posting

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I love Jesus.  I am not ashamed of the Gospel.  But I’m not guilted into copying & pasting nor reposting every lame statues update, jpeg image and gif file that tells me I have to.  “If you love Jesus you will repost, if you love Satan you will keep scrolling.”  Bull crap!  Today it’s Facebook, but we went through the same thing for about a decade with e-mail.  There is something that compels people to dream up new ways to get people to re-forward.  It doesn’t have to be religious; Facebook is not donating 3 cents each time you retweet that sick image of the little girl with cancer (if that’s even what the picture is of).

The e-mail petitions used to kill me.  Let’s say you get a petition in your inbox for a cause you really believe in.  If you add your name and forward to 10 people, as soon as those people sign and forward you’ve just created 10 different permutations of the petition list.  There is no way to consolidate that raw data back into one list.  Even if the 1000th person forwards it to whomever, what they will end up receiving is hundreds, possibly thousands of different lists.  Many of the names will be duplicates, especially of the early signatures, but each petition will be unique.  If you sign and forward, a day or two later you will start getting the petition again, and no two will be alike even if your is signature is #25 on each one.

I am not ashamed Jesus, so not forwarding your email or reposting your status will not cause him to be ashamed of me before his father.  You can read my Facebook profile or any one of 400 blog posts to know how I feel about Jesus.  I teach Bible at a Christian school, and preach frequently in our chapel and at a small church nearby.  I lead a youth group, play and sing praise & worship music, have driven a church van and some years ago played on a men’s church softball team.  When I “keep scrolling” it’s not because I love Satan.  Just for the record.