Addicted to Social Media..

Good evening everyone! I hope you are doing well!

Last night was the Golden Globes here in the USA. The Best Motion Picture Drama went to The Social Network.

Really???

How addicted to Facebook is society, that the best film of the year is this movie? I totally have to disagree with the Hollywood Foreign Press on this one.

Wow..

I am just curious, does anyone know of an award show for Christian movies? If so, I would be interested in finding out what it is, and who votes for the movies.

The point of this post is not to talk about movies. I guess what I am trying to get across is that our society is more focused on technology, and social media, and “connecting”, to actually CONNECT with people. I know we talk through Facebook and text, etc.., but how deep into someone’s life can you get without the occasional meeting in person?

Now this is solely my opinion, but I think the definition of connecting has been re-written, and it needs to go back to the way it used to be; where people communicate on that deeper level.

Let me know what you think…

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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One Year.. A Reflection of Time

Good evening readers! I hope everyone is doing well tonight. Does everyone realize what day it is today?

Today is the one year anniversary of this blog. That’s right. I made it, and it has flown by!

Tonight I wanted to reflect on the last year. I hope I don’t bore you.

Just a few statistics for you:

1) In the last year, I have posted 114 blog entries, tagged 955 words, and created 68 categories.

2) This blog has had a total of 129 comments, and has blocked 1317 spam comments.

3) I have 9 active subscribers that get an email each time I post.

4) My Facebook fan page has 90 fans.

5) My Twitter account has 249 followers, and I am listed 103 times.

And… You know what??

I give all the glory to God! I started this blog to use it as my quiet time. I wanted to document what I was learning from God. Then it became a ministry to reach out to others with, while expressing my opinion on different topics, books, movies, etc.

I want to personally thank all of you that read my blog each time I post. I really means a lot. I want to thank my wife for letting me write.

I want to leave you with the motivation behind this blog. It can be found on the ” About This Blog” page as well.

I am a Christian living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,USA. This blog is a log of my adventures with God starting 12/13/09. The title of this blog is based off of the scripture Romans 8:15 :

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”–The Message.

So with that said.. I look forward to the next year of blogging. I hope that you take the journey with me.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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The Bible… In Blog Format

Evening readers. I hope everyone is enjoying their evening/week so far. While my wife is away enjoying time with some friends this evening, I thought I would write about something I thought about this morning in the shower.

Lately I have kinda been having some writer’s block, but kind of not. I don’t know. I have ideas about things to write about during dreams, or on my commute, and then get home and think they are stupid. At that point I decide not to publish them, and then I end up forgetting about them.

So.. Here is my idea from today. It may be stupid, but work with me here.

What if the authors of the Bible were to have computers and the internet back when the Bible was originally written? Would they write it in the form of a book, or a blog? Would the letters in the Bible be in email format? How would have technology played into it if it were around back then?

Going with the mentioning of writer’s block, do you think that the authors had it? I know that it is said, and strongly believed by some, that every word in the Bible was put into the thoughts of the authors. Do you believe that? I sort of believe that. I kind of find it hard to believe though that someone was actually dictating every word that Jesus said.

Anyway..

Those are my thoughts for the day. Feel free and add to them. Tell me what you think.

Until next time, God Bless!

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What’s in a Name?

Good afternoon readers. I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook a minute ago, and a blog post idea came to me after watching a video a friend had posted.

Todays question that I have for you is:

What is a name?

Have you ever thought about why your parents named you the name they did? Do you even know what your name means?

Many people are named after a person in the Bible, or even a family member. Some people are named after a movie star, or singer.

In some cultures, a name defines the person who has the name. Does a person’s name make their personality? I am not an expert by no means, but I believe the person makes his/her own personality.

Watch the following video and let me know what you think. Would you go this far in naming your child?

So… What are your thoughts? Is the father justified in naming his child that way?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Feature Friday — Facebook Fan Pages for Pastors

Good afternoon readers! Today is Feature Friday! Today we are going to be featuring a post from a blog I read called Stuff Christian Culture Likes . It is by Stephanie Drury. Below is one of her recent posts.


#132 Facebook fan pages for pastors

Thursday February 25, 2010

What more relevant way to encourage and shepherd your flock than via fan page? Lots of these exist on Facebook. They are created either by members of their church or by the pastor himself masquerading as a member of the church.

Since there isn’t a Facebook fan page category for pastors, the fanatic-inspiring pastor is sometimes categorized as a “musician.” No one raises an eyebrow. Fan page? Sure. Musician? Why not? He’s a man of God!

Some of these pages have tens of thousands of fans. Said fans use the page to leave copious messages and pressing questions that the pastor could never respond to due to his mortaldom. But maybe they don’t see him as a mere mortal. Maybe once he’s fan-page-worthy he’s approaching the realm of exalted figurehead. This sort of mindset turns the pastor into an untouchable celebrity rather than a friend and companion in seeking God. Hi, conflict of interests.

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So what do you think readers? Should pastors have “Fan Pages”? Does this make it out to have them be some sort of idol? Is it taking away from what the pastor is all about?

Go check Stephanie’s blog! I am sure you will get a kick out of it.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Tech. Tuesday! Social Networking for Christians

Hello again readers. Today is a beautiful day! It is Tech. Tuesday, and we will be looking a Social Networking for Christians.

Facebook, by far is considered one of the biggest social networking websites out there. It boasts the following statistics on its’ site.

  • More than 400 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • More than 35 million users update their status each day
  • More than 60 million status updates posted each day
  • More than 3 billion photos uploaded to the site each month
  • More than 5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each week
  • More than 3.5 million events created each month
  • More than 3 million active Pages on Facebook
  • More than 1.5 million local businesses have active Pages on Facebook
  • More than 20 million people become fans of Pages each day
  • Pages have created more than 5.3 billion fans

Myspace is another social networking website as well that boasts similar numbers.

Now you may have seen the controversy surrounding both these websites. They include stories such as missing teenagers, sexual predators, etc. So how do we keep kids safe?

  1. Privacy Controls are the biggest thing
  2. Monitor Their Activity
  3. I suggest Christian alternatives

Below are a view ideas of Christian alternatives. Now I know they aren’t as popular as the above mentioned, but they are cool.

Tangle is an awesome Christian website. It combines the ideas of Youtube, Facebook and Myspace. It also gives a little more than that. He is some information I found on their site.

The vision of tangle is to be a place where members can come together to connect, share, and grow together in faith and life. How can users do this? tangle users can connect with each other by creating and joining group pages for their churches, bands, ministries and shared interests. tangle users can share their lives, thoughts, and passions through videos, photos, and blogs. Finally, tangle users can use the website’s unique tools such as the Online Bible and the Prayer Wall to grow in faith in Christ while being in fellowship with Christians from all over the world.

Shoutlife is another great Christian oriented alternative to Facebook or Myspace. Here is some information I found on their site.

ShoutLife.com is a free community / social networking website that offers customized profiles with unlimited photos, networks, events, private/instant messaging, blogging and more. We are unique in that our community is safe and clean, yet is still feature rich. We focus on creating and promoting a fun and positive environment. At ShoutLife.com, you can connect with your friends and meet new people as well as amazing music artists, authors, comedians, organizations and more.

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So readers, what are your thoughts? Are these websites a good idea?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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