Maximizing the Blogging Experience

First of all I want to thank everyone for making this blog a good one, both through your viewing and your lively interaction.  While a blog doesn’t provide the level of intimacy as a small group, it does help us learn from one another during the week.  There are different levels of ‘internet literacy,’ so I want to make you aware of a few features:

The first one is hyperlinking: You may notice certain words that are blue (as compared to the usual black.  If you click on one of these, it will direct you to another website.  I hyperlink Scripture references, words that might be unfamiliar, or articles that will provide additional information, such as a scripture text or an article.

The second one is the sharing buttons, which you can see at the bottom of each post.  If you are Facebook users, you are probably familiar with this.  Clicking the like button will enable your Facebook friends to see what you’ve been reading, and will publicize the blog.  You can also share a particular post by emailing it to someone.  There is also a sharing feature for those with Twitter accounts.

The third one (which is not really new) is Goodreads, which shows the books I am currently reading.  This can be found on the right hand column. 

Lastly, also on the right hand column just under Goodreads you will see a row of icons (a folder, tag, clock, star and conversation bubble).  Click on these and you will see the different ways that WordPress can help you find past blog posts. 

I am approaching this blog as a ministry tool – something to challenge us to take on the mind of Christ.  To that end, let me end with an important observation.  When I follow other blogs, I see that such ministry tools come with a potential downside: Written words do not convey tone or mood, and can easily be misunderstood.  As we each share our opinions, let us do so with the intention of building up one another, and encouraging one another in our walk with Christ .

Have a blessed week.

About Corey Sharpe

Where do we get our beliefs? Three theological perspectives have significantly shaped my Christian identity: Evangelicalism, the early Methodist tradition and liberation theology. From my coming to faith in a Baptist church and throughout my education in a Baptist school and college, I was nurtured by convictions that emphasized a spiritual rebirth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Bible. Even when I disagree with certain aspects of evangelicalism, it has deeply influenced my sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. My seminary studies spawned my interest in early Methodism, particularly its approach to spiritual formation. Its leaders were convinced that only a foundation of doctrine and discipline would lead to a meaningful transformation of the heart and mind. In other words, having the mind of Christ enables me to be more like Christ. Life in a suburban culture obscures the increasing gap between the poor and rich, as well as the Bible’s close identification with the poor. My doctoral work in socio-cultural context exposed me to liberation theology, which helps me see redemptive history as a history of oppressed groups, written from the perspective of the powerless, about a God who is actively involved with the poor in their struggles. I am now the pastor at Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Calvert County, Maryland. Together my wife and I are raising 4 young theologians.
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