Adrian Warnock had the opportunity to attend Tim Challies‘ blog seminar recently, and he kindly posted some of the notes from that conference for our benefit. Here are some highlights:

  1. Evangelism — the nature of blogs results in people gravitating to like interests — Christians tend to read Christian blogs, etc. If we are to make a mark on evangelism in this medium, we need to do what has always been done in society in general – filter outward; shine a light there. Christian bloggers may need to write about other things that interest them, while still maintaining their identity.
  2. Filtering — there’s been a dramatic rise in the amount of information available to us — too much of it can be a liability. We need to use discernment to filter out the garbage from what is valuable, and also not to give undue time to blogs at the expense of other things, like reading Scripture, praying, reading good books, and other things. Don’t become too narrow.
  3. Control — just because you CAN say it doesn’t mean that you SHOULD. What you write may be available on the Internet for a VERY long time!
  4. Replacement — don’t find your sense of community online rather than in a local setting — don’t neglect the church and family.
  5. Controversy — Nothing generates traffic like controversy, but it isn’t helpful — it’s only malicious. Avoid becoming specialists in discouragement and gossip.

You can listen to the seminar here by scrolling down and looking for “Tim Challies – Blogging Your Ministry.”

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