Archive for March, 2009
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christian/Bible blogs, and I love blogging myself, but there are a few buzzwords I find to be just ever-so-slightly overused in the blogosphere:
5. Exegesis: This includes “exegetic,” “exegetical,” and the like. I don’t mean to be critical of exegetes, but it does seem redundant to me to bandy about terms like “exegesis” and “exegetic” in writing that is clearly exegetical to begin with. It is akin to using “blog post.” Of course it’s a “blog post,” to what other type of post would you be referring. Similarly, one need not reference their own exegesis in obviously exegetical work.
4. Eschatology: I love eschatology, I really do, but eschatological discussions often include repeated references to the term “eschatology” by the newest eschatolog. It’s a cool word, I get it.
3. Hermeneutics: See “exegesis,” “exegetic,” and “exegetical” above. At least practitioners of hermeneutics aren’t called “hermenetes.” Hermeneuticians(?), consider yourselves lucky.
2. Apologetics: Again, I love apologetics and apologists. But, it seems we should all be defenders of our faith without assigning the task to a growing class of professional debaters (and I am a former competitive debater, so if I think “apologetics” is overused, it is). It seems that if we could “prove” the tenets of our faith, then our faith would be rendered less meaningful.
1. Worldview: With all do respect to the “Christian Worldview” crowd (with whom I agree, in large part), it seems that the most appropriate response to the notion that we should have a Christian Worldview is, “Well, duh!” I agree, for the umpteenth time.
Is it just me?
In the words of a pre-gubernatorial Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back.”
I am not gone, and this blog is certainly not forgotten, but every now and again, real life intervenes. I have tried a couple of cases in back-to-back weeks, and spare time has been sparse.
I should resume burning up the blogosphere soon.
Perhaps I should consider other blogging vacations. I checked stats for the first time in quite some time, and traffic, in my absence, has been great. Thank you all.
The rules are simple:
- Enter by leaving your name in a comment.
- All the names go in a hat and one winner is drawn on Monday, March 23, 2009.
- No blog is necessary, but if you have a blog, write a post and link to the original post for an extra entry.
- US mailing addresses only, book will be shipped via USPS.
It looks like an excellent book, and you can’t beat the price.
I think I have officially spent too much time analyzing this blog’s statistics, but I can’t help but comment on one more search term. Regardless of whether I click on week, month, quarter, year or all time, the search term that has landed the most searchers on this blog is “satan.”
I noticed a while back that nearly every day “satan” was at or near the top of the search terms for that day. What’s more interesting is that I only have two posts ever tagged “satan” (When Evil is Beautiful and For the Kingdom of Heaven is Like), now three. I certainly don’t write on the subject much, and I didn’t remember ever writing about it until I searched my own tags to refresh my memory.
As I mentioned in a similar discussion here, I’m thrilled to have anyone (and everyone) searching for “satan” end up here.
It just struck me as a little odd. But, “satan” does bring a little traffic here every day, thank God.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about what I thought was, at the time, the most interesting search string that got a searcher to my blog (if you were stuck on a desert island which…).
Now, such idle speculations have been replaced atop the most interesting search string list. The new most interesting search string to land a searcher here is now:
- world’s top 50 beauties – 2009
Assuming for the moment that the searcher for the world’s top 50 beauties – 2009 was, in fact, attempting to satisfy some carnal curiosity and not searching for Biblical beauty, imagine the good that would come (not to mention traffic) if every searcher of worldly and/or fleshly beauty landed on a site that offered spiritual beauty in its stead. May the Lord bring more of them.
But, lucky for this guy (admittedly, I’m assuming the searcher was male), I am able to offer both. Here are the top beauties of 2009 (my wife and daughter):
It’s funny to learn what subjects generate interest.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a short post wherein I simply asked the question, “Why is the tithe a tenth?” And it is still generating more comments than my other recent posts combined.
It‘s not is my post with the most comments (yet)(as of 3/10/09), but I went a whole weekend without looking at a computer screen (or accessing any of my blog stuff from my iPhone – I bet that’s a record for me), and I return to several weekend comments all on that same post.
I don’t mean to be critical of the commenting, not at all. The comments have, for the most part, been great. I enjoy reading them, and I have learned a great deal from them. I simply posed a question that had been nagging at me for a couple of weeks expecting a few friends to share a few thoughts, but now I’m even questioning some of my own ideas.
Maybe I should write about speaking in tongues, healing, or whether Paul authored Hebrews and really get the fires stoked.
Thank you all who have commented. Please don’t stop.
The ESV Bible Blog announced Monday that the ESV Study Bible will be available free for a limited time online for anyone. Today, the ESV Bible Blog has announced that the free trial will last through the month of March, 2009.
To subscribe, you will need to go to the ESV Online Study Bible page and register. You will need to provide an email address and password. If you have purchased the ESV Study Bible, your online access will always be free with the registration code included in the print Bible.
If you haven’t yet purchased the ESV Study Bible, this is a great opportunity to test drive before you buy. Enjoy!
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I was excited this morning to get in the mail a copy of Can God Be Trusted: Faith and the Challenge of Evil (2nd ed.) by John G. Stackhouse, Jr., for review courtesy of Adrianna Wright at InverVarsity Press.
Admittedly, I haven’t read the 1st edition which was first published in 1998 by Oxford University Press (I wasn’t much of a believer then), but it’s one of the few books I have truly been looking forward to reading. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot, and I like a lot of what I read, but I rarely get too excited. I’m excited about reading this though.
Other Book Reviews:
When I logged in this morning, I noticed that I had received my 500th comment (since moving to WordPress last April).
For those of you familiar with this blog, you know I write about the ancient Hebrew alphabet and pictographs, numbers and symbolism. Well, the number five (5), or the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (HEY), symbolically represents, inter alia, God’s grace; and the number ten (10) represents fullness. So, writing about cracking The Biblioblog Top 50 and getting my 500th comment on the same day has a feeling of divine coolness (a heavenly pat on the back, if you will).
…You don’t have to agree with me, just nod and say, “Whatever, dude.”
The BFS (Biblical Floccinaucinihilipilification Society) has published The Biblioblog Top 50 for the month of February, 2009, and sneaking in at No. 47 is none other than Beauty of the Bible.
I’ve always known this was one of the top biblioblogs in existence, but until now I have lacked the ability to prove it by objective measures.
I expect that one day, this blog will be perched atop said list looking down at the rest of the biblioblogging world. But, for the time being, I’m looking up at 46 truly worthy blogs.
If you’re interested (or, if you need additional reading material), please check out the rest of the list.