Week 2 of this journey has been a learning experience. I am pleased, but also frustrated. I am enjoying my learning, but also having difficulty keeping up with the reading. I seem to be fine reading the texts, but everyone’s post and comments on the blogs, even, are overwhelming to me. I read so slowly, especially on the monitor!

I have learned so much about learners this week. I think that the information on learner styles and learner behaviors will not only help me to learn in this class, but also help me in teaching others through Sunday school and even while preaching. Incorporating all kinds of learning should help my congregants to retain more information. I can also encourage them to learn how they learn and how they can make the most of every learning situation. I am looking forward to seeing what we come up with as a group for a final list of factors effecting success in online learning.

I also really enjoy our live session with Quentin Schultze. I really like how he turned Eat, Pray Love into Listen, Laugh, Love. I wish I were able to take the course, but I wanted to take COM605 even more, so I will not get to hear all of his thoughts on this subject. Even the texts sound wonderful. I may have to read Truth to Tell by Newbigin anyway (1991). Schultze’s ideas are stimulating and I am looking forward to attending Forum 4:15.

I took a look at the article on blogs titled, “Blogs: A Disruptive Technology Coming of Age?” I think that every technology has a life span. I can understand questioning if blogs are near the end of their life span. According to the 2007 State of the Blogosphere done by Technorati, there were 70 million blogs (Sifry, 2007). According to BlogPulse, there are over 155 million as I write this. We have to assume that of these numbers, many of them are splogs (spam blogs) and inactive blogs. Even, so, we can see that the numbers are increasing. The downfall of anything can come very swiftly, but I do not think that blogs are in any immediate danger.

Rather, I think that they have matured to an age where they are not just a fad to be part of, but a way to convey a person’s thoughts and opinions to the world or even just those with like interests. Kling states, “I sketched a model of blogs in which blogging serves as a filtering mechanism in the dissemination of information. The model is built on assumptions that make blogging very efficient. To the extent that those assumptions mirror reality, then blogging is not a fad. On the contrary, it could have a lot more potential for growth.” (2002) I believe that there is still plenty of room to grow.

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BlogPulse Stats. (n.d.). In BlogPulse. Retrieved February 4, 2011, from http://blogpulse.com/

David, S. (2007, April). The State of the Live Web. In Sifry’s alerts: David Sifry’s musings. Retrieved February 4, 2011, from http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000493.html

Kling, A. (2002, June 21). Is blogging a fad?. In Corante: Tech news. filtered daily. Retrieved February 4, 2011, from http://www.corante.com/bottomline/articles/20020621-875.shtml

Long, P. D. (2002, November 26). Blogs: A distruptive technology coming of age?. In Campus Technology. Retrieved February 4, 2011, from http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2002/09/Blogs-A-Disruptive-Technology-Coming-of-Age.aspx

Newbigin, L. (1991). Truth to tell: The gospel as public truth. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s.

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Well, writing my sermon as if I were writing a blog post seems to have worked well. I was able to more easily change things up and add stuff that I hadn’t typed. Usually I am to scared to stray off my notes or manuscript at all. So, thanks again to Jerrell Jobe for the great suggestion. I wish I had it on video so that I could compare the new way with the old way, but I don’t. I hope everyone’s Sunday was great!

Only two more days of blogging every day in November. I thought it would be harder than it was, but there were a couple of days that I struggled to find a good topic to post. Today is one of those days, so I will expound on my NaBloPoMo experience so far.

I have been enjoying it. I hope that I will continue to write at least 5 times per week. I did enjoy the challenging days. That was what it was about, right? I don’t think I really got any new readers from it except maybe one, but for me that wasn’t the point anyway.

I look forward to next year!

Tomorrow is my uncle’s funeral. Please pray for his family. It’s a really difficult situation, obviously. I’m nervous to meet my cousins again. I’ve only met them once in my life. So, pray for me, too. I would like to know them better.

I read a great devotional that I would like to share.

It was written by a new blog friend, Ilona. She posted an entry from her devotional diary that was a really great summation of Luke 18.

Humility will also come through prayer. How can I possibly enter the presence of the almighty God and walk away thinking I’m somebody? I can walk away overjoyed that His Spirit works in and through me, that He loves me and molds me, and that through Him I can do all things. But to act like I have the right to treat people as if they are lesser than I is…pharisaical!

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I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately. I really like hearing other people’s perspectives on things. I started using Google Reader about a week ago and now I am subscribed to 39 blogs! That’s crazy! They range from design to parenting to ministry topics. Tonight I read a really great post by Dr. Beth Grant on the FutureAG blog. I love the whole post, but I’ll just give you an excerpt and a link.

 

grant_01.jpgMy definition of godly leadership has been most shaped by the model of Jesus, servant leader, and by ministering for 30 years in very different cultures. As I pray about the future of the Assemblies of God and feel a personal sense of responsibility to be the kind of minister-leader we want “AG leadership” to be, I would love to be known for the following:

1) Like Jesus, let’s be a friend of sinners. I pray the Assemblies of God will be known as a church in which people without God are welcome on their spiritual journeys.Why are we surprised when people without Jesus live like sinners?We have tried to teach our daughters as they were growing up to genuinely care about teachers and classmates that were broken people and who were far from God. We wanted troubled young people to be welcome in our home around our kitchen table after school. Brokenness and messy lives are the natural outcome of lives without a Savior. Jesus died for those in sin, and our hearts as His people should reflect that love. It means befriending them and weeping over them rather than avoiding them. (It’s hard to lead people to Jesus & disciple them unless we as allow them to be close to us.) More…

Azusa Street - Where pentecostal experience restarted!Today I am sick! My eyes are runny, my nose is runny and my throat hurts so bad! I really don’t want to be sick, but I only have myself to thank for it! I haven’t been eating correctly and my body always gets run down when I don’t eat right. I usually end up sick. I wish I didn’t like anything sugar so much!

Sunday night, we went to an evening service at Brighton Assembly of God. Chris, my hubby, wrote about our experience in his blog, but I have some thoughts of my own. I am not a big fan of church services. I know that sounds wrong coming from a minister, but sometimes I really wonder if we are meeting people’s needs through them. I try to get my kids to sit and listen, but at age 3 and 4, they only do so well and it is distracting to both me and the people around us. It is difficult to attend services with them. However, I really enjoyed Sunday evening’s service (even with the kids). We drove 2 hours to get there, but even that didn’t damper the evening’s greatness. (more…)

I feel so special! RevGalBlogPals is a web ring for women ministers. I can’t wait to get to know my fellow ring-mates. I absolutely love that they have a weekly discussion on the lectionary readings. My husband has been following the lectionary for our church service, which means that I follow it, too. It’s great because there are a lot of resources from all of the pastors that use the readings. I like to do my own research and then delve into the great many opinions of others. I look forward to sharing in the conversation the next time I preach (September 30th, I think).