101305 So far...
coffee and chat in the Buss patio, a bit of orientation (AKA welcome to Biola and, by the way, ain't Torrey great!), and then dinner (in the ever popular Biola cafe--which has marvy food).
101305 The grand opening session with John Mark Reynolds.
First : Is it okay to be excited about blogging?
Second: Live or preserved performance?
- frozen: authorial intent isn't all there is in a performance
- no way to monitor harmful information
- text or performance cannot defend itself (public displays of beauty invite public displays of profanation)
- permanent: community and argument can build together
- extension of an idea
- community of experts--one person cannot do what a community can do
101405 First Plenary: Dr. Andrew Jackson, Joe Carter, and David Wayne.
"...all of life is lived before the face of God..." RC Sproul
to serve others
an extension of who we are
a calling of God
the printing press --> systematic theology
the blogosphere-->dialogical theology
We are in the middle of it and don't really know what's going on.
We need a theology of blogging: how it should be used, the limitations, and the effect on culture.
101405 Breakout I: Blogging for Pastors, Dr. Tod Bolsinger and Dr. Mark D. Roberts
Are you a pastor who blogs or a blogger who pastors?
This session stirred up a number of thoughts:
What is my purpose in blogging? How does it fit with my ministry? First part of an answer to this is to ponder the parts of my ministry:
- artistic expression
- the People of God
- Who am I?
- What is my voice?
- What can I contribute?
- How can my blogging enrich my ministry in the TFB College Ministry, in the band, in Talbot, etc?
I think the bottomlines to this rather random panel discussion are these:
- We should focus our energies on the deeper issues rather than on symptoms.
- We should start with a theology of blogging, which at the very least means that it happens in community.