Will blogging and other forms of internet participation change the church? Several people responded to this question in my posting of 18 May.
A year ago I posted seven reasons why I blog:
1. It helps me to reflect on what I'm thinking and doing.
2. It's a good way to keep family, friends and sponsors in the loop of what's happening (goodbye missionary newsletter, welcome Marc's Messages).
3. It helps me to not take myself too serious.
4. It saves time when I have to write reports and ministry updates, because the only thing I have to do is go through my blog to refresh my memory.
5. It gives me an opportunity to inspire friends with the good things of God.
6. I like the counter-culture of blogging: push-button publishing in the hands of the people.
7. My wife likes to read my blog.
The aspect of community would be number eight, because through blogging I met a lot of interesting people that I would never have met in a local church, who share my passion to see the Church revived and become more innovative. We link, and share ideas and experiences. It's an open source: anyone can contribute and improve.
But a weblog is also an open window. Anyone can peek inside and observe what's going on. The Google search results show that visitors who were looking for 'passion of christ tattoos', 'young teenage models', 'queen juliana's bicycle' and 'buying tents in norway' also end up on Marc's Messages. Welcome everyone, please feel at home. You won't find here what you were looking for initially, but perhaps you will find something of worth.