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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Part One

There are a few who might be saying, "what does Pastor Charles think about the current trend in our Christian Church Culture." I did say a few! But they are very important people.

I said to Charity, "I might be dangerous today, if I were the pastor/.teacher at some Fundamentalist, or Evangelical church." It’s been ten years since I was at FBC, five years since I was at my last pastorate, and a few years since my last staff position. And all this was before my experience of the Internet, and before blogging or weblog.

How would I today use blogging as a means of communicating with the membership and the community?

Blogger.(someone who maintains a weblog) A blog is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. Which is why if you were to go to my first posts, or thread, you would have to go back to August 07, 2006, some seventy posts back.

Online diaries and journals went from 100 in 1997 to 50 million in December 2005.
The term "blog" is a contraction of "Web log." "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Thus in August 07 2006 I started my first blog "GROW BY LEARNING."

The modern blog evolved from the online diary where people would keep a running account of their personal lives. Most such writers called themselves diarists, journalists, or journalers. A few called themselves escribitionists.

The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May of 1999. This was quickly adopted as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog").

Blogging combined the personal web page with tools to make linking to other pages easier —— specifically permalinks, blogrolls and TrackBacks. This, together with weblog search engines enabled bloggers to track the threads that connected them to others with similar interests.

Bloggers began to provide nearly-instant commentary on televised events, creating a secondary meaning of the word "blogging": to simultaneously transcribe and editorialize speeches and events shown on television. (For example: Tim C is blogging live from the 4theGospel event . Real time commentary. It’s sometimes referred to as "liveblogging." You can learn live how the conference is going and what the speakers are teaching.


  • Today I log on the Internet and hit a number of good blogs: Kinds of blogs:.
  • Theological Bloggers: These are articles about theological positions "Lordship Salvation versus "Free Grace." "Doctrines of Grace."
  • Personal Opinion Bloggers: Those who are not pastors but have a theological background
  • Pastor/Teachers Bloogers: Those who deal with pastoral issues, preaching/teaching points of view.
  • Various Bloggers: Political, Music, News
  • Fundamentalist, Evangelistic, Church Ministry Bloggers.


  • "Old Testament scholar Dr. Eugene Merrill has written a new book that belongs on every pastor's bookshelf. In today's blog, Dr. Albert Mohler reviews "Everlasting Dominion: A Theology of the Old Testament." This came by way of e mail, and I just click over to the blog. Great.
  • By now you have heard of the scandal involving Ted Haggard. Reaction to the news has ranged from sympathy to disgust, from support to condemnation. The media has dedicated a lot of attention to this story, though they seem to be writing about it as just another news story rather than something that is somehow bigger or more significant than any other story. Watchbloggers are out in force, like homeschool moms at a book sale, swarming and trampling. To this point I have refrained from mentioning the issue for reasons related primarily to my own lack of sanctification. But I feel now that I can speak out with some legitimacy
  • "A Rugged Cross, a Glorious Gospel, and the Ted Haggard Scandal"
  • Arminianism: Semi-Pelagianism? Phil Johnson’s web site
  • The People Clapped, He Sat Down, and the Fundamentalists Went Wild. For those who have been following this, I want to provide a brief update. You others, read the original post first and then come up here for more!

Drafted by Charles E. Whisnant November 06 Proof-read by Charity 11 -7 Posted 11-07