Issue No.: 22
by: Dr. Charmaine C. Yoest
Does blogging represent the latest revolution in communication providing an opportunity for Christians to pursue the Great Commission more effectively in the 21st century? Or is it a passing fad?
Over 100 bloggers descended on Biola University last week for GodBlogCon 2005 to pursue that question.
Bringing the "god bloggers" together was the brainchild of author, radio personality, and top blogger, Hugh Hewitt. In fact, Hewitt's book, Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World, had inspired some of the bloggers at the convention to get started with their own online projects.
Hewitt broadcast his radio program live from the convention, which was sponsored by Biola's Torrey Honors Institute. He included interviews of many of the convention speakers, which included David Wayne of Jollyblogger, Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost and Joshua Claybourn of In the Agora.
In their report on the convention, the AP quoted Carter as saying that blogging provides the same opportunity for revolutionary impact that Martin Luther had in posting the 95 Theses.
Other speakers included LaShawn Barber, who spoke on Christian Blogging 101; Stacy Harp, the founder of Mind and Media; and Dr. Andrew Jackson of SmartChristian.com.
Plans are already developing for GodBlogCon II, scheduled for summer 2006. Details on those plans, and a full roundup of blogger notes and reactions to the convention, can be found at www.godblogcon.com.
And while the discussion over the importance of blogging was lively, there was little disagreement over its potential for significant cultural impact.
David Wayne at Jollyblogger
Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost
Mind and Media
Dr. Andrew Jackson at Smart Christian
Joshua Claybourn at In the Agora
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