Don’t Skip the Bad Parts

John Dyer, an acquaintance from my time at DTS, just posted a conversation with his son on Facebook. It’s worth noting:

B: Daddy are there any movies without bad parts in them?
J: What do you mean by ‘bad parts’?
B: I don’t know.
J: Like when Lightening McQueen gets lost and his car breaks? Or when Scoop and Muck break something that Bob the builder has to fix?
B: Yes, yes. Are there any stories without them?
J: No.
B: Why?
J: Those ‘bad parts’ are what makes a regular story into a good story, and they are what can turn a good guy into a great guy.

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"Not Many of You Should Presume to Be Bloggers", John Dyer

Can one blog about this article?

At Christianity Today, “Not Many of You Should Presume to Be Bloggers,” by John Dyer

Theology Before Facebook, Theology After Facebook
Throughout the history of public theological debate, there was one constant—those debates only took place between a few select people—Moses, Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, and so on—who gained respect through a lifetime of scholarship.

But the invention of social media, like blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, created a radical departure in communication. In pre-2004 Christianity (that is, Christianity before Facebook was invented), only a small group of Christian leaders and teachers had access to the printing press—but today everyone has WordPress. In pre-2004 Christianity it was difficult to become a published author, but today everyone is surrounded by dozens of “Publish” buttons.

Every time we log into Facebook it asks us, “What’s on your mind?” Twitter wants to know, “What’s happening?” When controversies large and small erupt, there are devices in every direction begging us to not just take a side, but to declare our position on the largest publishing platform ever constructed by humanity.

Not Many of You Should Presume to Be Bloggers
What few of us realize is that when we press those “Publish,” “Post,” “Comment,” and “Send” buttons, we are making the shift away from merely “believing” truth and stepping into the arena of publishing that belief. In doing so we are effectively assuming a position of leadership and teaching that prior to 2004 was not available to us.

James warned us, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1, NIV1984). James goes on to graphically portray the incredible power that our tongues have both to praise and to curse especially in the context of teaching. He then says, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life.” (James 3:13). Solomon echoes similar wisdom, “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent” (Prov. 17:28).

John Dyer’s Original Language Reader Site

John Dyer, a DTS guy and friend of Joey Woestman, is the creator of this new tool. Basically this is designed to help you learn Greek/Hebrew without punting and resorting to the glosses. It looks really cool. Check it out.

How it works:

  1. Go to http://bible.johndyer.name/
  2. Enter the reference you need
  3. Select only the features you need to read
  4. Print and read

His explanation on his blog.