Friday, October 31, 2008

Holly's Thoughts on Proposition 8 (THIS POST TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE)

Portions of this blog post will be published on the website of Today's Christian Woman magazine. Per my contract with them, I've temporarily removed this post. I will post the link to the TCW piece here in three weeks.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Conversation or Confrontation? Thoughts on Bill Maher's "Religulous"

Holly's latest blog entry on Today's Christian Woman magazine's website is now up:

To ponder:
1) When you discuss your faith, is it more often a conversation or a confrontation?

2) Do you think confrontation is an effective way of sharing your faith?

3) Consider the expertise of your Christian friends. How could specific friends educate you on topics relating to faith and the church?

4) Have you ever referred a spiritual seeker to a Christian friend when you couldn't answer the seeker's question? Make a list of your Christian friends who might serve as good resources (e.g. professional counselors, apologists, scientists, pastors, those who've experienced suffering such as illness or loss, folks who are able to articulate their faith well, folks who are willing to share their testimonies).

Thursday, October 16, 2008

10 Commandments of Blogging

A reader recently called one of my blog posts "narcissistic." Which I'll interpret as "Holly, you're doing a great job at conveying your thoughts!" per the definition of "blog": an online diary; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page.

But one never wants to become too cocky, so perhaps a few blogging guidelines would be good for me. The following "Ten Blogging Commandments" are from Evangelical Alliance website. (Thanks, Brooke, for telling me about them!)

Ten Blogging Commandments
1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.

2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.

3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.

4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.

5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.

6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.

7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.

8. You shall not steal another person’s content.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.

10. You shall not covet your neighbour's blog ranking. Be content with your own content.