Monday, 5 April 2010
We interrupt our regular correspondence to address some blog matters.
We don't like to blow our own trumpet here at the old manse, but we were thrilled to be quoted (favourably too!) in the latest post over at WorshipConcord, the on-line contribution of the noted Lutheran liturgical theologian James Allan Waddell and other Lutheran luminaries to the task of attaining concord in the Lutheran Church on worship matters. Here's the link: http://worshipconcord.wordpress.com/ (a full-time link also appears in the right-hand column).
Matthias, a regular reader and commenter, recently asked if he and I are the only regular commenters here. Indeed we seem to be, although several other readers drop a line to us semi-regularly. I know from my statistics recorders that I have about 30 unique hits a day, and many return readers, but few comments.
That's quite OK as far as I am concerned, as I didn't set this blog up to be a place for theological debate, but can I encourage my regular readers to leave the occasional comment, especially if they've appreciated a post - even if only so I know who is out there!
No need to be shy or tentative about commenting, this is a virtual old manse where guests are welcome and their thoughts too. (It is preferred that comments are not anonymous; using a pseudonym is fine, or even just your first name. In such cases, you may like to drop me a line via e-mail (available on my profile) to let me know who you are, although this is just a suggestion, not something I will enforce in order for your comments to be posted.
Speaking of comments, just lately we have noticed that the Blogger dashboard indicates that comments are ready to be modified, only to find that no comments are in fact listed. I assume this is a glitch with Blogger, but if your recent comment has not been posted, it is just possible that it has gone missing somewhere in the cyber-halls of Blogger.
We have been "fisked", from time to time, by an erstwhile Lutheran brother who has "swum the Tiber" (converted to Rome), especially when we venture to say something apropos Roman Catholicism. That has a brought a few Roman and other non-Lutheran readers our way, and we hope you too derive some benefit from these cyber-pages. Frankly, I welcome comments from non-Lutheran folk, as I am really quite "catholic" in my tastes and reading, despite (or because of?) my fervent adherence to Lutheran doctrine!
Speaking of statistics, the old manse recently clocked up 5000 unique page visits since just before Christmas, including returning visitors from the Russian Federation, Belgium, France, Germany, India, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Fiji and Brazil. By far our majority of readers, however, come from the US and Australia, with the UK and Canada following some distance behind.
Cordial greetings to all who have dropped by!
Oh, and just for the record, the provision of a link on the Glosses homepage to a blog of a friend, follower or cyber-acqaintance does not necessarily imply agreement with the position of that blog or the opinions expressed there. There are some fine Lutheran blogs listed, along with some equally fine evangelical Reformed, neo-orthodox Reformed, Anglican and Roman Catholic blogs, the authors of which your glossator would obviously have some differences with; as always in the world of theological reflection, read with discernment, accept what is evangelical and scriptural, and know why you disagree when you do. As my esteemed Old Testament lecturer and mentor John Kleinig used to say, 'You learn most by interacting with those with whom you disagree.' (Just think how much great Lutheran theology was done in 'dialogue' with Roman Catholics and the Reformed. The polemical spirit may have been dimmed since the age of Luther and Chemnitz, which may not be entirely a bad thing, but the sword of our faith (fides quae) is still sharpened by duels with our separated brethren.)
A blessed Easter season to all: May God equip you with every good thing you need in order to do His will, and may He make you effective witnesses to the Risen Christ!