I am laying out my ideas for using blogs as part of the strategy to communicate the gospel to university students here in London.
I will use one blog ( www.JesusWisdom.wordpress.com ) as an introduction to the Gospel and the Kingdom of God for people exploring ideas. Here are some thoughts on this site I have begun to sketch out. Ideas from others would be welcome.
This is my place to present the claims of Jesus
The address should be
1. Clear enough for someone to remember
2. Clearly related to Faith questions
3. Not so religious that it appears to be for insiders (they should be welcome)
The Home Page should be :
1. Mildly attractive but not chaotic. I find some university sites and literature so colorful and crazy that it is hard to decipher. It may be that I am just out of touch, but it may also be that the drive to appear relevant is a bad habit of repeating the mistakes that rise from the assumptions you are challenging; namely that there is no ultimate coherence.
The principle I am pursuing is that this is a bridge site, so it should be reasonably comfortable but not redundant
*Not too religious (giving off the signs of “insiders only”)
*Not just a repeat of what is already available (just another swirl of incoherent passionate randomness)
It should be honestly open about presenting Jesus right from the start (what you get ’em on is what you keep ’em on)
Q:But what about Paul’s address to the Areopagus?
A:This is the content that comes after Paul’s speech which ends with :
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” So Paul went out from their midst. (Acts 17:30-33)
The conversation that ends with “if you want to know more go to www…” is what corresponds to the Areopagus speech and is not part of the site. In other words, I may speak broadly and then move to Jesus prior to giving out the site address. If anyone goes to the site they already know that it is from a perspective loyal to Jesus.
Any ideas about the address and/or look of the Home page of the intro site? BTW, the current look is just a standard WordPress template and will eventually be adjusted when I have a clear reason/idea for doing so. Right now the www.jesuswisdom.wordpress.com is not being promoted, it is a functioning draft.