Blogging=Christian journalism?


Baptist Press published an article today that outlines the need for journalists to accept the reality of blogging as an important new medium in our society. The article also goes on to ask for ethical, and common sense, boundaries that will help to correct many of the struggles often seen on blogs. I particularly liked the following quotes.

Weblogs, commonly called blogs, are among the digital platforms that are “the future of our industry. I have no doubts about it,”

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“Help them understand that there is nowhere to hide this material in the world of Google,” Mattingly said of blogs. “If you write it and publish it now, it may affect you when you apply for a job 12 years from now. And it will affect your classmates. It will affect your best friend. You have a Christian responsibility not only to your own talents and career that God has given you, but to those of your colleagues.”

If you would like to read the entire article, you can do so here.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He's Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he's a debtor to grace.

7 thoughts on “Blogging=Christian journalism?

  1. Sounds like what they are saying is, “if you’re on the corporate fast track to the big SBC churches, you’d better not say what you really believe, because it might come back to hurt your career or your reputation, especially if you make the wrong people mad at you.”

  2. While I see your point, I don’t necessarily agree. For instance, as my blog has evolved I have found two problems that I’ve had. First of all, when I first started my blog I wrote anything and everything. I would write things based on the fact that, at the time, only 4-5 of my close friends read my posts. I would make jokes about them, or other people, not to mention snide comments as I goofed around. As my blog grew I’ve not been altogether pleased that I said some of these things and that I posted some of these things that are now available for the public to read. The greater problem, however, and the problem that the previous problems reflects, is a lack of maturity. As I walked through situations uninformed I offered my unsolicited and uneducated opinion and often allowed myself to do so in an emotional moment and have sense regretted what I said. The problem is that I can never take it back, it’s available for anyone to see.

    So, while I see your point, I also see theirs.

  3. Thanks for the response, Micah. I was speaking with a little sarcasm there. Its hard to tell sometimes.
    Not to play the devil’s advocate, but I look back at some comments I have made, years and years ago when I was still a pastor, and they were not exactly what I really felt. I held back considerably for fear of what others might think. Now that I don’t have to worry about that anymore, I can at least be honest about how I feel, and not worry too much about how it may come back to haunt me.
    Certainly one would want to avoid the kind of course jesting that would be difficult for a stranger to interpret on a computer screen, as you mentioned. Wisdom is the better part of valor, I guess.
    Anyway, your blog is alway great, and I appreciate it and always enjoy reading it.
    Now as long as you maintain a proper perspective, never go off the deep end, and never become a liberal, I will never have to be embarrassed by those words ;>)

  4. Brother Micah,

    You are right. As the blog grows and as time moves on, you find that you said some things that you wished you had not. It is the same with preaching. Do you find yourself going back through your past sermons and culling those that just did not make sense? I was doing this lately and found one that I thought to myself; “What on earth was I thinking when I made that statement?” I used to keep track on my sermons notes the responses at the invitation for each sermon. The track on that very sermon showed 4 saved and numerous rededications. Today I am throwing the thing away and pray those that received Christ forget that statement I made. I just reminds me that it is the Word of God that makes the impact, not the silliness of man’s words.

    Blessings,
    Tim

  5. Tim-

    I concur, completely. In one sense I’m, like yourself, embarrassed that I ever said such things. In another sense I’m thankful. The fact that I said it, and that I now regret it, is a confirmation of God’s grace in our my life. I’m thankful that He’s not done with me yet!

  6. Micah, I just wanted to say that the conference where Mattingly said that is an outstanding annual conference for college journalists/photographers put on by Baptist Press. To bring in guys like Mattingly is a big deal. I got to listen to some of the sessions via CD and they absolutely rocked.

    BP is helping set the standard for denominational/religious journalism in this former journalist’s opinion. My friends/colleagues there like Will Hall who leads it, Art Toalston and Michael Foust have my respect and admiration. They have a hard job, but do it with excellence. –Cory

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