Samuel Miller’s Triumph over Pastoral Distraction
Are you tempted by digital distraction and political partisanship? Gary Steward invites you to learn from Samuel Miller’s life: “When Miller became a professor at Princeton, he renounced the social, intellectual, and political entanglements that had ensnared him as a pastor in New York.  By the time he arrived at Princeton he had already renounced all connections with the Masonic Lodge.  He also came to renounce his Jeffersonian political views and see his former political partisanship in a negative light altogether.”

Joy in the Midst of Hope Deferred
Then Mike Leake points us to another Samuel (the Rutherford variety) for help in dealing with disappointment.

Without blogging, would we ever see such great short pieces as these come to public attention? Isn’t it a great way for people to share brief insights and spiritual lessons without having to write a whole book about it!

10 Ways Blogging has Made me More Productive
While we’re on the subject, I’m always amazed by how often people associate blogging with time-wasting. It can be a time-sink, of course. However, my own experience has been much more along the lines of this article.

7 Ways Twitter Sharpens Your Writing
Yes, even Twitter can be a help to overall communication. I certainly know a few writers (and preachers!) who could benefit from some Twitter training.

How to write a Theology Essay
Just in case my students begin to think I’m for dumbing down.

Guns, Gangs, and God: Why you should care about Chicago
Ending the week on a sobering note: “Chicago Homicides Outnumber U.S. Troop Killings In Afghanistan.” Although we may differ on how to address this carnage, I agree with the writer’s conclusion: “Everyone cannot get to Chicago overnight to impact that city, but you can be effective in your own city. When you show a concern, things can change.”

  • DJ Wade-O

    Thanks so much for linking to our article. Also, looks like we read many of the same blogs. lol. I read several of these articles this week as well. :-)

  • David Murray

    Great minds think alike, DJ!

  • purisomniapura

    Some very helpful links & advice…thanks Dr. Murray. Question for you though …it seems easy enough to start a blog, the difficulty seems to be attracting people to it. The celebrities like Challies & yourself are well known already but for those who are not like myself, where does one even start to find their audience?

    • DJ Wade-O

      The best resource I have seen on this is Michael Hyatt’s new book Platform. He literarily walks step by step on how to build an online tribe/ community.

      But to put it short, create content that people like, but that no one else is creating. Congregate with people in that niche online (Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc). Writing a free eBook (or in my field a free mixtape or album) will help build an email list. And just serve as a resource to people.

      My podcast gets 30K downloads a month and my website 10K Unique vistors. It’s not a ton of traffic, but that’s some of what I’ve done to get there.

      But I’d suggest Hyatt’s book if you seriously want to build a platform. I consider him an expert.

    • David Murray

      Celebrity? Challies, yes. Me, no! I agree with DJ about Hyatt’s book. However, the main thing about blogging is to do it for your own spiritual benefit and enjoyment. That will keep you going even when there are few readers. It’s like everything else – you’ve got to do lots of it to begin to get good at it – and I’ve got a long way to go. Read lots of other blogs and find out what works for others.