Posts tagged ‘blogging’

January 2, 2013

2013…the year of the blog

by pastortimfowler

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Happy New Year to all in the blogosphere. 2013 is going to be a great year if you have the right attitude and motivation. My motivation is driven by what I find in God’s Word, the Bible. I know some who read these things are not big Bible believers and some are skeptics, and some are on the fence about what you believe. But I happen to believe it and think that it is quite a motivational book when understood and taken in context.
This year I thought that I would try to share more of that with you. This does not mean that you will always agree with me, although you should, but I hope that it will challenge you to think about a few things, especially things like eternity and whether or not we need to be concerned about it. I invite feedback and criticism, after all, nothing sparks a good debate better than the Bible. All I ask is that you keep it clean and keep it open for thought and discussion.
Each year I try to read the Bible from beginning to end. I have been doing this for about 20 years now and most years have been successful. Every time I read it I find something awesome and refreshing and I learn something new. I have had to change my mind on some stuff because I better understood the whole thing and have had to eat some crow because I did not understand things as well as I thought. But one thing has always been true; I have never found a contradiction that could not be explained or could lead me to believe the Bible is wrong. There are still plenty of things that I can’t explain, but nothing that I can’t accept.
So this year as I read through it again, I am going to share some of my findings and ask some questions and who knows, maybe I will give some answers. I am going to be blunt and give evidence or at least attempt to give some logic and every now and then I may even have to say that I just don’t know the answer. The reason is, I think I have more and better answers from the Bible than most are getting from elsewhere, especially when it comes to trying to prove that God does not exist and that the Bible is not scientific. I think you may be surprised by what I might share over the next year.
God has always been a source of controversy. No one was around when He created it all, so skeptics says it was an accident. Most who disagreed with Him have already died and although they know the truth now, can’t argue anymore. Those who are still alive can’t prove He doesn’t exist any more than I can prove He does. And, God does not need to proven to be God. I will leave you with this to close out this blog. Not believing in God will not stop you from meeting Him. If I am wrong, it really doesn’t matter. But if you are wrong, eternity is riding on it.
Thanks for an awesome 2012 and thanks for following me into 2013. It is going to be a great year! The year of the blog!

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June 15, 2012

last one before Cuba

by pastortimfowler

One week from today is when I head to Cuba for my mission trip. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be going back and how appreciative I am to all who helped to make it possible. Over the past few months my church and my friends have helped me to raise the money needed to go and with my personal obligations added to it, it has provided all of the expenses of the trip. THANKS!!!
We leave next Friday and I am taking the week off before I go to tie up loose ends and spend a little time with my wife. Because of this I will probably not do any more blogs until I return. Once back, I hope to share some amazing stuff about my trip. There is so much that I hope that will happen that I may need the whole week when I return to tell everything. But until then, this is it.
So here are some things that you can do while I am not blogging.
1. Go back and read my blogs that have made you mad in the past. This will give you a chance to see if you were just having a bad day. It will also let you reconsider why you may have disagreed with me. I am sure that I was right and you were either having a bad day or need to change your mind.
2. Go back and post something nice in response to my blogs that you originally ripped me apart on. I don’t expect you to apologize, but you can at least say nice things, especially since I am going out of country. Those of you who write mean responses to my blogs probably do it out of frustration because you know that I am right and this will give you a chance to say that.
3. Go back and read my blogs that you liked and write another raving review. Maybe you liked my blog so much that it left you speechless the first time and now you have had time to think of something wonderful to say about my blog and/or me.
4. Send my blogs out to everyone that you think will enjoy reading them. I like having people follow my blogs. For a long time I blogged to myself and although I always thought they were brilliant, I finally got tired of writing the blog and the response.
5. Send my blogs out to everyone that you think will despise reading them. I enjoy those of you who get irritated almost as much as I enjoy the positive ones. By sending them stuff that irritates them, I am sure they will look for me when I get back with a sense of excitement as they can’t wait to tell me welcome home.
Finally, while I am gone, you can pray for my safe travels and that God is able to use me to help the folks of Cuba. No matter how much I know I irritate some of you, I still appreciate your reading my blogs. I love the positive feedback and the negative and I don’t take anything too seriously. But I do know the power of prayer and no matter who you are, I will accept your prayers and appreciate them. I look forward to my trip and even more to getting back to the greatest people in the greatest country in the world.
Thanks for all of your support, and God bless you all.

April 1, 2011

No Idea

by pastortimfowler

Yesterday I posted on Facebook a request to get some suggestions for blog topics. I received 2. One was from a girl named Kim, so that explains why I will probably not use that one, (love you Kim). The other was about why people have no idea what they want me to blog about. (thanks TJ). So here you go.
People have no Idea what I should blog about because of my immense mental capacity and the ability to tell people what they need to hear at the perfect time. When I was born, the doctors were amazed that my head was not bigger. The size of my brain is incredible. The only explanation for my normal sized head was that my brain is so densely packed into my head. There is even a slight gravitational pull around my head because of it. It was said then that I would most like need to become one of the greatest bloggers mankind has ever known in order to allow an outlet for the tremendous thoughts that would flow from this oversized brain.
I rarely ask questions that I don’t already have the answer for. Usually I asked them to allow others to be able to say things that normally they would want me to say. Giving answers to questions of people with mere normal sized brains is what I consider an act of compassion.
I know that because I do not release my blogs at any specific time of day, this causes most of you to sit in front of your computer or even have your smart phone with you 24/7. There have been reports of people not eating or sleeping and some who have decided to hire someone to monitor all electronic sources for the moment that my blog posts. This could be assumed to be flattering, but I consider it necessary. After all, if you have no suggestions for what I should blog about, I must be feeding you your every thought and providing a need rather than a want.
When I married my wife, I knew that she needed my help. Her family rejoiced as her father gave her away. The pastor at our wedding gave her the vows to say and then paused to only look and listen as I told my wife what she needed to hear in my own vows. After the nearly 10 minute standing ovation, the wedding was over and many wanted a copy of what I said in writing. Of course I refused, because I had not started blogging yet.
What you probably don’t know is that I invented blogging, shortly after that. Because of my humility I let others blog first. Doctors have always been amazed at my humility, considering my massive brain could easily allow me to impress most everyone.
I know what you are saying…”But I am impressed!!” That is not my problem. I am still humble despite everyone who is awe of me, mostly due to my blogging skills and my massive brain.
Blogging has now been elevated to an art form according to most of you who read my blogs. Many are wanting it to become an Olympic event, despite that fact that I would be the only real competitor. Others has petitioned to have a national day honoring my blogs, but no one can decide which day not to honor it.
To all this I say, here is your blog for today. Read it. Love it. Even though you have no idea what I should blog about, be of good cheer, because…
I know what you need to read.

March 15, 2011

Tweeting Now

by pastortimfowler

As a pastor, I want to stay up on modern stuff. I try to listen to new music, try new methods of worship, listen to and read stuff from younger pastors and do my best to remember that it is not about my generation’s style of church but it is about the generation that is outside of church that matters.
Many years ago I gave in to the laptop movement. I was never sure that I needed one and knew that I did not want one. Now I can’t live without one. I even preach from my laptop on Sundays. I had cell phones for years but only recently gave in and got a smart phone. I gave up a suit and tie early in the era of new dress code for pastors, in fact I like to think that I was ahead of most.
I fought like crazy to stay away from Facebook. I thought that it was ridiculous. As most of you know now I am on it daily and several times a day at that. Blogging was something that I always wanted to do but never thought that I would do and now all five of you are reading my blogs every now and then.
So the next step is tweeting. My friend in Greenville SC tweets all the time. I can tell you that I love him, but could care less if he is at McD’s on Main St. My son, daughter and wife are on Twitter. I care where they are but telling everyone else doesn’t thrill me.
I woke up this morning and had an email from the wife telling me that I now had a Twitter account. Thanks dear.
Does anyone remember when email was new and exciting? Yeah I got one of those after a while too.
So I am going to tweet. I feel like I should join a bird watchers club every time I say that.
I have to learn the protocols of it. I see a lot of symbols. # @ //* and when I do, I think of how you use to get away with cussing in a cartoon. I am not really sure of what to tweet. Like right now I am at a secret location, in a land far, far away, and if I told you where I was I would have to kill you. I don’t think anyone really cares where I am for lunch unless it is my wife and I am not where I was supposed to be.
Should I tweet that I am going to blog, blogging now, or just finished a blog? I tried to blog on my tweet and ran out of characters. Then I tried to tweet about how that bothered me and ran out of characters. Then I tweeted that I hated running out of characters and that made no sense to anyone who did not know that I had tried tweeting about the other stuff.
But…I am on twitter now and you can follow me @pastortimfowler… I think.