Launching a New Blog: MySpace

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Launching a New Blog: MySpace

Those who know me well thought they would never see the day, but indeed it has come: I am launching my own blog.

Now, it wasn’t so long ago that I wouldn’t have known the definition of a blog, much less its purpose. I am always a little behind on these things—and confess that I have to endure more than a little teasing from my son, Dirk, who is certainly more technologically savvy than I.

Yet I cannot ignore the upside of this whole blogging business. I spent a lot of time this summer exploring blogs—take note, I might be reading yours!—and became quite intrigued with the immediacy of this new way of communicating. So here I am, plunging into the adventure myself. It offers an opportunity for me to share with you, my friends and fellow bloggers, the things that are on my heart in “real time,” so to speak.

One thing that has been on my heart lately is space. Along with exploring blogs this summer, I became familiar with MySpace. I did some browsing, and was amazed by the sheer volume of this phenomenon: thousands and thousands of pictures of people supposedly inviting you into their “space.”

When I look at all those pictures, I think about how, in some primordial sense, each of these folks realizes that they are not alone. I think that, at some level, they realize the truth of the Psalmist when he said: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Or in today’s vocabulary, we might say: If I retreat into my own website, my own blog, my own MySpace…there, too, I am in your presence.

As Christians in this MySpace culture, we need to be reminding people that everything we call “my space” is also, in a very profound sense, God’s space. We are inescapably in God’s presence.

Whether it’s on MySpace, in classrooms, or in the workplace, each person we encounter in our day-to-day lives has a God-sized space within their souls. This is a space that can be filled only by a relationship with the one true God.

Richard J. Mouw

18 Comments »

  1. Richard Mouw,

    It’s cool to have you in cyberspace. I was poking around cyberspace to find a picture of you, so that I could post about the interview that you had with the LA Times, and then I ended up finding your blog as well. So I am going to be announcing you the the blogosphere. I haven’t had the privelage of meeting you yet, but I just started in the MAGL program at Fuller this past quarter. We are the 11th Cohort and we go by the name of Metanoia. Metenoia was the second name I nominated and it ended up becoming our cohort name. I will be looking forward to reading your blog.

    Comment by JR Woodward — December 5, 2006 @ 10:25 am


  2. Welcome to the blogosphere. I appreciate your thoughts here, and am very much looking forward to reading more.

    Comment by John Smulo — December 5, 2006 @ 11:39 am


  3. Dear Rich,

    I’ll be reading!!!

    Greg Johnson
    Utah

    Comment by Greg — December 5, 2006 @ 4:58 pm


  4. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts!!

    Aloha

    Comment by Linda — December 5, 2006 @ 6:57 pm


  5. Dr. Mouw,

    Welcome. I believe you voice will be a great contribution to blogdom. I’ve got your feed locked in so I can keep up with your posts.

    Know I’ll drop by as much as I can. Grace. With that, I am…

    Peter

    Comment by peter — December 5, 2006 @ 7:58 pm


  6. Welcome to the blogosphere, Dr. Mouw! Your voice is a welcome addition. As one who has blogged for almost two years, I’ve been amazed at by the opportunities for communication afforded by blogging. I’ll be checking your blog on a regular basis. Peace!

    Comment by Mark D. Roberts — December 8, 2006 @ 6:34 pm


  7. Dr. Mouw,

    Welcome to the blogging world. I enjoy your reading your stuff. Im a PCUSA pastor. I recently read your lecture at Covenant Network Conference on why evangelicals need liberals. You pointed out, citing Machen and OPC, that when conservatives split they fight amongst themsleves and fracture even more. However would you agree that the southern split (PCA) has not had, generally speaking, that type of problem. They havent fractured nearly as much, and have grown tremendously, havent they? What are your thoughts.

    Scott Jeffreys
    M.Div. Beeson Divinity 2002 “Pilgrims on the Sawdust Trail!”

    Comment by Scott Jeffreys — December 10, 2006 @ 5:01 pm


  8. Dr. Mouw,

    It will be interesting to hear your points of view. I’ll look forward to reading them.

    Kai

    Comment by Kai Schraml — December 15, 2006 @ 9:53 am


  9. Dr. Mouw,

    I have begun to enjoy your thoughts as you have become a “blogger”! I love to read what you have to say and will be one to follow your blog as I also invade your “Space”.

    Marie

    Comment by Marie — December 19, 2006 @ 1:03 pm


  10. Dr. Mouw,
    I am glad to see you embrace this newer medium of communication and influence. I know there are many of us who will appreciate your continued voice in our journeys of faith and ministry.

    Comment by Erika Haub — December 19, 2006 @ 7:19 pm


  11. Welcome to the world of blogging!

    Do you have any specific plans for your blog?

    Comment by James Gregory — December 21, 2006 @ 5:34 pm


  12. Hi Rich,
    Welcome to the LiveWeb! I help develop communications for my local church and have, like you, discovered the benefit of sharing thoughts and experiences in real-time. Enjoy the cyber-community!

    Comment by John — January 4, 2007 @ 5:27 pm


  13. An opportunity to tap more from you …I think that there are thoughts which if not written because they cannot be audibly spoken, mostly for lack of platform at conception, will never be heard.

    Comment by Steve Safwali — January 5, 2007 @ 10:50 pm


  14. Welcome the Blogosphere. As one of the many Fuller Alum who took your classes any time I could, I think its a very good thing indeed.

    all best.

    Comment by Tod Bolsinger — January 16, 2007 @ 6:33 pm


  15. You are welcome on MY MySpace! It’s been a great tool for me to keep in touch with students from churches around the country that I worked with before entering Fuller.

    Looking forward to your thoughts being shared with us…

    Comment by Casey — January 30, 2007 @ 5:40 pm


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