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March 13, 2008

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The Big Annoucement

March 10, 2008

Not sure whether this is a big announcement or not, but I’m putting it out there after quite a bit of thought and preparation so here it is.

I’m changing my blog site to my new self-hosted site called martyholman.com.
I’ve been working on it for the last two weeks and think it’s ready to be viewed by you and used by me.  It should be easier to find my blog since a handful of people a day find my blog by searching for marty holman or pastormarty anyways.  So as of today, I will no longer be posting on wordpress.com, although I’m using wordpress software for the hosting.  I’d love to hear your comments on what you think about the site, and you can subscribe to the site just like you might have here.

Anyways, enough of the shameless plugs.  See you there!

Until next time…

A Great Post

March 7, 2008

Here is a great post from Brody (who’s not on my blogroll by the way) that you’ll want to check out.  Really good stuff.

This morning was amazing.  Carie, my lovely wife, woke up at a pretty ungodly hour, and I’m an early riser most of the time, so I woke up with her.  She had to make a spanish exam for one of her classes today, and I thought I could be of some support awake, rather than making her wish she was sleeping too.

So I browsed through some of the blogs on my RSS feeds, and I have to tell you that I believe the RSS feed and the blog are two of the greatest inventions of all time.  I know, I know, that statement certainly is debatable, but allow me to take you through some of the things I’ve learned and sought out this morning around the world.

Beginning with a site where my own post from yesterday was connected to, and commented on – an independent Holy Cross Crusaders site.  My apologies for my false statement concerning the “Big Dance in March” for those who noticed, but I wrote it based on something I overheard (and obviously mistakenly overheard) from an interview by Coach Gibbons after the game.  I probably should have said something like “This hurts their chances to play in the big dance, though as I did my research, it doesn’t kill their chances.  So Go Crusaders!

Then I browse through the old RSS reader and find out that Pastor Buddy from New York has asked his blogging friends and readers to pray for his dad today, who’s going through a serious fight with cancer right now.  Feel free to be in prayer for his dad, who will be in surgery at 10:30 am today.

On the theological side of things, I found out this morning that one of my favorite preachers, NT Wright, has some serious things to say on the subject of heaven in this interview with Time Magazine.  Not surprisingly, his findings in his new book, Surprised by hope, were similar to the questions that my friend Jeff had when he recently asked the question in the his blog, “Will we go to heaven?”  I feel a storm a-brewin’. 

The next updated RSS Feed was Jenn’s (with 2 n’s of course), who shared her tales of Valentine’s Day in messy weather New England, and the love of her Christ-following family (in the big picture sense).  I loved reading the story, and it makes me even more excited to read this.

Then I drove into the newest member of my RSS-feeded blog family, Garret Walker, an awesome guy who I get the privilege of hanging out with in my small group each week. In this blog, he shared a bit about his perception of Barack Obamas popularity (not as a candidate).  Garret has a wife and 4 girls, in case you’re wondering why his blog was named that.

Perry Noble – You are the man, and you have the best Valentine’s Day Rant ever right here.

Three of my favorite bloggers have been busy raising awareness and money for some great causes, as you can read about here and here and here.  About 5 of the feeds I read this morning talked about this post by Ragamuffin Soul.  You need to read it.

On a more entertaining note, This feed will definitely help you if you’re interested in finding out when your show is coming back after the writer’s strike.  I found the info here.

I finished off my blog reading morning at my wife’s side by reading why this pastor loves his wife so much and what this pastor is looking for in a children’s pastor.

It was an amazing morning of blogs, and I really get a lot out of reading our generations version of this, minus the big subscription bills, the rampant negativity about how the world is about to end, and the lopsided idealogy that they have decided I should have.

So a big thank you to all those who blog, and to all those who will be blogging in the near future. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts.

And in case you’re interested in subscribing to my blog via an RSS feed, here’s a link for that too.

Until next time…

Forward thinking…

January 25, 2008

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I’m posting this because of my friend and coworker for Christ, Jeff Campbell, and how I’ve wanted to say something like this for a long time, and could never put it this eloquently.  Winn Collier, a great writer (based on his blogs, but who also has a few books I’ve talked about in the past) wrote this, which you need to read.  Its on forwards that people send and how they play with the truth.  It reminds me of those stupid “chicken soup for the crac…I mean soul” stories.  Lies…all lies.  It’s amazing how easy it is to lie.

A long battle

January 23, 2008

The Game of Controversy.  It’s a game that people like, that people can at the very least endure to see what might happen in the future.  It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a thing.  A phenomenon that happens when tension arrives at the doorstep of our minds.

Any good speaker, pastor, newscaster, script writer,and even blogger knows that in order to capture peoples attention, there must be a focus on tension or controversy that the reader/viewer/listener expects sometime to be resolved.  And so the best bloggers/speakers/writers create this great tension/controversy and make those who are listening crave for more.

Because people want controversy.  They say they don’t.  They say they want peace.  But trust me, if Bush moves out of Iraq anytime soon, there will be someone else there waiting for the world to hate, and for the world to believe that they are the evil war villian.  If someone finally does come who brings the world together, all Christ followers (of which I am proudly one) will question the situation and fight to make sure that the unifying leader is not also trying to unify the world against God.  Why?

Because it’s the way the world was made by God, and.  Because we want it.

It’s why the Roman emperors built a building where hundreds and thousands of people could watch as people fought one another, or just tortured one another.  It’s why the NFL is the most popular sport in the United States right now and why around the world, people light other people on fire and beat the crap out of each other over 22 guys kicking around a ball.  It’s also why soap operas, Lost, 24, and Greys Anatomy are so popular – The writers, producers, and directors are experts at creating unbelievable tension that makes the viewer crave more, and want to tune in next week.

It’s also why newscasters cast a vision of despair and demise that the given situation has a very small chance for a happy ending, and why pastors sometimes scream out that the “liberal media”hates them, when probably very few of the media actually hate them (probably just Katie Couric) and most just don’t understand them.  The truth be told, there are times I don’t understand them either.

It comes down to our need for controversy and for tension.  To the adrenaline that is shot into us everytime we arrive in or view or listen to a situation that requires our attention.  This is not a bad or a good thing, it’s just a thing,and it’s also the reason why my 3 most viewed blogs in the last 4 months I’ve been blogging regularly have been the most controversial.

Wait till you see what I write about on Monday.  You just wait!

Until next time…