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…

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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.

The Ramblings of Marty

February 28, 2008

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Although rambling rarely gets me anywhere, this morning will be more of a rambling post, because I have so much on my mind.

We’ll start our morning with a shout out to my Savior Jesus Christ, who loved me with amazing love and grace, and proved that love by taking the penalty for my sins by sacrificing himself as an atonement for the world.  I have believed and trusted (and failed many times over), and so this motivates me to do all of the things I do, including blog.

Also, yesterday, I was privileged enough to be on this list of growing blogs in WordPress.  I’m not on the list today yet, but I was yesterday, and that was pretty cool.  Thanks to those who read my blog and gain some value from the thoughts that flow through my head.

I wanted to give a shout out to two new friends who blog.  I’ve wanted to do this for a week now, but every day I’ve forgotten in the daily grind of things.  But you should really check out Steve and Garrett’s blogs.  They don’t blog on a daily basis yet, but when they do blog, it’s usually pretty interesting.

Last night my basketball team played a make up game.  It was the first game Carie was able to attend.  As you may recall, our team now has been beaten by 40 points, 20 points and in this post, 1 point.  Our team rallied around one another last night to win in an impressive 11 point game.

I say it was because of Carie.

My friend, Scott put in his usual 15 points, along with an impressive 3 pointer as the opposing team was attempting a comeback in the start of the 2nd half.  I chipped in 13 points, but with the addition of a really tall new guy who didn’t have a great shot but was a great presence in the middle, I was able to play the role of a shooting forward instead of a power forward, which you might say is not my calling.

So we won 46-35!

This weekend will be another great time at Fellowship Church.  I’m excited about what God is doing here on a regular basis, and this week will be Al’s first week being here two weeks in a row.  Woohoo!

Last week we announced that we will be combining our services for Easter Sunday, so be aware Fellowshippers that we’ll have one service at 10:30 am for Easter!  We’ll be announcing our new theme for this year that day as well!

Yesterday I took part in Watercooler Wednesday, an event you might want to look into if you enjoy blogging and culture.  It’s the brain child (I believe) of my new friend Randy Elrod, and it was a lot of fun to check out. I’ll be a regular at the cooler, Randy.

So my mind is now empty for the most part.  This afternoon, I’ll be sharing an idea we’ll be using for our Easter series for the purpose of utilizing and helping someone’s personal vision and potential.  I’ll post it around 2 pm.

Until next time…

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.

The Truth is…

January 9, 2008

I haven’t been blogging as much this year.  I haven’t had the stomach for it.  I have come to the realization that written words can be pretty powerful and people either love me or hate me depending on what I write.

Take for instance a review I wrote on a book in November.  It was well written, received several positive and negative comments, and I even got a few emails, telling me I was wrong in some way for posting my thoughts on my blog.  I was told I was being negative and counter-productive to what Christ had for me in my life.  In some ways I agreed at first.  One of my strengths is positivity and really I can’t stand when things get too negative.  But the other thing I can’t stand is denying the truths of reality. 

I learned a lesson in writing those blogs (which maybe you didn’t get a chance to read) in November.  They are no longer available on my blog.  The lesson I learned though is this:  People like when things are normal.  When you let stuff ride.  When you go with the normal flow.  They dislike when you make waves.

One of my friends, Jeff, told me this week that his most popular blogs are when he asks the most controversial questions.  Then  people want to chime in and give their opinions.

So I’m having a hard time writing.  Why write attempting to appease everybody?  That result is boring.  And why write when I have to live to stir things up and say something controversial?  Eventually my head hurts thinking about the next big thing I’ll say.

One of the emails I received took aim at my pastorship, and “should a pastor blog about controversial things?”  Wow.  The good thing is that I’ve never confessed to being a normal pastor.  Just ask my congregation.  They know.  They know that I don’t fit the mold of what a pastor should be.

“He’s a little corky” they might say, or “he talks funny” several of them might confess.

Frankly, I’m gonna be me.  I believe that makes the best pastor and the best blogger.  I’m going to live like Jesus sometimes, and probably and unfortunately, live like his lesser counterpart other times – An act of which I’ll confess, maybe even sometimes on this blog, more likely to a close friend, and continue being who I am.  Me.

If you read my blog regularly. Thank you.  I’m going to continue to write about stuff that interests me, the majority of which is church.  But I’ll also write about things I feel need to be made right.  Things which are on my heart.  And if someone gets offended, they can start a blog too.  It’s the beauty of technology.  It’s the beauty of our culture.  It’s the beauty of not repressing your feelings, and writing rather than sitting at your computer worried to death that somebody’s going to be offended.

Enough of that.  I’m writing what I want to write.  Enjoy my blog.  It’s about me.

Until next time…

Blogalicious (2 of 2)

December 7, 2007

Today marks the 2nd of my 2 blogs on other blogs that I read on a regular basis.  For a commentary on which blogs I read from people I know, click here.  Today I’ll talk about blogs I read from people I don’t know, but who influence me big time in my professional life.  But before I do that, please allow me to say that Sunday’s service at Fellowship Church is going to be amazing.  I’m so pumped that I’m a part of a church that desires to be challenged,and not a part of one that simply wants to come and sit on a weekly basis and who can’t “feel the chains on their souls.”

Ths week we continue our Advent Conspiracy series, and the topic will be “The Dirty Truth.”  Josh Grohman will be leading worship, and I always love when he leads a band.  The music is so good.  So that’s this Sunday morning at 9:30 am and 11:00am.  Now onto our show…

Like yesterday, I have some honorable mentions.  Here they are:

Behind the leaf – This is a blog kept by the staff of Oak Leaf Church in Cartersville, GA. They are always informative, and have given me some crazy good ideas.

Pomomusings – Evidently Adam, the keeper of this blog is a senior seminary student from Princeton, who is a part of the emerging Presbyterian movement.  I know, that sounds like a headbanging baptist, but he’s very interesting to read, and it’s kind of exciting to see what he’ll be doing next year.

And now for my top 5!

5.  Elevation Church – This is a church in Charlotte NC that has gone from 7 families to 3,000 in attendance in just over two years.   They are doing some amazing things, and frequently share their ideas with us in this blog at www.accesselevation.com.

4.  Buddy Cremeans  – Buddy pastors a church in upstate NY (soon to be all over NY) and is doing an amazing job with this church he started about 6 years ago.  His stories are great, and I look forward to seeing whats happening at their church every week.

3.  Perry Noble – Pastor of a church (I have no clue where), but he’s always blogging and writing his thoughts, and more times than not, they are good.  Frequently he’ll walk through his bible studies and blog them or just record his favorite church signs.

2.  Mark Cuban – The owner of the Dallas mavericks is the guy who taught me all about RSS feeds.  How?  you might ask.  Because I read his blog and he’s always hsaring his thoughts on the future.  You could learn so much from this guy, it’s crazy.

1.  Michael Lukaszewski – I know why this guy didnt use his name as the web address.  And it’s pretty wild why he would be number one on the list ahead of Mark Cuban, but here’s why:  Everytime I read what this guy has to say, I am hooked. He’s always saying something that strikes me as what I need to hear, and so before I read any other blog during my blog reading time, he’s first.  I hope you enjoy his stuff as much as I do.

Thats it for another edition of my blog.  Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing many of you at Fellowship Church in Holden on Sunday morning!

Until next time…