A little history: In February 2006 I launched my blog with these comments: "This will be a public forum in which you'll get both opinion and truth. Opinion being that which all of us have and is arrived at from everything from experience to, well, just stupid thoughts. Truth is the definable verifiable commodity found in the God's Word the Bible. I want to both have some fun on this blog as well as, at times, perhaps give you something deep to think about."
My blog was really developed as a place where I could think - out loud. I know some of you won't understand it but it was designed to be a place where I could express thoughts and no one else had to own them or approve them. It was a place where my opinion could be put out there and my experiences could be shared. And, yes, this sounds awful, but it was a place that was about me. To explain, so much of what I write or say has to be filtered into how it represents others: "Would the elders approve of this?", "Does the church represent this..." And I know in a sense it does, at least in some people's minds even here. But my plan is that HERE I can be me. In all my human frailness. Over time I've gotten to where I write more and more about ministry - primarily because I'm at a stage in life where I need to say somethings that need to be said and also because I want younger guys to know the many feelings they feel are natural. And, yes, you can learn how absolutely strange I am here!
Tonight marks my 500th posting to my sites - here's a few highlights:
June 2006 - After announcing I was leaving Granny White and knew I'd be for a time without my weekly column named (by Jeff, The Tie That Binds and that I'd written over 1100 weeks) I changed my blog name to "the Blog that Binds". At that point I was using blogger. I posted 140 posts there.
June 2008 - I moved to iWeb and purchased my name: dalejenkins.com (I became a dotcom :)). I posted 176 posts on "the Blog that Binds" there. One of the problems there was that I could not bring the posts from blogspot to dalejenkins.com. The other issue was that I could only update iWeb from one computer and that was an old computer, so I had to carry two with me when I traveled.
June 2008 - The Scoop Blog Began. There have been 64 posts there. History of the scoop blog. The Monday after I began my work at Granny White Andy Connelly came by my office. I did not know a single preacher in Nashville and he and I became fast friends! That friendship has grown and flourished. We both are a little curious so when I'd here of a preacher leaving a congregation or moving to a congregation I'd call him and holler - "SCOOOOP!!", he'd do the same if he heard of one. Then we'd play a little guessing game before we revealed the news. We'd eat together and guess who was moving where...just fun (you non-preacher folks won't get that). At some point I thought it'd be both fun and some would WANT to know - it'd provide a service. I was correct on that front - roughly 1500 guys visit that site each time it is updated. The Scoop Blog does not propose to determine the worth of a job - it's just the news!
September 2008: iPreached launches. Adam Faughn and I have recorded roughly 120 of this fun and hopefully helpful podcast. It now "lives" at www.theequipnetwork.com. That led to TheMinistryGeek which launched in April and is a blast!
TODAY - Thanksgiving, November 25, 2010 we launch our new site built with WordPress by one of the webmasters of our fellowship Caleb O’Hara - this marks number 500! Thanks Caleb!
Look around folks. It should be easy to navigate. RSS it. Comment, let me know what you think. In fact, you don't know how important comments are in the blog world. They push it forward, so get involved. Often (in fact most often) the comments are better than what I write! You can follow my twitter feeds, buy a copy or three of my book, find my bio, my speaking schedule and I'l be adding more as time goes on.
Thanks for all your help and encouragement. This blog would be nothing without you. Thousands of you have let me know you read and enjoy. I stumble into (and am blessed) by more good stuff than I deserve or than my talents merit. I'm just blessed ... and, yes, thankful.
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