Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blogover 2008

This is a commitment for me and a proposal for the rest of you. I'm wondering who else among bloggers might be interested in joining me.

Starting on Thursday, May 1, 2008, I'm neither going to blog nor comment, nor read blogs nor comments until I have presented the gospel to ten people whom I do not know to be believers.

Now, if some of you guys on the other side will post something really controversial at 12:01 am on May 1, then you'll only make me all the more efficient in my soul-winning. I'll be pounding on doors at 4:30 in the morning. :-)

But seriously, it seems to me that this would be a great way for us to remind ourselves of our commitment to "the main thing." I've named it Blogover as a corruption of the annual Crossover events at convention.

What say ye?

24 comments:

Alex said...

Everytime you blog it is likely that more than 10 unbelievers read what you write.

Maybe you could achieve your goal by blogging and blog-commenting on more things than SB politics and the Camel method (wonder how many Muslims have already noted your observations about that - type Camel Method into Google . . .?).

Bart Barber said...

Alex,

Doing so in Google I find (on the first page) Timmy Brister, Tom Ascol, Jeremy Green, and others, but not myself. Were you thinking that I ranked higher?

Ron P. said...

Alex,

I hope many have read these posts on the Camel and now know the Gospel message as it is presented in Scripture and lacking in the Camel Method.

Ron P.

CB Scott said...

Ron P,

Well done.

cb

volfan007 said...

ron p.,

i concur with cb. well done. well said.

david

Jonathon said...

Dr. Barber....

I am reading Rob Bell's Velvet Elvis...because this culture is, and I really don't like it, but it is beneficial.

I am writing reviews of each chapter as I go..

Would love to see what you think, so, if you want to read a blog, might as well read mine.

www.igniteuk.net, go to the pastors blog.

Holla

Jonathon said...

I meant me reading it as I minister to this culture is beneficial in that it helps me understand what they are reading.

Colin McGahey said...

Count me in.

Tim Rogers said...

Brother Bart,

I am with you, but I am going with 3 instead of 10.

Blessings,
Tim

Amanda Jo said...

Blogover...I love it! Jack Harris would be proud!

Debbie Kaufman said...

Bart: I hope this will not be used as another spirituality measuring stick. In other words this is great if God has convicted you to do it, but if that is not the case for others I hope you don't use it as a measuring stick to beat them with.

I am not convicted to join in this, I witness as God gives me the words and the opportunity. Exact numbers are more of a Baptist thing than Biblical.

Anonymous said...

Debbie,

I hope you don't take this the wrong way...
But seeing as I do a lot of work in missiology....
Numbers is not just a baptist thing.

Just a clarification! :)

Dougald

Ron P. said...

Debbie,

Still praying for you and your family...

Numbers are Biblical, how else would we know how many were fed by Jesus, how many were saved at Pentecost, and so on. Numbers are not more important that people, but numbers are important and Biblical.

Blessings,

Ron P.

Bart Barber said...

Debbie,

You continue to be in my prayers.

Debbie Kaufman said...

RonP: Thank you. They are appreciated more than you will know. Seriously.

Gentlemen: Show me anywhere where Paul or Christ set a goal to witness to a certain number of people. That is a Baptist thing. Now do I believe God would and does convict people such as Bart to do this? Yes. I have no reason not to. But, a conviction is just that a personal God led conviction that cannot be held as the standard for everyone. I say to go where God leads, to not do so is disobedience, but do not think that God will lead everyone in that direction. I long to give the good news, I just do not personally have the same conviction Bart has. If I choose to blog and have not witnessed to ten people that day, I can still be confident that I am righteous before my Father.

Debbie Kaufman said...

Bart: Thank you very much. I read the comments on your blog cause I couldn't figure out how so many knew so fast and they were very very much appreciated.

Debbie Kaufman said...

See this is me. I used to set goals for myself, fail in them, beat myself over the head.

I see this problem in the counting of Baptisms performed. Notice, when baptisms go down, the finger pointing begins. I believe that Baptists, Christians, are faithful in giving the gospel, but God works in His way and in HIs time, otherwise we try to be the Holy Spirit and I don't know about you but I am a human being, a sinner saved by grace, not even close to being the Holy Spirit for anyone.

I don't mean to put a damper on this post, I understand the intentions, but it's just one more pressure, one more thing to add to an already long list of spiritual measurements. I just don't see it as Biblical. Paul followed the Holy Spirit's lead in where he was to go to preach the gospel. There were times Christ slipped away from the crowds. These are just two examples of many I could give. I am just concerned with another measuring stick for others to measure up to.

CB Scott said...

Debbie,

"Weeelcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back......,"

Welcome back, Debbie to the theme song of WELCOME BACK KOTTER

:-) :-)

CB

Anonymous said...

Debbie,

Your comments today remind me of one of those people who always finds something negative about everything. It seems as if you are looking for something to complain or argue about. Bart stated that it was his conviction and then in a pastoral way - challenged others to pray about whether they wanted to join him. It was that simple. If you’re not convicted, don’t do it - but don’t jump to conclusions that Bart is going to beat you over the head with his measuring stick of righteousness. By the way, you did mean to put a damper on it or you wouldn’t have commented three times.

Brent L. Williams

Wayne Smith said...

Debbie,

Welecome Back and I agree with you in that we are to take advantage of every opportunity to share Jesus Christ as God opens the door. I also see Bart’s point in getting off the keyboard/computer and see what God has available for us in our communities.

In His Name
Wayne

joerstewart said...

I'm in, not that I've been blogging much recently.

Colin McGahey said...

I am not so spiritual as to be able to discern God's timing. Therefore, I witness when I "feel like" the Spirit is leading, and I witness when I don't know if the Spirit has prepared the person. Perhaps a great too many Christians do not witness because they do not "feel" the Spirit leading. In fact, if we obeyed Jesus' command to go and do, and Paul's instruction to Timothy to "do the work of an evangelist," then perhaps we would see how wrong we often are about God's timing and our feelings.

Tom Parker said...

Bart:

What kind of time frame are you making for this commitment?

Bart Barber said...

Tom,

No time period. I'm just not doing a thing on blogs until I have fulfilled this commitment.