NOTE: The creators of Friendica used their experience to develop a still greater tool, RedMatrix. And the latest evolution, from all that experience, is Hubzilla. My spot is here.

Friendica is a social networking system that allows you to connect with people just about anywhere on the Internet. It’s free, it’s open, and it’s as private as you want to make it. How to get started using Friendica? Continue reading

Over on Twitter, Chad asked for a working definition of grace. Since it was Twitter, I asked if we needed to observe the 140-character limit. His Twitter post goes to Facebook, so not so much. But I thought a Twitter-sized limit would be interesting to attempt. Here’s my definition of one of the greatest, widest, deepest, grandest concepts in Scripture. Where does it lack?

Grace is the free gift of God’s salvation in Christ, not dependent upon human merit, but upon its reception by faith and obedience.

Nine characters to spare.

Paul also uses grace as a word for God giving us the ability to serve, ministry, which is not covered above. What else?

For a while, I thought that Twitter wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and perhaps I should ease up on the posting and linking I do there. Even though it drives much of my traffic, since a lot of it is automatic now. I post somewhere, it goes automatically to Twitter, which then posts it to Facebook. stuff like that.

Now these people are selling their fish, but it explains a lot: Continue reading

Eugene Peterson wrote that “all Christian service involves urgency.” (Quote from my reading.) Indeed, so. David Hersey, in his article, “Salvation Is,” says salvation is urgent, quoting Hebrews 3:7 and 2 Corinthians 6:2. People step into eternity every day, never to look back, never to return, never to have an opportunity, for once the door to time and space and earth closes behind, destiny is sealed. All service in the kingdom of God is urgent, because all is tied to our spiritual status before God. That’s why we often link to and recommend our little online study.

• The urgency and seriousness of the Christian enterprise doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy the light-hearted side of life. One can’t be intense all the time.

• Do people need to know about the church before conversion? I’m with Joy Jensen on this one: Continue reading