St Paul addresses the bloggers

Now all the bloggers would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new” (a paraphrase of Acts 17:21)

It is the nature of blogs to prioritise newness, the very design of a blog feeds the newest information to the reader. So also does the TV news, newspapers, magazines and even scholarly journals. In fact academia is an interesting illustration of the common fascination with the latest ideas — how often have you encountered some new theory put forth by the boffins and shaken your head in wonder that people so brainy could think such nonsense? The reason can usually be traced to the unending compulsion in academia to be innovative in interpreting a limited pool of data .

However, It would probably be true that bloggers are especially hungry to discuss something new. In this we need to take great care. Just as Paul was accused of being someone who just pecked at ideas and regurgitated them second-hand (Acts 17:18), we need to be sure of our facts before blogging bollocks.

The information Paul presented was new, and he had been specifically set apart as a herald of that news. In delivering the gospel he observed the current, integrated that into his presentation of the truth and grounded it all in historical cultural context. A good example to follow.

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