01 September 2007

Taking the Plunge


For sometime I've told myself and others that I'd never run a blog. After all, what could I have to say that others would want to read and discuss? What could I add to other conversations already in progress? But you know what they say about never saying "never." And Pr. Weedon can be quite convincing, especially as he talks of the "joys" of blogging! So, here goes as I take the plunge into the world of writing, musing, theologizing, and conversing in "blogdom."

A word about the title of this blog is surely in order. "RAsburry" - my first initial and last name - has become my trademark of sorts, especially via email. And since many blogs choose to use Latin to show their purpose and direction, I couldn't resist throwing in just a little Latin. In Latin "res" means "things, matters, affairs." So, putting the two terms together, this blog is about matters that strike my fancy, matters theological and churchly, matters weighty and important, even matters humorous and light-hearted - matters that will hopefully interest others and bear witness to the God of forgiveness, life, and salvation.

The matters that interest me most concern the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for the life of the world - the life that I have received as a pure gift by God's boundless mercy in the forgiveness of sins, the life that I have vowed to deliver to the people whom God has given me to shepherd. This blessed life from the Holy Triune God comes in the Body of Christ, the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. His life in His Body gives new meaning and purpose for all other matters ("res") in all of life.

Thanks for joining me as I "take the plunge" into "blogdom"! May God bless this ongoing conversation.

12 comments:

wm cwirla said...

Welcome to the cacophony! A few words of advice from a blog vet:

Watch out for trolls.
Read twice and think three times before you hit Send.
Of the writing of blogs there is no end.
Blog discussions go nowhere.
Aardie's are unpredictable.
Once you send it, you can't take it back.
Stupid comments live forever and multiply like rabbits.
Keep your sermons long.

Randy K. Asburry said...

Thanks, Bill! Good wisdom indeed!

William Weedon said...

I can't believe you actually did it! Good job, my friend. Looking forward to reading more of your goodies.

Randy K. Asburry said...

What can I say? You have such powers of persuasion! :-)

Paul T. McCain said...

Welcome to the Blogosphere Randy.

Randy K. Asburry said...

Thanks, Paul.

Christopher D. Hall said...

Good news, and I look forward to reading! To Pr. Cwirla's advice let me add that your blog can also be a harsh mistress. Remember you are in charge :)

wm cwirla said...

Harsh mistress? Nonsense. You can ignore a blog for months on end. Just ask Marcus Zill.

http://blog.higherthings.org/zill

Take up the guitar in a serious way. Now THERE'S a harsh mistress. Ignore her at your own peril, baby.

Past Elder said...

Welcome to the blogosphere. I don't have any words of blogging wisdom, because I only moved from being a commenter to a blogger in February myself.

I'm glad you lead off with a sermon. I enjoy reading the sermons of Lutheran bloggers who are also in the OHM.

Terry Maher, Omaha NE

Randy Asburry said...

Christopher,

Thanks for the warning! I like to think I'm in charge, especially when my wife gives me permission. :-)

Bill,

Yep, I noticed that about Zill's blog. But then again, that's Zill! ;-)

Terry,

Good to "meet" you in blogosphere. Hopefully, I'll remember to post sermons here regularly.

Orycteropus Afer said...

Now that you've taken the bait, I will hasten to add you to the Big Blogroll O' Vark. Welcome aboard, Randy.

Orycteropus Afer said...

Let me update, Randy: Welcome to the BBOV.