Kudos to Fox News for carrying this AP story on GodBlogCon 2005 [DEL posts on here and here]. The first ever convention of Christian bloggers was held last month at Biola University. The Fox News story is fair and balanced from this blogger's perspective.
"Many bloggers are now writing about religious oppression, poverty and world hunger, instead of hot-button issues such as abortion, homosexuality and assisted suicide, said the Rev. Andrew Jackson, a seminary professor and pastor at the Word of Grace Church in Mesa, Ariz.
'With blogging you tend to break out of those circles and you see other points of view,' Carter said. 'There's a bigger world out there than gay marriage and abortion.'
At one well-attended workshop — 'When Non-Christians Read Your Blog' — Biola University professor Timothy Muehlhoff (search) gave instructions on writing about faith without alienating nonbelievers.
He stressed that God blogging has the potential to be a "train wreck" because done wrong it can reinforce stereotypes of evangelical Christians as angry and close-minded "pit bulls of the culture wars.'
'As Christians today we are embroiled in the argument culture and we have forgotten this one thing: Blessed are the peacemakers,' he said. 'Wouldn't it be nice if we could say we brought a level of civility back to the conversation?'"
There is more to Christianity online than the typical Main Stream Media debates. The SCBA is a great example of the diverse opinions and areas of interests to a group of Christian bloggers. There is a tremendous amount of collegiality and civility among Christian bloggers that I have experienced online. It is a wonderful, growing community.
I am looking foward to meeting more Christian bloggers at GodBlogCon 2006!