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GodblogCon 2007 -Day One

by Dr. D ~ November 9th, 2007

Greetings from Las Vegas, Nevada, I am here at the Blogworld & New Media Expo and GodblogCon 2007, along with thousands of fellow bloggers. Today has been an eye opening experience. I am like a kid in a candy store.

In the exhibition hall are hundreds of booths with promotions and products designed to meet the needs of participants in the ‘New Media’. All the ‘big boys’ are represented along with all sorts of niche businesses. Yahoo, AOL, Technorati, Microsoft, Snap, Pajamas Media, and TownHall just to name a few. There is even a book store with all sort of books on blogging and internet business.

The conference is broken down into different tracks each with their own topics and VIP speakers. There is the Entrepreneur track, Executive Track, Monetization Track, Political Track, Sports Blogging Track, Podcasting Track, Beginning and advanced Blogging Tracks, and finally the track that I am participating in: the GodBlog Track, also known as GodblogCon 2007.

GodblogCon started this morning (11/8) with an address by Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a fellow blogger @ almohler.com

Dr. Mohler reminded us that our God chose to communicate to us through words. Down through the years Christians have used different forms of media to communicate the words and the message that God gave us. The new media (blogging, podcasting, videoblogging, etc) offers a open ended opportunity for the Christian community to share the word of God and take it to the ends of the earth.

Next: John Mark Reynolds, Biola University, and contributor @ ScriptoriumDaily.com, talked about maintaining meaning and a focus in our blogs. Dr. Reynolds emphasized the importance of blogging on those things which are true, good, and lasting. He said that we should try to blog on the ‘permanent side’ of the blogosphere, posting on those thing that folks will always be looking for and blessed by.

Third: Mark D. Roberts, Director of Laity Lodge, and blogger @ markdroberts.com. Dr. Roberts spoke from experience about the ups and downs of blogging as a Pastor. I will probably post on that lecture in the future.

After Lunch: Rhett Smith, Director of College Ministry at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, also @ rhettsmith.com. Rhett talked about using new media, particularly MySpace and Facebook in Youth ministry. Bonnie Lindblom followed with observations on ministry to woman through blogging. She is the Moderator of Intellecuelle @ evangelicaloutpost.com/intellecuelle.

Finally, Joe Carter, Dir. of Web Com.: Family Research Council, and famous blogger @ EvangelicalOutpost.com, spoke about impacting people and the culture through new media. He talked about his own experiences and involvement in controversy at times. He recently generated a firestorm of comments when he posted about torture on his blog, came out against ‘waterboarding’, and challenged Christians to get involved.

The first day ended officially with a panel discussion about the effects of new media on religion and culture with an eye to the future. It was broadcast live on the Hugh Hewitt radio talk show, and included Dr. Mohler, John Mark Reynolds, Mark Roberts, and Michael Medved, with Hugh as the moderator.

I was front and center for that one, it was fun to see Hewitt and Medved in action, since I listen to both of their radio programs quite often while I am traveling in the car during work. It was a great day and I surely look forward to tomorrow and the rest of the conference.

Note: GodblogCon sessions above are on podcast @ ScriptoriumDaily.com

Here is a couple of others posting about GodblogCon:

Amy@ A-Team Blog

La Shawn Barber

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