Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Oh no, here's another one ... Blogos are popping out all over ...

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I see a new blog has also adopted the name Blogos! I have to admit i like their logo better than mine, and they also address language and technology, but don't be fooled: this blog is the original Blogos, in operation since April 2003 (somehow the big anniversary post never got out of my head last month).

By original, of course, i mean excluding blogos.com, which seems to be selling inflatable logos for sports teams ...

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This e-Church post on blogging and the participatory church got noticed by Dave Winer, which must be driving some new readers Tim's direction (and he deserves it). I agree with Tim's basic thesis: people should be participants, not spectators. Though blogging is one tool that can help, these days i'm wondering if the fundamental problem is a much broader, structural one: contemporary church organization, with professional leadership and a large group in attendance, can't help but make spectators out of most people.

Though i find the bombastic style of their site a little grating, Open Church Ministries makes some similar points in arguing for participation in worship as a key missing ingredient in contemporary church life. In our community group last week, we were talking about how nearly every mention in Paul's letters of the body of Christ includes injunctions to build up and grow: how can we do that, or the things listed below by Open Church, as part of a scheduled program in a big auditorium?

  • Provoke one another unto good works.
  • Confess your sins to one another.
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another.
  • Bear one another's burdens.
  • Encourage one another and build each other up.
  • Respect those who work hard among you.
  • Warn those who are idle ... encourage the timid.
  • Pray for each other so that you may be healed.

I'm still trying to figure out the solution, but i suspect it happens in much smaller groups, where there's both openness and an expectation of all members participating actively.

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Favelets are applets (mini applications) in javascript that run from the Favorites list in Internet Explorer: Favorites + applets = favelets. They're cool because they add functionality to your browser environment, which (let's face it) is where most of the action is these days.

I was first introduced to favelets by Jon Udell's examples for taking an Amazon page (with the ISBN embedded in the URL) and looking for the book in my local library. Then i found a few others that i like, including one for resizing the window from favelets.com (but there are other sites besides this one).

Because of the New Testament Names project, i'm a regular user of the word search features on the ESV website, as i look up some semi-obscure name to learn and record information about it (like Ephraim, which i initially mistook for a reference to the OT figure of the same name). But i got tired of finding the page, typing in the word, using the pull-down to select New Testament only, select just whole word matching .... click click click click click!

Favelets to the rescue! Here's how it works:

  • Drag (don't click) this link to the Links section of your browsers toolbar. It will complain that it might not be safe: you'll have to decide if you trust me :-)
     ESV NT word search
  • Select (highlight) a word in your browser that you want to look up (like this one: content)
  • Click on the favelet
  • A new browser window will open up, with the URL constructued to do a search on that word in the New Testament only, whole word matching, text only.

If you get how this works, you'll find it easy to make minor modifications for different search options. You just need to create a link in a browser page and "install" it by drag-n-drop. Here's another one that you can use to select a passage reference (e.g., Col 3:16) and look it up:

 ESV Passage Search

Two more for looking up the selected word in an online dictionary or thesaurus:

 Dictionary lookup

 Thesaurus lookup

I don't know whether this works for other browsers: it may. And there may be some subtle bugs i haven't discovered (but if you do and you tell me, i'll be grateful).

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