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I love writing on this blog. I thoroughly enjoy having an avenue where I can write about (as the tagline says) my thoughts on life, faith, God, sports, culture, and whatever else pops into my brain.

Through my two year journey of blogging, I have been amazed at all the strangers that seem to stumble on this website for whatever reason. People from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and beliefs somehow find briancromer.com.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “X3 WATCH“. This post talked about how pornography is the “dirty little secret” that is constantly being ignored and swept under the rug while it kills intimacy, marriages, and purity. I promoted a wonderful free software called X3 Watch, which is an accountability software that sends a weekly email to an accountability partner of what websites you are looking at. I personally use this software on my computer.

This week I received an interesting comment from a stranger (named Jeffrey) on this blog post. Jeffrey commented…

wow, do you Christians really need Big Brother to stay ethically centered? It’s no wonder you believe we are “born in sin,” when you yourselves are so morally bankrupt that you must resort to “discipleship” and “accountablity partners” to avoid doing what you have already convinced yourself you shouldn’t do.

I have an idea, grow a backbone and get a hobby?

My question to you is this…HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND? I’m not asking out of cluelessness. I am asking because I believe it is very healthy to be able to have a conversation with somebody who doesn’t know Jesus in a calm, rational, loving, yet unswerving way. Stretch yourself to process how you would respond if you received this comment.

How would you respond to Jeffrey?

Came across this video on Scott Williams’ blog. This video will blow your mind.

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NEW MUSIC

What’s new on my iPod? Well, to be honest I have not been listening to much new music. Over the summer, I finally broke down and bought all (yes, all) of the Coldplay albums. That was definitely money well spent. Here is a small list of other albums that I have gotten over the past few months:

  • “Dance or Die” by Family Force 5
  • “The Long Fall Back to Earth” by Jars of Clay (my 7th Jars of Clay album)
  • “Attention” by Kristian Stanfill
  • “Roadmaps and Revelations” by Parachute Band
  • “Give Yourself Away” by Robbie Seay Band
  • “Over and Underneath” by Tenth Avenue North

All these albums are good. If I had to pick one out of the bunch as “must have”, it would be “Attention” by Kristian Stanfill.

WHAT I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO – David Crowder*Band is coming out with a new album, “Church Music”, on September 22. Can’t wait!

Just a reminder: Pirating music is stealing. Support artists you enjoy by buying their music.

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NEW MOVIES

If you know me, you already know that I am a big movie theater guy. Heather and I are more movie renters. The reasons are simple: (1) I have waiting my entire life to see that movie; why not wait a few more months so I can watch it sitting on my couch? (2) I am cheap and don’t want to pay for two movie tickets when I can wait to rent the movie and only pay for one.

Also, we have not had the time to sit down and watch a ton of new movies with our recent move.

We did watch all 6 Star Wars movies recently because Heather had never seen them in their entirety. After 5+ years of marriage, you still learn new things about your spouse. After I learned that little fun fact, we changed that very quickly. I also am pseudo ashamed that I have recently watched “17 Again”.

WHAT I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO – All of the summer blockbuster movies to come out on DVD. Since I did not see them in the theaters this summer, I am looking forward to renting them when they are released.

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NEW TV SHOWS

Summer TV is terrible. Nothing is new except crappy reality tv shows. However, not having to keep up with TV shows has been a great thing with our recent move. I have watched a lot of New York Yankees baseball over the summer.

WHAT I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO – New episodes of The Office, House, Heroes, Lie To Me, Baseball playoffs (Yankees), and NFL games.

SIDE NOTE: I saw that CW is airing a Melrose Place remake. First Beverly Hills 90210, then Melrose Place? If they are going to remake old TV shows, at least remake something cool like the A-Team!

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NEW BOOKS

I am in the middle of two books right now: The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio and Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybel.

WHAT I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO – Finally getting a chance to read Rob Bell’s new book, Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile. I bought this book at the beginning at the start of the summer but have not had a chance to read it yet. That will change soon.

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NEW BLOG

Jen Hartsell, one of my coworkers at NORTHchurch, is now blogging. You need to check out her writing at http://jenhartnsoul.blogspot.com. Jen is taking her title of “world’s best writer of the facebook status” to a new level by writing on a blog. As a former English teacher, her writing is a very deep, very clever, and very grammatically correct. Check out Jen’s blog.

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What about you? New music? New movies? New TV shows? New books? New blogs?

Please share. I would love to hear what you’ve recently been hearing, watching, and reading.

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I have been blogging since March 2008. By no means does 20 months of blogging qualify me as a blogging expert. I do not have this whole blogging thing figured out. However, in the past 20 months I have learned a thing or two about blogging and myself in the process.

I get asked from time-to-time for blogging tips from prospecting bloggers. So without further adieu, here are the things that I have learned about blogging and myself in what I call…Confessions of a Blogger.

  • My #1 blogging rule: Don’t take yourself too seriously. I’m not that special or important. I am not entitled anything from anybody because I have a blog.
  • A big temptation with blogging and all social networking media is narcissism. Fight being narcissistic in blogging.
  • Blogging is a discipline for me just like eating healthy, working out, Bible study, and prayer.
  • Blogging is very therapeutic for me.
  • I’m much better with a computer and Internet than paper and pen. Blogging is basically a journal with accountability. I was always terrible at writing in a journal. I tried many times but never was consistent. Blogging changed that.
  • In 2o months, there have been over 89,300 total views, 1,862 comments, and 388 posts. I have no clue if that is good or not.
  • My busiest day on the blog was Friday, August 15, 2008 with 666 views. This bothers me greatly and I would really like this number to change.
  • I know blogging is very 2005 and already outdated, but I like it much better than other social networking websites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.
  • I use other social networking websites  (like Facebook and Twitter) to funnel more people to my blog. I direct people from both websites at strategic times of the day – morning, before lunch, after lunch, late afternoon, and night.
  • I view blogging as part of my ministry.
  • You need to write consistently to have a more successful blog.
  • Post lots of pictures on your blog to get more views. (Google Images will find them on searches.)
  • Deep down, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting blog comments. They bring me joy and motivation to keep writing…seriously.
  • I write about a number of different subjects. I don’t ever want my writing to be predictable.
  • I am amazed at all the random strangers that stumble onto my blog. In those moments, it becomes even more clear to me that blogging is part of my ministry.
  • If YOURNAME.com is available, I recommend purchasing the domain name. It is affordable (especially through WordPress). It feels a little weird, but you never know if you will need it in the future. Don’t let someone grab it first.
  • While I love getting blog comments, I hate getting spam comments.

I could go on and on. However, I want you to share your confessions. I’m sure I’ll add some more of my confessions to the comment section as I think of them.

Comments? Questions? Confessions?

BRIANCROMER.COM MAKEOVER

Posted: August 17, 2009 in Blogs, Life, People
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It was time for a makeover.

Out with the random marbles. In with the abstract crowd.

What is it? A kicking worship service? A big party?

Not sure. Whatever it is, I like it.

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What do you think? Like the changes or not?

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I am going on record and saying that I will not EVER use twitter. :)”

That sentence was taken from my blog post on April 8, 2009. I am now suffering from a bad case of foot in mouth disease.

Have you ever done anything that you promised you never would do? Maybe you have been anti-whatever for years before you found yourself using or doing that very thing you spoke out against. Maybe things that never appealed to you started to look enticing. We could be talking about something as small as eating onions, as big as becoming an alcoholic, and everything in between.

If I were to be completely honest, I do this quite a bit. I come down with this foot in mouth disease when I say I will never do something and then end up doing that very thing.

I have been anti-twitter or a while. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was my lack of understanding what it really was. Maybe it was not wanting to have another something to keep up with. Maybe it was the thought of the word “tweet” becoming part of my regular vocabulary.

With all that being said, I AM OFFICIALLY ON TWITTER.

I put a lot of thought into this decision. On the recommendation of a good friend (@wkohring), I read the e-book “The Reason Your Church Must Twitter” by Anthony D. Coppedge. After reading this book and doing some research, I have decided to twitter.

Here are the main reasons why I have made this decision:

  • Twitter is a free and simple way to connect churches to the cell phones of their congregation, volunteers, and staff.
  • Twitter is a near-instant, almost-anywhere communication that has the potential to change the face of ministry.
  • Twitter is faster than email, easier than phone calls, and more manageable than group text.
  • Twitter is an excellent way to reinforce the theme and points of messages during the week.
  • Twitter (like Facebook & the blog) will help people better to relate to me as a person, not just as a pastor.
  • I can update my Twitter & Facebook status at the same time.
  • I will use Twitter to consistently direct people to my blog. My blog will continue to get the majority of my attention and energy. I love the discipline of consistent writing, so that will not change. Twitter will only help increase the flow of traffic to my blog.

Follow me on twitter @briancromer or http://twitter.com/briancromer

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As most of you know, I recently have joined the NORTHchurch staff in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One of the most amazing things about working at NORTHchurch is being able to work everyday with such an amazing, Godly staff.

A few of the other guys on staff have blogs where they consistently write about life, ministry, and leadership. They are both sharp, quality communicators. I strongly encourage all the briancromer.com readers to check out their blogs. You won’t be disappointed.

Rodney Fouts, Lead Pastor, NORTHchurch – http://rodneyfouts.com/

Clint Smith, Executive Pastor, NORTHchurch – http://clintsmith10.blogspot.com/