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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby Jason » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:48 pm

I still lurk as well, but prefer reading to posting.
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby RickC » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:03 pm

Greetings,

Steve wrote:It definitely appears to be going through a slump. Perhaps, after 75,000 posts, everything has been said that can be said?


Definitely, a LOT has been said on the Bible forums (old & new). Just about every topic, I'd imagine. Or at least peripherally related.

Speaking for myself, it seems I've come to a place of 'general learning' w/r/t Bible & theology that's kind of complete. Not saying I don't have more to learn (FOR SURE).

It's something like, name a topic: I can give you all views & which one I pick; something in the style of Steve's teaching (you have to understand your opponents' views in order to try to refute them).

In any event, I still "View Active Topics" fairly regularly. Topics tend to repeat. Same on all forums.
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I joined Facebook about 7 years ago & it takes up most of my web time. I'm in a few theological groups there (mostly full preterist), which by the way, I've found out there are AT LEAST 25 major camps of FPs!!!

I don't 'fit' ANY of them, but whatever.

I WILL say that Doug ("dwilkins" here) has helped me a LOT on this forum w/r/t eschatology & full preterism.

I touch base with Doug, Matt, Ian & "backwoodsman" on Facebook from time to time & see Steve's posts. Hi guys.

Anyways, Facebook Groups (and there are MANY) just aren't the same as forum posting. FB Groups usually have maybe 4 replies -- EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYTHING & THAT SETTLES IT!!!
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Something of an aside on universalism.

I recently saw Phil Keaggy in concert (for the 5th time, AWESOME)! It was a dinner type arrangement. Nice meal in a church hall, then the concert. PAUL CLARK showed up & jammed a few tunes with Phil! I talked with Paul for quite a while afterwards (the church staff saved him some chow & I bought his last CD: "Branching Roots")!

I met Phil at the post-concert "meet & greet". I asked him about a song he did with a keyboardist (forget who). The song was dedicated to George MacDonald, the Scottish universalist.

"Hi Phil! I'm Rick."
"Hi Rick!"
Then I asked him about the song, saying "I was raised fundmentalist to believe people burn in hell forever." I also added, "You play George Harrison's 'Here Comes the Sun' which is actually a Hindu song. Do you think George went to heaven?"

Phil seemed somewhat taken aback and said, "Yes. Isn't Jesus the savior of all men?" and then began talking about the Pharisees and I couldn't really make sense of what he was getting at. So I sort of nodded and said, "Thanks for the show, Brother Phil!" (There were a lot of people in line to meet him, still).

I doubt he'd want it broadcasted, but Phil is probably a universalist. Which, to each his own. People are going to believe what they want regardless. I'm OK with that.

Y'all take care!!!! :)
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby Michelle » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:02 pm

I also lurk a lot here. My life has become filled to overflowing, leaving me little time to read, ponder and post replies to threads here. I still am interested in the conversations, however, and stop by every few days to see what's up. Please keep the conversations going!
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby Ian » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:06 pm

Hi Rick!
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby RickC » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:33 pm

Hi Michelle!

Hi Ian!

(I tried to Tag you guys, duh)! ;)
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby Singalphile » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:29 am

  1. Not enough time/energy.
  2. Facebook and other social media crowding out discussion forums.
  3. Better self-control over reactionary or unedifying posts.

Good points. My other forum is even slower. One once-regular-but-now-rarely-heard-from poster posted just to tell us to go the site's more active Facebook page for lots of discussion.

I also often am unwilling to post on a topic that seems like a possible unhealthy source of distraction, especially when it's been discussed many times and I have nothing new to add.
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby jasonmodar » Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:21 am

There are now 11 active topics in the last 7 days.

Well played, Homer.
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby morbo3000 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:59 pm

I stopped checking in regularly when there became too many political conversations. And people with an ax of minutia or conspiracy to grind dominated the threads. I have enough stress in my life. Don't need it fed by a forum.

I still occasionally pop in and view active discussions. I haven't seen any topics where I could provide insight.

By contrast, I regularly lurk on Reddit.com/r/academicbiblical. I learn a lot, get qualified answers to my questions, and they are heavily moderated.
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby MMathis » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:51 pm

RickC wrote:
It's something like, name a topic: I can give you all views & which one I pick; something in the style of Steve's teaching (you have to understand your opponents' views in order to try to refute them).



Over the course of 30 years I made hundreds of million-dollar sales of electronic equipment. The manufacture was always trying to get me to go to classes about their stuff. I told them it would be more beneficial for me to attend my competitor's class to find out what they said about us. The only journals and such that I read were published by my competitor.

People that just speak and never listen almost always lose the sale.
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Re: Where Is Everybody?

Postby psimmond » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:10 pm

I pop in very occasionally anymore. This forum was a great middle step for me from fundamentalism to evangelicalism, but I've since starting interpreting scripture through a narrative-historical method (http://www.postost.net/2014/09/narrative-historical-method-outline) so much of what is discussed here simply doesn't apply. I guess you could say I'm close to a Full Preterist, but if Revelation is a true revelation from God, I think there will be a future resurrection, judgment, and new world--all things that Full Preterists deny.
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