• Rebuilding my site from Slack

    Today, after integrating my site with slack I realized rather than just sending webmentions to slack, I could also create a slash command from my slack to my site. Using all the same securities that I added to the webmention alerts, I was able to rebuild my site several times today at a whim using my Slack account.
  • Getting alerts from my website

    Inspired by Marty's post about receiving alerts from his website in his matrix chat, I got inspired to do the same for my site, only with Slack. I've been working on building Slack automation at my job this week, and I have a Slack group for my family (it's barely ever used). So it was perfect timing to read Marty's post and to sit down and build out a quick Slack integration for my site. Here's what it looks like:
  • Short Reflection on Theology

    For most of my life I didn’t study theology. I thought that theology was boring and too academic. I, like many Christians, felt that theology was really an enemy of the church being a relevant and effective agent for God's mission in the world. That a large portion of the church, rather than being focused on evangelizing and connecting relationally with people was overly focused on detailing specific theologies about God. A couple of years ago, I took a theology class as part of a continuing education program in the Wesleyan denomination as a pastoral student. It was that class which began to change my perspective on theology.
  • Be strong and courageous

    Times of transition can be difficult. I know I've been through several in the last couple of years. I've gotten married and transitioned from being single to being a husband. I've changed jobs from being a full-time programming to being a full-time pastor, and now to being a bi-vocational pastor that's helping to start a church. I've moved from living in Hawai'i to living in Southern Maryland to living in Nothern Maryland. Transitions can be hard on everyone, and as I read the book of Joshua today, I saw the difficulty in the transition for Joshua.
  • Only faith will put you in right standing with God

    There are a lot of thoughts on righteousness and what it means to be righteous and if you are righteous or not. Every religion, and every division of religion often have different ideas on this. When the Bible talks about righteousness, it doesn't mean "good works" or "holy" or any other term that seems to denote that the person is somehow good. In fact, when the Bible talks about righteousness, the word used actually means "To be put in right relationship with God". Ultimately, being righteous isn't about having anything good about you, it just means the fractured relationship between you and God has been restored. The secret is that this relationship is only restored through faith.
  • uSit: how far is too far?

    Well this takes wearable tech to a new level… uSit by Quilted Northern is designed to “Log every sit” (on the toilet), earn daily badges, setting personalized goals and allows you to compete with friends in “Battle Sits”.

  • Viewing webmentions

    For about a week, I’ve been able to receive webmentions but they haven’t been visible on my site. That is a bad experience for several reasons: The first is that it seems strange for someone to send a webmention and if they visit my site later to see that there’s no reference to the feedback they sent me. Second, it’s not very enjoyable for me to look at my site and then to have to do some behind the scenes stuff to see if anyone has responded to my posts.

  • Testing emoji reactions

    I’m building reactions, or in IndieWeb terms, reacji. This is the idea that you can respond with a single emoji and instead of that displaying as a comment, it will display as the bottom of the post, with a count of how many people have chosen to respond with the different emoji.

  • Making /watch posts

    For a couple weeks now, I’ve been trying to record what TV shows I watch on my site, by creating what in the IndieWeb we call a watch post. I didn’t have much tooling set up for this, so it consisted of me doing a lot of manual work. I would create a blank post in Jekyll, my blog engine, which is really just a list of attributes and values, in what is called YAML. I would visit IMDB, search for the show (if it was the first time I checked into this show) and grab the ID from the URL. Then I would visit The Movie DB and grab the URL for the show, the cover image for the show and sometimes the episode image for the show. I would add all of this into my blank file and add other information like the season, episode, date, time that I watched it. It…wasn’t very fun.

  • Receiving Webmentions

    Today I added webmention.io to my website’s header. This will allow me to now receiving webmentions from other sites that support it. I haven’t gone through the task of actually collecting and displaying them, but the first step is making sure that someone can send me a webmention (A comment, like, rsvp or reaction).

  • On This Day...

    I’ve added the ability to see posts from past years on my website. Now, on a day that has posts from previous years, you’ll see a new blue “flashback card” at the top of my homepage. This post will highlight the post from the past.

  • The Power to Make or Break...

    There is a trend I’ve noticed in the church. It’s a trend of pastors. In the world of pastors, it is often common to focus on preaching, public leading of services and finding ways to get new people plugged in to service. The most often I see pastors engaging with the members and attenders of a service is in response to the church member’s serving in the church.
  • Where Liberalism and Conservatism Meet the Bible

    Faith in America is currently at a point of high tension. Whether it’s discussions on if Muslims are being banned or if Christians are trying to reverse political policies that are seen as civil liberties, it currently seems as if faith and politics just can’t mix.