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Blogger interview: Buster Morgan

This is the first in a series of posts in which I interview Christians who use blogging as a platform for ministry.

Buster Morgan is a contributor at Lugum, a website that discusses web design, church doctrine and other topics engineered to enhance their search engine ranking. There are frequent attempts at humor. Buster’s responses are presented as I received them, with only minor grammatical edits.

Explain briefly, please, who you are and what you do.
I’m a follower of Jesus.  I like trying to figure out how things work, and how to make them work better.  I fund my projects by working as an IT project manager and business modeling consultant.

What got you into the ministry?
I’m not a paid minister, and I don’t think that many ministry positions need to be paid in today’s world.  I’ve had fun serving the poor and homeless in the past, and am a vocal advocate of home churches.

And, what got you into blogging?
I enjoy writing, and have had some outlet for my nonsense on web since the mid 90’s.  The blog format is better than just putting some document out on the Web, because it is faster and permits reader feedback.  I’ve always enjoyed having an audience.  I remember writing articles and cartoons for my friends when I was in elementary school.  I was the editor of my high school newspaper, and the Internet seemed like a natural, and cheap, way to get my message out.

What does blogging do for you?
Blogging gives me the false sense that people appreciate my work, and that I’m influencing them. The interaction with people has challenged me and made me a better writer and a better person.

Why blogging, as opposed to one of the older methods of getting your views out to a mass audience – radio, TV, magazines, books?
Other media require a much larger time investment, and the payoff can take many, many years, if it ever comes.  With the Internet, you have the potential audience of about half the world, and it can happen overnight.  The cost is practically nothing.

How has blogging been beneficial to you and your calling/ministry?
There’s a lot of crossover.  Things that I’ve learned or refined online I’m able to carry to other live audiences.  It lets me try out ideas in a safer environment than in front of people who might walk out or throw things at me.  I’ve also been able to carry real life experiences to friends online, so that things that happen can have a broader impact.  When one experiences the love of God in action, or sees the movement of the Spirit, these things need to published.

What have been some of the drawbacks?
The time factor, for one.  I have a tendency to over commit, and I don’t have time to write as much as I’d like.  I’ll get depressed if I’m not getting enough positive feedback, and I worry about how some of my positions, statements or humor will offend my friends,  A lot of my viewpoints are well outside of the mainstream, so there’s certain to be something to offend any of my friends.  In person, it’s just easier to avoid certain topics, or to approach them more subtly for the sake of the friendship.  But with a blog, it’s just out there for anyone to read. I guess my hope is that they’ll become desensitized to me over time, so that the offending material doesn’t bother them so much any more.  Or just that I won’t make anyone so mad that they’ll want to kill me in real life.

What are your impressions of how the church at large has engaged the Internet over the past decade?
The same way they’ve engaged any other new technology in the last 100 years: slowly, awkwardly, and ineffectively.  I think most believers are clueless about what’s available for them on the Internet, and they have no vision for using it as a tool to enhance their relationship with God or fellow believers.  Organized churches treat it either as a marketing vehicle or a gimmicky way to feed information to their congregants.  Big parachurch ministries are doing better, simply because they’ve hired more expensive consultants.  But it all sucks.  The Internet is the greatest modern tool since the repeating rifle for empowering the individual, and Christians are just sitting watching their inboxes.

What do you make of the internet’s ability to give any number of voices a venue for expression, and a mass audience to hear those voices…no matter how solid or crazy they might be?
I think it’s great.  The mass media have been deciding for us what we should read, see and hear, and spooning out bits and pieces that they think we’re able to consume.   The Internet has totally blown past these dinosaurs, and they’re still trying to figure out where all the smoke is coming from.  If you’ve been on any large social news/commentary sites when major news stories were breaking in the last decade, you’d see the great power for truth to crystalize out of all the noise, and for it to happen in almost real time.  Crazy rumors and conspiracy theories make the rounds, but these are quickly countered, and the truth is evident for those who are not already committed to some non-truth.  Days later, the major media are still spinning their wheels over some dead-end lead.  I say give them all a voice, and let the reader judge for him/herself.  Enough with the Walter Cronkites, Dan Rathers and Ted Turners deciding what version of the “truth” we should be hearing.

How do you see the church continuing to develop on the web over the next 10-15 years?
There will be improvements, but I doubt that we’ll ever be fully up to speed with the latest technological offerings.  We’ll continue to copy innovations that are already in use by the general public.  Organized churches will spend a larger portion of their budgets on the Internet, but most of that will be wasted.  Big parachurch ministries will develop more clever ways to get you to send them more money.  But by and large, I expect that Christians will just get better at insulating themselves from the general Internet population.  They’ll stick to their own circles and web sites they feel safe at.  Because of this, they won’t be clued in to new technologies as quickly, and the gap will probably widen.

Will blogging continue to be a legitimate forum or will it give way to Twitter- and Facebook status-type updates?
Twitter and Facebook are both proprietary sites/technologies; I expect these to be replaced with a more open solution at some point.  This will permit the technology to evolve faster; I wish I could predict what that will look like.  People will still feel the need to 1) quickly alert their friends and the world to some new piece of information; and 2) share something about there lives and spy on their friends’ lives.  Thought-out blog-style articles, along with read feedback, will continue, because it permits all the scattered little bits of information to be gathered together and given meaning.  People are classifiers, categorizers and explainers; that was the initial task given to Adam.  We’ll continue to do that, and we will be the ones who carry on when the mainstream media is finally buried.

Which websites do you use most often?
Fark, Digg, Liveleak.

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  1. July 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Brian this is such a cool idea!!

    I love what you say about blogging Buster, much like the Threaded Forums, it offers one a chance to interact with news and opinion.

    Your idea on the churches and their use of technology is spot on as far as I can see.

  2. July 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    great interview. that’s my Buster, creative, funny, trouble maker. 😉

  3. July 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Brian, you asked Buster, “What got you into the ministry?”

    He has always had a number of skills that enable him to do a wide variety of things…from programming to plumbing to roofing to counseling….he uses many of those skills to help others. So, what got him into ministry? God did…..God asks of us to go and tell….and so Buster goes and tells…he does not always use words…he sometimes uses his feet or hands or heart….

    You should have seen him when we went with our small group to help clean and fix up a neighbors home….he worked just as hard if not harder than he would have if it were our home…and he was happy…eager to do it….he really connected to the elderly neighbor…despite the fact that this gentleman was not a gentle man…he was quite prickly….but Buster was able to soften him and encourage him.

  4. Buster
    July 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I was angling for some tips at the racetrack, but he wouldn’t budge.

  5. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Can you blame him?

  6. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I want to interview some well known bloggers, Dusty. The truth, though, is that Buster has as much to say as anybody. You can see this for yourself, in the interview.

  7. July 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Buster, looks like you scared everyone away. lol bad buster. 😉

  8. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I’m wondering if I scared everyone away 😯

  9. Buster
    July 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I think I offended all the Twitter and Facebook fans. Oh well, sometimes you have to walk alone…

  10. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Maybe if I had spammed all the Christian websites with this link…

  11. July 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Hey did you know….

    that the idea of picking a scab slows the healing is a myth…you should keep the area moist and clean….not covered in dried blood and dead skin – also known as a scab. Sometimes the scab can prohibit healing.

  12. July 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    did you know…..

    Quarters and dimes have ridges abound the edges…because back in the day when they were worth their wt. in silver…some would shave off the edges and short change others with the smaller coin…the ridges made it a bit more difficult.

  13. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I have actually asked that question about the quarters.

    I figured it had something to do with the Illuminati. Or a wacky 19th-century politician. (j/k)

  14. Buster
    July 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Go ahead and pick the scabs, watch out for clipped coins that aren’t worth their face value… are these parables for us? 🙂

  15. July 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Brian, I think they still have the ridges ‘cuz they have always done it…but most don’t know why…kind of like Aunt Alice cutting the ends off the ham…because her mom did…and grandma did…..then you find out it was ‘cuz grandma’s pot was too small for the ham. lol

  16. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    But then they find out how small grandma’s pot was, declare that to be the proper length, and decry larger pots and microwaves as ‘too modernistic’

  17. July 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    they could be parables Buster….

    we have been told for years not to keep talking about our pain…and abuse…’cuz it will never heal if you keep picking the scab’ That is the first thing they do when you go see a doc about an injury….the scrub off the dead skin and dried blood…

    I sliced open my arm at work last week…pretty good too….lots of bruising…ask buster…it looked pretty gross.

    anyway…it got me thinking about how God designed us…out skin to heal…did He intend for us to cover our wounds forever?

    I covered it with band-aids right after it happened so I would not re-injure it while at work…wouldn’t you know it…everything I did caused those band aids to get hug up on everything….causing me to keep re-injuring my wound…so I took the bandaids off and it has been healing well…the scab gets rubbed off almost daily ‘cuz of where it is located and all the work I am doing…but it is healing quite quickly….

  18. July 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    But Brian, grandma’s cooking always tastes better than microwave food. lol

    ( not my grandma’s cooking….eeeewwwwww yuck.:???: )

  19. July 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    If you cover a wound before applying antisceptic it will fester, you will get gangrene and die…same with our spiritual one I think, maybe. It used to be we could confess our sins and our hurts to one another and forgive one another as Christ first forgave us. Now we hold it in like a bacteria, eventually it will fester and we will die.

  20. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    The doctor doesn’t pick at the scab in your analogy either, Dusty. He/she scrubs it completely so healing can begin.

    The methods we think will work – the band-aids we think will work, because of what conventional wisdom teaches us – sometimes fail to work at all. So we use less conventional methods that end up doing the job.

  21. July 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    what I learned….

    i should not do things ‘cuz that is the way they have always been done…sometimes i should try things a new way…sometimes i should ask why….sometimes i should throw away the band-aid and let the wound show….no matter how afraid i am.

  22. July 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    and…I don’t like ham…and that is ok. I am allowed to not like something.

  23. July 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    ha…sorry about that last comment…we used to have to eat everything that was put in front of us….did not matter if we liked it or not.

    so with that upbringing…as an adult….I still ate ham when it was served at the holiday meals…it has not been than long since I have finally realized I don’t have to eat what I don’t like….I don’t ever have to eat ham again. ha! sill I know…looks like I am starting to grow up, right? lol

  24. Buster
    July 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    [audio src="http://www.magiclink.com/web/jbokma/eatit.wav" /]

  25. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I like your observation in #21.

    And if you don’t want any ham, I’ll take your portion 🙂

  26. July 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    you got it friend.

  27. July 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    oh Buster…that sent shivers down my spine…too familiar.

    ok happy thoughts now…guess what I did yesterday? give up?

    I played in the rain…i did…barefoot even

  28. Buster
    July 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    It was Mr. T!

  29. Em
    July 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    dusty, a few years back i learned that one could eat apple pie for breakfast! if you ate it with a good Virginia ham slice – i still mourn all the years that i missed out on that- but, i’ve developed a dislike for the rest of the pig for some reason – thot maybe it was those serial killer pig farmers up in Vancouver BC a few years ago that did it…

    barefoot in the rain? in this part of the world you have to watch out for the slugs if you want to do that – at least on the other side of the mountains here

    good interview IMO, too BTW

  30. July 9, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    UGGG… totally agree Dusty, ham is just blech

  31. July 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    hi Em. lol Apple pie for breakfast sounds good…hold the ham please. I declare that we eat whatever we want for breakfast…. how’s that?

    when I was younger I never wore shoes….not unless I had to…took them off as soon as I could. Buster makes me wear them now. 😦 😉

  32. July 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    and besides how is apple pie worse for you than say…fried eggs? there is no more sugar in it / most likely less than say….pancakes..with fake syrup….eeewwww…only real maple syrup for me…

    I say we should all have apple pie…..oh!… with ice cream for breakfast tomorrow. k? 🙂

  33. July 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    when I worked as a waitress some would ask for cheese on their apple pie…how do you like your apple pie?

    with cheese?
    without
    warm
    cold
    whipped cream
    ice cream?
    other?

  34. July 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    me…

    I like mine warm…with or without ice cream.

  35. jlo
    July 9, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    warm apple pie with ice cream for me. my dad always had a slice of longhorn/cheddar cheese with his apple pie.

  36. July 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    hi jlo

  37. BrianD
    July 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream on the side….

    cheese???

  38. jlo
    July 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    hi dusty. wish i could play in the rain with you.

  39. July 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I would like that jlo.

  40. July 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    “cheese???”

    I know Brian, right? The first time someone asked for that I thought they were pulling my leg.

  41. BrianD
    July 10, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Calling it a night on my end…you all can carry on.

    Before I go…Dusty…why would someone eat cheese with apple pie? Cheese and sugar do not go together…

  42. July 10, 2010 at 12:20 am

    dunno Brian, but a lot of people like it that way. maybe they are thinking…milk…cheese…same difference? many people eat cheese with fruit…

  43. July 10, 2010 at 12:40 am

    ah ha….Lucy started it…cheese on apple pie…

  44. Em
    July 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

    IN DEFENSE of CHEESE & APPLE PIE 😆

    oh how the historians get things confused (they really do, i’m old enough now to experientially comment on that fact)

    #1-you can’t hardly get good cheese no more
    #2-cheese and sugar? dunno, but cheese and fruit go waaay back
    #3-Lucy wan’t a real person
    #4-at my house there was cheese (good zingy cheddar or ‘merican for the meek) with our apple pie as far back as i can remember (sometime shortly after we noticed that round rocks rolled downhill better than square ones)
    #5-…i forget what #5 is/was 😀

  45. erunner
    July 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Buster has a last name??!! 🙂

    Good interview and excellent answers.

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