So let me begin by distinguishing mission from strategy, and strategy from tactics. The mission of course is the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Our signal to set aside that mission is when we find that we are deceased and now in Heaven. Strategy is what the generals are responsible for, and tactics are in the hands of the master sergeants. And, of course, tactics are also employed from time to time by the occasional renegade guerilla fighter, which brings us to what is going on around here.
The tactical mission here at Blog & Mablog is to get as much edifying content into your computers and handheld devices as we possibly can. As technology improves, and becomes more user friendly (meaning that I can start to understand it), this means that we can utilize more platforms as we seek to “fill Jerusalem with our teaching” (Acts 5:28).
As time rolls by, we are gradually unpacking the boxes that have been stacked up since we got here in our current location. WordPress is the third blogging platform I have utilized, and I am really happy with it. But the transitions from the previous two have left things from the past in a somewhat discommoded state, meaning that the archives are not as friendly or nearly as organized as they might be. I have begun working through past posts, starting in 2004, in order to clean things up, and organize them in a way that makes them more usable and available to you all.
So speaking of this, I would draw your attention to the recently moved menu bar at the top. On the right side you will see the word Shop, which takes you to a place where you can get ebooks in PDF, Mobi, and EPub, and songs and audio content in MP3. Everything there is one dollar, with the notable exception of the Mablog dog coffee cup. What I am going to be doing as I go through the archives is grouping posts on a particular theme (say, a book I blogged through, or notes on a particular book of the Bible), and then publishing them as an ebook.
There is also music in there, whether done recently, or in ages past, like in the seventies. Here’s a sample of something more recent.
For examples of ebooks, click on the cover of the most recent one.
And here is a volume of e-verse, based on the Song of Solomon. Click on the cover.
And if you open up a blog post, there is a “Have ‘Em Delivered” option at the bottom. If you subscribe, a weekly digest of the posts from that week will be delivered to you. In addition, when I add new items to the Mablog Shop, I usually send out a notice to all subscribers.
The upshot of all this is that we believe that technology has given us the equivalent of 10,000 servants to help us get out the word. Unfortunately, we are somewhat behind the curve and most of these servants are out on the back patio, smoking cigarettes and sitting on their butt. What we are seeking to do is learn how to train and discipline these servants (which is actually the same thing as training and disciplining ones’ own self) so as to deliver as much content to you as we can, with the least friction possible.