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September 18, 2007

Happy birthday to us!

Birthdaycake Can you believe The Point is one year old today? It was September 18, 2006 when we first introduced ourselves to you. It's been a fruitful and often enjoyable year for us. From the Harry Potter debates to the Dickens Wars, from the Blasphemy Challenge to the "remains of Jesus," even from red to purple, we've had fun, done our best to serve our Lord, and, I think, managed to learn a few things. We hope you've had an equally good experience, and we're grateful for all you've contributed.

And while we're celebrating, we'd also like to say "Happy birthday" to the blogosphere as a whole -- it's turning 10 this December! Whether it's "a spurious megaphone" or an "answer [to] an unmet need," or both, it's never been less than an exciting and absorbing arena to work in, play in, and explore.

And now, in honor of these two birthdays, we're asking you for a present! Here (courtesy mostly of Allen Thornburgh) is a short list of questions that we'd love to get your answers to, whether you're a regular visitor or a first-timer or anything in between. Please post your answers in the comment section to help us make our second year even better than our first. And again, thanks for your contributions. We couldn't do what we do without you.

So, without further ado . . .

1. How long have you been coming to The Point?
2. Where did you first hear of The Point (BreakPoint radio or main website? Digg.com? Gospelshout? Friend/colleague? Other?)?
3. If you regularly read The Point, what is it that you appreciate about it the most?
4. If you could change one thing about The Point, what would it be?

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Paul

1. How long have you been coming to The Point? - Umm, four months?
2. Where did you first hear of The Point (BreakPoint radio or main website? Digg.com? Gospelshout? Friend/colleague? Other?)? Breakpoint Radio Email.
3. If you regularly read The Point, what is it that you appreciate about it the most? World news through a biblical worldview. Blog writers that respond well in the comments.
4. If you could change one thing about The Point, what would it be? An email sent when someone replys to a comment.

Beth

Happy Birthday Point bloggers! What a blessing you all are! Wishing you many, many more years of "on point" blogging about important worlview issues.

Patricia

1. About one month
2. First heard about the point on Family Life Radio - with Mark Early and Chuck Colson's news articles. I'm really impressed with them. Great job.
3. I regularly read the point as well as listen on FLR. It's hard to say which commentaries are the best, they are always great. It's so good to know that we have a team of Christians looking out for us.
4. I would like the nay sayer to go away.

James Willis

1. How long have you been coming to The Point? Since the beginning.
2. Where did you first hear of The Point (BreakPoint radio or main website? Digg.com? Gospelshout? Friend/colleague? Other?)? I have been a regular listener to Breakpoint since it began.
3. If you regularly read The Point, what is it that you appreciate about it the most? Great forum for discussing a Biblical Perspective on many topics.
4. If you could change one thing about The Point, what would it be? Nothing, you are doing a great job.

Jim

1. About three months
2. Worldview newsletter
3. Becoming aware of news and articles that I otherwise might not have heard about, along with some commentary on them.
4. More of #3.

Michelle

1. About two months.
2. Breakpoint emails.
3. Variety of topics and evidence of bloggers honestly trying to live out their Christianity just like the rest of us.
4. I agree with Paul.

Jason Taylor

How long have I been coming? -I was here awhile but I have only now started posting here regularly.

I heard about this place simply by wandering about breakpoint and checking the features.

What I like about this site is being able to talk with other Christians in about a variety of topics at a reasonably high intellectual level. The "lonely bookworm" is a stereotype but it is one that fits me well-I even wear glasses(I never fell in love with a beautiful cheerleader though). Being a "Young Urban Intellectual" is lonely-one psychological book I read said that there were only two in a hundred. Thus I came to talk, debate, and so on.

If I could change one thing, I would have the posts be placed on the board quicker. However Sysops does have to maintain a certain ammount of decorum in a site like this.

Steve (SBK)

Happy Birthday The Point.

1) Since Late 2006
2) BreakPoint main website
3) Approved-Worldview-Commentary-And-Discussion ®
4) Either a longer list of recent comments or Paul's suggestion.

Anna

1. I think I've been reading the Point (sometimes consistently, sometimes not since y'all started.

2. The email transcript of the Breakpoint radio.

3. The Christian perspective on events including events commonly known and the rare ones. I especially like how much interaction there is between the bloggers (I love all of y'all's stuff!) and the commenters (the nice ones that is.)

4. More interviews and podcasts.

Grizzly Mom

1. How long have you been coming to The Point? About five months.
2. Where did you first hear of The Point (BreakPoint radio or main website? Digg.com? Gospelshout? Friend/colleague? Other?)? Main website.
3. If you regularly read The Point, what is it that you appreciate about it the most? Issues discussed in a well thought out, relevant, equitable manner. For example, I called my senator regarding the BOP disposing of religous literature in prisons. I particularly like Chuck’s comments on the impact of our chemically addicted nation and the disproportionately negative impact of the judicial system on Blacks.
4. If you could change one thing about The Point, what would it be? We need to remember that we increasingly live in a post Christian culture, and that our comments are read by non and anti Christians. What we spend our time on must be meaningful and relevant. For this reason it seems a waste of time to have the bible quoted to me here.

Gina Dalfonzo

I'm intrigued by that last statement, GrizzlyMom. Can you elaborate on it? With non- and anti-Christians visiting, it seems to me that makes it all the more important for us to do our best to ground ourselves in, and share, the truths of Scripture. Without that, I don't think we have anything to offer them that's either meaningful or relevant.

Grizzly Mom

Thanks for your question. I posted before I thought out my response. I'm fine with the whatever the original writer states/quotes, and that which is thoughtfully quoted in return. But knee jerk reactions with a single verse taken out of context like the one where someone assumed freedom to drink alcohol because Jesus turned water into wine without thinking of the impact of alcohol on our brother, perpetuate that judgemental, hypocritical opinion of Christianity that was discussed earlier this week. Thanks for asking for clarification!
Congratulations on your birthdday, and I am delightted that this is the second most read ?Christian/Evangel? blog. The Point present well thought out arguments, even if I disagree with them.

Note to Gina: By the way, could you identify yourselfs as Centurians as appropriate such as Gina Dalfonzo, Centurian. I wonder how you all starting writing for the point and believe others would like to know as well. Additionally I think it would add value to the program and possibly attract applicants.

Gina Dalfonzo

Thank you for clarifying!

Most Point bloggers are either PFM employees or former interns, but Regis, Diane, and Jeff (a.k.a. J. Clinton) are graduates of the Centurion program.

donna

Would you believe only for less than a week.
Clicked over here from BreakPoint.
The thing I love is finally;a Christian wordview forum for all--not just Christians.
Can't think of anything I'd like to see changed, but if I do, I'll let you know.
Happy Birthday!

lois

I look for the BreakPoint e-mail first thing every day. I appreciate an intelligent worldview of political and religious events. Christianity is not a religion of ignorant, isolated people, but of people humbled in view of the awesome power of GOD. Thank you.

Steve (SBK)

What's the most-read Evangelical/Christian blog? Just curious.

Bear

1. On and off 9 Months
2. Daily Breakpoint email
3. Interesting discussion about important topics (as well as the entertaining discussion about trivial subjects)
4a. Stop distracting me at work! :)
4b. Slow down. I can't keep up. :)
4c. It would be nice if the comments came through on the RSS feed rather than just the main posting.

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