Wesley’s Rules for Blogging – Introduction

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This has been of interest to me since the SBL Online Publication Session in 2012, but since N.T. Wright mentioned it to just a few of us in our a private reception, my thoughts are focusing on it. One day, I’d like to teach a seminary class on Online Christianity and include a section on ethics. For now, it will simply be a blog post.

There are some heavily developed rules for ethics, ethical frameworks, and even ethical models. As a United Methodist, I will simply turn to Wesley and utilize two sets of his rules. The first is the well known “Wesley’s General Rules.” The second are “Wesley’s Rules for Singing.”

(The links will become live once the posts are posted. At the moment, they are all scheduled).

The General Rules are simple:

The Rules for Singing are:

1. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up and you will find a blessing.

2. Sing lustily, and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of it being heard, then when you sing the songs of Satan.

3. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, as to be heard above, or distinct from, the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.

4. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung, be sure to keep with it. Do not run before, not stay behind it; but attend closely to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can. And take care you sing not too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from among us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

5. Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this, attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

Over the course of the next week, I want to engage these frameworks as a sort of ethical and practical guide to blogging.

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