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What!?! I Just Made My 1,500th Tweet!?!

Ok, so you have to understand that even though I'd consider myself pretty proficient when it comes to the use of Social Media (as an Executive Recruiter for the past 10 years I had to be!), I've never really been able to grasp Twitter.

What I mean is that I still don't know all the "basics" like...

*- What is the proper protocol on Twitter? Do I have to "Follow" everyone who "Follows" me? Do I have to reply to everyone who "Follows" me to say thanks? 
*- When do I "Favorite" another tweet and when do I "Retweet" it instead? 
*- Is there such a thing as "Twitter Feed Fatigue" where you can tweet too much? 
*- Why do some people put a period at the start of their tweet to someone else? What function does that perform? 
*- What does "Subtweeting" mean? Why is it considered a "bad" thing too? 
*- How do you "DM" someone else? 
*- I have a Twitter account for this blog and a more personal/professional one too. Is it ever appropriate for one to retweet the other?

I'm sure there's so much more I'm not even aware of too (haha).

Now, I suppose I could just do a quick Google search to find all the answers to these questions, but I've been L-A-Z-Y when it comes to Twitter for some reason and just haven't taken that step.

Plus, it doesn't help when you can't afford a "regular" cell phone and instead only have one of those "pay-as-you-go" mobile phones without Internet access.

So, any tweeting I've done has been from my laptop or tablet so maybe that's why I haven't taken to Twitter in the same way that others have.

I still love it though! I've learned so much (and continue to learn so much) Lutheran theology that it's been a real blessing! And the people I've met because of Twitter? Even better!

Of course, there's also our new weekly feature and contest called the "Twitter Patter Five" that's making Twitter even more fun for me.

In case you're wondering, I'm bringing all of this up because I was shocked and surprised to notice that I just made my 1,500th tweet a few moments ago.

Yes, I know that's mere child's play when compared to some of you, but it just struck me as being A LOT given all of the facts listed above.

I have to say that I'm glad this was what I tweeted for that nice round number of 1,500...

In a Lutheran layman's terms, though Jude did not hunger for conflict and controversy, he was forced into it by his heartfelt concern for his brethren -- just like so many of us are today.

That's all I really wanted to say. Grace and peace to you and yours!

NOTE: I'm not a called and ordained minister of God's Word and Sacraments. I'm a layman or a Christian, Candy-Making, Husband, Father, Friend who lives in the "City of Good Neighbors" here on the East Coast. To be more specific, and relevant to the point I want to make with this note, I'm also a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism a little over a year ago. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is inconsistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and point us back to) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Finally, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that category since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a Christian "Book of Concord" even existed (Small/Large Catechism? What's that!?!). In addition, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by those old beliefs of mine. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because we now have this disclaimer, and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Most importantly, please know that any time I engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always closely follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible and/or include references to the Book of Concord unless otherwise noted. Typically, I defer to what other Lutheran Pastors have already preached and taught about such passages since they are the called and ordained shepherds of our souls here on earth. Finally, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the length of most entries. I'm well aware that blogs should be short, sweet, and to the point, but I've never been one to follow the rules when it comes to writing. Besides, this website is more like a dude's diary in the sense that everything I write about and share publicly isn't always what's "popular" or "#trending" at the time, but is instead all the things that I'm studying myself at the moment. For better or for worse, these posts tend to be much longer than most blog entries you'll find elsewhere only because I try to pack as much info as possible into a single piece so that I can refer to it again and again over time if I need to (and so that it can be a valuable resource for others -- if possible, a "One-Stop-Shop" of sorts). Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Grace and peace to you and yours!


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