Hallelujah. . . Get a Blog.

“. . . the LORD hath anointed me to publish good tidings to the meek.” Isaiah 61:1

In our new media world, publishing is back in the hands of the people. We are in the midst of a publishing revolution, a Renaissance of Writing, a world where some people write more than they read. We have entered the era of Post-Post-Literacy, and God is looking for storytellers to PUBLISH good news.

We can publish something by simply verbalising it (you don’ really need a blog to publish) or we can post it online for millions to read, within seconds. One of the best ways to do this, many of us have found, is to start up a simple blog – an online journal, where you can publish good news to the meek, and everyone else.

various-hallelujahI was told in Seminary (by Bible translater Ron Allen) that the word “praise” in the Hebrew language means to make God’s deeds public. Or in other words, it is impossible to praise God by yourself – Praise is only praise when you have made something PUBLIC to others by PUBlishing it in some way.
The word “Hallelujah” is a command meaning “Hey you, go ahead and praise (publicly acknowledge) what God (Jah) has done”. The word only appears in relation to telling humans to publish God’s mighty deeds. This is why that song “Sing Hallelujah to the LORD” makes no sense at all. We don’t tell God to praise Himself – thats dumb!. Hallelujah is an encouragement we give to each other to publish (make public) what God is doing in our lives. Which is why I give you this encouragement today . . . .

Hallelujah . . . Yes, you . . . Hallelujah . . Go ahead . . . Hallelujuah . . Get a Blog.

I started doing this in 1997, with a simple website called Andrew’s Tea Salon that I asked my wife to design because I was too busy to learn HTML. In 2001, I started TallSkinnyKiwi.blogspot.com At the time, I still didn’t know of any other Jesus follower who was daily publishing good tidings from personal time and space (although Joshua was blogging back in 1996). But within a few months, there were half a dozen others. Today there are thousands, which is great. One of the early bloggers, who blogs from the North like me, is Jordon Cooper. Jordon has written a great resource to get you started on your blogging ministry. You can read it here and start today for free.
Let me know when its going . . .


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • rhys says:

    thanks for that – a wide range of options in the article

  • Greg says:

    I always say, “so many blogs, so little time!” I’ve appreciated reading the “publications” of so many and have made many friends through this new medium.
    One thing I’m looking forward to is the addition of more non-U.S., Canadian, ANZAC, Euro blogs to the conversation. It’s time to begin hearing from Africa, Asia, & Latin America (and perhaps the next generation of blog translators will help with the language barriers).
    But, in the meantime, we have plenty of good reading material out there to consume & digest…tallskinnykiwi.com being ground zero for me.

  • it is through blogs where scott and i had discovered our new path in our spiritual walks. i think it totally rocks how i am able to experience other people’s lives this way. it really helped me realize that other christians/non-christians go through similar struggles.

  • Susan says:

    The e-church is coming. Let’s have a central place maybe one of many to spontaneously praise the LORD. To praise Him in real time globally for what He has done right now.

  • Natala says:

    I have loved getting into blogging, and it’s been amazing, my mind has been stretched, and my faith has become richer, by reading the thoughts of so many.

  • Alan Cross says:

    You’ve finally convinced me. I just started a blog last Thursday and in my post today I linked to this site and gave you credit for inspiring me. Brad Sargent recommended that I do it about a year ago, but I didn’t because I didn’t want to start something and not continue on. We’ll see where this leads. I’ll email you the name sometime because I don’t want to use your incredibly popular mega blog as an advertisement for my fledgling little embryo blog! Thanks, Andrew for getting us out there.

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