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18 January 2006
  A Brief Update from the Fort

The Theological Symposia continue here in Fort Wayne, so I continue to be here. While I admit to having caught a few Z's during a couple less than dynamically delivered presentations, I've learned a fair bit and have, on the main, enjoyed so doing.

Professors Dan Gard and Larry Rast gave what have been my two favorite presentations thus far. Choral Vespers was beautiful and rich with grace. However, the officially scheduled highlight to date was sitting in the chapel for a Bach recital by organist John D. Schwandt of Indiana University. Maybe in a subsequent post I'll let you know how an organist can make a pastor cry — and how a pastor can return the favor. I've also enjoyed catching up with old friends, including half of the family quartet who sang for the Aardvark nuptials many moons ago.

My conversations here compel me to look for a "next level" of confessional blogging. Ideas are only beginning to crystalize, but look soon for some sort of "league" or "association" or "organization" of Lutheran bloggers with a feed aggregator and a greater degree of interaction than we've so far achieved.

Look also for some proposed multi-staffed specialty blogs devoted to specific topics. The first I'd like to see take off will focus on recommending and reviewing good books for clergy, other church workers, and laity to build their libraries. God willing, this will get off the ground after I get back home.

Finally, although it's not directly blog related, people are in place to begin growing an online confessional Lutheran reference library. That, too, should get going in the next couple weeks although it may be a few months before the fruits of our labors start seeing the light of day.
 
Comments:
Wow. Sounds like great things are going on there. I wish I could have participated.

BTW, any good bars in Ft. Wayne with Guinness on tap? There's always next year!
 
Great ideas! I'm looking forward to it.
 
Thanks for the update, Pastor Snyder! We missed you at the Table the other night. We had few updates on the conference and were wondering what was being discussed. Keep us updated! God's blessings on your travel.
 
Excellent ideas! I look forward to benefiting from them.
 
Since I am studying for my Masters in Library Science, the idea of an online library is really intriquing to me. I'd love to hear more and I'd like to be involved somehow.
 
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