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21st Century Church Blogging/Essay Contest Entries

Note:  All announcements for this contest will be posted on this blog and cross-posted on The Jesus Paradigm and Christian Archy The e-mail entries will be posted only on The Jesus Paradigm.  Links will be posted to all other entries.

Please notify us if we have missed any entries.

Note: The poll for the contest entries is in the left-hand sidebar, near the top, just under the calendar.  Please read the essays and vote for the one you think is best.

Here are the entries in no particular order:

A. Amos Love

Arthur Sido

Lew Ayotte

David Blanton

Lionel Woods

James Lee

Christopher Larson

I was very pleased with the quality of entries, and even the quantity, given that this is the first time we have conducted such a contest here.  I’m thinking strongly of making such a contest part of each book release, and in fact have planned two more.  Look for an announcement of a short devotional contest on November 15, and of a contest for an expository sermon toward the end of January.  I’ll announce the books those go with later!

Now there’s a bonus.  I’m adding a popular poll.  This will not replace nor will it impact the judging.  In fact, the judges are due to deliver their results before the poll is complete.  But I will add $10, either in the form of a gift card, should the popular winner not be one of the three winners based on the judges’ results, or as a bonus to the gift card for one of those prize winners.

I hope and pray that you will read and think about these essays.  Obviously, this is part of my marketing plan for the new book, Christian Archy.  But my purpose in being in the business of Christian publishing in the first place is to challenge you to think more seriously and to grow.  Hopefully we can generate some discussion as well.

To help build such discussion, here are two more essays that don’t qualify as contest entries, because they are written by people with a business relationship with Energion Publications.  Nonetheless, they provide some more food for thought.

Patrick Badstibner  – Grace Through the Desert

Jody Neufeld (Energion Publications Partner) – Jody Along the Path

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