So, you want to enter the Vox Apologia?

Read the following instructions.

You’re in the right place. Look up, and to your right. You’ll see a section entitled “Apologetics”. Directly under that (and, this is where it will stay, as I am the host, and originator), will be a sub-section, with the heading “Vox Apologia”. Under that, you’ll find the current “Vox Apologia” entries, and the current host (the weekly editions will be hosted at different blogs, every week. This panel will let you know where, and when this will happen.). You’ll see the next date, host, and topic listed directly under “Current.”

Future listings will be directly under _that_. Directly under the “Coming Up” information, is a link that says “Submit your entry” – this is an email address, for the upcoming host. This is where you send the address for the blog entry you wish to enter. Click the link, and it should open your email client, with the subject already filled out. When you do, please include the following items:

Host name: (ex. RazorsKiss)
Host URL: (ex. http://razorskiss.net/wp)
Entry Title: (ex. My Vox Apologia Entry)
Entry URL: (ex. http://razorskiss.net/wp/voxapologiaentry.html) < -- Yes, I know it doesn't exist.
Synopsis (If desired): (ex. “This post is about such and such”)

So, you want to host the Vox Apologia?

Any dates that do not yet have hosts will have a link that says “Like to host?” That emails me. So, if you do – click it – and it will. Also with the subject filled out. The last link (at the time of this entry) says “Vox Apologia FAQ” – that is this post. So, you probably clicked it to get here.

When you are scheduled to host the next week, you need to email me, or the current host, at LEAST 24 hours before the preceding Vox Apologia is scheduled to go up. That way, you can have your information included in that edition, to point people to the right place.

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Ok, now for the “About”.

I decided to start this a while back. Maybe, oh, two months ago. (I’m writing this on 1/20/05). I was still on Oblivion’s Gate, and trying to rack my brains to figure out how to do something like this on that software. I decided I couldn’t do it. I spent the next week hunting for blog software, and another week after that, building/tweaking my blog.

Then, Joe Carter, from Evangelical Outpost, started several projects, in succession. I also read “Blog”, around the same time. Between the two, they convinced me I needed to start _doing_ something – and doing it now. I started to do some legwork – I examined the “Carnivals” and “Symphonies”, and I found the model I liked. However, I’ll say this upfront: This is NOT your normal “symphony.”

It isn’t a “write whatever you like” sort of thing. Whatever theme we’re on that week – PLEASE write on that theme. Why? Well, one reason, which I think should suffice. We’re not writing to drive traffic, or gain notice (although that may, indeed, happen – but as a “by the way” thing – not as a primary focus) – we’re writing for the glory of God, and to provide a solid body of work, written solely for the purpose of defending our Lord, and His Word. When a “hard topic” comes up, and people need a relevant treatment of that work, and they want a solidly written body of work which addresses it – they will have a resource to look at, and people to ask for more, if need be.

So, why is it important to stay on topic? The posts will be categorized by topic – and they will be listed as such. If you write off-topic, your work isn’t going to be “within the category” – and this won’t work as well as it should. So, please – for the sake of the people categorizing, and for the sake of the people searching that category – please write on-topic.

Can your entry be an “alternate” take on the subject? Oh, yes. In fact, the more diverse perspectives (BIBLICAL ONES :D) we have, the better “coverage” we give to the topic, and the better we are able to “touch base” with a variety of people, if we write from unique perspectives. Not everyone will. Some, I’m almost positive, will, however. That alternate perspective may, in fact, be the catalyst to spiritual truth, or awakening. That, after all, is the point. Not traffic, not notoriety, and not vanity. Spiritual Truth. And yes, Virginia – the capitals are intentional.

Alright? If you have any questions, let me know.

~RK

Postscript:

I probably won’t have to ever caution anyone about this – but do me a favor. Don’t use profanity in anything you enter in Vox Apologia. Ever.

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”

Thank you.

Also, remember the reason we’re doing this. To glorify God. Write, and think accordingly.

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Finally, something to keep in mind:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”

God bless – and go fight the battle.