Out with the old, fiddle around with the new!

December 7th, 2012 in Uncategorized. Tags: ,

Old blog

I started this blog about 18 months ago, using a colourful theme designed by Nick La (above). But I think it is time for a change.

One of the strengths of WordPress as a blogging platform and host is that the appearance can be readily customised. Themes can be interchanged with few problems. And it’s free!

But one of the weaknesses is that there is very little customisation unless you pay for it. Which is possible, but not preferred.

So I’m struggling to find a new theme that suits me. There many wonderful themes, but all have some feature(s) that don’t suit me. So expect a few variations over the next week or two as I try some out. (It is possible to have a trial view of a theme but after a while, you really need to sit with it for a while.)

If you have any strong thoughts, please let me know!

But the aim’s the same

I thought I might re-present, for newer readers, what my aims have been, and remain. This is from the first post.

Keeping to tradition is retro!

It seems to be traditional to commence a blog with a slightly idealistic explanation of what you hope it’s going to be about. And who am I to fight tradition?
I have spent almost 50 years as a “christian” (a word with too many connotations for me these days), and I seem to have not stopped learning and changing in that time. In recent years I have met, mostly on the web but also in person, many believers who struggle with some aspects of their faith that they feel no longer seems right. They don’t  have significant doubts about Jesus, but they do have doubts about some of what they have been taught.
The world is changing (it’s always changing, but it seems faster and more drastic these days) and we may need to keep adapting. But how does our belief adapt? Which bits are not negotiable and which bits are flexible?
I doubt anyone has more than a handful of answers, but together we probably have many helpful ideas. So this blog, and the website that sits behind it, is my attempt to address some of these issues and seek comment and input, in the hope that together we may “see him more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly” in this 21st century.
If you have chanced upon this website and are not a believer, and want to consider the reasons to believe, may I recommend my other website Is there a god.
One more thing. I am not interested in argument, but discussion. All and any viewpoint is welcome as long as you are being friendly and constructive.
So, welcome, please come back, and please offer your ideas.

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  1. Day by day, Brother, that’s what living our faith in God is about. You do a good job helping people with that from what I’ve seen in the short time since I’ve been coming here (and in the longer time I’ve been reading your contributions over at Enough Light).
    For blog appearance issue, I kind of like the wordpress template I use, as far as convenience goes. It looks generic, but it also means that people will find it familiar and undistracting. I hope that means they can concentrate better on the articles.

  2. Thanks Tim. I like the theme of your blog, but I had a few reasons why I wanted something slightly different. We’ll see if I like this one, or not.

  3. I like the clean look of this new one. I’ve gone back and forth on themes a lot myself over the years. There are so many choices, it’s hard to settle on just one! Hope you enjoy the shopping period. 🙂

  4. Thanks Nate. I’m very changeable too – after a while, something else always looks better. But balance that against the fact that all have their strengths and drawbacks, and setting each one up requires some work. In the present theme, the main drawback was the small headings & subheadings in the text, but I could fix that with inline styles if I want to be bothered.

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