Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Tomorrow, this little series on the Bible will continue. But for today, here's the big news. This will, probably, be my last day to post on mikecope.blogspot.com. It's been a nice home for the past two and a half years. But beginning tomorrow, I'll be found at www.preachermike.com. The name is chosen because that's what so many of kids at Highland call me. Either "Preacher Mike," or, a few times "Creature Mike." And I like it. Still a few kinks being worked out by Greg Kendall-Ball. He and Travis Stanley have been insisting that I make this move to wordpress because of all the advantages. I have no idea exactly what those advantages are, but I trust these guys. I got into blogging because of younger guys (especially Wade--thanks!), and any improvements have come from younger guys. I don't think it'll be any harder to leave a comment. In fact, it may be easier since you won't have to decode the impossible-to-read word. You will, however, have to leave a valid e-mail that will not be posted but will available to me. If it's ready tomorrow, then anyone putting in this address will be redirected there. But you may want to go ahead and change your bookmark. Plus, if you have a link to this blog (thanks!), I'd appreciate it if you'd change that. Thanks. Preacher Mike. Dot com. - - - - A thoughtful piece by Ryan Bolger called "Maybe the Boomers Aren't the Bad Guys After All."


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    By Blogger Paul W, at 3/09/2006 04:35:00 AM  

  • What? Change. This is very bad. Having just read some reports about lost productivity in the work place during the NCAA tournament, I now wonder how much will be lost tomorrow while we all figure this out. Do you have a Helpdesk for those of us that are blognilogically challenged?

    By Blogger Paul W, at 3/09/2006 04:36:00 AM  

  • Paul - I know what you mean. Greg just e-mailed me a page of "technical data" and told me to be sure and keep it. It's in case I have problems after he moves. So I just printed it off. It's clearly in an unknown tongue.

    Just zip on over to preachermike.com, though. Greg brought in all links through a couple days ago.

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/09/2006 05:09:00 AM  

  • Bummage. Does this mean I'll have to change all of the individual post links to this old blog of yours at mine?

    (Ain't that just like a preacher to make work for other folks to do?)

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 3/09/2006 05:26:00 AM  

  • Good for you, bro.

    You got your own place in cyberworld. Now if we can just keep the "young guys" and the machines from taking over . . .

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 3/09/2006 05:33:00 AM  

  • So you will have access to our E-mail addresses but we will not have E-mail to your's? I smell a double-standard.

    Fame stinks. (And BTW, your office staff can be rude.)

    By Blogger Deb, at 3/09/2006 05:35:00 AM  

  • Sorry Mike ... apologies. Am just so frustrated. Please delete both of these comments. Thanks.

    By Blogger Deb, at 3/09/2006 05:54:00 AM  

  • Happy moving day!!
    I will definately go there!
    What would I do without my day starting with one of Mike Cope's deviant posts..haha..just a joke from a fellow deviant!!

    By Blogger Beverly, at 3/09/2006 05:56:00 AM  

  • Deb - I don't mean for this to be a double standard. Anyone who wants my e-mail address can have it by calling my assistant at the Highland Church.

    I've got too many plates in the air--teaching, preaching, traveling, blogging, etc. A bucket of e-mail every day doesn't help. My fear is that if I just kept it on my profile it would get even more out of hand. Already I'm frustrated that many days I don't have time to enter into the discussion on my blog and respond to everyone.

    And I'm sorry if you were treated rudely by someone here. I work with some of the best people in the world. But we have our bad days, too.

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/09/2006 06:07:00 AM  

  • I have an email, I’m no coward, so you will no be getting rid of me, this time.

    By Blogger Clint, at 3/09/2006 06:23:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    With over half a million hits on your site (since you've been counting), I think you can do whatever you want! The new site looks great-looking forward to it. I love change...bring it on!

    By Blogger Eli Perkins, at 3/09/2006 06:40:00 AM  

  • Interesting post by Ryan Bolger, & comments. I suspect some day another generation will look back on the EMers & say, "What were those folks thinking?"

    Why is it such a challenge to flow with new ripples of the Spirit without feeling superior to those who were on the previous ones? I know I'm guilty of that.

    By Blogger Tim, at 3/09/2006 06:41:00 AM  

  • So is changing sites just one more example of being a "change agent"?!?

    By Blogger eddy, at 3/09/2006 06:51:00 AM  

  • that's great...i have some blogger envy of all of those fancy wordpress sites, and so this will just be another one that i can live vicariously through while i still to my little stock template!

    and amen to no impossible to read word that we must retype...i don't know that i ever get it right on the first try!

    By Blogger tine, at 3/09/2006 06:54:00 AM  

  • I think it is great that you will have access to the e-mail addresses of those who comment. It will stop any malcontents, clothed in anonymity from posting statements they don't want to be accountable for. I sometimes wish I wasn't accountable when I find my foot in my mouth.

    By Blogger Kate, at 3/09/2006 07:12:00 AM  

  • How exciting for you to have a dot com! I don't really have anything to say, just felt the need to post here one more time. :)

    By Blogger Amy, at 3/09/2006 07:43:00 AM  

  • Will you be taking this site down?

    Like Keith, I've got several links to your various posts on my blog and am curious if I will need to go back and change them or not.

    Wordpress does not seem as intuitive as Blogger (to me at least). But, I'm working on changing over as well. If you have time, let us know what you think about it in the long run. I think I will miss the automatic links to Blogger profiles for people who comment. I've found a lot of neat blogs that way.

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 3/09/2006 07:51:00 AM  

  • Bravo Mike - looking forward to it. I now remember why so many fear and avoid change. Comments today have brought lots of questions for overburdened-already Preacher Mike, some mild and some not-so-mild criticism, and lots of points/comments in between -- all because a few of the trillions of pixels in cyberspace were re-arranged. Imagine if the announcement were something of real significance.

    By Blogger KentF, at 3/09/2006 08:14:00 AM  

  • How very impish of you, Mike - master change agent!

    Truly, an impish way to take us into change kicking and screaming. ;)

    Will be looking at the new site this afternoon when I get back home from errands and lunch date.

    Knowing you, I have no qualms saying in advance of seeing the new site,

    Congratulations!! Great move! ;o)

    btw-the secret scrambled word I need to type in is "pofat" - is that eubonics for....? Who's been looking through my computer at me today and will they be able to do so from your new site? lol

    By Blogger Kathy, at 3/09/2006 08:15:00 AM  

  • Joyce -

    I'm asking Greg about the links. Honestly--surprise! surprise!--I just don't know.

    I think you'll still find those other blogs, though. E.g., when I click on someone's name who has commented on Wade's blog, it takes me right to their site. And then I can read their profile there.

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/09/2006 08:20:00 AM  

  • Hey! I thought you had once said you were brand loyal. That you didn't jump ship. And now you are leaving us (me) behind at old blogger.com.

    Man this is "a shocking discovery" for me. Does this mean I can jump ship in other areas? I feel a crisis coming on.

    By Blogger TCS, at 3/09/2006 08:42:00 AM  

  • Thanks for checking about the links, Mike.

    I've checked out the new site already and am enjoying watching the tweaking that is taking place. Sadly, Migration Master Greg doesn't want us posting comments with our opinions as he's changing it. Where's the fun in that? ;-)

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 3/09/2006 08:44:00 AM  

  • TCS - If it helps, I'm still brushing with Crest, still eating Fiber One cereal with almonds and blueberries every morning, still rooting for the Cardinals and Rangers (hope springs eternal), and still preaching in a somewhat traditional Church of Christ. Brand loyalty, baby.

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/09/2006 08:47:00 AM  

  • Thanks, Mike … please I hope you will forgive me. I love reading your entries, and really look forward to your new ‘site’ – it looks great.

    Just get so homesick, sometimes, reading yours and everyone’s thoughts. None of my friends here in the UK blog, much less know what it’s all about. I really miss the kind of transparent Christian fellowship I had in the US, sometimes. That’s not to say we are not blessed here – God is with us! – it’s just that people express themselves and their faith so differently. American Christians seem so far ahead of the rest of us in terms of technology, church methodology, smooth implementation of diverse worship styles, lots and lots of Christian lit and books at fingertip level, and SO MANY PEOPLE! to fill the church sanctuaries (we call that bums on pews over here). Probably not all that important at the end of the day, but I read so much into what you are all getting excited about in your fellowships. I just get homesick, then frustrated, then irritated. Please forgive me. Thanks. You guys are all an inspiration. Sorry for this rant. I do wish you all the best!

    By Blogger Deb, at 3/09/2006 08:50:00 AM  

  • "a somewhat traditional Church of Christ." Hey that's not what my Mama says!

    Of course she also says that Alexander Campbell was "close, but he won't make it".

    Ok, I'll go back to my corner now. I am realizing the only comments I make at your blog are sarcastic. So, in seriousness. Thank you for the time you share with us and for the wisdom you impart.

    By Blogger TCS, at 3/09/2006 08:52:00 AM  

  • TCS, {you, sarcastic?}

    By Blogger Amy, at 3/09/2006 08:58:00 AM  

  • Mike - You alarmed me with that first sentence. I thought you were quitting the blog world altogether.

    By Blogger Lawrence B, at 3/09/2006 09:16:00 AM  

  • Mike, you should have a contest for the first poster at Mikedotcom.

    Danny Sims awards Peeps on his blog.

    What do you think?


    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 3/09/2006 11:43:00 AM  

  • Yeah, Mike -

    Danny Sims DOES award Peeps on his blog for that lucky person or persons who first guess what his weekly (early Sunday morning) cell phone artistic up close out of focus photo is. I'm telling ya', he's taken cell phone art to a whole new level. You need to drop by his "place" sometime to see if YOU can guess some of them. They're tough!

    However - I just checked out your new digs and have to say you have GOT to keep the cat with the helmet on there on your page somewhere. It actually wouldn't be too bad as your profile picture, you know? That way (since you are such a busy man and all) the blogging world at large wouldn't be able to spot the "real" you if they ran into you somewhere and thus, just as with piles of daily email mail, you could reserve more valuable time for yourself not spent having to stop to discuss the weather, etc, with total strangers who recognized you from your Preacher Mike profile picture.

    And as for TCS - Let me tell you about HIM! Talk about like to grouse and be sarcastic! Why he went to the trouble to round up and herd six of his closest friends, to drive 5 1/2 hours from Starkville, Mississippi down to Slidell, Louisiana to volunteer to put a much needed new roof on our home in a short weekend they set aside and then when he arrives here on the scene at 6:30 a.m., he actually would have liked to have come in for a minute out of the cold (this was back in January) to have a hot cup of coffee before he climbed up on the roof, mind you!!

    But, luckily, a couple of his more dedicated buddies INSISTED they must get directly to work, no time for chit chat or fellowship between two before unseen, unintroduced bloggers, and they did it. They got the job done. They worked their fannies off all day Saturday, early Sunday morning and STILL had time left to ALL come in and share communion together and to get to love one another.

    All of the above is my somewhat feeble lighthearted attempt to publicly (I mean, whose blog is more pubic than yours, Mike?) thank TCS and the other six guys who came with him who Tom and I learned to care deeply about in just a short day and a half because what we're ALL about here - and everywhere else we may go (like over to Preacher Mike's tomorrow morning) is being God's children and acting for Him in this world.

    Thanks for the time you spend here with us every day Mike. Thanks. I'm really looking forward to your changes and your move. That's neat! Cool!

    But - really - you should KEEP the cat.

    By Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews, at 3/09/2006 12:37:00 PM  

  • Greg here...

    In case anyone is reading this far down, this evening I will run an import of all the most recent posts and comments to Mike's new site. After that I will add a "redirect" script to this site, so that anyone who types in mikecope.blogspot.com will automatically bounce over to preachermike.com.

    We'll probably leave that in place for a few weeks (until everyone updates their bookmarks, etc.), and then remove it. That way, if you have linked to a post on this blogspot blog, your link WILL work again. Hopefully the incovenience of a temporarily broken link won't be too burdensome!

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 3/09/2006 01:08:00 PM  

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