Some of the bloggers I follow have moved their blogs to beliefnet. This includes Ben Witherington, Scot McKnight, Tony Jones, and others. I don’t know te motivations, or variety thereof, behind signing on with beliefnet.
But I do know this: everytime I go to a beliefnet.com blog, I get an ad that opens down over the piece I inted to read. It is usally a ministry ad – asking me to sponsor a child or buy a net or some such good cause. Sometimes I am invited to subscribe to some magazine or consider some other product.
I would have thought it enough that ads run across the top and down the right side; do we really need them popping up over the blog entry, too?
Perhaps this is the high-tech version of something I saw outside Whitney, Texas earlier this week. Driving past a Cowboy Church, I noticed the usual rodeo ring had been built for outdoor meetings. On a wall behind one side of the ring, were billboard ads, not unlike you might see at a stadium or ballpark these days.
Perhaps I should seek commercial sponsors for my sermons.
“Today’s message on purity of life is brought to you by….”