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Proof of what is unseen


My blog has a new name to go along with its new design: βλογάπη. “Marklwardjr,” the old name, was just way too eponymous.

After almost two years, and now having reached the two-subscriber mark (my mother-in-law recently signed up), I think it’s time to pick a name that reflects the twin themes of the blog: theology and tech. As they used to say on the SAT, blog : agape :: tech : theology.

There are a few reasons I talk so much about tech:

  • I really believe our generation—of theological students in particular—needs guidance in the use of technology.
  • Few other nerdy Fundamentalists combine the twin themes of “Ra Ra!” and “Cave Canem!” when it comes to tech, so I have stepped into the gap.

There are a few reasons why ἀγάπη (agape) makes up the second half of my blog’s new name:

  • I can’t help talking about ἀγάπη, because as Hezekiah 45:55 says, “Out of the abundance of the dissertation, the fingers type.”
  • I want my blog to provoke you to love and good works. I know it pushes me toward those things, partly through the interaction I get to have with you sometimes. I thank you, my readers, sincerely for that. I dearly want to be holy, and God says we need each other to make that happen.

My RSS feed will remain the same.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Jeremiah on October 10, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Clever, Mr. Ward.

    You might want to link this on your About page. I was curious enough to keep digging for it.

  2. Mark L Ward Jr on October 10, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Smart! Done!

  3. Jeremiah on October 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Regarding the redesign, consider enabling “pretty” permalinks. Which would give you ‘/blog/about/’ and ‘/blog/2009/10/google-voice-tip/’ depending on how you set it. Functionally the same, but looks nicer and is more “discoverable.”

    Veering even more into the tech, i use a FeedBurner redirect plugin so that my feed URL is my feed URL — not a link to If you peep your source code, you’ll see that WP is still outputting feed URLs (two, in fact: RSS + Atom), which can be confusing to browsers — people might not notice your FeedBurner badge, and software doesn’t autodetect the feed (the icon in the address bar). I can’t remember how at the moment, but i found some setting or plugin or theme that consolidates WP’s feed into one url.

    Combined with nice permalinks, your feed link could simply be:

    On the other hand, if it’s works as is, why mess with it?

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