Since Phil's retirement from regular blogging here, Frank and I have continued as we said we would, and we've been fomenting plans for the future. Now we'll share some with you.
Spurgeon. Our weekly Dose of Spurgeon has been a beloved feature. Phil had some stored up, and we've been drawing from them. But what to do when they run out?
As a suggestion leapt to my mind, Frank readily agreed, and we extended an invitation to Kerry J. Allen to take over the role of posting excerpts from the Prince of Preachers each week. Kerry is pastor of Fox River Baptist Church in Aurora, Illinois. Also, Kerry is an author several times over, most notably working to assemble sermons and sayings from Spurgeon.
Though Frank and I love Spurgeon, we don't have a fraction of the grasp of his preaching and material that Kerry does. Kerry's addition as Spurgeon Editor to Team Pyro will be a great benefit to all of us.
Otherwise. We are not rushing to add an additional member to the team, as indeed there is no rush. This presents an opportunity for you, personally.
A lot of people think this looks easy (like watching Clapton casually toss off a riff), and some of them have thought once or twice, "If I was a PyroManiac ... oh man, I would surely have done it better than that." If you are one of those people, it's time to screw your courage to the sticking place.
You need to have 600-1200 words on a subject which the normal readership of PyroManiacs will find interesting or compelling. In spite of Frank's bad example, it must require no proofreading or revisions or editorial guidance. It needs to have a beginning, middle and end, and it cannot run more than one part -- you're asking for one chance to make one point, not for a recurring part in our epic continuity.
We are making Monday "Guest Pyro for a Day" day, and it will begin when we have enough suitable posts to queue them up and let them run without interruption.
- We prefer that you know who we are — that is, you have read this blog and understand the tone and temperament of its authors and readers. You do not have to be a carbon copy of us, but you must complement our style and approach in the same way chicken wings complement pizza, or bacon complements... well, everything. If you haven't been a regular Pyro reader for some time, you really should do some catching up before trying to jump on the merry-go-round.
- If we know you, that's a plus. (If it's a plus that we know you, that is.)
- Even if we do know you, submit your singing prose to us (no poems, proems, poema, songs, videos, liturgical dance or other practical jokes) with:
- Your real name
- Your real e-mail address
- Your local church (aha! Gotcha!)
- Your picture and/or brief bio
- Your link to your online presence (if applicable)