Can't help but notice that the forums haven't been very active lately... Where is everybody?
Maybe there just isn't as much demand for a Christian gaming community now that gaming is more or less a mainstream hobby. The question is no longer, "Do you play video games?" but rather "What do you play?" Back in 1999, Christian gamers were a fringe group, doubly despised by many. Now that gaming is far more socially acceptable today than 15 years ago, is there even a need for a group like ToJ? I still think so, but I can't trust my own view is unbiased.
EDIT: I forgot to include the part where I feel completely unqualified to lead this community, that it baffles me that ToJ is still around despite the fact that I'm President, that I've mostly fumbled my way through my tenure as President with no mentor or guide, and that I feel like a fraud when anyone ever attributes any good thing to come out of this 1.5-decade long experiment to me rather than the staff members who have and continue to do almost all the work or, more accurately, to the Lord to whom we owe our lives. Maybe I'll expand on all that in that "more coherent post" I mention below.
WHAAAT? Why haven't I heard about this before? I didn't even know you'd gotten engaged.I'm still around. However, getting married this august and moving myself into a new apartment in May has caused a definite drop off in playing time. Summers seem to be traditionally a fairly slow time for gaming and gaming communities too.
While I understand that evangelism may be your primary focus please don't discount ministry to other believers (or my time with the preschoolers on Sundays is wasted). Often times a refuge is needed and can be instrumental to those (Christians) who are flailing in a "worldly" world. It can be very helpful to believers who have young children who enjoy playing in an encouraging and "safe" environment.But the thought that Tribe of Judah has been, for some, more of a stumbling block than a help torments me. If ToJ is just a social club where Christians can retreat from a hostile gaming community that so desperately needs the Good News and fool ourselves into believing that being nice to new players and not swearing is all He asks of us, then we would best serve the kingdom of God by shutting down immediately. The fact that I haven't resigned from my position as President serves as evidence I believe ToJ is so much more.
(On a related note, I maintain that ToJ and the CGA are supplemental or transitional communities and never intended to replace attendance and involvement in a local church that teaches sound Christian doctrine. I also maintain that we are bound by what Christ has done for us in redeeming us, not by a list of rules or a code of conduct.)
Will do, sir!Thanks!
I thought I had mentioned it here before, but I guess not. Hard to tell since things get kinda crazy now lol. But yep, we're going to be married at the KC Ren Fest in costume. Send me a PM with your address and I'll get you an invitation when we send them out.
Yes. I saw your post on Facebook previously (and I think I "liked" it), but thanks for posting to the Prayer Request & Praise Reports Forum as well!Probably should have posted somewhere around here that I got engaged last month, too? lol
While I understand that evangelism may be your primary focus please don't discount ministry to other believers (or my time with the preschoolers on Sundays is wasted). Often times a refuge is needed and can be instrumental to those (Christians) who are flailing in a "worldly" world. It can be very helpful to believers who have young children who enjoy playing in an encouraging and "safe" environment.
Sometimes, after being at work with worldly folks all day trying to maintain my witness I don't feel like struggling with more worldly folks in my spare time. Now, I tend to default to Skyrim since TF2 hasn't had much draw for me lately (and you don't have a CS:GO server), but I expect others have the same feeling. Even Jesus withdrew with just his disciples to rest and recuperate.
I totally agree that this community does not and cannot replace a local body of believers, but I don't see anything wrong with creating a refuge (which is not closed to non-believers but is monitored) for other believers.
Thank you, Patriot and rustom. You both did a better job than I feel I've done expressing much (though not the entirety) of what I want Tribe of Judah to be: An online community where Christians can gather and "recharge" when larger secular gaming communities can, at times, be a very real drain. I think "gas station" is an excellent analogy in this respect.I agree with Patriot. Finding and joining this forum has been a blessing for me since here in England, I have don't have any friends my age who share the same faith and likes to play games. I guess it's only when we get too comfortable living at the "gas station" when priorities need to start shifting.
And it would be great to see the forums active and vibrant with believers.
Please continue to post updates in our Visual Arts & Game Design forum!I've been more absent a bit. Largely this is because of:
1) Civ modding taking up a bunch of my spare time.
I look forward to it.2) I'm in a season of major growth here, which is also taking up a lot of my time but is also changing me from being the immature "knows a lot about everything guy" to "listen to the Lord and say what you see him saying" -- which I take to mean I'll be back in full force in time, but it will be better.