If you are like me, you read the first two paragraphs of a blog, and then skim the rest. So, for people like you, here is my two sentence summary. We are not of the world, however we are in it! A very small change, but we need to be fully in the world with the hope of a future spent with Christ!
There are a few verses that all suggest very similar viewpoints, and here they are.
Philippians 3:20a – But our citizenship is in heaven…
John 17:16 – They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
II Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
So, as I read these verses, it seems very obvious that this is not our true home. The II Corinthians verse has always been an encouragement to me, knowing that no matter what we are going through, this world is a mere tent compared to the glorious home we all have in heaven.
However, I feel like often times we use these verses as escapes to not be invested into the world. We would rather stay in our Christian bubble, go to church, go to Bible Study, shop at Christian bookstores, listen to Christian music, go to our Christian automechanic, etc… All of these are great things! Support local Christian businesses if that’s your thing. However, that is not my thing, and here is why.
We see a whole different world when we are actually IN the world. Often times we see this world as a place where we are just serving our time and then we will be brought home to live with Jesus forever. The fact is we are IN this world to glorify the Lord! We are supposed to be IN this world to share the Gospel, make disciples of all nations, and it is very hard to do that when our first foot forward is that of a “higher than thou” attitude of “Not of this world”. How about if we switch the phrase? “We are IN this world, but we are not of it”?
IN the world, but it will not last forever so I need to make the most of my time here.
Personally I have still been buying Christian books and such, but I will go to Borders or Barnes and Noble to buy them. Why? Because that way I can walk around and really look at the world I am IN. How am I going to get a clear picture of what our world believes without really truly being IN the world. Let’s take a look at the context for the verses I mentioned above.
Philippians 3:20b&21 – …and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body. As we read Philippians, there is an incredible call to really make the most of our time here and “shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15). When you are a citizen somewhere, you start to have a mindset of the place you are at. However, when you travel, you change your mindset to fit into the culture there.
I just got back from a two week trip to the Northwest, and it was glorious. One thing though, is there driving pattern was completely different. Almost no one drives more than 5 MPH over the speed limit, most people drive at the speed limit or below. I know this shouldn’t be weird to me, but after living in LA for 6 years, the flow of traffic is normally 10-15 MPH over the speed limit. Now, I am a citizen of Orange County, but if I went to Idaho and drove 40 MPH in a 25 (which seems like it would be fine), that would be a huge middle finger to the lovely residents of ID. I do not believe our job as Christians is to rid the world of evil, because that is not possible. That is Jesus’ job when He comes back, we are just supposed to share the good news with people and let Jesus work on their lives. So, as citizens in heaven, we need to have the mindset of knowing where we came from, but also being INvolved in this world and knowing what people believe and think.
John 17: 14&15 – I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. So, sandwiched between Jesus prayer that we are not of this world, he prays that we remain in this world. He says in verse 14 that he has given us His Word so that may know how to live in this world. The world will hate us, but we must continue living in the world, knowing that Jesus has prayed that the evil one may stay away from us. A prayer that we must also continue to echo.
II Corinthians 5:4 – For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened… That sounds fun! Oh wait, Jesus doesn’t say that when we are Christian life will be easy? At times, I think we need to venture out more and really feel burdened by the weight of sin in the world.
Romans 12:1 – I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Before Paul says that we should not be conformed to this world he says that we need to offer our bodies as living sacrifices for it is an act of spiritual worship! In the Christian world, sometimes it seems like we are too much in the world if we are going to the gym, eating super healthy, engaging in higher education, but in fact, it is spiritual worship! Take advantage of the opportunities you have to be in the world, but then in verse two remember, do not be conformed to the world.
I know I do a terrible job of this, but I am trying. Personally, any opportunity I get, I try to choose the “secular” option, because if all we do as Christians is choose the safe Christian option, then who is going to do into the dark places?
How are you IN the world, but not of it? Comment below! Let me know!
Happy Birthday Facebook!!
It’s been pretty cool to see all those neat little videos that people people have been posting.. Oh, wait, I never actually looked at any (besides my own). Really, Facebook’s whole video thing was just a way for us to look back at our own lives through the past 10 (or for most of us, 6-7) years, we don’t really care about other people. Anyway..
It got me thinking about how much time we spend on Facebook. Personally, I have posted 17,977 times on Facebook. Holy moly! That’s a lot in 7.5 years! It could be very easy to go down the road that Facebook is a big waste of time, and that it’s ruining friendships, but I have many arguments against that that I will save for a later date. However, one argument to that is, I just hung out with a friend I haven’t seen in 19 years! If you do the math, I am 24, so that means we haven’t hung out since I was 5! We went to Kindergarten together, and only through Facebook were we able to reconnect! We had a great time strolling through Downtown Disney.
As much as I love Facebook, reconnecting with friends, staying updated on big life events and looking a memes about how much cooler dogs are than cats, it is purely a supplement to friendships and nowhere near a replacement. We still need to have physical contact and conversations to really build relationships.
And then I thought about my relationship with Jesus. I thought about all the info I could throw on his profile: Born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, born December 25th (most likely not…), Works at “all over the world”, all that stuff. Heck, if he had a Facebook I would have him as my close friend and get updates any time he turned water into wine, be one of the 10K “likes” when he healed someones broken legs. Maybe even if I saw him online I would shoot him a message to see how things are going and catch up. But that is often times where I leave my relationship with Jesus, at the Facebook level. With out current friends, we hang out with them couple times a week at least, so why is it so hard to spend even just once a month in a long hangout sesh with Jesus? Why can’t we just take a hike and instead of looking at Jesus latest Insta, look at His creation! Instead of reading a snippet of the Sermon on the Mount, spending a day and letting it sink in and take control of our lives!
How do you take your relationship with Jesus beyond the Facebook level?
What do you do when you wanna kick it with Jesus?
“I hate that guy!” is what first went through my mind when I saw the interview. “What a conceited, prideful jerk!”
However, now 48 hours have passed, and my thoughts have had time to catch up with my emotions.
Here is where I am at now: While I do believe Sherman may have gone a bit overboard in his comments, I cannot be mad at him. Here are 3 reasons why.
1. Nature of the game
First off, as a cornerback, you have to tell yourself every snap “I am better than the WR, and there is no way he is going to catch the ball”. Not only is Sherman telling himself that every play on Sunday, but he is telling himself that every day for a week in preparation to guard the best WR on the Niners. Sherman did a great job of that too! Crabtree was only targeted twice, one Sherman was called on a holding call (questionable at that, not a bad call, but could have been not called as well) and the second was the interception. Also, Sherman leads the league with 16 interceptions in the past two seasons (only been in the league three seasons), so while his comments were lofty and arrogant, he at least has the stats to back them up.
Second, while he is in this mode of a mental game with Crabtree, he makes the play to send his team to the one game he has been looking forward to his entire life! I know when I play board games with friends I get way to excited sometimes, I am pretty sure I have said things I regret. Now, have an audience of millions of people, playing against someone you don’t like, make the play of your life, and then a reporter runs at you and asks you what you think?? I would say adrenaline would be pumping. Just like Sherman spoke with adrenaline, I thought nasty thoughts with adrenaline as a fan. I know I am sorry for my thoughts, just as Sherman has since apologized for his actions. We must allow room to believe his apology.
2. History with Crabtree
Sherman wrote a pretty great article the same night of the game (which is impressive he wrote this only being a couple hours removed from the incident). He mentions here that him and Crabtree have had a long history with each other dating back to and off-season Golf Tournament Larry Fitzgerald hosted in Arizona. As far as I know, no details have been released there. However, we cannot judge Sherman based on a 30 second clip. He is a Stanford graduate with a communications degree, he has to be somewhat intelligent. Regardless of your feelings about what he said, just make sure you take the comments into context.
3. The Gospel
As I was moping around in the loss yesterday, I began to really reflect on the fact that this is just a game played for our entertainment. Then, it struck me… Have I prayed for Sherman? He must be going through a lot of stuff right now, he mentioned racial slurs were tweeted at him, everyone has their opinions, everyone wants an interview with him, and oh yeah, he has to prepare for Welker, Thomas, and Decker… I heard this quote yesterday “For every problem there’s a simple solution. Unfortunately, it’s usually wrong.” So in our modern age of social media, our simple solution to a rant like this is to hide behind out Twitter handle and send out an angry tweet/fb status/meme, unfortunately that is wrong. As Christians our first response should be prayer. Sherman’s first response was prayer for 49ers Bowman when he tore his MCL and ACL in the second half, how many of us did that? How many of us have prayed for Sherman?
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you – Matthew 5:44
These are just my thoughts. I have gone from angry and bitter, to on my knees in prayer. I may not agree with what Sherman did/said, but I cannot hold onto that anger, I must forgive him and move on.
Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. – Ephesians 4:26-27
Go Seahawks! 29-28
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
I finally was able to get on my bike and ride again today! This summer as I was living with my parents and the three of us were sharing one car, so many times I would ride my bike from place to place as my form of transportation. I really enjoy riding, and love really taking the time to get places, and not feeling like I am in a rush (because I can only go so fast so I really plan out when I need to leave). However, once I got a car, I lost the passion to get on my bike a sweat in order to get somewhere, the car always sounded way better.
After having a convo last night with my buddy I felt inspired to start riding my bike more as a form of transportation to nearby places. So, I tried that today. I rode my bike 4 miles to the gym, and felt great! The only problem, is the reason I felt great is because it was downhill to the gym… Now I had to go 4 miles uphill, into the wind (OK, I know I’m sounding like your grandpa, but it was pretty bad!). I remember riding, and I wasn’t even at the big hill yet, and thinking to myself “There’s no way I am making it up this hill.” ((I like my parenthesis, I hope you follow all this! It will get good 🙂 (I hope..)) You also need to know, my bike isn’t designed for hills, it’s mostly a sprint bike, so part of being scared of hills is me being a pansy, but part is legitimate)
I remember getting to the first, and lesser, of the two hills, and I told myself “I will make it to the next road and get off and walk the rest of the way”. Next thing I knew, I was at that sign, and I felt ok! So, I kept setting markings for myself to get to, and I made it all the way up the hill! Then came the second hill. No markings on this one, and I just moved into the house I am at now, so I am still unfamiliar with the area. As I was going up the hill, the wind started blowing straight in my face, and I was almost going nowhere. I had no idea where I was, I had no mark that I wanted to get to, so I dismounted. Once I orientated myself, I realized I was only 50 yards from my goal! Part of me was relieved I didn’t have to walk that far, but most of me was devastated with myself that I didn’t conquer the hill!!
It reminded me of the verse at the top of this post that a pastor talked about last week at Mt of Olives church in Mission Viejo. Many times in our lives we pick out points and say “Once I graduate High School, my life will be great!” “After I get my degree it will be easier to get a job” “Once I get a girl, then I will be happy because I am closer to being married and having kids” “Once I own my own house I can really settle down” “I will save spending time with the grandkids until after I retire”. We are constantly making all these marks in our life that we want to get to. I do not believe it is bad to have goals, but I do believe it is bad to focus on the goal rather than the One who will enable those goals to happen.
The pastor had a quote that has stuck with me, “We need to be blind to what the Lord is doing. We will never be able to see what the Lord is doing 100%, instead we need to increase the senses God has given us as opposed to trying to gain the senses we don’t have.” As we are living our life, there are many hopes, dreams, and things we want to do, however, those shouldn’t be our ultimate. Our ultimate needs to be relying on the Holy Spirit to take us where we need to go, and persevering through whatever trials, hard-times, or hills we may encounter. “For who hopes for what he already sees?” Our hope needs to be in eternity, something we cannot see, but something we know we as children of God will be delivered to!
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So, I was looking for the best version of “Little Drummer Boy” and instead I found this 🙂 So, two disclaimers about this version, not exactly the mood I was going for, but I do love the uniqueness of it. Second, I do LOVE the band (Walk Off The Earth), go check out more of their videos.
“Little Drummer Boy” is by far and away my favorite Christmas carol. This realization didn’t really hit me until this year when I really had a chance to reflect on the lyrics. Take a look at them with me.
Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.
Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?
Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.
Man, that Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum part gets me every time! The reason I love this song is just the clear presentation of our reaction to the Gospel. As we await Christ’s coming, we are here on this earth to serve Him with the gifts that he has given us. Some of us have very prominent gifts of teaching, preaching, healing, or whatever it may be. However, some of us don’t. I know I like to think of myself “Jack of all Trades but a Master of None”. This has lead to some inner conflict in my life of never really being truly great at something.
This past year though, I have realized that God has given me the ability to be able to listen, and specifically to intricacies in audio to make for a comfortable environment for people. The Lord has opened up doors for me to use these gifts to serve Him full-time and I could not be more grateful. I am not doing “amazing things” like speaking to a million people, but I am serving the Lord with my gifts and talents, and in the end that’s all God calls us to, and that’s all He really desires from us. No gift is greater than another, no calling is greater than another, it is just a matter of what you do with that calling.
This little boy, within the confine of correct theology, is at the manger scene and everyone is bringing their finest gifts of the king. I can just picture of of those little kids with their favorite toy that they take everywhere and want to show everyone, whether it be a blankie, a teddy, 49ers pillow… In this case for this boy it is his drum. All this boy wants to do is play for his King, because that is his finest gift. Right now, for me, I am sitting in the back creating an environment where people can worship Christ without distraction.
What is your calling? How are you serving Christ with it?
What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
What is your favorite Christmas album?
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I grew up going to church with my parents in the Lutheran church. I went to church six days a week, five days for school where I had religion classes, and Sunday for service. I would not trade the experience for anything, I loved the small classes and the teachers were all phenomenal. However, they did not “win me over”. What I mean by this is I don’t think I was a Christian when I left for school at Cal Poly Pomona, in fact, didn’t really want anything to do with religion. Eventually I found a group giving away free hamburgers, and was sold! I gotta get with this group! Well, it turned out they were a Christian group, next thing you know all I am doing is hanging out with them. I eventually hear the Gospel in a way I never heard before and began my walk with Jesus October 20, 2007 at Fall Retreat my freshman year.
Obviously, this has been a huge impact on my life! However, after six years of going to non-denominational church I started to go “all bad” on the traditional style of service. “Why are they so rigid in their beliefs” “The church is dead” “Why can’t they be open-minded and try new things?” These were all thoughts that were in the back of my head as I thought about my old church.
However, living in Sacramento and going to my old church for the past five months, I will admit I could not have been further from a correct view of the church. In fact, I know see the traditions of the Lutheran church instill a reverence for the Lord that non-denoms have replaced with Jesus being our bestie! I have really been drawn to this reverence the past couple months.
Church Calendar. Currently we are in the middle of Advent, the first season of the church calendar. I used to think it was pretty lame that we pretend we are waiting for the birth of Jesus who came over 2,000 years ago, but attending the Lutheran church again and mid-week services as well I have realized there is a parallel to the waiting for Christ birth in the New Testament and for us awaiting Jesus coming “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” I Thessalonians 5:2. Just as the Jews of the Old Testament had no idea when Jesus was coming, so we must always be ready for Christ’s second coming. All the seasons point us back to the Gospel and checks our hearts every year to make sure we are believing the Gospel truth.
Scripture Reading. “My pastor reads the Bible when he preaches in his sermon, why have ‘Scripture Readings’ and stand up and sit down all the time?” As I meet with pastors throughout the various Lutheran churches, I realized all the churches have the Scripture readings every week. Isn’t that so neat? All the churches in the area (even throughout the country) are on the same Scripture cycle, and therefore in unity with one another! Also, the fact that we stand for the Gospel readings instills that reverence for the Word and treating it as a book that is to be honored.
There are many other aspects of the traditional style of worship that I didn’t get as a young lad, but I like to keep my posts short. But all I know is that when I was younger I did not grasp the necessity of the very structured style of worship, and was drawn towards the “free-ness” of the contemporary style. I have had conversations with many many people of various churches and I know people in the traditional services have a personal relationship with Jesus and people in non-denoms have a reverence for the Lord, but speaking from both side of the coin, there is not always the fruit from both sides in our life.
I have really been challenged to live with more reverence for the Lord and treat Him as God the Father, the Almighty Creator and Savior of the universe, as well as living in His grade that allows me to walk right beside Jesus being lead by the Holy Spirit.
And to go back to why I went “all bad” on the church was all for selfish reasons. They are not “rigid” in their beliefs, they stick to what they know to be true, and follow what was inspired by God and written over 2,000 years ago and do not let the whims of society change their beliefs “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” Ephesians 4:14. I can tell you that the people at my parents church worshiping and singing hymns to the organ experience the God as much as people raising their hands in the rocking worship at my church in SoCal, and that was an incredible realization when I finally believed that and understood it to be true.
How do you balance the two sides? Reverence and Best Friend?
Did you grow up in a traditional style church? Contemporary? What has been your experience on the other side?
What is something you don’t understand about the other style of worship?
How can you have more reverence for the Lord? or How can you better treat Him as in a personal relationship?
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On November 20-24 I got to do my first official “Audio Specialist” gig for the PSW Cru (Pacific Southwest Region of Cru – California, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Arizona). It came with some audio challenges, as well as a confirmation from the Lord that I am exactly where He wants me!
My week consisted of setting up on Wednesday for a staff conference for about 250 staff from the region. I was so thrilled to be able to see many of my friends and staff family again, it had been about 6 months since I had seen some of them. As far as audio goes, I was not really challenged too much during this 2 day conference, but it was still a lot of fun to be in the back!
On Friday, over 400 students came for a conference called Crossroads. Crossroads is a conference for Juniors and Seniors in Cru who are trying to decide what they want to do after they graduate. This year we brought in people from the military, professional sports, medical industry as well as other professions to show students we want them to be “100% Sent”. 100% Sent is a motto we use to let students know that no matter what profession you end of choosing when you graduate, that you are sent there to bring the Gospel to those that you work with.
As I was sitting in the back of the room behind the sound board, i saw hundreds of students come rushing into the first meeting. They were dancing to the music I had picked out, ready to have a good time and hear from the Lord! Around 7:00pm the first meeting started off with musical worship. I remember looking out into the sea of students (and taking the picture up top) overcome with emotion. As I see students lifting their hands in an act of surrender of their lives to God, realizing that God gave me the ability to mix the sound in a way that students could undistractedly worship Christ. It may seem like a small thing to most people, but as I thought about me being able to use the gifts God has given me in such an awesome environment, I began to cry in the back. I had never really felt such emotion helping in that way, but I just realized the Lord has blessed me to do what I love to glorify Him.
*Audiophile time!* Anyone knows sound stuff, knows this rig probably should not have worked for 600+ people! With a two 600W powered mixer (Mackie 808s), with 6 speakers and a sub we made it work! I daisy chained two left speakers on one send and two right speakers, all spaced out about 20 feet since it was such a wide room. Since I only had 8 channels to work with I could only mic 3 singers, keys and acoustic guitar (the other three channels were wireless mics for MC, Keynote and interviewee). I left the volume for electric guitar, bass and drums up to themselves. Miraculously it all worked out somehow, but all I know is that when I report to the Irvine office I am buying all new gear!
How are you utilizing your gifts that the Lord has given you?
What is your most memorable conference?
What gear do you recommend I buy?
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I am very passionate about music technology, as you may have noticed. I see a very clear connection between a sound board and the Gospel being proclaimed. Often times the booth/table/cut out/crawl space/cranny that the sound equipment goes gets overlooked. However, when I walk into any room that has a PA system, I immediately look for the operator and the gear they are using. During the event, all I can think about it the way everything sounds. Luckily, I get to combine this passion of mine with the Gospel. I will have many blogs letting you know about my experience of my life from the back of the room, but for now I will share why I pursue this area.
1. Presenting the Gospel
2. Love Language
3. Pursuing Creativity
4. Spiritual Gifts
First off, I would not be doing what I am doing if the Gospel wasn’t being proclaimed. I want to connect lost students with Christ. As I look back on my life, I see conferences and retreats having a huge impact on my life. I came into college not wanting to get involved with any sort of spiritual club. I checked out all the fraternities and sports clubs on campus, and throwing away the flyers from the weird Christian clubs. However, one thing lead to another and I ended up going to Fall retreat with Cru and that is where I really started my walk with Jesus. Fast forward three years to Winter Conference of my senior year, and I decide to intern with Cru full-time. Conferences and retreats are just a great way to remove yourself from the distractions of this world (Homework, work, family, social gatherings, chores, etc…) and really take some time to pursue the Lord and hear from Him. I want to create an atmosphere where people can make undistracted decisions to worship Christ.
2. My love language is Acts of Service. I love being able to do things that most people don’t want to do or maybe don’t know how to do. Not many people like/know how to do sound (which is pretty evident in many many churches nowadays), so I want to serve in that way. I love to serve people to make them feel comfortable. My motto is “The more people notice me, the worse of a job I am doing”. I want people to walk into a room and start dancing because of the music I have picked. I want them to be able to sing to the God of the universe without having to strain to hear the lyrics or thinking the guitar is too high. I want them to hear the speaker without having to hear feedback. If I can accomplish this, no one will notice me and everyone will hopefully be relying on the Spirit to remind them of the Scriptures. I love being hospitable, and when people walk into a room that I am working in, they are walking into my home!
3. Pursuing Creative outlets. I have been really realizing lately that Christians aren’t that creative… OK, maybe they can be, but when it comes to implementation of their ideas, not much happens. Specifically when I look at music, Christians are almost always a few years behind on the times. We worship the creator of the universe! We need to be the most creative people on the earth and therefore setting cultural trends! We shouldn’t be playing catch-up trying to reach people for Christ. So, I decided to pursue the creative part of my life as a full-time ministry, and hopefully inspire people to really be creative as they serve the Lord. You don’t need to be a preacher in order to serve God full-time.
My buddy Patrick Teasdale Jr., had a brilliant idea. He asked a bunch of his friends to write a letter to themselves about what they would say to their younger self. I had the privilege of being one of his featured bloggers. To check out his concept go to the beginning of his blog series. Check out my blog post on his website to see what I said to my younger self! Check out all his blog too! Great posts: http://teasdalejr.wordpress.com/