First of all, THANK YOU to those of you reading “my little blog”. I continue to be blown away by the response. The feedback has been kind, and useful. I truly appreciate the encouragement, and when necessary, the correction. While I don’t want to ever post “numbers” (due to a fear of writing pragmatically, or for adding/chasing “hits”), I will tell you that I think it’s pretty cool that people in other countries are reading and responding.
So why do I blog? I had an interesting lunch conversation recently where the subject of blogging came up. The table quickly divided over those who did, and those who thought those who did were geeks. After a bit of thought, here are the reasons why I blog:
1. I am directed, by scripture (1 Peter 3:15), to be ready to give a defense for the hope that is in me. This blog is the online function of how I seek to do that in my daily life.
2. It allows me to answer the same question once, and to have my response (and the work associated with thinking through and typing it!) recorded. I can then send a link, or point people to the blog.
3. It’s a permanent (as much as anything is in the digital age) of what I believe, as a record for my girls, should anything ever happen to me.
4. It causes me to think, and to research areas that I believe are important. Without fail, I know more about a subject after I blog about it than I did before. It causes me to read more, and better books. If nobody ever read what I wrote here, it would be well worth the effort for that reason alone.
5. It is a record of what I believe. It’s tough to (though people still do) misrepresent what someone believes when it’s documented, in print.
6. It’s a resource for those who are interested in a given subject. I continue to be amazed, and humbled, that people I’ve never met, on the other side of the world, are reading my blog.
The following are NOT reasons I blog:
1. Im a super-genius and world-class theologian. Hardly. This is just a place for me to simplify some of the actual geniuses I read, in hopes that what has been helpful to me will be helpful to others, and motivate them to read the works of men much, much smarter than I.
2. To mock/parody anyone. I think the modern evangelical church does a pretty decent job of mocking itself. I have no axe to grind. I love the visible church, the bride of Christ. I do, however, have a biblical responsibility to point out error as we “compare what people are saying in the name of God to the word of God.”
3. To feed my ego. I have more than enough people in my life (not the least of which are my three young daughters) to keep me humble. I think i’ve been pretty open about the fact that I’m a flawed man who has been shown unspeakable grace by God. My hope is to share the love I have of God and His word. My personality is such that I can come across sarcastically, but that’s the filter through which I process life. Sometimes it’s to make a point, often it’s to soften the actual anger I feel over the goofiness which is often passed off as (or as a replacement for) orthodox Christianity.
So, that’s it. The reason I eat a sandwich at my keyboard and read books by dead guys. It’s a joy, and I hope it’s enjoyable to you as well.
Soli Deo Gloria!