After much internal debate on my part, I have decided that I am going to begin blogging regularly again. If you look at my blog closely, you will notice at one time I was posting three or four articles per week, but over the last few years that number decreased to almost zero.
Why? Well, there are a few reasons, but the biggest was due to my desire to avoid conflict. I had just begun pastoring at a new ministry and I had someone approach me who suggested that it might be best to stop blogging. This person was worried that the blog may be too divisive for the church since not everyone agreed with me on some of the topics I was posting about.
Well, I did not really agree with this mindset then and I still do not, but I decided it might be best to avoid a potential battle at that time and decided to just let the blog go for a while. As you can see, I let it go for quite a while.
Lately, however, I see the potential value of diving back into this venture. The original reason I started it was it gave me the ability to address a variety of topics and to do so at a deeper level than I ever could in just a couple hours of church ministry per week. It also allowed interaction with other church members and complete strangers who wanted to take part. I think it was successful in reaching those goals and I think it will be valuable now for the same reasons.
Yes, I do discuss topics that are “hot” and in the news now. I also talk about things that Christians often struggle with. And there will be things that many good Christians disagree on. That is the point. We must be able to talk about these things and help each other think through them, even if we reach different conclusions.
I will not be saying anything here that I would not say in a Bible study or from the pulpit. It just gives me more time to explain myself and to get to some of those other topics that are too frequently glossed over or avoided. I hope you will see the value and you will follow along. We live in an age where we can communicate so easily throughout the week. Let us embrace it and use it to our benefit as we learn form each other.