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.
Look forward to reading your blog again, Pastor.
Thanks, Jeff. I look forward to your comments!
🙂 I like the fact that you do talk about hot topics but mostly I love that you dont flip out on people if the dont agree. I have not found many real life friendships that can handle that
Thanks, Sara. I try to remind myself that I am still learning and even the things I know I learned somewhere along the way. I try to explain my way of thinking on different things and let others decide for themselves. If I can keep that in mind, which is not always easy, I can avoid flipping out. 😉 Hope you will be reading and interacting.
😊 I will
I am glad you started up again. Don’t be afaid about offending anyone. The Gospel offends
People and we need to have courage to speak the truth. I know you didn’t feel peace when you
Stopped. You can share and many people will be blessed by your blog.
Thanks, Ana for your encouraging words. Hope you will be following!
I am looking forward to reading.
Thanks, James. I will also look forward to what you are writing!
I think it might have been the right decision at the time.
I love the way you speak the truth,thinking and especially the way you teach. I miss that!
I’ve just landed on your blog from googling “and a little child shall lead them” to check the context. I’m glad you’re blogging again because your archives are thought-provoking. Keep preaching and writing, and thanks!