Friday, September 12, 2008
Why Do I Blog?
Well, maybe I should have written this earlier, but no time like the present! When I started this a couple of weeks ago, I had three major purposes in beginning a blog. The first reason was to “force” me to synthesize what I was reading and doing. It was a way for me to reflect on what I was reading and how it was affecting my view of ministry. The second reason is related to the first. I tend to read 3-5 books at a time (My wife would claim it is that I have ADD!) As I read them, I am never ceased to be amazed at how often the writings “fuse” differing concepts into a new understanding for me. How else can you explain a cookbook that helped me voice some of my ideas about the necessity of fusion in the church? In Seminary, as you read, there was always a precept group or a professor there to evaluate your conclusions (whether or not you wanted the input!) Now, as a solo pastor, there is very little of that interaction with others on the books you are reading. That leads me to the final reason for my blog. I was naïve enough to think that if I invited others to read my blog they would actually take a look at it! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I felt I had such great things to say that I expected everyone to learn from me. What I hoped for was interaction similar to that in seminary. By that I mean, I was hoping that as friends, family, and colleagues read my blog, there would be a chance for me to further develop my ideas with the contribution of others. As I said earlier, I was naïve. So, I have modified my expectations. My first two purposes remain the same. As for the third purpose, it is still something that I would desire and hope for, but I realize that it may be more than I should expect. Therefore, whenever I do get someone to respond, I will consider it a blessing, but when there is not interaction, I will not be disappointed. After all, as Meatloaf sang, “Two out of three ain’t bad!”