Where do you go for information about holiness, wolf hybrids, the greatest rock song ever, post apocalyptic movies and the ramblings of one Nazarene pastor? Well, you are already reading this blog, so you know the answer to that question. The other day I noticed that I had just crossed over 1000 posts on this blog. Wow, that is a lot of writing. I should have at least written a book with all of those words.
I started blogging back on February 14, 2006. It began as a way to explore the theological conversations that were swirling in my head and to improve my abilities as a writer. What it became, however, is much more than that. This blog has become an extension of my ministry, a journal for my spiritual journey and a connection to a much larger movement outside of me. I am thankful for it and the way it has impacted my life and I am hopeful that it has had at least a minor impact in the lives of some others.
So today here are some fun reflections on 8 years of blogging and trying to reeducate the world on the idea of holiness.
Some of my favorite posts so far
Gangsta God and Thug Theology
And from my wife The Preacher’s Wife Returns: Thoughts on Letting Go
Here are some recent search terms that regularly bring people to my blog. These always crack me up. It appears that I am the go to source for strange/unique/weird/unknown Bible stories, understanding what God is saying to you, sandwiches, and famous lead singers in rock bands. That sounds about right.
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So now that I am 8 years in, have I finally figured out what I want from this blog. Ultimately I desire for my writing here to shape my writings to come. I am still working on the beginnings of a Holiness Reeducation book. I want to take some of the conversations I have begun on this blog and take them deeper. I have also discovered the ministry of this blog as a timely reflection on difficult questions the are emerging in the church. Engaging with these conversations continues to shape my own ministry and responses to these vital questions. Finally, writing is simply good for my soul. I gain great pleasure from it as it invigorates my mind. Regardless of whether thousands of people or just two good friends from when I was a kid end up reading my posts I will continue to write.
So thanks for the support, thanks for the input, and here is to another 1000 ramblings.
As always, if there are topics you are interested in me writing about, please leave your suggestions. I am always interested in writing prompts.