Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger

It happens. To some of us it happens more easily and frequently than it does to others. Take a couple of days off from a task or routine, and it turns into a couple of weeks, or even a couple of months. Whether it’s an exercise program, a spiritual discipline, staying current on a given subject, or writing blog posts there is a measure of difficulty attendant to staying on track when one does not feel up to the task. During that time away from the particular routine there are inevitable internal wranglings and questionings about just how important that routine is in the grand scheme of things and about what sort of impact is being made by the practice in the first place, either on oneself or on others (like readers). Well, while the world at large has never flocked to this blog page, enough of you have prevailed upon me to resume, even suggesting topics with which you would like some engagement. So here we go again.

But I do want confess a few of the misgivings. I do indeed wonder about the overall value of what amounts to an intramural conversation about things we think matter. Is there ever a danger of substituting dialog for action, or banter for substantive engagement with those who see the world very differently and haven’t a clue into what we’re talking about? While there have been occasional disagreements among those who take the time to comment on this page, we really are having internal conversations among those who share a rather familiar worldview. Has anything posted truly informed anyone’s engagements with the “outsiders” to the Christian perspective. Really, I’d like to know.

A second confession: I feel inadequate to the task at hand and would often prefer to send people to the thoughts of others on given subjects than try to speak authoritatively myself. Over the years, I have come to the point at which many wiser men and women have arrived more quickly–I could be wrong. And I hate being wrong. I don’t think evangelicals handle that sort of intellectual confession very well. We’ve been hijacked in recent decades by a mentality suggesting (make that “asserting”) that true biblical knowledge is the answer to every question, and that such answers are unassailable; what’s missed is that the hermeneutic, not given in scripture, is also assumed to be unquestionable.

Confession being said to be good for the soul, allow me to do myself further good. I confess that I don’t always know which of the multitudinous subjects crying for attention I ought to choose for comment. Just a brief listing of candidates for the next post would include the following: a conversation (way overdue, in my opinion) about the juvenalization of Christianity (see Christianity Today) and what to do about it; the political races and the subjects around which they revolve; the pronouncements of the Supreme Court due this week on immigration law (given Monday) and health care reform; the continuing conversation about homosexuality and same-sex marriage and what it means for the church; the effects of social media on the emerging generation and one the human psyche. I’m quite sure you can supply many more. Where to begin? Maybe with the fact that we no longer practice confession very well, in any form?

I confess that I wish this blog were far more subscribed than is the case; but that would also be confessing a need for greater importance than has been granted. I confess that when I read other blogs (no names will be given) I have a hard time understanding why so many people take them seriously when they really don’t know what they’re talking about. But I’ll stop confessing for the moment and thank those of you who have encouraged the resumption of the page; I ask only that you contribute your thoughts and ideas. And maybe a confession or two of your own. I feel better already.

5 thoughts on “Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger

  1. I confess that I’m glad to see you resume! And I confess that reading your blog, and a few carefully chosen others, may not always appear to assist me with engaging those of unlike mind (although it does assist me with engaging those others who write and read the blogs I follow).

    But note the word “appear”; I believe (and therefore confess, in another shade of meaning of the word) that reading and interacting with what others are writing about issues helps significantly to shape my own ideas and practices. Thus, I suspect that interacting with others on blogs like this does, in fact, assist me in my engagements with those who might not agree with me/us on some of these issues, because it affects how I think and act with them. Reading the commentary can help me to solidify my own thinking, and thereby make it more immediately accessible in conversations across the board. It can also help me to see the flaws in my own thinking, and thereby foster humility in those same conversations.

    So thanks for getting this going again!

  2. I confess, I do read all your posts with no replies. As one who tries to live a life of transparence, your blogs allow me an oppertunity to somewhat understand your lines of thought (being a future student it will help with my already great difficulty of writing on this advanced level).

    Since it is apparent confession and future topics are on the agenda, afford me this oppertunity to share something I cannot do while in your presence, your mental prowess scares me. After three classes with you, I have seen your brilliance in action (no I am not fishing for brownie points). You teach a tough subject filled with valuable truths a common man, such as myself, finds rather difficult to chew through, especially when having to spend countless hours just looking up words you used in class. That being said, your blogs are on a completely different level; they are straight forward and reflect important issue individual’ who are not in your classes can appreciate.

    As for future topics, continue to rely on the Lord for His leading, for all your posts have helped me look at the issued addressed in a different light, and isn’t that what learning is all about.

  3. I think that every blog, who thinks, struggles with the questions that ask “What’s this all for?” and really those questions don’t get easier the longer we blog. Immaturity is rewarded on the blogosphere..but maybe that’s the reason to continue, or one of them. There’s something to be said for habit. Blogging as spiritual practice. Discipline. Reflecting and encouraging the same.

    It won’t solve big problems, but done well, it can be part of what changes us into Christ-likeness as the Spirit works. Good writers and good thinkers have made me a better person. Online.

    The temptation to check one’s stats will poison the blogger. You too have no kryptonite for this. Author posts out of a love to communicate. Remember that 80% won’t want to respond to your writings. This doesn’t mean the post has no or little worth.

    And for the benefit of your loyal readers (and I’m in that group that prods you to respond to issues/topics) just commit to post in a known rhythm. Once per week, or twice. That’s all you need really. Maybe Wednesday and Saturday. whatever.

    [Traffic comes primarily from promotion, sadly. If you don’t wish to horn toot, then simply be content with–more or less–the readers you have. Just like a pastor of a small, loving, godly church body must see his people as a gift instead of a bane as he might when comparing them with the hoards of mega-congregations.]

    All the very best blessings,

    • I appreciate all of the comments. Really. I have to decide what to focus on in the coming months. While I expect to continue the blog as is for a while, I will eventually have to decide to make it a priority and expand intentionally or let it go to pursue other writing endeavors.

  4. Fascinatingly Diane and I were talking about how our church leaders (so called) and teachers have so little preparation and reflection before they serve. I do wish they had much much more intramural discussions. Considering the Dialog/Alcibiades it is truly the people who are ignorant and act that are the dangers, my confidence in you always grows when you say “I don’t know”.

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