Dipping my toe

 

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It’s been far too long since I was blogging regularly. There are a few reasons for this, some more legitimate than others. Kelley and I have been through some huge changes in the last few years: moving from Puerto Rico back to the States, trying to get settled in the Placerville area, eventually moving to Sacramento to help The Orchard begin an intensive period of replanting and revitalization, as well as other studies and responsibilities that have occupied my time. But I’ve also felt a draw to be back here posting and interacting. I don’t know how unique my contributions are, but I do feel I should be utilizing this medium and investing my gifting as best I can. So, I’m not guaranteeing anything, but I’m going to try to begin posting again at least somewhat regularly. Stay tuned!

Been a long time

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. Well I’m back, and I’ll be blogging more regularly again. I’ll finish up my series on the historical Jesus (two final posts planned for that), I have some new series ready to start, and I’m going to be adding some shorter posts here and there. Thanks for checking back to see if anything’s finally going on here!

So, what’s this blog thing all about?

After a long time on the fence, I’ve finally talked myself into starting a blog. (And for those who’ve been asking, no I’m not going to be Facebooking anytime soon. This is a big enough leap for me right now!) So, what is this blog going to be about?

Well, I can tell you what it’s not going to be about. I won’t be sharing with you what I ate for breakfast, posting vacation photos, or describing my latest angst-ridden purchase dilemma. Not that there’s anything wrong with that sort of thing. I just know it’s not the kind of blog that I’ll be motivated to maintain. I really enjoy reading blogs that offer things like film reviews and insights on the latest technological innovation―but I probably won’t be including much of these either.

I’m going to try to focus on the issues that I’m most passionate about: Just what is the Christian faith, and how do we live out our faith in a real way in our daily lives? How can we best be the church? How can we teach people to be real disciples of Jesus? How can we be real disciples ourselves? What are the most effective ways to lead the church? Why are we so divided on some issues, and is there a way to set aside our talking points and strive together for better clarity and consensus? What does God’s Word really say? And how can we learn from each other and those who have gone before us? How do we interact with the world around us? How can we most effectively share God’s love and truth with our culture?

These are some of the things that I want to be exploring. I hope you’ll be intrigued by a post here and there, and that we’ll get some discussions going that will allow us to dig below the surface. My goal is for us to sharpen one another, help each other to know God more deeply and to better understand how he calls us to be involved in what he is doing.