Back to the dance floor
I was absent from the blog due to a storm of life-change, and have missed this yarn for a while! I do miss posting thoughts on the intersection of theology with our lives, and the exchange and conversation that many of you brought to the surface. After a bit of break, it’s time to open it up again. But first, a word for fellow readers. Blogging is like taking dancing lessons, but never going to the ballroom. Even if you never end up dancing, you’ll always wish you did. Well…
The ballroom is open.
But there’s nothing worse than a ballroom full of wallflowers. I remember this from when I used to live in Santa Cruz county. My friends and I would spend too many hours exegeting plausible East Coast swing combinations at the Palomar ballroom to any music with a back-beat, even hip-hop. And you’d always see them—three or four guys from out-of-town that came to “check things out,” yet, remained unaffected by the fervor, and having been there for hours already, would leave early simply because they couldn’t work up the nerve to ask a gal to dance.
There are “blog” wallflowers too!
When I post, and a few of the outspoken will interact on occasion, some of you relegate yourselves to a distance, hoping only to scan a written post anonymously. That is fine, of course. I am so thankful to blog, and to know that you are reading it. But I want you to know that you’re welcome to get on the dance floor and discuss, converse, chip in. Most of the reasons the “out-of-towners” were so hesitant was because 1) they didn’t know anyone 2) they just started dancing, or 3) the show-offs intimidated them. I will say to you what I might say to them in retrospect: you don’t have to be a theological professional to engage this blog–I’m certainly no pro—I just love talking about God, and how knowledge of God (theology) intersects with life. There is no offense if you see things differently, have a voice, or add to the conversation, as long as we can do this respectfully, humbly, and in love for the other person. If we follow Jesus together, the dancing will come naturally. And I will try to filter out any trolls who ruin our ballroom. :-)
The point is, I hope you will join me as I start this blog back up again. Talking to oneself can get boring quickly. But I would love to talk with you about God.
I’m not keeping a rigid schedule just to take up space–sometimes there is a constant pressure to bust out a blog post every other day. I hope I can get there, but I’m sure you would agree–better blogging is better than frequent blogging. You can still expect me to post fairly regularly–I’ll try to stick to two or three times a week as the content allows. (and as my newborn daughter allows!)
What kind of posts?
I want to wrestle with the practical implications of theology. I’ll also want to blog about theological musings and opinions that would never make it into a sermon because they are not imperative, but are fun to think about. The non-essentials, you could call them. Look for some mild book reviews, some round-ups of other people’s content, and a few sermon links. This list may grow. But whatever is in the list, the golden thread weaving through everything will be the intersection of faith in Christ with our life and culture. The Prophet Jeremiah once said that the Word of God is like a hammer that shatters the rock (Jeremiah 23:29), which asserts that every worldview be filtered through the Scriptures. I want to do that here.
A few minor changes…
I am no longer the college pastor at Reality, but am serving at the interim pastor for preaching. That matters a lot because this blog was known as “Millennials on Mission,” with the primary emphasis of equipping and dispersing young-adults on mission for Christ in Santa Barbara, CA. My heart beats harder than ever for young adults, and they will still be addressed here, but I will also be widening the scope of this blog to consider other demographics and people groups in the body of Christ on the coastland. So instead of addressing only with Millennials, I will include those of an older “flavor” too. Heh heh.
Basically, I’m speaking about the same things but to more people. I hope it blesses you, and stirs you up. I would be blessed by, and look forward to being stirred up by your interactions and contributions, as would the rest of us.