Blog of Blogs
For all readers who traversed the opening blog and have now advanced to a second round, some expectations are in order to frame your continued visits to this site. As an author of books and artisan of emails, there are few feelings as lonely as knowing someone started reading your work and stopped reading it…..early. When most blogs are written from the standpoint of the author, this blog is about assisting the readers.
1. These blogs will attempt to be deep. While many web posts are opinion pieces, some are mere expressed opinion and some are thoughtfully reflective opinion. A blog should be different, not mundane. A blog should be original, not regular or typical. We find the most persuasive opinion to be the one with depth and lucidity, originality and inspiration. These blogs will attempt to honor this intellectual and meditative conviction. The astronomer Galieo Galilei remarked, “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Likewise, Jesus instructed to “love the Lord your God with all your mind” (Mark 12:30).
2. This blogger doesn’t generally like blogs. I don’t read them. I am likely better for it at times and less enlightened at other times. So, readers of this blog are ahead of me. It is my hope that your comments will draw me out of this social omission to recognize, enjoy, and even participate in this twenty-first century phenomenon. Yet, as organizational leader, speaker, and Christian liberal arts advocate, my authorship to you is advised by the wise but pretend Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no ‘try.’”
3. These blogs will be theological. As the website explains, these blogs for you are crafted by a theologian. While the blog may be far from the theologian (#2 above), the theologian is not far from the blog. Your reading will be from a Christian worldview, on issues or perspectives on issues that will frequently have a theological bent. As stewards of culture and community, this forum serves as an opportunity to realize that all of life is theologically conditioned by touching on a variety of items theologically. It’s in the author’s blood. Theologian Abraham Kuyper explains one reason why all topics deserve a theological perspective: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”
4. Finally, this blogger will strive to keep somethings light, casual, and simple. Almost 350 million people read blogs throughout the world. If this one is better than many, more interesting than many, and makes better the day of some of these readers, then both of our lives will be richer. Maybe unsolvable serious issues can continue to get attention, but also get a smile. Goethe remarked: “Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and—if at all possible—speak a few sensible words.”
The nineteenth century German philosopher Goethe didn’t have the chance to blog. Yet, I think he’d be into it. Stick around with the hope that a few sensible words might be found to function as a good read from time to time.