This past year was my first full year blogging. After sporadic and pathetic attempts in years past, I took the plunge midway through 2006. It began with a post or two per week and now, I try to post daily Monday-Friday [like a good blog disciple of Scot McKnight]. In fact, I’ve carved out 11.30-Midnight each night for blogging unless circumstances come up. While the blog is accomplishing the below mentioned “purposes,” it has also taken a life of its own…I appreciate those who’ve chosen to journey with me through this venue. If you’re relatively new to the blog, you can subscribe to it here.
In retrospect, I wished I chose to blog faithfully much earlier. It would have been valuable – even now – for myself [and perhaps for others] to see some of my earlier vomitaceous thoughts.
Noteworthy Posts [and comments]:
- Fight Poverty [I would consider this my heart poured out as I [and my wife] wrestle with privilege, stewardship, generosity and revealing our family’s vision to give away this year’s salary to help fight global poverty.]
- Racism Sucks [Why doesn’t the body of Christ discuss this more?]
- Prayer for Korean-American Hostages in Afghanistan [One post ended up becoming a 40day+ vigil; was read over 10,000x and connected me to missionaries around the world.]
- The Gay Conversation [What more do I have to write? It was easily the most intense dialogue with 320+ comments. This is a must read – not because of the post but because of the comments.]
- One Church [The story of the Quest merger with Interbay and how it encouraged many people]
- Jesus, I’m Sorry I’m Not a Real Man [It means what it says…I think this may be one of my personal favorites.]
- Making Sense of Virginia Tech [Emotionally painful and raw; Traffic to this entry the day after the shootings went crazy.]
Random Nonsense Posts that for whatever reason got responses: Please Stop Dancing [Glad to know that we have some readers from the ’80s and fans of Rick Astley.]; Heroes the TV show [Who knew people loved their TV so much?]
This blog disappointed thousands and thousand of people this year… Any guess what they searched for? What are couple of your favorite blogs and/or sites you visit daily? Please don’t say I Can Has Cheezburger!
I blog regularly for various reasons:
To process some of my own thoughts, struggles, and dreams. Most of these are just my vomitaceous thoughts.
To connect with my faith community. While I am the primary teacher at Quest, I discovered a growing disconnect with the church – particularly as the church grew larger. This blog is another way to connect with this community.
To connect with others in Seattle – both secular and christian. When people ask me where I pastor, I honestly think to myself [and sometimes respond]: “I pastor the greater Seattle area.” You’d be surprised at the number of people that have randomly come up to me and said, “I know you through your blog.”
To add my voice to the blogosphere and particularly those who share similar interests. I enjoy reading other people’s blogs but sometimes it feels suffocating because like many things, it’s dominated by White Men. Nothing against my white male brothers but I felt compelled to add my voice to the collective and to hopefully inspire others to raise up their voices.
For better or worse [meaning: learn from my mistakes], be a mentor to younger pastors and leaders – particularly to churchplanters, Asian-American pastors, and those who wrestle with their sense of ecclesiology in a fast changing postmodern and postchurch world. I’m 37 and need to stop dorking around and do my part before I croak and die in another 37.
To record my journey – so that one day, my kids can read about the journeys of their old man. I really really want my kids to grow up thinking that their father was at least a little hip. Seriously, I hope wordpress doesn’t go defunct anytime soon.