My Reasons For and Against this Blog

I’ve debated for many months as to whether I should start a blog for several reasons.  The reasons are still very much a part of my hesitation.  With that said, here they are:

1.  Not That Important: I genuinely do not believe what I have to say is important enough for a blog.  Really, read on and you will see why I did it anyway.

2.  Po Writing Skilz: I am a terrible writer.  So if the grammar, punctuation, run-on sentences that could begin or end with prepositions, or a deep, love, for, commas, bother you, this blog may not be for you.

3.  Verbal Warfare: Sadly the world is full of people who long to find reasons to pick a verbal fight.  If that is you, I humbly ask that you find another blog.  Or better yet, find a better way to engage in conversation.  However, if you just want conversation, then please engage!  But engage with love and grace.

My reasons for starting this blog:

1.  Discipline: This is more of a self-discipline process for me.  I want to discipline and organize my thoughts.  The wheels in my head never stop turning.  I try and turn them off but have discovered that it’s just the way GOD has wired me.  So I need to do something with them or they will continue to pile up and run together in incoherency.

2.  Conversation Equals Refining: I don’t just want to lay these out or else I would journal privately.  I want to lay these thoughts out before other thoughtful people in order to refine them.  Hence, the blog and it’s title, “Inside this guys head.”

3.  Hope and Truth: I believe in hope.  I believe in a world full of wonderfully confusing but meaningful grays that move somewhere in between ideas and ideals that are black and white.  Therefore I believe in truth.  If I cannot engage truth, I am not sure there can be any sustaining hope.  If there is no truth, hope isn’t real.  How can it be because “hope” wouldn’t be “true.”  I desperately want to deal out hope and engage truth whenever I can.  It is the way of my Lord and Teacher, Jesus and as a His follower, I must go in the way He leads.  I believe Who He says He is in Scripture.  I believe what He says is true about life to be real.

4.  Skin: In the end, words are just words.  But words express thoughts and thoughts. Thoughts give birth to action.  Passionate thoughts, girded with truth and wrapped in hope give birth to action that incites movements.  Ultimately I want to put skin on my words, if they are worthy of the thoughts they express.  If they are not, I would rather discard them all together.

5.  Invitation: If you find any of these thoughts worthy of action, I invite you to put skin on them as well.

But please know that my biblical worldview, though always being processed and evaluated with GOD’s help in various ways, wildly informs this blog.  I believe that the Bible is GOD’s story that tells what He was up to when He created this world, why we are here, why this world is in the shape that it’s in, what He is doing about it, where He is ultimately taking it all, how we can get in on what He is doing, and that His story can be trusted. So I do not believe that any word I have to offer can outdo, outshine, or outlast what I believe to be this eternal Word of GOD commonly referred to as the Bible (by the way, I mean both Testaments and all 66 books).

One last thing. I write with a guiding ethic.  That ethic is love.  If I ever fail to write from this ethic, then I cannot and should not write.  This is not to say that I will avoid hard conversations or be lax in my convictions.  I believe that true love doesn’t stand idle while it’s object of affection lives or thinks in ways that ultimately lead to despair or destruction.  But the motive and spirit in which words are written, matters.  The difficulty in writing is communicating the heartfelt concern in your eyes and the tone of your voice.  So I will do my best.  I ask that you do the same.

My hope is that I will consistently write with this ethic of love.  However if I fail to do so, I will first seek GOD’s forgiveness and then will humbly ask for your forgiveness.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to the conversation!

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, the husband to Alison Glenn, daddy to my little man Ian. I am a son, brother, friend, bi-vocational pastor of Williamsburg Christian Church, ethnographer, activist and justice seeker, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, adjunct professor at Regent University, and mission specialist of church renewal with Mission Alive. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester College. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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