Why is it that after a prolonged absence, we feel the need to explain where we’ve been to the odd half dozen or so folks who still check in from time to time? Really, most of the traffic (I still get some, can you believe it?) comes from search engines that are funneling folks to specific articles I’ve written in years past. A few still hit my home page, lately to find my last article from October 31, 2011. Yes. 8 months ago.
It almost begs an explanation, though I recognize that I’ve already published several over the last couple of years. The only thing to do is ignore it or come clean. Never one to miss an opportunity to over share, let’s go with coming clean.
Several things have conspired to to keep me from writing. Among them
1) Discovering an emptiness in the topics of political observation within the SBC. Old news and no reason for further comment.
2) Busy-ness within the responsibilities of the Pastorate that kept me from managing this blog and my church responsibilities. I was new to the pastorate in 2006 and new to my church as well. It takes a while to become fluent with the minutiae of any job and I had plenty on my plate. Add to that the changes that we were working through and I was tired of writing.
3) (This is the coming clean part…) I had several church members that were frequenting my blog, often misconstruing or just misunderstanding what I had written (sometimes years before) and then repeating their misconstruction/misunderstanding to others at the church. It’s no secret that change is rarely embraced readily by all and we had all our plates could handle moving through ours. When some were adding the misinformation coming from others claiming this blog as the source, it just wasn’t worth it. So I quit writing to remove a source of misunderstanding.
I should add that I am not accusing everyone from my church who read my blog of misrepresenting me to garner political support within our church. I think that was actually quite rare. Nevertheless, any stream of misunderstanding that can be removed, should be. I prioritized the church over this blog and I doubt anyone would second guess that decision.
So what’s changed? Several things!
I’ve had a personal spiritual growth like I’ve never experienced before. Call it a Gospel Awakening. I’m sure we’ll get to that in the near future. For now, simply consider that God, in His mercy, considered it His pleasure to crush me in order to shape me in an image more like His Son. For this, I am grateful. Honestly, “grateful” doesn’t cover it. Even for an aspiring writer, I have no words for how I feel about this. I consider it worth everything. More later.
The church has come to a place of peace. We still have some issues and we honestly need to move forward in some areas, which means change. Small ones, but still… Nevertheless, Earlier this year, God wrought a situation that allowed us to finally air our heart in a loving way. It has brought a tremendous peace on the church and we gather together without fear of dissension breaking out. We are praying for Spiritual Awakening and have been since the Spring. We are beginning to see the fruits of it and have enjoyed God moving among us significantly over the last couple of months.
With my life and the church in the throws of burgeoning renewal, the desire to write as presented itself once more.
And since I’m paying good money to host this blog, I thought I would be a better steward of that opportunity.
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