As with all technologies, blogging adds something to our lives and takes something away.  For myself, blogging offers the opportunity to make a small ding in the world through what I hope will be thoughtful articles on a variety of topics.  Blogging enables me to discipline myself through writing.  In order to blog effectively, I understand the need to add new posts.  As with most disciplines, time will be required.  Yet I must avoid the tendency to allow my blog to rule my life.  Writing is a great discipline.  As Francis Bacon said,

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Blogging also provides an avenue for me to lend my voice to the issues at hand.  For those reasons, I hope to work hard at adding to this blog a few days every week .

Whether I will follow through with my commitment remains to be seen.  To the reader, I will only offer this apology: my priorities in life lie outside of the blogworld.  While I have some ambitions towards writing, my writing ambitions hover just above the bottom of my bucket list.

Having blogged before, I have also learned what blogging takes away from us.  Blogging takes time, so blogging tends to take away time.  Blogging can be a great discipline, but it can also become a great time-waster.  I hope I will not waste time with this blog – either you the reader’s or my own.  In the past when I blogged, I found that the comment sections in particular became a great time-waster.  Woe to the blogger whose comments are more interesting than his blog.

Blogging can waste time in a variety of ways.  Since I understand the nature of the blogging business, I know that interacting with commenters and other bloggers can almost be a necessity in order to grow a base of readers.  So it might surprise you to know that I do not intend to do either of these things.  If I write well, you might come back to read regardless of whether I applaud you for doing it or not.  If I don’t write well, then massaging your ego won’t improve my poor writing.

In the past, I have written articles that strained relationships and tested friendships.  I hope to avoid that nasty habit on this go-around.  Blogging has evolved since the year bloggers were named “persons of the year” at the height of the blogging craze.  We have since settled on easier mediums for social networking, and long blog articles are no longer the craze.  In those early days, blogs provided an avenue for people to get their angst out against society.  No doubt this sort of thing still happens.  I do not wish to add to the mounds of published angst in the world.

I do understand that vitriol gains readership, and we are rarely interested in the hockey game until the fight breaks out.  Nonetheless, I intend to stick to my purpose for this blog: hammering out some important ideas.  May you the reader be blessed and helped by what you find here.

Basking in God’s Good Favor

God brought my wife and I to Utah almost twenty years ago.  When we packed up the truck and moved here from Pennsylvania, it was just me and her and a cat.  We left behind us our family, our friends, our native land, our church, everything we knew and loved, and moved to a far off land where we knew nobody.  We brought with us a truck full of possessions and hope for a life of ministry together.

By God’s grace, we have grown together, grown in ministry, grown our family, and grown a few other things – which we are not talking about now.  Since we moved to Utah, God has blessed us one hundred-fold.  He has added five children to our family – and what a joy it is to watch them all grow.  He has provided us the ability to buy a house with a yard.  He has supplied our needs throughout.  He has sustained us through my wife’s lengthy battle with Lyme disease.  He has increased our ministry responsibilities and given us a wide field to serve in.  He has favored us with His goodness.  We want Him to be praised.

We hope that in some small way, this blog will serve as a testimony of the goodness and grace of God and will offer help and encouragement to those who name the name of Christ.