Wednesday, October 06, 2010
A Cessationist Position on Blogging
I appreciate the very kind remarks I've had from many quarters with regard to the Blog and urging me to engage again. On the other hand, I was amused by an attack on another site that was brought to my attention suggesting I ceased because I had something to hide. I don't; never have. Nor do I mind at all when people disagree with me thinking out loud, which is often what happens on a blog. Typically, sermon notes excepted, I wasn't writing to offer scholarly, defensible declarations but instead to offer observations and 'thoughts in motion'. Disagreement in such situations is helpful - only a fool hates correction, and a wise man suggesting that what I'd written wasn't reflective of truth and reality only helps me gain a greater grasp of both. What I have noticed is an unloving tone in the general area of blogging, from writers to commentators, and I think that tendency is growing. Its not a place for helpful discourse.
That said, it can be a place for helpful information being passed along, especially among friends and congregants. My friend David Filson (TE and Assistant Pastor at Christ Presbyterian PCA in Nashville) suggested I ponder using the blog for those purposes. In a way, that wouldn't differ too much from the updates on Toni. Boring? Sure, at least to those who see the blog as Gossip rags or as places to gather information to defame Pastors and others. Look, those hungry folks need to be fed too, and maybe a book or three I'm writing will give them plenty of material with which to work for awhile. So maybe after Toni recovers I'll take up the suggested alternative and just place sermon notes, prayers, and newsy stuff here for family, friends, and church members.
Here's a first announcement: I'm looking for a really good recipe for Beef Wellington.
Oh, and I won't try to prepare it until I'm back in the gym, which won't be until Toni is sufficiently recovered for me to take time for that activity.