I love to write and some people find profit in reading what I write.
I think I have to write…for me it may not be optional.
Ideas and love are both worthless when not shared…
This community filled an important void online…it is a place where people from every Christian tradition can come and speak, think, challenge, and be challenged by the Body of Christ without condemnation.
We took it a step beyond that, though…we actually loved and prayed for each other despite our differences.
That is the thing that motivates me these days…unity in the Body while celebrating our distinctive traditions and the gifts each brings to the table.
Packer told me to “teach, teach, teach” and then he modeled grace and peace with the brethren…and I intend on honoring the gifts he’s given me and the church catholic and universal.
I left because I was very tired and very burnt out…and very troubled by the Holy Spirit over questions about biblical ethics in blogging.
Going forward…I won’t publish any situation where I don’t have both sides of a story or paper documentation to “prove” misconduct or abuse.
I have always tried to do so anyway, but now it’s just a hard and fast rule.
My emphasis here will be on teaching, community, and building bridges to create positive change.
There may be times when we have to have some” intense fellowship” with folks, but I’m not looking for the opportunity to do so.
I will (and have already) facilitate people creating forums to tell their stories themselves where they bear the responsibility before God for their content.
I have enough problems taking care of my own. 😉
I completely affirm their right (and maybe responsibility) to tell their stories and pursue whatever God has laid on their hearts…the uncertainty I have is whether I have the biblical warrant to do so.
During my absence some friends started their own blogs aimed at folks who found their way here at one time or another.
My great brother in Christ BrianD has started his own site and I commend it to your reading.
He remains a moderator here as well.
Dusty has her prayer site up too.
It’s a blessing to me to see all of the above grow into their own ministries and their own voices…each has a gift and each brings something precious to the table.
They each still have a place at this table as well.
Some are embarrassed and offended by my stops and starts in the online world…I’m not.
This is what most of our journeys look like in “real” life…I just do mine in front of everybody.
At the end of the day, that is what this blog is about…the journey and the the people and ideas that travel with us as well as the hostile territory we navigate through on our way home.
I’m not a crusader, I’m not “anti Calvary Chapel” or any of the other labels good and bad that have been placed on me.
I’m a pastor and a pilgrim and a fellow traveler looking for a city…and looking for friends along the way.