Blogging feels like a thing of yesteryear – a medium given mostly to saturation and outrage. I’ve found it helpful, though, to read and to write in this space for quite some time. Floating around out there are a handful of blog sites with one or two posts, written by yours truly, that begin with something to the effect of, “Whew, man. It’s been a LONG time since I wrote something here! But here I am, back and better than ever, committing to two posts a day for the rest of my entire life.” Then deafening silence.

Yet the allure is still there. Enough people have nodded in my direction that I feel like consistency here is a type of stewardship. And, besides, I feel like I need to write. I do often, just rarely out in the open like this. Perhaps there’s some timidity – there’s a vileness to anonymous critique that I live better off without. Doubly so when the correction comes from someone I know. Or, perhaps, it’s just that I’m still figuring things out. I’m a theology student, still getting his academic wheels up under him after years of serving vocationally within the local church. To say that these last few years spent in the classroom have been a paradigm shift would be a massive understatement. I feel that it’s been majorly for the better and I suppose that’s why I am here: to flesh all these things out a little better.

I’m convinced there’s still a dimly lit corner of the internet that provides space for people to engage in helpful dialogue regarding issues we all tend to disagree about. In my dreamland, the people here are settled and sure, but they’ll listen, too. They’re bold enough to issue the strong take and humble enough to admit when they didn’t see things as clearly. They’re capable of nuance and aren’t embarassed when diversions in thought arise. There’s less snark and more growth. Less pretension and more real. I’m here to learn as much as I am to process and this is, honestly, the best way I know how to do both.

I likely won’t post many (if any) public links to this space initially so if you’ve ambled your way here, I’m glad you have. Leave a comment and let’s chat, particularly if you’re in formal theological training yourself. You are my people.

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