Here are some thoughts about all this blogging, especially for those within Sojourn Houston (or who have other brothers and sisters in Christ who are blogging), and who are subjected to seeing our links and posts through the context of The City, Twitter or Facebook.
(Al Mohler weighs in on this topic in The Christian Leader in the Digital Age, stating that "the Christian imperative in the digital domain comes down to this – sharing the light in a world of darkness.")
What Blogging is NotFirst and foremost, blogging is NOT a replacement for worship, community, real conversations with others, and the reading of God's word. The most important aspect here is worship. Without worship, community, conversation, and the reading of God's word are just tasks for us to complete, devoid of any sort of lasting joy. Podcasts of our favorite pastors help in our growth, but can't be relied upon either. Nothing can replace the worship, teaching and fellowship that takes place within the context of a local church.
Blogging also is not intended to be boastful. For those of us that blog, it must be recognized that we are not professionals, are not celebrity pastors, and that we have a limited knowledge of God. Rather, we are those who are on mission, plodding along in the context of a local church, continuing to increase our knowledge and understanding of the Lord, growing in His holiness; and are also sinners in need of encouragement and guidance from our brothers and sisters in Christ.
How Blogging Can HelpBlogging can assist in sharing experiences with others, including family and friends, and as an outlet to be able to process ideas, thoughts and reflections.
Blogging is exercise for the brain. For those that experienced collegiate writing courses, our brains were challenged, and, whether you know it or not, developed more advanced writing skills. So, now that we are working in fields that do not demand regular writing, blogging can be an exercise in creativity and the thought process, and a way to increase our knowledge and understanding of God's word.
While we (those of us at Sojourn Houston) see each other in the context of community through Sunday worship gatherings and weekly neighborhood parish gatherings, we don't always get to share our thoughts in their entirety or elaborate as much as we would like to due to brevity. Sharing thoughts through a blog can fill those conversational gaps.
Blogging can be a means of leadership. (Read here what Al Mohler has said about Christian leaders in the digital age). Leaders are commonly held to a higher standard, and must be accountable and willing to defend their actions and thoughts. Even though many of us are young in the grand scheme of our time spent in communion with the Lord, I believe as a body, we have a variety of experiences and perspectives that are worth sharing and can provide encouragement to others.