Here We Go Again

In my experience, blog writing is like dieting. Every so often I start thinking, “I should write a blog!” I get all excited, planning out what kind of things I will want to say. I even write and publish a few posts, maybe get a few likes…and then quit.

Time to give it another try.

Like a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool…returns to his blog? Maybe I shouldn’t start off by misquoting scripture.

So, here is the inevitable “hello world!” sort of entry that begins myriads of dead blogs across the Internet. I’m just going to say a few things and have done with it. I’ll be brief, I promise.

I can’t possibly foresee all the kinds of things I may want to write about, but there are three main areas that have consumed my thoughts for a long time (just ask my wife). In simplest terms–Faith, Literature and History. (If only I had chosen a different major in college, Mathematics or Science would be on this list, too!)

Faith. My faith is rooted in the person and teachings of Jesus, but it only gets more complicated from there. The Incarnation of Christ embodies the kinds of mysteries that we scarcely approach in our days on earth. I wonder about these “far-off” kinds of truths, the numinous, the mysterium tremendumOn the practical side of these pursuits are the political and cultural implications of theological ideals. Biblical interpretation, sexuality and gender norms, economic policies, and racial issues–you know, easy to talk about, non-confrontational stuff like that–are all connected to basic beliefs about God (or not-God) and the world.

Literature. It’s perhaps no surprise that the books which have affected me most deeply touch on the kinds of issues described above. While a great many intelligent and skilled writers are approaching culture with faith in mind, so-called Christian fiction is seriously lacking in such depth. A casual glance inside a Christian book store seems to indicate that if you don’t like reading theology and church leadership books, you’d better like Amish romance. I’m optimistic that there will come a generation of thoughtful people of Faith who will write creative, powerful, and lasting literary fiction. I read a lot, and want to talk about what books have been meaningful to others.

History. I am interested in history because I’m interested in people. The world’s situation today didn’t appear ex nihilo, it is the result of decisions made in the past. The practical issues of faith described above are intimately rooted in history. I can’t study the beliefs of a particular church tradition while completely ignoring the political and cultural concerns of that same group.

Plus, I have a degree in archaeology, and I have to do something with all this dormant knowledge.

Now, a quick word on the name of this blog. The Reforming Mind is about growth. It has nothing to do with “reformed” theology, though I have nothing against it. I just don’t want my seminary brethren (and “sisteren”) to think this is primarily a blog about reformed theology.

Okay, that’s enough. This is a very non-committal intro post, so no promises about content. Bob Ross, painter of over 30,000 landscapes once told me, “this is your world,” and “there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” Okay, so he was on TV when he said it, but he was looking right at me.

In honor of Bob Ross, welcome to my world.

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