For the record …

In my last post, I said about 30 days. It’s been 36, so I’m not that far off. 🙂

But, I’m back! It’s amazing how time away from something can help you refocus.

So here’s the deal. I was actually planning to come back with an announcement of changes to this blog. They haven’t happened yet. Crazy things like life, work and school got in the way! Instead, I’ll give you a sneak peek and get your advice.

I’m considering starting a new blog. I’ll keep this one to post the random things that only my mother and friends would care about. The new one will focus in on the stuff of ministry – with a few guiding points. Here are a few of them.

  • Communicate the diversity of the kingdom. Can I share with you a little pet peeve of mine? Blogging has helped us connect across the globe like never before. There are ideas and resources available everywhere. But it seems that the more information is available, the more we tend to focus on our own niche. God is at work in every area from the mega church to the house church – from the traditional church to the emerging church. I obviously have preferences within those, but we can learn from every part. We’re on the same team, headed in the same direction. Even though life sometimes feels too busy and crowded to think beyond the one way we’re doing things right now, there’s a benefit that comes from listening to differing voices.
  • Emphasize what’s been done. A lot of people love sharing ideas for what “should” be. I want to share what’s happening. In other people’s ministries and lives. In mine. Sure, ideas will still be out there (hey, I’m full of ’em!), but the focus will be what God has done and is doing in the lives and ministry of people.
  • Be real. In the midst of all of this, I still have some core convictions. The church must be missional, relevant, creative, and authentic. We need to be active in the community and in the world. Being an attractive place to outsiders is important. It’s also important to be in all parts of our cities – to redeem every part of God’s creation.

So that’s where I am right now. The biggest holdup is that I can’t think of a dang name for the new blog. I have a huge list, but nothing has clicked.

What do you think? Should I keep the blog as one? Or divide out the two? What would you call it?

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