Family: I have an “Amazing Wife” and 3 beautiful daughters
Occupation: I am the Preaching Pastor of Embassy Church , a new church in the NW Suburbs of Chicago.
Education: I have a MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Why Does This Blog Exist?
I do not know why you write what you do on Facebook, Twitter, or your own personal blog, but I have given this some thought and here are a few questions I asked myself before starting. I hope these thoughts are helpful.
Is this going to be a waste of time?
“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.” (John Piper)
I resolved that any blogging I do must be a good use of my time and done to the glory of God. So whatever I do, whether I tweet, blog, or update my status, I want to do it all for the glory of God.
What ways can a blog be useful?
First, a blog is a great place to archive quotations, illustrations, articles, etc… for my own research. This was my primary motivation for starting this blog.
Second, writing is one of the best ways to study and learn. I normally think and pray best when I sit and write things down.
“My method of study, from my first beginning in the work of the ministry has been very much writing; applying myself in this way to improve every important hint; pursing the clue to the utmost, when anything in rending, meditation, or conversation has been suggested to my mind that seemed to premise light in any weighty point; thus penning what appeared to me my best thoughts on innumerable subjects, for my own benefit. The longer I prosecuted my studies in this method the more habitual it became and the more pleasant and profitable I found it.” (from The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges, pg. 50)
Third, blogs can be a benefit to others.
I never really had a desire to do anything like this before until I was asked by some friends to start one so they could keep in touch and see what things I am learning/reading. As I thought more about it, the more I wanted to see if these posts would be an encouragement to my brothers and sisters in the faith.
I have deep longings for the good news of Christ to be “published” and “proclaimed” all through the world, including the world of the web. There is a “burning fire shut up in my bones and I am weary with holding it in and I cannot.” (Jer. 20:9) It would be unloving to keep this to myself. The news is just too good.
Have you ever thought about why or what you write?
Have you ever considered how much time you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, and the web? Have you ever considered what you write about? What you are publishing for the whole world to see and read on the internet? Whether or not you could go an entire day, week, month, or year without checking your favorite site? What people you may be regularly neglecting because of your time on the internet? Maybe you should consider reading more of God’s word and much less of blogs, including this one!