why this blog?

the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. (Ecclesiastes 12:12)

If Ecclesiastes were written today we’d almost certainly read that the writing of books and blogs is endless. So why bother to put one more out there? Two reasons: one personal, one social.

First, I find great benefit in forcing myself to stop and think through life’s events, conversations, and issues. Meditation is increasingly pushed aside in the tyranny of the urgent or in the clamor of the mundane. The more time I spend moving the more I come to see myself as my own Prime Mover. The soul does well to simply “be still”.

Second, I hope that this blog might extend (or deepen) whatever influence I may have with others through my pastoral ministry. Most of us can probably identify with the experience of leaving a conversation or an encounter that doesn’t exactly leave you. Maybe this effort can continue an interrupted conversation or add perspective to matters under consideration.

In the end what I ultimately hope to achieve is to bring all of life under the authority of God’s Word. The Christian worldview as derived from Scripture holds that God has already written our life’s story and (not “but”) that we are responsible for the lives we lead. With a spirit of wisdom and humility I hope to think through life as it is already written even at the moment that, from our perspective, it is being written.

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

1 thought on “why this blog?”

  1. I am grateful for the series in Romans past Summer. It helped me more with faith than anything in my past. Like the present question and discussion, I used to think I needed to understand it. Now, I know I must trust God and His Word and not my ability to reason (understand) it and surely not to feel it…a life long error in my approach to Scripture and faith practice. Thank you for the opportunity to consider the Scriptures.

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