Saturday, June 20, 2020
What you read here. . .
I often condemn social media and I do understanding that blogging is social media, albeit an ancient form and quite different from Twitter or Instagram or even Facebook. I do understand that social media might have a place and a purpose but both of those get buried in a sea of sentiment, stupidity, and spurious content. For myself, I do not spend a huge amount of time on these posts. They are written rather quickly and do not mean to be hit pieces but are an attempt to invite or add to an on-going conversation. I am under no illusions. These things could have been better thought out, better written, and better edited. I have not the time or energy or, frankly, the desire to do that. So what you see is what you get.
What I will say is this. Read. Read books. Read scholarly journals. Read the news. Read thoughtful commentators. Read sermons. Read. And think. Think about what you have read and what was missing in what you read. Because the sad truth is that a large number of pastors do not do much reading nor do they do much thinking. This is not good. This is why such strange and kooky things get said and done in the name of orthodox Christianity. If you have a stray thought, send it out to your peers. Discuss it. Believe you me, I get plenty of feedback on my many half-baked ideas and it is a good thing. Sometimes you need to toss into the garbage your ill-conceived thoughts. Sometimes good people can help you figure out which are the bad apples in your orchard of thoughts and ideas. But none of it happens without reading, thinking, and reflection.