By all rights, I should have abandoned my old blog and started a new one after the new year. But hey, I wanted to post on Mondays, and it’s a cultural construct that the year starts on January 1st anyway. If we always waited for the time we were “supposed” to do cool new things, we’d never get them done.
So here we are. My tentative plan is to post on Mondays and Thursdays. It’s a little dangerous to put thoughts about God out for everyone else to see. (What if I’m wrong? Or what if I’m right and everyone hates me? Does anyone even care what I think? Is it a sin if I don’t capitalize pronouns referring to God? If 58% of Christians pray for Jesus to come back before work on Mondays, does that mean that Jesus is guaranteed not to come back on a Monday morning since no one is supposed to be able to predict when he’ll come?)
But, after having all of these thoughts in about that order, I realized that, really, all theology is amateur theology. (Unless you’re God, in which case I’m so honored that you’re reading this blog and please be sure to leave a comment.)
As we start a new year, here are a few of my New Year’s Resolutions that relate to the purpose of this blog. You should probably join me in some of them, mostly because I’m selfish and hate doing things alone.
- I will start a new blog about faith and theology. (Whoa, I just did that! I feel so successful!)
- I will read nonfiction works written by people who are A. already dead B. important Christian thinkers and C. not C.S. Lewis. (I haven’t done a lot of this in the past.)
- I will not read the comments at the bottom of a blog on a controversial topic.
- When I inevitably break this resolution and read said comments, I will not despair and lose hope for humanity.
- Every now and then, I will write something on a controversial topic as stirring as Donald Miller’s review of Love Wins.
- I will think about and study the following Official 2014 Theological Questions: Is being a woman of God different from being a man of God? If so, in what ways? What is Christian fiction, and what should it be?
- Also, I will chip away at my Unofficial Lifelong Theological Question. (What, you really think I’m going to tell you what that one is? What if you had the definitive answer to it and then I lost all my purpose for living or something?)
- “Why” will become my favorite word ever, and I will ask it a lot. But I will not become an arrogant snob who thinks I’m the coolest thing ever because I can slip words like “exegetical fallacy” into casual conversation.
- I will assure everyone around me, but especially any teenagers, that asking questions about faith is a good thing. (The last one I got from a jr. higher was, “What’s the difference between fasting and anorexia?” That was fun.)
- I will always, always read over anything I write when I’m angry, frustrated, or mildly irritated before posting/sending it.
So, what do you say, friends? Any of these you want to join me in? Let me know so we can pester…I mean encourage each other.