Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pondering

Been pondering a lot recently. I'm well into my fourth year of blogging, and have seen quite a number of new bloggers with great skills appear, and also have seen (and heard of) some of the "oldskewl" bloggers retire and turn their time and talents to other projects. Note of Clarification: Do not infer from this that I'm considering hanging up my skates (hockey metaphors are so natural for Canadians).

As Emerging Grace noted in a recent post:
"Do you remember in Forrest Gump when he started running and had this need to keep running for "three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours", and then suddenly one day, he was done? That's how I see blogging. I started, and for now, I just keep blogging and blogging, but I think that some day, I'll just be done."
We pause now for a brief but poignant moment of shockingly honest and transparent confession: I've never seen Forest Gump.

And I agree with Grace's post on a number of levels, which is why I'm pondering how to invest my future blogging to be the most effective use of my time (which is in high demand during a Crossroads DTS).

While I respect the efforts and the writers who duke it out with various websites specializing in the misrepresentation of all things emerging/missional, I will continue to avoid such arguments here. It's just too taxing on my general attitude and sanctification. Those who can regularly read and interact with the so-called "discernment" sites are made of sterner stuff than I.

I am an avid reader, but sometimes I think that if I see just one more blog trumpeting the latest "must-read" book on the emerging/missional conversation, I'm going to run screaming into the woods. I just can't keep up. I have neither the time nor the money.

At the same time, I DO plan to keep on reading, and will also continue posting about books that are really stirring my thinking and praxis. But I hope everyone will understand if I'm not limiting my reading list(s) to only books written about emerging/emergent/missional.