The Meaning of Blog
Blog posts, by their very nature, are ephemeral, but I think there are some in our archive that are keepers. Personally, I have filed away a number of posts by other members of the team and shamelessly incorporate them into the teaching I do; and sometimes I might even look up things that I have written. One of my posts that I am most happy with is from the first few weeks of the blog – I like it because I think the writing is OK, and because the subject matter encapsulates a number of my theological and aesthetic priorities.
For all the motivations there might be to write on a blog, feeling passionate about theology – about the study and pursuit of God – is not such a bad reason. Writing in an aesthetically pleasing way is also a commendable aim. Blogs tend towards argument and grandstanding, but writing can also be an expression of worship, and I would hope that (despite any arguments and grandstanding we may have indulged in) a sense of worship often permeates our posts.
As the psalmist expresses it, ““My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.” (Psalm 45:1) Spurgeon (no mean worshipper or writer himself) said of this verse, “There is no writing like that dictated by the heart. Heartless hymns are insults to heaven.”
May our blogs not be heartless!