August 13, 2004

Is blogging helping the mission or hurting it?

Si Johnston has an interesting discussion going on over at his blog about the role blogging plays in the carrying out of the Great Commission. Do all these words we write help or hurt? Do they empower us to accomplish the mission or distract us from it? Here's the crux of my response:
In his contribution to the book The Futures of Evangelicalism, an intriguing essay called "Theology and the Futures," Alister McGrath considers why "a large section of the evangelical movement has not seen sustained theological engagement as a pressing priority" (21). He then describes three benefits of the academic study of theology: it enhances our appreciation of the depth of our faith; it engages our emotions responsibly; and it enables us to behave in ways that reflect a deepened personal appropriation of the gospel (29).

I'd argue that faith-blogging serves the same purposes. So the key isn't less thinking and more working, or less working and more thinking, but a healthy balance between the "inner work" of thinking through our theology in the context of our community and the "outer work" of putting our theology into practice both within the community and without.
Go and add your thoughts at Si's place!


At 10:27 PM, Blogger DesertPastor said...

Reading your post, Daniel -- I'm remembering Dallas Willard's "Great Omission from the Great Commission" (i.e. "teaching them to obey all I have commanded you"). I am finding that, via the blogosphere, so MANY of us are being "reminded" and "encouraged" to do that very thing -- obey all that Christ has commanded. How can this be a distraction?

Blog on!

At 11:32 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Amen, brother!

I think that's because blogging builds real community, albeit in a way the world has never seen before. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for "virtual communities" like ours. As technology advances, I think they will become more vibrant, more "real," and more helpful to the mission than they are today.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Karl Thienes said...

Yep. Thinking and working are not mutually exclusive and should inform and enrich each other.


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