I get asked this every now and then. And I suppose the answer is perhaps yes, usually. But I (of course) feel it has some value, even if few others do – because it certainly helps me get my thoughts clearer on things. I’m asked how I find the time – but actually, a lot of it has become just a part of my process of preparation and engagement (however feebly). And so i don’t feel the need to justify it… that much. But then a friend, Adam, linked me to this article, written by John Piper’s son Abraham. And he pretty much summed it all up with a very spiritual spin on things: so now i feel completely justified in doing it! Plus it gives me another excuse to link this classic Private Eye cartoon from last Feb – and it certainly describes to most ministers/pastors I know, whether they have a blog or not.
To sum up, here are the reasons (but read the whole thing to get the idea):
- … to write
- … to teach
- … to recommend
- … to interact
- … to develop an eye for what is meaningful
- … to be known
So there you go – I’ve got my self-justification off my chest – I can now get back to preparation for the weekend!