This past week this blog post over 200 posts and 500 comments. I think all of you who have read from the beginning and all of you who have joined the past couple of months. Here is the first post explaining my reasons for doing this.
I’ve debated for a long time about whether or not to start a website/blog. These debates have been at times fierce and agonizing but they have always centered around the question of why? Why would anyone read what I have to say? Why would I add to the constant expansions of voices in the vast worldwide web? At the end I always found some excuse to not start or allowed negativity to win out.
However, the faithful prodding of a few good friends, along with some recent convincing reading have led me to start putting aside my fears. Since this is the first post, I hope to answer the question of why (so when I got discouraged and ask is it worth it I will at least have one post to help me find answers).
First, it is my firm conviction that the Scriptures are meant to be understood by all. I think many people want to learn Scripture. They want to be transformed by Scripture. But studying Scripture seems daunting. I hope that this website will give them the necessary aid to understand God’s revelation to man.
Second, I believes this is a logical extension to my work as a preacher. As a preacher my primary means of changing the lives of men and women is through proclaiming the word of God. This proclamation has normally been done through preaching and teaching in person. However, with the ability of the internet to disseminate information to a large group of people it is only prudent to use this valuable tool.
Third, the Scriptures bear witness to God. I want people to understand Scripture, not for them to gain knowledge, or simply to see them live better lives, but rather so that they may encounter the Living God. Scripture is our primary witness to the work of God in our world. In them is the revelation concerning the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. In them we learn the great salvation that God provides. They bear witness to God’s gracious acts on behalf of us and urge us to develop a faithful love for God. If this website aids someone in that it will be worth all the time and effort.
Before I conclude my first post, I probably should write a few words on method. First, our study of Scripture will include not only direct interaction with texts of Scripture (although that will be the bulk), but it will also include topical studies, and questions of apologetics. Second, this website is primarily about content. Although I will do my best to follow the grammatical rules which make language possible, I know I will make errors. If you cannot look past these errors then this site is probably not for you. Third, these posts are conversations. I want you to be involved. I welcome correction, rebuke, and discussion. However, I want the discussion to be seasoned with charity. If a comment is uncharitable and outside a Christlike demeanor (as determined by me) then it will be removed. Finally, this website is not here to defend any creed, or theology, but instead to allow Scripture to lead us wherever it may. If you do not have the courage to be challenge and directed by Scripture once again you might want to find another site. But if you are willing to take on the adventure that is Bible study, then welcome and let us grow together.