After lots of posts over the past couple of years asking again and again 'why do i do this?' and grappling with whether its an ego thing, or a publicity thing, or something altogether unhelpful I have, over the course of a busy few weeks, come to the conclusion that i blog for two reasons. Firstly I blog because i like to write, and with all that is going on in my life at the moment I don't have time to put together long treatise or anything of any length at all. I would love to write a book, and ideas are just stacking up for a book about faith, and about - as Dr John very generously said in a posting a few days ago - taking an old, old faith and making it new and fresh. Not that I think I have much to do with that, i believe that Christian Faith is as new and vibrant and exciting and transformational as it has ever been. I just like talking about it, and writing about it (obviously).
The second reason I blog is to think out loud. It may not seem terribly ordered to you, gentle reader, but this is often my way of putting things into context, of gaining some perspective, and of getting 'out there' lots of the stuff that bounces around my brain. Its noticable (to me) that alongside a general lull in blogging I've not added anything to my 'deep stuff' blog either (normally a sort of 'back page' to this blog, thanks to some help from the guys at Standing Under the Sky). That's where my sermons and longer talks go, and that's dropped way down the priority ladder over these busy - often rewarding, usually challenging, always tiring - weeks.
I could, indeed, blog all day, i have lots of thoughts cooking in my brain even as i write, but I am going to leave them to stew for a bit longer, maybe some more later today. Thanks to all of you who continue to check back, to those of you who leave comments, and to my mother and father for.... ahh, that's enough for now.