I started this blog as a way to work through certain issues I was having at the time, and to share theological thoughts and concerns of the church. I have a fairly devoted following, I believe, and a few that stop in from time to time whenever one of my posts is noticed by the BJS.
Obviously, a great deal of my blogging is tongue in cheek. I have tried to follow the advice of the +Reverend Dr. Marquardt+ who interrupted a “Q” Party at the seminary to announce that it was fine to make fun of fools like us, but we should really leave our Lord out of it.
I have lampooned and criticized the human foibles of those in the church, attempting to lighten up the mood, and allow us to realize that, while we take our theology very seriously indeed, we must never take ourselves too seriously. We are the receivers of a great tradition, and our task is to faithfully pass it on to those who will follow (which is approaching far more rapidly than I ever thought possible – I’m how old???) However, all our great dreams and ambitions are really not all that impressive, all our theological insights are not that insightful. It is usually just understanding what one of the great fathers was actually saying. Or perhaps discovering what our Lord really meant when he said… There is nothing new under the sun, so our thinking of ourselves as great is really just self-delusion. This is what I have tried to convey, and I have tried to do it with my own unique brand of humor.
However, on a couple of occasions, I have made comments that have caused pain and suffering to men of good conscience who are working hard to do the very thing we should be doing. This was never my intent. I have debated this past weekend various solutions to this problem. One was to shut down the blog entirely. I know some like listening to my sermons, and there are times I like to formulate my own meager thoughts in a more formal way than just rattling around my own mostly-empty head. Another option was to make the blog private. But I hate those, and won’t join them on principle, so it seemed wrong to do so here.
However, I can not continue to have this blog be a distraction from ministry, which it has on occasion become. Nor can I have my words responsible for causing pain to others who are acting faithfully.
All of this leads up to my big announcement : As of now, I will be scaling back the amount of blogging I do. It may not last very long. I don’t know. I will be exiting the world of synod politics – a world as crazy as it is useless. When we engage in politics in the church, we have already lost that which we seek to gain – unless we seek to gain power, which is the direct opposite of what our Lord wants us to do. Initially, this blog avoided the topic entirely. I only entered it because some were attempting to change the very foundation of our confession. With that no longer on the table, there is absolutely no need for me to speak to this, and we all have far better things to do with our time.
I will post occasionally on various topics of interest to me. I will also continue to post my sermons. But I will no longer comment on the state of the synod. It has enough problems without me pointing out the disagreements that exist. This may not be a large or noticeable change for my readers, but it is an intentional shift in direction for me. Meanwhile, like all pastors, I continue to work on my book, which will change the entire church for the better, and will lead to a period of peace and harmony unmatched by anyone since the Coke commercial in the 70’s.