It has taken me awhile to decide whether or not it is worthwhile to keep a consistent blog, as evidenced by the fact that I have started several and deleted them. However, I have come to the conclusion that it can be a beneficial enterprise. I think this to be the case for a few reasons:
1) It can help process my thoughts more carefully. I’ll be honest, I don’t often write up my reactions to what I am learning as I am learning it, and when I do, I often do so in such a way that when I look back I have no idea what I was talking about. With a blog I am forced to put things in a way that not only I can process, but others as well (I’ll just assume I have readers, though that may not be the case!)
2) Discussion. There are a lot of things I hear from really smart people that automatically make sense and sound right. This is a good thing. But I think it will be helpful for me to put such things into my own, less articulate, words, and then see how others might respond. This is what produces discussion and I am a firm believer that the best way to be sharpened is to discuss issues with others who might not share your same perspective.
3) Remembrance. A blog is a good way to articulate something in writing that I want to remember later. Assuming I don’t delete this blog, I will always have it and it can be a resource for me in the future as I reflect on the truths being discussed in class and among my peers.
4) Soli Deo Gloria. As my title suggests, we are living at a unique time in history in which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is penetrating the darkest corners of the earth until he returns. This is all to the glory of God, and I want to be a part of that. My hope is that this blog first and foremost points people to Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.