Joey (aka the primary founder of The Grounds Journal) and I love to discuss all things theology and history, art and culture, past evens and future plans. Really, most things under the sun. We can spend hours discussing what many would only yawn and stare blankly at. Among our diverse conversations, this particular question has arisen on several occasions: What would be the point of another Christian blog?
Then, there are the following up questions: Aren’t there already a cacophony of voices echoing around the internet? Answer: yes, many terrible, misleading voices along with many truthful, beneficial ones. So why add to the reverberating noise when surely very few will be able to distinguish what we would have to say from the rest? Even more, on a number of occasions, haven’t we spotted an article that basically captured an idea or ideas that had been ruminating our my minds. If someone else had already said it and I had nothing new to add, what was the point in potentially drowning out an edifying read?
These are questions that have given me pause a number of times — article and book ideas snuffed out because of the feeling that what I would say would be nothing new. I would like to think that this was due in part to wisdom. The Proverbs do in fact encourage us to be slow to speak; the fool opens his mouth too eagerly. But fear, not wisdom, is the primary culprit here. Fear that my ideas would not be unique. Or fear that the construction of my ideas would not be effective. Or fear that no one would bother to read what I thought. Or fear that if they did, they might be misled as I feigned expertise. (I, like many others, often suffer from impostor syndrome, the feeling that I am not really qualified in my position.)
And yet, here is another Christian blog. It might not be very different from other blogs out there. My voice may not really stand out. I might make errors from time to time. But at this point, it would be unfaithful for me not to attempt to contribute. With theological training, the approval for various leadership positions at a local church, and a few years as a Christian educator, I believe my faithfulness to what Jesus has done for me on every level of my being encourages that I share what insights I might have to offer. The fact is, someone — even if just one — might read what I have written and, because of it, have a deeper love for God or a greater understanding of our world. That to me (and I think I can safely say for all of us writing for The Grounds…at least based on my conversing with Joey) is worth the effort.
What might make this blog different — but undoubtedly will make it similar to others — is my attempt to process history, culture, ethics, and more through a theological framework in order to understand how the Christian faith helps us to make better sense of our reality and to inform our thinking, feeling, and acting in our world. The data of reality enters, is filtered and processed through a Christian perspective, and outs spits an analysis about what we do about it. Something like that.
This is why we’re calling it “Faith in the City.” Faith might be personal, but it is never private. Everyone makes faith commitments which shape the works they speak, the actions they take, and even the questions they ask. i want to expose weak faiths and extol the only faith whose foundation never wavers and which can lead to real human flourishing: the faith given by, grounded in, and has as its object God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I pray that what I will begin sharing here will work towards that end.