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Saturday, August 01, 2009

When not to blog

My son commented that I have not been posting as often as in the Winter and Spring. Last night I sat and reflected on when not to blog. My blog postings are, chiefly, idea-based and discussion-starters. When there is an interesting article or book that warrants discussion, I blog. When there is a newsworthy event that bears on church life and the faith community, I blog. When there is something happening in the culture that is intriguing, I blog.
But here are some of the areas off-limits for me:
1. church members in crisis
2. church staff issues that need discussion and resolution in-house
3. family matters
4. most things political
5. church conflicts
6. any confidentiality
7. something that makes me uneasy
The purpose for my blog is to add to the conversation already happening in churches among believers. I'm not sure how many non-believers read this. I think it's mainly those of us who are committed to life in the local body. The health and vitality of local churches is one of my highest concerns. Blogs that rip on the local church are not helpful. And the local church is fragile. So any blog I write that could plant a seed of suspicion or distrust is also not helpful (and I think I've done that in the past from some emails that came later). Blogs that poke at other churches are not helpful (I'm not the pastor of any other church but this one and don't know the stories behind the stories).
I've heard from a number of my pastor-friends this summer and it's tough going for many of them. So I'm doing a bit more praying and reading, reflecting and sitting.

4 Comments:

At 11:32 AM , Blogger ed said...

You say the church is "fragile." I agree. However, I do not believe that should stop those of us who consider ourselves "critical loyalists" from making our points within and without, right or wrong. The flip-side to all of this is to be able to take criticism in return. Dishing out is easy, especially when the object of criticism is weakened. One must be careful not to serve one's own prejudices but to point to the revealed Word as the arbiter of any disagreement.

 
At 12:03 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

I agree completely. The church, while fragile, needs a loyal opposition to keep her honest. My concern is about local church issues that often reflect more on my own emotional state and reactivity than on anything else.

 
At 3:30 PM , Blogger ed said...

You would not be an effective pastor if you were not emotionally drawn into local issues.

 
At 9:36 PM , Blogger E Erickson said...

good for you, DON! Thanks for sharing this. Glad you know your limits!

 

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