Why am I starting another blog?
Here I go again. Starting another blog. What am I thinking? Well, let me tell you. Maybe that will help me figure it out for myself…
There are really a few reasons:
- I have thoughts on a variety of subjects. For those of you who don’t know, I have a blog over at www.SexWithinMarriage.com which deals primarily (almost exclusively) with married sexuality from a Christian perspective. At the time of this writing it’s been up for just over 3 years and gets about 90,000 views a month. Not bad for a hobby. But, I’ve been writing almost exclusively about married sexuality for 3 years now, and you know what? I feel like writing about other things some times.
- Sometimes I end up wanting to expound on a theological point that is far more fundamental than just dealing with marriage or sexuality, but I don’t want to water down my other blog. I want to keep it on point. So, it would be nice to be able to write a fuller post here explaining my thoughts and beliefs and simply link to it.
- I’ve gotten a lot of encouragement from my readers to write about theology. Some are curious about my beliefs and the doctrines I subscribe to. Some like my “writing voice”, and wanted to “hear” me “speak” on other topics (like theology). And I suspect some just want a place where they can really prove my theology wrong and the other blog isn’t the right forum for that.
- Lastly, and very least, I’ve been a “sex blogger” for a few years now, and I’m getting a little tired of being rejected for a variety of services for bloggers because I have an “adult” blog. As if what I was writing was pornographic instead of informative. Most of the time I get excluded simply because it has “sex” in the domain name and title and no one even looks at the application. So, it might be nice to be a little more widely accepted.
So, what is this blog going to be about?
Well…it’s going to be about me, I guess. Well, me and God, or at least, how I see us. About my relationship with God, how I interpret his Word, what I’m doing to try and grow that relationship (hopefully much of this), and where I’m failing (hopefully not so much of this). I think this can be helpful in a few ways:
- For me, I hope it will help hold me accountable. I’m honestly not so good at remembering to do things like pray, have devotional time, and actually invest in my relationship with God. I tend to be too intellectual about it, and so while I read a lot of Bible verses every week, they tend to be more as study, and not as relationship building. I pray with my kids, with my wife, at church, in our small group, at church meetings, etc., but I rarely take the time to pray because I feel the need, or the desire. Again, a failure to invest in the relationship. I’ve realized lately that this really needs to change in my life. I need to be more intentional about my relationship with God, in the same way as I am intentional about my relationship with my wife, if not more so.
- Also, I’m looking for a way to … catalog my beliefs? I’ve learned a lot of things in my short life…and forgotten many as well. While I’ve taken the time to study a great many of the fundamental beliefs I have about Christianity…I can’t always remember the verses years later to argue my point. It would be nice to have a listing of articles, sort of a cheat sheet, for those times when someone asks for a verse on a topic. Sort of my own commentary and topical guide, if you will.
- I’m hoping that you, my dear reader, will be able to find a few things by reading this as well. I think you might find some answers to some theology questions, maybe some you didn’t even know you had. You might find some encouragement for those that feel they aren’t investing in their relationship with God enough either. You can know you aren’t alone, and I hope to find some way to encourage you, and hopefully you can encourage me in the same way. You might also find a new interested in learning about God. I know I get more excited about learning about God when I’m talking with someone who is also enthusiastic about theology. It sort of rubs off on you. So, perhaps this will give new life to your Christian walk.
- Lastly, I want a place where I can discuss theology with people who don’t believe the same as I do. I want it to be tested, to be questioned, to be looked at and critiqued. I don’t want a set of fundamental beliefs that were just handed down. I want them to be mine, and to be battle tested, and I think some of you want the same. So, this will be a place where we can come together to study, to discuss (hopefully respectfully), and really dig into God’s Word, and how it applies to our life. Those of you who come from my other blog know that I encourage discussion, even when it goes against what I’m saying, so long as people do it respectfully.
Why call it Seeking God’s Kingdom
Actually, I had picked a bunch of names…and the domain names were all taken. Then after taking a break from looking, Seeking God’s Kingdom popped to mind and it just fit. I have always tried (even when I am trying unsuccessfully), to seek God’s Kingdom in my life. From my thoughts on parenting to education to church to marriage to finance to employment or whatever. My beliefs on these topics, my goals when I state them, are always in seeking God’s Kingdom first in whatever aspect of life. Do I always succeed in those goals, so I always hold to my convictions? No. Far less often than I would like in fact. Nevertheless, it’s still the pivotal thought in my life. The stated aim. The measure by which I gauge my success.
And so, I think it’s fitting to call this blog Seeking God’s Kingdom. Because, without that, I would have no purpose, here, or anywhere.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness – Matthew 6:33a