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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

7 Responses to Why am I starting another blog?

  • 🙂 keep up the great work for the kingdom.

  • Good for you, JayDee. I look forward to reading more from you. 🙂

  • JayDee, It will be interesting to see what you do with this blog.

    Perhaps one question I might ask up front — what “flavor” Christianity would you characterize yourself as? From much of your other blogs and the associations I see with the bloggers that follow you and that you follow, I would expect that you would fit into the Protestant/Evangelical camp, does that seem right?

    I suppose along the same lines, how “orthodox” do you expect to be on this blog? Do you expect to explore anything pro-Catholic, or will you be more anti-Catholic in your theology? Not that I would expect any one blog or blogger to be able to erase or resolve or otherwise “fix” the 500 year old Catholic/Protestant schism, do you expect to be tolerant towards Catholic ideas, or be more intolerant? Do you expect to follow a strict Protestant theology, or do you harbor some “questionable” “charismatic” ideas in your viewpoint? What about views towards other minority “Christian” groups (Christian in quotes because not all Christians agree that they are truly Christian)?

    I guess I ask because I don’t find myself fully convinced or having fully “bought into” all the “Conservative Evangelical/Protestant” Christian ideas. I guess I am wondering how “broadly” or “narrowly” you expect to define the scope of this blog. These questions may not have short, simple answers either. It may take some time to see how your blog posts and comment strings end up playing out to see what direction they end up going.

    • Those are difficult questions to answer. I’d imagine you’d find my “flavor” quite different than most you have experienced. I guess I would fall within the protestant category, though my particular doctrine would probably be considered a protestation of protestants…yet another call to return back to the Bible, because Martin Luther didn’t quite go far enough, if that makes sense.

      So, how “orthodox” do I expect to be? That’s depends on your definition of orthodoxy. I won’t aim to be inline with a particular church or creed, because they are man made. Instead, I will aim for what I see in the Bible. As orthodox original means “a straight, true or right opinion”, then yes, I would say I’m aiming for orthodoxy. If you mean a “traditional” approach…then no.

      As for how tolerant I will be…I will aim to follow the model of the Bible: to be tolerant of all people, and intolerant of false teachings. For some that may seem impossible, but I assure you it is not. I would imagine I will make many statements that will be appalling to both protestants and Catholics alike, but that will become more clear later on. I have no intention in aiming to heal the rift, because the Bible says it will not be healed. Why work towards something that cannot be and should not be?

      I’d imagine that’s all a bit confusing, and I’m sorry. As you say, I hope it will become more clear. That you are open minded is enough for me. I’m glad you are waiting to see the “proof” instead of relying on my statements. I could ask for no better.

      But, I welcome any discussion, if anyone wishes to bring up their doctrine, I’m more than willing to talk through it, to judge it against what I see in the Bible, and have them do the same for me. In that way, we can be iron sharpening iron, as it were.

      • So you are going to start from a “sola scriptura” basis. Do you prefer to work from the 66 books of the Protestant Bible, or do you lend any credence to the extra books of the Catholic Bible?

        And, perhaps a more important question, do you prefer a fairly “conservative” or “strict” or “literal” reading of the Bible, or do you prefer a more liberal or “subjective” reading of the Bible? As a biologist by training, this kind of becomes important in how to interpret the creation narrative. Do you prefer a “young earth creationist” reading of Genesis, or are you open to more “figurative” readings of the creation account? In many ways, the trickiest part of this is how to read the narrative around Adam. So much of the Christian “redemption” narrative depends on how we read the narrative of Adam and his fall.

        Anyway, there is not really a need to answer all of these questions here in this comment string. In part, many of these topics could be entire blog posts, if not entire series of blogs posts (and still leave details and discussion and opinions left unexplored).

        All said, I will be interested where you go with this blog, and how you use it to develop your own theology, and how that impacts my own view of the topics you cover. May it be an enlightening journey.

        • Yes, sola scriptura…but with history and science to validate.

          I prefer a literal reading of scripture, except when it’s obvious not literal. For example, parables cannot be taken literally…because they weren’t intended to be. They are there to illustrate a point. Sadly, some like to build theologies based on them. As well, there are some things that are symbolic, but the Bible clearly spells these out in most cases I think.

          I personally “prefer” as young earth theology, but I think an old universe theory is reconcilable, though I think the math and physics are beyond most, if not all of us at this time. But, some of the theories involving time dilation due to gravity based on the assumption that we are near the center of the universe (as one might expect) seem promising.

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