Posted by: Ed | April 25, 2008

The Opening Blast

THE OPENING BLAST

Well, I’m entering the BLOGOSPHERE.

Frankly, I’ve resisted for a long time. My reticence has looked like this random collection of objections:

  • Blogging smacks of self-importance. I’m not sure anyone wants to read my musings about what cereal I’m eating & how I miss Chris Berman on ESPN
  • Journey people get more than enough Ed every weekend. One of my biggest challenges every week is to keep the message length down to something reasonable.
  • The last thing I need is more people to get back to. I’m not keeping up with my email as it is.
  • Etc etc

 

Still a bunch of people around me encouraged me to think about diving in. Then I noticed that I’d started to read other people’s blogs. I’ve always read famous smart type people’s blogs (esp. Scot McKnight’s jesuscreed.org) but I’ve started to keep track of some blogs from some ordinary people (not that they aren’t smart) – peeps from Journey, friends from around the country. I noticed how much I appreciated seeing how their life with God was working itself out in the ins & outs of their existence & their thinking processes.

Another thought hit me: maybe if I threw in some thoughts from each weekend, maybe, just maybe, it might actually keep the messages shorter.

Speaking of the messages & weekends at Journey, I began to reflect on how often I have people waiting to chat before, in between & after services that I can never get to. I hate the thought that as our church grows (that seems to be happening quite a bit right now) that I would become this inaccessible talking head. I know some of the blogs I have been reading help me to know what’s going on in the lives of people that I admire who feed my soul.

Finally, there was a frustration component. There’s stuff that I’d like to throw out there that may be helpful or at least get people thinking that simply is not appropriate for a weekend message. I know often when I throw in some random thought it is as likely to offend as encourage.

So here we go:

Ed’s Journey will launch this week:

√ We’ll try to give some reflection every week on the weekend that just passed & sometimes the one coming up.

√ I’ll try to give some insight into my own life. Nothing to exhibitionistic, but some insight into what I’m up to.

√ I plan to post something at least a couple of times a week. I also hope to see figure out if anyone is reading this bad boy & if not, I’ll be cool with shutting it down.

√ The bible says “let all things be done for edification” (1 Cor 14:26) so hopefully if you check this blog out it will help you on your way to loving God & your neighbor in the way of Jesus.

√ We (we? What do I have a mouse in my pocket?) plan to be authentic here – if you don’t like sports, if you object to secular culture, if you don’t want to hear about surfing, if you need pastor types to be flaw free and share all of your exact same convictions & views, if you feel like the “edification” word above means you’ll always be affirmed in those convictions & views, you might want to just keep clicking.

My sincere hope is that this is fun & that the name of My Friend & Savior, Jesus, is loved a little more though this flawed life.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Ed

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Responses

  1. I think it is awesome that you are providing another way for folks to connect with you and with God through you. Are you familiar with a website called Allaboutprayer.org. I was checking it our for a study i was doing on prayer. i think it is really relevant, just wanted to see what you thought.

    God Bless!

    Merlin

  2. Sweet. Another add to my blogroll! Miss you, bro!

    Much love from the Faiai’s!

  3. Dude! Welcome to the blogsphere. have fun with it and don’t let it consume you. too many other important things out there to get your time and attention. Go Lakers!

  4. Not to say that it’s about time, but to encourage you to remember, you have been gifted both with a tongue for translating the mysteries of Christ to the unchurched, but especially for speaking the prophetic word of the great preachers and prophets of our day in a way that all of the rest of us who don’t read, or don’t always comprehend what we read can “hear.”

    Thank you and May God anoint the influence (impact) of this blog.

  5. You Go Boy! I think this blog is a great thing! I am always looking for ways to get more out of the message and more out of Journey to help me in my own journey. I’ve been a church member for 9 years and this is another step in the church’s growth. May God bless and thanks for all you do.
    Yours for optimum health,
    Mike T.

  6. Well…DO YOU have a mouse in your pocket? Has
    your secret been revealed? I’ve heard of a rat that likes to cook from inside a hat, but never a mouse
    that likes to preach from inside a pocket…however,
    it would explain some things! :)

  7. So stoked that you have a blog. Journey has played such a huge role in my new life as a Christ follower. I struggle alot (ask my wife lol) so any kind of inspiration I can find during the week is a godsend. I think that David hit it right on the head about your gift for teaching the unchurched (fools like me). I’m a little shy so I’ve never taken the opportunity to say hi except in passing at church, but what I should really say is Thanks and God bless you and your message of hope for even the idiots like me. Will be checking your blog. Thanks again, bub.

  8. Cool. I am new to Journey and really enjoy the messages.

  9. We look forward to reading your blog….

  10. We look forward to reading your blog!

  11. Love the new blog.

  12. yo ed. glad to see you decided to branch out into blogsphere! just thought I’d stop by. =) jenni otten

  13. We’ve lived in Murrieta, CA for almost 4 years now. Whenever we get the opportunity, we visit Journey for Sunday service. It always feels like home.
    We were freed up the last couple weeks and have come to see what’s up with Journey (what a treat to see Mike up on stage too).
    Your blog will be such a great avenue to keep in touch. Thanks for sharing!
    The Leadership Conference and your series “God at the Movies” we’ll be looking forward to!


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