Friends and Family,
Many of you have asked whether “The Radical Journey” is coming back anytime soon. Well, yes and no. The official website is shut down, and I don’t anticipate opening it back up anytime soon.
However, now that we’ve adjusted (somewhat) to our new lifestyle here in MA, I’m pulling the blog back up, for these reasons:
To keep a pastoral heart. Sometimes being in this academic world, I forget that everything I’m learning is for the sake of people. I need to be able to re-frame everything I’m learning in a way that matters to people. If I can’t do that, I should just write textbooks, sell them for $75 apiece, and lock myself up in an office for the next 50 years…not that there’s anything wrong with that.
To keep me thinking. I resonate with Calvin and St. Augustine when they say, “I write as I think, and think as I write.” You’re probably thinking, “Nick – you’re supposed to read 10,000 words per semester and you’re telling me you don’t have time to think!? What a LOSER.” Well, maybe not quite like that. But the truth is, I’m retaining a whole lot of information here at Gordon Conwell, but these are all other people’s thoughts, not mine. I don’t want to graduate seminary as a robot, spewing out things I’ve learned from guys I admire for the next 40 years (that is, unless I am able to retain all the advantages contingent on being a robot, like having laser-eyes or being able to calculate the distance from me to any given point in less than .2 seconds).
To disciple others by any means necessary. I always ruminate over something Johnny Piper said a year ago: “I think Jesus would tweet.” Well, sorry John, but tweeting just isn’t for me. But I get what he’s saying – we need to pastor people where they are, and right now, people are…well, online. I think blogging has been a great way for me to meet many people where they are, on facebook, twitter, or just browsing google. That’s been a blessing to me, and I’d like to keep that trend going in my life.
To share my life with those I love. The biggest reason for me to start up the blog, again, however, is that I just feel like I’m able to share myself with more people who love my family and I this way. The Lord knows I need as much prayer and support right now as possible! Speaking of, Brenna has a serious back injury that may require surgery in the next few months if you would PLEASE lift her up to the Lord. It’s very hard being a Mom who can’t bend over to pick up your 7-month old, and the semester is only one week away, meaning I can’t always be home to help. We’ve had a wonderful community to support us here, and we know the Lord will provide. It’s just tough in the valley sometimes.
Love you all!