As many readers know, I am on sabbatical this spring. I have taken leave of my normal responsibilities at Southeastern Seminary and First Baptist Church of Durham and am working out of Union University in Jackson, TN. While the principle purpose of a sabbatical is to have focused time to work on research and writing, it is also a helpful season for reflection about one’s life, family, ministry and priorities. I have been stewing on several matters, one of which is my blogging practices.
I have been blogging almost continuously since November 2003, though I took a break for about six months in 2007 to finish my dissertation. Often I have blogged from a personal website, like this one, while during other seasons I have blogged exclusively at collaborative websites. I enjoy certain things about both approaches. The highlight of a personal blog is a sense of ownership and freedom. The strength of a group blog is being part of a team and having the freedom to blog less frequently. At this stage in my life, I cherish the latter a bit more than the former.
After several weeks of consideration I have decided to stop blogging at my personal website. This is my final post. I will maintain the website because it provides me with a more substantial online home than my faculty page at the Southeastern Seminary website. However, beginning next week, I will no longer blog on this site. I will leave the blog up, but create a new home page for the website.
Though I am shutting down the blog function on this website, I will continue to write regularly for online audiences. Much of my blogging will be at Between the Times, the faculty website at Southeastern Seminary. I co-founded Between the Times in 2008 with my friend Bruce Ashford and a handful of other faculty colleagues. I currently serve as the coordinator for the blog. I write for Between the Times almost every week—normally on Wednesdays. Moving forward, I will continue to do so.
I also hope to write more often for other websites. In the past couple of years, I have received a number of invitations to contribute to blogs or similar platforms sponsored by a variety of SBC denominational agencies and evangelical parachurch ministries. I have written for them off and on, but never very regularly, in part because of the implicit pressure I have felt to focus most of my blogging on this website. Eliminating my personal blog will give me more freedom to write for a wider variety of blogs and other websites, many of which are more widely read than my personal blog.
As always, when I write a new blog post or some other sort of online essay, I will announce it via Twitter and Facebook. I appreciate everyone who has read this blog over the past few years. I hope you will continue to be interested in what I write, even though it won’t be published here.