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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Blogging--A New Spiritual Discipline?

I joined the blogging world about six months ago or so...thanks to (we'll call him) Curt. Every time I saw Curt he was saying things like, "I was on Scot's blog this morning and came across..." Every day he was on this blog. He never said, "I was reading the paper this morning and ..." It was always this JesusCreed blog. And it wasn't just INFO. Curt was learning new things about walking in the way of Jesus and this blog was shaping how and what he believed and how he lived it out. It was ODD, but I figured I'd check it out. There began my daily addiction to Scot's blog and my introduction into the blogging world.

Then, about 2 months ago I knew I was going to have some xtra time on my hands, so I thought I'd get out of the "viewing" mode of the blogging world and step into the "writing" mode. I'll tell you this--it's a lot easier to read!

Here's what I've been struck with by this new phenomenon--blogging is very much a spiritual discipline...or at least it can be for some...and it has been for me. And it's good for me, because it forces me to think more critically (both when I read other blogs and when I create for this one). It creates a space and an atmosphere for me to put some thoughts, musings, and prayers to words. In a busy world where I tend to rush from one thing to the next, it FORCES me to slow down a bit and to interact with God.

But, there's more. It's closest relative is probably "journaling." I think they both offer many of the same benefits, but blogging offers something that journaling typically does not--the engagement and influence of community. When I journal, it is pretty much just between God and I (unless it just happens to be lying open and Christine stumbles upon it). I think there is something good in that uniqueness. However, with blogging, 'others' read and respond. They challenge me and push me and encourage me. They are 'with' me in this way. And, possibly, they are also encouraged and pushed by the things God is doing in my own life.

I expect to see someone publishing a NEW take on the spiritual disciplines and to incorporate blogging into the scheme. Maybe it is just a new phenomenon that will come and go. That's fine. While it's here, though, I'll be engaging in this new discipline. Will you?

Much of this post flows out of a conversation with my good buddy Micah...who is also a blogging can find his blog listed to the right under Friends.


At 3:09 PM, Blogger John Frye said...

I am so SHOCKED by the picture of that young man in a lotus position meditating. That is so New Age. I am concerned for you as is Curt.

Now on a humorous note, it is great to welcome you into the blogosphere. You are worthy. You are a worthy blogger. "You da blog, man!"

Blogging is next to godliness.

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg, I enjoy your blogs so I am glad someone bugged you until you got addicted.

I have always wanted to journal, and I've even started a few times but I always end up ripping out the pages because I am concerned about what others will think someday when they read them...when I am dead...and I don't want to edit what I am processing now in my life for the benefit of those that will be reading my thoughts post mortem. That doesn't leave much hope for me in the blogging world. Does it?

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Greg said...

sorry, "anonymous", that there are so many people trying to exploit you. Maybe people are already thinking those things about you anyway...and they are filling there journals with those thoughts. If I were you, I'd try to sneak into a few journals of your good friends...just to make sure

At 3:44 PM, Blogger revnace said...

Another advantage to the discipline of blogging is the community. We get to learn and "talk" to one another over a span that we would not normally cross. Email and phone calls too direct and not as much "depth" as blogging reflections can become. Not to mention giving fashion tips to balding theologians (see

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