Does the blogosphere really need another blog? Probably not. More than anything else, this online outlet is for my own edification and pseudo-accountability. I have had another blog for several years which suffered from an identity crisis. Was it a place for me to update people as to what is going on with my family, and how to pray? A place to write reviews? A place for introducing serious topics? As a result of this identity crisis, the blog was updated sporadically and with a shotgun spray of topics.
This new blog – Theological Pursuits – has been created in an attempt to alleviate that identity crisis. The sole purpose of this blog is to discuss issues of faith. The title of the blog is adapted from a series I am teaching over the next three months on discipleship. The big picture idea is that once we have been regenerated by the Spirit through the work of the Son (justification), we begin a life long process (sanctification) of pursuing God and becoming conformed to the image of His Son, a process that won’t be completed (glorification) until He comes again.
It’s in this space between justification and glorification that our pursuit of God takes place. Prior to justification, we didn’t care to pursue Him – in fact, we rebelled against Him in every way possible (Rom 3:9-10; 14:23). But now, this relationship should be the single most important aspect of our daily lives and practice. This reminds me of the well-worn and beautifully articulated quote from A. W. Tozer’s classic The Knowledge of the Holy, “What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
The pursuit of this relationship will be the primary focus of this blog. The Christian experience is not based solely on emotion and feeling. We are to love God with our heart, soul, strength, and our mind (Luke 10:27). I have been warned by many about the dangers of seminary. “It is a place where faith goes to die,” a friend of mine has told me. Sadly, this can be true. When the Bible is treated as a mere textbook and God as an academic subject, knowledge may grow…but the relationship may wither. Paul warned that knowledge can make us arrogant (1 Cor 8:1) yet he chastised those who were sinning, having “no knowledge of God” (1 Cor 15:34). There is a balance between knowledge and love, knowledge and faith. But it is a both/and – the two are not mutually exclusive! So I look forward to writing about theological issues. Some may view it as a dry, pointless exercise. But for me? I view it as a way to grow deeper in love with the most important relationship in my life. And that can never be a waste of time.