Monthly Archives: November 2015

Writing Again

Plans

I’ve done some blogging off and on for a while, but have never managed to make a routine or habit out of the practice out of it. I think this is in part because I’ve never chosen a system. I’ve always just said “Oh man, I should blog more often” and then I don’t put any effort into choosing what to write, planning when to post, or making it a habit.

So I’m going to do that, and I’m going to make two rules to help me, because I’ve learned that sometimes the best way to free yourself in a certain aspect of life (such as getting blog posts written) is to constrain yourself in certain other aspects (such as when and how to write).
Here are my three rules:
  • Post once per month. I have a recurring task in my to-do list that will remind me each month to write a post
  • Write 500 words. This is a minimum, but it’s also a target. If I constrain myself to writing shorter posts, I’ll be more likely to finish them, but 500 words is still a long enough body to actually get me to say something.
The topics are going to range, depending on what’s going on in my life and what is important to me. Sometimes they’ll be on tech, sometimes they’ll be on church and faith, sometimes they’ll be on current news. I’m not imposing a restraint on myself in terms of topic, but actually giving myself permission to write about anything, because I sometimes get hung up on “well should I have a tech blog or a faith blog or a public journal or….?”

This is my November post, and I’m at 286 words, so let’s change topics.

Technology and Ministry

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said these two words in the same sentence in the past year. I’ve gotten in touch with dozens of incredible people, through Kingdom Builders, Indigitous, Code for the Kingdom, and Christians in Tech (a private Slack group, so I can’t link to it). I love the ways that technology can improve what we do and how we do it, and there’s no “what” more important than the worship and service of the church.

I reflect often on my role in promoting the use of technology in ministry. Should I search for new technology to create? Should I become a consultant, helping ministries find and use technology that already exists? Should I join or start a business and lead others in creating and/or educating?

These questions trouble me sometimes. I dream of changing the world (whether or not I should), and struggle to remain patient with a dream that takes years to realize. But I know that even slow progress is progress, and I hold on to hope for the future, with the help of my wife, my transformation group at church, and constant prayer. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know God will use me — not just then, but now, and every minute along the way.

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