I have been wondering for a while now about this and my wise old friend who is almost as good looking as me has beaten me to the draw.
TSK looks at various ways in which spirituality is expressed thru blogging. In particular I am interested in his perception of blogging as a spiritual discipline. Read on for TSK’s thoughts…
I will simply do a cut and paste here:
Here is the skinny on what I said. Blogging is a spiritual discipline because to blog is to find oneself in a place of:
1. Praise (public acknowledgement) – “publish glad tidings daily”
2. Accountability. (Eph. 5: 21 “Submit yourselves to one another”)
3. Vulnerability (Daniel’s window)
4, Given-ness (Freely you have received, gift economy, Prov 11:24)
5. Creative Naming (Adam, Neighbors in Ruth)
6. Repentance (editing/deleting/changing our mind in new media)
7. Fellowship (hypertext linking, Koinonia)
8. Evangelism (storytelling, blogging from our lives)
9. Integrity (writing matches our speaking, design reflects reality)
10. Posterity. (store/guard what has been entrusted, writing history)
There was also another one: Watchfulness (“watch and pray”).
I reckon he’s done a great job in summarising what some of us may feel about the whole blog experience.
Some people ask me how I get time to write most days, and the simple truth is that I find it a valuable experience so I make time.
* I love being able to cast my ideas out before people who are willing to interact. It causes me to be both bold and thoughtful with what I write. People commenting on blogs often tell you when you are full of crap.
* I simply enjoy expressing things in words and I find that I think well when I write. It helps me come to grips with the questions I am facing. If you trace my blog you trace my life. I rarely write about stuff that isn’t of relevance to my situation at present. This is me.
* To steal from Eric Liddell (‘Chariots of Fire’ for all you younger readers!) ‘when I write I feel his pleasure’. Sometimes writing is an experiencing God thing for me. As I write I meet God.
* I find that I can’t write about something I am not living or attempting to live so in a sense blogging keeps me honest. If I come to write about something that I am not living it reminds me that I need to write about as a struggle – not a win.
* I have valued the friendships that I have made this way. It is definitely very weird to have ‘friends’ I have never met and it almost seems a little seedy when I tell people I met Phil & Dan
over the internet!
But… Is it a spiritual discipline?
As I see spiritual disciplines they are practices that shape us more into the image of Christ. So when that is said I would imagine that blogging can be a fun way to kill a bit of time, or… it may actually be a discipline. Sadly it doesn’t feel arduous enough to me for it to be called a discipline…
I would say that for me it is something that shapes my character and grows me into the image of Christ to some degree, so in that maybe it is a discipline for me, but… I have trouble imagining Dallas Willard or Richard Foster including it in their books 🙂
Thanks TSK – great job!