We have a God who not only speaks, but speaks in a written word. God uses written words to proclaim his his glory and to save his people (Exodus 34:5-8; Romans 10:17). For all of church history, pastors, theologians, and laymen have written biblical, gospel-centered, Christ-exalting books, articles, and letters. In countless ways, the Lord has used writing to bless his people.
My purpose as a pastor is three-fold: I am called to preach the Word, shepherd the flock entrusted to me, and lead our local church. I believe growing and developing an effective ministry of the written word can serve each of these areas.
But I’m not a writer. So how can I foster and develop this skill?
People say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything. I’d like to develop this craft, but I doubt I’d ever get anywhere close to 10,000 hours trying to write a few things a year. So, a blog seems like the best place to start. I’m fully anticipating that no one will read this besides my mom, my wife, and maybe a few people from our church. But, the mere act of “publishing” something that people could read is enough healthy pressure to strive to write well.
I’m not sure what I’ll write. Probably some of the extra sermon content that didn’t fit in the Sunday message and hurt to cut out. Probably some reflections on the books I’m reading. Probably thoughts on living the Christian life, the evils of social media (just kidding… or am I?), and an occasional nod to the Cubs.
But, here’s what I know. I’ll write about Jesus. I’ll seek to help the church. And that’s pretty much all I’m hoping to do with these few short years of life anyway. So here goes…