While thinking about what to write on next I caught myself thinking the wrong way. I was asking myself, “What is interesting? What will grab people’s attention? What is catchy?” There’s no shortage of that kind of stuff on the internet. Those questions, I knew, were not in line with my desire and calling. I am called to teach and share God’s Word, not what’s new, catchy, or exciting. So I have decided to try to blog about, well, God’s Word. Picture this like an expository blog series. I have selected the book of Philippians and I will blog through it from beginning to end. Honestly, I’m more excited about this than anything else I’ve done on this blog! I don’t know how many people read this blog or how many will in the future, but my prayer is that whoever does will be encouraged, challenged, inspired, and convicted. Let me give you four things this series will and will not be.
1. Verse by verse.
I love looking at every verse. For that reason, this may be a long series. Even if I wanted to breeze over the verses, I don’t think I could. There is glorious nourishment in every word of Scripture. Starting with verse one we will move our way, verse by verse, through Philippians.
2. A walk through, not a deep dive.
Though I will not shy away from digging into the verses, this is a blog not a commentary or dissertation. As I walk through these verses I will be sharing things I see lying along the surface, leaving the deeper digging. A practical reason for this is time. I write my posts during personal downtime such as when I am waiting in line at the grocery store or feeding a baby. This means I need to keep it pretty basic.
3. Not fancy or new.
If I claim to have some new insight into the Bible you should run. That would make me very toxic and dangerous. The Bible is both timely and timeless. The message is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. But that unchanging message regularly speaks into the ever changing patterns of this world. I seek simply to speak of what the Bible speaks.
4. An attempt to place God’s Word in front of as many people as possible.
Your friends are not all mine, and my “audience” is not all yours. This means there cannot be too much Bible teaching. Everyone must hear! It’s not that I have something new to say that others have not already said. Simply, despite how many good resources there are right now, Americans are shockingly biblically illiterate. I hope this series helps people to see the Scriptures in a way that lights their hearts on fire for more.
If you plan on following this series, I hope you are as excited as I am! Let us never grow tired of the never-changing, timeless Word of God! I can’t wait to get started!