So here I was in a new congregation … a mission congregation … and looking for ways to make myself better known to my people and my community. I was looking for a way to connect with people beyond my office doorway. I had friends who had been blogging for a while (who doesn’t in this day and age!), and so I thought “Why not?”
Why not, indeed.
So it was that “Hope for the Hapless” was created and launched at the same time as my congregation’s new website and sermon podcast site. Has it been the outreach tool that I hoped it would be? Sort of … It has sparked a few interesting discussions, and engendered at least a couple of negative reactions. Once or twice I seem to have struck a chord with others, and sometimes it was only a nerve that got struck.
Even if it hasn’t opened all the doors I hoped it might (especially within my local context), it has given me the opportunity to put thoughts to paper and in this way has helped me be better prepared when interacting daily with the people and events around me. If it hasn’t been all I had hoped it would be for others, it has been a much greater blessing to me than I ever would have thought!
What I am here offering to both of you my loyal readers, is a collection of postings from my blog, running from October 2008 to the end of September 2009. It’s in a handy-dandy PDF file for easy printing and/or ignoring. Again, if you can find use for it, or some enjoyment in it then all the best … but this is probably more for me. I know there are services that will do this sort of thing with just a click or two (and a few dollars!), but putting it together gave me the opportunity to look at each post once again. Preserving, revisiting, reflecting … that’s what this collection is all about.
Writing it one piece at a time, I never knew just how much I liked to talk! (But those who know me would not be the least bit surprised, I’m sure.) Putting it all together in one place should give a guy reason to pause … shut him up so to speak …. Who do I think I’m kidding? So don’t worry, whether you like it or not, I’ve got lots left to say …