As the introductory post describes, this blog is dedicated to the study of God's word, and I want to make sure it stays that way. In committing to that vision, I'd like to outline some basic organizational structure to help keep me as the author responsible to you, the reader. My goal is to discover new and creative ways to interact with God through His word and inspire others to the same discovery. I do not want this to be a journal or a platform or pulpit for my own thoughts, though I do intend to occasionally share the fruits of study. My hope for this blog is only to help keep the passion and fire for the Bible alive through constant and inventive interaction that inspires learning and more importantly interaction with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
I hope to post 2-3 times per week, with one large "Project" post featuring a pure interaction with the text of the Bible surrounded by "side-dish" posts featuring interesting topics surrounding that interaction. I will try to post the longer "Project Posts" on the weekends and keep the smaller posts on weekdays.
ON A SHOESTRING
I was raised in a family that clips coupons and uses each tea bag twice. I live in a wealthy country and am part of a wealthy culture but I hold to a firm personal conviction that possessions clutter our lives and often waste our resources, when they could be better used to further God's kingdom. I struggle to obey Jesus' command in Matthew 6:19-21 . I intend to put my treasure where my heart is and invest in eternity. This may limit the number of different (or expensive) Bibles you see on this blog. Many of them were gifts, and I only have one real quality bound Bible, which I recently purchased and hope will last me my lifetime. I operate under a personal conviction to limit and decrease the number of possessions I currently have, and moving in that direction means certain sacrifices.
I covet your participation. It is rewarding to know that people actually read what I write. Though I have benefited greatly from this blog already in the opportunity to constantly think about innovating my Bible study, I hope that God uses this to aid others in their Bible study as well. There are a few simple ways you can encourage me and help me maintain a better blog.
1. Subscribe and/or Follow. This delivers the newest posts to your email or your Google Reader, and lets me know that people are actually interested and reading.
2. Vote on the Poll. I intend to keep a (rotating) poll up and running on the left of the posts, by counting the votes I know roughly how many people are participating rather than just browsing (though that's okay too).
3. Send me a message on the Chat Box. The Chat Box is on the left and doesn't require you to sign up for anything. If you have something to say that doesn't relate to a specific post, you can post it there and give me a chance to respond to you instantly.
4. Write a comment on a post. I recently realized that comments were not working, and I remedied the situation. If you like a post or have any feedback, click on the post title and then write a comment on the bottom of the page or click on the "comments" label below the title and let me know, so I can learn what is most helpful or interesting to readers.
5. Email me. You can email me at Biblereadingproject@gmail.com. I would love to hear feedback of any kind, and if you send me a picture of your marked up Bible and/or notes etc. and a short description I'd be glad to post it.
I hope this blog is a blessing. I have a long list of ideas for posts, so there's definitely more to come. Thanks for reading!