Monday, August 07, 2006

Blogging, The Fabric of Redemption, Little reflections scribbled down

So I went and got co-opted by the cyberspace establishment (or joined the e-revolution. perspective and position in life is everything here). I always had the nagging feeling that I would dive in at some point and create one even though I harbored suspicions that the whole thing was one exceedingly narcissistic enterprise for those unable to get published in the real time world. After all, who has enough time (and hubris) to just write their discursive ramblings and expect a hearing (or reading)? A lot of people! Maybe I thought blogging functioned as a therapy of sorts, a new techno, post-modern way of just being. Come to think of it, it may just be the universal desire for personal story, to be let in on what people think and how they feel as they journey through the ebb and flow of life.Truth be told, right now I think that I'm just inspired at the end of a long summer work session and am just feeling a short-lived (hopefully not) burst of inspiration to just write some random piecemeal thoughts.

In any case, My view of blogs/blogging has definitely changed. As scary as it may sound, it appears that blogs have become a part of the fabric of redemptive work in my life. So often, they are a point where the large story of what God is doing in the world, the blogger’s story, and my story converge in just a few short paragraphs. I find grace for the journey in reading many blogs. As I read the honest intellectual grapplings and messy moral meanderings with which we deal in life and how they intersect with the transforming power of the gospel, I feel encouraged and invited to participate in the same type of gospel self-donation, in opening up my life in the interest of letting others in to see what Jesus can do with a person like me. I don’t know how many times my heart has been melted into tears with sorrow or driven to profound joy as I’ve read a post.

To be sure, I’ve performed my fair share of salacious searches for the latest on a brewing (or full blown) controversy. Lamentably, I’ve looked for the latest dirt on someone, usually just to confirm my already suspicious view of him/her. This just proves that Jesus’ work of redemptive renewal is not complete yet in me. ‘O Lord, come and make your blessings known far as the curse is found, especially in me’. But mostly, blogs are some channel of blessing to me. When so many of my brothers and sisters take time and interrupt the rushed rhythms of life with little reflections scribbled drown electronically, more times than not, redemptive work is served in my life and Jesus is honored. For all of your redemptive ramblings long and short, Thank you.

9 comments:

Doug Green said...

Hey Mark. Glad to see that you're blogging. As an act of faith, I've already put you on my list of "must read" blogs!

RBA Founder Xavier Pickett said...

Welcome to the blogosphere, Mark. Your voice is definitely a much needed one.

Matthew Paul said...

Welcome to the blog-o-sphere bro! (Not that I contribute much anymore.)

Mark Robinson said...

Thanks gentlemen. I really was hoping to be just a little discreet but with Doug's profound web lurking powers, it was an empty hope obviously.

Doug Green said...

Mark:
You posted on Daniel Kirk's blog and left a trail. It wasn't hard to track you down! BTW, is there really such a thing as "discreet" blogging? It not called the World Wide Web for nothing! Blog on.

Mark Traphagen said...

One of the secret salacious joys of being a veteran blogger (two years is definitely veteran status on the Internet) is watching as one-by-one my friends who said, "Why do you bother with that silly blogging" each succumb.

Gotcha!

Now that I've gloated, I look forward to being able to read the thoughts of a friend I knew at WTS for all too short of a time.

Greg said...

Welcome aboard, my friend. Just remember not to take yourself too seriously. When I started blogging I had all sorts of pipe dreams for high end theological intrigue, but its impossible to keep up with the sekf imposed demand for content. Just let it flow. Eventually you will just post pictures of your unborn children like I do... It's all there's time for now!!! I hope all is well, bro. I look forward to continuing old conversations from afar.

Mark Robinson said...

thanks greg, i had often noticed the metamorphosis of blogs from the magisterial to the mundane and had even envisioned getting this gregology lesson 101 from you, really! that's just downright scary!

i'm not fully convinced that this is anything more than a temporary burst of electronic energy (a tempermental hazard for me). thanks for the wise counsel though.

Greg said...

wow, that is scary!
And cool.