As I return to blogging after the conclusion of my three-month summer sabbatical, I’ve decided to establish a new web address for my blog: pastorcraigsmusings.com.
Why the address/name change?
Let’s see if I can explain.
When I returned to blogging about a year ago, my intention was to keep my blog separate from my ministry. I wanted to create space where I could let my hair down and simply be me. This meant (at least in MY mind at the time) that I could say things a bit more clearly/directly than we pastors are sometimes allowed to say things.
Since that time, however, I’ve learned an important lesson: I can’t separate myself from my ministry – for a huge piece of my identity is shaped by my call to be a pastor. It doesn’t matter what I talk about – politics … movies … music … philosophy .. you name it. Whenever I start talking, the perspective of a pastor just seems to ooze out.
I can say that now because this sabbatical I reconnected with a very powerful, very personal truth: being a pastor isn’t what I do; it’s who I am.
For those of you who read my blog and don’t consider yourself to be a church-person – don’t worry. My reflections won’t be too stiff or too institutional. I PROMISE not to obsess on the weird things that some pastors obsess about (i.e. annoying church committees or the perils of church potlucks). Believe me, those things get old to me too! Instead, I’ll write about a wide range of things that affect all of our lives regardless of what faith-perspective we do (or don’t!) claim.
As I write each entry please know that I have one goal in mind: to share ONE faith-based perspective on the topic. I hope you won’t feel compelled to adopt my position. I also hope that you won’t expend too much energy trying to convert me to your opinion. For if there is one thing my faith has given me that has brought me incredible amounts of hope and joy, it’s that our faith can help us honor and celebrate the differences in God’s wonderful, majestic creation. Even when those differences threaten to annoy us or tick us off!! 🙂
Thanks for traveling with me on the next leg of the journey.