My blog is coming to an end.
I have one more blog post that I plan to write in the next few weeks – a tribute to my mentor and friend, Fred Anderson, who is retiring this spring after 42 years of ordained ministry. I won’t be able to attend his farewell celebration in New York City, as I had always imagined I would, but I have a few stories to share, which should give him a few reasons to worry.
Without Fred’s patient mentoring during the first five years of my ministry, I doubt that I would be in ministry today, and I intend to write something about that before I sign off.
As for the blog, I have enjoyed it, more than you know, but I don’t expect to miss it…much. For nearly three years, the blog was my hobby and friend.
I like to write, which was what got me started, and the blog gave me the freedom to write all I wanted. I like being in charge too, and the blog allowed me to be creative director and editor-in-chief and even chief technology officer. I learned more about the back end of web sites than I ever wanted to know.
I paid all of the bills, not that there were many to pay. But I paid them, so I pretty much did whatever I wanted to do. And mostly it was fun.
A few people along the way have thought it odd that I would have a blog, and felt the need to say so, but mostly my readers have been kind and supportive. I have received many, many responses along the way that I will always treasure. I have avoided political and hot-button social issues, and I think that contributed greatly to the positive spirit of the blog.
Just so you know, I do have opinions about politics. I try to exercise good judgment about when to share them.
I have other interests now – a difficult new language to learn, for example, which (oddly) places the most important words of the sentence at or near the end. But, importantly, I also have a congregation I care deeply about. I like to hike the mountains of Switzerland too, and I have a fancy new camera that might still produce a nice picture or two as soon as I learn how to use it properly.
Beyond that, I still have at least one book left in me, and with the encouragement of my publisher I have already started work on that. It’s a book about why some multicultural churches thrive – and of course why some do not. I serve a multicultural church now that mostly thrives, and I want to give whatever time and energy I have in me to understanding why it does and then fanning that flame.
I read somewhere that 400 words was the optimum length for a blog post, and I have already gone beyond that number. For my next-to-last post, I hope you will indulge me. Thank you for being my readers.
(Photo: That’s not me. It’s a cartoon character who stole my name.)