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Welcome to my blog!

This is a completely new venture for me – until now the world of blogging has remained a total a mystery to me. However when God recently pointed out that if I want to be a Christian writer it might just be of use to do some actual writing, I had to admit that he might have a point.

Of late I’ve been reflecting on the fact that there is a certain level of thematic logic to my embracing this medium. Whilst I do not yet share a great affinity with the technology of blogging, my family is historically implicated in the development of the printing press, which one could consider to be a very primitive precursor to modern day blogging.

My father’s side of the family originate from Germany, and as such we have an ancestor from the fifteenth century who was a failed inventor (those of you who have witnessed my dynamic pursuit of countless creative ideas may not find this so hard to believe!) Amongst other unsuccessful inventions (including a gadget purported to alchemically transmute metals into gold) he was very close to completing a prototype for the first ever printing press. Sadly he was narrowly beaten to it by fellow German Johannes Gutenberg. And so, as these things go, Gutenberg eventually garnished international recognition, where as my ancestor, ironically enough, became a lowly printer.

However, despite his failure to produce a functioning invention God had some special plans for this man, and the printing press was actually essential to them. The novel “The Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family” vividly describes his family’s involvement with their proxy son Martin Luther. The book depicts just how pivotal the invention of the printing press was to the message of salvation through faith alone that Martin Luther eventually perpetuated throughout Europe.

As I embark on launching my blog I cannot help but wonder what Martin Luther, or for that matter Paul, John, Peter, and Matthew would have thought of the means that we have today to quickly and efficiently bring the revelation of Christ’s word to the lost. I can only imagine the look on Luther’s followers faces if they could see how we only need press a button from the comfort of our sitting room to make biblical content immediately accessible to millions, as a pose to having to trek round Europe on foot with a heavy bag of parchment as they did!

It is only in the last two years that content sharing websites such as YouTube and social platforms such as Facebook have been widely adopted by the masses. As such we are currently witnessing a major reformation in technology that is providing us with many of the tools necessary to bring forth spiritual reformation. The opportunity that has recently been put at our disposition is unfathomable. I dare say that if Jesus were on earth today he would probably have a blog.

New media provides us with an immense possibility to meet the needs of a lost and weary world. We have an opportunity the like of which the church has never had before to effectively bring truth to the masses, irrespective of where they are geographically located. It is entirely possible that God designed many of us for “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

When God asks us to undertake such works for his kingdom we can easily dismiss his requests on the basis that there’s probably someone else who is better suited to the task. Invariably, logically, there always is. However, as the bible models to us, God likes to use the weak for his purposes. The bible is full of stories of people who at face value were undeniably inept for the task to which God called them. Moses had committed murder, Rahab had sold her body for a living, Peter denied he knew Jesus, and Paul had spent years spearheading the genocide of Christians. Clearly God is comfortable with using people who are far from perfect!

But why is this? 1 Corinthians 1:27 provides us with the answer: “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”

God likes to use us in our weakness, because it is there that his strength is most apparent. The truth is that God doesn’t need us – he wants us. He’s so inherently full of grace that he’s willing to work through broken, faulty humans like you and me simply because he enjoys being in relationship with us.

God has specific plans for all of us. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” But he doesn’t need us to do these good works. He just enjoys collaborating with us.

So on this basis I make my first few baby steps into the brave new world of blogging. I am fully aware of the long list of reasons that (from a human perspective) would aptly disqualify me from teaching. However I take comfort in the truth that what qualifies me is who I am in Christ, and the power of Christ that is in me.

This blog is primarily designed to help disciple followers of Christ. I hope that you will join me in this journey of maturing, growing, and transforming through the love of Jesus.

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