What's This Blog For?

I ask myself that sometimes. The answer usually always goes back to either me or my family. While I love the idea of a blog being a wide-open journal that anyone in the world could stumble upon, I realize that I probably only have a handful of readers, and that's completely fine with me. I have no delusions of grandeur, and if I'm feeling compelled to entertain any such delusions, Thinklings is a great outlet.

This blog is more of a personal journal (and photo album) than anything. I want to be able to look back on this blog years from now and see what was going on in my life at any given time. Hence, I've focused heavily the past few months on our family adventures in moving out to the country and starting a homestead. The whole process has been life-changing, and as a result we're different, better. God's been amazingly faithful, and I know His faithfulness is steady despite circumstances.

In 2009 I pretty much avoided a lot of theological speculation on this blog. I still read theology -- in fact theology and church history are my favorite reading subjects. I still think on the things that have consumed my theological ruminations in the past: the nature of hell (I think it's a reality, but perhaps not in the Dantean sense), Universalism (I reject it, but in my heart of hearts, I hope that it's true), and Calvinism (I embrace it). I don't know if I'll speculate much on theology in 2010, but who knows? The goings-on at our humble farm (along with photographic documentation) will probably keep me pretty busy on the blog this year. Therefore, I don't have any plans to ever really shut this blog down. I may take a break for weeks, months, or even a year or more, but I can't see myself calling it quits. I think journals are valuable time capsules, and I have a hunch that perhaps my future grandchildren would want me to continue blogging.

In short, if you're someone who frequents this blog, thanks for stopping by. I probably won't change the format much because, as a journal of sorts, this place is more for me and my family, although I do hope to write a few things that might pique the curiosity of outsiders.


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