It all began on June 9, 2006. I was in the middle of jousting with the Kansas City Star over the latest lunacy printed in their “Faith Section.” I had written a Letter to the Editor, and was now going to leave a comment on their blog site….when all of the sudden …SOMETHING HIT ME. Hey, I don’t need to waste my time on their blog site…I can start my own. And so that’s what I did.
Today, I’m one of about 40 million people in our world who “blog.” Initially, I saw it as an opportunity to make extra sermon “stuff” available to the church. A lot of times I’m not able to say everything I could say on Sunday mornings, so I planned to post additional things online. My very first blog was called “The Only Way to Heaven.” It was a Seeking Higher Ground article I wrote for the Linn County News that was just “basic gospel.” When I launched the blog, I was in the middle of preaching a sermon series called “Death, Heaven, & Hell” so I wrote several blogs that had to do with eternal questions that arose. In addition to this, many of the blogs stemmed from my Wednesday Night Bible Study on the book of Acts. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the blog site had the potential to be a tremendous tool for evangelism, spiritual growth, and information.
At times, my blogs were controversial as I’ve commented on concerns I have with various aspects of American Christianity. At times, my blogs have been political, as I’ve unequivocally denounced some of the left wing rhetoric of the more liberal strands of our political landscape. I’ve written several blogs on the horrific tragedy of abortion. And I’ve tried to write blogs on some of the more difficult aspects of Theology, such as election, atonement, and providence.
But not all of my blogs have been serious. I wrote a blog detailing my purchase of a $31 laptop computer off of ebay. I reported on the August 2006 church campout, and the unprecedented 240 degree heat we had that week. And I wrote a blog on why I love (and hate) football.
Some of my blogs have been “sentimental.” I wrote about the late Charley Clay, pastor of The Blue Mound Federated Church, who wrote me a letter of encouragement just days before he unexpectedly died of a heart attack. Then I wrote about his library, that his family gave to me after his death. I wrote about my wife’s ultrasound, and it was on the blog site that I revealed our latest child would be a girl.
Some of my blogs have centered on “contemporary culture” as I’ve written about The Crocodile Hunter, Anna Nicole Smith, Brad Pitt, Kirk Cameron, 9-11, and Michael J. Fox. I’ve also tried to address issues of how Christians should live and act in a world that is not their home. I’ve made some people mad. I’ve made some people laugh. I’ve made some people cry. And I’ve even made a few people cuss (though I usually delete their comments). But, most importantly, I HOPE….I’ve made some people think. Not everyone has agreed with me on every issue, and that’s OK. Our ultimate goal is not to conform our life to Shane’s, but rather to conform our life to Christ’s. I hope the blog site has helped people do that in some small part.
Many blog readers have been people I don’t personally know. They’ve heard about it through a friend, or they’ve done an internet search for one of the topics I’ve covered. I’ve always welcomed and encouraged comments, even one’s that don’t agree with me. And many of you have shared comments, both pro and con. I appreciate them all. After 1 year, and 100 blogs the web site has had: 9,327 hits and 257 comments. I’ve frequently updated and expanded the site. I weekly post the audio from the Sunday morning sermon, and I launched a separate “Sermon Archive” that has the audio from past sermons. I changed the format a couple of times, and changed the official name of the blog from “Pastor Shane’s Blog” to “The Narrow Road.” I did this once my blogs started to become more political in nature, so as not to run the risk of getting the church in trouble. Some day I might choose to endorse a political candidate, and there’s currently an unconstitutional law on the books that prevents church’s from doing that. Actually, I’ll go ahead and endorse someone now for the 2008 Presidential general election…I endorse whoever ends up running AGAINST Hillary Clinton, Barrack Hussein Obama, or John Edwards. But I’ll write more on that later in the year (God willing). I've also added another "web address" that's easier to remember -- www.narrowroadblog.com -- will take you to the site as well.
So, in conclusion. Thanks for reading. I hope the blogs have helped in some small way. And if not, I’ll keep writing anyway because it helps me. It’s amazing how your “thinking” skills improve when you force yourself to write your thoughts out. So, I’ll continue to sound off on issues that I think need addressed. I’ll continue to teach Biblical truth in cyberspace. And, I’ll continue to blog until my gnarled, "carpal tunnel syndromed" hands can’t hack it anymore. Or, until Jesus comes back or calls me home. Whichever comes first. Until next time….