Well, it’s been awhile since this blog has seen any action…but that is all about to change. I am excited to announce the ReActivation of theinneraroll!! Over the years I have had seasons of active blogging on a wide range of topics from personal journey, to theology, to social commentary, to cultural observation, and more. I enjoy the writing process; it allows me to be creative, to offer opinions, share and vet thoughts and ideas, and simply to share my experiences with those interested enough to read (and in many cases offer their own dissenting opinions – sometimes stronger in manner and word than others). With a variety of changes in the course of my journey over the last couple of years, my creative process and outlets have been somewhat stunted and neglected. In an effort to re-engage those pursuits, I am embarking a new writing journey with my best friend, creative partner, confidant, theologian, and all-around great guy Dr. Jeremy Fackenthal.
Together we will be writing several series of blog posts, together and individually, and cross-posting on our individual blogs (at least for now). These posts will serve a variety of purposes for us and the communities in which we are involved (and who knows…maybe for communities beyond our immediate reach and scope):
1. We both need to write.
Jeremy, being a professor and published author in the academic world, certainly has need to continue to write papers, publish articles, etc. He also enjoys the writing process as well (or so it seems to me). I myself have had a couple of significant (to me) ideas that I want/need to flesh out and potentially publish but have found the writing process difficult. In short – we need to write to get in the routine and to hold one another accountable. We also may or may not be working on a collaborative project that will, God willing (and focus willing), find it’s way to the world in 2015.
2. We have something to share theologically & philosophically.
Okay, maybe that sounds presumptuous. I don’t mean to make it sound like we are going to change the world of theology or create an entirely movement within the church. I don’t think that is our desire or goal. Jeremy is a “white collar” theologian and I am a “blue collar” one*, and in our individual and shared journeys we have discovered, imagined, and shared thoughts and ideas that we find helpful, interesting, thought-provoking, and sometimes even transformational in our own lives and journeys. I, for one, have benefited from others who have shared the things they have discovered and imagined, so why shouldn’t we? I can’t promise that you will read anything in these lines and pages that will revolutionize your world. But maybe somewhere buried in a line or paragraph you will find something that you find helpful, interesting, thought-provoking, or even transformational…or maybe it will simply help cure your insomnia.
3. We are leading a small group and want a place to further the dialogue.
Starting October 9, 2013, Jeremy and I will be leading a 10-week small group/discussion group through our church (Missiongathering Christian Church) called “Theology At the Pub” where we will spend several weeks talking about theology, what it is, how it affects us personally, and diving into conversations about Process Theology while using Jeremy’s dissertation as a framework for our discussion. Inevitably there will be thoughts that emerge, points that need further clarification and exploration, and deeper explanation than can be given in the 1.5-2 hours we will be spending together each week. Our blogs will serve as a place for those things to occur. Hopefully we will be developing a format and forum where the audio of our conversations can be posted as well for those interested in the dialogue and topic but who are unable to attend due to schedule or location.
It is our intent that between the two of us there will be a new post at least every 2 days. We both have busy schedules and lives, and frankly, we don’t know that you want to hear from us that often! I can’t guarantee that will be the frequency, but we are going to do our very best to make that happen.
Hopefully those of you who have read my blog in the past will return and join with me in this next chapter of my journey. Maybe some of you reading this are new to my blog and will consider sticking around to see what comes of this. Others may read this and dismiss it altogether as narcissistic poppycock. Regardless, thanks for reading this far and I (we) hope to see you around frequently here and there.
* Here’s what I mean by “white collar” and “blue collar”: Jeremy has his PhD in theology; I do not. While I have taken a few classes on religion and Christianity in my academic career, the majority of my knowledge and understanding of God has come through my own journey, study, ministry, learning from other learned theologians, and my personal experience. I hope that I never stop pursuing knowledge and understanding – both academically and incarnationally. As we will explore, I find great value in meaning in nearly all (as best as I can understand “all” at this point in my life) pursuits of truth and the understanding of God, both inside and outside of the Academy. I just simply don’t want to make a claim to be an academic theologian…but I don’t want to write myself off, either.