When I was still in college, a friend approached me about writing a blog. The only person I knew who did such a thing was the President of the institution I was studying at. I told him I would write an article for him and go back to pursuing my degree. If member serves me right, it was about Mario Brothers or something. I’m sure some secularists was trying to ruin a beloved character from my childhood and I disagreed. Although nothing on the Internet ever vanishes, I pray those early efforts have been raptured.
Regardless, those early attempts with my friend led to me launching my own blog on Xanga (remember that). Before long I had a decent following among my peers at Boyce College and eventually it reached a broader audience. I struggled limiting my scope (a problem I never shook myself from) and found myself explore issues of culture, ethics, apologetics, Bible, theology, politics, economics, literature, books, and personal interests (like sports).
Eventually I migrated from Xanga to Blogger and from Blogger to WordPress. Along the way I made various adjustments and continued to interact with readers and strangers alike. Blogging was never about building a platform to bigger and better things. I always knew my posts would never appear in the local paper let alone something more syndicated. They would never be translated into best selling books.* I wrote because I enjoyed it and I needed to practice my writing. Thinking out loud is a valuable discipline for me and blogging provided a helpful tool for me. This is why spending countless hours pouring over every sentence and hiring an editor was never really an option. I didn’t care about readership or success. Blogging was about disicpline. It forced me to read, to think, and then read some more.
Nearly all of my posts from Blogger and WordPress are still online. I have deleted some that were poorly thought through but those are rare. To date, I have written over nearly 7,000 posts. Most days consisted of both a links article where I shared some of the things I was reading that day as well as an article. Every Monday featured a review (mostly of books) whereas Tuesdays were geared toward theology and ministry. Wednesday enjoyed CS Lewis (or other writings) quotes worth mediating on. Finally, Friday was whatever I had time to make Friday to be.
But now has come for this blog to be less active. Regular visitors have probably noticed a drop in daily links and other strange things. That is all part of the process. I will likely still post a few things from here and there as is necessary. If a publisher sends me a book to review, I will post it on here. For the most part, however, this is the end for the Sola Evangelii blog. There are several reasons for this. The two mains reasons are tied to desire and time. My desire to dedicate countless hours to a blog are largely gone. The effort it takes to keep track of links to share and articles to write can be tiresome. Likewise, my personal life has gotten significantly busier. In addition to pastoring a local church, I will be a state minister at the Kentucky Capitol. On top of that, I will continue teaching middle school and high school homeschoolers as well as coach middle school boy soccer. Then there’s the part of being a husband and father (and train to run my first marathon). I simply do not have the time to keep up with the blog.
I want to thank everyone who has ever accidentally or purposefully visited the website, bought any of my books, listened to any of my podcasts, or read a single blog. My numbers have increased since COVID and I am grateful to every visitor. I covet your prayers as I continue to minister in Frankfort including the state capital. The need for the gospel is great and may the Lord continue to bless our efforts here. If you’re ever in town, come by and join us at East Frankfort Baptist Church.
* Although my first two books were inspired from my blogs. But those aren’t best sellers. They barely sold and I’m ok with that.