Update on the Relaunch of Thinking and Believing

I’m still planning to officially relaunch the blog in June. As of today, I have pulled all the posts offline. I am going to rework them and begin republishing them to the blog. I know that, initially, I am going to lose some traffic and some links in doing that. But I know that many of my posts have not been written at the level of quality I want.

Styles of Blogging

I know that some people use their blog as medium to post their preliminary or roughly written posts on their chosen topics. Most of the blogs are not helpful. What I find most helpful are blogs that have well-written, quality articles. These articles are useful to the readers; they are not merely logs of some author’s random thoughts on a subject.

So I want to rewrite many of my article – along, of course, with writing new content – that will prove useful to my readers.

Slight Delay in the Relaunch

I hope to relaunch June 1st. I will be in Chicago with my ministry the first week of June. I will return home and immediately hosts out-of-town guests for a couple of days. So my readers will continue to notice changes in the blog’s design and layout until mid-June. I will begin publishing rewritten content and new, fresh contenton June 1st.

RSS Subscription versus Email Subscription

As those of you who blog or read many blogs already know, Google Reader is being shut down in a few weeks. I know there are other RSS services that you can use, but everything I’ve read has led me to believe that RSS subscription will no longer be the main way that readers keep up with blogs. Many of the blogs I follow seem to be emphasizing email subscriptions over RSS subscriptions. So I will do likewise.

I encourage you to subscribe to this site through email, even if you are currently subscribed through our RSS feed.

Apologies

I want to apologize that my writing on this blog has come in spurts, with the writing interrupted by long breaks where I post nothing. I am excited about this relaunch, and I plan to devote myself to the blog in a manner I haven’t done since I started it. To my regular readers, I apologize. I hope that this blog becomes more useful to you after the relaunch.

Reworking the Blog

This blog will be (mostly) inactive until June 1, 2013. Why? Read on…

I have struggled to find focus for this blog. I know I have not written new posts as frequently as I’d like, but a big reason for this is that I have never settled on a focus for this blog. Is this going to be a collected of far-ranging thoughts? Am I going to focus my content around ministry? Or philosophy? Or theology?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this problem since the year’s beginning. A goal for this year is to grow my readership. But all the advice I can find––and my own intuition––tells me that I need to find a focus for this blog before I spend considerable time each week writing new posts.

I’ve always had a general focus on Christianity and ministry, but I want to tailor my material more than I have to help Christians mature in the faith and deal with the intellectual challenges to the faith. So I want to post more writings on the Christian life, but I will never stop writing about the intellectual challenges of faith.

So what does this mean?

Time for Change

I need to redesign and refocus this site. So I am setting aside the next two months to do that. What do I plan on doing?

  1. Looking into a new design.
  2. Developing a new site layout and navigation.
  3. Reworking old and relevant posts around the new focus.
  4. Moving or removing old and irrelevant posts.
  5. Planning future series and posts.
  6. Possible rename the blog.

So expect to see a lot of changes on the blog over the next two months. But I will not be posting any new posts until June 1, 2013. I am going to develop new content and rework older content. (For this reason, many of my older posts will begin to disappear.) All the new and recycled material will begin appearing after June 1st.

New Goals

What are the goal of the new site?

  1. Help Christians mature in their faith.
  2. Help Christians deal with the intellectual challenges to their faith (i.e. apologetics).
  3. Provide some reflections on ministry (for other ministers).

I hope that any regular readers I might have would continue to read the blog regularly. I think you’ll find the new material and the reworked old material helpful.