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Blogging: spiritual discipline?

Andrew Jones (aka Tall Skinny Kiwi) posted a basic outline of a talk he gave about blogging being a spiritual discipline. Heh, I like it.

What are spiritual disciplines? According to Richard Foster/Dallas Willard et. al. in the Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible, spiritual disciplines are:
. . . the God-ordained means by which each of us in enabled to place the little, individualized power pack we all possess--the human body--before God as 'a living sacrifice' (Rom. 12:1). It is the way we go about training in the spiritual life. By means of this process we become, through time and experience, the kind of persons who naturally and freely express 'love, joy, pleace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control' (Gal. 5:22-23). . . .

A Spiritual Discipline is an intentionally directed action by which we do what we can do in order to receive from God the ability (or power) to do what we cannot do by direct effort. . . . The Spiritual Disciplines in and of themselves have no merit whatsoever. They possess no righteousness, contain no rectitude. Their purpose--their only purpose--is to place us before God. After that they have come to the end of their usefulness. But it is enough. Then the grace of God steps in, takes this simple offering of ourselves, and creates out of it the kind of person who embodies the goodness of God . . .
So, how can blogging be used as a spiritual discipline? "Blogging is a spiritual discipline," says TSK, "because to blog is to find oneself in a place of:
1. Praise (public acknowledgement) - "publish glad tidings daily"
2. Accountability. (Eph. 5: 21 "Submit yourselves to one another", quote from Athanasias)
3. Vulnerability (Daniel's window)
4, Given-ness (Freely you have received, gift economy, Prov 11:24)
5. Creative Naming (Adam, Neighbors in Ruth)
6. Repentance (editing/deleting/changing our mind in new media)
7. Fellowship (hypertext linking, Koinonia)
8. Evangelism (storytelling, blogging from our lives)
9. Integrity (writing matches our speaking, design reflects reality)
10. Posterity. (store/guard what has been entrusted, writing history)
There was also another one: Watchfulness ("watch and pray").
Yep. Approached from these perspectives, blogging indeed has the potential to be one of those intentionally directed actions we can do to receive from God the power to do what we cannot. For more background and explaination, go here. Then go and do likewise, my fellow bloggers.
(Image: TSK's blog header, which very creatively changes monthly)

Comments

susie said…
I love this--and it strikes my heart because I do not blog! so much work! and yet your blog has given me so much--it's one of the best blogs for Jesus imho. Thank you for day-after-day offering yourself to God in this way dearest sister--
Carmen Andres said…
susie, you are so good for my soul!
Nathan said…
Carmen,

Thanks for this post. I had been recently thinking to myself how blogging, for me, does also seem to be a form of spiritual discipline. It's nice to read a little more about that and see what TSK says.

Nathan
Carmen Andres said…
thanks for stopping by, Nathan!
andrew jones said…
great to see my old talk making the BIG TIME on Carmen's blog

peace all
Carmen Andres said…
oh yeah, it hit the big time alright, heh. blessings.