Blogs of the Week

Blog of the week: iMonk’s confession of his spat with his wife, and how this leads to a long reflection on his loathing of his pastoral career. And Kerry Doyal’s gentle reminder that it is not about us.
1. Here’s a new blogsite up and running again by Barb Hungerford.

2. Robby Mac proves what Barna means by “distributed formation” in the current emerging movement. Are they people of the spark?
3. Many know of Doug Pagitt, but his blog is one of those that tells us what he is up to and doing. I just got his Body Prayer and I’ll post something on it soon.
4. Luke’s post on a Frost poem is very nice.
5. Brad Bergfalk’s post on why young pastors leave the ministry and all those comments.
Last but not least, Simonas has some nice things to say at his blog. I love his poll and we voted for only God (and Simonas) knows what.

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  • Alan

    Re: iMonk’s confession
    I’m a little lost here…
    If this is “highly personal […] intended primarily for my family,” why would he post it on a public blog? What exactly does he hope to achieve by going for the bigger audience? Is he still playing to the crowd in the way he claims to despise?
    We all make choices as young people and then have to live with the consequences — pastors are no more special in that regard than anyone else.
    I feel sorry for his family and congregation.

  • Alan,
    Isn’t that what many weblogs are — private made personal?

  • Alan

    Of course they are — but few of them begin with special pleading about being primarily intended for family members. If that was the intended audience, they could doubtless have been reached in a more private format.

  • I ran into the iMonks confession last night. Actually I think this might be part of the role blogs will play in the future. The unfortunate thing is that a lot of ministers simply cannot spill their guts to their congregations. It don’t think what he is expressing is that uncommon. There are times when I wish that I hadn’t this undeniable call on my life as well – it is hard maintaining all the crucial relationships, loving your congregation, keeping up on your own devotional life, keeping relevant in the world as well, and add to that the inevitable financial stress that most ministers feel and you have a recipe for regret. I love my calling, but there are times when I wish I could go back to the easier (and more lucritive) road of IT Consulting. (And forget doing both, the emotional toll of that fiasco nearly did me in).
    The blogspace is a place where you can let it all hang out in pseudo anonymity. It is like the confessional of our time – only the whole world sees it.
    I think that this is healthy actually. With our current congregation we don’t really mess around with trying to be the “perfect” pastor and family. But even still it doesn’t become less of a demand on our time, emotion and money. It might be the cross we are called to bear – but it is also good to keep in mind putting yourself on the cross is not the same as sacrificing your wife and kids on it. I think this is what iMonk realized. I think he is heading for a much better place and I think at the end he will be a much better minister.