On Missing the Memes

As I wrote recently, I’ve been a bit down recently. Part of the consequence of that is that I just can’t keep up with all of the inputs in my life. I can’t both read and write, for instance. Another consequence is that big blogging memes have passed me by.

I’ll admit, it’s hard to see Rachel and Scot and Fred weigh in on Ross Douthat’s ignorance about liberal Christianity, John Piper’s latest idiocy, and the recent offense by a “complementarian.” Hard because they get big traffic and tons of comments. These topics are red meat for you, dear readers. And they are for me, too.

But I cannot always keep up. I cannot always weigh in on the breaking news in the theological world.

I don’t want to be a bloggy ambulance chaser, taking every chance to drop the names Piper, Driscoll, and Bell, even though when I do my traffic spikes.*

So I’m going to keep at it. I’m not going to beat myself up when I miss a meme. I’m going to keep blogging every day — sometimes about Piper, but more often about God and prayer and theology.

And, while I’m on the topic, I’d love your ideas on themes you’d like to see explored here.

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Some Blogs I Discovered in 2011

Rachel Held Evans – We all discovered her, didn’t we?  An evangelical (or is she post-evangelical) woman who isn’t afraid of bullies like Mark Driscoll.

Slacktivist – Fred Clark manages to make the Left Behind series interesting, and he is a witty mouthpiece for progressive Christianity.

John Shore – He receives letters that should make any homophobic Christian think twice, and he is an indefatigable ally of GLBT folks in the church.

Media Decoder – The fascinating compilation of media journalists from the New York Times, including those featured in the excellent documentary, Page One.  (I also read, and loved, David Carr’s Night of the Gun, and asked if he’s the new St. Augustine.)

Storied Theology – Fuller prof Daniel Kirk is a step the the right of me, but his posts on the Bible are thoughtful and deep. (I’ll be posting about his new book in January.)

Scrolling though my Google Reader list, it’s notable, and a bit sad, to see how many good bloggers haven’t posted in a long, long time.  I attribute that, in part, to Facebook, because I see most of those people writing there a lot.  But Facebook updates have neither the length (aka, depth) or links that a blog post has.  Alas.  I hope some of them will resolve to blog again in 2012.

What blogs did you discover in 2011?

What blogs went dormant that you miss?

Or, better yet, convince us to start reading your blog in 2012!