Well, after a two-month partially unintentional hiatus, I’m back. I had a great deal of work and writing to do for school these past many weeks, and combined with my other responsibilities I’ve had almost no time for blogging. Fortunately, I’ve now submitted the last of my papers for the semester, and I’m free to blog again.
At this particular moment, I don’t have any fresh things to post, but I will shortly. A number of ideas have been percolating since I last wrote, and most of them I imagine will find expression sson enough. In the meantime, I have retooled my Essays page on the top of the blog. It now includes PDFs of all my essays, except the informal ones, and is a faster load for finding things. Of particular note are the new batch of papers I’ve written for the semester. I’ll let you look at them on your own, but I’ll highlight my paper on regeneration for my Reformation theology class, as I think it turned out the best. Check out the other essays, too, though, to see if any pique your interest.
On another note, this is not truly my first post since I finished my papers. My real first post is on my other blog, Being in Christ, and is dedicated to a friend of mine who has received some fairly awful medical news. I mention it because she needs all the prayers she can have, and I imagine that perhaps someone else is struggling with similar terrors. So consider checking that out, too.
I started this blog over three years ago now. A lot has changed since then, even though a lot has also stayed the same. But for the entire time, I have had to deal with a tension in my blogging style and content. I’ve been torn all this time between my desire to essentially write to my family, friends, and general church community—on the popular/lay level—and my desire to explore more technical and detailed theological topics in a more academic style. For the most part I have tried to balance these concerns, which has led to some major successes here and there. But it has also, I think, kept many posts from reaching their full potential, as I try to temper the depth of my more theological posts while still trying to remain interesting for the academically inclined.
After spending much time with this tension, I’m finally taking a new step to solve it. I’m splitting my blogging efforts into two blogs. This one, my old friend, will be entirely rebuilt and reoriented to fit my more technical and academic writing, and I’m launching a new blog, Being in Christ, to host my other, more popular-level stuff.
How all of this works and plays out will be seen soon. I don’t know exactly what effect this split will have, but I hope/expect it to improve the quality of both kinds of posts, and possibly the quantity as well. I can only pray that God will also use this to benefit both me and you guys, my readers. It’s been a fun run in my traditional format, but if you’re not so interested in my deeper stuff, feel free to replace your bookmark or email subscription with http://calebinchrist.tk.
Only God knows what’s in my writing future. But I’m ready to find out. God bless until then!
So I haven’t been posting much as of late. I figured I’d just drop by and point out why. Ready?
It’s because I’m back in school. Yay! I’m working hard at the Baptist College of Florida, and between that, work, and church I don’t have tons of time for blogging. I certainly won’t be quitting here, but it will have to move back a couple notches in priority, which also means a couple notches in frequency. I’ll aim to at least post once a week, but we’ll see what actually happens.
In the mean time, try some blogs I like such as Reformedish or Think Theology. They’re pretty cool. Or if you don’t mind reading stuff that takes 20 tries to wrap your head around, you can try The Evangelical Calvinist.
I really have two different audiences for this blog. One of them is people who are very interested in theology, philosophy, and nerd stuff. The other is everyone else, especially those Christians I know doing daily life without needing lots of technical blahs. For a long time there has been a necessary tension between writing for these two audiences, trying to keep the more technical stuff more approachable for the less technical reader, and trying to keep the more normal stuff interesting enough for more technical readers.
Because of this, I’ve moved to a segregated blog. Not, obviously, racially. I now have the normal Nicene Nerd blog, and I’ve created a separate section called “The Nicene Noggin.” This is for all of my more technical posts, for people who are more interested in details of theology and philosophy like I am.
While I have moved a handful of older posts to that section, my first post made specifically for the Nicene Noggin is Salvation and Certainty Revisited. If you check it out, you’ll probably notice that I made no attempt here to make it especially accessible. This is liberating in writing on such matters. My normal posts will remain on the level of popular speech, so hopefully this will help everyone.
Until next time, all. Solus Christus!
Hello all! I’m here with a couple exciting things to share. My blog is about to receive two new features which hopefully will be frequent (though probably not at all regular). So here’s the scoop.
First: Introducing my friend Clark Ingram. He’s a pretty cool guy, smart like nobody’s business. So I’ll be stealing some of his time for him to contribute to my blog. He’s actually going to start us off with a series on anarchism, because he’s an anarchist because that’s cool, yo’. Here’s his personal bio for you:
Clark is a 19 year-old post-evangelical Christian, who works primarily within Analytic philosophy. His interests include epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, political theory, martial philosophy, the psychology of parenting, art, rhetoric, music, and poetry. He has been a Christian for three years and his favorite Bible verse is the entire book of Ecclesiastes. #context
Next on the agenda is (drumroll, please) my upcoming web show, Nerdless Theology. I plan to make videos for you guys (hopefully weekly) explaining theology stuff in ways that actually sound like English to people who actually have lives and so don’t have time to spend hours researching theology and philosophy online. I think this should be a useful counterpart to my slightly-more-technical posts which often find their way onto my regular blog. If you have any topics you’d like me to cover, be sure to comment! Oh, and make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss an episode.
Well, that’s the scoop for now. I hope you’ll enjoy all this. Farewell!
Hello, all! Many of you probably saw my recent video of me singing “In Summer” from Frozen. Well, having done that, I came to the decision that I want to do more blog stuff on my YouTube channel, because vlogging is cool. So send me requests and I’ll respond with videos!
If you have not noticed, at the top of my blog is a link that says “Friendly Discussion.” If you hover over it, you will find a handful of different categories. I have created these pages so that people can talk. If you have thoughts, questions, debates, or anything else, you can post them on these discussion pages. Unfortunately, they have not received any attention so far. This saddens me. 🙁 So I implore you: if you have anything at all to say about any of the topics I have (“General Discussion,” “Christian Living,” “Theology and Apologetics,” “TV, Music, and Media Mayhem,” or “Silliness”), then post away and start a discussion! I would love to hear your thoughts. If you don’t speak, I will lose my will to live and for this reason eventually leave my wife a widow.