Actually here is the real quote: "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly." (James 3:1; TNIV).
In this brave new world of blogdom, I am coming quickly to realize, as one who has started their first blog, a number of things. (Pardon this post, as I am going autobiographical, something I'm not very comfortable doing.)
One, it takes quite alot of time to offer a posting, especially when I am trying to do so daily. As long as I have access to a computer, I do intend to get something out daily. I had to go back to work yesterday, and I'm quickly realizing the time element. Time with family, time asleep, other matters, all press in, and are important. I'm sure as one goes on in this endeavor they learn alot and in the long run can make better use of their time. I remember Dr. Ted Rendall (of my Prairie Bible Institute days), a wonderful teacher, pastor and man of God, tell us that the thing that marked out those who really seemed fruitful in the work of the Lord from all his reading (which is immense) is their use of time. They made the most of it, and used it wisely. Though wisdom certainly includes fun times and times doing nothing, I believe.
Second, I'm not Scot McKnight, which everyone knows anyhow. I love his blog "Jesus Creed" and I love how he writes and interacts with people on the blog and in person. I have something of the teacher in my own bones. So that's what I do. I've had to learn to hold myself back from doing that so as not to be a nuisance to people around me, which I am doing much better now. I don't begin to have Scot's knowledge or skill, or people like him. Of course I don't have John Frye's wit and wisdom or Jamie Arpin-Ricci's experience and fine way of putting his thoughts into words, etc., etc. But that's part of the beauty of fellowshipping with each other in blogdom.
Third, I do appreciate the rich interaction I've already received, including from those who disagree (one so far- though I don't consider it negative since we're conversing in a good spirit I think; but I'm sure more are coming). I think of a good man with a good spirit in his blogging, with whom I've had some friendly debate. Brad Huston at "the Broken Messenger" http://www.brokenmessenger.com/. I can tell that he too is one who works hard at getting down the right words (Ecclesiastes 12:10). And though I find myself in disagreement with him in some ways theological, I know the "iron sharpens iron" metaphor in Proverbs (27:17) at least on me has worked in our exchanges for my good. So what I'm saying here is I welcome critique and correction. I can adjust my posts if I think it well to do so. Of course our perspectives and convictions will differ at times, as in the case of Brad and myself. Though I will add here that I find much I agree with, in his offerings and comments.
One other thing I'd like to add: The title in this blog is not meant to discourage anyone from blogging or starting a blog. It's meant to give one take of what one is getting themselves into in so doing (besides trying to have a "catchy" title).
Thanks so much for reading and for your comments. It's already been fun. "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." (2 Corinthians 13:14; TNIV) Amen.