Why I Love Christian Blogging

For a long time I loved the idea of Christian blogging, but was not quite sure how I would go about doing it properly. I tried to get a blog going on a few occasions, but failed dismally. This was largely because blogging takes time, energy, research, and quite a lot of creative enthusiasm. There are many reasons why people blog, but for me the only real reason and motivation for blogging is to encourage, teach, and build up the wider body of Christ.

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Romans 14:19

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 1 Corinthians 14:26

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

Paul was quite obviously a strong advocate for believers to exhort, encourage, and build one another up. Blogging was obviously not around in the first century, but Paul did write letters to groups of believers. Most of his letters were a mixture of teaching, encouraging, exhorting, and for the building up of the Church. In my opinion I believe that blogging can fulfill this function.

Personally, I have benefitted greatly from reading other Christians blogs. I thank God that these men and women took the time to articulate the revelation that God had put in their hearts, to build up other believers. My hope and prayer is that this blog may in some way fulfill that function. I have also found that blogging is a great way to solidify and expand upon personal revelation the Lord has put in a persons heart. It has forced me to examine the scriptures, read up on other believers thoughts and perspectives (which help expand mine), and take the time to listen closely to Holy Spirit.

Therefore, I believe that many Christians (not all) should be blogging, especially in this technological age. Most people spend a large amount of time (perhaps too much) browsing the web. Why not convert some of that time to sharing what the Lord has revealed to you, to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? At the same time, it is important to note that we must not forsake gathering physically with other believers. Most of the building up Paul talks about is in the context of gathering with other believers. Internet and blogging communities are great for connecting people and stimulating discussion, but they should never replace physically gathering with other saints. Another pitfall to avoid is trying to build a name for yourself or ‘building a ministry’. The only name we should be trying to exalt is Jesus Christ, and the only ‘building’ we should be doing building one another up. I hope this post has broadened your perspective on Christian blogging. I am  by no means an expert in blogging, but I am learning and growing in my understanding of how Christ can be expressed within the world we live.

Finally, if you have a blog about organic church or the deeper Christian life and would like a link on my site, then I will happily add you to my resource page in exchange for a link to my blog on your site. Let’s share the love. Just post a comment with your blog link. Also feel free to subscribe to my blog for regular updates.

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Comments

  1. I’ve been writing a Christian blog for about 6 years now. I love doing it! http://stevesimms.wordpress.com/

  2. Love it bro!! Blogging also greatly helps you to structure your thoughts and make sense of the Scriptures when you need to present it in a structured, logical manner.

    Awesome post!

    • Thanks for the encouragement Andre. I also appreciate your blog and the boldness you have in sharing your thoughts.

  3. Thanks my brother for your blog. I find blogging is a great way to lovingly challenge those who are still bound by traditional/institutional church thinking, to encourage those who have found Christ in a new way and to be church in a new way, and to learn from those who are further along the way or to help us constantly examine whether we ourselves still are on the Jesus road! I have experience of both ‘camps,’ having pastored denominational churches for 38 years and facilitating cross-cultural organic churches for the past six. Disciples are ‘learners,’ ‘apprentices’ aren’t they? I am always enriched by the writings and experiences of others as we all ‘apprentice’ to Christ. I’ve appreciated your blogs thus far!

  4. i LOVE YOUR POSTS. I love the way you expand God’s word and make it easy to understand. I most especially love your thoughts on organic hurch and how you advised christiams to be wise when leaving the church. Though i attend an institutionalised church i read your blog and others to know Christ the more.

    • Nathan Odell says:

      Thanks Ikechi. I’m happy that you are receiving something through my blog. May your journey with the Lord be blessed, and may you know more of Christ each day!

  5. Nathan,

    You nailed it on the head. Writing a blog about Christ is something that is rewarding and helps me see Christ, even if I’m the one writing it. When people say that they received revelation from your writing, it can be a huge nudge by God to keep pressing in.

    So I’d say that it is quite fun. I’ve learned a lot from blogging, about Christ and myself. I’ve also had to learn certain characteristics when people attack me–I realized that it’s just part of it. I’ve also had to swallow my pride on many occasions, especially once a small following ensued a couple of years ago and continued growing. I had to take an entire year off to get passed that 🙂

    I feel that I’ve learned more from WRITING than what anyone else has learned by READING my stuff.

    Love your blog, you’re a good writer.

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