A New Beginning

I’ve decided to restart my blog. I’m going to be doing a few things differently than I did them back in 2012 and 2013, when I was last writing regularly.

My plan is to post something every weekday, even if it’s something short. I’m also planning to have some themed days. I’ll start with three days a week, and try to work up to five, consistently.

I’ve begun a transition to veganism, so I’ll start with “Meatless Mondays.”

I’ve been doing a lot of research into the subject of Grit, as researched and reported by Dr. Angela Duckworth, and related concepts such as Dr. Carol Dweck’s growth vs. fixed mindsets, Dr. James Gross’s process model of emotional regulation, self-control, and executive function skills in general. I know it’s oversimplifying, but I can’t resist the alliteration of “Willpower Wednesdays.”

“Freestyle Fridays” will let me toss out whatever I’m thinking about. We all need a little creative license, right?

I haven’t decided exactly what to do with Tuesdays or Thursdays yet. I have a lot of resources, useful links, technology, and so on that I’ve found over the last couple of years, and so I’ll probably end up designating one day for that.

I still plan on writing any theological musings that I have, but I’m not going through the kind of transitional period that I was a couple of years ago – I’ve largely settled into progressive emergent evangelicalism (which is separated from liberal protestantism primarily by a high christology and full belief in the supernatural – what Dr. Richard Beck has referred to as “enchantment”), one that fully affirms the equality and worthiness of all ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, etc., and which generally rejects violence, including economic and verbal violence.

In other words, “I found God, and He was absolutely nothing like me,” or at least nothing like the socially conservative, “justice means putting ‘bad guys’ in jail,” myth of redemptive violence-believing, “blessed are the rich, for they built this by themselves” me that I was.

I’m not saying I look much like God now. But I got a few roadblocks out of the way. And I’m still a work in progress.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this. Here goes!

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