When you get asked the same question more than a handful of times in rapid succession without any context and/or obvious planning and from extremely different and varying sources, it begins to dawn on you that the question is, perhaps, an important one to consider.
John, do you think blogging is a spiritual discipline?
I was asked this question at The Orange Conference and I honestly had no idea how to appropriately answer it the first few times. By the last time though, I had begun formulating a response:
I’m not sure, but there is certainly something about discipline that helps one succeed in blogging and it can be argued that everything we do is “spiritual” to some degree although not necessarily explicit.
In the beginning I was combing my brain for a Dallas Willard-ism but I couldn’t remember anything that would relate (although I knew for certain that Mr. Willard never mentioned “blogging” as one of his top disciplines).
If one finds that part of their explicit ministry to the Church and to the lost and dying world is through blogging than I think there may be a strong case for that person to have a “spiritual discipline” surrounding it, but I’m not willing to die for that remark.
Finally, there’s one thing I mentioned to one of the inquirers that I feel most strongly about:
Whether or not blogging is a “spiritual discipline” or if the term “spiritual discipline” can be applied is irrespective of the fact that it should be done with care, wisdom, and excellence.
What do you think?
[Image from Alice]