All Apologies #208

In All Apologies we’ll take a moment to explain or “apologize” (in the old sense of giving a justification or defense) for what we are doing here. From time to time we may actually need to “apologize” (regretfully say we’re sorry)… The numbers in the titles of All Apologies should imply no particular order or secret code. In this case, 208 was Mike’s high score in bowling.



Q: Why are the posts concise?

A: Concise writing will help us…

1. Read

If you are like me, you skim. I skim at work, during commercials, in front of the microwave… I skim while buying whole milk at the grocery store.

And the tendency to skim is not all bad, it helps us sort out what is worth our time. And once we see value in the writing, we will hopefully read slower and dig deeper.

I appreciate writers who can blaze a clear, straight path through a topic or passage.

By God’s grace, our goal is efficient clarity (Ephesians 6:18-19 and Colossians 4:3-4).

2. Chew

I love reading articles that make me think, pray, meditate, converse with others…  I don’t want a writer to do all the thinking for me, but to provoke my mind to grind and process and break down the meat into something digestible.

The best devotional writing leaves space to think. For example, check out Habbakkuk 3:13… You smell what Habby is cookin’?

Selah.

3. Be Shaped

We don’t want to shape you with our abundance of words (Proverbs 10:19). We want the Word to shape you (John 15:1-11). I love blogs and books with tons of Scripture references. There is nothing better than following the train of thought of an author while checking the context of the Bible verses the author cites (Acts 17:11-12). This digging into the Scripture is worship to God with our minds (Mark 12:28-34).

Ideally, there’s an open Bible and pen next to our posts. His book is powerful and never fails. Blogs wither, devotionals fade… God’s word will accomplish God’s purpose (Isaiah 40:8 and 55:11).

May you see Christ and be conformed to His image in His word and by his Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:12-18).

[Insert recurring food reference… something about being in shape.]

Skimmers read below:

In summary, we are keeping our posts concise so you can read them, chew on what’s being written, and have your thoughts shaped by the Christ of Scripture.

Lux to you,
Mike

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