I’ll admit it’s not my title, but it sure is a good title. It’s actually Abraham Piper’s title and he wrote the article which you can read here. And I encourage you to do so, but if you can’t, I’ll give a very brief summary because this is something that I’m pretty passionate about.
I think Australian pastors need to blog. I understand that not every pastor can or should blog. I understand that there are certain weaknesses to the medium and certain dangers to be avoided. And I understand that the younger generation of pastors is more likely to blog than the older generation. Still, I think Australian pastors need to blog. Here are a few of my reasons and then I’ll give you six of Abraham’s reasons.
First, I believe Australian pastors need to blog because blogging creates a spirit of accountability and transparency that Fundamentalism tends to lack. The blogosphere is a level playing field of sorts where ideas naturally carry more weight than personalities.
Second, I believe Australian pastors need to blog because blogging would allow for dialogue within the Australian movement. We’re all in this together and I’m guessing there are things I could learn from you. It’s even possible that there are things you could learn from me.
Third, I believe Australian pastors need to blog because blogging is an excellent way to grow theologically. Blog posts require thoughtful content. Blogging provides an opportunity to be precise about theology by putting it into words and then exposes us to critique which is an important part of growing.
Finally, I believe Australian pastors need to blog because the people are spending time in the blogosphere. If the blogosphere does indeed have the weaknesses and dangers that keep many pastors from blogging (and I agree that it does), then who better to teach the people how to use the blogosphere well than their pastor?
Those are some of the reasons I’m passionate about this issue. Here are Abraham Piper’s six reasons:
1. …to write.
2. …to teach.
3. …to recommend.
4. …to interact.
5. …to develop an eye for what is meaningful.
6. …to be known.