You’ve made it to my blog, and you’ve poked through some of the old posts. I’m glad! But I’m willing to bet, at some point in time, you questioned my blog title and tagline. Or, you know that I’m taking a Blogging 101 course through WordPress and you know today’s assignment was to change – or explain – my blog title and tagline. At any rate, you’re here, and now the question is at the front of your mind. In a post from last July, I wrote a little bit about this topic, but I planned to come back to it. In that post, I brought up that the 25th anniversary slogan of the ELCA was “Always Being Made New.” That is basically a paraphrase from Paul’s second letter to Corinth, where he writes, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NRSV) I struggled to wrap my head around that concept because – let’s be honest – most churches don’t do anything new.
But really, all snark aside, I’ve found it hard to imagine that God could take the dead things in my life and creating something new out of them. As much as I write about my faith story, and as much as I aim to inspire others in their faith, my own doubts are probably deeper than yours. But sometimes, hidden in the dark corners of our lives, we see a glimmer of hope that God is still working, still loving all people unconditionally.
And so, I named my blog after a somewhat sarcastic reading of the ELCA’s anniversary slogan: (almost) always being made (sorta) new. The tagline – death and resurrection, every day – is a reminder that newness only comes out of old things dying away. Whether you’re an old follower or a new friend, welcome to this space. My prayer is that this blog will help you spot signs of new life every day, and that you might share that hope with the world.