Why does Mark need another freakin’ blog?

That’s a fantastic question.  In April, I began blogging again after a year’s break.  I wrote once or twice a week until the end of May when I took a vacation – 17 days in southwestern Germany.  It was a great trip with lots of beauty, bratwurst, and beer; but as you probably already figured out, it’s not the best place to keep up with a blogging commitment. At any rate, here I am. Again.

I’m a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a lovely bunch of neighbor-loving, Christ-following folks all over the country.  Our 25th anniversary slogan was “Always Being Made New,” which I sort of loved at the time. But I secretly hated it too, because that meant the Church would never be the same.  All the things I loved about these Jesus-people would have to die in order for us to become something new together. Wait, didn’t somebody write something about that somewhere?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor 5:17, NIV)

And that gets me to the purpose of this blog. You see, I’m always being made new. And so are you. And so is the Church. And so is the world. Do you see where I’m going with this? But part of being made new means allowing the old things to die. It means searching for that glimmer of life in new places. It means always looking for what God is doing right now, always wondering where she’s leading you.

So, I’d like to accompany you (a candidacy committee buzzword) on that journey. I’d like to offer suggestions on where God might be breaking into your life, making all things new. My disclaimer: You’ll probably love what I say, and you’ll probably hate how I say it. But I think it’s time we rediscover what it is to be God’s people. So let’s be real. Let’s be honest. Let’s be made new.

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