When I was in my doctoral program, one of the most enriching activities that we embarked upon was reading and interacting with that content via discussion forums. As we would read content together in our semiotic cohort, we would reflect and post about that content. It was insightful, respectful, and fun. I think I particularly enjoyed this assignment because of the way I am wired. I’m a learner and an internal processor. I love to gather new insights and process through those new insights by putting pen to paper. As I did that, I grew.
As selfish as this may sound, this blog is for me. I need the regular discipline and outlet for musings. The thoughts on this blog are not polished or finished. They are not ready for a sermon or a book. They may not even be correct. (I heard of a professor who told his class, “Twenty percent of what I am going to teach you in this class is incorrect. The problem is, I don’t know which twenty percent.”)
When I am preaching, if I enter into the realm of sharing my opinion, I try to tell the congregation as such. I never want to use the pulpit of the preached Word of God as a platform for sharing what “I think.” That’s my disclaimer here. This is not a pulpit. I’m not preaching. I’m processing. And this is my outlet. So if you find these thoughts helpful or insightful, I’m happy for you. You may also find them a bit confusing or incomplete. You may not even agree with them. All of the above is fine. Just pretend that you’re my new semiotic cohort and that we’re learning together.