Just over a year ago, I created a blog, in addition to this one, which I called That’s A Good Question. The new blog’s subtitle summarized its purpose: A frank conversation about Christian faith and contemporary culture. Here’s what I said about it when I introduced it, on April 24, 2012, in a post on this blog.
I was a Bible college professor for fourteen years. I never set out to pursue a career in academics, but when God led me into that ministry, I found that I loved it. My students kept me honest by forcing me to think critically, write carefully, and speak cogently. I miss the classroom, and I am grateful that many of my former students stay in touch.
My burden for young adults energizes my vision for planting a church in Columbus near the Ohio State campus. I can relate to these young people. I understand their disillusionment with the church. In large measure, I share it. I know why they mistrust Christian leaders. So do I. That’s why I want to plant a church near the university—to provide a safe, non-threatening, non-judgmental environment where young people can voice their concerns, share their doubts, and ask their questions.
A good friend reminded me that, although I don’t yet have a church community to which I can invite these disaffected young people, I can still relate to them. I have the internet, and I know how to write a blog. It’s less effective than face-to-face interaction, but it’s a valuable tool in its own right. I should make use of what I have, my friend told me. I should use the gifts and the tools which God has put at my disposal at present. The future we must leave in God’s hands.
[If you’d like to read the entire post from which the paragraphs above were excerpted, click here.]
The new blog didn’t catch on, but that’s okay. It’s primary purpose was to supplement the ministry of a newly-established St. Patrick’s Church by offering people (especially young adults) a forum in which they could raise questions and engage in a “frank conversation about Christian faith and contemporary culture.” Since St. Patrick’s is not yet a material reality (although the vision is very much alive and progress is being made), the original purpose for my second blog could not have been fully realized anyway.
Between April and June last year, I published twelve posts on that blog. They are still available here, if you’d like to read them. They’re pretty good, if I do say so myself, but they were not answers to questions from my readers, since none of my readers sent in any questions. I had hoped that, by answering some questions which I believed were important, I could “prime the pump” a bit and stimulate some questions from readers. That never happened. Again I say, that’s okay.
A couple of weeks ago, I had an idea which struck me as brilliant. I could turn that blog over to Arthur Lough. I have bounced the idea off several trusted advisors, and they all agree that it is definitely worth a shot. So, that’s what I am going to do. Beginning today, Arthur is returning to the blogosphere as the author of all forthcoming posts to the blog called That’s A Good Question.
Now, Arthur has made it clear that he will not make up questions to answer, so he will write a post only when he has a legitimate question to answer. Here’s what you can do to help with this new venture.
First, you can take a look at that blog and read some or all of the twelve posts which I published there last year. Second, you can read the page called “About Arthur” on the blog, and that will tell you how Arthur and I intend to collaborate in order to produce the content of the new blog. Third, you can click on the “Contact” page of the new blog and send Arthur a comment or a question or a suggestion or an expression of good will and best wishes. I know he would be happy to hear from you. Finally, if you’d like to be notified by email every time Arthur publishes a post to the new blog, you can click on the “Follow” button at the bottom of the right-hand column on any page of the blog
Remember, Arthur will only write posts in response to legitimate questions, so don’t expect me to stuff the mailbag with questions just so Arthur will have something to write about. He wants this endeavor to be a genuine ministry that addresses genuine needs and provides a service that is genuinely helpful.
At your convenience, mosey on over to the That’s A Good Question site and spend a few minutes getting acquainted. Then, if you feel inclined, drop Arthur a line. I know he will appreciate it. And, as always…
Soli Deo Gloria.