This is an information post: the one before is the last content-focused posting, which perhaps fittingly talks about what the taste might be like of a heavenly gathering of believers.
This blog is archived! I thought this needed some explanation.
For everything there is a season, and for this blog it seems right to end it here, or at least to take a pause.
Since 2012 this blog has hosted an irregular collection of essays that reflect the thinking of some in our church about living a daily Christian experience. However, for the most part the authors have been transient in their contributions with limited consistency, and there comes a point where the logistical overheads outweigh the value of the labour. Perhaps it's been because the community into which we speak has not adequately provided a foil to the content? Perhaps our community simply does not engage in this mode of stimulus? Perhaps the writing has simply been dull?
It's not as if there is no readership - to the contrary there is a stable and notable readership: the blog page is the most visited page by a factor of 2 or more over any other content on this web site. However, by all statistics most (nearly all) of the readers are people from outside our church community. Our small family of church attendees seems peculiarly disconnected, or disengaged from finding discussion in the digital environment. If I was to be especially critical, I might be tempted to say that this reflects a sad condition wherein the (post-)modern Christian is unwilling to engage with the intellectual demands needed to wrestle with the seeming paradox of knowing mystery - for in this day and age we are so easily satiated by the sweets of sound bites. But I don't think this is true generally, for it is not born out in the wider community.
So, whatever the reason, the blog is perhaps one distraction too many for now, and will be archived in case it serves any purpose for future inquisitiveness. In the meantime, our local church community can continue to seek a way forward on other pressing frontiers.
Finally: for any who have enjoyed the blog, much of the content and more continues on HERE ,