In the past few months, I’ve found difficulty writing with any regularity.  I’ve done a lot of reading, listening and conversing, but have had trouble posting.  I think I’ve lost my sense of purpose in writing this blog.

Often I have so many ideas in my head that I distract myself and I don’t write.  Or, I write and then lose interest by the time I’m done with the blog I’ve written.  You should see my note file on all the ideas, partially written and completely written blogs that never get posted.

I need to focus.  So, in the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about what God has called me to do.  At the center of my call has been to encourage and strengthen others in their faith.  To me, that has always been what it means to be a pastor.  Paul said it best to Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:12-16.  In summary, he told Pastor Tim to be an example with is life, stick to the Word and use the gifts God’s given Him.

So, I’ve decided at least for a new season, I want to write to encourage others.  And there is nothing that has encouraged me more than God’s Word.  I hope to use my gifts and opportunities to spur others onto a closer walk with Christ and leaving a grace-filled imprint on the life of others.  For awhile, I will step away from issues, to THE ISSUE, namely, how we relate to Christ and how He relates to us.

Now, for the name…  “Glass Pulpit” has served me well.  It has allowed me to write about what goes on in me.  It has challenged me to live on these pages with authenticity and vulnerability.  Hopefully that won’t change.  But self-revelation isn’t my purpose, rather it is my tool.  The new name, “Onward and Upward” is a phrase I used often with my teams, when we ended meetings.  It was a reminder that we aren’t where we could be.  And Christ is calling us toward Him.

It’s a popular phrase that reflects Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

So that will be the new name for a word-centered, encouraging, grace-filled blog that invites everyone to a richer experience of Christ.

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As always, thanks for reading.  And if ever you have ideas for a post, I would love to hear it.  Just shoot me an email at rev.jimrenke@gmail.com.