Welcome to my blog! This has been a long time coming, but I am excited to finally be at this moment. Not to be prideful, but throughout my college years, I’ve been asked why I haven’t shared my wisdom with the world. Now, you’re probably thinking, yea that’s super prideful. Honestly, I’m not trying to sound that way. But the answer I would always give was, that’s not for me. But looking back on it, it was because I felt unqualified to do so. Sharing your stance on a topic can be a pretty intimidating thing to do. So, major snaps to the people who do this kind of thing for a living. But, after being in the work of the ministry over the last few years, I now feel I can do something like this.
I want this blog to consist of honest “op-ed” writing, and every so often, a podcast. The main theme of this blog will be centered around the title, Living on Mission. Themed around how we embed the mission of God into our everyday lives. Blogs and podcasts will be about life, politics, and religion and how we look at these things through a biblical world view. Now, it’s important to know that some writings will be based on my opinion and thoughts regarding the topics. Now, when discussing Christianity and theological topics I seek to filter the writings through the Word of God as carefully as I know how.
Now, you might be asking, why blog? That is a good question. During my time in College, I’ve had the privilege to come across many giant men and women in the faith. Men like R.C. Sproul, Al Mohler, John Piper and women like Jen Wilkin, Priscilla Shirer and others. These men and women have carefully critiqued hot issues and discussed the Christian life during different and often difficult times in our history. That has inspired me to do the same.
Another major factor and more humbling reason why is, because like stated earlier, people have asked me why I don’t have a blog or suggested I should have one. The same people who have asked me that question, are the same people I looked up to and thought a lot of myself, they should be the ones to blog. Let me tell you, when you think highly of someone and then find out they think highly of you, man that alone is humbling.
When reading a Christian based blog, it is easy to read an author and then group all Christians into what that author believes. I can admit, I once did that in junior high school. I listened to a pastor and thought his view was what every Christian held to. I urge you not to do that here. Don’t take my thoughts and observations as gospel. You may very well agree with them, but you also may not, and that’s ok. Not all Christians have the same conclusions on things. Now, I would hope and pray that on most things majority of Christians would agree, but be careful not to assume I am speaking on behalf of us all. My goal is to follow the example of the Apostle Paul by using Scripture to establish a coherent basis of faith.
So, with all that being said, I’m looking forward to producing content for this blog. Last year, I polled people on what kind of topics they would like to see on a blog. I was surprised to get over 60 or so responses back. I have some topics in mind myself, but with the 60 responses I should have plenty to discuss for a while. I will also take questions here if you wish to have something discussed on the blog. As of now, I aim to publish biweekly on Monday mornings. This gives me time as a college student to carefully write the next piece for you all. I pray that Living on Mission will bless you in many ways, and encourage you to live on mission for God in your everyday lives, wherever he may have you placed.
Much love, Jamal!
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