The End

Well, it’s been a good ride.

After a long blogging run on this site, I’m calling it quits.  I enjoy blogging and will do so in other places, but I no longer desire to keep my own site running.  This has been a hard decision for me; I’ve prayed about it a good bit and talked it over with some.  In news that will rock the blogging community right to its foundations (to use a great Matt Labash line), I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to end this humble little blog.

I have wrestled over the course of blogging with the forum.  I like it.  But it does have some weaknesses.  It strikes me that right now, at this point in my life, I would probably rather be part of a group-blog or an institution (maybe The Gospel Coalition, B&H, BibleMesh, Gospel Coalition–something like that) instead of my own deal.  Individually-run blogs do great things.  However, I do want to guard against pride in my own heart and against being a “personality.”  You can have an individual blog and not fall prey here; you can have an individual blog and not be a self-promoter.  But I can also see how I myself can be tempted in these areas.  Franky Schaeffer–no theological role model of mine–has some strong words on the nature of self-promoting evangelical culture that have resonated with me.

On top of theological stuff, there is also the weight that comes with being responsible on a constant basis for content.  Sometimes it’s good to take weight off, even when–hopefully–you’re working towards kingdom ends.  That’s another problem area for many of us, myself included, and so I’m taking an opportunity to step back.

I don’t like personal public declarations like this; it’s rather silly.  Who cares?  But it seems wise to say something after five years of blogging.  Many folks have been kind to read and interact with this blog; thank you kindly for doing so.  I’m sincerely grateful.  This has been fun.  I appreciate the encouragement, sharpening, and mutual pursuit of the magnification of Christ in all things.  I’ve made friends through this blog, had stimulating discussions, and have gotten to participate in a very small way in ministry.

I’m not sure whether I’ll take the blog all the way down or leave it up.  Not sure right now what’s better.  There is also the possibility of an unretirement at some point.  I love basketball, so I’m well familiar with such a decision.  No plans for this, of course.  Considerably less people will fret about my decision than did with Michael Jordan, I’m guessing.

Anyway, enough prattling.  Thanks for reading this–and I’ll hopefully engage with you in other places, all for the greater glory of Christ.

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By the way, James Grant just kindly published an interview on the Essential Edwards Collection.

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14 responses to “The End

  1. Congratulations Owen on the immeasurably positive effect your blog has had for Gods Kingdom.

    You truly have run the race and finished well!

    Even though I only just stumbled upon your blog I’m sorry to see you leave!

    May God continue to bless you in your future ministerial endeavors.

  2. Dustin Lair

    I hate to see you go. I’ll miss the mixture of good theology and NBA stuff. It’s refreshing to see how aware you are of the hidden ugliness that lurks in your heart and are warring against it. Continue to fight the good fight.

  3. Jordan Reed

    I loved your writing and “realness.” I love your reasons for leaving it even more. I’m looking forward to seeing your stuff elsewhere.

  4. Owen,

    Thanks for the thoughtful post! I hope things go well as you transition to Boyce.

    Garrett Wishall

  5. I wish you have done this via video. It could have been an 8-minute shot with you on a bar stool keeping us all in suspense about your decision. … Seriously, thanks for the wealth of insight this blog represents. I do hope you continue blogging. Not many have your knack for funny phrases [eg "Now that Thabiti and Juan are locked in a virtual hug..." makes me laugh every time]. I thank God for you brother. Tony

  6. Grateful for all the work you did for this blog.

  7. Renee Serrano

    GEEZ…I’m in Machias, ME too and I just got here! Figures!

  8. Ryan Hill

    I am sorry to see the blog end. Thanks for all the insights over the years and the time you took to answer questions I asked. I benefited and learned a lot from your posts.

  9. Where’s your post about Bell’s book? Come on, bro. Time to resurrect owenstrachan.com!

  10. So I just found your blog today. Browsed the archives first then went to the latest post- The End.

    I hope you come back soon.

    I’m subscribing to the feed just in case!

  11. Well, Michael Jordan flirted with retirement (twice) and came back, and now so have you Owen.

    Welcome back to the wonderful world of the blogosphere. ;)

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