I have some exciting news to share–at least, it’s exciting if the atomized world of overheated evangelical blogging matters greatly to you. Come Monday, October 22, 2012, I am beginning a new blog, ThoughtLife, on the Patheos Evangelical Portal. I don’t know if you’re familiar with this exploding corner of evangelical social media, but it’s led by Timothy Dalrymple, a Christian public intellectual and wizard of entrepreneurial cultural engagement.
To use locker room language, I am pumped up to blog for Patheos. I’ll join evangelical thought-leaders like Tommy Kidd (and the Anxious Bench crew), Joe Carter, David French, Adrian Warnock, Fred Sanders, and a host of others. I will continue to operate this humble little blog and will post regular content here (especially related to the ministry God has given me). But my heavy-duty public square engagement will take place over at Patheos.
A major part of what drew me to Patheos was the vision Tim laid out after beginning discussions about such a move. I am all about a big, bold vision. Here’s a slice of what Tim has said he wants the Evangelical Portal to be:
The center of gravity of the Evangelical Channel presently rests just left of center. While the Evangelical Channel will continue to support its current roster of writers fully, it will seek to fortify its offering in Reformed and Baptist writers, and in culturally-savvy center-right social commentators.
There is not now a single venue that attracts compelling commentary from young, conservative evangelical public intellectuals. While maintaining our strengths in center and center-left writers, then, we’re eager to extend our strength rightward on the spectrum. This is partly to represent American evangelicalism better, partly to give a new generation of conservative evangelicals a voice, and partly to form a more thoughtful approach to social and cultural engagement amongst conservative-leaning evangelicals.
You can read the whole thing here. I love this blueprint. Tim is right: there is currently no major go-to resource for conservative evangelicals on culture and public square issues. We have excellent media hubs for theology, spirituality, the gospel-driven Christian life, and news and issues affecting the church. But we very much need a home for evangelical public intellectuals. Patheos has drawn a number of gifted progressive Christians, but it’s clear that the Evangelical Portal is featuring and more recently has been featuring a treasure-trove of conservative evangelical cultural engagement. That’s just terrific to see.
Again, to be alongside outstanding evangelical scholars like the aforementioned Tommy Kidd and Fred Sanders is beyond exciting to me. I want ThoughtLife, and indeed much of my work, to be a kind of accessible David Wellsian take on culture and the public square. In other words, I want to bring all the megawatt scholarly power of the Bible, theology, and history to bear on modern issues (though I will probably have more to say about basketball and hip hop than Wells (!), a major intellectual influence on me–and fellow TEDS grad). The gospel remixes life.
So: get ready to add a new RSS feed and to “follow” a new blog. You don’t need to drop your association with this little site; I’m still going to be “here,” so to speak. But I hope you’ll join me at ThoughtLife and make my experience there as profitable, sharpening, and downright fun as things are here.