Advice / Ideas / January 2, 2012

Thoughts for 2012?

Merry Belated Christmas and a slightly less belated Happy New Year! After a 10 day hiatus/vacation, I am back to blogging.

I am not one to make new year’s resolutions, generally speaking. I’m not much of a planner. But I do enjoy looking forward, and the beginning of a new year is a fitting and convenient time to think about what comes next and new directions to follow.
I set out 6 months ago to blog about ideas that matter in an exploratory sort of way. My intention has been to be informative, challenging, creative, enjoyable, succinct, and occasionally funny and/or heart-warming while avoiding the pedantic or overly critical. That isn’t changing.
What I would love, though, is feedback on ideas about which I might blog. I would love to get questions that want answering, books that want reviewing, theories that want exploring, and so on.  I cannot promise I will write about the ideas proposed, but I value the feedback in order to spark new creative thought flames that can be fanned into posts.
So have at it. What do you have in mind that could spark a blog post here in 2012?


Jan 02, 2012

Happy New Year, bro! So – you’re a Christian, a reader, and a writer. You’ve written on what’s the type of stuff that makes up good writing (and you’ve done well!). Well, I’d like to hear your perspective on what’s the type of stuff that good WRITERS are made of—the goods that make up the creative vs. his creation—character, virtues, resolve, experience, etc… something I’ve been thinking a bit about lately.

Also, if you’re interested – I’d like to shamelessly request an honest review of my first book, coming out April: The Two Fears: Tremble Before God Alone

Jan 03, 2012

I am currently working on a project with FCA Nebraska called “The Road To Glory–Pursuing Christ in All Things” The individual lesson titles are:
1. The Glory of the Gospel
2. His Glory must be our Goal
3. His Glory must become our Motivation
4. His Glory determines our Audience
5. His Glory defines our Success
When the lessons are written I will post them on my blog Compete4Christ as the “Pillars” of the blog. While not exactly a book, I’d still love to hear your feedback once they are written (should be middle to end of January)
What do you think?

Jan 03, 2012

Parenting and baseball take up most of my time, so I’d like to hear more about parenting and baseball. Cause I’m kind of into both of those.

Also, since you are in the publishing industry, maybe a bit more on reading. How to read more efficiently. The joys of reading a variety on genres. Why people who read only non fiction should mix a little fiction in every once in a while. Different motivations for reading.

Or just baseball.

Jan 03, 2012

Hi Barnabas,
I have enjoyed your honesty and lack of pretension in critiquing the christian subculture around you. It is refreshing to read the writings of a skilled writer who is NOT a pastor!

As you have a good literary knowledge it would be great to read your thoughts on poetry in general and ‘Christian’ poetry in particular.

On writing and blogging, how can contemporary Christians write in fresh ways while remaining faithful to the Gospel message and traditions – do we really need to become hip or emerging or missional in order to have something worthwhile to say?

Jan 10, 2012

How about a blog post on what you’ve learned about yourself in the past year , or rather, what God has revealed to you?

Jan 10, 2012

All these are great thoughts and helpful for sparking ideas. I really appreciate the feedback and that y’all take the time to read my posts!

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