Like many bloggers, I started this blog enthusiastically, with plans to write regularly and stay active on the blogosphere. Like many bloggers, I have come to the conclusion that my enthusiastic plans are no longer realistic. Perhaps those plans were realistic when I started on June 24, 2008, but I find myself in different circumstances now, with increased responsibilities at my own congregation (following a staff downsizing), within my church body (writing a book and participating in our hymnal project), and at home (with a family that is about to increase again by another child). Obviously I haven’t blogged much in the recent past beyond sermons (mostly) or an occasional comment (rarely), but in my mind I need to put some official closure on this blog. I’m not saying that I won’t resume blogging at some point (which is why I’m not taking the blog down), but I am saying that I don’t plan to post anything here for the foreseeable future until I’m in a situation where I believe that blogging will be a wise use of my time. I may, of course, break from my self-imposed hiatus from time to time, but for now, this blog will be more of an archive than an active website. (If there is anything new, it will appear under this post on the home page; this post will remain at the top of the home page as long as the hiatus is on).
If you have enjoyed reading posts and especially the sermons here, I invite you to follow the sermons via our online videos of services at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at this link.
I’m grateful for those of you who took the time to read this blog in the past, and I hope others of you who come across this in the future will be able to find some useful resources while the blog’s past contents stay online. May God bless and keep you close to him through the faithful proclamation of the Word of Christ and the faithful use of his Sacraments.