One of the great things about blogging (and other self-directed forms of writing) is that the writer gets to write when the inspiration comes. There are no deadlines per se, and no financially based pressure, so one writes as he wills. This kind of subjectivity can degenerate into self-pleasing or merely entertaining outbursts, and I have been guilty of that from time to time. Most of the time, I try to allow various nudges, external stimuli, and compelling pursuits to guide what I write about. With almost anything I write, I intend (1) to be genuine, dealing with what seems important; (2) to be responsive to nudges that might be God speaking to my spirit; and (3) to attempt to speak a helpful word to others.
My other blog, Subjects of the Kingdom, has been in existence for year and a half, and it has not been very active in terms of feedback. That saddens me on a personal level, because it shows a lack of interest in my book. (If 50 or 100 people suddenly signed up for feeds from that blog, I might stop cross-posting as much on this blog.)
Far more important than a readership’s response, though, is a possible broader lack of interest in the topics presented. On the one hand, one analysis would suggest that I just stop writing about the Kingdom of God, because people either seem to be apathetic about it, or they already think they have it figured out. On the other hand, I am perpetually impelled by the Kingdom. Conceptually, God’s Reign touches everything. Lately, there have been at least as many stimuli to process and write about Kingdom topics as to write on topics for this blog. So, for whatever it’s worth, another book is in the early stages. The working title is Two Kingdoms—Essays, Examinations, and Notes. It will be well into 2018 before a draft is complete, but I hope to have the book out next summer.
For now, here are links to two recent posts from the Subjects of the Kingdom blog. (Some of this material may make its way into the new book, so reading it now is like a sneak peek.)
– a brief review of a scholarly inquiry into “hidden subtext” about the Roman Empire in Pauline literature
– a more devotionally oriented piece on the “unseen” element in the context and text of the “Lord’s Prayer”