The past few months have interesting to say the least. The short of it where knxshn.org is concerned is that I stripped my more personal testimony content (content for another “twenty-first century altar” blog), switched host (and got stuck in a maze of error codes before requesting Technical Support), and, last but not least, have been working on the strategic premise.
Strategic premise…sound serious right? It feels serious anyhow. After a bit of research into writing and blogging I found out that a “premise” for nonfiction writers is what an author basis an argument, theory, or undertaking on – duh. Ipso facto, a “strategic premise” for a blogger or social media sage identifies their niche while also serving as the wellspring of their inspiration. Most anyone with an effective contributing “voice” in today’s social-technology world, i.e. the one I live in, aspires to take an existing idea within an ongoing conversation,” crystallize a phrase around it, and articulate into a movement and hashtagdom.
This in mind, I went on a “strategic premise” quest reading…and listening…and Googling…and soul–searching for a niche that would serve as a wellspring “knxshn.” What stimulates me to do things I do? What inspires me to say the things I say? What incites my soul to overflow with creativity? What arouses me to speak and write well of? What do I stand for?
Without a doubt, the wellspring of my inspiration for “knxshn” is championing the relevancy of God – in an age when the majority of men and women are working to expel God from our universe with talk about His nonexistence, ,death, or lack of concretely experiencing His presence to the ultimate ends of His irrelevance.
That being the case – for better or worse –, #relevantGod is the strategic premise of knxshn, specifically, bearing witness to God as alive and active in our contemporary interest..
Yep, knxshn exists to faithfully proclaim the the possibility of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, teach the full-counsel of the Good News, and the power of each to transform individual lives as well as communities.
All the meanwhile. grossly misusing hyphens to demarcate parenthetical thoughts and ellipses to indicate pauses in my thought processes.
Recommended Resource: EVANGELICAL SPIRITUALITY: A BIBLICAL SCHOLARS PERSPECTIVE – Jets 31/1 (March 1988)
“What is meant by this [the death of God] talk is not a metaphysical thesis about the nonexistence of God but the irrelevance of God, the lack of experiencing God, in concrete experience” Bruce Waltke – Evangelical Spirituality: A Biblical Scholars Perspective
Have I ever mentioned that the only aspects of the WordPress blog platform that I was interested in up until recently was how to post content and images? Well, that was the case up until recently.
I am in the learning curve of how to understand, manage, and tweak things on the backend as well as wielding higher functioning templates.
For the moment, Anariel – the new knxshn.org theme – is been getting the best of of me.
Please pardon my mess while I learn how to manage this finicky beauty.
Any WordPress phenoms willing to help a blogger out? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My bad…I just realized I have been on going on and on about my job hunt and resume challenges while neglecting, in my estimation, quite a few significant life events.
First – by God’s grace –, I graduated the Talbot School of Theology Master of Divinity degree program in May 2017. This leadership training endeavor was academically rigorous, personally demanding, and financially expensive. Even more, the process was extremely humbling and, literally, kept me in prayer for God’s provision on a regular basis from beginning to end. I am grateful to announce that God consistently delivers!
Second – by God’s grace –, I spent a few weeks of September in South America with a two-part backstory. To start with, Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro have been on my radar for few years as potential foreign leadership and community development opportunities. Ever since then I have had a strong faith persuasion to scout them out.
Not only that, after I graduated I excitedly jumped head-first into job-hunting for an entry-level pastoral position where I could love-on people with as much of my personality, life-experience, and academic-training as possible. The initial job-hunt was all but halted by the fact that nearly every on-line submission I responded to was (and is) an obstacle course of reflective prompts. The more prompts I thoughtfully responded to the more I became aware of the spirit-deep renewing Jesus (the) Christ has been doing in my life over the course the past thirteen years. The closest thing I can liken it to is looking into a mirror every day and not recognizing the person looking back…Shazam!
Immediately after this realization I went on a spiritual retreat in order to reflect on the past thirteen years and to get acquainted with the “new” me. Why the past thirteen years?,” the reader may ask themselves. The past thirteen years are significant because I was immersed in an intense season of Christ-centered life-rehabilitation and leadership-training. To say the least, the opportunity of getting to know “me” away from the roles and stigmas of the “old” me was humbling, galvanizing, and…empowering. Truly, Jesus (the) Christ is working miracles in my mind and life.
Third – by God’s grace –, knxshn.org has served a couple of selfish purposes for me since 2009. One, as a creative outlet with no strategic premise, direction, or audience in mind. The former is more of a confession than a statement of fact. Two, as a way to shelf the knxshn “brand” until I could give it more consideration. Trust…I blog because the most powerful Muse of them all has “branded” me in ways that can’t be silenced. There is a long backstory to the knxshn principle from circa 2004 that some of you are familiar with. Don’t worry, I will spare you the redundancy. For those of you who do not know, in short, connecting people with Jesus (the) Christ, each other, life-giving Bible teachings, resources, and life-skills is how my heart is wired – knxshn. Anyhow…in spite of my self-serving motives, knxshn.org has accumulated subscribers over the years. Gadzooks!
After much prayer and in light of the existing subscribers, rather than abandon knxshn.org, my strong faith persuasion is it to mature knxshn.org from a single author nearly $0 and time budget hobby into a trademarked donation supported multi-author “relevant theology for relevant humans” blog that effectively brings to light how Jesus (the) Christ and the Bible are relevant to the contemporary problems and challenges that the average human faces and, eventually – by God’s grace –, a web-based global Church movement by 2020.
That said, prayers for 1) Relevant pastoral insights, 2) Dialing in my “voice,” 3) Stronger Faith Persuasions concerning knxshn.org, 4) Strategic mentors and partnerships, 5) A community of collaborative and talented workers, 5) and Finances are coveted.
This brings us up to date. Well, except for the final version of the resume I dialed in thanks to your prayers and feedback. Give me a couple of days to post and I will get it up.
Thanks for the prayers in my resume writing endeavor. This is what I will be working with for a little while
Prayers are appreciated that it would open doors to the best job for the next season of my life. Thanks
So here is the foundation that I will be negotiating and building the rest of ministry career. Save for a few grammar and professional constructive criticisms I am working through.
The foundation of identity and identity is solid, even so, I am a life-long work in progress. Prayers that for ministry and employment opportunities for the next season of life are coveted.
Recently, I requested prayer for progress in coming up with metaphors for the Contemporary Preaching class that I have this semester. It is slow going overhere but I am producing. So far I have thirteen and need sixty two more by the end of the semester. I thought to #quickup as I finish them. Continued prayers for relevant and creative imagery that effectively communicates the eternal life-giving message of God’s Word are coveted.
Harold and Aaron, two of John’s direct reports at Acme Advertising Agency, learn about an opportunity they believe will skyrocket them to fame in the advertising industry. You see, Harold overheard John talking to the head of the Starbucks, the agency’s largest and most powerful client, about a special project with a Thanksgiving Day deadline. Harold relays what he overheard to Aaron and they both agree to work up something special even though Starbucks usually assigns John their holiday projects. When Thanksgiving comes around Harold and Aaron burst into the meeting unannounced and uninvited. Turns out, the two come up with a Thanksgiving coffee campaign in English. In unbeknownst to them the client had spoken to John about a Christmas tea campaign in Mandarin. The point being these two did all the wrong things with the wrong motives. Next thing you know Starbucks not only fire Harold and Aaron but blacklist them in advertising industry. The two are never heard from or seen again in the advertising industry.
So far so good. I am almost done with the first rough draft. Thanks for all the prayer support.
I am stuck on the Ministry Statement portion.