It's been almost four months since I said I was "coming out of retirement" on facilitating this blog, and sadly, this is my first post since then. Guilt overwhelms me. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Not sure what's motivated me to get back on it tonight...perhaps it's because I've been messing around with domain purchase/registration and getting a couple of other websites (TBA) set up too...or perhaps it's because I know I'm about to get flamed by our "concerned" friends for this video, so I figure, why not get back into the blogging about sacraments and liturgy, since that's just the sort of "evidence" the CNs will capitalize on to brand me "emergent" (which continues to baffle and befuddle me - yes, BOTH baffle AND befuddle...)??
This blog has been a pet project of mine since July 2006 - over four years now. And while my efforts as a blogger have waxed and waned - more a lack of discipline than anything else - my passion for sacramental and liturgical renewal, especially within the Church of the Nazarene, has not diminished in the slightest. For example, I still have a dream of getting a group of us together for some kind of retreat/symposium/task-force at some point in the not-too-distant future, and now that my doctoral work is behind me (although my dissertation manuscript still sits unpublished on my desk), perhaps this is something I can pour some effort into.
So, when I realized that Blogger provides free hosting, and since I'd already bought the domain back in June and all I had to do was map a few things (I confess I still have no idea what I actually DID, but hey, it worked!), I am proud to announce that sanctifyingworship.com is now the official home of what was once sacramentalnazarenes.blogspot.com!! And while I was at it, I thought after all these years the blog could use a face-lift. I'm not 100% sold on the new vibe, but maybe it will grow on me. Blogger has added a lot of features and templates since the last time I mess around with any of that, and actually I'm quite impressed (at least initially) with the options. At one point I'd considered migrating the blog over to Wordpress, but I think I'll leave it here - if nothing else, 1) it's free (wordpress is $12 a year to map to a custom domain), and 2) I'm already very familiar with the user-interface (as are the rest of the contributors). An expanded site exceeding Blogger's capabilities may one day be necessary, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Also, I probably need to "weed out" some dead links in the side bar (it's inevitable), so if you notice anything screwy, let me know please!
Finally, I feel that perhaps it would be useful to "expand the conversation" a bit - what with all the other ch-ch-changes afoot. I confess I'm exactly sure how to do this, or how (for example) to reword the little "about" blurb - it's still a pretty good description four years on. Obviously those of us who have kept the conversation alive are Nazarene (mostly; at least historically), and our primary vantage point and "concern" (heh) is for the COTN, but of course the contemporary trend toward liturgical renewal and ressourcement is not exclusive to our little corner of the evanglical world. So I figure this is as good a time as any, as we phase out the "sacramentalnazarenes" moniker concurrently with this "restart," to see if others want to join in the conversation...who knows.
That's enough for now...way past my bedtime, even for a Friday night. Let me tell you all - ANY who might stumble over here and read this, whether faithful blog-followers or newbies - how much I appreciate the community that has formed around this site. I know it has been a real life-line for several of us (including, not least, me!). This is all I ever hoped it could be: an intentional community of like-minded folks supporting one another, sharing ideas, making an impact in the ministries to which God has called us, and sharing about the things we all care about. And this only happens because of your willingness to offer up your thoughts/ideas/hearts to keep the conversation alive. Thank you. Here's to four more years, and beyond.