When Steve first informed me that he would be posting less frequenlty on Triablogue, I was disapointed. I was not disapointed in the person of Steve Hays; it takes wisdom to prioritize your life, utilizing the best of your time for the glory of God and the fulfillment of His will in your daily walk. (The Reformers and the Puritans lived under the principle and standard of Carpe Diem, and I assume that it is difficult to both seize the day in all respects and manage a blog regularly). Rather, I was disappointed that I would no longer be able to pull up one of my favorite blogs and receive fresh content that Steve posted diligently at least once or twice a day.
However, this somewhat sad event opened an opportunity for me personally. Steve very simply asked me through email, "Evan: I'm planning to scale back on blogging next year. Would you like to blog at Triablogue?" Of course, such an offer surprised me. Did Steve Hays really want to make certain the tragic death of his blog?
Who Am I?
Well, if you are not already familiar with my blog, Veritas Redux, then you are probably wondering, "Ok. Who in the world is this guy?" There will probably be two major responses to my blogging on Triablogue:
1. He's No Steve Hays! If you enjoy reading Pyromaniac, Centuri0n, or CalvinistGadfly, then you very well might enjoy reading me. However, I certainly do not play in the same league as these guys (for one thing, I don't have the gift of including comic-strip-like illustrations in my posts), nor can I compare myself to Steve Hays. Steve has the ability to be both powerful in writing and humble in spirit. He is very good at what he does. Nevertheless, most of all my goal is to post content that would be worthy of representing the name of Jesus Christ, and if it represents the name of Steve Hays as well, then that's just dandy!
2. He's Worse Than Steve Hays! If you tend to side with iMonk, the Boars Head Tavern, or Cyberbretheran on controversial matters then you will probably not like me. In some ways, you will think that I am worse than Steve Hays in the effect that I tend to critique everything. My brain works in, well, strange ways. However, I will be posting at least some content with which I am sure you will find a few points of agreement. My goal is to defend and promote truth in whatever context needed.
All that aside, first and foremost I love Jesus Christ. I love His gospel. I love the Scriptures. I love truth. I long to edify the church. My mark is set at proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the extent that it permeates my life as a believer. If I ever deviate from that goal, God help me. Or, you help me: humbly tell me, "Evan, you have missed the point. You have failed to keep the main thing, the main thing."
I will enjoy posting here, and I hope that my stay here is enjoyable to you as well. I hope that the Spirit uses me to amuse you, to edify you, to stretch you, and possibly even to sanctify you should you learn to exercise the fruit of patience.
Thank God for the Cloud of Witnesses
Here at Triablogue I will be joining a few folks whom we know for their generous willingness to give even past the two cents. There's Alan Kurschner from Calvinist Gadfly whose talent has entertained us ever since his blog began. We have Eric Vestrup from Pedantic Protestant whom I haven't had the chance to get to know just yet but am excited to do so in the near future. Then there's Gene Bridges. I have insisted in the past that Gene get a blog of his own. I see him around the blogosphere all the time, always offering whatever insight he has in a particular situation. I know that it is the goal of all of us that you would "lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely," and that you would "run with endurance the race that is set before [you]" (Hebrews 12:1). Enjoy!
3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth”
[A Quick Note on Cross-Posting: I will be posting the content that I post here on my blog as well. However, I will release it here first before I do there so that Triablogue will receive the priority as far as comments are concerned]