For starters…

First things first: Why?

Specifically: 1) Why am I starting a blog? 2) Why should you read what I write?

As to the first question, it’s because my wife Frances suggested I should.

Well, not really; she (who, in case you don’t know, has an excellent blog over at suggested that I start a podcast. After a moment’s consideration, I realized that I have precisely none of the necessary equipment for a podcast, no inclination to purchase said equipment, no experience in “podcasting,” and little incentive to rectify such deficiencies. HOWEVER, I also quickly realized that the text-based equivalent of a podcast would be a blog, which seemed like a reasonable and reasonably priced alternative. Besides, I’ve always been a path-of-least-resistance kind of guy.

So, a blog it is.

As to the second question, it’s because I intend to write about what really matters.

I know how arrogant that sounds, but hear me out.

I named this blog, “Not Ourselves.” The typical usage of this idiom goes something like this. Somebody acts crazy or out of control, and when he calms down, he apologizes for excuses his behavior by saying, “I wasn’t myself.” (Yes, I just used the masculine pronoun for a generic person. Get used to it.)

But I use the phrase as a reference to one of my favorite verses from the Bible. In II Corinthians 4:5 (ESV), Paul writes: “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”

Did you catch it?

The apostle Paul in essence is saying, “I (along with my trusted colleagues) do not write to you so that you will know how awesome I am. I am not seeking to further my own reputation. My message is not about me. It’s about Jesus, who is both Christ and Lord. If you don’t yet understand how important that message is, that’s fine for now; I’ll do my best to serve you and to explain to you the weight and depth and height and grandness of this concept. For the sake of Jesus, I will communicate this message to you.”

I did not start a blog so that I can convince you how smart, how clever, or how witty I am. I don’t want you to read this blog and come away thinking that I am important. I’m not. I will write so that you can know how important Jesus is.

And HE is what really matters.

How’s that for starters?

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