Happy New Year to my friends, family, and random strangers who run across me in a Google search for complaints about being non-confrontational or having a high forehead! My introductory post is up at Word, the shared blog for Christ Community Church's Bible-in-a-Year readthrough.
I'm one of seven bloggers - including my mom - who will be posting weekly. My day is Sunday, which I suspect was intentional to force me to be the first to publish. For some reason, having my ramblings out here in public for the last eight years or so makes me appear to be a veteran blogger, and they thought I'd have an idea of what to do so everyone else could follow my lead. Hah!
Well, I've known how to ramble un-self-consciously for an audience since my college improv comedy days, and was trained by our "To Tell a Joke" improv game that it's sometimes necessary to be the first to volunteer to jump out there and say something - anything, no matter how stupid - to give others time to come up with something better. The director would ask the audience for suggestions (a profession) we would use within a preset joke framework (ten thousand "whatevers" walk into a bar...) and take turns coming up with impromptu puns based on the audience feedback. Usually, the volunteer "sacrifice" would step out immediately and speak slowly, at length, making very little sense, and face the befuddlement and groans of the audience with good grace while the other troupe members racked up idea after idea for actual "good" jokes.
Yeah, they might say I'm a "hard act to follow", but in my mind, I'm the "sacrifice" to give them time to come up with a better plan.
I debated for a while whether to cross-post my submissions in their entirety here on NFTGB, but ultimately decided I'd rather direct the traffic, and the comments, to that site - the more the merrier over there for the readthrough. So, head on over to Word for my thoughts on Genesis chapters 1-3 and Matthew chapter 1... and on behalf of the blog-reading community, get some discussion started while you're at it.