Saturday, December 17, 2016

Why “Barnabas File”?

I have posted more than 1000 offerings on this blog over the past 10 years.  My first post was “Hello! I'm Ircel. Trying a blog is something of an adventure for me, but I am willing to give it a shot.”  Yes. That was it!

This blog was a continuation of a monthly column I wrote first for Reflections, the collegiate ministry newsletter of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.  I took the title with me as I began writing a column for the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship newsletter.  Where did I get the title?  The “file” part predates the computer file and goes back to an old manila file into which I would drop notes with ideas about future projects or things I wanted to comment about.  “Barnabas” is one of my favorite characters in scripture; he was a person who looked for the best in others and was called “son of encouragement” by the early apostles.  The name honors those who have been encouragers to me and embodies what I hope to be to others

My topics over the years have been varied.  I first wrote about my involvement in the work of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and concerns about the future of the church.  Increasingly, I began to talk about personal insights—spiritual, relational, and professional.  More and more, I just write about what interests me from book and film reviews to space travel.  I won't say that I don't have an agenda; everybody does, but I hope I express mine with courtesy and curiosity.

The most important driver of my writing is that I write about what interests me.  I am always surprised when there is a spike in readers of a particular post.  Here are the five most read posts:

Dec 13, 2016
Jan 14, 2015
Jul 18, 2016
Nov 26, 2015
Aug 11, 2016

From time to time, I touch on a subject with which others resonate.  I am grateful for those who read, respond, and share with others.

What will I write about in the coming year?  I have no idea.  I don’t even know what I will write about next week.  But I will write something and look forward to response and feedback.  Thanks for reading.

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