It’s hard to believe that R3 is entering its 4th year! (well technically “calendar year,” R3’s anniversary is in a few months). I never dreamed that I had enough to say to generate three posts a week. I find it amazing that I can do that. But that’s not the only thing that makes this 4th year so remarkable. It wasn’t that long ago that blogging didn’t exist.
Think about that one for a while!
The internet has been a great technology for growing people’s relationships with God. There is no other technology that allows someone to write in their spare time in Kansas but influence Christians in Australia, Indonesia, or even China. Or someone from Africa to influence people in Europe or America. The internet has had a profound impact on living a life of faith.
While religion blogging is dominated by several “big name” bloggers there has been more than enough room for smaller writers to develop a community. There are so many talented writers that I could spend an entire day simply surfing the internet reading. Now if only someone would pay me to do that…
But blogging isn’t the only change.
How we study the Bible has also changed. I can easily pull up Bible verses and do keyword searches online. If you own an iPhone you can download Bible apps and get the same thing. Never before has the Bible been so easy to access. While I still read a paper version of the Bible every day, I rarely use it for quick searches or to look things up. It just takes too long. Digital is the way to go.
And still there is more change.
Even the way we do Bible studies is different. There are online studies on hundreds of topics. Churches are giving away much of their own materials away for free. And now there are “social sites” popping up like EXAMEN.me. All dedicated to providing high quality Bible studies and devotionals.
There has never been a better time to learn about living out a life of faith. There has never been a time where so much has been available to so many. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what the future holds.
As we go into the New Year, here is my challenge to you: find a new way to study the Bible and follow it for the next 30 days. As you go through it, come back here and let us know how it’s going (I’m opening up the comments). Did it work? Was it a disaster? Did it revolutionize your life?