I have to admit I feel little bad about my comments on Paul's most recent post below. He offered a light hearted reflection on how we can complain about 'problems' most people would like to have. The post triggered a history of comments I have heard (and made) over time. I responded critically. I do not feel bad about responding critically but I do feel bad that my reason for blogging and responding may not be clear. I read blogs only when I feel I can learn substantially <i>or</i> when I feel there is the opportunity for a rigorous exchange of views and approaches. Blogs are not primarily 'social networks' for me, though they are social. In this way I would like to state my approach to blogging up front. I hope to offer posts that I think people, particularly the Mennonite church, would benefit from engaging in. And I respond to posts because I feel it is important to challenge, clarify and support things being said. There are many blogs I read where people start coming off as 'jerks' because they keep pushing people on a point of clarification or criticism. I hope this space can emerge where such conversations are valued (along with other approaches to conversations) and not rejected for the challenges such exchanges can make on us.
For interests sake I would be curious to hear the other main blog contributors post on their hopes and intentions for this space.