I'm finishing an article for the Relevant Leader this week that will be published in the spring issue. The Leader is part of the Relevant Network and is done by the same people who create Relevant Magazine. I was honored to be asked and it's been a fun project to work on.
The folks at Relevant were very flexible. The basic request was for a piece about how blogs can be used as a ministry communication tool. I was tempted to go the excerpt route and repackage a section of the book, but that felt a little like cheating. Besides, I thought I must have something new to say on the subject in the six months since I turned in the final draft.
So, I've approached the piece as an extension or addendum to the book, especially the chapters "Warning Labels" and "Built to Last". The general theme is that blogs are good, but they could be so much more. They are not a good thing in and of themselves. Like any tool, a blog can be harmful or misused, and can distract you from what God has called you to do. I know because I've faced these challenges myself. I'm writing about three areas that can cause problems and how to get past them.
I hope to be able to publish the article here soon. My working title is "Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile". You'll see why when you read it!