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Category Archives: Blog Sabbatical

A Personal Update (and Some Changes Coming to Kingdom People)

My plan is not to spend less time blogging, but to blog less.

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Taking a Break and Asking for Prayer

In the month of July, I will be setting aside the blog as I devote my attention to making significant progress on my dissertation.

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Meet Aaron Earls

I’m excited to welcome Aaron Earls to the Kingdom People team. Aaron is doing some proofing and editing to help me as I blog.

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See You in August!

Kingdom People is in good hands for the month of July.

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers for July 2013

I hope to schedule 10-15 posts from guest bloggers for the month of July. If you’re interested in submitting something, take a look at the following qualifications…

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We Interrupt This Program…

Kingdom People is in good hands for the month of July. My hope is that you won’t even miss me!

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers for July 2012

If you take a look at my sidebar and peruse my blog archives by month, you might notice something odd: there is no July for 2008, 2009, or 2010. The month skips from June to August each year. That’s because, for those three years, I spent the month of July away from social media and the blog world. 31 days without any blogging or tweeting or updating my facebook.

Blogging is an act of stewardship, an act that is fraught with peril even as it is bursting with possibilities. One of the only ways I know how to check my heart and discern where blogging is potentially harmful to my soul is to get away from it.

Last year, I approached my annual “sabbatical” differently. I re-ran some older posts from my blog archive. And I provided a platform for some other bloggers.

I’m going to take the same approach this year. I hope to schedule 10-15 posts from guest bloggers for the month of July. If you’re interested in submitting something, take a look at the following qualifications:

    You must be an active blogger yourself. (I would link to your blog or website.)
    You must be familiar with the Kingdom People audience and willing to write accordingly.
    You must focus on delivering helpful, edifying content for the good of the church and the glory of God.
    You must submit the guest posts to me by June 21.

If you meet these qualifications, then send me an email, tell me the subject you’d like to write about, and then …

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Signing Off… Temporarily

After five years and 2,551 blog posts, it’s time for a new phase for Kingdom People. Exciting days are ahead! I look forward to sharing more about the changes soon.

For the new phase to begin, there are some technical and design things that need to be worked out in the next week. Therefore, I am effectively “signing off” until the week of January 22.

Don’t worry about having to re-subscribe or find me somewhere else on the web. We hope to get all those kinks worked out so that the transition will be smooth. You’re welcome to speculate in the comments about what’s going on with the blog, but I can neither confirm nor deny.

See you on the other side!

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A Blog Break

For the past three years, I have taken a break from blogging during the month of July. I have found that this time away has been spiritually and mentally refreshing.

This year, I’m planning something a little different. Instead of letting the blog soil lie fallow for a month, I’ve enlisted more than a dozen talented bloggers and writers to contribute posts and book reviews. I’ve already read through all the contributions, and I have scheduled them to be released one day at a time during the month of July. The posts are great, and I look forward to seeing the response they generate.

I have also repackaged some older posts of my own from the blog, posts that contain ideas that might benefit from being given “new life” on the blog again.

The daily “Worth a Look” posts and the weekly “Trevin’s Seven” will be contributed by my friend, Marc Cortez.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up in July:

    “The Smokescreen of Protesting”
    “Getting to Know Our Muslim Neighbors”
    Jerry Rankin on the gospel and missions
    An indictment on ear-tickling preaching that may surprise you
    What a missional youth group looks like
    Evaluating what “numbers” mean in our churches
    The gift of dead mentors

That’s just scratching the surface. As you can see, Kingdom People is in good hands for the month of July. My hope is that you won’t even miss me! Seriously, I believe you’ll be encouraged and challenged by the guest contributors, and I encourage you to add these bloggers to your feedreader. They …

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers for the Month of July

If you take a look at my sidebar and peruse my blog archives by month, you might notice something odd: there is no July for 2008, 2009, or 2010. The month skips from June to August each year. That’s because, for the past three years, I have spent the month of July away from social media and the blog world. 31 days without any blogging or tweeting or updating my facebook.

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy blogging. I am continually encouraged that people find this blog useful. But my annual social-media break is beneficial to my soul.

Blogging is an act of stewardship, an act that is fraught with peril even as it is bursting with possibilities. One of the only ways I know how to check my heart and discern where blogging is potentially harmful to my soul is to get away from it.

But this year, things are a bit more complicated. I’m going to have to approach my annual “sabbatical” differently. First off, the number of people who visit and read this blog is twice the size it was last year at this time. In addition, a few months ago, I opened up the sidebar to sponsors/advertisers. Likewise, Kingdom People is available on Kindle for a small fee per month. It seems unfair to expect advertisers and Kindle subscribers to pay for a service if the blog goes quiet for a month.

I’ve considered foregoing my regular sabbatical. Why not just blog all through the …

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