I'm grateful for each of you who gave your feedback on the blog in the last post. Thanks for taking the time to do that!
Here's what I take away. Yes, it can be daunting to dive into this conversation. But I shouldn't undervalue the "lurkers" in each post. And so long as we keep markers available for newcomers--they all exist on the tabs at the top of the blog, but perhaps we could consolidate them under a "get started here" tab--perhaps I shouldn't worry about this unduly.
And thanks for your comments on my LGBT comment. It was on my mind because it had come up multiple times in the last couple of weeks. (And let me emphasize that I by no means meant to say that Christianity Today was runnning a story on this. Rather a freelance writer tells me he's pushing a story on this to them enough that, he says, some editor there gave him follow-up questions for me. But this could easily turn out never to be heard from again.) But perhaps one just soldiers on and sees what happens.
I agree about multiple voices and I'm very grateful for all our guest posts, not least the recent ones. Please keep them coming! Bill's comment about how valuable it can be for the poster to comment on each comment that comes in is something I've just seen modeled by Peter...and I despair of ever being able to actually do it. But I'll certainly marvel at how well it works in Peter's hands.
Now that Irene is over, I'll revisit my hopes that you all--on the Eastern Seaboard--did well. It was a strange one, wasn't it, East Coasters? On the one hand, New York City-ites and most Bostonians derided it as largely a non-event. And yet it trashed places well north and west of us--parts of upstate New York and Vermont got hit very hard with flooding. We cancelled our church services on Sunday, which I recriminated about when that time came and things weren't that bad . But then I ventured outside and saw downed trees around my neighborhood and the power out a half block away and pretty much nobody still on the streets and our subway shut down. And it struck me that maybe I should just enjoy my day off.
To reiterate: Keep the posts coming!