About

Welcome to Blog One Another: Stretching between faith & culture… to find Jesus. Faith and culture often seem like colliding forces, whether you’re a Christian or an atheist. But I’m getting used to straddling the two.

I’m Jon Reid, a “third culture kid.” As an American missionary kid growing up in Japan, I was the child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

Blog One Another is a diary of my spiritual journey, as I navigate between two forces:

  • Why is most evangelism a horrible experience? Are we spreading “bad news” instead of “good news”?
  • By mimicking culture, have we created self-centered, passive, Consumer Christianity? I, me, mine!
  • Why are Christianity and politics in bed with each other? Are Christianity and science really at odds?
  • What does it look like to follow Jesus in our culture? Could you follow Jesus without becoming a “Christian”?

Instead of being locked in a wrestling match, can faith and culture come together in a divine dance?

Pick one:

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What does “Blog One Another” mean?

The most common guess is that it’s a play on “love one another.” Ehh, nice try.

Or maybe you feel like the poor grey fellow in the banner, torn between the two orange guys. Flog one another?

…Actually, this blog dates back to the time before blogs exploded in number. I didn’t know how blogs worked, and started it as an experiment: Could blogging promote spiritual growth? The name comes from a verse in the New Testament:

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)

Later, I started asking the same questions about Twitter when it came along. That’s why you’ll see me write an occasional post about the whys and hows of Twitter. Technology is a big part of our culture, and has a role to play in the dance with faith.

Some of my favorite posts

If you’re new to Blog One Another, let me highlight a few of my favorite posts to give you some starting points.

You can also check my archives for every post I’ve written, or use the search function in the right sidebar to find other posts you might like.

Stay in touch

Interested? I’d love to interact with you about how we can discover Jesus for our context. Here are a few ways to stay in touch:

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I look forward to hearing from you!

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