Refocusing this blog

May 16, 2010


Photo by Dani Ihtatho (license)

It may be a little late to celebrate, but this seems like a milestone worth noting: I have been blogging now for over seven years! (I actually rounded the corner on January 3rd, to be precise.) But I thought I’d mention it since I’m giving blog one another more careful attention. You may have noticed:

  • The domain name has changed to
  • The look has changed, especially the banner image.
  • After seven years, I have changed my tagline to something new. What do you think?

But even more than those cosmetic changes, I have been working on making my posts more focused. In my 2009 Blogging Retrospective, I asked, “What would you like me to write about?” Samia responded,

I really enjoy reading what you have to say about evangelism, and the church. I guess your posts on spirituality in general are the most interesting to me.

That was like a beautiful slap in the face, reminding me of what I really want to do here: I want blog one another to be a place where you can reexamine Jesus, especially in light of our changing culture. If you are willing to question the standards, customs and institutions of a different era, you may find yourself face-to-face with something unexpected… something fresh, yet also ancient.

And when I say something, I really mean someone.

If you are up for it, I hope you will join me on this ride. Let’s see where it goes; let’s see where he leads.

If that speaks to you or intrigues you, I’d like to ask you to do a few things to keep the conversation rolling:

  • Keep chiming in on the comments, not just to me but to each other.
  • Several of you still point your RSS newsreaders to Please point them instead to:
  • If you do not subscribe, you have a couple different options, including email delivery.
  • Know others who should be part of this conversation? Whether through email, Facebook, Twitter, or — gasp! — actual conversation, just point them to

Expect more changes in the weeks to come — hopefully good ones! Although I’ve been blogging for over seven years, I feel like I’m learning all over again. The changes you see are thanks to a great e-book called 31 Days to Build a Better Blog and the helpful people I’ve encountered as we go through the program together. If you’re a blogger, I encourage you to give this e-book a try; click to learn more.

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

10 responses to Refocusing this blog

  1. I notice the change in your banner and tagline earlier this weekend, and I like it! You truly have a gift for starting conversations and encouraging people to really think about what it is we’re doing out for and with Jesus. I still haven’t responded to your last comment back to me b/c it’s seriously still wrapping itself around my head. That’s what I love about it! Reading your blog, as well as my dad’s (, always make me look at what I’m doing in my daily life, and I think that’s exactly what I should be doing. It’s great to have people out there encouraging folks to really think!!
    Thanks Jon!!

  2. Jon, you are one of the people I’ve been blessed to find on the bloggosphere that not only stimulate good conversation with good content and questions, but have also become a friend.
    I like your growing and focused, blog. Love the tagline.

  3. New to your blog through 31DBBB. I have enjoyed it so far. Looking forward to reading what God does with you in the future. Isn’t it good to know that the Lord can still be changing us, remaking us, and refocusing us? He never gets old or tired. –Richard

  4. i’m strapped in for the ride Jon.

  5. Samia Perkins May 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Perfect! And anytime you need a beautiful slap in the face, I’m here :).
    I think you’ve given me some of those, as well.

  6. Carrie, your words really encourage me. Sometimes I wonder if people “get” what I am doing here, but since you stated it more eloquently than I, something must be getting through!
    I had to go searching to find the last comment you were talking about, but I think I found it. I look forward to your thoughts, they don’t have to be complete. Whose are? Let’s wrestle together. …Wait, that didn’t come out right.

  7. Chad, it has been a while since I’ve formed a friendship over the Internet. The honor is all mine. Thank you for challenging me to improve my first attempt at rethinking my tagline!
    Folks, if you haven’t been over to Chad’s blog, do yourself a favor and go there now.

  8. Richard, thank you for your encouraging words. You know, there has been more than one time when I got tired of blogging. But each time, I’ve been brought back because I have something I simply have to share, either my frustrated wrestlings with God or my joyous discoveries. Further up and further in!

  9. shallowfrozenwater, please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. 🙂

  10. Samia, let’s just keep alternating between slapping and thanking. *thwack!*