Should blogging be added to the list of classic spiritual disciplines?

Recently, I have heard the comment that  perhaps blogging takes away from the pastoral role… that maybe if the pastor spent less time typing away at the computer, they would have more time to… You can imagine all the things one could say to finish the sentence.

For me, as a pastor, blogging has become somewhat of a spiritual discipline. It is one of the ways that I practice the Presence. Because I don’t have time to do it during the day, I choose to wake up earlier. So, in the wee hours of the morning with coffee in hand, I begin to search my soul for what has inspired me during the week or month. You could even go as far to say that it is a form of an Examen.

Because Harry and I have chosen to blog about our practicing the presence, I do not blog until I have spent time in centering prayer and meditating on scripture. I begin my time with God each morning by naming the persons in my life and in my congregation that are needing healing or guidance from God, then I move to thanksgiving for the persons in my life and congregation who have inspired me or co-labored with me recently.

During this time, I practice noticing in prayer and in reading what inspires me to blog. I find great inspiration and creativity in blogging each day. I also find it personally inspiring to read again and again the things that stirred my soul and drew me into deeper understanding of who I am as a child of God .

One of the practices that I value as a pastor is beginning any meeting or rehearsal with a time of centering ourselves in God’s presence. Before I began my adventures in blogging, I would read from various books and devotionals but now, I use my blog as my own resource for devotionals and prayer times with members of the congregation. I find that it fosters transparency and intimacy between myself and the persons I am working with or leading.

I am convinced that blogging keeps me accountable, keeps me focused on the spirit’s movement and helps me to stay refreshed spiritually. All of these are qualities that foster a healthy spiritual life for persons in ministry or anyone for that matter.

Journaling has long been accepted as a spiritual discipline… perhaps we need to add blogging to the list.

0 replies
  1. Brian Gumm
    Brian Gumm says:

    I’ll gladly add my support to this suggestion! Most recently, blogging helped me prayerfully reflect on the passing of my grandfather, and the blog post which emerged ended up being the eulogy that I delivered at his funeral a few days later, a message which God seemed very much active in both in myself and the people it reached.

  2. Jeff Raught
    Jeff Raught says:

    My first instinct as I read this…….Journaling seems to be a very private thing. Blogging quite the opposite. Would we write the same thing in a blog that we would write in a journal? I know that there are things in a journal that I would never let anyone see. Please understand I’m not being critical. But that’s what struck me about how different these two things would seem to be. The discipline part is good, but it seems like a very different place to be writing from.

    • Beth Jarrett
      Beth Jarrett says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jeff. I definitely understand where you are writing from… and perhaps there is some unconscious censoring that happens with me as I write… Part of Harry and I’s goal in writing this blog is to share what we are learning, experiencing as we practice a more centered and contemplative lifestyle. We share our mountaintop experiences as well as our valley experiences… our successes and failures… and I would say that is pretty intimate stuff. I hope that in sharing these things and being transparent about my own journey, it will inspire others to join me.


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