Why does the Christian world need another blog?
Well, in the sense of true necessities like air, water, or food – or spiritually speaking, like God’s Word and God’s Spirit – no, Christendom does not need another blog.
Yet, three factors push us forward.
First, in keeping with God’s command to exercise dominion over His creation (Genesis 1:26), believers of all generations have attempted to steward technological advances to Kingdom ends. The internet is no exception. The digital universe is perhaps the most powerful communication advance since Gutenberg’s printing press. Christians had better learn to redeem the digital tableau from forces that twist it to sinful ends.
Second, Scripture often speaks of the Church Universal, of which local churches picture in miniature. Christ’s body, whether local or universal, serves itself – members mutually minister to each other. Simply put, we write to serve the body. This blog has and will continue to be a collaborative effort: gifted writers, artists, and web-technicians pool their efforts to create a forum for gifted readers to interact, thus moving the whole production forward for the body’s benefit.
Third, Paul took his soul-saving message to centers of religious thought: Jewish gatherings like synagogues and riversides; Greek ones like Mar’s Hill or city centers. English-speaking religious thinking is moving to digital space and, frankly, has been for quite some time. Publishing begins online. Believers research exclusively online. Seekers seek online.
We write to redeem our little corner of the digital universe; we write for the edification of those who know God and for the evangelism of those who do not.
These mental gymnastics probably seem superfluous to anyone under the age of forty. Of course Christian writers should write online. Still yet, all we have done is answer the question of why, which begs the question of how Rooted will distinguish itself as a consistent source of excellent Christian content.
We take our title from Ephesians 3:14-19:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith- that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
In this singularly rich prayer request, Paul tells us that one’s foundation – being rooted and grounded – is essential to a full Christian experience. We write from and to that foundation. Let us explain.
Rooted in faithful submission to God’s Word. We hope to provide well-researched and thoroughly biblical articles that speak to all matters of faith – honest struggles, hopeful ideals, helpful resources, pastoral counsel, biblical thinking about current issues, and more.
Rooted in love for God’s people. Our writers must be accessible to anyone serious about following Christ, dogmatic where Scripture demands stridency, and humble in everything. “God rejects the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We offer no repudiation of other Christian blogs, but hope to provide resources that help believers walk more closely with their Savior. To whatever degree other voices advance that mission, we will use them to God’s glorious ends.
Rooted in a rich theological heritage. We write unapologetically from traditional Protestant convictions. We believe that the Bible teaches a certain core of non-negotiable beliefs. Fancy-talking theologians call them the sine qua non of biblical faith. We stand on the shoulders of faithful men who believed, explained, and expounded these truths – truths we hold dear. We are neither blind to the foibles and faults of these men, nor are we eager to highlight those shortcomings. We’re all broken vessels in the Master’s hands. However He chooses to use our feeble efforts, we return all praise to the Savior who redeems us.