It has been a while since I’ve posted a blog. The length of my absence was driven by a combination of school and the new pastoral position I had taken. Things are less tied up in my schedule and so now, I plan to return.

While I’ve been gone, I had some time to muse over what the purpose of Beckon&Muse should be. After looking at other blogs and seeing the needs within the blogosphere, I feel that the focus of Beckon&Muse should and will be more lasered in on a single ambition. Beckon&Muse will be to gaze at everything from scripture, academia, culture, etc. and draw from them the ingredients with which God deserves to be worshipped.

I see a great need in the Body of Christ for hearts to be returned to doxological affections. In the Southern Baptist Convention, I have seen more than ever, the depth of this need. I am not saying that this need has not always existed, the need has recently increased, nor that there have not been brothers who have endeavored to meet this need. I am simply noting that I am seeing this need more than ever—and my passion is increased to participate in this war to be waged. So, please, come along and submit an article or comment to help in this endeavor for us to see our God magnified. As C.S. Lewis writes:

Pleasures are shafts of glory as it strikes our sensibility…I have tried since . . . to make every pleasure into a channel of adoration. I don’t mean simply by giving thanks for it. One must of course give thanks, but I meant something different . . .Gratitude exclaims, very properly, “How good of God to give me this.” Adoration says, “What must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations are like this!” One’s mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun. . . . If this is Hedonism, it is also a somewhat arduous discipline. But it is worth some labour.{{1}}

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[[1]] C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm Chiefly on Prayer (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1963), 89-90.[[1]]