The Logos

August 28th, 2013

The ancient Greeks came up with this term, the “logos,” which is a beautiful idea that sparks imagination and original thought. In its simplest form, the word refers to the purpose, function, or meaning of a thing. The Greeks were fascinated with the meaning of things, and eventually they began musing about the meaning of life, hoping that a fuller understanding of the meaning of life would bring them happiness.
 
They pursued a number of definitions for the meaning of life, and as you might have guessed, there wasn’t much consensus. If you read John 1:1, the original text refers to the “Logos,” which John used specifically because of its meaning in the philosophy of the times. That was an immensely powerful assertion. Unfortunately, translated into English we just say, “In the beginning was the Word.” English doesn’t really do that text any justice.
 
I bring up the logos because I think it is a fitting discussion for this first post. If I’m going to write blog posts, I had better clarify my purpose. I’ve been thinking about social media and internet presence a lot recently, and for quite a while now I have avoided much of an investment in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or a blog. Earlier in my life, I tried investing in each of those in different ways, but I found it unproductive and frustrating. Now that I reflect on those experiences, I’ve realized something very humbling. The main reason for those frustrations and my failure to make anything productive out of social media was my own immaturity. I’d like to think I’ve grown up some since then, and I’d go so far as to say that I’ve done more growing in the last two or three years than at any other point in my life. That’s not to say I’ve “arrived” at some admirable level of maturity, but merely that I am more prepared to tackle something as complicated and unwieldy as social media.
 
So that’s what this is, in its broadest sense. This is my attempt to pursue a more mature approach to social media. To go a bit more specific, I intend to blog about whatever I believe will be most edifying for someone else to read. This is not going to be a platform for me to whine, or even a page for me to showcase myself. On the contrary I hope that whoever reads this blog does so in order to find something valuable, learn introspectively, and provoke much-needed conversations.
 
And one last point: I love Jesus Christ. Seeing as how everything we do is shaped by our worldview in some way, you should expect my blogging to reflect that as well. I’m constantly trying to be a better Christian, not for my own glory, but for God’s. I hope that is evident in the content I share here and the manner in which I share it. If you would like to learn more about my faith or just ask me some questions, I would love to talk to you. When it comes down to the things in life that matter most, my faith in Christ is unequivocally at the top, and that’s not something I say lightly. So ask me about it. Read about it here. Try it on, and let me know what you think.