Over the last few weeks, I have wondered how much more I have to say about culture and how to engage it. I think I have now said about all I need to say on this topic.
As a result, I am "moving on."
While this will be my final blog post on this site, I believe that I still have plenty of things to say about the world, philosophy, theology, faith, social issues, and other such things. So I want to invite you to check out my new blog, at http://scottshiffer.blogspot.com/
The new blog will be called Scott: Moving On. It will be a place where I share my thoughts and feelings on a wide range of issues.
I also have one more announcement to make in this posting.
Over the last couple of years, I have been feeling God's call to more church ministry. I know that is quite vague and could probably be elaborated on, but for now I just want to focus on one detail.
My family and I are members of The Community at Lakeridge. That is a church in Mansfield Texas. The church is part of a network called "Growing Healthy Churches." That network is designed to support new church plants.
I am now helping the church develop a program for church planters. The program is the vision of the pastor, Paul Mints. I have the utmost respect for Paul and the work that he does in the faith.
I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to help him develop this program for church planting teams to go through as they prepare to plant churches in north Texas, throughout the US, and in other countries.
In addition to helping develop this program, I believe I need to spend more time with my family, and especially with the children as they are so young. My wife and children have already sacrificed so much to allow me to be less present in the home while studying through a PhD and writing a dissertation, in addition to working full-time, teaching for several schools, and running the Pop-Culture Ministry.
So here is the announcement, the Pop-Culture and Faith Ministries, started in April of 2005 has now run its course. The ministry will be shutting down, and the website will no longer be up after March 7, 2012.
As with the new blog, I have created a new website (though it is not a pop-culture site), but it is still being developed, so when it is ready to view, I will put the link on the new blog.
For all of you who have been a part of the Pop-Culture and Faith Ministry, who have read or contributed to the Newsletters, who have followed this blog, who have had me speak at your churches, or who have attended conferences where our ministry has given presentations--Thank you so much!!!!
While the ministry is coming to an end, I am still available for dialogue, so if you ever want to ask me a question or talk with me about anything, feel free to shoot me an email or give me a call.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.