So, new title.
I think New Ways Forward has been my title ever since I started blogging back in 2008.
That first title was about offering new answers to old question – about refusing to accept the all-to-common insistence that we must choose between two established and opposing systems of thought (Dispensational or Reformed, Calvinist or Arminian, Left or Right).
I chose it because that’s where I was in my journey at the time, finding my place and rethinking my faith after realizing how much the way I had understood Christianity had been shaped by certain systems, and by their conflict with other systems.
These days, that’s more of a part of my personal history, rather than a day-to-day struggle like it was back then. And so, the title New Ways Forward has become less than fitting.
And over time I’ve also begun to feel like that title is directing me in a way I’m no longer interesting in going – ironically encouraging a tendency towards tearing down something old instead of building something new. It’s funny really, how much a title can serve to set a direction for a blog.
The new title “of Paper, Pints, and Tweed” probably deserves some explanation, so I’ll have a go at that.
Paper is in reference to books and writing, which together take up a large amount of my daily life, and are things I’m deeply passionate about.
Pints is in part a nod to my love of a good craft beer and my attempts at home-brewing, but is also a way to acknowledge the many ways my faith has been deeply shaped by community and conversation, at times over a good pint of beer.
and Tweed, well, I suppose Tweed is a triple threat in a way. A reference to Tweed and I manage to allude to academia (specifically my fascination with theology and biblical studies), give a quick nod to Doctor Who, and indulge my love of all things British.
So there you have it. New title, new image, and a new focus for my posts (which I will explain more as I go forward).
Thank you to all of you who have stuck with me since the beginning or joined in along the way. Happy reading!