Welcome to Reflected Riddles!

Welcome to my new blog home, Reflected Riddles!

My old blog, The Welcome Matt, was getting dated and – let’s face it – the name was just downright cheesy. This new title better expresses and communicates what I want the blog to be about.

Why “Reflected Riddles”?
In a letter he wrote to the church in Corinth, Paul penned these words:

When the perfect comes, the partial will pass away… For now, we see in a mirror dimly – but then, we will see face to face. Now, I know in part – then, I shall know fully.

Paul is talking about waiting for the world to be redeemed by Jesus, and the difference it will make when that wholeness is restored.

The phrase “in a mirror dimly” is based off of the Greek words “esoptron en ainigma”… literally, mysteries (or riddles) in mirrors. (You might recognize ainigma as the root of our English word “enigma”…)

In essence, Paul is saying that while the world is being redeemed – until it is finally and fully restored – there’s a lot of things that are going to be fuzzy for us. As we follow Jesus the best we know how and try and figure things out, that’s what we’re going to be dealing with: riddles in mirrors.

Things we can’t nail down. Things we can’t take dogmatic stances on. Because for now, we see in part. For now, we try to make some kind of sense out of reflected riddles.

And so that’s what this blog is all about: a place for me to throw out ideas I have about these mysteries, these riddles, and a place where, hopefully, you can engage in some conversation and dialog.

What to Expect From Reflected Riddles
“Regular” posts go up at RR on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. These are thoughts about anything from heaven to homosexuality, from creationism to postmodern culture. They come from a place of wrestling with real issues the Church and the world face, and a heart of desiring to reach people with the good news of the Kingdom.

Every Tuesday is Top Five Tuesdays at RR. These are fun posts designed to get you guys talking and sharing with one another as you’re invited to make a “best of” list on a wide variety of random topics.

I love following technology and web 2.0 kind of stuff, and so any interesting stuff I feel the need to share in that vein will be posted on Saturdays.

And finally, I love to read. I made it a personal goal to read 30 books a year, and as I read them I will post reviews of those books on Sundays.

Hope that gives you a feel for what goes on around here. I invite and encourage you to join in the conversation!

So update your bookmarks (http://reflectedriddles.blogspot.com), and if you’re reading in an RSS reader make sure to delete The Welcome Matt and point your reader to http://feeds.feedburner.com/ReflectedRiddles instead.

Thanks for coming along for the ride, and I’d love to hear your feedback on the new site!

Welcome to Reflected Riddles!

Welcome to my new blog home, Reflected Riddles!

My old blog, The Welcome Matt, was getting dated and – let’s face it – the name was just downright cheesy. This new title better expresses and communicates what I want the blog to be about.

Why “Reflected Riddles”?
In a letter he wrote to the church in Corinth, Paul penned these words:

When the perfect comes, the partial will pass away… For now, we see in a mirror dimly – but then, we will see face to face. Now, I know in part – then, I shall know fully.

Paul is talking about waiting for the world to be redeemed by Jesus, and the difference it will make when that wholeness is restored.

The phrase “in a mirror dimly” is based off of the Greek words “esoptron en ainigma”… literally, mysteries (or riddles) in mirrors. (You might recognize ainigma as the root of our English word “enigma”…)

In essence, Paul is saying that while the world is being redeemed – until it is finally and fully restored – there’s a lot of things that are going to be fuzzy for us. As we follow Jesus the best we know how and try and figure things out, that’s what we’re going to be dealing with: riddles in mirrors.

Things we can’t nail down. Things we can’t take dogmatic stances on. Because for now, we see in part. For now, we try to make some kind of sense out of reflected riddles.

And so that’s what this blog is all about: a place for me to throw out ideas I have about these mysteries, these riddles, and a place where, hopefully, you can engage in some conversation and dialog.

What to Expect From Reflected Riddles
“Regular” posts go up at RR on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. These are thoughts about anything from heaven to homosexuality, from creationism to postmodern culture. They come from a place of wrestling with real issues the Church and the world face, and a heart of desiring to reach people with the good news of the Kingdom.

Every Tuesday is Top Five Tuesdays at RR. These are fun posts designed to get you guys talking and sharing with one another as you’re invited to make a “best of” list on a wide variety of random topics.

I love following technology and web 2.0 kind of stuff, and so any interesting stuff I feel the need to share in that vein will be posted on Saturdays.

And finally, I love to read. I made it a personal goal to read 30 books a year, and as I read them I will post reviews of those books on Sundays.

Hope that gives you a feel for what goes on around here. I invite and encourage you to join in the conversation!

So update your bookmarks (http://reflectedriddles.blogspot.com), and if you’re reading in an RSS reader make sure to delete The Welcome Matt and point your reader to http://feeds.feedburner.com/ReflectedRiddles instead.

Thanks for coming along for the ride, and I’d love to hear your feedback on the new site!

Follow Friday: The Church of No People

If you don’t follow another fellow named Matt on his blog The Church of No People, you need to. It’s pretty much a non-negotiable. He seamlessly weaves satire and parody in with serious stuff and makes you think and laugh and reconsider things you thought you thought.
He just writes plain awesome stuff like his latest post on the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. Go read it. And while you’re over there, make sure you check out some of my other favorites:

Follow Friday: The Church of No People

If you don’t follow another fellow named Matt on his blog The Church of No People, you need to. It’s pretty much a non-negotiable. He seamlessly weaves satire and parody in with serious stuff and makes you think and laugh and reconsider things you thought you thought.
He just writes plain awesome stuff like his latest post on the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. Go read it. And while you’re over there, make sure you check out some of my other favorites: