Friday, February 22, 2008

About the Blog Title

Well, today I enter the blogosphere. My wife and oldest daughter preceded me into this world of contact. As I thought about a title that would really characterize my life and interests I was struck with my latest studies of Scripture. I have recently been stirred by the fact that the supreme thing that God calls us to is simply love. Love God, and love my neighbor, even love my enemy. Love my wife as Christ loved the church. Scriptural commands. My love for my brothers and sisters in Christ is supposed to be sooooo pronounced that all men will know I am a student and follower of Jesus by my love for them.

As I pondered these things it dawned on me that when you think of how we are called to be holy, righteous, perfect, blameless, wise, etc., love would fulfill all of these. The problem is that I know that at root I am not loving, I'm selfish. So I guess what I'm saying is that I see in me a deficiency when it comes to loving God or people. Yet, I see love as the most attractive thing I can think of. I do find within me a desire to love. So, what I am doing is getting busy finding out how to love.

Academically I have been in and out of school most of my life. In fact, I have just restarted pursuing a PhD. It will no doubt be helpful in many ways toward my profession, yet my title here is intended to emphasize that the pursuit that really matters most to me is to love God and people. I intend to share studies from Scripture and thoughts about what God is doing in my life toward this goal.

I invite you to join me on this journey as I ponder and pursue love to the highest degree, learning from Him who is the embodiment of love -- my Savior Jesus Christ.

12 comments:

Jeremy said...

Brian,

Glad to see you in the "blogosphere." I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on the Word and seeing how God uses you to continue challenging me. Thanks for blogging!

Vevystefana said...

Yayayayayayayayayayayayayayay.

Heehee. :D
I love you daddy, thanks for leading the way into what God wants for us.

Myra said...

And to think that I get to be the first and foremost recipient of your pursuit of biblical love...being your mostest closest neighbor and all! I am in a very privileged and blessed position!Love you so much!

Patrick said...

Brian,

"Resistance is futile.. you will be assimilated (into the blogosphere)."

You're one of the few I've been waiting for to start a blog!

BTW, excellent first post.

Bern said...

Looking forward to reading more...well to cyberspace...

Stephen Jones said...

Welcome to the blogosphere, Professor Shealy. Thanks for challenging us to "excel still more" in this greatest of all virtues. You've already been an example to me in your life and in your ministry.

"Chone" said...

Welcome to the blogging world Brian! Can't wait to see how God is going to use your blog!

Jonathan Moorhead said...

Brian, welcome to the blogosphere! May I add your link to the TMS Alumni blog? I would also like to add you as a contributor to the the blog if you like. Feel free to email me!

Jean said...

Brian, I am looking forward to your posts! Myra's always encourages me and I know yours will as well. . .

pastorprof said...

Thanks to everyone for the encouraging welcome to blogging. And Jonathan feel free to add my link to the TMS Alumni site. I'd also be glad to be an occassional entrant there.

LeeC said...

Whee! I get to read more of your stuff!
I don't know how bloggers do it though. I made two posts just before Ian was born and that was it. Guess I don't have that much to say. :)

We miss you and your family Brother!

Lee

Thomas Pryde said...

Welcome!!! I am so glad to see you blogging... your ministry / teaching has been a tremendous blessing to me!