I have decided to mark the new academic year (an important time for many of my readers although not for myself) with a new title for this blog: Gentle Wisdom. For the moment I am leaving everything else unchanged, although maybe I ought to look for a gentler picture than the mountain.
I don’t intend this to herald any major changes to this blog. But I intend to steer away from controversies like the atonement one and focus more on what is positive and beneficial, perhaps moving in a more devotional direction.
I am not changing the blog’s URL, so existing links will still work. However, if you have blogrolled me, please change the blog name in your link.
Why did I make this change? Well, I was never completely happy with the name Speaker of Truth. I always felt that it came across as a little bit arrogant for me to claim in this way to speak God’s truth. I wrote
I chose to call this blog “Speaker of Truth” because I believe that God has called me to speak the truth about him to the whole world on the Internet.
I am holding on to this calling, but realising that to proclaim it so publicly is not really gentle wisdom.
The new title Gentle Wisdom in fact comes from a prophetic word, or perhaps a word of knowledge or wisdom, given to me at the Soul Survivor camp which I attended a couple of weeks ago (and which I write more about here). The person praying for me, who didn’t know me at all, spoke the words “gentle wisdom” and suggested that showing this was God’s calling for me. I accepted this as confirmation of how I already felt God was leading me, and I also realised that it would make a good blog title.
The difficulty for me now is how to live up to this new title. I know that I have not always been gentle and not always wise in what I have written on this blog in the past. But I know that wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit and gentleness is one of his fruits. And the wisdom I want to show is not the wisdom of this world which God has made foolish, but the wisdom of God even when it is foolishness to humankind (1 Corinthians 1:20-25). This “wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy” (James 3:17, NRSV). So I pray that God may give me through the Holy Spirit this divine wisdom and the ability to express it in gentleness.
If any of you my readers feel that I am not being gentle or not being wise in anything which I write here, please let me know, in comments or privately to peter AT qaya DOT org. I say this because I need to remain properly accountable.