Beyond the Phoenix Preacher
Yesterday I gave my perspective on my time at Michael Newnham’s Phoenix Preacher blog.
Today, what comes after the Phoenix Preacher?
A few years ago, after Michael’s first retirement, several of us moderators teamed up to form a blog called From the Ashes. I think we accomplished our main goal, which was to keep the community at PP together. The community returned to Michael’s blog when he restarted PP, and FTA’s time clearly having come and gone closed up shop.
There are no plans for a revival of From the Ashes. There’s no need, because there are several blogs, most started by former PP regulars, that can help keep the community, fellowship and ministry going online.
More than Coping was started by Allan Adams, a.k.a. ERunner, that deals with issues of mental health and counseling from a Christian perspective. Allan has posted at PP almost from the beginning, and also posted at and wrote articles for FTA.
Lugum is a blog started by a former PP regular poster, Eric, that can talk about anything from web design to zombies to matters of faith.
Fifty Hours is the blog started by Matt and Esther DeWitt that simply is “a place to come to find healing in Jesus. Tell your story. Hear ours. Hear others. And, hopefully, hear God!”
And, of course, this is my personal blog, where I plan to resume writing about issues of faith and life from a Christian perspective. Some of those articles may be long, and some may be very short. I’ll not only look back at Phoenix Preacher from time to time but also personal issues that can be of help to a broad audience, as well as observations on contemporary issues. I plan to continue writing book reviews as well as the Link-a-thon that ran each Wednesday on PP.
Please keep in mind that none of us are Michael Newnham. We don’t have his calling, nor his unique skill set and giftings. We are our own people, made uniquely in the image of God, who are in various ways inspired by Michael but following God’s unique direction for our own lives and blogs (whether the blogs last seven days, seven weeks, seven months, seven years, or longer!).
One last note – please keep Michael in your prayers. He is still with us, thankfully 🙂 and could use your support in prayer, with a kind word, in other areas as you are led by the Spirit. He gave much to so many for so long…it’s only right that we give back to him as we can right now.
His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.