I'm somewhat skeptical about the value of blogs, for most read like bad Christmas form letters--many too many uninteresting personal details--with a layer of self-help added on (though, honestly, I'm not sure that I'll do much differently).
This blog represents a sea change for me, a coming out of sorts. For quite awhile now I've been both a Christian and a sociologist but have kept the two mostly separate. With tenure and sabbatic leave behind me, I think that I have the confidence and the motivation to "come out" in academia with my faith and move toward integrating it with my career as a social scientist.
Where will this lead? I'm not sure. I am switching my research agenda to the sociology of Christianity and am currently working on several such projects. I also find myself wanting to use sociology to benefit other Christians.
Blogging, hopefully, gives me a chance to sound out, and perhaps get feedback on, ideas either not yet or never ready for publication. Besides, I might have a little fun.