Kevin DeYoung has a post on parenting this morning that is fantastic. Funny, insightful, and encouraging. Well worth the time to read. But that’s not really what I want to write about today.
Let me make a confession. The only reason I saw DeYoung’s post is because it showed up as a shared item in Google Reader. Because I unsubscribed from his blog feed months ago. I’ve got 556 feeds subscribed at the moment, so I’m obviously not culling feeds to keep the post volume down. But I felt for a while like the only thing he was writing was strident, detailed defenses of young, restless, and reformed Calvinist theology. And I was getting very tired of reading them.
DeYoung’s post this morning, though, struck me as very different. It’s funny, practical, and insightful. When I read it instead of feeling like somebody was trying to shove neo-Calvinism down my throat I felt like I was being encouraged by a guy in a similar situation to me. I felt like Kevin might be the kind of guy that I would enjoy hanging out with and getting to know.
And then (I’m slow) it dawned on me: he’s probably been this way the whole time. It’s just my impression that’s changed.
Which leads me to a larger question: are we aware of how our online appearance causes us to look to those who might read our stuff? And conversely, am I as a reader willing to remember that there is a fully-rounded person behind those words, even if he or she doesn’t seem rounded online?
Now, I know there’s a place for topical blogs, and I can infer from Kevin’s decision to blog on The Gospel Coalition site that he’s not shooting to have a free-for-all random blog. But there’s value these days for anyone trying to be influential online to show a more well-rounded picture of who they are.
As I page back through DeYoung’s recent blog posts, I have to confess he’s being more well-rounded than I had previously given him credit for. (Whether this is a recent change or my selective memory is an issue I’ll not try to resolve here.) While there are the expected slew of book reviews, quotes of Augustine, Jonathan Edwards, and Tim Keller, and critiques of Rob Bell, there is also a video of Real Madrid’s soccer trophy getting run over by a bus, a collection of creepy Easter Bunny pictures, and an Andrew Peterson song.
I guess this means this post is less of a critique of Kevin DeYoung and more of a mea culpa for not keeping up with what all he’s posted. It also means that you shouldn’t be surprised if the next three posts on my blog are a cartoon, a nerdy musical reference, and something about programming. After all, that’s pretty much how my brain goes. No sense in pretending otherwise.