Gradual Makeover

If you are a regular at thinkhardthinkwell.com (love ya, Mom!), you may have noticed some changes in appearance over the last few weeks. I’ve been trying to make the site a more user-friendly vehicle for thoughtful content, which is what I always hoped it would be–though I also use it to post photos, links, and missions updates from time to time.

The first change: I’ve gone “all in” with WordPress and integrated the blog with the “www.thinkhardthinkwell.com” domain, which I already owned through 1and1. This was pretty easy to do, and now all my posts and uploads just have “thinkhardthinkwell.com/whatever,” rather than “thinkhardthinkwell.wordpress.com/whatever.”

(I’m not sure I ever explained the story behind the name of this blog. When I was a teenager, I attended a Christian philosophy/apologetics/theology/evangelism camp called Worldview Academy. I credit WVA with setting me on track to be a thoughtful Christian. If you have or are a teenager, I would recommend WVA summer camps–they are fun, even though they will try to convince you that “joy,” not “fun,” is the goal. Anyway, the slogan of Worldview Academy for a very long time was, “Think hard, think well.” As I check their website today, I see that they now use the slogan, “Find your reason.” Perhaps my reservation of the thinkhardthinkwell.com domain years ago led the slogan change. I like to think that this blog has had at least some impact on the world. Anyway…)

Another change is that I have begun to use the “excerpt” function on my posts to avoid cluttering up the front page. Previously, each blog entry displayed the entire post on the front page, so lengthy posts pushed older headlines out of sight. Now, you can see a dozen titles with a single flick of the scroll wheel. Hopefully, this will make it easier to review older posts.

In “excerpting” older posts, I’ve also made better use of the “Categories,” which are now prominently displayed on the top-right of the homepage. I know that some of you are more interested in my “Bible” stuff and less interested in my hobby, economics. Now you can quickly review the archives by category.

With these cosmetic changes, I’ve republished some older material, presenting my favorite posts from previous years. The top posts from 2008-2012 are highlighted, and 2013 is scheduled for this week. I hope some of the titles pique your curiosity. Feel free to comment, or shoot me an email if you want to chat about anything here.

A few years ago, a mentor gave me the following advice: “Don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t be able to explain in a job interview, in an ordination examination, or face-to-face with a person you’re writing about.” I haven’t always followed that advice on Facebook; but I recently got rid of my Facebook account permanently (maybe I’ll blog about that decision sometime!). I have to say that I stand by my record on thinkhardthinkwell: I don’t always agree with what I wrote years ago (or even months ago), but I’m proud of how I presented my opinions. It’s humbling to think that God has protected me thus far from saying something too stupid. (That’s what Twitter is for!)

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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