New blog, new name

RIP Truth on the Way

While this site is currently shiny, clean, and new, it is by no means the first time I have attempted blogging. For the last 8 years or so, I have sporadically written blog posts at a site called Truth on the Way. Sadly, I was affected by the recent administrative snafu by my hosts 123-Reg and that site was killed in one fell swoop. As a professional geek, I know that this situation was entirely avoidable and it would be an understatement to say that I was appalled at what happened. But it has also given me a chance to make a bit of a fresh start and who doesn’t like a clean sheet of paper? You could say it’s Romans 8:28 in action!

A clean start

Having found myself with no easily-restorable backup, I had decided to set up a fresh site under the old name and restore older articles bit by bit alongside writing new posts. Once I had selected a new host, I saw that I had the opportunity to register a new domain name for free and change the site name. As it happens, I had been growing increasingly uncomfortable with the name of the old site – I chose it as a 24-year-old, and spent all of 2 minutes thinking what it should be. It seemed like a good fit back then, but as I’ve grown and (hopefully) matured, it no longer seemed to say everything I wanted it to.

What’s wrong with Truth on the Way?

In many ways, nothing at all. On the one hand, it nicely summarises that all who name Jesus as Lord are on a journey of discovery with Him. However, I decided to move away from the name because it no longer reflects how I see the Christian life working. To 24-year-old Jon, the Christian faith was essentially about knowing what is true from what is false and then living it out. It’s not an uncommon approach to life. After all, didn’t Jesus say “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”?

As I’ve grown, I’ve increasingly found it an inadequate way to live. It’s not enough to get your doctrine all sorted and lined up. It’s not enough to attempt to put good Christian principles to work in your life. It’s not enough to ponder theology and wonder about what makes God tick. While none of these are unimportant, they can easily become dead-ends that trap us from the true source of life. The same Jesus who spoke in John 8:32 also said:

You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.
John 5:39-40 (HCSB)

From Glory to Glory

Starting the hunt for a new name, I threw some name ideas down on a piece of paper. I very quickly found myself drawn to names that were inspired by a verse in 2 Corinthians:

We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (HCSB)

After searching for possible domain names, I decided that the name for my blog would be From Glory to Glory. I’ll be posting a bit to share what it was about this verse that drew me, and precisely why I settled on this name. For now, suffice it to say that this best represents how I believe the Christian life is supposed to be – a life lived in Jesus, devoted to Him, beholding His glory, and finding ourselves changed by His Spirit into His likeness day-by-day as we do so.

So welcome to my new blog. I hope you find it interesting. I hope you find it inspiring. I hope you find it useful. But above all, I hope you meet with Jesus and get to know Him a bit better through the things I write and share.