Goodbye eChurch and thank you

Even though I’m officially on my blogging break, having heard the news that Stuart James has decided to call it a day with his eChurch blog, it feels right to offer an proper thank you.

eChurch has been one of the few blogs that I have deliberately visited most days.  Over the last four years Stuart has posted links to and commented on an incredibly wide and diverse range of news and opinion from across the political and religious spectrum.  His views have been balanced and well-considered and have often influenced my own articles when I’ve written on overlapping topics.  Stuart has also been amazingly honest and vulnerable talking about his own personal struggles and experiences.  You always knew when reading his articles that there wasn’t an underlying agenda and that was incredibly refreshing.

On top of all of these points, I’ve wanted to write this because of what Stuart has given me and this blog.  When I was a naive and inexperienced blogger, I contacted Stuart seeing him as one of the big guns in the Christian blogging community and asked if he could offer any advice.  From that moment he became one of my strongest supporters and has done a great deal to promote this blog over the last year or so.  He also convinced me to sign up to Twitter despite my initial skepticism towards it.  When I finally jumped in he was my first follower.

Regular blogging is an exhausting and all-consuming activity that can take over your life.  It can be immensely rewarding, but also takes its toll often leaving you drained and longing to give it up.  Stuart has achieved a huge amount through eChurch and the Christian corner of the blogosphere has been enhanced by his presence.  His blogging will be sadly missed.

Thank you Stuart for everything you have given me.  It has all been very much appreciated.  May God continue to bless you for all that you’ve done.

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  1. “Regular blogging is an exhausting and all-consuming activity that can take over your life. It can be immensely rewarding, but also takes its toll often leaving you drained.”

    Absolutely. No wonder so few stay the course. I will miss Stuart too!

  2. The ‘Like’ is for what you’ve written, not for Stuart’s quitting, which I find sad but entirely understandable; I’m quite close to calling it a day myself, as it happens :-/

  3. Best wishes Stuart for the future, you will be missed. If its any consolation to all you bloggers, what you do help many of us to engage our faith in a well informed way. The wealth of facts and the exchange of ideas being very important to our own spiritual development and mission

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