I am in. Thank you Seth.
Election season is about getting the masses behind you. It’s a time to gather coalitions and get out the vote.
It’s also a season to lose your own voice in the noise all around you.
I find myself continually living in the tension between living superficially online and going deep with the people and causes that really matter to me. How about you?
This tension is compounded because I have chosen to follow a man who claimed to be God, asked his followers to “drink my blood*,” opposed the establishment and had only a handful of true followers who scattered after he died.
And it’s made worse because of the realities of my life. Here are a few:
Jesus didn’t just go deep with a few, he went all-in over multiple years and asked his disciples to do the same. I struggle to do that.
Why? For one thing, this blog has thousands of followers and the books I’ve written have reached a broad audience. I have friends and detractors.
I have also built organizations that claim to represent Jesus and his narrow road, yet have a broad social media presence that can at times feel disingenuous.
The call to depth in relationship has fallen on hard times in America. Most of the churches I’ve attended over the years were more about the church service than they were about relationship. One reason so many young people are leaving the institutional church these days may be this apparent “authenticity gap.”
What to do?
What to do with such a tension? I don’t want to arbitrage or minimize it. We perform for an audience of one – I want my actions to track with my beliefs. I believe that I will face accountability for them in a life review with God when I die.
And, I want to live this tension out loud on this blog in hopes that it will prod you to examine your own life and ask how you want to live it.
I am convicted by the evidence that social media has not made us more connected with real friends, but more depressed and lonely. My own experience is that it can skew my perspective.
So, here’s what I’ve decided: I’m going to change my priorities to go deeper rather than wider. I’m going to dial back the public blogging and will instead write for a smaller audience that is interested in growing spiritually.
I’ve done this before from time-to-time and it has gone well. I’ve run private online groups to help people process pain in their lives and to help them grow in listening prayer (while simultaneously continuing to blog regularly).
I will focus on a private/confidential blog for those interested. Those who sign up will receive a link. I will write/blog about issues that the group is interested in and I’ll seek to lead with vulnerability. I’ll give further details to those who respond below. And if the group feels that periodically a subject warrants sharing with a broader audience, then we’ll do that.
We’ll try to follow God in this.
If you are interested in being a part of this group, let me know (you can stay anonymous by not including your name if you like) in the comment section below, or by emailing me. And if you’d like to suggest a topic you’d like to see us cover, please share it.
No obligations beyond that. With a smaller group of believers, my hope is the community we build and the dialogue we have will go deeper.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I am in. Thank you Seth.
I’m all in! 😉
Yes please count me in:) I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs and sharing with Greg it always challenges us and encourages our hearts! Thank you for all you do!
I would love to be in this group as well. Thank you!
Sign us up!
I just found your blog today…R u still involved in a smaller blog going deeper. I’d like to join if possible. Thanks
Sorry – this was for a limited time. But feel free to comment on other blog posts and if I can help you, I will.
Keep me signed up, Seth.
Always love your authenticity and intentionality, Seth. Thank you for sharing your process!
Please sign me up 🙂
Keep me signed up too.
Count me in brother. As for topics, I have a burden for the growing deconstruction movement in the body of Christ.
Please include me in this group, Seth. Thank you.
Thx u, keep me signed up plz! Cc
I’m ALL IN ????
Please include me, Seth! I’ve been pondering this very title of going deeper in Jesus. What does that mean? What does it look like if He doesn’t reveal it? Moving from contentment to discomfort willingly? I have so many thoughts to ponder!
Past ‘my prime’ in some ways but just beginning to learn in more ways. Please keep me engaged.
I am in the process of going deeper in my own life. I’m in.
Please count me in!
Yes! Please include me in this group.
Yes, please include me in the group.
I love this, Seth. I want in.
Love to stay engaged.
Keep me in Seth and I’d love to have that deeper “community” even if online. I’ve made some major adjustments regarding social media/smart phones this past week that has been incredibly freeing myself and for my family/life. Thanks brother
I’m in too.
Please count me in. I love this.
As to topics, I’d like to see some that have us wrestling with our society’s all-encompassing covetousness & pursuit of safety versus God’s call to abandon it all for Him that can involve extreme risk.
This is very timely for
Me as well. Thank you for
And to the still small
Your thoughts “provoke me too love and good works”, and keep me thinking .
Your desire to talk about the “hard sayings” and how to better navigate the greys, essentially narrowing your scope to be more honest seems wise. I like it Seth!
I honestly feel like your blog is significant Christ service, Seth – you carry the Spirit, truth, courage, kingdom, etc, with you out into a place where anyone can see and be transformed in the face of it, every entry, and it lasts for years, available to anyone the Spirit leads. But I do truly appreciate the Lord putting on your heart to narrow in and go deeper, too. I absolutely want to be part of that. And thank you.
Yes please, sign me up.
Yes please Seth. Thank you.
Please include me. Thank you Seth.
I would like to stay in for the deepening connection. Already you’ve challenged me in so many ways since reading your blog. I’m looking forward to this new season.
Please include me.
I would love to be included.
Yes, would love to be included.
Thank you for including us!
Keep me signed up Seth
Yes, please keep me signed up. Thank you!
Hi Seth. I’d like to go in with you on this. Your articles always make me think and pray.
I’m in. Thanks!
???????Thanks for being willing to invest in this way!
Put me in if there is still room. 🙂
Sign me up to small group. I heard you on a podcast about missions and developing a mission mindset.
Hi Seth. I just listened to you on the Real Men Connect podcast. This is the first blog post of yours that I read. Looking forward to more. Sign me up please.
Please count me in Seth. The challenge to go deeper in a small group has been very effective in bringing about a change to be closer to God. Always grateful for our (too short) time on the Camino.
Please include me. Thank you.
God is definitely moving in hearts and working in lives as He draws people who are willing into new levels of intimacy and power! Please sign me up for your “Deeper” blog. I’m praying God guide you as you boldly go where He leads!
sign me up, please
Keep me signed up Seth. Please
Love this Blog I’ve been reading it for years …. I’m in Seth… Deeper not Wider !
Seth could you please add us as well!
Please keep me signed up .
Luv to read your stuff .
If there’s room, please include me. Thanks.
I would like to join
Please keep me in this group. I have been deeply impacted by being part of this community and the fact that you are going to make it smaller causes my heart to feel hope instead of feeling lost in an ocean of people that really I’m never going to get to know because of such a mass amount. I value the things that God is putting on your heart. I believe there’s a deep connection here with many people that you know but it would be nice to even know them better. It has been a very difficult nine months for me and I know hundreds and hundreds of other people who are suffering and feel very lonely. Even people in families are feeling lonely so imagine the ones you were living alone me being one of them. I’m not looking for pity because God in the drawn me so much closer to himself. But I’ve also had to face some emotional and mental health challenges to trust that God is going to get me through this on a Victorious platform rather than lost in a hole of despair. Been there done that and I’m not going backwards I’m going forward by the grace of God almighty. I know he wants us to use our talents and not hide them in the dirt like that biblical principle. I also know that he wants to use the week the broken and the untalented. Remember the disciples talking about how they did not have speaking voices. It doesn’t matter what you do if God is calling you to do it do it with sincerity do it with love do it with humbleness and Brokenness and God will use it. If you touch one or two lives in this life you have done more than what a lot of people will ever do.
Seth, I am interested in being part of your smaller authentic group forming a community focused on going deeper.
My word for 2020 is Depth. I’m definitely interested!
Yes, please include me Seth.
I’m in thank you Seth!
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