The End Is in Sight
Today, I announce that Internet Monk will cease publishing as a daily blog after New Year’s Day, 2021. Our last active post will be on Jan. 1, 2021, and then the blog will be online as an archive site with access to all available IM posts.
I’ve been considering this for some time. In fact, the original plan was to end IM on the tenth anniversary of Michael Spencer’s death back in April. However, at that time we were just beginning to realize that 2020 might be a year like few others, and I felt that the blog could serve a useful purpose during the pandemic and the other craziness we’ve been experiencing.
Not that I think IM has ceased being useful, but it’s time to move on. In my opinion, twenty years is a remarkable run. We survived the death of our founder and adapted to a number of other changes. Many of us have come to terms with our post-evangelical journeys and, while we still find ourselves wandering in the wilderness at times, we have learned a few tricks to help us survive.
One aspect of growing older (and hopefully, wiser) is learning to discern when the time is ripe for change. And my life is at one of those impending “change” places. I am just a couple of years away from making decisions about retirement and life after full-time work. It feels to me now like I’m starting to round the bend of a curve. I’m about to see a new landscape in front of me.
While I may be on the curve, I have an idea we will have plenty to talk about between now and January 2, 2020. So let’s just carry on until then.
Near the end of Pilgrim’s Progress, the travelers meet some shepherds and find that they are in Immanuel’s land, within view of the city. There they find some rest, encouragement, a few warnings, and some new friends to send them off on the next leg of their journey.
I hope we will all think of this final season of Internet Monk like that. A time of good food and conversation until we say goodbye and hike down the mountain to the paths God has for each of us.