When Joe contacted myself and a number of my peers about assuming responsibility for the Evangelical Outpost, my first feeling was one of humility. Though I was sad to hear that he was going to be pulling back from Evangelical Outpost, I was humbled by the honor of being among the individuals whom he trusted to continue the legacy of this great site.
Like many of you, I first met Joe through Evangelical Outpost. I became acquainted with his blog as a result of my work with GodblogCon. When John Mark Reynolds and Matt Anderson were introducing me to the Godblogosphere, they pointed me to Joe Carter as an example of a quintessential Godblogger. I appreciated Joe’s humor and the caliber of thought that went into each post at Evangelical Outpost. When I met Joe at GodblogCon in October of 2006, I met a man who was every bit the humorous, insightful, and authentic person his blog entries suggested him to be.
Humor, insight, and authenticity. I believe these are the qualities that set Evangelical Outpost apart. These are the qualities that keep us reading. Joe’s blogs here at Evangelical Outpost reflected a deep appreciation for the ideas and symbols that other pundits and bloggers seemed to make hollow through thoughtless repetition. “Old” arguments seemed fresh and new. “Traditional values” were given a definite form, crafted through carefully considered arguments. Cultural trends were usefully tied to their roots. Even humor graphs and song chart memes were given a place in the ordered universe of the Evangelical Outpost.
Today, the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University assumes editorial responsibility of the site, and in the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing with you all our vision for the project. However, we want to make clear our intention to maintain the quality of site to which we all have become accustomed. We covet you, the readers, and want to continue to foster the community that you all and Joe have created. We appreciate your bearing with us through this time of transition. We are very excited about what the future holds for the Evangelical Outpost and we look forward to proceeding into that future with you.
Senior Editor – Evangelical Outpost