In the very first post on EO—in October 2003—I noted that the inspiration for this blog was Hugh Hewitt’s book, In, But Not Of: A Guide to Christian Ambition and the Desire to Influence the World. At the time I wrote:
This blog was inspired by #32 (Start and maintain your own Web log (blog)). “At present,” Hewitt notes, “no great blogger has emerged with a distinctly evangelical worldview.” Point noted, Mr. Hewitt.
I’ll be here, holding down the fort, until such a blogger shows up.
I have to confess that I initially harbored delusions of grandeur, thinking that maybe I might become that rarefied blogger. But that—as anyone who has followed this site can attest—never happened. Instead, I found my true role as a blogger in another section of Hewitt’s vade mecum, chapter #33: Find Interesting People.
Over the past five and a half years I’ve found hundreds of interesting people—including dozens of great evangelical bloggers. The real value and benefit of EO has always been in helping to introduce readers of this site to the interesting people I’ve found.
In keeping with that mission, I’ve partnered with John Mark Reynolds and Dustin Steeve to change the format of this blog into an online journal. The change reflects our intention to introduce you a broad lists of young, up-and-coming evangelical authors who hail primarily from the site’s sponsors, the Torrey Honors Institute and Biola University.
Matthew Anderson—one of my oldest blog buddies—will be joining me as a senior editor. Together we hope to help shape these young writers, honing their writing and reasoning skills and preparing them to provide thoughtful reflections on culture, politics, and religion from an evangelical Christian worldview. Our goal is to make EO an incubator for developing intriguing opinions and introducing interesting individuals.
In the process, we plan to bring you an engaging and entertaining mix of content, from book reviews and essays to opinion pieces and link lists (i.e., the return of 33 Things) and much, much more. We especially want to provide critical reflection on matters—daycare, cremation, etc.—that few of us stop to consider. Most of all, though, we plan to introduce you to interesting people—our contributors, our commenters, and our friends in the community of Christian bloggers. ‘