Those of you who have read some of my blogs or have heard some of my presentations know that I have a thing for new life.

It’s a bit of a fixation of mine.

Today I’m debuting new life for OMG: Center for Theological Conversation through my re-thought, re-designed, and now re-launched website. It’s been created under the fine expertise and creativity and diligence of Brian Brua and his team at Fused Interactive.

I am so very, very impressed with their work.

When I began OMG around six years ago, my goal was to create a space for laity to come in and ask questions, to chase some thoughts, to wonder at length about any number of notions that arise about God and faith and life.

All sorts of people from different walks of life, of different ages, from different religious traditions (or none at all), and with different questions (or similar questions with different reasons for them) have shown up in the OMG study–either physically or virtually, by way of phone or Skype.

It has been such an honor and such a thrill to have the privilege of leading these “OMG-ers” in their theological explorations.

But blogging–a word I hadn’t even known before 2004–has surprised me in the way it also provides an avenue to teach, to investigate, to converse, to enter into exchanges with people in a far broader way than can happen within the four OMG walls.

Most astonishing of all, OMG has taken me to any number of places around the country to speak and to consult with groups large and small, and to have had the privilege of visiting over meals or coffee with people whose paths I would never have otherwise crossed. All of this travel and presenting and conversation occurred because people are curious about theology and its relevance.

This new website reflects new life and expanding life at OMG. In this case, it’s not new life out of death, but rather new life out of an old idea, an old idea that continues to morph and grow in response to those who say to themselves, “Yeah, I wonder about that.”

So as you look through this re-launched site, I invite you to do several things:

  1. Peruse it to see if there is any way that OMG can serve you, or your context in ministry.
  2. Read through some of the blogs. Take a look at the new and improved categories on the right hand side of the screen, and explore headings that might be of interest to you.
  3. Like OMG on Facebook, follow OMG on Twitter, and share both this site and new blogs with people on your social media sites.
  4. Know that I am deeply grateful for the support this crazy notion of being a “freelance theologian” has received over the years.  Thank you for your enthusiasm, your encouragement, and your questions. I’m especially grateful for all of the good questions, and, of course, the One who creates them.

To many more years, then, of wondering, of asking questions, and of finding theological relevance, reverence, and renewal through OMG.