Monday, February 21, 2011

Marcel's Farewell

It's been a great ride editing and contributing blogs, news articles and thought-provoking interviews at Adventist Wheel. When I started this blog in 2006, blogging itself was still an artform, and a rare medium for Adventists to express their views. There were probably less than 10 notable blogs then making a viable impact, pushing the boundaries of Adventism toward an inclusive and vibrant theology . As the Adventist blogosphere ballooned, so did the Adventist Wheel (formerly called "Reinventing the Adventist Wheel"). This little late-night escape into progressive Adventism took on a life of its own and grew to become one of the most popular and well-read SDA blogs this side of Spectrum.

As I hang up the cleats, I want to thank the readers and commenters who have stuck with it since the beginning. Know that you made a difference, and were part of something special. The Wheel now owns original content in its archives that has made history, and gone where no institutional paper or news medium has gone before (as an example, check out the interview with Greg and Shasta Nelson). I've seen people drop in at the highest levels of the church hierarchy to leave comments, and been part of some classic theological debates within Adventism.

But, all good things must come to an end. Due to the growing demand of my career, family and ministry endeavors, it's time I bow out gracefully.

In closing, I point readers once more to the mission and vision statements under the "Info & Stuff" on the sidebar -- to remind yourselves long after I'm gone that this is the reason the blog exists. Carry it forward with confidence.

I leave you in the capable hands of Andy, Gary, Steve, Lorelei and Leslie, and all other future bloggers who get the privilege of contributing their thoughts and voices. It's been a blast.

Marcel Schwantes
Former Editor and blogger, The Adventist Wheel