It didn't take long for Jim West to do exactly as I foretold. After suddenly shutting down his fourth blog he has resurrected under a fifth, Zwinglius Redivivus, launched today, January 8, 2010. Please note this is distinct from his church blog, where Jim is no doubt unable to let out his bile, ire and constant diatribes for fear of alienating folk in the pews.
Just so that things are clear, let's revisit a few places in biblioblogdom where Jim recently said he had no intention of blogging again.
(1) On Scott Bailey's blog, Scotteriology, in response to the question, "Any chance we will see you back blogging in the future?", Jim replied: "Nope. It – again- has become uninteresting to me. Now – if someone objects or maintains that the church website is a blog they simply show their ignorance. Its character is completely different because its purpose is completely different. So, again, no, I am not now nor will I in the future be ‘blogging’."
Well, Jim lied.
(2) On Roland Boer's blog, Stalin's Moustache, Jim said in comments, "you can pass along word to loren- he’s completely wrong in his notion that i’ll blog again. as i’ve told you [Roland] privately, it’s just become boring. so no, dont imagine loren or anyone else to be correct in this matter."
It turns out I was completely right. And it took only six days to be proven so.
(3) On Joel Watts' blog, The Church of Jesus Christ, Jim said, "so, joel, all the guesses and loren’s silly supposition that i’ll be back to blogging are absurdities."
It wasn't a guess on my part, but a promise. Not a supposition, but a prophecy. Think about who looks silly and absurd.
(4) On James Crossley's blog, Earliest Christian History, in response to inquiries about a possible resurrection, Jim said, "i'm afraid i'll stay quite dead. as dead as the guy in the meaning of life who exploded after eating just one thin mint."
Of course not. Jim is alive as he's ever been, and in fact has already published seven blogposts today. He can't stay away from that keyboard. We'll see how long his fifth blog lasts.