I Made it onto a "Christian Blogs" List!!

No, It's not the "Most Redneck Christian Blogs" list, or the "Christian Blogs With the Most Grammatical Errors" list, but it's a really cool list made by a really famous blogger, Matthew Paul Turner . No, we aren't related, although someone did comment on my blog on time thinking I was his mother. (Which would be impossible since he's my age :-)

He made this list of blogs that fly under the radar, it's not a list of the well known Christian Blogs, (although, some are more so then others) but blogs more like mine, that don't get a million hits a day but are good blogs.

When I say that I am so stinking excited to be on this list, that's kinda the understatement of the year. 

Matthew's blog is edgy, he post stuff that makes me cringe sometime. I always think "OMG, he's gonna get in trouble for that one" but really, I don't know how involved Matthew is at his church, like if he's in leadership or anything so I don't know if his post get him in trouble. I'd love to have that conversation with him because I do know that he goes to a great church with a great pastor, Pete Wilson.

I have a feeling though that men who blog about controversial issues don't get in as much trouble as women do. Maybe one day I will do a survey about that. Maybe I could get Rachel Held Evans involved, she's like a famous Christian Feminist blogger, but she's not involved at a church so she doesn't have that issue I guess...

I miss Anne Jackson, I miss her presence online but I know she's enjoying life more away from it, so that's good (Love you Anne!)...

Anyway, sorry, got off track a little there, back to the list.

Baby Bloomr is on there, She is Mrs. Russ Taff!! That is a big deal to me because I love Russ Taff. I still listen to his music almost daily. When I found out she was following me on twitter, I was like "Oh my gosh Dean, Russ Taff's wife is following me on Twitter!!" But She's very much her own person, very funny, lovely and edgy all together. I really enjoy her writings on Twitter and her blog.

Of course, Jamie the Very Worse Missionary is on there, her blog is one that I check every day. I LOVE her blog and her instagrams usually fall into the "Funny-Instagramer" category.

I checked out a few of the other blogs on the list that I had never read, all of them are pretty interesting. I said something positive about Charles Coleson in the comments section of a post about him on the Slacktivist blog and then got a really "mature" response (NOT)  from another reader.

That's what these blogs are all about, talking about faith, not always agreeing about faith, not shying away from taboo subjects, but putting it out there for discussion.

We are the misfits, the outcast, the rebels of the American Church establishment. We are the little boy at the parade who dares to say, "The emperor is naked!" while the other spectators simple want to act like everything is normal.

I'm so honored to be included with these bloggers. Thank you Matthew.


I copied and posted Matthew's post below.

All of us know the names and URLs of the popular faith blogs. But some of the most interesting blogs about faith, theology, personal journey, doubt, and skepticism fly under the radar. In hopes of changing that, I offer you 25 lesser-known faith blogs (in no particular order) that I believe are well worth your time and attention. Some of these bloggers I know, and some I only “know” from afar. I don’t always agree with every view that is expressed, but every blogger on this list presents the topic of faith/belief with passion, creativity, humor, story, and/or good commentary.

1) Split Frame of Reference: An interesting (sometimes funny) mix of faith, theology, and popular culture.
2) Confessions of a Funeral Director: In my opinion, Caleb Wilde is a wonderful writer/thinker. On his blog, he covers life/death, personal journey, family life, and commentary about faith topics.
3) Alise… Write!: Alise is a beautiful writer who tackles various topics/ideas about faith, doubt, and personal journey.
4) Shawn Smucker: I’m new to reading Shawn’s blog (a mix of story, encouragement, and personal journey), but it’s quickly become one of my favorite reads.
5) In.A.Mirror.Dimly: Author Ed Cyzewski is one of my favorite theologians and his blog is a must read for any person who studies God and faith.
6) Sarah Over the Moon: I love how Sarah Moon thinks. She’s a lovely writer, full of passion, emotion, and love for good things.
7) Jamie the Very Worst Missionary: Jamie’s blog tagline says it all–Inappropriate remarks, embarrassing antics, and generally lame observations from a Christian missionary in Costa Rica. And that’s why I love her.
8) Mama Monk: Micha Boyett is one of Christianity’s best kept secrets, a fantastic writer who is as comfortable and prolific writing about parenthood as she is writing about theology–sometimes both at the same time.
9) Man of Depravity: The “depraved” soul behind the blog is Tyler Braun. What I love about Tyler’s blog (which covers a wide range of topics, including faith, theology, church leadership, worship, and lots more) is that, when I read his blog, I feel as though I’m watching a man learn, make mistakes, and grow. And that’s what blogging is all about.
10) Some Wise Guy: I confess, I don’t read ThatKCGuy’s blog as often as I should! But every time I do, I’m reminded of why I bookmarked it a year or so ago. ThatKCGuy is a practical writer, one who sucks truth and wisdom out of every day circumstances. What I love most about this blog is that I almost always can relate. And that’s a powerful gift.
11) Slacktivist: Fred Clark is a fantastic blogger. Not only is he a talented thoughtful writer, he’s also thorough, unafraid to tackle difficult/controversial topics, and wonderfully opinionated. Progressive and wise, add Slacktivist on your blog reader.
12) Christian Piatt: I love Christian Piatt! Yes, because he’s a fantastic writer, wise beyond his years, but also because his words challenge me. His thoughts on God, fatherhood, and being a follower of Jesus make me better at all of those things. And he’s not afraid to be opinionated about a myriad of topics–from God to politics.
13) Sarcastic Lutheran: Nadia Bolz-Weber’s writing convicts me. And I doubt that she’s trying to do that. But that’s what happens. Her humility and love (and occasional sass) challenges my life and faith.
14) Faith Goes Pop: A thoughtful and interesting look at the intersection of “God” and “popular culture”.
15) Joy in this Journey: My friend Joy Bennett is excellent at bringing an interesting angle to a Christian topic, idea, or belief. Full of wise passion, Joy’s writing offers reflections, frustrations, and lots of hope. This is a great blog if you love engaging faith conversations.
16) Carole Smith Turner: Carole has long been one of my favorite bloggers! Her writings and thoughts have, for many, gone under the radar. And I think that’s a travesty! I love Carole’s willingness to ask difficult questions, engage topics that are political or “taboo,” and always express her opinions with thoughtfully and kindly.
17) History in the Making: Lots of people know Ben Arment (the creative and intelligent man behind History in the Making), but more people need to read this man’s blog! Not only is Ben (who is also the founder of Story conference) a talented leader and marketer, he’s a darn good blogger. Always interesting and creative about the topics he posts about, Ben is one of the handful of blogs that I read several times a week.
18) UNTITLED: I’m fascinated by blogger (and creative director) Blaine Hogan’s blog (UNTITLED is also the name of Blaine’s latest book) about creativity. Perhaps that’s because I work in a creative field. But I think almost anybody can glean some good thoughts from his words. And that’s why he’s on this list.
19) Baby Bloomr: I absolutely love Tori Taff. While her blog probably fits better in the “mommy blog” category, I think her witty stories and observations about family, life, culture, and faith should not missed. In addition to her talented writing, Tori is also quite witty on Twitter (especially when there’s an awards show on)!
20) TIM: Though I’ve never met Tim Schraeder, as a frequent reader of his blog (on leadership, popular culture, churchy things, and communications), I feel like we could be best friends. I’ve heard others say the same thing about Tim. That’s because, amid his curious mix of observations, opinions, and stories, Tim always puts himself in the mix, which makes me feel like I know him. (You should know him, too.)
21) Stephen Brewster: Brewster is a church creative rock star in my opinion. If you work in ministry, read his blog.
22) Tamara Out Loud: Warning: Tamara’s occasional explicit choice of words might make you feel uncomfortable. But if you’ll give her a chance, she’ll make you fall in love with her. And I think you should give her a chance…
23) Bryan Allain: Mr. Allain, in my opinion, is the best blogger I know. Though he’s a chemist during the 9 to 5, Bryan moonlights as one of the most creative, hilarious, talented writers in the blogosphere. If you’re not reading Bryan’s witty take on life, then you need to go add him to your reader right now. Do it.
24) Danny Eason: While Danny and I disagree about a lot. I still love reading his blog. His love for God and the Church shines through with every blog post, and while I might disagree with his point of view, I can’t help but love his heart.
25) Annie Blogs: What makes Annie Downs such a cool blogger is her willingness to put her soul–the good and the bad–into words. A talented writer and passionate about her faith (not to mention, she’s Nashville’s “Kevin Bacon”–she knows EVERYBODY), Annie’s words are warm and friendly and make you feel like you’ve known her your entire life.

What are your favorite Christian blogs? (And feel free to include your own in the list!)


Anonymous said…
You are brave and grammatically* challenged. I so appreciate and adore your heart and humor. I hope and pray, one day, you learn the difference between than and then.
Anne : )
*did i spell that correctly?
Carole Turner said…
Ha! I pray that for my self friend :-)
Anne Jackson said…
So, only a few months behind on this...but congrats! :)

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