25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (2014 Readers’ Choice)

25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (2014 Readers’ Choice) December 30, 2014
Welcome to the annual “Blogs you should be reading” blog!  If your New Year’s resolution is to search out relevant, interesting, and challenging blogs, you are in the right place!
There’s such a thing as too much of a good thing sometimes.  And though there are so many more bloggers worth following who aren’t on this list, we can get overwhelmed when we go on a search for something new. Since previous lists of Christian bloggers I’ve compiled have proven very popular, I’m continuing what is becoming an annual tradition.
Bear in mind that this particular list is based on votes from others, and may not necessarily reflect my own personal recommendations (also why my own blog appears, which I debated about removing). If there’s interest, I can compile another “editor’s picks” list as well. But for now, happy searching!

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Rachel Held Evans– Rachel is a widely known author and bloggerwho speaks to issues of gender identity and roles in the church and who acts as a bridge between mainline/progressive and evangelical Christians.

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Jayson D. Bradley – Progress, not perfection – Jayson is both drawn to the Gospel and repelled by the way it’s been co-opted and misrepresented to cultures that desperately need it. It’s because of this dissonance that he writes the things that I do, while also readily admitting he’s guilty of many of the very things he critiques.

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Nadia Bolz-Weber – Known as the Sarcastic Lutheran, Nadia is a fresh voice pointing out the sins of the Church and blends traditional Lutheran sensibilities with a funny, irreverent take on how to put our faith into action in a rapidly changing world.

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Formerly Fundie – Former Christian right advocate Benjamin Corey shares insights, hopes and laments about American Christianity and culture. He writes of his break with fundamentalist religion and his awakening into a different kind of Christianity.

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Christianity is Changing – Michael Hardin is the co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace, a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA whose motto is “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.”

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Lutheran Confessions – Hosted by Rev. Dr. Clint Schnekloth, Lutheran Confessions is a confessional conversation around theology, the walk of faith and the life of the church. The blog is honest, quirky and funny!

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Peter Enns – Peter is interested in helping people rethink biblical Christianity. He is a biblical scholar, interested in helping people more meaningfully engage the Bible and how ancient Scripture intersects with modern thought.

 

Brian McLarenPhoto by Courtney PerryBrian McLaren – explores Christian identity in a multi-faith world. He is bold and courageous, often providing a faithful, well articulated response to those who write to him.

John Pavlovitz is a 17-year ministry veteran, specializing in rabble-rousing, engineering mayhem, and generally trying to live-out the red letters of Jesus as he puts it. He writes about the stuff that needs to be said about faith and the church.

 

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Jamie the Very Worst Missionary – A plainspoken blogger, Jamie Wright is brutally honest about her imperfections, and equally passionate about spreading the gospel.

 

Sarah-14-300x199Sarah Bessey – Sarah writes about her own faith and spirituality, about what love, mothering, ecclesiology, theology, women’s issues, social justice and “pretty much everything else that you are not supposed to discuss in polite company.”

 

Hellbound? – Kevin Miller is an award winning screen-writer, director and producer who is fascinated by theology and philosophy. His blog is a catalyst for conversation on the intersection of film; books and meta-theories that seek to explain everything from storytelling to the origin of evil.

 

cropped-WorldsFinest-Banner-PantherPolitical Jesus: Everyday Resistance – Political Jesus is a Christian theology blog maintained by h00die_R (Rod),  Optimistic Chad, and Amanda Mac, (that’s all you’ll know) usually filled with commentary on pop culture, race, politics, theology, Scripture, and a bit of science fiction.

Christena Cleveland – Christena’s passion is to help the body of Christ find the power of unity. Using social psychological insights, biblical principles and practical applications, she equips people – from head to heart to hands – to do the work of unity and reconciliation.

ReKnew –  Throughout the world, people are re-thinking what they thought they knew about the Christian faith. It is an age, it seems, in which many believers and skeptics alike are dissatisfied with the status quo. Questions increasingly outnumber answers, and faith feels harder and harder to hold. ReKnew is a place for those in the midst of these questions.

Womens-Heads-Decani-KosovoWebJunia Project Home – The Junia Project is a Christian community that advocates for gender equality in the home, church, and society (sometimes called biblical egalitarianism).

Frank-SchaefferWhy I Still Talk to Jesus – In Spite of Everything – Frank Schaeffer  – At Patheos Progressive Christian, Frank Schaeffer talks about play-acting (or “blessed hypocrisy”) as the only road to virtue, because at first nothing comes “naturally” but the biting and scratching.

 

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Kimberly Knight: At Patheos Progressive Christian, Kimberly Knight blogs on being gay and Christian, featuring her own voice, and guest voices from other gay, as well as allied voices.

At the Table with April Fiet April shares stories and insights of family, church, culture and even crafts! I hope you will find something here that will inspire you, encourage you, lift you up, or give you ideas that will transform you! Please jump in and join the conversation, because there is always room for you to pull up a chair at the table.

 

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Jason Wiedel – writes about faith and culture as it intersects with our everyday media and new. Jason serves the needs of the people in Surry and Sussex Counties. He also works to help people understand God in new ways. Jason works for Habitat for Humanity

Christian Piatt – At Patheos Progressive Christian, Christian Piatt writes on faith, family, fatherhood and post-modern life from a progressive Christian perspective.

imagesEmerging Voices is a rotating roster of diverse faith voices ( 50% women, 50% people of color, 25% LGBTQ, 10% international) that speak to the vision of a diverse , inclusive, and equitable version of Christianity.

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first day walking Mihee Kim-Kort is an ordained Presbyterian minister who writes to make sense and the most of this world – one stumble at a time.

 

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The American Jesus | Zack Hunt – While The American Jesus is a satirical take on how Americans tend to remakde Jesus in our American image, the blog is dedicated to all the crazy, sad, silly, absurd, weird, and hopeful ways that make up American Christianity.

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