Five Christian blogs that inform, inspire, and instigate

Beyond getting to write regularly, which I love doing, one of the major perks of blogging is learning from and about awesome people who share that love of writing–gifted communicators who let us peek into the beauty and boldness of their beliefs and lives.  

 

Today I’m happy to introduce you to five of my favorite bloggers.  They’re all radicals in their own special ways.  I guess that’s why I love reading their work!  Go check out their blogs and get immersed in their stories.  Each has a unique style but all are talented writers, grounded in their Christian faith.

 

Carlos Whittaker of Ragamuffin Soul

“Carlos lives for this:  To ignite a movement of authenticity among all generations of Christians that morphs the face of the evangelical church into a place of being real with yourself, others, and God.”

LosWhit (his Twitter handle) can be depended on to make me go:  “Oh no he didn’t!”  This Mexican-American worship pastor and musician is zealous about the local church and brings an authenticity to his posts that is in-your-face and spiritually invigorating.

 

Jeff Goins of Goins, Writer 

“I love compelling stories, worthy causes, and Pez candy. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only recently started calling myself a writer and actually believing it.”

I’m grateful to Jeff for encouraging me and other bloggers to bring our A game.  He points us toward the joy that comes from living an authentic story and nudges us out of our comfort zones and into the Wrecked arena, where we lose our self-focus and gain relationships that are life-changing.


Here’s one of my favorite post’s by Jeff:  Why you should tell the ugly parts of your story.

Kristin Tennant of Halfway to Normal

“My blog is a collection of stories and observations from a life that hasn’t turned out like I thought it would. … I didn’t expect to be seriously questioning my faith upon discovering that a lot of Christians suck, nor did I expect to embrace it again in completely new ways.”

I enjoy the candor of Kristin’s posts, her very outspoken P.O.V. on the intersection of faith and real life, and her embracing of the challenges of being a writer of faith who doesn’t fit the conservative mold.  


Here’s a Halfway to Normal post that I really enjoyed:  The tempting and bitter sides of indignation.

Anita Mathias of Dreaming Beneath the Spires

“The willingness to fail. The willingness to take risks. The willingness to try something new, even if it is far below your usual standards. These are all essential elements of creativity.
And they keep blogging easy, pleasant and a joy, rather than one more self-imposed chore.”

I adore Anita’s love of language, of writing, and of Jesus, and her impassioned views on the church and many of the social issues and values on which members of the body of Christ are at variance.  She challenges me to be a better writer and offers thoughtful, alternative perspectives on current issues.  Case in point:  In Which I Trace My Evolving Views on Gay Christians.

 

Deidra Rigg of Jumping Tandem 

“Jumping Tandem is a company, or a ministry, or a project, and this blog is where it all got started. I write about life as I see it. Most of the time, I’m just trying to figure it out. But always, I’m saving a place at the table for you.”

Deidra was one of the first persons to ask me to guest post on her blog.  I’ve been a fan because she has a heartwarming ability to draw word pictures that suck you in and plant you smack in the middle of her story.  Her October series on race from an African-American point of view tackled the divisiveness that still grips much of the church.  This post on the N word speaks volumes:  Terminology.

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