I read a lot of blogs. I read them for multiple reasons: some I love, some I mostly agree with, some I don’t agree with frequently but read because it’s good to have an outside perspective. I read all of my blogs through Google’s Reader program. With Reader, you subscribe to blogs through an RSS Feed. Every time a new post is added to a blog, the post comes strait to my Reader. The problem is the number of subscriptions I have is beginning to drive me crazy. It’s become clear that it’s time to drop my subscription to a few of the blogs that I’m not very interested in.
All this talk of unsubscribing has gotten me thinking lately. If I were forced to unsubscribe to all my blogs except for five (I think I may be subscribed to 30 or 40), which blogs would I not want to unsubscribe from? Which blogs actually are so good that I would not want to give them up? Here’s my list of answers:
Synthesis is written by Shafeen Charania. This is a blog I only discovered fairly recently but I’ve come to look forward to a couple of well-written, thought provoking posts every week. Each post (or series) takes a look at an issue of national significance (i.e. bettering national education, creating “behaving corporations,” or changing how we use energy as a nation) that Shafeen explores with great skill and thought. I don’t always agree with everything he says, but if I was ever a presidential candidate (which, thankfully, I’m not) I would keep a close eye on his thoughts and borrow as many of them as possible. I wouldn’t unsubscribe form this blog because it’s full of “the simplicity on the other side of complexity” in a time when our nation needs that kind of simplicity.
This blog, like some of the others, thoroughly surprised me when it showed up on my list. This blog is (primarily) written by Bob Roberts Jr., pastor of a mega-church in Texas known as NorthWood Church. Bob is both an author and church planter, but it seems he gets the biggest kick out of building bridges between different nationalities and religions to maximize Kingdom impact. I’ve recently heard him say that the church will only be effective if it engages different nationalities and religions in the world where the rubber meets the road and not from within their four walls. I would not unsubscribe from this blog because I appreciate the candidness Bob has when he writes about what he is learning. We get to learn lessons from Bob’s life right as God is speaking them to him and it is a treat.
I was originally drawn to this blog because the title is exactly what I consider myself to be. However, the more I read Jonathan Dodson’s blog, the more I’m beginning to realize I’m more of a novice than he is. Here’s why I would not unsubscribe from Church Planting Novice: Jonathan has his hands in all sorts of different movements related to church planting. House Churches, the missional movement, and mega churches all get some “air time” here and the thoughts and ideas are a good blend of all three. Best of all, Jonathan is constantly posting on the relevance of the Gospel to society and the church. CPN is full of both practical nuts and bolt church planting practices and ideas for cultivating a missionary spirit in the churches we plant.
Stuff I Think is written by intercessory missionary Randy Bohlender. This may have been the first blog that I read consistently that belonged to someone besides me. I started reading because I had just moved back from Kansas City and wanted to follow the little tid-bits he dropped about what was going on at IHOP. But since then I’ve come to love Randy’s blog because of who Randy is. I don’t know of another blog where I see someone having so much fun just being himself. Not only is the blog drop-dead funny on many occasions, but it’s also filled with practical wisdom, provoking thoughts on the end-times, and a clear voice calling for the end of abortion. I’m provoked to become the sort of person Randy is becoming and that is why I would not unsubscribe from Stuff I Think.
This blog is easily my favorite blog of every blog I read. This blog is full of poetry and short writings that primarily focus on Jesus himself. I love this blog because Eireen, the writer, makes me want more of Jesus in the same way that watching someone enjoy some good ice cream makes me want to head to Dairy Queen. The blogosphere is full of people who want to tell you how to do life, ministry, or church better. But rare is the individual who pulls from their delight in God to share with the world. Rarer still is the individual who causes hunger to arise in your heart based on their delight in God. Regularly she causes my heart to say “Who is your Beloved that you would charge us to love Him as you do?,” (Song of Solomon 5:9). I would not unsubscribe from He is My Delight because by reading it I’m challenged to find my delight in Him myself.
So…these are the five blogs I would not unsubscribe from. What are yours? Leave a response in the comment section.
Something I haven’t talked about a great deal on this blog has been my time at the Forerunner School of Ministry in Kansas City, Missouri. I went at a time in my life when I was spiritually dry and burnt out, and the Lord used the environment He had established in Kansas City to awaken my heart. One of the chief architects of that environment was Mike Bickle, a man I deeply respect. Mike definitely makes my list of 50,000 coaches, but he also makes the list of 3-5 men that I want to be like when I grow up (And yes, I know I’m 28). I’ve watched Mike Bickle from a distance for a number of years and he both continues to call believers to radical purity and holiness while at the same time being one of the happiest men I have ever observed.
All of this is to say that Mike Bickle is a man worthy of respect. He has decades of experience in prayer, intimacy with God, the prophetic, end-times, and just about any other subject you want to talk about. I would highly recommend you go to his new blog and add it to your feed reader. And then once your done, make your way over to the Facebook Group called “Amen, Let’s Stand.“