One of my Facebook friends posted a story idea on my Facebook wall. He wondered if TravelBlog could run a blog post that asked Sojourn pastors which blogs they read.
So I asked them.
I changed the question to “which non-Sojourn blogs do you read” because that makes it a bit more interesting. And interesting it is. Beyond the many helpful theological blogs, did you know that Pastor Mike Cosper reads Anthony Bourdain’s blog about travel and cooking? Or that Pastor Jared Kennedy reads something called “Bookie Woogie”? And does Pastor Bryce Butler read The Art Of Manliness because he is manly, or is he manly because he reads The Art of Manliness?
Here are responses from several of our pastors, in the order that they responded to me:
Pastor Rob Plummer:
Pastor Jared Kennedy:
Pastor Mike Cosper:
I don’t read a ton of blogs, but I’m faithful with a few:
For less bloggy-type blogs/regular web reading
- Tapelog (Tape-Op’s blog)
- Art House America
- The NY Times Editorial Page
- Mako Fujimura
- and of course, The Gospel Coalition
Pastor Bryce Butler:
Pastor Gary Almon
I’m still old-fashioned. I believe in books as my primary source of reading. However, lately I’ve been reading the blogs from the family pastors at CCC church in Atlanta and Life Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. l’ve been researching strategy for mutli-site family ministry. Its surprising to find the amount of information that is already on the web. Multi-site churches are becoming a common event in our culture and the concern to maintain a one church/many campus strategy among the non-pulpit ministries is a big challenge.
Pastor Lisle Drury
Pastor James Santos
First Importance – As a Christian, I cannot get enough of the gospel in my life. If one is struggling to think and rejoice in the gospel, this blog is excellent to prime the pump or encourage a person throughout the day.
Brian Croft – As far as a local friend and pastor I know and discovered this year, Brian Croft’s blog has been challenging and refreshing. This blog is filled with great practical wisdom for pastoral ministry.
CCEF - CCEF’s stuff is practical theology at its best. The articles and podcasts equips you to do ministry, but at the same time ministers to your own heart.
Matt Permann - This blog has challenged me in the area of biblical productivity. Given my role as a manager in a retail store and a dad at home, I’ve gained tools to use in the workplace and at home.
Scotty Smith – By far this blog has renewed, challenged, and encouraged me this year. Renewed me in Christ through faith, hope, and love. Challenged me to preach the gospel to my weary and wayward heart. Encouraged me to pray more fervently for myself and others.