OK – I’m back to nominating blogs in honor of the awards other bloggerss have nominated me for. Last week I covered the Kreative Blogger Award and next week will cover The Versatile Blogger Award. Since Christmas just passed, it’s fitting that I’d be recommending great Christian blogs.
So, for the One Lovely Blog award I’m going to honor the bloggers who write about faith the way Growing Christian Woman does. This award requires nominating fifteen bloggers, so here goes:
1. Soul Sister Time – Dr. Deborah Newman is a sweet lady you’ll want to get to know. Though we both love the Lord with all our hearts, there’s one great big difference in us. She’s very quiet – and you might have noticed I’m not. She’s also way more educated than I am. She digs deep into the Scriptures and takes time to meditate on what she finds. Debi’s gentle and quiet spirit leaks through every word she writes. There is a Balm in Gilead and Debi can tell you about it. Go over there and check it out.
2. Adopting James – A blog with a cause! Andrew and Sarabeth Toy want to adopt a little boy somewhere and name him James. Problem is that when it happens they want to be able to afford it and they want to use their blog to promote Andrews writing career so they can make enough money to afford James. Whether or not you plug into their mission, you’ll love reading the blog. The blog is a grab bag of subjects , so the Versatile Blogger Award might be more apropos, but I’m saving it for my travel buddies. Adopt Adopting James into your blogging diet.
3. Keri Williams – Want more Christianity without all the religion. Allow me to recommend Keri Williams. She’s spot on with her observations about trends in Christianity and she reads some very interesting books which she then recommends on her blog. If you like what you read on Keri Williams then you’ll want to hop on over to her other blog, Moving to Jamaica. There she’s writing about her multi-racial family getting ready for a move to, you got it, Jamaica. She doesn’t want her kids to grow up with nothing but over-privileged American values. She wants them to know how the rest of the world lives and I admire her for it. I enjoy both blogs, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to do the same.
4. Faith 1 Ministries – Just a good word from the Lord from a really great guy. Reading Faith 1 Ministries you’ll get to know Sebastian and he’ll touch your heart. You’ll find both encouragement and wisdom in his posts. He also hails from Atlanta which is one of my favorite places to visit. So you go on over there and visit him!
5. Young Kerux – Lee J. Garcia is a seminary student who most often writes about Christianity from a historical point of view. I love it! Whether it’s describing the religious groups mentioned in the Bible or just reminding me of the significance of the older hymns we used to sing, it’s a good read. At other times, Lee just shares what on his heart and what’s on his heart touches mine. Perhaps it will touch yours, too.
6. Joe Quatrone, Jr. - OK, so Joe nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award in the past, but if I’m nominating my favorite Christian bloggers, then I can’t leave Joe out. You should see me when I’m reading his blog. I’m nodding my head and saying, “Amen Brother. Amen.” Joe gets down to the place where the Christian rubber meets the road of the World. It’s almost like he’s been watching me and knows what I need to be reminded of. It’s guys like Joe that made me quit writing blogs about my faith, because there are so many out there, like him, that can do such a better job. Read Joe and be blessed.
7. Cloud-in – Have questions about the Christian Faith and the Bible? Then go over to Cloud-in and get answers. Cloud-in believes that the answers to all your questions are right there in the Bible. No need to go running around to secondary sources. Cloud-in is not just the opinion of one guy, it’s a group of people who blog about questions the readers pose to them. Make a list of your questions and go visit Cloud-in.
8. Chief of the Least -To anybody who thinks you have to give up your sense of humor to be a Christian, verily, verily I say unto you, go read Chief of the Least. Bryan Daniels is an earnestly good guy trying to walk the walk in a world that’s not always going his way, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to have a good attitude about it. Along the way he throws in some Christianity to show just how practical it is to follow Christ. He also sounds like a super dad, so if you’re a guy trying to get some good advice about that, it’s just another reason to visit Bryan’s blog. Take a look at a few of his posts and see if you don’t agree with me.
9. khamneithang – Khamniethang is a story crafter of the highest degree. Beautiful, simple and to the point, his tales pull on my heartstrings. His blog is called Journey of Hope and through it he leads his readers to wonderful places. I love that he sees the world from the other side of it. I couldn’t point Manipur out on the map, but wherever it is, though the circumstances of our lives are very different, he manages to know what I need to hear. Travel the Journey of Hope with Khamniethang.
10. The God Debates – Genuinely Intelligent Discussion on Theological Questions – that’s how Hugo Gatsby describes his blog. It’s been awhile since Hugo posted. He went on an academic tour of Russia back in July and hasn’t worked on his blog since. Nonetheless, there’s already plenty of genuinely intelligent discussion on his blog that will keep you thinking until he gets back to us. I may not be recommending blogs again for a while, so I don’t want to wait until after Hugo gets back online. Just go find out what he’s been up to and get up to speed.
11. BeELEVATED – The name says it all. Joe Akuoku II is the resident pastor of the Redemption House Family Church in London. His posts are certainly elevating, but they could also be described as energizing. When I start to read his blogs my head gets a rhythm going and I can just imagine what it would be like to sit in on one of his sermons. He doesn’t pussyfoot around either. He calls ‘em like he sees ‘em and you’ll recognize each and every one – even yourself as you realize he’s talking right to you. Go over there and get elevated yourself!
12. Mick Mooney – In his bio, Mick says , “I am a theologian. I don’t believe in institutional religion, and therefore I won’t ever have an official title (or income) as a theologian, but I’m okay with that. I’m passionate about gospel of God’s grace and that’s the theme of all my writing, whether in my books or here on the blog.” That should give you a pretty good insight into what his blog is about, but instead of just journaling about the Bible or what’s going on in his life, he writes short, short stories. Drop by and enjoy – and remember I’m the one who turned you on to his blog!
13. Christ Church Plano – This is my church’s blog. Some days you’ll only find items here that are of significance to members of the church, but on others you’ll find little gems of great value – such as the one in late October (when I was writing this post) that gave the history of the Doxology. I find that kind of thing fascinating and maybe you will, too.
14. Lakeside Baptist Church – OK, I admit I’ve run out of blogs about faith to give awards to, but this link will take to a current sermon series over at the church I grew up in. It just so happens that in recent years, long after I’d moved on, they called my cousin as their pastor. I think you’ll like what he has to say.
15. Max Lucado – Yep – you caught me again. This is actually the blog of my favorite Christian author, but I don’t really read the blog on a regular basis. For me, blogging is all about social networking and discovery. Mr. Lucado is a well established author whose fame is far beyond the realm of blog awards, but hey, if I like him, you’ll like the blog. Go check him out.
Nominees, please remember the rules for accepting the award.
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Share seven unknown things about yourself
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.
WOW!! I didn’t realize how much work would go into recommending fifteen blogs, but these are some great blogs to follow. I hope you find one or some that encourage and bless you.