My Google Reader subscription list often gets way too long. I was thinking about which of the many I scan and read would be my top five. Here is a list and a brief description as to why for me they rank as they do.
1. David Fitch.After reading most of The Great Giveaway, I learned of David’s course at Northern Seminary, “Readings in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology.” We shared at least one phone conversation where David shared his conviction more pastors needed to be familiar and engage postmodern philosophy and theology for Gospel engagement in Europe and the ever changing cultural landscape in USAmerica. I agree.
2. Peter Rollins I attended a conference in Nashville a few years ago and participated in a Tenebrae (service of Darkness) led by IKON and Peter Rollins. I found great resonance with Rollins’ two gooks currently out – How (not) to Speak of God and The Fidelity of Betrayal. I am awaiting The Orthodox Heretic.
3. Michael Spencer Likely the blog I have followed the longest. Since encountering iMonk on Steve McCoy’s blog a few years ago, I always read Micheal and listen to iMonk radio podcast. In my failed attempt to be elected to our State Convention’s Pastor’s Conference President a few years ago I had hopes of seeing if we could invite Micheal to speak.
4. Bob Hyatt Many reasons. Pastorhacks. And, Bob’s thoughtful reflections on life and faith as well as family and culture.
5. Barry Taylor I led an ETREK course at Biblical Seminary with Barry. We flew together from Chicago to Nashville once and enjoyed great conversations. Barry intrigues with his cultural reflections via art and theology. He teaches at Fuller Seminary and is a worship leader in a mainline church in L.A.
Some others who rise near the top …
4. Tripp Fuller
5. Joe Thorn
Those I wished were blogging.
1. John Franke
2. N.T. Wright
3. Len Sweet (though he does offer Napkin Scribbles as a podcast)
4. Carl Raschke
3 comments on “My Top Five Blog Reads”
Great blogs, Todd. We have the same taste. iMonk and Fitch are two of my favorites. I entered the blog world back in 2002 with TallSkinnyKiwi. Andrew is still one of my favorites and I read him regularly. He says a lot without saying a lot. Brevity is not my strong suit, but I am working on it.
Alan, glad you offered your thoughts. A friend of mine suggests when we are confronted with the need to evaluate our theology we are too often only wiling to take a look at the top ten percent. In doing so we miss the philosophical underpinnings that may be causing the systemic problem. Fitch contends we really need to think more deeply – not in a gnostic sense, but in an evaluative sense and see where we have “given away” what we should well have kept.
thanks for the love. what great company. who wouldn’t want NT Wright to blog?