The Top 10 Best Christian Blog Sites For 2014

The Top 10 Best Christian Blog Sites For 2014 - T E Hanna | Of Dust & Kings

Every so often I run a Friday Fab Five, where it is my goal to highlight 5 of the best articles published on Christian blog sites from the previous week that I have had the privilege of reading. When I do this, however, I intentionally choose to highlight the best Christian blog articles that I come across from smaller or lesser known blogs.

In doing so, my hope is that I help to provide exposure to some great writers that are often overlooked. At the beginning of every year, however, I update my list of the top ten Christian blogs that I personally follow, and why I recommend that others do likewise. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but they provide a good cross section of some of the best Christian blog sites on the web. Know of some others? Make sure you list them in the comments (and yes! You can list your own blog!).

10 Of The Best Christian Blog Sites On The Web

Scot McKnight is a New Testament scholar and author of over 30 books including such fantastic works as The Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, and most recently Junia Is Not Alone. His blog has his finger on the pulse of contemporary Christian thought and culture, and has been at the top of my list of the best Christian blog sites for several years.

Exploring the relationship between faith and science, the BioLogos forum utilizes a team of cutting edge scholars, scientists, and theologians to explore how Christianity and modern science interact. With the continuing perspective that faith and science are mutually opposed, having a resource such as this is indispensable. This is easily one of the best Christian blog sites that you should be following.

Pete Enns is an Old Testament scholar and the author of several notable books, including Inspiration and Incarnation and The Evolution of Adam. He occasionally stretches beyond my borders of agreement, but his willingness to openly and honestly engage difficult questions in faithful ways is refreshing. If you want a broader perspective of the trends in Biblical scholarship, you should be following this blog.

Tony Jones is a “Progressive Christian”, though he much prefers the title “Incarnational Christian.” His views are sometimes a bit more progressive than mine, but he is a faithful follower of Christ who never fails to engage my critical thinking skills and provide a fresh perspective on how I view my own faith. I don’t always agree with him, but exposure to this side of Christian thought is absolutely necessary if you want to have the awareness to faithfully engage cultural perspectives.

In a sea of men, in it refreshing to find an articulate and thoughtful female who is able to rise to the fore in shaping and engaging Christian thought. She is the author of Evolving in Monkey Town and A Year of Biblical Womanhood and was recognized by Christianity Today as a “woman to watch.” Clear, poignant, and well researched, this clearly deserves a place among this year’s best Christian blog sites. You should absolutely be reading her blog.

Olson is a wonderfully astute Wesleyan-Arminian scholar who engages theological perspectives and the Christian subculture. It seems that the majority of large scale Christian authors are decidedly Reformed in their theology. It is nice to have a well informed alternative to five point Calvinism, and Olson wears his Arminian theological stance on his sleeve. Roger Olson earns a distinguished place near the top of the best Christian blog sites that represent an Arminian perspective.

Frank Viola is a brilliant scholar who writes a remarkably eclectic blog. Its topics range from book reviews, to theological reflections, to tips on starting your own blog. He is also the author of numerous books including Jesus Manifesto, Reimagining Church, and Pagan Christianity. Again, a blog that is willing to engage perspectives outside the norm of traditional Christian thought, this is a great blog to expand your Christian awareness.

Kurt Willems consistently writes in ways that manage to engage culture squarely and faithfully. In fact, I have featured articles from his blog on this site before. In addition, he unabashedly manages to come up with the best headlines. If you want the tools to faithfully engage cultural trends, this is one of the best Christian blog sites to equip you for that. Check out his blog, you’ll see what I mean.

Due to the inactivity of one of the previous blogs I listed on here, I switched over to what has easily become my go-to source for keeping a pulse on Christian culture. While not technically a blog, Relevant has an uncanny ability to be on top of what is happening in Christianity. More importantly, they are also able to offer deep and meaningful reflection that is both insightful and theologically astute. Relevant also offers a full magazine (which I highly recommend), but the content on the site itself is free. My suggestion? Grab their RSS feed and dump it wholesale into your reader.

Arguably the best Christian blog site out there, its author is articulate, brilliant, and devilishly handsome. He is also surprisingly humble. Oh, and at times sarcastic. If you haven’t subscribed to this blog-to-end-all-Christian-blogs, be sure to sign up below.

So there it is – the 10 best Christian blog sites for 2014.

Have any you want to add to the list? Make sure to list them in the comments!

T E Hanna is the author of Raising Ephesus: Christian Hope for a Post-Christian Age and has published articles across the web on issues of faith and culture.

  • Alexander M.

    http://www.veritymediahouse.com recipe and a verse, what else can you ask for!

  • Kevin Sibillia

    Lots of negative messages in the world, I created, “Made by God” app in iTunes to show that there are positive messages to be shared.

  • Ryan

    http://michaelpanton.blogspot.com is a pretty good one that I have come across

  • boucher

    http://www.jamieraye.com …. read her books and blog……very powerful messages,

  • Joshua Gipson

    The video “The Phone Call” is meant to inspire and help people grow.
    It is something I have had on my heart for a while and I feel as though
    I should share my thoughts through my creativity. This video is a metaphor for
    something much more powerful than A phone call and I hope you as the
    viewer can grasp on. If you felt inspired by this video, please share it.
    This is the “THE PHONE CALL”
    #OnlyWayIsUp LETS GO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBji6gPtEi4

  • kwame

    jw.org is the best. try and see for yourself

  • Josh

    Our Place – Christian Social Network http://www.opcsn.com

  • http://messyjesusbusiness.com Julia

    Would love it if you checked out MessyJesusBusiness.com! <

  • http://www.GregoryPalumbo.com Gregory Palumbo

    Hi, for Lent I am recording one Liturgical piece of music per day. I understand blog owners will sometimes provide free things to their subscribers, and I wanted to offer you my music to give away. There’s absolutely no selling happening – I’m just recording and publishing these pieces daily, and realize that I can touch more people’s lives if I reach out through someone like you.

    Here’s a link to one of the days: http://www.mindbodyseries.com/pianist-gregory-palumbo/servant-song-variation-1/

    Thank you … please let me know if you have any questions.

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  • ROSS

    This a good one..www.true2ourselves.com/eeima

  • http://filipinochristianmusic.blogspot.com Vien @ Filipino Christian Music

    I hope, by the grace of God, my blog will be part of this list someday. For God’s glory, it’s not impossible. :)

  • http://afreshword.com Ryan Dalley

    afreshword.com is an interesting take on a community blog. Anyone has the opportunity to share if they want to!

  • http://www.missionariesofprayer.org Nicole

    Surely it was an oversight when you left off http://www.missionariesofprayer.org
    :-) Perhaps you should feature more than 10? You can’t have Christianity without prayer.

    Blessings!

  • http://lightfortheway-pen.blogspot.com/ Patricia Nordman

    Wonderful site! I’d like to share the url to my blog:
    http://lightfortheway-pen.blogspot.com/
    Thank you so very much!

  • http://www.passionnetwork.co.za/blog Barry Smith

    Have you considered Passion Network blog?

  • http://GraceFabian.com Grace Fabian

    Hello everyone! I’d like to suggest a blog for consideration. Please take a look at GraceFabian.com. She was a missionary in Papua New Guinea for decades and endured a terrible tragedy in the service of God.
    She publishes a new blog approximately every week or so, when she’s not flying around the United States and Canada on speaking and book tours.
    Thanks for the consideration!

  • http://Akers-Enterprises.com Bill Akers

    I would like for you to look at my blogs and give some helpful tips from your perspective.
    Faith Akers is a shorter blog designed to help Christians think outside the box.
    jstfishinman in HubPages are more in depth blogs on Christianity with occasional political and fun blogs.
    Thank you for the time and energy that you devote to God’s work.

  • http://rethinkerblog.wordpress.com David Litwin

    Thanks for screening the best of the best and making it easy to find profound and inspiring reads. I’ve got a blog site I’d love for you to check out. It’s called REThinker: http://www.rethinkerblog.wordpress.com REThinker looks at Christianity from a Strategic Perspective, transplanting the scriptures and tenets of God into the real world with applicable and “resonant” results. It’s empathetic, thought-provoking, and (hopefully) transforming. Live Inspired!

  • http://jesus-is-coming-again-repent.blogspot.com/ Edwin

    Great information. I was born in a christian familly and njoy life in Jesus, once again good work and keep it up.

  • http://jesus-is-coming-again-repent.blogspot.com/ Edwin

    Nice article. thank you, stay blessed

  • http://www.suespen2paper.com Sue C.

    I just looked at Water from the Well and I thought it was great! I pray your messages reach the heart of many. That is my prayer for my blog, http://www.suespen2paper.com. We have a fallen world and God’s message needs to be out there. Blessings to you and may God bless your site.

  • http://www.livingwaterfromthewell.com Michaelle

    Water From the Well is dedicated to spreading the gospel to a lost and dying world, one word at a time. Our website is designed to bring hope in a desolate world, seeking those who are searching for a greater love. Our goal is not to gain fame nor fortune, but to spread the great commission. Please visit our website at http://www.livingwaterfromthewell.com

  • http://calvarytraining.org Wade Ogletree

    When you have a chance, I would like to invite you to read a bit of my blog calvarytraining.org. It offers articles about Christianity in general and Calvary Chapel in particular, as well as a daily devotional. Thanks. I’m still scratching my head at how much blog reading you must do. Hopefully, there’s room to sample one more. Try it. It’s wafer thin. (What? No Monty Python references? Hmm. Maybe not.)

  • http://www.elahministries.com Sue C.

    It had to be difficult narrowing down to 10. Check mine out. http://www.suespen2paper.com

  • JimmyG

    A Great list which would have been difficult to reduce to just 5 blogs. However, BioLogos, really? From what I’ve heard and read they seem to be pushing the Evolution message a bit too eagerly. I don’t think there is room for a compromised faith; either the Bible says what actually happened or it is untrustworthy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for science (I’m an owner of a Biology major, which I studied for as an Evolutionist; I’m a Creationist now), but I’m very wary of people who try to meld two (often contradictory) world views together. If I’m wrong about BioLogos I apologise unresevedly, but if I’m right then beware. Sorry to come across all ranty.

    • http://tehanna.com T E Hanna

      Biologos holds to Theistic Evolution, and merely because one disagrees with a perspective is not a reason to avoid reading it. Tony Jones is on this list, and I tend to go about 50/50 with whether I agree with the stances he takes. He is, however, a prominent voice amidst many progressive theological thinkers, so his is an important blog to be plugged into.

      I would caution against such a black and white view of reading scripture. I might present a third option: scripture says what actually happens, else it is untrustworthy or I am reading it incorrectly. This is why genre is such an important question when interpreting scripture. For example, when the Psalms tell us that the Lord is a strong tower, we can just as easily say that either the Lord is a literally a tower, or else scripture is untrustworthy. Such an approach, however, is easily understood as a genre mistake.

      Throughout Christian history, Genesis 1 and 2 were not consistently read as historical narrative. Augustine didn’t read it that way, neither did many of the early church fathers such as Thomas Aquinas nor later theologians such as John Calvin or John Wesley. The hyper-literalist emphasis on the creation narrative is very much a modern perspective that finds its roots in post-enlightenment and the desire to view the Bible as scientific text. Such a view is, in my opinion, very much mistaken.

      In fact, I am firmly convinced that not only do we see an accomodationist/allegorical approach to the creation narratives throughout Church history, but the original author intended it to be read as polemic and the ancient Israelites would have recognized it as such.

      The bigger issue isn’t a literal/metaphorical reading of creation, it is how we wrestle with the issue of sin and death if death preceded the fall of man. I think there are ways of addressing this issue as well, however.

      • JimmyG

        Cool. If you ever need a fundy rant then look me up. All the best for 2014.

        • http://tehanna.com T E Hanna

          Lol. Rant all you like. I enjoy having your perspectives on my blog. We may disagree on some things, but I think we have far more in common than we have differences.

  • http://www.agodman.com Stefan

    It’s not easy to make a “top 10 list”, that’s for sure, and I know some pretty good Christian blogs (e.g. holdingtotruth.com, lifeandbuilding.com, agodman.com, livingtohim.com, crumbkings.com, etc) that emphasize more the side of the personal experience of Christ and of the church life – which didn’t make it in this list. Just saying…

  • Tom McClaren

    Thank you for doing the leg work and recommending some great blogs for those of us who don’t have the wherewithal to search them out. This is greatly appreciated!

  • http://jasonneilsoto.com Jason Neil Soto

    Thanks for this list! Need to check them all out.

  • http://www.TanyaDennisBooks.com Tanya Dennis

    Nice! :)

  • http://www.johnsramblings.com John Wallace

    I’m sure John’s Ramblings made the 11th or 12th spot?

    • http://tehanna.com T E Hanna

      John’s Ramblings definitely deserves a spot. It might even be worth bumping that last one from the list. ;)

      • http://www.johnsramblings.com John Wallace

        Ah no! One couldn’t replace the great Of Dust and Kings. 11th spot is fine for now :-)