Twenty years ago, nobody knew what a blog was. In fact, to utter the very word "blog" in the mid-90s would have sounded more like making a strange animal noise than articulating a meaningful concept. Today, however, there are hundreds of millions of blogs on the internet, and there are new ones being created on a daily basis. News outlets have blogs, corporations have blogs, families have blogs, food critics have blogs, sports teams have blogs, schools have blogs, eight year old kids using their parents' computers have blogs—everyone has a blog! And while the blogosphere can seem like a wasteland of useless information, narcissism, and trivialities, there nevertheless are plenty of gems to be discovered, if only one knows where to look.
To help you make the most of the blogosphere, I have put together a list of ten blogs that might be worth your time to read—or at least worth your time to keep an eye on. While we certainly don't want to become blog junkies who increasingly grow bloated with theological information, we also should avoid being isolationists who remain disconnected from the important public discourse going on around us. So take a few minutes to browse these resources and see if you find something that might spur you toward greater love for God and others. (Note: Linking to these blogs does not necessarily entail wholesale endorsement or support of all that is written on these sites, either by me personally or by the Kossuth leadership team as a whole.)
1. Kossuth Elder Blog
: Although it doesn't pull in thousands of readers each day like some of the other blogs on this list, the Kossuth Elder Blog should be a weekly staple in your diet of theological intake. The reason is simple: these are your pastors. The Elder Blog is a way to stay connected to church leaders, learn what they're learning, and keep up-to-speed on some of the practical ways that they're seeking to shepherd this church.
: Tim Challies is like the Michael Jordan of Reformed bloggers. He writes articles, reviews books, and links each day to happenings around the internet via his always interesting "A La Carte" feature. If you want to keep abreast of what's happening in the larger world of Reformed evangelicalism, Challies is the place to turn.
3. The Gospel Coalition
: Featuring a whole host of writers and contributors, the TGC blog is a constant stream of insight, encouragement, and conviction. The topics are diverse, but the writing seeks to bring the gospel to bear in a practical way upon the everyday situations in which we regularly find ourselves.
4. First Thoughts
: As a part of the First Things website, the First Thoughts blog is a steady stream of cultural commentary, theological exploration, political discussion, and just about everything in between. Some will find certain posts less interesting than others, but on the whole this is a great source of information.
5. Desiring God
: If you're familiar with John Piper, then you'll know what to expect from the DG blog. God-centered posts and articles appear on a regular basis from the Desiring God team, and they're about as spiritually-enriching and soul-nourishing of resources as you'll find anywhere on the internet.
6. Between Two Worlds
: If Tim Challies is the Michael Jordon of the Reformed evangelical blogosphere, Justin Taylor might be like John Stockton—he's a master of the assist (or, in internet terms, the link). At Between Two Worlds, Justin Taylor posts interviews, videos, articles, and a whole host of other resources which he has culled from other sources around the web. It's diverse, interesting, and worth at least an occasional perusal.
7. Reformation 21
: The tagline of the "ref21" blog is, "Encouraging biblical thinking, living, worship, ministry, and constructive cultural engagement." That sums it up pretty well. This is another blog which draws from a wide variety of regular contributors, the most notable of whom is the feisty and humorous Carl Trueman.
8. The Briefing
: As the blog of Matthias Media, you know that The Briefing will be chock-full of discipleship resources. If you want to grow as a follower of Jesus and help others to do the same, you'll want to keep a keen eye on this blog.
9. Jonathan Merritt
: Hosted on the Religion News Service website, Jonathan Merrit's blog is quickly becoming an influential voice in the evangelical world (and beyond). You'll likely not agree with all he has to say, but you certainly can't afford to ignore this young Christian voice.
10. The Resurgence
: The Resurgence is an outgrowth of Mars Hill Church (Seattle) and the Acts 29 network. Most people read this blog because of its most visible figure, Mark Driscoll. But plenty of other writers contribute helpful articles to the site about a wide array of subjects.
To attempt to read every post on each of these blogs would be time-consuming, exhausting, and frankly unwise. But knowing that they're out there, checking in on them occasionally, and pointing others to them when the need arises can all be great avenues of becoming a more informed, thoughtful, and globally-oriented Christian.