Who You Read= Who You Are?
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn says you and I are the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. That’s probably the reason our parents worried so much about the kids we hung out with in school. Think about your closest friends and co-workers… your family. Who would you say influences you most? Whose opinions hold extra weight in your mind? Who do you most care to please? Have your list? I would claim we are also influenced strongly by WHO we read. Much of what you read at Faith Reboot is influenced by Matt, Natasha, and Sam… people I don’t know but read on a regular basis. Today I’d like to challenge your faith assumptions by encouraging you to read these five blogs.
5 Blogs to Change Your Life
Mood: Contemplative, Open
Playlist: Anything by Tenth Avenue North or Casting Crowns
Why I read it: It challenges tendencies toward Moralism. I need that. Sam is also very humble and a great story teller.
What He says, “I write Beliefs of the Heart to help us Discover the unexplored convictions that drive us, and to Recover deep truths in the heart.”
Mood: Thoughtful, Determined Mama Bear
Playlist: Hymns from the 1600s or anything by Go Fish (the guys who bring theological depth to fun children’s music)
Why I read it: I want to make sure I am parenting in a way that does not create “good kids” who don’t have a true faith. I love the way Natasha digs into the study of apologetics and presents it in an easy to understand manner.
What She says, “I find it shocking that the gulf between Christian theology and applied Christian living can be so huge and yet so not obvious to someone who was raised in church. I pray that I am the hand that pulls my children across the gulf it took me so long to cross. It’s my passion now to raise my kids in a Christ-centered home. I started this blog to help others do so as well.”
Mood: Light and billowy
Playlist: That nature sounds CD you bought in the 1990s
Why I read it: I have been looking for the longest time for a blog/website that speaks on fighting against excess from a Christian point of view. This is that site…the only one. True story.
What He says: “I spent most of my life living a typical life being caught up in the endless pursuit of material possessions. I didn’t really believe possessions were the key to happiness, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by looking at my checkbook. Fortunately, I had a conversation with my neighbor that changed my life forever. She introduced me to intentionally living with less. We immediately cleared the clutter from our home and life. As a result, we found a valuable new way to live life centered on our most important values. It has been a journey of discovering the abundant life is actually found in owning less.”
Blogs with Fear and Trembling
The following two blogs I read because I enjoy learning from people with different points of view. Let me warn you they are both brash and I probably never 100 percent agree with any one blog either have written. They have strong readership because of their sometimes outlandish ways. That being said I have to admit they are great thinkers who stretch us to consider why we believe what we believe. I would consider these “extra credit.”
4. The Matt Walsh Blog- Matt Walsh
Mood: Patriotic, Determined, Ready for a Fight with most anybody
Playlist: Bruce Springsteen, Anything with the word “march” in it
Why I read it: I can’t not read it. The guy’s writing is shared more than any other blog on Facebook. His headlines have Howard Stern shock value and yet I know he’s coming from a Christian perspective. Matt is a tattoo-sporting, beer drinking Christian writer who has lots of common sense.
What He says: “I am a sayer of truths.” Here is a recent “truth” from his site: “We all know that abortionists are human. That’s why they’re so evil.”
5. Rachel Held Evans- Rachel Held Evans
Mood: Skeptical, Ready for a Fight with most anybody
Playlist: Gungor, Jennifer Knapp and Christian Indie artists
Why I read it: Checking the cookies to see if they are filled with chocolate chips or Ex-lax. Rachel is a Christian who is staunchly critical of the Christian community. Some of the criticisms are founded while others are not… thus the cookies. Rachel is one the biggest movers and shakers when it comes to female mouthpieces for Christianity in mainstream media.
What She says: I am “a skeptic, a creative, and a follower of Jesus, figuring out this journey of faith one shaky step at a time.”
I am including these here because they are news/magazine sites with interesting articles from different points of view along the Evangelical continuum.
The Christian Post (traditional, older demographic)
Relevant Magazine (progressive, younger demographic)
So who are YOU reading? Recommendations for blogs that help shape faith perspectives? I’d love to have you comment below.