How do I live what I believe?
I have always been interested in the intersection of life and faith, making practical the abstract, attempting to live with meaning, and making sense of what I observe in the world around me. I am convicted that what I believe in my mind and heart affects how I view my ministry, how I love my family, how I interact with culture, and how I serve in this world. While I’ve been continually shaped by many people in my life, friends and mentors alike, I’ve made an effort to continue learning from a number of people whom I’m unlikely to ever meet. Thanks to the blogosphere, there is a wealth of information just waiting to be discovered.
Each morning, there is a fresh crop of articles waiting for me in my feed reader (more on that below). I probably read an average of 30 articles per week. I’m learning so much and being challenged in so many ways that I don’t want to keep all of these resources for myself. I believe these might be just as encouraging to you as they have been to me.
Here are a few of my favorite resources:
The Gospel Coalition — TGC has become my go-to source for solid, biblical perspectives on current events, Christian living, theology, ministry, arts and culture, and more. The archive is vast and new articles appear several times a day. While the site clearly has a Reformed perspective, meaning I may differ on some finer theological points, it is of immense value for Christians of all backgrounds and maturity levels. Here’s an excellent article that deeply impacted my view of salvation.
Storyline Blog — Storyline is the online home of Christian author and leader Donald Miller and an impressive list of writers. The writing is compelling. The topics are relevant, ranging from devotional thoughts to cultural critique to leadership development, and more. An example: Donald Miller’s recent post on spiritual abuse floored me.
Challies.com — Tim Challies is a prolific writer who produces a wide variety of content. He blogs about Christian living, shares resources, and authors a ton of books. In fact, if you’re a reader, his reviews are a goldmine of great recommendations. Again, although he writes from a Reformed perspective, I’m right with him the vast majority of the time. I was challenged by this article recently.
What’s Best Next — Nerd alert! I discovered Matt Perman while attempting to learn more about organization, personal productivity, and time management. I enjoy systems and so does Matt. (You seriously need to check out his series on how to set up your desk.) In addition, What’s Best Next is a great resource for leadership, management, culture, apologetics, and theology.
Seth Godin — Seth is someone who continually challenges me. A thought leader in the business world, I find his perspective to be immensely helpful in the realm of creativity, management, leadership, and, surprisingly, evangelism. I am amazed at the substance—and brevity—of this blog. Here’s a recent example that has huge implications for my work.
These are just a few of my favorite online resources. There are many more. I may share some of them in a future post. I hope these are a blessing to you as you continue to challenge yourself and to grow in faith and life.
What about you? What are your favorite resources?
Bonus: How do I stay up-to-date?
It’s difficult not to miss content when you’re following so many sources online. That’s where a good feed reader comes in handy. I’ve used Feedly on my desktop browser and on my iPhone for years. It’s a can’t-do-without resource.