It’s Blog Hunting Season

January 16, 2012

What’s up, everyone?

So, it’s MLK day, which means a lot of you might be home with a little extra time on your hands.

And I’ve got just the thing.

See, every few months, I have to clean out my blog reader.  It gets dusty.  And it gets encrusted with blogs that go dormant.  It’s sad, sweeping out the blog reader.  I feel like I’m giving up some old friends…friends who hadn’t called me in six months anyway.

But every few months, I go on a hunting trip.  I hunt down fresh subscriptions for my blog reader.  I always love discovering new blogs to dive into.  On my blog hunting trips, I’m reminded of one constant fact: most of the stuff on the internet is pure, unadulterated crap.  And the Christian stuff is no exception.  But that only makes the discovery of something actually worthwhile all the sweeter.

Here are my latest and greatest discoveries from the obscure corners of the internet, the new, and new-to-me blogs that are keeping me glued to my blog reader.

Salvo Magazine

Salvo Magazine is a print publication, but you can also find it online.  The three topics listed right by the title are society, sex, and science.  This magazine feels like something I would write if there were ten of me.  It’s a bold, brash publication that blasts gaping holes in popular worldviews with logic and research.  The writing is solid and an easy read.

Image Journal

If you’re a little more artsy-fartsy, then Image is for you.  I personally find it incomprehensible that there has basically been no significant religious art in…say, five-hundred years.  Good job, Protestants.  We have relegated art to the rank of red-headed stepchild.  We are practically in a dark ages when it comes to art and music, while we fritter our time and energy away on commercials and sound bites.

A publication that actually intersects art with spirituality is extremely rare, but rarer still is a publication that’s actually worth your time.

Provoketive Magazine

I can almost assure you that the title of this online magazine is the only deliberate misspelling on the site.  Provoketive is a collaboration among a lot of bloggers and writers with the goal to…well, provoke.  I like it already.  It has a broad range of topics, but it isn’t watered down, like your typical generic Christian “resource” or “devotional” site.  If you go over there, you’re likely to see one or two bloggers you’ve heard of before.

Those are my recent discoveries.  Tell me about yours.  What’s keeping you glued to your computer these days?  What do I have to add to my blog reader this minute?







18 responses to It’s Blog Hunting Season

  1. A very entertaining chapter by chapter trip through the bible. One of the few places I’ve seen Leviticus made enjoyable. Has lots of worthwhile stuff to say on ministry and the Christian life. Her series on singleness is by far the best material I have read on the topic. Even if you aren’t single, you should read it.

  2. Thanks Matt. I’m always looking. You’re right about the art. I think Christians allow themselves to be boxed in and can’t produce good art. I recently read one person perspective that said many times good art comes from emotional extremes. I real high or a real low and Christians are stuck in the middle. They tend not to show true joy and they are not allowed to be depressed.

  3. To be honest there is nothing keeping me glued to my computer screen, however, I understand what you mean, when you say you have to clean out your blogroll.

    It’s kind of sad, well maybe not sad, but I’ll say I’m not smiling when I delete some blogs. Because it is like you know the people who are writing, and then it’s like, all of a sudden, they have stopped talking to you.

    My theory is after a year of no posting, I have to delete them. But you seem to give them six months, maybe I should change mine to six months too. It’s hard to gauge. Some people write a post letting people know there are medical problems and that’s why they leave. So for them, I keep. But like I mentioned earlier, I usually cut them off after a year. (Maybe that’s too lenient).

    Anyway, thank you for the list of new blogs floating around.

  4. Thanks for the great reading material! I’m always glad to read more Christian writing that is provocative and stimulating, like yours.

    You know, I think you should ask Salvo if you can write an article for them. I think you’d be perfect for it. 😉

  5. Thanks, Matt!

    Good stuff.

  6. Funny thing, I was cleaning out my blog roll too… but I kept you.

  7. I sweep my blogroll every few weeks because I’m pretty liberal when it comes to adding blogs. I take suggestions from just about anyone because I like learning about new points of view.

  8. Salvo looks very interesting. Thanks. Hey Matt. Maybe you can lead me to an answer I’m seeking. I was encouraged to leave my church by a woman who kept describing herself as a post-modernist christian. What is a post-modernist christian? I’ve done the wikipedia thing, but it didn’t clear it up for me. Can you point me in the right direction.

    • Geez. That’s a tough question. There’s a reason wikipedia didn’t help. It’s almost a completely nebulous word, so it can mean almost anything a “postmodern” wants it to mean. But this is a postmodern, in broad strokes:

      They hate labels, making the task of defining “postmodern” ironically and unnecessarily difficult.
      They tend to reject the label, values and traditions of “evangelicals.”
      They don’t like formal doctrine. If a church caters to postmoderns, and has a statement of belief, it will be very minimal, like the Apostles’ creed.
      Their aversion toward doctrine is a cause and a result of their feeling that “absolute truth” cannot be defined. Truth is different for everyone. So who’s to tell anyone else what truth is? This is probably the key feature of “postmodernism.” Truth is relative.
      They tend to lean toward political liberalism.
      They like Brian McLaren.

      I hope that helps. Did this person encourage you to leave your church and join a different church, or just leave the church altogether?

      • Thanks Matt. She was suggesting I leave organized church altogether. It was a response to the Jefferson Bethke – Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus video. I had disagreed that Jesus hated religion. He was a Jew, after all, and the church is to be his bride. Jesus loves the church, but she said Jesus hates the church and religion. Her argument was hard to understand, but she kept telling me I didn’t understand because I wasn’t a post-modernist christian like she was. But, she wouldn’t define post-modernist christian.

    • That sounds like an odd thing to call oneself. I’ve pretty much only seen “post-modernist” thrown around on The Internets as more of an insult.

  9. Okay, dumb question–

    Is it possible to set up a blogroll without having your own blog?

    I tried starting a blog on Blogspot a couple years ago, but then I lost interest and it’s turned into one of those “dead” websites that hasn’t been updated in about 5 years. My mom was the only who read it, anyway.

    I’m planning to take the whole thing down (when I get around to it) but I kind of got more use out of the blogroll function that it has.

    Is there a way I can set up a homepage or something that would just have a list of the blogs I read? I have no interest in trying to do my own blog again.

  10. I’ve been cleaning out my blogroll also. Thanks for the new links. I’ll have to check them out when I’m not supposed to be doing homework.

  11. worth it to read let me book-marked next time for now preserve up the good execute.