Christian Blogging is not only popular but it is also a profession. Blogs as a medium are a valuable resource to receive spiritual edification, news, popular commentary on current events through a Christian lens, and insight to finding valuable resources (books, music, et al.) at discounted prices. Blogs essentially are a wonderful learning environment accessed at a reader’s leisure.
Yet, many Christians are not aware of this valuable resource. Not only this but they are not familiar with who to follow on platforms such as Twitter or to subscribe to via e-mail or their RSS Reader like Feedly.
The purpose of this series is to identify and interview exceptional Christian Bloggers in order to introduce people to their blogging ministry. I hope you enjoy this series. We will continue it throughout February and March, so please stay tuned. You’re going to meet some markedly gifted people who have a passion to share God’s truth and God’s gospel through this unique digital platform.
Obviously, for this series to be successful I need your help. Please share with others about this series. I’m just preaching to the choir if regular blog readers catch on to this series. Tell your friends about this series by word of mouth. Help them create a twitter account or have a feedly RSS reader account. And yes! Retweet. Like. Subscribe. Share. Help others discover this digital treasure trove of bloggers who serve the Church via this medium.
This is our second run of these posts. We did another series last summer that might catch your interest. Here is who we interviewed before with links: Stephen Altrogge, Aaron Armstrong, Nate Claiborne, Gloria Furman, Mike Leake, Trevin Wax. If you are a blogger and would like to be a part of this series or a future one, please contact me by e-mail: jtcochran82 AT gmail DOT com.
These interviews will post each Tuesday during February and possibly March. We’ve already got an excellent lineup of bloggers who are participating in this series. Below is the post schedule.
Discovering Christian Bloggers Interview Schedule:
February 4 – Christina Fox (To Show Them Jesus)
February 11 – Jared Wilson (The Gospel-Driven Church)
February 18 – Mathew Sims (Grace for Sinners)
February 25 – Jason Brueckner (Brave Reviews)
March 4 – Joe Thorn (joethorn.net)
March 18 – Tim Brister (Provocations and Pantings)
March 25 – David Murray (Head, Heart, Hand)
Today’s Featured Blogger:
Barnabas Piper writes for WorldMag.com and blogs and BarnabasPiper.com and The Blazing Center. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Pastor’s Kid: FInding Your Own Faith and Identity (David C. Cook, July, 2014). Barnabas works at Lifeway Christian Resources and lives in the Nashville area with his wife and two daughters.
1. What is your website/blog url? What is the purpose of your blog? Who is your audience?
My blog is primarily an idea outlet and a chance for me to share things I find interesting and that I have written for other outlets. I am not a pure blogger since most of the writing I do is for other sites or publications; the blog allows me to share all that through a single site. I also write book reviews and share videos or links that intrigued or amused me in some way. My goal is to inform, intrigue, or entertain with every post. I write from a Christian perspective about culture and sports as well as observations of peculiarities and particularities of life.
2. How did your blogging ministry begin?
It started with journaling. I have journaled inconsistently for years, but a few years ago I was coming out of a difficult time in my life and saw God doing remarkable things in my heart. I started processing these in my journal, and as I did more and more I realized that some of these thoughts weren’t just for processing but should be shared. I started blogging in 2011. It took that long for me to find a voice and the certainty that what I thought and wrote could actually benefit others. In the 2 ½ years since I have been really encouraged to find that people resonate with my reflections and writing.
3. What is the most personally meaningful post that you have written and why?
I’m going to cheat on this one a little bit. The most meaningful post to me was an article I wrote for Table Talk Magazine called “Sinners in a Fish Bowl” about the challenges of being a Pastor’s Kid. (I reposted it on my blog, so technically it counts.) It was the spark that lit a fire in me to write at length about being a pastor’s kid, a subject that has become a passion of mine in the hopes of helping fellow PKs work through their difficulties, help pastors understand and connect with their kids better, and help the church ease the burden on PKs. I struggled an enormous amount with finding my own connection to Christ and an identity in him, and my PK background was a big part of those struggles, so when I wrote that piece it uncorked a flood of emotion and passion. It even spurred me into being able to write a book which comes out in July. It really is the most personally significant single piece I’ve written.
4. What is the most popular post that you have written? Why do you think it gained such extensive readership?
I’m going to cheat on this one too. The most popular post I’ve ever written is one for Worldmag.com (again, shared on my blog too) called “Chick fil A Appreciation Day: A Bold Mistake.”
I essentially called conservative Christians out for participating in the event because I believe that kind of mass action creates a distinct “us vs. them” paradigm towards non-believers and especially the gay community. If we want to reach them, why are we intentionally alienating them? I think the post blew up because I used the magic blog formula: hot button issue + contrarian Christian viewpoint + bold challenging title = thousands of comments and shares. I didn’t mean to be formulaic. I wrote it from the heart, and it just happened to fit that mold.
5. What is your inspiration to write? Why are you inspired to write?
I write because it’s how I express ideas best, and my mind and heart tend to brim with them. If I didn’t write I would suffer because I wouldn’t be able to unravel mysteries, build arguments, or tell stories. I would feel incomplete. God uniquely gifts every person to work and express His image in distinct ways. Over time I’ve come to see writing as one of the gifts he has given me. Some writers like to bemoan the hard work of the craft. I don’t feel that way. For me writing is energizing and freeing. Sure, the act itself can be a challenge if I’m tired or stressed, but even so I simply love to write. I love the way words flow together to communicate a complex thought. I love when I surprise myself with a piece I didn’t know was in me; it really is an expression of God’s creativity because I couldn’t tell you where it came from. And I love figuring out how to get better at it, the craft of it. Writing is a passion of mine and one I can’t imagine not doing.