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:
Joe Thorn is the founding and Lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, IL, and the author of Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Crossway/ReLit) and Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God (Crossway, 2015). He was a contributor to The Story ESV Bible and The Mission of God Study Bible. Joe is a graduate of Moody Bible Inst (BA) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv). He and his wife Jen have four children. He blogs at joethorn.net and at The Christward Collective.
1. What is your website/blog url? What is the purpose of your blog? Who is your audience?
The purpose of my blog is to flesh out and share the things on my heart regarding experiential theology and church life.
I have a diverse reach with my blog, but a specific audience that I reach is church leaders.
2. How did your blogging ministry begin?
In 2005 I started a blog to think out loud and have on-line conversations about things that are important to me.
3. What is the most personally meaningful post that you have written and why?
I don’t know that I have one, but an important one was when I started blogging about planting Redeemer Fellowship: http://www.joethorn.net/blog/2007/05/21/the-start-of-something-new.
Any of my writings on experimental Calvinism are also meaningful.
4. What is the most popular post that you have written? Why do you think it gained such extensive readership?
I don’t really know. I don’t pay attention to the statistics on my blog. I might guess that my most popular posts are when I explain what we do as a church. Others who are exploring what they are going to do find these posts helpful. A recent example of this is the post, “Why Do We Do That?”
My post “6 Rules of Cultural Engagement” was widely read and shared.
5. What is your inspiration to write? Why are you inspired to write?
I’m inspired to write because of my need to think out loud. I’m moved to write because it is good for me personally, and it appears to be a help to others.