With the end of term fast approaching – carrying with it the flurry of research papers, exams, reading logs and perhaps too much procrastination – Et Cetera asked Kim Boldt, Assistant Manager of the Regent Bookstore, to select some of his favorite blogs dealing with the intersection of Christian thought and culture. The follwing are his top picks:
Jesus Creed: http://www.patheos.com/ community/jesuscreed/
N.T. scholar Scot McKnight reads. A lot. He reads other blogs (helpful for discovering oth- er conversations), and blogs through several books a week. His interests are broad: bib- lical studies, spirituality, church, history, and culture form the bulk of his review choices. He has a loyal and large following which makes for some great debate. Warning: it’s almost impossible to keep up with his blog. He’s a multiple post/day blogger.
Reclaiming the Mission: http://www.re- claimingthemission.com/
David Fitch, author of The Great Giveaway, is a missional church/emergent evangelical pas- tor/professor in Chicago with Canadian roots. He’s involved in missional church/emerging/ emergent conversations, but without the over- reacting edge of many in those camps. I like the questions he asks, and the fact that he is grounded in both the academy and the local church.
Helm’s Deep: http://paulhelmsdeep. blogspot.com/
Paul Helm is well-known amongst the Regent Community through his time here as a sys- tematic theologian in the J.I. Packer chair. He doesn’t blog as much as post short essays, but they are thoughtful and often punchy. Paul is usually up for some theological wrestling, whether with N.T. Wright or other well-known writers.
Grateful to the Dead: http://gratefulto- thedead.wordpress.com/
Chris Armstrong is a church historian, and au- thor of the recent book Patron Saints for Post- moderns. He posts both original blogs, and links to interesting articles on all things historical and theological.
Byron Borger: http://www.heartsandminds- books.com/booknotes/
Byron Borger runs Hearts & Minds Bookstore in Pennsylvania. Which explains why his blog is simply an extended introduction/re- view of books. Good quality, thoughtful, intelligent books that cover the spectrum of ortho- dox Christian thinking (and a some beyond). Sounds familiar? He is a kindred spirit in the same kind of mission that founded Regent College, and that Regent Bookstore seeks to further. He’s a big fan of Regent, and does great work encouraging whole-life discipleship in his corner of the USA. Well-worth reading to discover books you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.