In my heart of hearts I’m a student. I loved school and now I love learning about Jesus and His Church. For me, being a teacher, preacher, leader, vision-caster, etc. isn’t a job but a natural expression of the things God built me to be interested in and impassioned by. I’m energized by reading books, articles, blogs, listening to sermons and other online teachers. I know God built us differently, and that some people can only take so much book-learnin’, but I do hope that learning about Jesus is a passion of yours as well.
So, since I’m sharing (as Julie Andrews would say) “a few of my favourite things”, I thought I’d share my favourite podcasts. Again, I’ll share a link and the description from the website.
Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast – “Welcome to the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast, a conversation designed to help leaders go further, faster. Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia. For additional information, visit northpoint.org.”
Desiring God Sermons Audio – “John Piper is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 40 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.”
The Gospel Coalition – “The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures.”
Grace to You – “This powerful broadcast will boost your spiritual growth by helping you understand and apply God’s Word to your life and the life of your family and church. John MacArthur, pastor-teacher, has been offering his practical, verse-by-verse Bible teaching through Grace to You for 40 years.”
Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscoll Audio – “It’s all about Jesus. Pastor Mark Driscoll is the Preaching Pastor for Mars Hill and regularly distributes audio content via this channel, including sermons, event teaching and the occasional one-off audio created for our internet audience. You can find more content like this by visiting our web site at http://www.marshillchurch.org”
Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul – “Since 1994, Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R.C. Sproul has provided accessible, in-depth Bible teaching to millions around the world. As the principal outreach of Ligonier Ministries, this radio broadcast has instructed listeners in the life-changing truths of historic Christianity and has kept the church community informed about pertinent issues facing believers today.”
Resurgence – “TheResurgence.com is a Missional Theology Cooperative. Resurgence means to rise again, or to surge back into vibrancy. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ must resurge in every generation to meet the needs of people and their continually changing cultures. Missional means that we believe Jesus Christ is on a mission to seek and save people, change their lives, and transform their cultures. Because of this we believe that Christians, Christian organizations, and Christian churches exist to join Jesus on His mission by immersing themselves in whatever culture Jesus has placed them. Theology means that we believe that personal and cultural transformation is only possible by meeting the living Jesus Christ of the Bible through His gospel. Because of this we believe that culturally accessible mission also requires biblically faithful theology. Cooperative means that we believe a team of missional theologians working together as friends and peers, sharing ideas, and correcting errors is the best way for learning to occur. Because of this we are a network of various Christian leaders, ministries, churches, and networks seeking to work together in providing the most culturally effective and biblically faithful missional theology.”
These are, without a doubt, the blogs that have most helped and challenged me to become a deeper person. I’m in awe of the men and women who contribute to these blogs and thankful to God for their insights and passion for growing people in the Christian faith.
Remember that on any given webpage you will probably find this symbol somewhere. It is an RSS (Really Simple Script) link that will give you the proper address to copy into your chosen blog-reader program. It’s the easiest way to follow a website you are interested in.
Christian Living Blogs
Truth For Life – “Led by Alistair Begg and overseen by an independent, volunteer board of trustees, Truth For Life is a Bible-teaching ministry seeking to faithfully proclaim the Word of God.”
Christianity Today – “Creating Christian content that changes the people who change the world.”
Tim Challies – [He is, in my opinion, the most helpful Reformed Christian blogger on the web.] “If the blog has a primary focus, it may be best summarized as ‘commentary on the contemporary church and its interaction with the culture around us.'”
The Gospel Coalition – “TGC’s blog features a community of voices who promote gospel-centered ministry for the next generation. We discuss the Bible, theology, church history, books, culture, and more, so join in the conversation as we seek to glorify God in what we do and say.”
TheResurgence – “Millions of Christians around the world have come to the Resurgence for training. Our motto is ‘Get trained,’ so our whole mission is to help you on the mission God has given you.”
Ligonier Ministries – “The teaching fellowship of RC Sproul…. Since the beginning, our primary service to the church was to bridge the gap between Sunday school and seminary. Our commitment over the decades has never changed: faithfully present the unvarnished truth of Scripture to help people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness.”