I love blogs and believe in them as a medium. I followed hundreds of them this year, scanned tens of thousands of their headlines, and both read and shared thousands of their articles. They were a great blessing to me and today I want to pause to honor a few by sharing my top blogs and bloggers of 2018.
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So, here, in no particular order, are my favorite blogs of 2018. I’ll begin with individuals, then move to multi-author blogs.
- Samuel James. I have highlighted Samuel James before, but want to make mention of his new site and express my admiration for what he does there. He continues to do excellent writing that focuses on issues related to the Christian life.
- Stephen Kneale. Stephen writes from an interesting context—an economically deprived area of England. He likes to dissect and comment on current trends while integrating lessons learned from his own ministry.
- Dave and Stacey Hare. Dave and Stacey’s blog comes from Cameroon and is one of my absolute favorites. They update it regularly and often include fascinating snippets of life in Cameroon.
- Jared Wilson. Jared’s weekly article on For the Church is always a highlight of my week. He also posts about once a week on his own blog which is hosted by TGC.
- Melissa Edgington. Melissa focused the later part of the year on her podcast, but before that was writing at least an article or two per week. I’m hoping she’s going renew her focus on the blog again in the new year, because I very much enjoy her writing.
- Michael Kruger. Michael Kruger, President of Reformed Theological Seminary, doesn’t write quite as often as I’d like, but when he does I invariably benefit from it. He’s got an excellent ability to take issues out of the academy and make them accessible to the rest of us.
- Stephen McAlpine. Stephen writes from Australia and keeps us informed about the challenges and triumphs of the gospel there. He also writes personal reflections that can be very powerful.
- Jen Oshman. I have been reading Jen Oshman for a number of years now, and always appreciate her perspective. Because of her extensive international experience, she’s able to speak to the church with a unique voice.
- Samuel Sey. Sam is a dear friend and it’s been a joy to see him really commit himself to writing this year. Perhaps I’m biased, but I think he’s getting better and better.
- David Qaoud. David works hard, writes consistently, and puts out some helpful material. I especially appreciate when he focuses on recommending good material.
- Glenna Marshall. I want to give a final shout-out to Glenna Marshall whose blog I very much enjoyed this year.
Here are a few of the multi-author blogs I’ve especially enjoyed this year.
- International TGCs. I expect we’re all familiar with The Gospel Coalition and are amazed at the sheer volume of resources it releases via its web site thegospelcoalition.org. What fewer people know is that it also has independent local branches meant to resource other countries or regions. These are not subsidiaries of TGC USA but each have their own governing councils. I’ve enjoyed the blogs for Canada, Australia, and Africa. (I’m sure their other regional sites are just as good, but they aren’t in English so I can’t read them.)
- Kaleoscope. Kaleoscope focuses on issues related to church life and community through a diverse group of writers. It’s not updated quite as often as I’d like, but I suspect that’s because most of their authors also have their own blogs.
- Core Christianity. Core Christianity, associated with Michael Horton, features lots of great content, though a fair bit of it is reprinted from elsewhere. Still, they’ve put in a ton of effort this year and have built out a good resource.
- Gentle Reformation. This is still and again one of my absolute favorite sites. I read it daily and never fail to benefit in some way.
- Gospel-Centered Discipleship. There is an extensive team of people behind GCD and they put together lots of helpful material.