Progressive Church of Christ Blogs, E-Zines, Writings and Groups

Dear readers,

This is a list of blogs and discussion groups of particular value to members of the progressive Churches of Christ. Please post recommendations for other sites to be added (author, blog name, link).

Here are the rules:

  • No university, college, or preacher school sites.
  • No congregational sites (but a link to an included page with excellent writing would be fine).
  • No personal blogs (no kittens, babies, or breakfast posts).
  • Only blogs from within the Restoration Movement.
  • Only theological sort of things. It’s not enough that the author is a member of a Church of Christ if he’s writing about politics, welding, or gardening.
  • No vitriol. No blogs that are hateful toward Bush or Obama. (There are some very un-Christian things being said in the name of Christ. Please stop.)
  • No password protected sites.
  • No legalism.

These are posted without recommendation or endorsement.

I encourage you comment in favor of any site you enjoy below. Please, nothing critical here. (But do let me know if I’ve posted something outside the guidelines. I tried to check, but it’s a LOT of blogs.)

BLOGS

E-ZINES

WRITINGS OF INTERESTING CHURCH OF CHRIST AUTHORS

DISCUSSION GROUPS

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  1. I recommend Bob Odle’s “Life in a New Millennium – reflections from a dazed sojourner”: http://rpodle6.wordpress.com/
    Bob’s blog inspires and humbles me – he’s all about reverent, faithful, humble obedience to God – without the trappings of our heritage.

  2. Thank you so very much for the listing of Unity in Diversity by Carl Ketcherside. Since discovering him I have read many of his writings and have come to the conclusion we have missed the meaning of “The Gospel”. From there I reviewed the Matthew 25 description of the judgement scene and these two have changed my life. God knocked and finally I have let Him in.
    Thanks for your web page resource.

  3. Cody,

    I’ve added a link to your blog in my list of progressive blogs.

    PS — Go to Links in the WordPress administrative page. Create the links you want to post. Then go to Appearance/Widgets and drag a Links widget to the place you want the Blogroll to appear on your page.

    PPS — Check out my 30 Tips on Christian Blogging — from a very long time ago — http://oneinjesus.info/category/index/blogging-index/

  4. God bless you all in peaceful joy for us all in grace today and be used of the Lord are our thankgiving and praise and power to move whole heaven among us for Jesus blood case, thanks and bless and take toward revival right now for Christ,keijo sweden

  5. Roy,

    I’ve added you to the list. Thanks for letting me know about your blog.

    All,

    I’ve also purged a few blogs no longer active. If I purged someone in error, please let me know.

  6. Jay, I’d love to be included in your list. I’m writing a good deal about shame and faith. This is certainly a component of works based churches many of us grew up in. Would love to connect with more people via your site. Thanks for all the great link and articles you’ve got posted!

    Mine is http://www.rustywoods.com.

  7. Rusty, Thanks for letting me know about your writing. It looks to me like you’re running two blogs at the same site, the rustywoods blog and the Shame Revolt blog, and so I’ve created two separate links. Let me know if I’ve misunderstood your intent.

  8. Gary,

    I’m flattered that you’d ask, but it’s not a blog or even blog-ish. On the other hand, I’m taken with the Events page at worldconvention.org (and frustrated that date and place of the next convention has apparently not yet been determined). I’m thinking that I’ll create a link at the top of every page pointing to your Events page. And that would be far better than being in the blogs list.

  9. Shelly,

    I’ve added your blog to the list but would like to include your last name if I may. I couldn’t find your name on the blog, and if you want to be anonymous, that’s alright.

  10. Jay, please consider adding my humble blog to your roster, “Brennan’s Beating Heart: A Blog of Christian Spirituality” by Brennan T. Hughes. brennanhughes.com. Several of the bloggers on your list can vouch for me, so I can provide references if needed. @brenhughes. Thanks!

  11. Thank you very much, Jay. The link on your list does not currently appear to be working, though.

  12. Glad to have found this site. Would you please consider adding my blog to your good list? Brian Casey at blcasey.wordpress.com. Thank you.

  13. Thanks so much for the consideration. Truth be told, I’m partial to blueberries and tomatoes, but rutabagas can be entertaining, if not informative to the palate. :-)

  14. Hi… I’m Brian Peacock, former ACU missions student and youth minister in Grand Junction, Colorado, and I have a blog that focuses on issues related theology, the Bible, and other issues related to Churches of Christ. I think it fits your criteria pretty well. Don’t have a ton of readers yet, but I’d love to be part of your list.

  15. Hi. I’m Gloria Bean, and am a member of South Yukon Church of Christ in Yukon, OK. I’ve recently begun writing children’s Bible story books, the first two of which are part of my “The Beginning to the End” series. I’m hoping it’s alright to post this information here. These two books, as well as another that isn’t part of this series, are available at http://www.amazon.com/author/gloriabean. I also have a blog at http://heylookwhatiwrote.wordpress.com. I would love it if you would leave me a comment. I’ll answer back. Thanks.

  16. I’m surprised to see Carl Ketcherside and Cecil Hook listed since both are deceased. I wonder if it’s accurate to list Al Maxey since what he’s now promoting is not Christian doctrine but rather is Baptist baptism of people who were saved by faith alone. It’s good to see many listed that I’ve not known of.

    My days seldom have more than 24 hours in them, and that’s not enough time to become acquainted with ALL the good writers and thinkers among us. I’m glad to know of Jay Guin. I first heard of Jay from a brother at a Tulsa Workshop several years ago. I now can recommend Jay Guin as a seeker after truth and a teacher of truth.

    I admired Carl Ketcherside. I like Leroy Garrett. Cecil Hook thought and taught wisely. I also recommend the CHRISTIAN STANDARD monthly publication as a promoter of truth, with frequent excellent articles on Bible topics. Did I mention that we are blessed to be able to listen to sermons on the internet by Rick Atchley at the Hills church in Ft. Worth, Texas?

    The e-mail discussion list I host is not a blog but includes frequent viewpoints by brothers/sisters in Christ. It’s Viewpoint Discussion List with some signing up for only once-a-week e-mails and others for all that are sent out. Anyone can join by sending an e-mail with the subject, “Subscribe Viewpoint Discussions” to outreach@sofnet.com.

  17. You might consider http://www.thediscipler.blogspot.com and http://www.christianchronicler.com for inclusion. I am a retired Church History professor associated with the Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. My recent book A History of the American Restoration Movement is available on Amazon.com. My blog is a conglomeration of insights about the directions taken by the independents although I’ve occasionally thrown in a few political comments and personal notes.

  18. TY for your critique of Muscle and Shovel Jay. And also your book Do We Teach Another Gospel. They have helped me understand the CoC even more. I am not CoC but would like to recommend a Facebook group that is run by progressive CoC that allow all CoC’s and non-CoC’s to participate. And they have a good admin team that forbids personal attacks profusely.

    It’s an open public group called,,, Church of Christ – Open Discussion.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1470027419932622/

    It’ a really good group.

  19. Hi. I’m a Disciples of Christ pastor in Minnesota. Is there a gathering of progressive CoC’s in this area? I’d like to talk to them. Thanks.

  20. Dennis,

    Probably. It looks like you’re in the Minneapolis area. That’s a long way from my home, but maybe a reader or two can make a referral.

  21. Jay,

    A number of these links are obsolete or lead to dated sites (which haven’t been updated for years). If you’d like, I’ll tell you which these are (or, better, which are still working and current).

  22. Here you are, Jay. The sites marked with asterisks have been updated at least once in the past year. I think it would be helpful to introduce a key for this list, so readers can obtain a better idea of what sort of site each link leads to. Maybe something like this:

    $ = items may be purchased at this site
    © = contains published books and/or articles of author
    & = reader comments allowed
    ! = reader comments not allowed
    @ = contains links to other sites
    # = accessible from Facebook or Twitter or Google

    BLOGS

    Adam Berman (no content)
    Al Maxey (not a blog but a commercial website with some content)
    Alan Rouse (an old link leading to newer site that hasn’t been updated since 2011)
    Allan Stanglin*
    Amanda Sanders (obsolete link)
    Answering the Church of Christ (last update was 2009)
    Bob Odle (last update was 2013)
    Bobby & Tammie Ross*
    Bobby Valentine*
    Brad Stanford*
    Brian Casey*
    Brian Nicklaus*
    Bryant Evans*
    Carl Ketcherside (not a blog but a collection of author’s writings)
    Cecil Hook (obsolete link)
    Chris Guin (last update was 2012)
    Christopher Cotton*
    Cody, Brother*
    Curtis McClane*
    Dallas Burdette (not a blog but a collection of author’s writings)
    Danny Dodd*
    Danny Gill (last update was 2014)
    Darin (last update was 2013)
    David Ross*
    Dell Kimberly (last update was 2014)
    Donald Crane*
    Doug Mendenhall (last update was 2012)
    Douglas Jacoby (not a blog but a collection of author’s writings; commercial site with free Q&A and other content)
    Dwayne Phillips*
    Eddie Lawrence (not a blog but a collection of author’s writings)
    Edward Fudge (obsolete link – should be http://edwardfudge.com)
    Frank Bellizzi*
    Fred Zumwalt*
    Kirkendall (last update was 2013)
    Grace Centered Magazine*
    J. James Albert (last update was 2012)
    James Brett Harrison*
    James Prather (last update was 2014)
    Janice Garrison*
    Jarrod Spencer (only one update since 2013)
    Jason Bybee*
    Jay Guin*
    Jerry Starling*
    Jim Martin*
    Jim McGuiggan*
    Joe Beam (not a blog but commercial marriage help website)
    John Dobbs*
    John Mark Hicks*
    John T. Willis*
    Josh Kellar*
    Josh Ross (last update was 2010)
    Joshua Graves*
    Joshua Pappas (obsolete link)
    Jonathan Woodall*
    Justin Brasfield*
    K. Rex Butts*
    Keith Brenton*
    Kevin Pendergrass*
    Kinney Mabry (last update was 2013)
    Kyle Strickland*
    Lane Widick*
    Larry James*
    Lee Camp (last update was 2012)
    Leroy Garrett (not a blog but a collection of author’s writings)
    Mac and Todd Deaver et alia (last update was 2019)
    Matt Dabbs* (an old link leading to newer site)
    Matthew Dowling*
    McGarvey Ice*
    Michael Hines*
    Michael Hines (not a blog but a resource site)
    Michele Kellis*
    Mike Cope*
    Nick Gill*
    Outrageous Campbellite (not a blog but a Campbell fan site)
    Paula Harrington*
    Philip Sims*
    Richard Oster (last update was 2014)
    Rogue Minister (last update was 2014)
    Royce Ogle*
    Rubel Shelly (not a blog but a collection of author’s writings)
    Rusty Woods*
    Sarah Stirman (last update was 2014)
    Scott Elliott*
    Sean Palmer*
    Shannon Spears*
    Steve Allison*
    Steven Hovater (obsolete link)
    Steven Sarff*
    Terry Rush*
    Thomas Paulson*
    Tim Archer*
    Trey Morgan*
    Tyler Ellis*
    Wade Hodges (last update was 2014)
    Wade Tannehill*
    Walter Surdacki*
    Warren Baldwin (last update was 2012)
    Wes Woodell (computer goods site)
    Wineskins*