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

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

  1. Donald Crane says:

    It would be an honor to have my sight considered for addition to the list. http://www.donaldcrane.com

    Thanks,
    Don

  2. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Don,

    Very happy to add your blog to the list. May God bless many through your work.

  3. Jay:

    It would be an honor to be included on your site. My site is http://www.kylestrickland.com.

    Blessings to you.

  4. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Kyle,

    Glad to add you to the list.

  5. Lee Daniels says:

    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.

  6. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Lee,

    Thanks. I’ve added Bob’s blog to the list.

  7. wjcsydney says:

    Jay, some of these no longer exist. Rex Boyles, Les Ferguson, Bobby Cohoon, A Better View…

  8. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Thanks, Wendy. I’ve gone through and purged the dead blogs and corrected some changed URLs. Very much appreciated.

  9. Tyler Ellis says:

    I too would be honored to be included on the list: http://www.BTylerEllis.com.
    I’m a Campus Minister at the University of Delaware, on staff with Newark Church of Christ.
    Thanks.

  10. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Tyler,

    I’ve added you to the site. Thanks for letting us know about your blog.

  11. Harold Vann says:

    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.

  12. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Harold,

    I’m a big fan of Ketcherside. He’s one of the best writers the Restoration Movement has produced.

  13. Please take a look at http://www.perfectionroad.com and see if it meets your standards.

  14. How ’bout this one: http://robersonblog.blogspot.com
    The View From The West Mesa

  15. brothercm says:

    Jay,

    I would love for you to check my blog out and potentially post it. I’d also like to somehow link to yours…I’m not fluent in WordPress-ese 🙁

    http://www.wordlikefire.wordpress.com

  16. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    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/

  17. brothercm says:

    Great! Thank you, Jay. I’ll give it my best shot.

  18. keijo says:

    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

  19. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    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.

  20. Rusty Woods says:

    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.

  21. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    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.

  22. Hey, Jay. Can World Convention worldconvention.org get on this list?

  23. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    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.

  24. Shell says:

    Jay,

    I’d love to be included in your blog list.

    http://embracinghispresence.wordpress.com

    Thank you for considering it.

    Shelly

  25. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    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.

  26. Philip sims says:

    I would be honored to have my feeble blog listed, In His service, phil sims
    http://www.haskellchurchofchrist.org/page/phil_us_up

  27. I don’t know if this is what you’re looking for, but I write about church a lot. (Although, I have been known to throw a personal story in here and there.) 🙂

    http://heavenlyhats.blogspot.com/

  28. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Kaitlin, Thanks for the link. I’ve added you to the list.

  29. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Philip, I’ve added you, as well — although I hesitated after reading the horrific pun “Phil Us Up!”

  30. Philip Sims says:

    LOL

  31. Shell says:

    Thanks Jay! I emailed you today. It’s Michele Kellis.

  32. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Thanks, Shell — the women are starting to catch up in the blog world.

  33. brunohughes says:

    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!

  34. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    brunohughes, I’ve added your blog to the list. And thanks for giving me all the info needed to make the addition.

  35. brunohughes says:

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

  36. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Bruno, Thanks for letting me know. It’s fixed. I think.

  37. brunohughes says:

    Thanks, Jay. You’re the best!

  38. Brian Casey says:

    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.

  39. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Brian,

    Very happy to oblige, despite my distaste for rutabagas, even occasional ones.

  40. Brian Casey says:

    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. 🙂

  41. ozziepete says:

    Jay, thanks for your work here. I’d be appreciative if you’d add my blogs to your list. http://www.ozziepete.wordpress.com also http://www.godmeetsball.com

    Blessings

  42. Hey Jay. I think my blog was listed at one point. I’m not sure what happened, but I’m still writing (if infrequently). I’d appreciate being added to your list since I consider myself a “progressive restoration movement blogger.” My blog is here: http://thinkhebrew.wordpress.com/

  43. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    James,

    Glad to restore your Restoration blog.

  44. Emily Thomas says:

    Jay
    We would love to be included in your list.

    http://crosspointeoc.com/

    Thanks,
    Crosspointe Church

  45. outwest says:

    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.

  46. gloriaann says:

    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.

  47. Ray Downen says:

    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.

  48. 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.

  49. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Michael,

    Both links have been added. Happy to have you on the list.

  50. 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.

  51. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Damon,

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve added them to the list.

  52. Dennis says:

    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.

  53. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    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.

  54. Joe Butler says:

    Jay,
    I Would be humbled if you could take the time to read and consider my blog for your site.
    http://www.faithandfootsteps.wordpress.com

    Thanks,
    Joe Butler

  55. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Joe,

    Happy to add to the list.

  56. Eddie says:

    Jay,
    Would you consider adding http://www.creedrehearsal.com to the list?

    Thank you,
    Eddie

  57. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Eddie,

    Happy to do so.

  58. tpaulson1526 says:

    Jay, along with everyone else on here I’d love to be considered for the list. Here is my blog:

    AnswersInFreedom.org

    Thanks,
    Thomas

  59. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Thomas,

    Happy to add your blog to the list. Looks to be very interesting.

  60. Christopher says:

    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).

  61. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Christopher,

    That’s a very kind offer and I’d appreciate the help.

  62. Christopher says:

    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*

  63. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Christopher,

    Your help is greatly appreciated. I’ve just updated the page with your help. Thanks!!

  64. Matt says:

    Jay,

    Why only blogs from within the ‘Restoration Movement’?

    Thanks,

    Matt

  65. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Matt,

    When I first posted this nearly 10 years ago, countless blogs among Church of Christ authors had open-ended blogrolls. I was trying to create something not found elsewhere. And it proved surprisingly popular. Today, many other blogs have much broader lists. You might check out http://churchrelevance.com/resources/top-church-blogs/ for a list of the 300 top Christian blogs. (The methodology of ranking blogs is suspect but it’s still a great list of blogs.)

    On a pragmatic level, the requirement to get listed here is pretty much to just ask. I’m not recommending these and obviously don’t read them all. If I opened it up to all comers, it would be too long to be of much use to the readers — and I’d have to exercise some discretion as to what gets listed — which I don’t have time to do.

  66. seedsowerjames says:

    Jay, I just recently discovered your site. I’ve bookmarked it as a reference I’ll use in my future study.
    Would you consider posting my site in the list? It’s http://www.seedandwater.org
    Thanks brother.

  67. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Happy to do so. Link has been added.

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