Online blogging has been on the rise over the last few years, and one of the most popular angles that modern bloggers take in their writing is looking at the world through the eyes of faith — whatever that faith may be — thus indicating that faith and spirituality still play a significant role in how Americans view themselves and the world around them.
Below is Newsmax’s look at the top 75 faith-based bloggers spanning several of the United States’ most popular religions. Each blogger was considered through a variety of general factors including reach, popularity, and cultural significance, as well as through more specific factors such as RSS membership, readership statistics, Twitter followers, and Facebook likes. Entries were filtered in order to ensure that multiple religions were represented and included, as well as various subsets of mainline denominations and sects.
1. Ann Voskamp — Voskamp, the best-selling Christian author of “One Thousand Gifts,” writes with a raw sensitivity and gratitude for the amazing grace and goodness of God that she sees around her every day in life’s joys and sorrows alike in “A Holy Experience.”
Some examples of recent posts include:
“When You Want to Walk Through the Hardest Part of Following Jesus”
“When You’re Ready to Make Your Space about Grace instead of Perfectionism”
2. Dr. Albert Mohler — Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and he is widely recognized an influential evangelical leader. He is also known for his commentary on a wide range of topics pertaining to pressing moral, cultural, and theological issues.
“Permanence before Experience: The Wisdom of Marriage”
“Carnal Knowledge: Art in an Age without Moral Limits”
3. Rachel Held Evans — Evans, the best-selling author of books “Faith Unraveled, “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” and “Searching for Sunday,” is known for her controversial and polarizing views on feminism, women’s roles in the church, LGBT issues, and other contentious social, cultural, and moral topics. She has more than 64,000 followers on Twitter and 50,000 fans on Facebook.
“Why a Seminary Degree Doesn’t Have to Make You A Jerk”
“What Brought Me Back to Church”
4. Dr. Russell Moore — Moore is the current president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and he is a widely sought-after cultural commentator and speaker at the forefront of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
“The Sexual Revolution’s Coming Refugee Crisis”
“Why the Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic about the Decision on Gay Marriage”
5. David Hayward — Hayward’s personal religious history spans everything from Anglicans and Presbyterians to Baptists and Pentecostals. After more than 30 years in ministry, Hayward launched an online resource called “The Lasting Supper” for those who are seeking independence, companionship, and support for their spiritual journeys.
“Unity Through Love, Not Compatibility”
“When Theology Gets in the Way of Love”
6. Jeremy Myers — Myers seeks to offer his readers “freedom from religion” as they heal from past wounds suffered at the hands of dogmatic doctrines and their legalistic applications. His stated purpose in blogging is to show that God is a redeemer and that God Himself can be redeemed from the shackles of religion for those who earnestly seek after Him.
“Since Grace is Free, YES . . . You CAN just go sin all you want”
“Unity vs. Uniformity in the Church”
7. Robert P. George — George is a McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and a featured author on First Things, which declares itself to be “America’s most influential journal of religion and public life,” according to its website. George himself has been declared to be one of the most influential modern conservative Christian writers through his work and research on the philosophy of law and Catholicism.
“On Marriage, Protect Freedom for All”
“The Courage to Stand for Principle”
8. Tim Challies — Challies serves as the pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Ontario and is the co-founder of Cruciform Press. He has also written three books and reviews books for WORLD Magazine. Challies began writing daily for his blog in 2003 as a reformed evangelical.
“3 Errors of Musical Style that Stifle Community”
“Overcoming Your Natural Atheism”
9. Sarah Bessey — Bessey is a Canadian author, a wife, a mother of four, and what she calls a “Jesus Feminist.” She believes that the best way to reach a wide variety of people is through tapping into common experiences and emotions through the art of storytelling, and there’s nothing she loves more than writing about her family and what she’s learned along the way. Bessey is consistently ranked among the top Christian bloggers.
“In Which I’m a Feminist, Sure, But First I’m a Disciple of Christ”
“The Story That Makes Room for All of Us”
10. Dr. John Piper — Piper is a popular speaker, author, and writer of 50 well-known books, including, “Desiring God,” “Don’t Waste Your Life,” “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die,” and many more. He was the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota for 33 years up until 2013. He founded Desiring God, where he and many other contributors blog about the Christian faith and its relevance today.
“Why Would God Choose Me?”
“Joy Is Free, But Not Cheap”
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