When the Pastor Isn’t Blogging…

It has been a while since I have blogged here, and I haven’t blogged much recently on my personal blog, either. There are several reasons for this slow-down, not least of which is simply the need for a bit of a break during a busy season of life and ministry.

There is no shortage of good blogs to read, however, and I’d like to highlight a few of my favourite blogs and the people behind them. In some ways these are my pastors and teachers—I learn much from them and I am spiritually nourished by their words. In other ways these are my surrogates—often they express my own thoughts or feelings so exactly I think they must be reading my mind (only they articulate those thoughts or feelings much better than I ever could!).

Here, then, are five “Anabaptist pastor blogs” this Anabaptist-pastor-blogger most reads and appreciates. Or, you could say, here are some blogs to read when the pastor isn’t blogging.

Brian Zahnd (www.brianzahnd.com). Brian is the lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Brian is more Anabaptist than most Mennonites I know, and has a wonderful way of articulating a radically Jesus-centred faith.

Rumblings, Ryan Dueck (www.ryandueck.com). Ryan is pastor of Lethbridge Mennonite Church in Lethbridge, Alberta. Ryan tells stories, offering insightful reflections on experiences in daily life. Little known fact: Ryan and I grew up in the same church in Coaldale, Alberta (I was, ahem, a few years ahead of him in school).

The Relentless Pursuit, Eric Kouns (www.erickouns.com). Eric is a former Mennonite Bible college professor and ordained Anglican—a self-described “liturgical Anabaptist.” What I most appreciate about Eric’s posts are his reflections on his journey from evangelicalism to a more “essentialized Anabaptism” (my words), which parallels my own journey in many ways.

Writing and Other Acts of Faith, April Yamasaki (www.aprilyamasaki.com). April is lead pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She offers thoughtful posts on everyday spirituality and ministry.

Re:Knew, Greg Boyd (www.reknew.org). Greg is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He’s another one who is more Anabaptist than most Mennonites I know. Greg has a wonderful way of exploring biblical texts and describing Christian truths in fresh ways.

There are a lot of great blogs out there that I also follow, by Rachel Held Evans, Scot McKnight, Pete Enns, Sarah Bessey, Benjamin Corey, Daniel Kirk, and many more. These include some other terrific Anabaptist pastor blogs—those by Moses Falco and Anthony Siegrist, for example. But these five are a great place to start when the pastor isn’t blogging and you need to satisfy your Anabaptist-pastor-blog craving. Everyone gets that craving sometime, don’t they?

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