and now, the best blogs…
my favorite blog to learn from in 2006
scot mcknight’s jesus creed. it helps that i’ve gotten to know scot, and think he’s a really good guy. but his is certainly the blog that most consistently makes me think and leads me to new learning. of course, jesus creed has also become the popeye of the christian blog world, with incoming links from 1000 blogs.
my newest favorite blog (of 2006)
damien o’farrell’s journeyman’s log. damien is whip-smart, wonderfully humble, terribly insightful, and plugging away as a youth worker in riverside, ca. his writing is sharp and clear. he’s a bit of a hero to me, because he’s sticking it out in a church that is semi-change-resistent in a ministry where his goals and values are mostly misunderstood. but he doesn’t whine, and he only speaks with respect about the leadership in his church. damien needs to write books — his thinking and writing clearly indicate that. i’ve only started reading his blog regularly in the past few weeks, and i’m looking forward to the next year of posts.
my favorite blog to miss in 2006
man, i still miss the days when doug pagitt blogged with regularity and fiestiness. i know he does the podcast thing, but i’m too impatient for that.
my favorite blog i just barely found out about in 2006 and am excited about reading in 2007
dwight schrute’s schrute-space. found this new year’s eve day. yup, dwight schrute from the tv show ‘the office’. can’t wait to start reading it.
my favorite ysmarko posts of 2006
church: awkward similarities
youth ministry: youth ministry’s achilles heel
emerging church: this is emergent
funny: top 10 frustrations of living in the aforementioned christian subdivision
and, top 10 benefits of living in the aforementioned christian subdivision
family: max’s walk in the woods
personal: conversation with god on a waverunner
update: i’m adding a category…
biggest youth ministry blogging frustration of 2006
the lack of female youth ministry bloggers. yes, there are a handful. but they’re few and far between. look at the technorati list of youth ministry bloggers, and there isn’t a woman in the top 20 or 30 or more. given that over 50% of the attenders of the national youth workers convention are female, and women youth pastors are on the rise, i’d love to see this start to change in 2007. female youth workers: we NEED your voice and thoughts in the blogging world! jeanne stevens promises me she’s going to start blogging in the next month or two — i’m waiting with anticipation.