Saturday, May 24, 2008

Stuff Christian Like: The Wit and Wisdom of Jonathan Acuff


If you've never read the blog "Stuff Christians Like", then stop reading this one and go check it out. Seriously, it's sooo much better than mine. He's actually got three, SCL being by far the most popular, but they're all very good.
Until about a month ago, the only blog I ever read was my buddy Jeff's blog (also very good, btw). But once you start blogging, a whole new world opens up to you. If you're not careful, you can spend entirely too much time on the computer. (Okay, I know, I'm off topic again. Sorry.)

Since I'm part of a core group planting a church, I wanted to check out some church planter's blogs and see how things were going, pick up some pointers from them, and try to avoid some of the many pitfalls of church planting I keep hearing about. Here's what I found: There's some helpful information on those blogs, but the ones I found were: a) geared toward lead planters/pastors, b) not very in-depth on the practical information side, and c) were sometimes written by some pretty self-absorbed pastors -- "Hey, check out what so-and-so said about me!", and "I'm doing a conference, AGAIN! You should really come check me out!" I'm sure most are not like that -- I'm just lucky I guess.

Enter SCL. Written by an advertising guy who is also a son of a pastor. He's funny, sarcastic and down-right goofy at times. Jon points out the ridiculous things we often do as Christians. More importantly, he gently reminds us all that we need to do better; we need to be followers of Jesus, not "church people".

While Jon's posts are great by themselves, the comments are my favorite part of the blog. Many of the folks on my blogroll are there because I read one of their comments on SCL, which led me to their blogs. When Jon writes his book, I hope he includes a special section just for comments, because they're just the best! More about those on another post!

6 comments:

Jeff said...

Kathy, thanks for mentioning me in this post. I can't wait to go back to my blog and share what you are saying about me.

By the way, I'll be at the following conferences- you should come and check me out:

Catapult- Launching people at God.

Infinintial. Trust me, it's infinitely better than Exponential.

Porpoise Driven: It's not about you. But it is all about dolphins.

katdish said...

Gentle Readers,

Please disregard aforementioned "shout out" to www.convergence244.blogspot.com. That dude's a mess!

Prodigal Jon said...

Kathy -
Thanks so much for the incredibly cool mention. You are right about the comments on my site. I am going to need to find a way to get release forms from a few thousand people when it comes time to print the book.

And Jeff is right about Catapult, but wrong about porpoise driven. Porpoise driven is so 2006. Today's most impactful (not a real word), relevant, postmodern leaders are all attending "your best knife now," - how to sharpen your ministry in 7 easy steps.

JML said...

Kathy, I think you should blog a little more about your experiences in church planting. I'm incredibly curious to know what your challenges and even joys are in the process!!! And you should give yourself more credit, I find myself checking your blog daily now too!!

Imaginina said...

Kat,

You have left some really good comments yourself on Stuff Christians Like. I loved your haiku today!

Jamie - RoseCottage said...

You are apparently way cooler than I am because you have real live comments from prodigal jon on your blog and I have none. I've left a bunch of comments on scl - guess they are all lame! {smile}