My new blogroll

WP Greet Box icon
Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.

I’ve recently had a number of conversations with folks about the legitimacy of pushing your own content.  To me, it feels weird.  I don’t like always pumping my own stuff.  It feels, in a way, self-centered.

That’s not my goal or aim in promoting my own material.  I promise.  And if that’s how I’ve ever come across, please forgive me.

But I’d like to turn the tables.  I want to promote your stuff.  So now’s the chance to tell everybody about your blog!  Really, it’s ok to promote your own stuff here…I’m giving you permission.

I’m redoing my blogroll.  Tell me about the blogs of your friends, your pastor, and the ones you read regularly.  And don’t forget to tell me about yours, too! Tell us the focus, the target audience, the types of posts you do, or what you hope to gain from your blog.  Sell us on why we should read it!   If you leave a comment, I’ll add you to my personal blogroll here on Life & Theology.

I’m also going to take one of the blogs that you mention and write a review post of why the readers here at Life & Theology should be reading it. So make sure you comment about any and all blogs you want considered, and I’ll be reviewing them.

So leave a comment.

Start with your blog, and I’ll add you to my blogroll.

Would you add me to yours?


Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Jonathan Pearson

    I’d love a link. My blog features the same type of content as yours. Faith, leadership, social media. I’d be honored.

    • Ben Reed

      You got it, Jonathan. I’ve got you added on my blogroll.

    • Jonathan Pearson

      I did the same for you man. Great to connect!

  • Jason Vana

    I really like this idea!

    My Blog: Over the past few weeks, the focus and direction of my blog has become a lot clearer to me – 1. To encourage others through the things I experience in life and 2. to get people thinking of new ways to embody the gospel in their life and in their church. One of the most frequent comments I get is about how open and transparent I am in my posts. I’m willing to humble myself and share what is really going on in order to encourage others in their walk with Christ.

    As far as other blogs I follow – most of them are people who post here on your blog, so I won’t go into great detail, but my favs are:
    – Michael Perkins:
    – Jason Stasyszen:
    – Dustin V:
    – Jonathan Pearson:

    • Ben Reed

      Great recommendations…those are ones I read, too. I’ve got you added to my blogroll now, Jason.

      • Jason Vana

        Thanks bud. I added you to my blogroll as well.

  • Jeremy

    Ben, I think you’re such a great pastor (even if your title is director) because you listen to people and respond appropriately. Really.

    I recently added a blogroll for just church planters, since that is what I’m aspiring to be. Most of them, however, are links to their church websites so that people can keep up with their progress. My favorites (besides Grace) are the Vertical Church in Yuma, AZ, pastored by Jason Taylor ( and East Nashville Community Church in Nashville, TN, pastored by Matthew Costner (

    Of course, anyone can follow our progress as we flesh out what it means to plant in Chicago at

    • Ben Reed

      Haha…thanks for the encouragement, Jeremy! I’ve got you added to my blogroll now.

  • Aaron Armstrong

    Good stuff, Ben – you know mine (, but for those who don’t know it, the short version is that I discuss books, culture and Christian theology. If you like book reviews, quotes from old dead guys (and some living ones too), and reading about what God’s teaching me this week, it’s the place to be :)

    Some other folks worth reading:

    The Gospel for OC –
    Paul Martin (Pastor from Toronto):
    Julian Freeman (also a pastor from Toronto):

    I think I’ve added your’s already, but if not I will later today

    • Ben Reed

      Aaron, thanks for the other recommendations.

      I’ve added your blog to my blogroll!

  • Jay

    Great idea, Ben. My blog is It’s a running collection of books that key church leaders, thinkers and pastors mention on their blogs or publications and how those books are shaping their lives.

    • Ben Reed

      Jay, thanks for the comment. I’ve added you to my blogroll!

  • Allen White

    Hey Ben,

    My blogs are, and

    I follow,,,,,,,,…and the list goes on.

    • Ben Reed

      Wow. 3 blogs you maintain? Impressive.

      I’ve added you to my blogroll, Allen!

  • seekingpastor

    My blog is I share stories and thoughts with humor and (hopefully) encouraging words. I post daily, Monday-Friday.

    • Ben Reed

      Matt, your blog is awesome. I’ve added you to my blogroll!

      • MichaelDPerkins

        Matt is a stud for sure and he’s 6’7″ tall.

  • Dan Rutledge

    Cool idea Ben. Thanks.

    My blog is

    Basically, I am the founder of, a free site for building online sign ups. Churches use our site to coordinate things like weekly snacks, nursery workers, work days, hospitality ministries, etc. I typically blog about leadership issues, technology, and topics of interest to people that lead/coordinate group activities.

    • Ben Reed

      Very cool, Dan. I like that idea a lot.

      I’ve added you to my blogroll!

      • Dan Rutledge

        Thanks Gen. Appreciate your posts and ministry!

        • Dan Rutledge

          Oops. I mean BEN. Apparently not typing so well this morning!

          • Ben Reed

            Ha! No sweat…it’s still early.

  • Pingback: Tweets that mention My new blogroll | Life and Theology --

  • Matt Steen

    Thanks for sharing the love! My blog,, is aimed at church leaders and will hopefully be a resource to them as they go about pursuing their calling. In the next month or so I am excited to be adding in a bunch of guest posts who will be contributing their wisdom on the “stuff of church”, conflict resolution, missional living, the proper care and feeding of youth pastors, and others. I am pretty psyched about it… but I am a little partial.

    Thanks for doing this!

    • Ben Reed

      Matt, you’ve got a great site. It is going to be a great resource for pastors!

      I’ve added to you to my blogroll.

      • Matt Steen

        Thanks Ben!

  • Angie Smith

    Would love to add you! mine is

    • Ben Reed

      You got it, Angie! I’ve added you to the blogroll.

      • Angie Smith

        Thanks Ben! I added you to mine as well. Blessings :)

  • MichaelDPerkins

    I’d like to give you two that you probably already read but they are continually stout.

    Kyle Reed
    Greg Darley

    • Ben Reed

      Yeah, I like what Kyle is doing. I love his Music Tuesday posts.

      I’ve got you added to my blogroll, Michael. You’ve got a solid blog.

  • Jason Wert

    I have two blogs, & MSY gets updated daily.

    If you haven’t checked out MichaelDPerkins, he’s worth the time.

    • Ben Reed

      Jason, I’ve been tracking along with your mustard seed blog, but didn’t know about your other site. Glad to add you to the blogroll!

      Yeah, I’ve checked out Michael’s site. It’s fantastic, isn’t it?

  • Marty Schoenleber

    Hi Ben,
    I have a blog at focused on church planting and missional leadership. I view all of my posts as “Pastoral care for church planters and other missional leaders.” As a church planter, professor, trainer and mentor of church planters for over 20 years, I am using my remaining years to build into the lives of the church planters who will take the gospel into the next 50 years.

    Blogs I follow:, and a bunch of others listed in my blog roll.

    • Ben Reed

      Marty, I hadn’t stumbled across your blog yet, so I’m glad you left a comment. You’ve got great stuff! I’ve got you on my blogroll now!

  • Brandon

    Awesome! I love to read blogs (especially yours!). My blog is
    My blog is all about pointing people to Jesus. I commonly talk/post about Bible studies, worship, and music (guitars…).

    • Ben Reed

      Brandon, glad to add you to the blogroll!

  • Larry Hehn

    My blog is Christian in the Rough.
    It’s about experiencing God in the everyday. It’s about not taking ourselves too seriously. It’s about sharing our common struggles and encouraging each other.
    It’s about finding fun in the middle of dysfunction, action at the end of distraction, and grace at the end of disgrace.
    One of my favorite new blogs is Abraham Chronicles by Dustin Valencia.
    Thanks, Ben!

    • Ben Reed

      Larry, I love your blog and the way you think. I’ve got you added to the blogroll!

  • JR. Forasteros

    I’m working to focus my blog,, on helping people navigate the tension between the Biblical world and our cultures today, so it’s got lots of film and book reviews, as well as explorations of biblical and theological themes.

    A few blogs you should definitely read are… (Thom is a discipleship pastor in FL and has a unique, sharp and hilarious mind) (The CEO of Thomas Nelson publishers – his blog is on reading and leadership. Excellent). (A good friend of mine who is brilliant, savvy and atheist. She’ll keep you on your toes, and is just fun to read).

    • Ben Reed

      JR, great meeting you at Catalyst last year. You do a fantastic job maintaining your blog.

      I’ll check out the others that you mentioned. I read Hyatt’s blog, but the others are new to me. Thanks for the recommendations.

      I’ve got you added to my blogroll. Glad to do it!

  • Yohan & Shery Perera

    I love and

    By the way my own blog is about preaching and teaching resources. You can find it at

    • Ben Reed

      I love Ron’s blog…in fact, I work with Ron at Grace Community Church!

      I’ll add yours to the blogroll!

  • @KerryBural

    Appreciate this, Ben. I’ve added you to our blogroll and would you adding ours to yours.



    • Ben Reed

      You got it, Kerry…I love what you guys are doing over at!

      • @KerryBural

        Thanks, Ben. I’m grateful!

  • Brice Burton

    Www. and is a photography website and blog. The website is a portfolio website and the blog is just an update of what’s goin on in our studios

    We love helping out ministries with their photographic needs and such as you can see on our blog.

    Check it out and let us know what you think.

    • Ben Reed

      Love it, Brice! I’ll get you on the blogroll right now.

  • Leslie Oden

    Thanks, Ben! I’ve been an enthusiastic follower of your blog for a couple of years, but I will add you to my blogroll, too. Enjoy Ron’s blog, too. My blog is called Chick Food, find it here:
    It’s a daily devotion with a scripture, a life application story, and a prayer. My primary audience is women who are Christ-followers, but I’ve had lots of guys sheepishly tell me they enjoy it, too. On Tuesdays, I do a “Titus Twosday” post, meant to help and encourage younger women, as older women are instructed to do in Titus 2. I write from the perspective of a church planter, pastor’s wife married 30 years, and mom of an adult son, and three teens.
    Thanks for doing this!

  • Justin Falls

    Ben…thanks man! I’ve included a link to my blog where I write from the perspective of the brokenhearted, and communicate hope through still images.

    • Ben Reed

      Thanks Justin…I’ve got you added…did you add me?

      • Justin Falls

        Done! Thanks again Ben.

  • Sonny Lemmons

    While your blog isn’t on my blogroll, it’s bookmarked (see? right there? at the top of my screen!) and I check in and read some quality words here because – you know – it’s good stuff. :)

    My blog is Looking Through the Windshield. It’s about life. Fatherhood. Faith. The journey, the struggles, the blessings, the failures, and the insane amounts of coffee consumed during it all. :)

    • Ben Reed

      Gotcha added…did you link me up yet?

      • Sonny Lemmons

        Consider yourself rolled up in my blog. …wait; that doesn’t sound right…

        But yep: you’re there. Checkout the sidebar next time you visit. :)

  • Tiffany Malloy

    Hey Ben! My blog address is My blog isn’t streamlined to a certain topic, so it’s basically filled with book reviews, motherhood, theology and campus ministry! A hodge podge.

    BUT, one of my favorite blogs is that of Benson Hines– it’s all about campus ministry, so for anyone who works with college students, definitely subscribe!

    • Ben Reed

      Gotcha added to the blogroll, Tiffany…did you get me plugged into yours?


  • Noel Bagwell

    I’d like to be on your blogroll. My blog URL is still

    Additionally, the blog for my creative fiction project is


    • Ben Reed

      I updated your blog link, and added your new creative fiction project. Glad to get both of your sites on the roll!