August 6, 2009

JC Ryle
JC Ryle
Danny Ryle
Danny Ryle


The writings of JC Ryle have been a great encouragement to my walk with Christ.  Of all the books I own, Ryle’s four volume work, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, is among my favorites. 

Because we’ve been so blessed by JC Ryle, and because we think his name has something of a ring to it, Kristy and I even named our second little one Daniel Ryle Saltzmann!

I’m glad to see that a new blog has been launched providing daily quotes from the writings and sermons of JC Ryle.  I encourage you to receive daily encouragement from this brother in Christ here: J.C. Ryle Quotes

Pastor Jeff


Actually this list, complied by ChurchRelevance.com, is titled “Top 60 Church Blogs” (I tweaked the title because many of these blogs are not run by churches, and “top” can mean “best”, which is certainly not the case with some of these blogs!). These 60 blogs are the most popular “Christian” blogs on the web, and the diversity on the list is quite striking (from Desiring God/John Piper to Brian McLaren, and everything in between!). I was pretty surprized to find out that the two blogs I visit (and link to) most often are in positions 1 and 2. Since there are several blogs on the list I know are very solid and edifying, I’ll look through the ones I don’t know and see if I strike gold. You can see the full list here.

~ Donovan

It is possible to browse the internet endlessly from one blog to another… While you can find some real gems by doing this and also learn much about the spectrum of views out there, most often we just don’t have enough time to do this responsibly. That’s why it helps to have a few blogs you know are really good that you plan on checking often or subscribing to (see our subscribe page for a video on how this works). Our Blogroll page (which includes brief annotations on some of the blogs), may be of help to you as you pick out a few blogs to frequent. 

I don’t claim these are the best blogs on the web, but here are the blogs I visit (and find helpful) most often:

By far and away, I visit Between Two Worlds (Justin Taylor) and Challies.com (Tim Challies) the most often. Besides the very helpful posts these men write themselves, they also glean the very best from the web and link to it: other good blog posts, book reviews, resources, news Christians should be aware of, etc. Both these men post almost every day, so it’s likely you’ll always find something well worth reading at their blogs.

Raw Christianity – My dear friend, David “Gunner” Gundersen, writes this blog. He is the Dean of Student Life at The Master’s College. His posts are most often reflective (and very encouraging and/or convicting). Others are more theological, and always good food for thought… 

God is Better than All – Another friend of mine, PJ Tibayan, writes this blog, which deals mostly with church and theological matters. He was an intern at Capital Hill Baptist, the church Mark Dever pastors, for a season. Now he is planting a church in LA. I enjoy reading his blog because I find his take on things very thorough and balanced (and because he’s a lot more intelligent and knowledgable than me! 🙂 ). 

I visit these blogs less frequently, but often benefit from them too:

Pulpit – The Blog/on-line magazine of The Shepherd’s Fellowship.

Pyromaniacs – Phil Johnson, Dan Phillips and Frank Turk. Often includes plenty of debate over theology and/or the current state of the church.

Truth in Love – Voddie Baucham (author and conference speaker). I enjoy reading Voddie’s blog for 2 reasons – his biblical analysis of culture is often very enlightening, and this is a man who is not afraid to say what he thinks! Voddie’s posts are always thought provoking…

Al Mohler – Al Mohler is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He blogs every week day (his blog posts are tied to his radio program), and typically discusses current issues in the church and culture. He is very helpful for the Christian wanting to “stay abreast” of, and think biblically about, our changing world. Also see his “Commentary” articles – he has not added to these in some time, but there are many articles in the archives well worth reading. 


Just Post It Already!

November 19, 2007

Over the past two weeks, my good friend Donovan has done a great job formatting this blog.  Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking and waiting and searching for that perfect introductory blog.  Well, it’s been elusive!  So I thought to myself, “Jeff, just post something already!”  So here it is.

Blog is short for “weblog” in case you are wondering.  Lots of online bite-size musings, pieces of information, reading summaries, etc. for you to read and comment on.  I look forward to sharing my heart with you on so many things.  I hope it will be encouraging and helpful. 

Have a Christocentric Thanksgiving holiday! 
~ Jeff

Post #1

November 14, 2007

Everything I would want to write in a first post is on our “About this blog” page. You can see it by clicking on the link above.

I’m excited to get this blog started! May God use it to exalt Himself and bless His people…

~ Donovan