While many of these bloggers may (or may not be) new to you I have a feeling they’re gonna be some folks really worth reading and watching this year… I know I’ll be reading!
And just so you know, I’m not a fan of ranking folks — especially folks who I would consider friends.
I believe everyone has a story and everyone’s story is important.
So here’s my list, only in the order they came to mind in…
What’s a fellow to do after getting let go just before the start of the new year? Well Johnny is already suggesting it’s the opportunity he’s been waiting for to really jump out into his passions — full steam ahead.
We feel this is gift of God (perhaps more accurately a hefty kick) to make myself more available to Jesus stuff in whatever form that takes. Expecting that there will perhaps be more time than before, Iâ€™ve already stepped out and started to take the initiative to get involved in a few things that I have a passion for, and are close to my heart.
Itâ€™s time to recalibrate.
Early signs seem to be focussed towards authentic missional discipleship, connection and some kind of increased & enhanced online activity – influenced in part because I have been inspired by those over the last little while who by their living, writing, sharing, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, grace and love have impacted me more than they will ever realize.
Johnny and I have had several chats via email already and I can’t wait to see where 2010 takes him!
Thomas has been blogging regularly since before I began – 2005. As he says, he blogs to share the whole of him. His blogs might include the latest indie beats, cool design, or a funny improv video he found surfing YouTube. Along with joining me on the podcast, he’s got a couple other projects up his sleeve this year and I’m looking forward to seeing where they take him.
I “met” Mike through The Idea Camp in DC and our common interest in JustOne and Laundry Love. I later got to know him even better through the podcast. He’s truly a great guy with a great heart. He co-founded the Cobblestone Project in Northwest Arkansas and is off this week to pick up his newly adopted daughter in Ethiopia.
Steve’s another guy who’s employment was lost near the end of 2010. As someone who’s been very active in media, journalism, missions and ministry over the years, he’s always brought a unique perspective to the table. He also started a new missional network in 2009 – The Transform Network. (And if nothing else, he’s who I stole the Kingdom Journalist idea from.) I hear he might have a couple job interviews coming up — so let’s hope it doesn’t slow down his recent blogging splurge.
I got to know Charles this year through my involvement with Laundry Love, JustOne and the Idea Camp. In 2010 he’s already planning at least one more Idea Camp event as well as starting a new conference experience, !deation. Charles is a definite idea guy and is always inspiring me with his blogs and tweets and his heart for compassion and justice.
This guy forces you to pay attention to those we’ve chosen to look past so many times before — the invisible people who walk and live on the streets around us. His video blogs force you to come to grips with the stories of the homeless who live among us. No longer can they be a statistic. After spending a day or so with him, Kevin Hendricks had this to say about Mark:
I really value Markâ€™s perspective on the homelessness issue because heâ€™s been there before and understands it in a way many people donâ€™t. He also understands the practical realities. Frankly, itâ€™s devastating to walk out here and talk to people, knowing I have a cozy warm bed and home, plenty of blankets, sheets and even a spare room. Whatever Iâ€™m doing to help the homeless, thereâ€™s always more I could do. I realize inviting a stranger into my house isnâ€™t always practical (nor approved by my wife), but tell that to the person sleeping on the sidewalk. I donâ€™t know how Mark has traveled the country doing this. He always talks about it wrecking him, and now I can understand why.
And speaking of Kevin Hendricks…
Kevin’s always bringing a fresh perspective to things. I don’t know of anything big Kevin’s got going on this year but I’ve always enjoyed his blog and his unique perspective so he deserves to be on this list regardless. Especially with great posts like this… http://www.kevindhendricks.com/2010/01/13/reflection-on-the-earthquake-in-haiti/
In all fairness, Stewart actually came to mind at the same time Thomas did, but I didn’t want to seem too impartial to my podcast co-horts. Stewart had an amazing 2009 – a trip to Israel, a trip to Cuba, his wife getting her Master’s degree. It might be tough for him to top last year. But I hear he may be focusing on his own Master’s degree this year — so hopefully it will inspire many more great blog posts along the way.
It would be hard to make a list of Kingdom bloggers without mentioning Andrew. He’s been a major player for a number of years and has helped inform and shape a lot of my views along the way.
And with his recent disassociation from the emergent label (aka Emergent Village) to the focus on “something different – locating and equipping missional entrepreneurs around the world that God loves” it will definitely be worth watching his blog in 2010.
Jason’s recently moved to Austin, Texas and (as I understand it via Twitter) will be working with some of the great folks at Austin Stone. I’m looking forward to seeing how his ministry grows even further as he raises awareness and understanding for his passion groove.
In 2009, Eugene Cho and his wife launched a non-profit organization, One Day’s Wages.
In one paragraph: One Dayâ€™s Wages (ODW) is an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme global poverty. ODW promotes awareness, invites giving, and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions.
The non-profit has over 1 million fans on Facebook and is continuing to gain momentum.
Eugene also pastors Quest Church and is the executive director of the Q-Cafe, a non-profit coffee house in the Seattle area. He continues to put out great stuff and I anxiously look forward to his new posts and to see how he’s used to build the Kingdom in 2010.
Looking for more bloggers to watch in 2010? Check out the comments on ProBlogger.com for a variety of lists and bloggers.