It takes a lot to create a blog or website, but Christian leaders know it’s worth it.

I’m really excited about today’s post: this week 20 of my favorite Christian bloggers emailed me their reasons for writing! Some have a large following; others are just getting started. Combined, they reach over 200,000 email subscribers and the same number of twitter followers. These men and women inspire me with their high-quality content and their heart for spreading Christ’s message.

I know you’ll benefit from what they have to say. As you read through their words, envision what you too could do with an online platform. 

Here’s how these favorite writers answered:

Brandon A Cox:

Culture follows its thought leaders, and the currency of leadership today is brilliant writing. So for me, blogging is one of the primary pathways to influencing vital change in my surrounding culture.

Bryan DeWire:

The primary aim of our blog is to proclaim our seven shared values by defining them straight from the Bible and sharing stories of how God is molding our family of churches through these values.

Charles Stone:

1.    Blogging helps me serve others in ministry and leadership, even in a small way.
2.    Blogging twice weekly keeps me disciplined in the craft of writing.
3.    Blogging helps me hone my leadership thoughts into transferrable concepts.

Don Whitney:

I consider myself primarily a preacher and teacher, not a writer. But a door for writing has opened for me, and writing enables me to teach, influence, and disciple people for Christ’s sake that I otherwise would not be able to reach.

Gary Miller:

Our number one goal is to serve the church and one of the best ways we can do that is with our blog posts. Posts that are largely written by those who are in the trenches of everyday ministry. We want to connect with our readership in a manner that is on their level, and having our “in the trenches” writers is one if the best ways to connect.

Glen Scrivener:

We can be changed profoundly by deep truths, simply put.  I hope that my blogging is a drip-drip of gospel thinking that—cumulatively, or even as a one-off—can open eyes to the glory of Christ.

Jacob Brunton:

Blogging is a tremendous and unique (to our generation) opportunity to be salt and light to the world; to spread a passion for truth and for glory to any and all who are genuinely hungry for it.

Jerry Corbaley:

I care about thinking and conversing with people. Blogging is a means to that end. I can engage with others at any time on any subject. I have grown to like the idea of crisp and brief statements that move a conversation along. What started me blogging? The passion to share relevant perspectives in conversations that were, in my opinion, without well-rounded information. If people cherish their bias, then there is no joy in communicating with them. If people are being swept up by inflated rhetoric then I may want to offer my opinion as a “speed bump” to cause them to pause and question mob mentality. I appreciate it when people do that for me, and occasionally it is welcomed.

Jim Hamilton:

Blogging is an opportunity to speak truth for God’s glory.

Joe Crider:

My motivation to write is hopefully and prayerfully rooted in a desire to serve those who serve others through the worship ministry in the local church. My theology and philosophy of worship has been formed and shaped by writers who truly had something to say – people like Harold Best, Bryan Chapell and David Peterson. If we can help others be more effective worship leaders through the resources on our website, then I will be grateful to God for His grace and provision.

John Frame:

When God called me to teach at Westminster, I thought the best contribution a professor could make would be to write a good book. A professor’s books, if they are done well, attract students to come to his school, provide good texts for his courses, and serve the larger body of Christ. Further, I have always felt that God has given me better gifts in writing than in teaching, preaching, or counseling. So I write whenever I can. To summarize, I write because God has equipped me to write, because writing is helpful to the ministry of a seminary, and because God has blessed my soul so much through the books of others.

Joseph Knowles:

To me, blogging is important because I believe if God sees fit to bless me with an insight on some topic it would be wasteful and selfish not to try to share it with as many other people as possible.

Josh Greene:

I want to be able to communicate with my church people as often as possible. And if they are online, I hope to engage them there as well to some extent. I also want people who are curious about our church and our ministry who search online to be able to find some good stuff on us. And lastly, I like to write, and I like to be able to take my heart and thoughts and put it somewhere.

Lydia Borengasser:

My passion behind blogging would primarily be a desire for Christians to see Scripture-study as one of the greatest joys they can experience in their lifetime. The Bible is often neglected, or read dutifully at best. I hope to encourage and equip believers as they embrace the journey of knowing God by knowing his Word. A bonus is the fact that I learn a great deal along the way.

Maria (the Logical Gal):

I see blogging as a platform for ministry. I have my blogs post automatically to Facebook and LinkedIn so that if some of my contacts are not Christians, maybe something I write will pull them in… Knowing (articles) are coming up each week keeps me reading, praying listening with intent.

Mark Henderson:

I am inspired by smart, articulate people who have something to say. I gain so much through thought-stretching conversations; even more as I get older. Occasionally, I am overcome with passion for some idea or fact, and I feel compelled to introduce that topic of conversation. A blog is great for that!

Matt Boswell:

To help encourage, promote, and equip gospel centered worship.

Norman Horn:

Blogging extends your voice across the entire globe without the need for a gatekeeper. People can then judge your work on its immediate quality and relevance, determining if it is worth accepting. Blogging and the Internet make conversations possible in ways we never could have conceived.

Ron Edmondson:

I can have a larger Kingdom impact and feel I’m using my time more effectively.

Shea of Got Questions:

I care so much about writing because I am a much better communicator when I write than when I speak. If I am forced to get answers “live” and “on the spot,” I can usually do an adequate job. But, if I am given time to think, pray, and study, and then put the answer in writing, I find that it is much better.


Wow, it is so encouraging to see the heart of these gifted writers!

Writing online really does allow Christian leaders to magnify their influence and impact. It’s a great way to share what you’re learning and spur others on toward Christ. If you have something to say and you’ve been wondering whether blogging is the route to go, I hope you’ll take some inspiration. Today every leader can benefit from the amazing tool of blogging.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Since we are all born ignorant into a world full of lies, nonsense, error, and misunderstanding, it is wise to follow instructions in the Bible. Seek first the truth, his kingdom, his face, and his righteousness, then we shall know how to do the two greatest commandments.

  2. The special message I want to get out to the world is simply and profoundly that, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” NIV John 3:16

  3. As Christians we have a tendency to compartmentalize our Christian walk away from the rest of our life. If we truly believe Jesus is Lord of all then we need to make him Lord of every aspect of our life. Our social life, work life, home life cry. Every part of ourselves needs to demonstrate that we follow Jesus.

  4. I want the world to know I believe each person should have the right to make a clear decision – for or against – for Christ. I think people don’t have a really clear picture of the gospel, so being specific and simple about who Jesus is and how people can know him as their personal God is important to me.

  5. If I had a way of being heard, what special message would I want to get out to the world?

    1. Everyone has sinned, we are not in a sinners vs non-sinner contest.
    2. Truth and reality apply to everyone regardless if you accept it or not.

  6. “If I had a way of being heard, what special message would I want to get out to the world?” That He must increase and I must decrease. Far too much of the internet is clogged up with self-promotion rather than Christ-promotion. I would love to try to change that dangerous trend.

  7. There is one true, everlasting, eternal God who is above all things physical and spiritual. Contrary to what the world wants you to believe, you are NOT an animal; you are inherently valuable to the God of all creation and believing in Him does NOT require nor does it imply a lack of intelligence.

  8. There are many messages I would wish to share, but this one is paramount:

    1. God created us to be in a relationship with him.
    2. We have all sinned and severed our relationship with God.
    3. The penalty for our sin is eternal death.
    4. The God-man, Jesus, willingly died in our place.
    5. Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death.
    6. If our relationship to God is restored, we too can conquer sin and death.
    7. Our relationship to God can be restored if we turn from our sins and freely submit to Jesus’ Lordship over our lives.
    8. Submitting to Jesus’ Lordship does not limit our freedom–it maximizes it! Being in a right relationship with God means that we can finally live the way that we were designed.

  9. My one message would be the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. In a culture pleading for authenticity, my desire is to glorify God with an honest and open message in everything I say and do.

  10. If I had a way of being heard, what special message would I want to get out to the world?

    The Bible has all the answers to how we should live and how to deal with everything we face in life. However, it’s not simply finding a “chapter and verse” for every situation; instead, it’s a matter of continually studying and applying the Scriptures that we can grow in God’s grace and wisdom.

  11. Writing not only allows us to speak into the lives of others, but it speaks into our lives as well. As we seek to provide biblical truth to our audience, we ourselves must think through those truths thereby sharpening our own iron.

  12. It is Christ, and understanding his mission and mindset, that enables his followers to live meaningful lives. Relating to him is transformative and reaching the world as he modeled takes us to the lowly places where true worship is experienced.

  13. “If I had a way of being heard, what special message would I want to get out to the world?”

    The God who made the universe is not only real, but desires to have personal relationships with the individual human beings he created. When He initiates that relationship by redeeming us from our sin, there is no area of our lives that can remain unchanged: every idea we have, every human relationship we cultivate, every activity we undertake must be made new.

  14. Since I come from the other part of the world, my message would be to convey that Jesus is universal and not just the God of America. I was re-introduced to Christ here in the States but I’m appalled at how the world (West) is unwilling to “take up the cross and carry it daily”. I’ve been wrestling with culture and theology and would focus on answering those questions. I would challenge my American brothers and sisters to walk the talk and take Jesus’ words wholeheartedly.

  15. In His inspired and infallible Scripture, our Almighty God has given us everything we need to know about our lives, about Him, and about Truth.

  16. Hey Teddy,

    Thanks for your awesome comment at my blog! Here’s my video announcing that YOU WON!

    I’d like to mail you the book. Could you message me on Facebook and I can get your address to send it?

    Thanks for taking part. I know you’ll enjoy this book.
    -Cody

  17. Hey Timothy,

    Thanks for your awesome comment at my blog! Here’s my video announcing that YOU WON!

    I’d like to mail you the book. Could you message me on Facebook and I can get your address to send it?

    Thanks for taking part. I know you’ll enjoy this book.
    -Cody

  18. Hey John,

    Thanks for your awesome comment at my blog! Here’s my video announcing that YOU WON!

    I’d like to mail you the book. Could you message me on Facebook and I can get your address to send it?

    Thanks for taking part. I know you’ll enjoy this book.
    -Cody

  19. I’m wondering if there is any way to insure bloggers don’t accidentally post something heretical. I would love to blog but am nervous about not always saying the right thing. I do evangelizing but I took a course in order to be sure I know my faith enough, but in writing it is important to be really accurate because there is a record which could be used against our faith.

  20. Hey Virginia,

    That’s a wonderful question you brought up. Here are my thoughts on how to stay away from accidentally writing heretical ideas.

    There is no substitute for reading the Bible and knowing it well. As a blogger, you can pay close attention to distinguishing between ideas that you yourself are promoting vs. ideas that you believe come directly from Scripture. If you are discussing a theological point, try to state your point in reference to what Scripture itself says.

    If we want to bring up an idea that we think Scripture supports but we know most people would not agree with, we should do this with care. We should be upfront about the fact that we are departing from a commonly accepted viewpoint, and we should name our reasons. That way, the reader is given a fair chance to judge the case.

    Whenever we explain Scripture, we should ask ourselves whether the main point of the passage of Scripture is the main point of what we are presenting. That helps us stay away from reading our own ideas and theories into Scripture.

    There is also something to be said for having friends read our work ahead of time.

    Finally, we should present our ideas firmly, yet with a spirit of openness. If possible, it is good to ask questions or suggest new ways of thinking, rather than to simply express a view as if it were the only reasonable way of thinking about something. (But there are cases in which we must take a stand, as well.)

    If you want to write on religious topics, it’s helpful to read some systematic theology texts and commentaries. I am very concerned about avoiding errors, so I found the best seminary I could, and I earned a master’s degree there. This doesn’t keep me from sin or error, but it did teach me a lot about Scripture and it equipped me to identify well-known theological boundaries.

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