The Top 250 Christian Blogs

by Jared Moore on March 23, 2013 · 23 comments

This article was originally posted at my site. I’m married with three children, an SBC pastor, a PhD student at SBTS, and an average Southern Baptist. I’ve authored two books. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube.

To see the top 200 ministry blogs based on a more exhaustive ranking system, see Church Relevance’s list here. My list is solely based on Alexa’s 3 month traffic rankings checked on March 21, 22, and 23 in 2013. Why only use Alexa? In blogdom, the only thing that matters concerning rankings is traffic. Traffic is currency in blogdom. Alexa is one of the best sources for estimating website traffic (depending on who you ask).

Alexa does not provide traffic rankings for subdomains. Since The Gospel Coalition’s and Patheos’s blogs are on subdomains, no accurate traffic rating was provided. Thus, I gave the top 10 spots on my list to blogs from The Gospel Coalition and Patheos. They’re the two largest. Also, even though these sites have many blogs and authors, I only gave them the top 10 because I assume (based on Church Relevance’s rankings) that only some of these blogs are highly ranked in Christian blogdom.

I’m sure I have left out some blogs that should be on this list. I tried to only include blogs from evangelical Christians who would be considered orthodox. If you think I’ve left a blog out that should be listed or if you think I’ve included a blog that should not be listed, please either comment or email me at jaredhmoore@hotmail.com.

The list provided below was compiled by examining Church Relevance’s Top 200 Ministry Blogs list (which they came to by examining over 1,000 blogs), various high-ranked Christian blogs listed on Technorati, and blogs listed on various Christian blogrolls across blogdom. I examined over 400 Christian Blogs. Here are the top 250:

Alexa                    Blog                      Author(s)

Traffic

Rank

  1.                         The Gospel Coalition        (Click to see all the authors)
  2.                         The Gospel Coalition
  3.                         The Gospel Coalition
  4.                         The Gospel Coalition
  5.                         The Gospel Coalition
  6.                         Patheos                             (Click to see all the authors)
  7.                         Patheos
  8.                         Patheos
  9.                         Patheos
  10.                         Patheos
  11. 25,864             Desiring God Blog                  Various
  12. 42,619             Church Leaders                       Various  
  13. 53,879             Swerve             Craig Groeschel & Bobby Gruenewald
  14. 60,287             First Thoughts                         Various
  15. 63,215             Ligonier                                   Various
  16. 63,894             A Holy Experience                  Ann Voskamp
  17. 66,483             Ministry to Children               Various  
  18. 74,173             Challies                                   Tim Challies  
  19. 75,258             Church Mag                            Various  
  20. 82,974             Christianity Blogs                   Various
  21. 87,633             Stuff Christians Like              Jon Acuff
  22. 95,477             Beyond Evangelical               Frank Viola  
  23. 119,518           The Resurgence                       Various
  24. 144,637           Rachel Held Evans                Rachel Held Evans  
  25. 170,962           Zwinglius Redivivus               Jim West
  26. 200,084           Denny Burk                           Denny Burk  
  27. 217,220           Aspiring                                  Ken Silva  
  28. 225,608           Parchment and Pen                 Various  
  29. 231,141           Albert Mohler                         Albert Mohler  
  30. 241,469           Pastors                                    Various
  31. 242,692           Deeper Story                           Various  
  32. 244,443           SBC Voices                            Various
  33. 262,686           9 Marks                                  Various  
  34. 265,959           Till He Comes                         Jeremy Myers  
  35. 278,677           Living Proof                            Beth Moore  
  36. 284,625           Beginning and End                 Various  
  37. 285,001           Bible Places                             Various  
  38. 286,595           Alpha & Omega Ministries     James White
  39. 292,968           M and M                            Matt and Madeline Flannagan
  40. 296,457           Apologetics 315                      Various
  41. 299,878           Marc 5 Solas                           Marc
  42. 303,809           Internet Monk                         Various                       
  43. 308,723           Stuff Fundies Like                  Darrell  
  44. 308,821           More Than Dodgeball             Josh Griffin  
  45. 309,534           Here I Blog                             Mark Lamprecht  
  46. 319,302           Ed Stetzer                               Ed Stetzer  
  47. 324,691           James Macdonald                   James Macdonald  
  48. 329,889           Mark Driscoll                          Mark Driscoll  
  49. 333,859           The Daily Bleat                        Joshua Breland  
  50. 336,169           Prodigal Magazine                  Various
  51. 346,611           Everyday Theology                 Marc Cortez  
  52. 358,337           Thom Rainer                           Thom Rainer  
  53. 363,526           Ron Edmondson                     Ron Edmondson
  54. 370,023           Kingdom Living                     Matt Dabbs
  55. 392,803           Church Relevance    Kent Shaffer & Craig Van Korlaar  
  56. 408,085           Reading Acts                          Phillip J. Long  
  57. 411,042           Michael S Heiser                     Michael S. Heiser
  58. 428,990           Carlos Whittaker                     Carlos Whittaker
  59. 430,282           CCEF                                      Various  
  60. 434,706           White Horse Inn Blog             Various  
  61. 437,496           Moore to the Point                  Russell Moore  
  62. 440,342           Unsettled Christianity             Joel L. Watts  
  63. 447,207           Modern Reject                          Nicole Cottrell
  64. 448,958           Jen Hatmaker                          Jen Hatmaker  
  65. 453,606           Blog and Mablog                    Doug Wilson  
  66. 459,091           The Aquila Report                  Various  
  67. 466,935           I Use My Words                     Elizabeth Esther
  68. 493,251           Church Marketing Sucks        Various  
  69. 504,613           The Cripplegate                       Various
  70. 524,787           Sarah Bessey                         Sarah Bessey 
  71. 528,256           Say Hello to My Little Friend      Glenn Peoples
  72. 534,956           Reformation 21                       Various  
  73. 539,676           Sharper Iron                            Various  
  74. 545,606           Youth Ministry 360                Various  
  75. 546,570           Small Group Dynamics           Various
  76. 560,297           Alise. . . Write!                       Alise Wright
  77. 571,264           Pyro Maniacs                       Various
  78. 576,211           Faith and Leadership              Various  
  79. 598,885           CRN                                        Various  
  80. 599,036           Todd Rhoades                        Todd Rhoades
  81. 603,456           God Hungry                            Jim Martin  
  82. 608,040           Christianity Cove                    Various  
  83. 611,835           Living By Faith Blog              Steve Fuller
  84. 614,520           SBC Today                             Various  
  85. 618,528           Everyday I’m Pastorin’…       Anonymous
  86. 629,559           Musicademy Blog                   Various
  87. 641,986           John Shore                              John Shore  
  88. 654,117           Head Heart Hand                   David Murray
  89. 654,552           Thinking Christian                  Tom Gilson  
  90. 655,189           Catablog                                  Various
  91. 683,501           5 Minute Bible                        Various
  92. 695,024           Doug Fields                            Doug Fields  
  93. 697,207           Out of Ur                                Various
  94. 708,262           The Briefing                            Various           
  95. 708,971           The American Jesus                Zack Hunt  
  96. 710,071           Andy Naselli                           Andy Naselli  
  97. 714,838           Founders Ministries Blog        Tom Ascol  
  98. 728,470           Burnside Writers Collective    Various  
  99. 749,924           Juicy Ecumenism                    Various  
  100. 755,802           Parable Man                            Jeremy Pierce
  101. 779,772           Tony Morgan Live                  Tony Morgan  
  102. 795,594           The Worship Community        Various
  103. 805,909           SBC Heritage                 Drew Wales & Joshua Breland
  104. 828,150           Worship Matters                     Bob Kauflin  
  105. 886,405           A Little Leaven                  Chris Rosebrough
  106. 911,789           Faith and Theology                 Ben Myers  
  107. 916,198           In a Mirror Dimly                    Ed Cyzewski
  108. 917,162           Reformation Theology            Various  
  109. 924,130           Acts 29 Blog                           Various  
  110. 939,699           The Rabbit Room                    Various  
  111. 950,685           Gospel Husbands                    Various  
  112. 956,428           Home Brewed Christianity     Various  
  113. 967,920           Josh Harris                              Josh Harris
  114. 978,344           SBC Focus                            Various  
  115. 985,130           Adam Mclane                         Adam Mclane  
  116. 985,308           Communicate Jesus                 Steve Kryger  
  117. 987,017           Frame & Poythress       John Frame & Vern Poythress
  118. 987,631           Matthew Paul Turner              Matthew Paul Turner
  119. 991,524           Margaret Feinberg                   Margaret Feinberg
  120. 992,216           Stand to Reason Blog             Various
  121. 1,003,577        Reclaiming the Mission           David Fitch and others
  122. 1,029,571        Rethinking Youth Ministry   Brian Kirk & Jacob Thorne  
  123. 1,037,929        DJ Chuang                              DJ Chuang  
  124. 1,066,485        Shaun Groves                          Shaun Groves  
  125. 1,066,788        Triablogue                               Various 
  126. 1,079,635        Life in Student Ministry         Various
  127. 1,091,542        Perry Noble                             Perry Noble  
  128. 1,100,509        Managing Your Church          Various  
  129. 1,110,482        What’s Best Next                   Matt Perman  
  130. 1,114,977        Grace & Truth                         Various  
  131. 1,115,602        Home Word Culture Blog      Various  
  132. 1,124,629        Kingdom in the Midst              Marty Duren
  133. 1,130,275        See Preston Blog                  Preston Yancey  
  134. 1,135,544        Ferrell’s Travel Blog               Ferrell Jenkins              
  135. 1,154,961        Koinonia                                 Various  
  136. 1,165,161        Urban Faith                             Various  
  137. 1,226,396        PomoMusings                     Adam Walker Cleaveland  
  138. 1,239,003        Sola Sisters                              Various           
  139. 1,250,953        Mere Orthodoxy                 Matthew Lee Anderson  
  140. 1,256,466        Slaughter of the Sheep            Anonymous                
  141. 1,263,180        CBMW Blog                           Various
  142. 1,283,321        Reformissionary                      Steve McCoy  
  143. 1,286,602        ERLC                                      Various  
  144. 1,297,932        Glocal Christianity                  Matt Stone
  145. 1,344,461        Credo Magazine Blog             Various  
  146. 1,347,768        Sam Luce                                Sam Luce  
  147. 1,350,272        The Riddleblog                       Kim Riddlebarger
  148. 1,350,572        Take Your Vitamin Z              Zach Nielsen  
  149. 1,351,445        Blogging Theologically           Aaron Armstrong  
  150. 1,361,306        Daniel Darling                         Daniel Darling  
  151. 1,369,882        The Blazing Center          Stephen and Mark Altrogge  
  152. 1,380,649        Gifted for Leadership             Various
  153. 1,382,057        Gospel Centered Discipleship     Various
  154. 1,440,843        Eugene Cho                            Eugene Cho  
  155. 1,445,231        The Old Black Church!            
  156. 1,478,579        Provocations & Pantings         Timmy Brister  
  157. 1,487,134        Ordinary Pastor                       Erik Raymond  
  158. 1,506,681        Practical Shepherding             Brian Croft  
  159. 1,526,250        Nelson Searcy Blog                Nelson Searcy  
  160. 1,529,437        The Sacred Sandwich             Various  
  161. 1,532,804        The Good Book Blog             Various  
  162. 1,589,117        Brandon A Cox                      Brandon A. Cox  
  163. 1,623,102        Thinking out Loud                  Paul Wilkinson 
  164. 1,644,781        J. D. Greear                             J. D. Greear  
  165. 1,674,035        Theological Studies                 Michael Vlach  
  166. 1,684,865        Theology for Women              Various  
  167. 1,690,170        Bryan Crawford Loritts       Bryan Crawford Loritts  
  168. 1,694,923        Church Tech Today                Various  
  169. 1,749,963        Life and Theology                  Ben Reed  
  170. 1,758,938        Brad Lomenick                       Brad Lomenick  
  171. 1,768,345        Whyismarko                            Mark Oestreicher  
  172. 1,786,460        RPM Ministries Blog              Bob   
  173. 1,833,645        Children’s Ministry Online     Kenny Conley
  174. 1,834,710        Growing Kids Ministry           Lindsey Whitney          
  175. 1,852,557        SCCL                                      Stephanie Drury
  176. 1,864,908        Jared Moore                            Jared Moore
  177. 1,871,490        On the Box                             Ray Comfort  
  178. 1,890,998        Peter Leithart                          Peter Leithart  
  179. 1,899,224        Philgons Bible & Tech            Phil Gons  
  180. 1,916,520        Scripture Zealot Blog              Jeff Oien                       
  181. 1,926,003        Delivered by Grace                 Josh Buice  
  182. 1,980,696        Claude Mariottini                    Claude Mariottini  
  183. 1,989,869        RDTWOT                               Kick Norelli
  184. 2,002,534        Worship                                   Various  
  185. 2,076,537        Gathering in Light                  Wess Daniels 
  186. 2,131,435        Will Mancini                           Will Mancini  
  187. 2,139,454        Nathan W. Bingham             Nathan W. Bingham
  188. 2,146,811        Pastor Joe McKeever              Joe McKeever  
  189. 2,149,050        Cranach: The Blog of Veith    Gene Veith  
  190. 2,151,330        Hmmm…                                Jonathan Mckee  
  191. 2,170,316        Faith Barista                            Bonnie Gray  
  192. 2,181,165        Between the Times                 Various  
  193. 2,195,446        Joe Thorn                                Joe Thorn  
  194. 2,207,221        In the Name of Love              Bianca Olthoff
  195. 2,232,843        A Letter from Kabwata          Conrad Mbewe  
  196. 2,259,617        Storied Theology                    J. D. Kirk  
  197. 2,344,327        Possessing the Treasure       Mike Ratliff
  198. 2,346,512        Biblical Christianity                Dan Phillips
  199. 2,360,608        Green Baggins                         Various
  200. 2,367,172        Man of Depravity                   Tyler Braun  
  201. 2,410,574        Chuck Warnock                      Chuck Warnock         
  202. 2,425,394        Project TGM                           Various
  203. 2,465,838        Mark Batterson                       Mark Batterson  
  204. 2,468,348        Counseling One Another        Paul Tautges
  205. 2,492,463        Fundamentally Reformed       Bob Hayton                  
  206. 2,516,690        NT Resources                          Rod Decker  
  207. 2,523,930        Beggars All                        James Swan
  208. 2,538,666        Speculative Faith                    Various  
  209. 2,547,997        Truth Matters                          Eric Douglas  
  210. 2,571,159        Baptist Twentyone                  Various  
  211. 2,573,236        Mark ?Beeson                           Mark Beeson  
  212. 2,574,400        My Song in the Night             Kristen Gilles  
  213. 2,630,573        One Hand Clapping                Julie Clawson  
  214. 2,640,474        Codex                                     Tyler Williams
  215. 2,682,290        Borrowed Light                    Mike Leake  
  216. 2,736,788        For His Renown                      Jim Hamilton
  217. 2,767,808        Skye Box                                Skye Jethani  
  218. 2,792,824        Faith by Hearing                                
  219. 2,809,367        Truth Observed                       Del Tackett
  220. 2,814,114        The Thirsty Theologian           David Kjos
  221. 2,817,962        Downshore Drift                     Alan Cross
  222. 2,877,176        The Ooze                               Various
  223. 2,910,456        Following to Lead                  Kevin East  
  224. 3,004,527        He Lives                                 
  225. 3,024,143        Servants of Grace                   Various  
  226. 3,037,748        Domestic Kingdom                 Gloria Furman               
  227. 3,118,624        Counseling Solutions              Rick Thomas  
  228. 3,122,729        Learning my Lines…              Walt Mueller
  229. 3,150,929        Sayable                                    Lore Ferguson  
  230. 3,170,763        Nouthetic                                Jay Adams
  231. 3174471          Tim Schraeder                         Tim Schraeder  
  232. 3,251,995        Cerulean Sanctum                   Dan Edelen  
  233. 3,594,243        Redeemed Reader    J. B. Cheaney & Emily A. Whitten
  234. 3,983,987        Surprised by Life                Brooke McGlothlin
  235. 4,112,423        Theological Matters                Various  
  236. 4,114,455        Straight to the Heart               Juan Sanchez  
  237. 4,134,682        Another Think                         Charles Lehardy  
  238. 4,264,838        Christian Theology                  Various
  239. 4,316,648        Theology for the Road            Craig Hurst
  240. 4,324,560        Against Heresies                     Martin Downes
  241. 4,400,550        Grateful to the Dead               Chris Armstrong
  242. 4,417,872        Church Works                         Various
  243. 4,534,340        From Law to Grace                 Howell Scott  
  244. 4,538,580        Hip and Thigh                         Fred Butler
  245. 4,558,692         Before the Cross                   Various
  246. 4,594,868        Alvin Reid                              Alvin Reid  
  247. 4,686,529        The Edge of the Inside           Todd Littleton  
  248. 4,756,833        The Paperthin Hymn
  249. 4,841,761        L. A. Freland                        L. A. Freland
  250. 4,933,058       Out of the Ordinary               Various

Honorable Mention

4,934,876        20 Schemes Blog                 Mez McConnell

5,085,445        Tim Chester                          Tim Chester

5,129,267        The Bottom Line                     Cameron Buettel

5,256,399        Notes in the Key of Life         Cindy Swanson

5,399,816        Helm’s Deep                           Paul Helm

5,452,715        Wedge Words                         Steven Wedgeworth

5,645,559        fors clavigera                           James K. A. Smith

5,785,460        Religious Affections               Scott Aniol

5,793,886        Nathan Finn                            Nathan Finn

5,811,489        Rachel Miller                           Rachel Miller

6,018,030        Lane Chaplin                           Lane Chaplin

This article was originally posted at my site. I’m married with three children, an SBC pastor, a PhD student at SBTS, and an average Southern Baptist. I’ve authored two books. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube.

1 Mike Leake March 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

I think this shows how unhelpful Alexa rank can be as far as general influence. After looking at the list I thought I would check mine. Assuming it to be well below the honorable mentions. It’s not 2.6 million which would put me right above Dr. Hamilton…which of course is laughable.

2 Mike Leake March 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

Sorry that last sentence should say “It’s not.” “it has 2.6 million…”

3 Jared Moore March 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

Mike, the best way to measure influence would be to measure book sales, speaking engagements, classes taught, daily vocation, etc. in addition to the page views. It’s amazing how many people on this list have book deals and how many don’t.

4 Mike Leake March 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

I’m shocked at some of the rankings, honestly.

5 Jared Moore March 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

Mike, your blog is ranked higher than Hamilton’s because your blog received more traffic in the past 3 months. Sadly, as you mentioned above, a lot of blogs that people should be reading aren’t being read. Part of it is also because these men and women don’t blog as often as we do.

6 Mike Leake March 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

Yeah, I’ve noticed that as well that some of the “big names” towards the bottom is because they don’t blog much. But Nathan Finn and James K.A. Smith shocked me as does Jay Adams and Alvin Reid. Also I’m shocked at some of the ones towards the top that continue to have high traffic.

7 Dave Miller March 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

At least this is simple. From time to time I’ve followed Technorati and never understood their ratings system.

8 Mike Leake March 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

Agreed. Technorati is weird. Not to mention that it’s part of a secret society in the government…or is that the Illuminati….I never know. Since 2Pac died I can’t keep up.

9 Dave Miller March 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

If I understand it, Technorati puts a lot more emphasis on links and shares and such stuff, than on actual traffic.

10 Mark March 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

I agree with Mike to an extent. It’s also interesting that there were Christian blogs that were left off the top 200 list that had higher rankings than others in the list. It seems there is no perfect measure. I do think the large multi-author blogs skew the numbers and should really be in a different category.

11 Blake March 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

Some of the blogs from my blogroll that I believe qualify.

ReKnew by Greg Boyd and others (AR: 523,048)
Sarah Bessey (AR: 524,523)
Istoria Ministries Blog by Wade and Rachelle Burleson (AR: 1,205,219)
John Stackhouse (AR: 1,638,380)
The Centrality and Supremacy of Jesus Christ by David D. Flowers (AR: 3,053,518)
Andy Goodliff (AR: 3,696,973)
She Worships by Sharon Hodde Miller (AR: 3,712,922)
Jonathan Merritt (AR: 4,681,266)

12 Jared Moore March 27, 2013 at 1:00 am

Blake, thanks for those suggestions. I’ll consider those not mentioned in the list for the next list I make about six months from now.

13 Mike Davis March 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I can’t believe I didn’t make the list. I know I had a blog hit last month. The guy even commented.

14 Dave Miller March 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Mysteries abound!

15 aaron arledge March 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I wonder where Internetmonk would be if Michael was still alive.

16 Mike March 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Is it ok to add another website to this list in comments or for a future list or honorable mention?

If so, I’d like to add Before The Cross (www.beforethecross.com)

Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information. Thanks so much!

-Mike

17 John R. March 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Have you considered doing a list of the top SBC bloggers and blogs? It would be great to know which of these are SBC so I could add to my reading list.

18 Jerry Smith March 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Lets think a moment, all the actions is taking place at the entrance of the broad wide gate, so it would be quite silly for a man of God to recommend a site because of its traffic count. If he does he may be leading people towards & even into the gate that many enter in there at.

Mt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mt 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Mt 7:15 ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Yes, just because a site has the most traffic is not a solid sign its a good place to read or study God’s Word. Its just may be the place of false prophets of whom we are warned to avoid, & surely we should not send any traffic to them just because of high traffic count.

As for the blogs on that list I know nothing about none of them, I just know that high traffic is not a sure sign that its a godly place. And I learned that from my Bible study.

19 Robert I Masters March 25, 2013 at 12:13 am

I think it makes a bold statement for unity in the body of Christ that Gospel Coalition is number one when Thabiti and Douglas Wilson have a lengthy, deep and Christ honoring discussion on race. I highly recommend the post between those two at the Gospel Coalition.

20 Mark March 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Robert, except for ignoring the theological issues of the Duck Dynasty folks and the issues with CJ Mahaney.

21 Vijesh June 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Hi Jared,
Great to see all christian blogs at a place. I always wondered if there would be any nice christian blogs other than breathecast, Christianpost and CBN and here is the list

Thanks for the list…

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