- Bryan Allain of BryanAllain.com. Bryan is a funny guy! When I’ve got to take a dump, it’s comforting to know that Bryan’s going to be there… Wait, what? No, that’s not what I meant. He’s not really there there if you know what I mean. It’s great to know that his stuff is there for me to read. My wife wonders what’s so darn funny about going to the bathroom, and I gotta say: it’s Bryan. His stuff is the pause that refreshes. I especially dig his Cliché Thursdays, where he becomes a madcap mythbuster of clichés. He doesn’t just put them to the test—he obliterates them! You should follow him.
- Jon Acuff of stuffchristianslike.net. Jon, too, is an extremely funny guy. His site started as a parody of Christian Landers’ Stuff White People Like, but has grown into so much more. Where Bryan deconstructs clichés, Jon deconstructs the Christian hipster subculture via satirical posts lampooning, well, stuff Christians like. Like the side hug, skinny jeans, metrosexual worship leaders, church organists, etc. Jon also is a great friend to have in the bathroom. Wait—that came out wrong. Never mind. He is easily one of the best satirists around, bar none. Totally check him out!
- Anne Jackson of FlowerDust.net. I’ve mentioned her here on this site before, but it bears repeating: Anne is frank—blunt, even—about her struggles. On her website, via her Twitter posts (@flowerdust—soon to be going away, boo!), in her books, she’s all about helping people find healing and hope through honesty and confession. By being open herself, she gives us the gift of going second—of feeling safe to make our own confessions. If you get a chance, I highly encourage you to check out one of the remaining dates of her Permission to Speak Freely (her latest book) tour. You’ll be glad you did! (No bathroom jokes here!)
- Jeff Goins’ Pilgrimage of the Heart. Jeff is a prolific blogger whom I’ve recently become acquainted with on the “intarwebs.” His posts are thoughtful, insightful, pointed, and often wryly funny. He works for Adventures In Missions, and thus has a great heart for missions—what they are, aren’t, and why they’re critically important for the church and the world. Please check him out!
- Carlos Whittaker of RagaMuffinSoul.com. The man understands grace better than almost anyone I know. See Christians And Their Molestation Problem for what I mean. Carlos is no one trick pony though—oh, no, as evidenced by that post, nothing is off limits—everything is fair game. He has a thriving community of followers. Totally join them!
- Donald Miller of DonMillerIs.com. Don is my homeboy. He’s the writer I want to be when I grow up (my wife is waiting for this, too!). And so much of his journey powerfully resonates with me. Being a child of divorce (whatever that means) myself, I feel like he really gets me. He so frequently speaks to me right where I live. Plus he can be wicked funny, too. Check Don out!
PS I’m an idiot! I totally forget to give a shout out to Matthew Paul Turner–author, blogger, bon vivant–of Jesus Needs New PR. Dude is like Kryptonite to all the stupid things we do in the Name of the Lord! The phrase “rapier wit” is next to his picture in the dictionary. Honestly, though he doesn’t know me, he’s been great to me–retweeting things for me, commenting here. Thanks, mpt! Go check him out!