Thinking Out Loud

March 6, 2012

Us, As Seen By Them

When the broader world looks at Christianity, they don’t see the distinctions that to us are so obvious: Evangelicals, Reformers, Pentecostals, Mainline Protestant. They may not even make an absolution distinction as to Christian versus religious.

Media reports on what we call ‘church life’ are usually hampered by a lack of familiarity with the subject matter or a misapplication of the right terminology.

Still, if all your understanding of what’s going on in the capital ‘C’ Church comes from Christian media itself — Christian periodicals, the Christian blogosphere, Christian television, things your pastor says in sermons — then you really don’t get to see (a) how it all fits together in the context of the broader world, and (b) how that broader world perceives us.  

So most of my time online is spent in a mixture of the Christian blogosphere, and coverage of ‘religious’ stories in the mainstream media.  (That, and Pretty Good Solitaire, containing over 400 variants on the game, but not sophisticated enough for my sons, who wish I would play role play and strategy games.)

Therefore, because Saturday’s sermon link list was such a hit — though most of the comments came off the blog — I’m today sharing another part of my personal internet bookmarks, the part dealing with news sources.


USAToday Religion — One of the first media outlets to give increased online profile to faith based stories. Should be read in tandem with reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman’s Faith and Reason blog.

FaithWorld — The religion page of news gathering agency Reuters International. Basically, this is often where your local newspapers get their stories.

Christian Post — While there’s a U.S. edition page, the one linked here is your best source for stories from outside North America, or even ‘western’ countries.

Christian Today — The UK’s online Christian newsmagazine. 

Christianity Today — The popular American Christian magazine founded by Billy Graham also has a number of other publications including Leadership Journal.

World — Covering more than just religious-interest stories, but frequently employed as a reliable news source by Christian publications and bloggers.

Get Religion — A blog which exists to critique and clarify the secular press’ handling of religious news.

Christian Newswire — You just get headlines, and then link for the stories; this is often what is referred to as an aggregator.

Religious News Service — Strongly U.S.-oriented; like many such sites, currently overrun with the religious aspects of the forthcoming Presidential election.

Holy Post — A faith news and opinion page from The National Post, one of Canada’s two national newspapers.

Christian Week — Canada’s national Christian newspaper. I try to include a few of their stories each month in the Wednesday link lists here.

CNN Belief Blog — A mix of stories and opinion pieces. Don’t even bother trying to read the comments on the various stories because all their readers go off-topic from the minute a new item is posted.

On Faith — The religious news section of The Washington Post. Many large city newspapers are adding coverage of faith stories.

Belief — Similar to the one above, this one is based at the Houston Chronicle. 

Do you have a source for news you’d like to share?  Feel free to add a comment. 

Also, I should add that these are the “dry and boring” news sources; there are others that specialize in faith-based news stories related to family, finance, politics, entertainment, environment, persecuted church, Christian education, etc.

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4 Comments »

  1. I remember the rise of the internet, and the corresponding decrease in advertising in the Toronto Star. Unsupported by church advertising, the Religion page opposite the ads began to shrink in editorial content, picking up an ethics columnist, and then morphing into an “all-faiths” story depot, and then disappearing altogether…
    Don’t know if it’s come back since my internet-only news reading is much more niche than the generalist stuff the paper offers…

    Comment by Brian — March 6, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    • …Which is funny because if you ask people in the newspaper biz, they’ll say “Advertising doesn’t drive editorial.” Well, ideally anyway.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — March 6, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  2. Thank you for those links. I already go to a few of them, but others are bew to me.

    I also like to watch how the current news lines up with prophecy so I tend to go to prophecytoday.com once a week or so.

    Comment by Cynthia Almudevar — March 6, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  3. In my next installment of “Read and Share” I was going to recommend the Christian Post. I got an invitation to write for them on the side. I have neither the time nor the inclination to do that, but did become a regular reader.

    Holy Post, that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen since Blog and Mablog.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — March 6, 2012 @ 9:14 pm


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