Posts Tagged "Blog Patrol"

Dad in the Middle…Monthly Round Up (July 2009)

Here is the Monthly Round Up of the posts to Dad in the Middle for July 2009. You will note that there were a greatly reduced number of posts this month. This was due to my Go Dark week during which I did not use any technology. I also only posted one article prior to that week announcing my plans to God Dark. So, here is a very brief Monthly Round Up:

The “Go Dark” Challenge

O Come Ye’ Children Synopsis

Children’s Ministry / Kid’s Stuff

Children’s Ministry Moments

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Dad in the Middle…Monthly Round Up (June 2009)

Big month for the blog formerly known as Wayne’s Random Thoughts. Here is the Monthly Round Up (better late than never) of the posts to the newly renamed Dad in the Middle from June 2009:

Children’s Ministry

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My 30 Favorite Children's Ministry Blogs (Presented by The Blog Patrol)

police-fishIn yesterday’s installment of the Blog Patrol I made a major announcement regarding the future of the Patrol.  In short, it is going to a monthly format and the articles featured will focus primarily on Children’s Ministry and kids related issues.  Tuesday, I published a listing of the 25 Best Christian Blogs based on their inclusion in The Blog Patrol.  Today, we feature the 30 best Children’s Ministry Blogs on the internet based on their inclusion in The Blog Patrol.

I ranked each Children’s Ministry related blog that has ever been included in the Blog Patrol based on three criteria:

  1. Total number of articles included.
  2. Total weeks included.
  3. A weighted average based on number of posts and timing of posts (most recent getting more points)
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Blog Patrol (June 30, 2009)



The Blog Patrol is now three months old, and I have had a great time putting together every week. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found a lot of great blogs out there, and I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. So…I’m changing it up.  The truth is, this one weekly entry takes up a large chunk of my time. That time is starting to take away from my priorities in life…my God, my family and my ministry to kids. So, I’ve decided, at least temporarily to change things. Going forward, The Blog Patrol will be a monthly series rather than weekly. I can’t promise how soon after the end of each month I will get it out, but I am going to do my best. Also, over the last several months, The Blog Patrol has become increasingly focus on the issues of children’s ministry, kids and parenting. Without intending it, my love and God’s will for my life has had a significant impact on this series. So, I’ve decided for the time being I will be limited the monthly Blog Patrol to articles related primarily to those three topics. I still follow a lot of other non-Children’s Ministry related blogs, and if I see something particularly appealing, I will be sure to pass that along. So, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the last weekly installment of the Blog Patrol. By the way, if you have any feedback about the change in format, I would love to hear about it. Enjoy!

Since last week was dedicated to articles about parenting, kids, and children’s ministry in honor of Father’s Day, there are a lot of stragglers this week. I tried to limit it to the “best of the best!”


These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

How Much Of What We Believe Is From The Bible?

  • This articles asks the pressing question, are there doctrines you hold fast to that are not actually in the Bible. May favorite is, “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ve looked – it’s not in there!

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 3): How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading

  • Bruce Ashford’s series on reading continues with this article with tips for getting the most out of what you choose to read.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 4): Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading

  • I didn’t want to leave you hanging on this series. In this installment, Bruce Ashford looks at other benefits of reading.

Discerning Idolatry in Desire

  • In this article subtitled “12 Ways to Recognize the Rise of Covetousness,” John Piper looks at warning signs that your desire is turning into covetous idolatry.

8 Traits of Effective Church Leaders

  • Thomas Rainer looks at 8 qualities that are necessary to be an effective leader in a church.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 5): Questions, Answers, and Concluding Thoughts

  • In this final post in his Disciplined Reading Series, Bruce Ashford addersses some of the questions he received while writing this series.

On Disciplined Reading

  • I love a bulleted summary, and Between Two Worlds offers this bulleted summary of the points raised by Bruce Ashford in his series on reading that we’ve been following here on the Blog Patrol!

Ohio: The state of tightrope walkers and acrobats

  • Being from Ohio, I felt morally bound to add this article to The Blog Patrol. I’d love to meet the collective genius that came up with this tourism plan! 

How much do you matter?

  • From Children’s Ministry Online, Kenny looks at 11 reasons you matter if you work in Children’s Ministry.

Twitter thought

  • In this short post, David Wakerly offers a unique twist on how to think of Children’s Ministry.

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The 25 Best Christian Blogs (Presented by the Blog Patrol)

police-fishIf you are a regular visitor to “Dad in the Middle” you no doubt expected the latest installment of the Blog Patrol this morning.  No worries, I pushed it to tomorrow so I could include the last day of June in this week’s Patrol.  There will be a major announcement regarding the future of The Blog Patrol in tomorrow’s installment so if you’re a regulae reader – don’t miss it!

So, the Blog Patrol has been around for three months now, and it has featured new blogs every week now.  I know when I started researching for the Blog Patrol it was hard to find a concise listing of the best Christian Blogs on the internet.  So, I’ve decided to post my own list.  I ranked each blog that has ever been included in the Blog Patrol based on three criteria:

  1. Total number of articles included.
  2. Total weeks included.
  3. A weighted average based on number of posts and timing of posts (most recent getting more points)
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