The New Number 1 Emerging Church Blog

It finally happened but not as I predicted. I said that Jordon Cooper would take my place, since he was dragging just behind me – and in fact is only one link from overtaking me [please . . someone out there give a permanent link to and put me out of my misery].

But while Jordon has been threatening to take my crown away, a relative newcomer has scooted passed us both. After a long and glorious ride at the top of Technorati’s list of emerging church blogs, I have been most triumphantly unseated by Scot McKnight’s “Jesus Creed“.


Imagine having an AMERICAN with the leading emerging church blog! What does this say? Is the emerging church ALSO in USA? Are they really catching up to the other countries? How will the nations deal with this? The head spins . . .

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Dr Scot McKnight, who is a professor at North Park University, is the author of the excellent book “The Jesus Creed” which also provides the name of his blog. You may know him from his superb article called “The Emerging Church: Future or Fad (PDF)”. He is a great guy, a clear thinker and . . . a better blogger than I. And thats official.

What can we learn from this:

You can start a great blog that kicks butt . . .

1. especially when you move away from

2. even if you have an academic theology based blog

3. even if you have less hair than tall skinny kiwi

4. even if you are an American

5. especially if you publish your best stuff online instead of hoarding it for books

Well done, Scot. I take my hat off!


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Andrew,
    I second your affirmation of Scot, his books and his blog. Interestingly, I helped him get listed on Technorati. I was amazed at his instant chart topping success. At the time, though, it knocked me off the top ten list (which I have slowly worked my way back onto). Good on you, Scot!

  • fernando says:

    It seems interesting that jesus creed grew steadily with almost no outgoing links, but then really took off with the blog became wider.

  • andrew says:

    well, jamie and i take all the credit for that. right jamie?
    during the Carson debate, i recommended everyone shift over to Jesus Creed. That, and Jamie’s help, must have been the two defining factors in Scot’s success. [he he he]

  • Andrew,
    A compliment indeed! I want to thank you for this kind note and observation about
    Don’t be so humble: it was because of you (and your recommendation of my blog on the Carson book) that the blog took off, and then Jamie with Steve McCoy and you have helped me get my feet on the ground with this blog.
    In a few weeks I will approach one year of blogging, and I will write some reflections about this.
    Now, having complimented me, let me return the favor: I still go to you (as a point of fact) to hear what is going on in the international scene — along with Steve Taylor and Jordon Cooper. I consider these three blogs the preeminent emerging blogs though I’m happy to add my “academic” approach to learn what I can from readers and folks like you.
    Your blog reveals what I think is the missional, international, and technological side of all things emerging, whereas I hope to provide a biblical and theological perspective on the same.
    Plus, your journeys around the world are so much more interesting!
    Blessings on the bloggers!

  • andrew says:

    ahhhh shucks, scot.
    you’re just saying that to take the sting away. i guess you can take down the dart board with my face on it, now that you have put me in my place.
    tallskinnykiwi has its 5th birthday this june and i have almost hit 10 years of blogging.
    and you are approaching ONE year??? i guess i am a fossil.
    now that you have settled into your place of prominence, we will all be expecting you to turn up at events outside of USA to share your insights on emerging church – look forward to meeting you in person.

  • And I just feel lucky to have gotten to know you guys, even if it is just virtually. Not having the freedom to pursue seminary, you both have been my foundation for my “education”.
    I am 2 months from first year as a blogger. I have to say that I have gained far more than I feel I have given. Blogging may be imperfect, but it has provided a much needed community in a time I lacked one. Thanks!

  • P3T3RK3Y5 says:

    are popularity contests emergent?
    je ne comprend pas.

  • andrew says:

    i dont know if they are emergent but they are certainly not godly – which is why we should esteem each other and each other’s blogs as higher than our own. and Scot’s blog is officially higher than mine. let his blog increase and mine decrease. He is victorious and we should shout/publish/blog it . . .
    “We will shout for joy when you are victorious
    and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
    May the LORD grant all your requests.” (Pslam 20:5)
    hey – love those snow photos on your blog – looks great.

  • Popularity contest? Only if we run it by the “last shall be first” principle. Seriously though, P3T3R, no contests here. Just good friendly fun and affirmation.

  • P3T3RK3Y5 says:

    … i’m not too proud to recognize the emerging church is probably going to end up repeating many of the same faults found in the modern church – i guess i’m just not ready for that to start happening quite yet 🙂
    … thusly, i see that i missed the self-deprecating tone of this conversation… as further evidenced by the gracious responses.
    another downside to global warming would certainly be less of the white stuff.

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