Have you ever had a problem finding a reliable resource for recommendations?
Certain Google searches are a piece of cake, but the “best resources for ______” ones can be hit-or-miss.
And don’t even get me started on the decision fatigue. As a serial over-thinker, I start to hate myself a little bit after reading through the upteenth list of “5 Best ____s.” It makes it so hard to make a decision! Then, when you pick something, you end up doubting your decision. Not fun.
I’m sure these dynamics apply to a bunch of different things in life. However, while serving as a Youth Minister in seminary, I realized that finding reliable Christian recommendations and resources can be very difficult.
Sure, it’s not for lack of content out there! When it comes to Christianity, everyone has an opinion - and usually an associated reading list!
But how do you know that the book or blog-post that you find isn’t from some crazy yahoo with nothing more than a computer and a Bible?
Furthermore, if you’re a Christian and your looking for recommendations and resources in some other area, how do you know that what you find is worthwhile?
I mean, sure, everything should be read with a critical eye. But is that latest book or blog-post about mindfulness, parenting, self-help, or productivity helpful and useful for Christians? Or will it require quite a bit of theological critique and analysis before it’s helpful without being potentially harmful?
Google is great, and getting better at many things. But - at least for right now - it’s a pretty crappy theologian!
Idea: The Well-Equipped Christian
With all this in mind, I have an idea: The Well-Equipped Christian (or a similar title) - a website that’s a one-stop shop for Christians looking for reliable recommendations and resources.
Now, to be clear, I’m not claiming to BE the well-equipped Christian! I am not the be-all-end-all source of reliable Christian information.
However, I am a Christian with a seminary education. I’m pursuing a PhD in theology, and I have a heart for the Church.
I want to devote my life and ministry to helping to produce as many “well-equipped Christians” as possible. And I absolutely love giving practical recommendations - specifically in the areas of Bible study, theology, productivity, and meta-learning.
There are a lot of great resources out there. Resources that Christians can benefit from to have healthy minds, bodies, and souls as they advance God’s Kingdom in their daily lives.
I want to connect you to those resources.
I Need Your Help
Are you wiling to help me figure out whether or not this is a good idea? If so, great! I’d love to hear your answers to the following questions:
- What is the biggest problem that you've faced in finding reliable recommendations and resources? Not just for specifically Christian resources (although that's great if you want to focus on that), but also for resources in general.
- When you talk to your friends about finding reliable recommendations and resources, what kinds of things do you say? Any specific feelings or complaints?
Finally, please share this post with anyone you think would be willing to give me their input! Thank you so much!