In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, nobody maintains a blogroll. The best hope you have of finding someone else is to follow a link in the body of a post or in a comment or in a link dump. Around here, they also show up in link posts that I share fairly frequently.

But the fact is that I kind of miss the blogroll, and I think that it’s worthwhile to share some of the blogs I read and a note one why I read them. I’ll try to put up one example every couple of weeks.

Christmas is almost upon us! I’m too caught up in the holidays (and end of year fundraising tasks) to put together a proper post at the moment. So instead of the usual People I Read post, let me indulge in some geekery.

I play roleplaying games. I’ve played them on and off since high school and got back into them a year or two ago. About once a week, some friends and I get together, drink some beer, and roll some dice. It’s a great experience of fellowship and collective storytelling.

So, in honor of that little hobby, here are a couple of roleplaying game blogs that I read:

Go Make Me a Sandwich is a great blog about gaming and accessibility, meaning the degree to which roleplaying games are accessible and enjoyable to women, people of color, people with mental illnesses, and so on. It’s an insightful look at the ways that the roleplaying industry and culture are exclusive… and how we could change to be inclusive.

Mythcreants is an all-around roleplaying and storytelling blog. If you’re looking to become a better storyteller, this blog is for you.

Right now, there is a movement in churches and nonprofits arguing that charity is toxic, that helping hurts, and that the entire nonprofit sector needs to be reformed to truly lift people out of poverty. These charity skeptics are telling Christians that traditional charity deepens dependency, fosters a sense of entitlement, and erodes the work ethic of people who receive it. Charity skepticism is increasingly popular; and it is almost certainly wrong.

Now available from Wipf and Stock’s Cascade Books imprint, Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church) weaves together research and scholarship on topics as diverse as biblical scholarship, Christian history, economics, and behavioral psychology to tell a different story. In this story, charity is the heart of Christianity and one of the most effective ways that we can help people who are living in poverty. Charity—giving to people experiencing poverty without any expectation of return or reformation—can save the world and help make God’s vision for the church a reality.

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