Saturday, May 26, 2007

Thinking Blogger Award

Thanks to Every Square Inch, I'm the recipient of a Thinking Blog Award. Thanks, ESI for your gracious and kind words about this blog. It's a simple gift I have to share that really probably ends up being more for my own benefit than for anyone else's. Though I certainly hope and pray the Lord will use it since we're blessed to be a blessing, of course.

Here are five blogs I tap for the award:
1. Jesus Creed: Scot McKnight, writer extraordinaire, New Testament scholar and professor really is the one who got my interest going on blogging. And one can receive a theological education by working on his blog. Read his posts and if you are able, follow the threads. He is weekly working through a book, and works exegetically through Scripture as well as on some (often hot button) theological issue of our time.

2. Allan R. Bevere: Allan is a pastor and professor who keeps up well on the times and knows what "Israel" ought to do. There is helpful insight for us all from this brother.

3. Vanguard Church: When Bob Robinson is blogging he helpfully challenges our thinking theologically both in our understanding and practice of the faith with reference to the kingdom of God come in Jesus. Bob is the CCO Area Director of Northern Ohio, a campus ministry.

4. Wide Open Spaces: Charity Singleton has a thoughtful and warm way of blogging. She challenges us in thinking through how we might better live out our faith. And nice photos as well.

5. Faith Dance: Dan Brennan challenges us with a paradigm in Christ for cross-gender relationships. This is a blog that would do us all good to read and think through with him from Scripture, from his own thoughts and experience as well as from the books of others.

There are a number of others who really deserve to be put on my five. ESI would fit right in. And others like Alan Knox, Jamie-Arpin Ricci, L.L. Barkat, Michael Kruse, Jazz Theologian, John Frye and Susan Arnold. Really all the blogs I have linked on the side are worthy of this reward (besides others I run into). There are a number of blogs on my site worth special mention for mind-stretching; just to name three: LeRon Shults, Mark Galli and Mark Roberts. And I'm excited about John Michael Talbot joining the blog world.

Here are the rules as originally laid out to be passed on:

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.


Bob Robinson said...

Wow. Thanks so much.

I am deeply honored to be on this list...especially in light of the many incredible blogs that didn't make the five (I think they all are much more worthy than mine!!).

The past month has been slow over at Vanguard Church, but now I will be back into it at full speed (about a post every other day is my average).

Things to look for:
1. A new way of evangelism called "Appreciative Inquiry."
2. More reflections God's intentions for bringing justice into a world beset with evil.
3. As I prepare to teach a course on apologetics this summer: What would it look like to have a "Kingdom-Centered Apologetic"?

Thanks again for the hat-tip. I love being in the "Jesus Community!!"

Dan Brennan said...

Thank you Ted for your kind remarks and the reward!

Ted Gossard said...

Bob, It's fun having you in the blogging sphere. Your tight theology is balanced with an adventuresome, searching openness, a good balance.

And we look forward to your posts to come. Thanks for your most kind words; it is great to be in this together.

Ted Gossard said...

Dan, You're most welcome. We look forward to learning alot and living more in the reality of the fellowship we all have together in Jesus.

Ted Gossard said...

I should have added, Dan, through your blog!

Susan said...

ohh! neat meme! Thanks for the mention.

Ted Gossard said...

Thanks, Susan for your special contribution with Philosophical Pastor. Good stuff, including today!

Anonymous said...

Ted -- Thanks for the award! I appreciate many of the same blogs you nominated. I'll be thinking of five more of my own and post those soon.

I always feel challenged and hopeful when I read your blog. Thanks for consistently looking to Jesus for truth.

Ted Gossard said...

Charity, Thanks for your kind words and for the thoughts and ways you share them with us.