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09 July 2006
  Freshly Minted Golden Aardvarks

Small Golden Aardvark AawardCongratulations to another round of "winners" of the AARDIE (Aardvark Aaward for Raillery, Doctrine, or Intellect in Exposition) — a continuing response to the glut of awards shows and shallow "honors" bestowed by the rest of the world (and the corresponding dearth of similar commendations with which I agree).

Most of this group come from within confessional Lutheranism. One post comes from ProLifeBlogs.com, a site familiar to many of my readers, some of whom are also part of its blogroll (as is the Alley).

Aardie: The Golden Aardvark AawardAs noted in the inaugural post, honorees "are invited to display the coveted (but not in a 10th Commandment manner, please) Golden Aardvark on their own blogs.... [T]wo sizes are available, discreet (above) and "loud and proud" (right)." I leave it to you to decide whether and which to use and whether to place it in the body of the honored post, in a separate post, or in your blog's sidebar. If you do mention receipt of the Aardie, you may certainly link back to this post or to the Alley.

‡ Politics and religion, ever-uneasy bedfellows in America, collided not long ago in Colorado. Ted Harvey, Assistant Minority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives, wrote about his reaction to the proposed honoring of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains' 90th anniversary and what he did about it in Stunning Rebuke of Planned Parenthood. Read it and weep ... maybe literally.

‡ One of my long-time online friends who I've had the great fortune to meet personally on more than once occasion writes Madre's Missives for Higher Things. She has an interesting and thought-provoking study of Joseph's words to his brothers in You Meant It for Evil.

Cross Theology certainly found its second wind. In The Enemy You Can't See, Pastor Fisk expounds upon Luther's comments in the introduction to the Large Catechism concerning "this horrible vice and secret, evil plague of security and boredom."

‡ Der Bettler of Hoc Est Verum makes a clear, concise statement on behalf of true Christian headship, fatherhood, and patriarcy in The Partner.

‡ After a bit of a slow spell, Horn+Swoggled is running at full speed once again. It's hard to pick just one post of his several most recent, so I suggest you read 'em all. However, if David wants to mark one particular item as the Aardie's targeted post of honor, I chuckled loudest at Scientific Claims Destroy Youth Pastor's Faith, partially because I love the science angle and partially because the only "Jim Wilson" I know would never act in like manner.

‡ The problems of pain, suffering, and all evil continue to vex mankind and challenge the Church to a clear, Christocentric response. Pastor Petersen answers the challenge as he states Theology's Purpose at CyberStones. And while it's from way too long ago to be "Aardified," you might also read Pastor Snyder's 2005 post, How Can God Allow Evil to Happen?

‡ Over at Little Mouse on the Prairie, you'll find a strange mystery being unveiled. Begin with Story Hour and work your way up from there.

‡ The misuse or hackneyed overuse of the word "winsome" triggered Pastor Beisel's Annoying Words That Are Used by Well-meaning Confessional Lutherans. The initial topic was well worth discussion, but the tangent along which discussion veered shows the dangers of making assumptions and the importance of understanding the Eighth Commandment. The good pastor actually receives a double-whammy Aardie twin-killing, since I was already intending to commend his series of posts on the Missouri Synod's Self Evaluation Tool (SET) for pastors. It begins back in the June archives with Jesus Fills out the SET ... Part One. Read it all and rejoice in One Lutheran ... Ablog!™

‡ Country music, politics, and religion ... what else do you need? How about patriotism and abortion? Who can bring 'em together and pull off one post on the whole enchilada? None other than Deaconess Carder of Quicunque Vult, who's right on target with Flags and Icons.

‡ If you've read this far, you may have snickered or sobbed. Perhaps you had to grab your blood pressure meds or an antacid. Anyhow, something just plain funny might be needed to cleanse the palate or calm the nerves. Thanks to David Yow's Blog we get exactly that in Bird Flu Hits Florida Trailer Park.

‡ Finally, we'll close with Mollie Ziegler's clear demonstration of how "The press ... just doesn't Get Religion." She holds Newsweek's feet to the fire for the crass editorializing and biased (could it be lazy?) reporting it allowed on the topic of women in the pulpit in We'll Tell You What to Think about Women's Ordination.

Keep on writing the good stuff, folks. I ordered the Aardies in bulk this time and they keep falling out of my closet. And again, please remember, winners are invited to link back to this post so more people can discover the wonderful breadth of fine blogging the Aardies seek to expose.

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