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17 April 2007
  Five Blogs That Make Me Think

Yeah, I've said previously that I don't ordinarily do tags and memes. That general position still stands — but ...

Thinking Blogger AwardYou see, The Rebellious Pastor's Wife resorted to flattery by laying a new meme on me. After being granted a Thinking Blogger Award, she wrote a post tagging five more bloggers who challenge her cranial capacity. Now it's my turn to pass the honor on to five others deserving of this accolade (more deserving, I should hope, than am I).

By naming a few of my favorites, the RPW took away a tiny bit of the turmoil I feel in paring down a rather long "short list" to a mere five blogs. There are several fine candidates just on the BBOV, as well as many others I read at least occasionally. I hope that as this meme spreads, others of these will get their just desserts. Now here are my five nominations, in no particular order:

1. watersblogged! Bob Waters writes one of the first blogs I started reading regularly. Bright, well-read, and outspoken, I imagine there are very few topics about which Bob is uninformed.

2. Horn+Swoggled Music may be the food of love, but humor often rivals it as a tool for apologetics and polemics. David Brazeal's keen wit dissects many an offbeat religious story or trend, pushing ill-formed theology to its (il-) logical end.

3. Get Religion This collaborative effort manages to examine most of the breadth of American religious reporting by the mainstream media while still keeping its focus as watchdog and advocate for accurate portrayals of people and events in various religious vocations and organizations.

4. The Dawn Patrol Dawn Eden's travels from Judaism to Christianity make a splendid story. But then, Dawn's a splendid storyteller. Even if she didn't have her blog, you could profit mightily by reading her new book The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.

5. Cranach Gene Edward Veith is one of the smartest people I know. He's so smart that he knows how to keep the rest of us from feeling dumb while educating us on any number of topics, especially vocation, religion, and associated societal issues.

UPDATE: The Heresy Hunter has also blessed me with this nomination, as has The Unknown Lutheran.

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