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22 November 2008
  O Give Thanks ... for a New BBOV
The Big Blogroll O' Vark®™©

BBOV by St. CharlesI'm glad I asked ahead of time. When I encouraged submissions, several people responded and instead of the paltry four additions I had on hand, I have twelve. There are eleven Lutheran sites and one from the Other Side. You'll see quite a variety among these and I bid you check each out, welcome them aboard the Big Blogroll O' Vark®™©, and read or subscribe as the spirit moves you.

Also, please note that Bob Waters hit the stop button on Watersblogged. However, he isn't taking it down. Therefore, since it harbors any number of insightful, inviting, and sometimes inciting posts, I've moved it to the Inactive but Worth Keeping category of the blogroll. And keep your eyes peeled as you read: One of our old timers has a new URL (although the old one still works).

If you're not sure what to make of the BBOV or wonder about the benefits of being listed and of listing others' blogs, please read the first three links under Aurous Effluence in the sidebar. Those who'd like the Big Blogroll O' Vark®™© can either email me or copy the list from the Alley's source code (click View | Page Source or Control+U in Firefox or View | Source in Internet Explorer).

MAY WE HAVE A DR-R-RUM R-R-ROLL, PLEASE!

Lining them up alphabetically by height, the first addition among the confessional Lutheran blogs is Blogia ... yes, it's an electronic offshoot of Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology. Next, please welcome Blogustana: The Fusion of 2 Natures and 2 Kingdoms. Confessional's Bytes belongs to Jim Pierce of Wittenberg Trail fame.

Hope for the Hapless, an LCC pastor's blog, is our latest Canadian import. While there, make sure to read his "hapless" essay. The punningly titled Light from Light "is about amateur photography, worship, history, and anything else of interest from a WELS confessional Lutheran layman’s Christian perspective."

It's semi-commercial, but it's also a confessional Lutheran blog — in other words, my blogroll, my rules, so Magdeburg Press gets to join. Here you can read excerpts from Johann Gerhard's Sacred Meditations, translated by Wade R. Johnston. If you visit the main site for Magdeburg Press, you can also order Even Death, Johnston's novel "rooted in the theology of the cross." (Now that I've said these nice things, maybe he'll comp Luther Library a copy so I can add it to my collection review it.)

'Twas submitted as Comfort Ye My People but by the time I got around to this update, it had become Notes to Myself. That's okay, it's good reading by either name. Pastor Jeremiah Gumm bills The Shepherd's Study as "A Place of Rest and Renewal for the Busy Lutheran Shepherd." Just in case it really relaxes you, bring a pillow ... unless you want QWERTY spelled backwards across your face.

From the rooftops, I recently shouted, "Achtung! Herr Doktor Luther ist Zurückgekehrt!" In case you missed that missive announcing his return, Martin Luther (Doktor) recently resumed his ongoing brawl with 21st Century "culture" while also continuing his struggle for blog space and the last word with his long-suffering amanuensis Anthony Sacramone at Strange Herring. Truly a fine kettle of fish.

Pastor Strey's Weblog proclaims "a confessional Lutheran perspective on apologetics, liturgy, music, preaching, and theology." Finnish Lutheran pastor Esko Murto, currently at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, writes Tentatio Borealis from an arctic perspective.

Our final Lutheran entry comes from Pastor Jonathan C. Watt of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Creston, Iowa. He's already known to many BBOV followers for Watt's What (NB: this is the new URL mentioned above). Now Pastor Watt expands his proclamation of the Gospel, offering text and podcast devotions at God's Word for Today.

I also promised an addition from the opposition. Some of you may recall when Prince Beelzebub appeared back in May 2006. He evidently got into a hell of a mess, quit blogging, and slithered back into the outer darkness. I dropped him for cause in August 2007. Just the other day, though, he dropped a slimy load of comment spam, letting me know that he's back. He made the obligatory maiden post at his new site and once again included me among the links he loathes (as "Ugly Animal Theology" — how petty ... accurate, yes ... but still petty). Therefore, help me roundly diswelcome the disgraceful Prince B's disgusting Beelzeblog to my list of Other Blogs.

IN CONCLUSION

For all those enrolled in the BBOV, links back are certainly appreciated. And don't forget that all of those listed benefit when you use the entire blogroll. Also, if you'd like to graphically point to the Alley and the Big Blogroll O' Vark®™©, you may use the above design from St. Charles the Illuminous or one of these blog buttons:
Each of these buttons measures 80x15 pixels. Should you choose to use one, please link back to either the main Aardvark Alley URL or else to the post What Is the BBOV.

Finally, if you own or know of a Lutheran blog demonstrating a quia confessional subscription and would like me to consider it for inclusion, please leave a comment. And again, for more information about why this stuff benefits confessional Lutheran blogging, morality, and other worthwhile endeavors, please check out the first three links under Aurous Effluence in the sidebar.

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