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BBOV: Growth and Change
The Big Blogroll O' Vark®™©
Thanks to all those who continue to blog, particularly to our new additions and to those who keep me posted about changes. We have a six brand new entries, one that's returned after a brief absence, two with new URLs, and one that's being removed from the Big Blogroll O' Vark®™©
after renouncing the Evangelical Catholic confession for Eastern Orthodoxy.
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
in Firefox or View | Source
in Internet Explorer).NEW ARRIVALS
† T. Emmett Bramwell
— a Lutheran fiction writer confessing the faith
† From One We Can Judge the Rest
— Lutheran refugee from Evangelicalism
† Ichabod, The Glory Is Departed
— Countering the similarly named blog of Gregory L. Jackson
† Southern Lutheran Kantor
— Church music and Lutheran theology; grits optional
† Speak With Me
— Brenda Chryst, Lutheran mom and pastor's wife
— Seeking "a constructive, Christ-centered conversation about worship"CHANGE AND REVIVAL
† Nerd Heaven
— New URL
† This Side of the Pulpit
— New URL
— Newly reactivatedSAYONARA
†  The Children of God
— Gone EastFINALLY ...
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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+ The Holy Prophet Isaiah +
6 July, Old TestamentIsaiah
son of Amoz is considered to be the greatest of the writing prophets and is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament prophet. His name means "Yahweh [the Lord
] saves." Isaiah prophesied to the people of Jerusalem and Judah from about 740 B.C. to 700 B.C. and was a contemporary of the prophets Amos
, and Micah
Isaiah was a fierce preacher of God's Law, condemning the sin of idolatry. He was also a comforting proclaimer of the Gospel, repeatedly emphasizing the Lord
's grace and forgiveness. For this he is sometimes called the "Evangelist of the Old Testament." No prophet more clearly prophesied about the coming Messiah and his saving kingdom. He foretold the Messiah's miraculous birth (Isaiah 7:14
), his endless reign (2:1-5
), and his public ministry (61:1-3
), but most notably his "Suffering Servant" role and atoning death (52:13-53:12
The apostle John's description of Isaiah, that Isaiah saw Jesus' glory and spoke of Him (John 12:41
), is an apt summary of Isaiah's prophetic ministry.Hymn: Isaiah, Mighty Seer
Isaiah, mighty seer, in days of old
The Lord of all in Spirit did behold
High on a lofty throne, in splendor bright,
With flowing train that filled the Temple quite.
Above the throne were stately seraphim,
Six wings had they, these messengers of Him.
With twain they veiled their faces, as was meet,
With twain in reverent awe they hid their feet,
And with the other twain aloft they soared,
One to the other called and praised the Lord:
"Holy is God, the Lord of Sabaoth!
Holy is God, the Lord of Sabaoth!
Holy is God, the Lord of Sabaoth!
Behold, His glory filleth all the earth!"
The beams and lintels trembled at the cry,
And clouds of smoke enwrapped the throne on high. (from Isaiah 6:1-4
)Canticle: Isaiah 12
You will say in that day:
"I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation."
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day:
"Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."
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