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Thinking Blogger Award

Well, thanks to David for tagging me with the ultimate theo-blogger honor: The Thinking Blogger Award. David, I knew I could always count on those five bucks keeping you in my corner.

At any rate, and in all seriousness, here are five theo-blogs which I would recommend for their helpfulness in stimulating critical thought and theological engagement. Now, of course I must admit that there are a number of blogs that I would recommend that have already been tagged. This, however gives me the chance to show some loyalty to new blogs, and particularly ones by fellow Portlanders.

1. Loretta’s Basement

This is the blog of friend, and former fellow bookstore worker, Adam McInturf. Adam writes a lot on theology, literature, and music, all of which is worthy reading. His writings on Flannery O’Connor and the atonement are particularly thought provoking. Adam is also one of my go-to guys for accurate restaurant information here in Portland.

2. Flying Farther

Here is the blog of friend, and also former fellow bookstore worker, David Horstkoetter. David is a student at Union Seminary in New York and is an avid reader of Stanley Hauerwas, John Yoder, Jurgen Moltmann and most recently, Johannes Baptist Metz. His blog contains some fascinating posts, particularly about the theology of the Kingdom of God.

3. A Greater Courage

While not a former bookstore worker, Derrick Peterson is a very frequent bookstore customer and a voracious reader. He’s my local Pannenberg expert, having read most of his works (or at least a lot more than anyone else I know). His blogs often have to do with trinitarian theology and christology. But be warned: Prepare for LONG posts if you venture to this venerable blog!

4. Fallen into Knowledge

This the blog of fellow Portlander and bibliophile, Chris Layton. Chris knows more about hermeneutics (theological and philosophical) and literary criticism than I could ever hope to scratch the surface of. He also writes on topics related to Christian living, rural and sustainable life and political theology. This a blog definitely worth checking out.

5. The Stumbling Block

While fellow former Multnomah student, Bobby Grow and I have our share of healthy debates, this is definitely a blog that will stimulate some critical thinking about a variety of theological topics. Bobby writes a lot on trintarianism, soteriology, hermeneutics, and medieval and patristic theology. For those of you that want to meet a conservative evangelical who is also a critical thinker and very theologically engaged, this may be the place for you.


  1. bobby grow wrote:

    Thank you Halden!

    It’s unfortunate I didn’t get to know you while at Multnomah. I think you were still in the under-grad when I was finishing at the seminary. I knew who you were, I would see you hanging with Metzger in the halls of the seminary ;). Anyway maybe I’ll stop in at the bookstore sometime and introduce myself.

    Thanks again for the tag, you’re blog definitely reflects top-notch theological scholarship. And I appreciate all of your “critical” points, you push me to think, which is a good thing :).

    In Christ, your “conservative brother” ;),

    Bobby G.

    Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  2. bobby grow wrote:

    Does anyone else think that the little person on the award looks like an alien?

    Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 7:40 pm | Permalink
  3. Halden wrote:

    I think he looks like an alien. My idea is that the award are for blogs that make aliens stop and think.

    Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 7:53 pm | Permalink
  4. a. steward wrote:

    Thanks Halden! I hope this isn’t like a meme or something, because I really don’t know any other blogs.

    Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 7:24 am | Permalink
  5. David wrote:

    Thanks Halden, but like Adam, I’m unsure of others to name since most of the ones I read already have been.

    Monday, June 4, 2007 at 1:36 am | Permalink

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