I’m Flattered

Simon Carey Holt over at Simply Simon has nominated me for a Thinking Blogger Award.  This meme originated here.  Thank you Simon, I am flattered, not least by the reasons given for the nomination:

Fellow Baptist and New Testament Scholar Sean Winter teaches at
Northern Baptist College in the UK. His blog provides a kind of meeting
place for Baptist bloggers, a gathering of resources and a continuous
(though sometimes spasmodic!) stream of thoughtful reflections.

Well, the bit about being spasmodic is right.  Whether or not Sean the Baptist functions as a kind of meeting place for Baptist bloggers I am not so sure, but I am chuffed to think that others might see it in this way.

The rules of participation in the award are:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

My understanding is that, therefore, I cannot reciprocate (although Simply Simon is often thought provoking and I still plan to piggy back on one of Simon’s posts with a comment about a Micheal O’Siadhail poem that means a lot to me).  Here are my 5 tags to blogs that make me think:

A Word at the Barricades: Stuart Blythe is everything that a Baptist blogger should be: gospel focussed, prophetic, theologically informed and reluctant to take himself too seriously.

Living Wittily: Some may think that my nomination of Jim Gordon’s blog alongside Stuart’s is a simple act of attempted ingratiation in anticipation of our College Staff Retreat with them in a few weeks time.  It is that, but much more.  Not only do I love the title, and find much that is thoughtful and moving in Jim’s writing but the opening post of this blog (well it is the 3rd post, but its the one that explains the title) constitutues the best entry into the world of blogging I have come across.

Chrisendom: Chris Tilling may have been nominated by others, but if so I haven’t noted the post.  Demented, offbeat, surreal, informed, articulate, passionate, but above and beyond all of those things, funny.  Chris has made me think (although, frankly that stuff about the referent of kurios in 2 Corinthians 3.16-18, I mean…who cares!) but above all has made me laugh, not least through his creativity that enabled me to view my Doktorvater in a whole new light.

A New Testament Student: because I wish I had Josh in my classes (and nominating Mark Goodacre would be too obvious, and he is a friend).

The Fire and the Rose: because our talk about God matters (and surely Ben Myers at Faith and Theology has already been nominated)