I am really pleased to have been nominated by Kim as a "Thinking blogger "
Even better she describes my blog like this:
Sally at Eternal Echoes: A woman who seeks authenticity in life. She grabs hold of each opportunity to hear others and learn from them. She offers insight, poetic beauty and so much more. I never leave this place disappointed.
( go and check out her other recommendations here.)
With the honour of this comes the task to name 5 blogs that inspire and challenge, and make me think- like Kim I list these folk in no particular order:
1 John Smulo at Smulo Space- John is great at provoking in depth conversation about what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century- unafraid to challenge our sometimes set ways of thinking- he continually asks why we do certain things and what authentic Christianity is. Join John's conversations and be challenged!
2. Matt Stone at Journeys In between- Matt likes to push the boundaries, an active member in the conversation with alternative spiritualities he asks some interesting questions of us. His blog is intentionally inclusive and so folk representing many different spiritualities find it a safe place to comment, for they are listened to with respect.
3 Phil Wyman at Square No More- Phil is another questioner and boundary challenger- he lives and blogs an authentic Christian message whilst challenging us to break out of our comfortable boxes and engage with the world around us. His recent post on a friends funeral is both moving and challenging.
4. I guess this is cheating- but it is impossible to pick one out- my fellow Revgals ( and guys)- members of the revgal blog ring never cease to challenge and provoke thought. Sharing from the fun stuff like Friday Fives through to more serious book discussions , Tuesdays lectionary Leanings, and Saturdays Preacher Parties are all inspiring and it is good to be part of a wide ranging discussion. If you are a revgal and reading this consider yourself tagged- leave a comment and tell us if you are going to take up the challenge of naming 5 blogs that make you think! as a starter lets hear from you Abi, Songbird, Lorna, Shawana, and Laura....
5. Dave Faulkner; Life Spirituality, everything...-a Methodist Minister from Chelmsford- who provides a wide ranging conversation on spirituality and Christian living today- he also produces good links to resources , and blogs some excellent and thought provoking sermons.
Like Kim, I would ideally nominate everyone in my blogroll- but two people who need a quick mention are Paul- from Turbulent Cleric, who comments regularly on national and global politics/ events, and Mike from Mikes musings who produces thoughtful theological gems from a grounded perspective of a busy family and working life.
Oops I seem to have broken/ stretched the rules ( hmmm what a surprise) but here they are anyway:
The participation rules are simple:
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).