June 21 - June 26, 2002
Wednesday 26th June 2002
Bene Diction posts:
Gíday and Bonjour to the new kids on the blog,
Stephenís Blog and
Midwest Conservative Journalís
Editor was not as impressed with the Presidentís speech as some are.
(P.S. Iím a happy blogger! An email from the
editor of MCJ made my day. Shoot, itís made my week! I could
tell you why I respect certain blogs, but Iíll refrain here in blogwatch.
Yes! Ok. Dance of joy is over, back to work.)
Redwood Dragon has his dragon fire-breath, roar and armour ready as he
Armed and Dangerousí
lame blast at Christianity.
Homeschooling Revolution scores an interview with the 2002 National
He Lives and
Country Keepers engage in a restrained and polite debate on creation.
Actually itís a drawn out debate, I think Country Keepers is off on a trip
-posted 12:20pm, by Bene Diction
Join the Party Ė 200 Christian
Blogs and Counting
MartinRothOnline.com is celebrating! And I, the encamped
Canuck, have the honour of being your MC.
What are we celebrating?
The Semi-Definitive Christian Blog List added its 200th
blog this week.
Martin Roth, this is your blogís life. It all began in
I found this on Google, archived from one of our UK
Martin Roth writes:
I've got my new Aussie
Christian weblog up and running (www.martinrothonline.com)
and I'm hoping I might score a free plug or two from existing bloggers
willing to give a leg up to a newbie. Please check out the site. If you read
biography you'll learn how I claim (genuinely) to be the person who
introduced karaoke to the English-speaking world.
I'm flattered that anyone
should think a plug from me is worth having, so of course I'm happy to
oblige. I wonder if we're supposed to thank him or curse him for karoake?
And this, April 19, 2002, from the irrepressible Aussie
TO THE sprawling plurality of
Australian bloggers Ė which already includes anti-war
New Leftists, commie-insulting
booze Hoovers (and
insulted commies), punchy
veteran journalists, thoughtful
Adelaide cynics, pro-war
ex-lefties, and politically-savvy
football umpires Ė add one more: Martin Roth, the
Australian Jesus Blogger. Welcome aboard, Martin. No swearing.
As Martin reached out to other bloggers, some linked him.
Their kindness gave him an idea. Why not start a Blog List of other
Christian bloggers? So he reached out again. And they responded. And the
Semi-Definitive Christian Blog List got noticed:
MARTIN ROTH now has a
more comprehensive list of Christian blogs.
Posted by Glenn
Reynolds at April 30, 2002, 09:01PM
And this from
John Leo of US News, JWR, and Townhall on May 6th, 2002:
Martin Rothís personal blog is
one of the numerous religion focused sites found on the web. It boasts the
ďsemi-definitive listĒ of Christian blogs.
And this in
Gospelcom.netís Internet for Christians, June 3, 2002.
What's a Christian blogger,
and why is it important? Christian weblogs--regularly updated online
journals and message boards--are increasing in popularity, and Martin Roth
found the phenomenon interesting enough to devote a Web site to it. At his
Web site, you'll find a
comprehensive list of Christian weblogs addressing all manner of topics,
as well as Roth's own weblog,
insights into the weblog phenomenon and the ways it manifests itself in
Every single one of you linked in the semi-definitive
list has been a part of cyber-history. Every
single one of you is an important guest here. When I started at Martinís
site a month ago, he told me something I have thought about often. He is the
steward of the list of this diverse and committed group. Blog Watch was
born. Every blog gets read a few times a week, every blogger gets treated
with the honour that Martin received.
Honour: Hold in high respect or public regard.
Now, three months later this Semi Definitive List is 200+
blogs and growing. This multi-national group of bloggers celebrate their
faith from Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, UK, Europe, Argentina,
Netherlands, Philippines and the USA.
To all of you, a very public thank you.
by Bene Diction
Tuesday 25th June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
Kids on the Blog:
Food for Thought
From the Anchor Hold
I Think I Need a Stiff Drink
Gíday and Bonjour to all of you!
Connexion expands on Thinking Out Loudís
post on church growth.
Tim Blair matches Martin Rothís pledge to
Boxing at Sunset for the 24-hour Blogathon.
Andrew Sullivan on the tensions of the summer of 2002.
Mark Byron picks up on
Jordan Cooperís rant from yesterday.
The comments sections at
sacra doctrina about
The Leaderboard are quite interesting.
HealYourChurchWebsite on spam.
Holy Weblog has been busy posting, lots to catch up on here.
Iran changes its marriage laws. The age of
consent goes up to 13 and 15.
continues in Northern Ireland as Orangeman parade day approaches.
After Israeli television executives threatened to yank
CNN off the countryís cable system, an effort is being made to give more
balanced reports. This
idea is similar to the Jerusalem Post and Debka, and can keep us from
being desensitized to the human toll of terrorism.
Baptists and Abuse
Terry Mattingly ask whether autonomous Baptist congregations can deal
with their sexual abuse problems.
Bad TV Is Universal
Italians say they like the commercials
better than most of the shows they get.
petting zoo for stingrays isnít going very well - for the rays, that is.
The planet Mars has a
happy face crater.
-posted 10:05am, by Bene Diction
Monday 24th June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
Welcome the New Kid on the Blog,
Soul Glow Dot Net.
Ideola has a good review of Tony Campoloís, ďFollowing Jesus Without
Mediatoís faith and ethics rant on homosexuality.
Redwood Dragon looks at the richness of Christian intellectual
tradition. While there, check out his post on the death penalty.
Mark Byron answers some tough questions on the Holy Land, then asks his
Jordon Cooper deals with angry emails over two of his posts.
World War III looks at witness journalism.
Anne Wilson on Islamís Rent-a-Wife.
Andrew Sullivan on his anniversary of testing HIV-positive.
Threshing Room Floor is quite the poet.
Heal Your Church Website says good-bye to his Sunday school class as
only he can.
As The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
continue to be best-sellers, Americans are looking at
what the bible says about the end of the world.
Little Green Footballs has a story on what Palestinian kindergarten
children are being taught.
The Order of St. Charbel in New South Wales has been
banned by the pope. Theyíve decided to sue the Holy See, and the Sydney
and Melbourne Archdiocese.
CNN is meeting with Israelís Communication Minister
today. After threatening to yank CNN off Israel cable networks, the network
CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
has details. Link via
putting its foot down with the US about the inventor of the telephone.
No Fever Here
Mark Steyn turns his devastating wit on Americans and World Cup Soccer.
-posted 9:10am, by Bene Diction
Saturday 22nd June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
Aldam Tilao aka Abu Sabaya has been
killed in a shoot out with Philippine troops. This Muslim terrorist
group held missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham and nurse Ediborah Yap.
The US put up a million dollar reward for the capture of Sabaya and four
The death toll could rise in a Chinese coalmine as
rescuers scramble to save four miners. The mine explosion has claimed
111 lives. Chinese mines lack even the most basic safety equipment and
training. There were more than 5000 mining deaths in China in 2001.
The Orthodox Church in Jerusalem and the Holy Land
supports Palestinian martyrs.
Focus on the Family celebrates 25 years.
Lileks has a new one!
MartinRothOnline.com takes tomorrow off. For your reading
edification, Martin has completed putting his book online,
Living Water to Light the Journey.
God doesnít call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Thinking Out Loud has attempted to replicate for Christian blogs what
N.Z. Bear has done with his war blog eco system. He calls it
The Leaderboard. Iíd like to address FAQ question on why particular
blogs are popular but first need to ask him to clarify what he means by
Joshua Claybourn has an interview on the
Seventh Day Adventist Network promoting Hoosier Review, Nickle Creek and
Boundless.org. (needs Real Player)
The new kid on the blog had the misfortune of being
victim to one of my typos. Not a nice way to treat the new guy.
Prinsiania City, my apologies.
Little Green Footballs puts a face to a victim. Read the comments too.
Junk Yard Blog
Iíve been posting how bloggers see their place and their
ideology on blogs this past week.
Redwood Dragon on fractal blogging.
The Culture Curve looks at Christians and closed campuses in the US.
Kairos on the sin of pride.
He Lives on grace, merit and the reformation.
In a Mirror Dimly on the disestablishment of the Church of England.
-posted 1:05pm, by Bene Diction
Friday 21st June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
Catholic and Enjoying It takes on a Nigerian scam artist
Catholic Blog for Lovers
has been away from his computer because he was in ICU.
Send well wishes his way, ok?
Catholic Light tells
Nihil Obstat he is not going to kiss his moose.
Come On Get Lively comment on Nihil Obstatís obsession with spelling.
Enemy of the Church isnít as nice in his post.
Integrity comments on Nihil Obstatís proofreading.
Sunny Days in Heaven got a visit too.
Cre8d has a couple of thoughtful posts on fellowship and community.
Prinsinnia City, the newest blog on the MartinRothOnline blog roll,
Prinsiania the least traveled site on the net. Lets all go over to his
blog and freak him out! (It has a comments section)
Spudlets looks at why more Pentecostals arenít blogging.
Midwest Conservative Journal on the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
He Lives shares his thoughts on blogging.
-posted 4:05pm, by Bene Diction
Martin Roth posts:
24-Hour Charity Blogathon
I got an email from Jed the Fed of
Boxing at Sunset
telling me of a
Blogathon being held on July 27. On this
day bloggers are to post something every 30 minutes for an entire 24 hours,
in order to raise money for charity. Jed is doing it for the
Bible Society in Australia, and he asked if I might be one of his
sponsors (he needs at least three to enter the Blogathon). I've put myself
down for $20. Anyone else who can help should please
-posted 11:15am, by Martin Roth
Bene Diction posts:
The new Archbishop of Canterbury has been
If you are planning to
fly to Europe the next few months you may want to reconsider.
trapped in this Central American country after thousands of former civil
patrollers demand compensation for their part in the 36-year war.
Open Mouth Insert Foot
Israeli cable companies are considering
pulling CNN after Ted Turnerís remarks earlier this week.
23 people are dead after a shoot out resulted in the
arrest of a cult leader. The Philippine Benevolent Missionary
Association claims over 3 million members.
Mere Madness and
How now,brownpau have background on this bizarre group.
More Big Media Weighs In
Another article on
blogs, this time from The Financial Times no less. And the
Christian Science Monitor says,
You Too Can Have a Voice in Blogland.
And the Winner isÖ.
Beliefnet has won a
Webby Award for best spirituality site. Mind you, the Peopleís Choice
Webby for spirituality went to
The Witchesí Voice.
The M&M worldwide
vote on new colors is in.
Would you like some bugs in a
nice locust sauce with that?
-posted 10:40am, by Bene Diction