2009 SBC Voices BLOG MADNESS: Round #2

by Tony K on March 22, 2009 · 41 comments

This round has closed – go vote in the 2009 final.

The first round had all the drama I expected – but it’s time to move on to round two. Below are the top four blogs from each division. Everyone who made it has a fresh start. The winner of each bracket will advance to the final four. If your blog is out, why not throw your social media muscle behind the next underdog story?

East Division: SBC Blog Madness 2009

  1. internetmonk.com
    Round One Votes: 633
    Original Seeding: 1
    Technorati Authority: 754
  2. JDGreear.com
    Round One Votes: 389
    Original Seeding: 6
    Technorati Authority: 63
  3. Provocations & Pantings – Timmy Brister
    Round One Votes: 335
    Original Seeding: 2
    Technorati Authority: 175
  4. Moore to the Point – Russell Moore
    Round One Votes: 327
    Original Seeding: 7
    Technorati Authority: Not Listed

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Midwest Division: SBC Blog Madness 2009

  1. ALVINREID.com
    Round One Votes: 272
    Original Seeding: 9
    Technorati Authority: 18
  2. Joe Thorn
    Round One Votes: 238
    Original Seeding: 4
    Technorati Authority: 174
  3. Kingdom People – Trevin Wax
    Round One Votes: 192
    Original Seeding: 2
    Technorati Authority: 309
  4. Confessions of a Recovering Pharisee
    Round One Votes: 176
    Original Seeding: 12
    Technorati Authority: 55

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West Division: SBC Blog Madness 2009

  1. Church Matters: The 9Marks Blog
    Round One Votes: 462
    Original Seeding: 1
    Technorati Authority: 300
  2. Reformissionary – Steve McCoy
    Round One Votes: 286
    Original Seeding: 4
    Technorati Authority: 245
  3. Grace and Truth to You – Wade Burleson
    Round One Votes: 200
    Original Seeding: 3
    Technorati Authority: 114
  4. MicahFries.com
    Round One Votes: 191
    Original Seeding: 8
    Technorati Authority: 80

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South Division: SBC Blog Madness 2009

  1. Founders Ministries – Tom Ascol
    Round One Votes: 440
    Original Seeding: 2
    Technorati Authority: 204
  2. EdStetzer.com
    Round One Votes: 431
    Original Seeding: 1
    Technorati Authority: NR
  3. Confessions of a Pastor by Hershael York
    Round One Votes: 226
    Original Seeding: 12
    Technorati Authority: 23
  4. B21 // contending for the faith
    Round One Votes: 204
    Original Seeding: 8
    Technorati Authority: NR

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Share Your Punditry

I must admit, some of my selections were way out of line. The comments are open for you to share your thoughts. Who had the most impressive Cinderella story? Who was the most over rated?

Don’t forget the prize: The final winner will receive a $313 gift card to Westminster Books via email. This prize was donated by my children’s ministry (check out my Vacation Bible School articles) and earned via the Westminster blog partners program.

1 Frank Turk March 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I want you all to know how deeply it hurt that I wasn’t even in the selection process. How far my blog has fallen, yo.

Frank Turks last blog post..return of the DebateBlog

2 Tony Kummer March 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Frank – are you SBC? b/c I don’t even have you listed in voices. i.e. you’re not eligible unless i have you as a confirmed SBCer

3 Ronnie March 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Baptist21.com needs your votes. Help us knock Ed Stetzer, Tom Ascol and Hershael York in the South Division. Use your influence and campaign for us. Help us knock off the giants and be this years George Mason! Thanks for your support!

4 Frank Turk March 23, 2009 at 9:41 am

Tony –

Wow. That hurts, dude. Baptized @ Northside Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY; member of Harvard Avenue Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, AR. My pastor is Tad Thompson, even though I am now in Little Rock and we are searching for a new church here.

I am totally wounded that my card-carrying status as an SBC calvinist is this low-profile.

Frank Turks last blog post..return of the DebateBlog

5 Tony Kummer March 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

@Frank: I stand corrected – I’ll add your blog to our directory and maybe you can make the dance next year.

6 Frank Turk March 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

BTW: I endorse Ascol for Blog Madness champ.

7 Todd Burus March 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

B21 has my vote. That is a stacked bracket though. It’s a shame all the good ones got lumped together. (No offense to the other blogs, of course; ‘good’ here being subjectively defined as what are my favorites : ) )

Todd Buruss last blog post..Kill the Self!- Further Ranting on the Sad State of Individualism in Our Churches

8 Matt Svoboda March 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Todd,

I agree. I think I would of voted for 3 out of the 4 in that group if they were separated.

Matt Svobodas last blog post..Vote for Evangelical Village!

9 iMonk March 23, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Frank,

Now I’m deeply wounded. After all you’ve done for me…:-)

10 Frank Turk March 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

iMonk:

Hey — I haven’t driven you into apoplexy in almost half a year — which in blog time is like two decades. The least I could do was endorse Pastor Ascol in an impotent act of shark-jumping vainglory.

Frank Turks last blog post..return of the DebateBlog

11 Matt Svoboda March 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm

It is absolutely hilarious how fast Imonk jumped once he put his new blog post up… Astounding.

Matt Svobodas last blog post..Vote for Evangelical Village!

12 Alan Cross March 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm

It’s all about being in the game. I can’t compete with iMonk, Ed Stetzer, etc., but I was hoping to make the top 40 vote getters. I counted. I finished 37th in total number of votes. Not bad.

Thanks for the fun, Tony.

Alan Crosss last blog post..Back From SF, Blog (March) Madness

13 Todd Benkert March 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Tough calls on a lot of the brackets. A couple of the sites getting numerous votes I don’t like at all, but I guess that shows the diversity among Baptist blog readers.

Todd Benkerts last blog post..One more post about The Shack: with "something else" to consider

14 Matt Svoboda March 23, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Alan,

I am with you… I finished at 38th, I think. I am glad to still be in the SBC Watchlist!

Matt Svobodas last blog post..Vote for Evangelical Village!

15 Hershael W. York March 23, 2009 at 8:46 pm

But I think the winner ought to be calculated by dividing his total number of posts written in the past year by the number of votes garnered. I’d win hands down! (how’s that for a desperate act of self-justification and aggrandizement, all in one?)

Hershael W. Yorks last blog post..Blog Madness Round 2

16 alvin reid March 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I am the Cinderella this year. Ninth seed! I wear a big slipper lol.

alvin reids last blog post..Southern Baptists and Being Missional: A Case Study from C.B. Hogue

17 Matt Svoboda March 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Alvin and Hershael are definitely the cinderellas..

I do have to give Hershael his ‘props.’ For posting twice a month it is incredible how many votes he has mustered.

Matt Svobodas last blog post..Vote for Evangelical Village!

18 Tony Kummer March 24, 2009 at 8:39 am

I am glad that 3 of the 4 most voted blogs were in different divisions (iMonk, 9 Marks, Founders). If Stetzer would have been in the Midwest then it would have been perfect.

19 kim March 24, 2009 at 10:06 am

JD
Doc Reid
Founders
9 Marks

20 Alvin Reid March 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

I confess I do not see myself as an “SBC blogger” so much as a leader who mostly tries to encourager younger leaders, students, etc. But as a Southern baptist at an SBC school makes sense I suppose. I honestly mostly write for facebook, but increasingly because I think these days are serious for the convention I love I have written more on SBC issues.

I am honored and surprised to be a part and thankful to be in the easiest bracket, unlike my Tar Heels.

Alvin Reids last blog post..Southern Baptists and Being Missional: A Case Study from C.B. Hogue

21 Frank Turk March 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

I am stunned that Joe Thorn is not doing better. The world does not make sense to me. Who is voting here? methodists?

22 Tony Kummer March 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I should clarify again my definition of an SBC blogger. Any blogger who is a member of any church that is in cooperation with the SBC.

Obviously, we pay more attention to SBC related posts. But just being yourself says something about the SBC too. (for better or worse)

23 Kevin Bussey March 24, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I had to go against Doc Reid? I guess I’ll be out soon.

Kevin Busseys last blog post..Create a Caption….

24 Todd Benkert March 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Would imonk be winning if only SBCers were voting? IDK, just a question.

Todd Benkerts last blog post..What kind of pastor will I be?

25 Ed Stetzer March 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I told Tom Ascol that I won’t campaign. But, it is getting hard.

You are tempting me to sin, Mr. Kummer!

;-)

Ed

Ed Stetzers last blog post..Mainline Protestants: Views of Homosexuality

26 Tony Kummer March 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm

being shy isn’t holiness & self promotion isn’t a sin – unless you’re admitting (by your silence) that your blog doesn’t pass Philippians 4:8

27 Todd Benkert March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

All jokes aside, Phil 4:8 is a good standard. May all SBC bloggers aspire to it.

Todd Benkerts last blog post..What kind of pastor will I be?

28 Hershael W York March 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Ed, you be sanctified and let me be the gutter rat engaging in self promotion. Don’t campaign or I’ll get left behind, and I hate those Lahaye books.

Hershael W Yorks last blog post..Blog Madness Round 2

29 tom ascol March 25, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I hereby protest Frank’s omission.

And Ed, didn’t you promise me a concession post along with a rousing endorsement?

tom ascols last blog post..The Promise and Power of God’s Word

30 Tony Kummer March 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Tom,
I’ll refer your protest to the selection committee. They will give an official response to your protest in the 2010 SBC Voices Annual. You can pick up a copy at your state convention office.

31 Ed Stetzer March 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Tom,

I am torn. Basically, my bracket is between a Calvinist (you), a Landmarker (York), or a bunch of Emergents (the B21 boys).

Ha.

That was fun.

I felt like a good Baptist labeling people right there.

So, I am torn. Perhaps I should just campaign for myself so that a good traditional Baptist is represented in the final four. ;-)

Ed

Ed Stetzers last blog post..Receptive People? (Updated)

32 tom ascol March 26, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Ed:

OK. Go ahead and campaign for yourself like a good traditional Baptist. Besides, winning isn’t everything, it’s how you play the game. Winning isn’t everything, it’s how you play the game. Winning isn’t everything, it’s how you play the game. Winnin….

ta

tom ascols last blog post..The Promise and Power of God’s Word

33 alvin reid March 28, 2009 at 7:38 am

I am grateful to be seeded in the easiest bracket. Maybe I should send Tony one of my books. But then again, that in fact might be sin–buying off the committee. I am sure that never happened in the NCAAs…

GO HEELS.

alvin reids last blog post..Do We Really Want to Pray for Revival? The Cost of a Great Commission Resurgence

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