It is an exciting time for the Christian Carnival: Dory's absence has led to a flowering of ideas and an explosion of structural items for the Carnival. I will discuss some of these features interspersed among the posts.
The overall thought that I have is that God is so Good. Many people have jumped up almost simultaneously to re-build the structures that we no longer had access to; and, rather than compete, we have supported each other in whatever ideas have arisen. It be cool, as are this set of submissions. The posts, BTW, are in order of receipt.
We have set up a new Google Group - Christian Carnival II - as a notification list to tell folks who the next host is, where to send the submissions, and when the Carnival is posted. Even if you on not own a blog (or never intend to submit to the Carnival), but you would like to be notified of where and when the Carnival will be posted, please go and join this group. Incidentally, there is no reason to join if you pick the "no email" option: you do not have to be a member to read the notices at the site; and the only purpose of the Google Group is email notification about the Carnival.
All messages to the group are moderated except for those of the moderators; and the current host. Incidentally, there are five "owners" of this group with equal access - we will not lose access to it if one person is no longer available. Once you join, you will be able to see how to send messages to the group (which, again, will be moderated)
Now, we just need those who read the Carnival to join the Google Group; and enjoy the next set of posts.
Abortion is justified by saying the aborted fetus is not a human being, just a blob of tissue. Slavery was justified was saying that the slave was not a human being, but something less than human.
There is also one email to send all submissions for the Carnival to. The moderators will make sure the forwarding is flipped when it should be flipped. Again, there are five moderators to make sure these tasks are done.
So, again, send all submissions to the Christian Carnival to the gmail email. Back to our program.
the claim that the Supreme Court's upholding of the partial-birth abortion ban is just religiously-motivated, along with a reflection on a different view of constitutional issues taken in this decision as opposed to previous ones.
I was recently Chrismated into the Orthodox church. In the Orthodox church Chrismation is a sacrament associated with Baptism for which Confirmation might be a analogue in the Western church. In this essay I discuss that event and some of what I went through before that event.
This post re-opens old controversies and is nearly guaranteed to raise tempers among both Lutherans and Roman Catholics. I have to respectfully ask the Roman Catholics to pass over this conversation as a matter internal to Lutherans.
Christian Carnival Forum
One of the blessings of the current situation is that Nick Queen, the original founder of the Christian Carnival, is actively involved again - and came up (with help from others) with the Christian Carnival Forum. It is a bulletin board type site, and it allows the scope of the Carnival to expand greatly - the ideas for its use are just beginning to be explored. Go visit, look around at some of the discussions, and give your ideas.
Practically, it is serving three real functions right now:
- A place to discuss how, why, and when we are going to use these new tools
- A place to volunteer to host a future Carnival
- A place to link posts that will, or could, not, for one reason or other, be submitted to the Carnival - but would be of interest to Carnival readers
I am sure more uses are coming - how would you use it? To paraphrase an old TV show: "We have re-built it; and it is stronger than ever".
Now, all you need to do is enjoy it - and here is the last set of posts for just that purpose.
As our month of posts about life in an African village ends we finally have a snake story and it's a big one! It has a happy ending (but not for the snake).
“He will not live the day,” he said. “You have a decision to make, and I need to know now."