Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Christian Carnival CCXXII (222)

I looked into making this the "Room 222 Edition" - but I couldn't think of a way to connect the old TV show to a Christian Carnival. Darn. So, the excellent posts are in the order received. Enjoy the rides!

Erich Bridges presents "Truth with a capital 'T'" posted at CounterCulture

Martin Luther King Jr. died 40 years ago this spring, taking a bullet to the head because he had the courage to stand for an absolute . . .
Rodney Olsen presents "The New Conspirators" posted at
There’s an old book on my bookshelf that was second hand when I bought it many years ago. The cover was already beginning to part company with the pages when I snapped it up for the bargain price of just three dollars. It was an early catalyst in helping me to see faith in a different light to the understanding I’d developed while being brought up in a conservative, traditional church.
FMF presents "Thoughts on the Bible, Tithing, Giving, and Faith" posted at Free Money Finance
Today we have a "guest post" from smr, a person who left several recent comments to my post titled "Tithe or Pay Off Debt -- Which One Should You Do First?" I'm posting all of the comments together as I thought they made quite a unique and interesting post.
Diane R presents "The Disabled and the Church" posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet.
How should the church use the developmentally and physically disabled? Or should they?
Renae presents "Provision" posted at Life Nurturing Education.
The anniversary of the dreadful day has passed. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since my husband lost his job. We struggle with the temporary solution . . .
Doug presents "Watch Your Language" posted at Bounded Irrationality.
Many younger Christians are beginning to push the Christian cultural boundaries in using cuss words and vulgar language. Thankfully this blog post doesn't. We look into what the Bible says about vulgar language? Is there any room for it in a Christian's life? Are there some things that should never be said?
Richard H. Anderson presents "Exit polls" posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.
“Sticks and bones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.” -- The Pennsylvania exit polls have demonstrated that this nursery rhyme may not be accurate . . .
Paul presents "Wisdom is the Principle Thing" posted at Life is For Living.
Proverbs 4:7 -- "Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom, and in all thy getting get understanding" . . .
Dana presents "How online communication has affected me" posted at Principled Discovery.
Christine, aka The Thinking Mother made a good point on my post looking at how our virtual lives affect our personal lives . . .
Paul Kuritz presents "CITIZEN KANE: Echoes of Eden" posted at Paul Kuritz: Opinions.
Consistently on top of the list of best American films, Citizen Kane is hailed as an exposition of the hollowness of the American dream—financial affluence and material luxury. Perhaps Orson Welles’ film receives its power from another earlier, exposition - human beings cannot create the Paradise they have lost . . .
ChrisB presents "Prayer and Action" posted at Homeward Bound.
Prayer: awesome privilege and occasional cop-out . . .
Jennifer in OR presents "The Intelligent Lizard" posted at Diary of 1.
My attempt to be funny. :-) About a controversial subject. Intelligent Design/Creation proponent here . . .
Annette presents "Flee and Pursue" posted at Fish and Cans.
1 Timothy 6:11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness . . .
Mark Olson presents "Fear, Loathing, Death, Dostoevsky, and Zizioulas" posted at Pseudo-Polymath.
On fear of death, health-care, and the Christian life.
Jeremy Pierce presents "Sex and Duty" posted at Parableman.
Hugo Schwyzer argues against seeing sex as a duty for married couples. This post argues that in one sense he's right, but he's ignoring a perfectly legitimate sense in which sex among married couples is a duty, one commanded by Paul and implied by the teaching of Jesus.
Tom Gilson presents "Darwin-Nazi Link: Fundamentally Wrongheaded?" posted at Thinking Christian.
Was "Expelled" chasing a red herring when it said Darwin was partly to blame for Hitler?
Don presents "Earth Day Preachin' Misses the (M)Ark" posted at The Evangelical Ecologist.
Grist tries to faith-i-fy their Earth Day blogging with this sermon on Noah and the Ark by Ken Ward of the Unitarian-Universalist First Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Don Bosch at The Evangelical Ecologist says his reasoning for taking care of God's critters doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
Thom presents "The Security System: Everything Must Change" posted at Everyday Liturgy.
The final three parts of my five part review of Everything Must Change will deal more with the application of McLaren's theories to our contemporary world and how McLaren's thinking changes our Christian perspective of global crises by changing our interpretation from a modernist/capitalist/American narrative into a King Jesus/Kingdom of God narrative.
Barbara presents "Jesus must come first" posted at Tidbits and Treasures.
When we shove Jesus aside for any reason, we are letting the devil get a foot in the door. Jesus must come first!
Weekend Fisher presents "Scoring the books of the canon on historical attestation: part 1, the method" posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength.
Gospel of Judas? Gospel of Mary? Secret Mark? There is plenty of talk about secret writings, lost writings, suppressed writings -- how do we sort through it all? Weekend Fisher looks for a way to objectively evaluate the historical attestation of early Christian writings
John presents "God's Hands vs. Our Hands" posted at Light Along the Journey.
What does Little League baseball have to do with trusting and serving God? Find out . . .
John Hobbins presents "The War between anti-ESVers and anti-TNIVers: My Stand" posted at Ancient Hebrew Poetry.
John stakes out a pro-TNIV and pro-ESV position in the Bible translation wars, and gets caught in the crossfire [and see the comments!]

This was another great set of submissions. I hope you enjoyed the rides


  1. Thanks for hosting!! Darn, Room 222 would have been fun - but this was wonderful, I always look forward to seeing the submissions.

  2. I had a crush on Karen Valentine...


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1. The Golden Rule
2. You cannot read minds
3. People are not evil
4. Debates are not for winning
5. You make mistakes
6. Not everyone cares as much as you
7. Engaging is hard work
8. Differences can be subtle
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