Monday, August 28, 2006

Christian Carnival CXXXVII (137)

I want to thank Vaughn for his idea for this weeks structure:

what flashed into my brain when you said 'structure' was 'a house'... ie 'windows' for worldview posts, 'foundation' for Biblical themes, living room for family issues, front door for work/church related, etc
Hey, great idea. I will use my house. So, the door is open, come on in, I will get you a refreshment, and you can enjoy . . .

The Open House Edition

When you get to the front door you first go into
The "Formal" Living Room
Well, not so formal but the original idea was we wouldn’t use this room much, in order to keep our face to the world cleaner. Now, it is where my wife and mother-in-law (primarily) share their community life together and their faith - and we have realized our face will never really be clean.
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Down the first hall on the left is
My Wife's Dressing Room
for putting on the armor of God to meet the world:
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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The Office/Library
where we research, write and study our own and other peoples ideas and beliefs
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Also, our
The Bedroom
where we deal with rest from our weariness, and of course, our sex life as followers of Christ.
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Last down that hall is
The Bathroom
where we can unload some of the baggage we have gathered, while cleansing and renewing ourselves, after being in the world
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To the right out of the living room is the
The Kitchen
where concoctions of all types are prepared, and many of my children's science experiments were carried out.
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Attached to the Kitchen, is the
Breakfast Nook
where we are fed.
  • Karen Marie brings us a prayer-meditation on
    John 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, "You do not want to go away also, do you?" 68 Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69 "We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God."
    called "Domine, ad quem ibimus?" [Lord, to whom can we go?] From the Anchor Hold
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From, there you can go out into
Our Backyard
where we do have some nature to get away in to decompress and appreciate God's creation.
  • Have you heard about the bridesmaid that traveled over 10,000 green miles from Ireland to Australia? Will a new appreciation of creation help you lose weight? Don at The Evangelical Ecologist has a lot more fact and faith-filled links from "Around the Web".

  • Don also points "green Christians" to a thoughtful essay by freelance Christian author Erica Henry: "And the Lord God Planted a Garden"
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The other direction, is our
where we store many tools and accessories for our life's projects and recreations
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From the living room again, you can go to
The Family Room
where we enjoy entertainments, recreations and games together.
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Also, you go into
My Daughter's, or My MIL's, Rooms
where our lives are intertwined with generations of faith and love
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We exit that front door to take action on
The World
both spiritual and secular.
Thanks for coming by. Please hang out as long as you like - you know where the goodies are now so please help yourselves.


  1. Might I ask why my submission is absent?

  2. Thank you for all your hard work. I love the category you put my post in. ;)

  3. Thanks John, great work. I enjoyed the structure. :)

    You have been added to the Christian Carnival Archive!

  4. Thanks for the attribution re the structure... as long as it is clear that I didn't come up with the 'bathroom' idea :)

  5. Cool structure. Thanks for including my submission.

  6. Thank you, BrainCramps! Being that I am a modest woman, it's good that I'm the only one in the dressing room.

  7. Thanks, John! I linked back, but not using the blogger tool.

  8. Nice to meet a fellow Oregonian at the Carnival. Thanks for the link.

  9. John I sent my submission in last week - Thursday or Friday (I'm a day ahead here). It's not here - I've also now emailed it to your email addy for this blog. Could you please add it to the Carnival. Thanks.

  10. Nicely done!

  11. A nice roundup. Thanks for including my post.

    Like others, I was concerned that mine would wind up in either the 'circular file' in the office, or in a certain fixture in the bathroom....

    If anyone here is interested, I have a weekly carnival on "Economics and Social Policy" hosted on my blog. Feel free to submit articles on those topics. I usually close on Saturday, publish on Sunday.

    Thanks again.

  12. Thanks for getting my post in John - and you were very kind to email about it. I was touched by that.

    Now I've got some reading to do...

    Nice job with the theme and layout too.


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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
9. Give up quietly