The 50th Christian Carnival, the last of 2004, is up at MediaSoul. My The Divine Watch-Setter appears right after Sam's Merry Christmas. The reason she lists me as "Jeremy Pierce himself" is because she originally had Sam's entry listed as "Jeremy Pierce's wife", not knowing her name. It had nothing to do with thinking of me as someone famous or incredibly important.
Those of you like me who never cared much for the tradition of New Years resolutions should read some of Jonathan Edwards' resolutions at A Physicist's Perspective. Now those are resolutions.
Semicolon shares some thoughts from Tolkien's worldview behind Middle-Earth out of the Silmarillion. I've never been able to get through the Silmarillion (actually, I only tried once, in high school), but the part at the beginning about Tolkien's cosmology is just absolutely wonderful. It deals with lots of issues that reflect his view of God and the world, but the one here is one of the more important ones.
Rebecca Writes reflects on the theological background to the phrase "in the fullness of time" (from Galatians 4:4-5) that people often associate with Christmas. She ties it to other statements from Paul about the significance of the total change in reality that comes with the advent of the Messiah, which is in fact an end to things as they were and the beginning of the end of things as they still are.
Off the Top presents some highlights from C.S. Lewis' Reflections on the Psalms. I actually disagree to some degree with a couple of the Lewis quotes Bonnie gives, but I think the first three highlights she lists are incredibly insightful and worth spending some time considering.