Christian Carnival LXIII

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Wittenberg Gate has my favorite post of the week with a wise, thoughtful, and careful account of a biblical approach to confrontation. She spends almost half the post talking about when it's bad to confront someone, and it's all too easy to fall into one of those categories. Yet sometimes it's necessary, and she has great advice on how (and how not) to go about it, being fully forthright on the fact that some people won't take it well.

Wallo World takes a step back from political categories that Christians are supposed to fit into and rethinks how Christians should view some key issues. He doesn't fit into your preconceived categories in the end, and you might be frustrated that you can't fit some grid onto his political thinking, but I think he's asking the right sorts of questions.

A Physicist's Perspective reflects on I John with a call to holy living.

The Bible Archive issues a call not to use the weapons of this world:

Oh brothers and sisters, this is not an endorsement to leave behind apologetics, or politics, or reasoning, or speaking out against hypocrisy�not at all. This is encouragement to look at those methods honestly and see that our power is not found in the wisdom of men but in the power of the Spirit, the very one who has vested interest in the battle around us. We, as co-workers (1 Cor 3:9) in this battle should have the same mind as Christ looking to Him as our head as we do the duty of a hand, or a foot, or whatever it is He has called us to do.

Ragged Edges reflects on the significance of Easter. We take such great delight at the prospects of a mere cure for cancer or AIDS. Discoveries that reduce death by a certain amount are hailed as exciting and as having changed the world. That sort of thing pales in comparison to the death of death. As I started to read the post, it was easy for me to start thing that this was of course true, and we should all know this, so why is he writing about this? Well, because people like me who think things like that haven't truly absorbed what he's saying. Do we get more excited by Easter than by these other things? Even if we do, is it proportional to how much more crucial Easter is than these other things?

Plaidberry worries that Christians are sending the wrong message when the most vocal supporters of Christian views just seem downright hateful. Chad gives extreme examples, since these are the ones the media keep mentioning over and over again as if they represent Christianity. What I'm more worried about, though, are the less extreme examples that really do represent ordinary Christians.

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