Welcome to the 136th Christian Carnival. For information on what the Christian Carnival is, see here. I've decided to arrange the posts this time according to Psalm 136, using the NET. I'm not sure if I like every aspect of this translation, but it's very hard to capture the meaning of 'hesed', which refers to God's covenant love and loyalty for his people (and derivatively of his people's covenant love and loyalty for each other). I like how the NET handles that, translating it as "loyal love".
As always with carnival themes, carnival entries have to go in the best-fitting place for the entry in question, and sometimes the fit is not very good at all. It's first come first serve as well, so earlier posts have a better chance of being placed with a verse that fits more closely. Also, I'll try not to comment much, especially when I disagree with a post, even if that means I've allowed a description that I find somewhat inaccurate or misleading. There's a great deal of variety here in style, content, and viewpoint, and I hope you find enough here to be worth your time no matter where you're coming from.
136:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his loyal love endures.
Tyler Williams has Textual Criticism in Action at Codex Blogspot. [I couldn't put his first choice post into the carnival itself, since it's one day too old, but you could check out his My Top
10 12 Spiritually Significant U2 Songs in case the textual criticism is too technical for you.]
136:2 Give thanks to the God of gods, for his loyal love endures.
136:3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his loyal love endures,
136:4 to the one who performs magnificent, amazing deeds all by himself, for his loyal love endures,
Next up is Great Brands: High Love; High Respect posted at Jack Yoest. "Tom McMahon's 4-Block World is proof that truth is simple as salt and sells. Tom points us to the block to be in for us marketing guys positioning a brand: Love and Respect. Love and Respect. Ying and Yang. Nuts and Bolts. Male and Female. Like Sex."
136:5 to the one who used wisdom to make the heavens, for his loyal love endures,
Dana at Principled Discovery presents Higher Education and the Roots of the "Envy of the World", a look at the history of American education in light of the recent report by the Department of Education concerning higher education.
136:6 to the one who spread out the earth over the water, for his loyal love endures,
Amanda at Imago Dei says, "The textbooks say the earth is billions of years old. Jesus said Adam was the beginning. Was Jesus lying? Did he not understand modern science? Or was he right?" See Dr. Hovind and the Age of the Earth for her answer.
136:7 to the one who made the great lights, for his loyal love endures,
136:8 the sun to rule by day, for his loyal love endures,
136:9 the moon and stars to rule by night, for his loyal love endures,
136:10 to the one who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his loyal love endures,
136:11 and led Israel out from their midst, for his loyal love endures,
Sun and Shield is represented this week by The Speed of Dark, which is about the novel of that name by Elizabeth Moon, which won the Nebula Award for best science-fiction novel of 2003. (Science fiction writers vote for the award.) Martin says he was pleasantly surprised to find that the main character, who is autistic, attends church faithfully, and considers an important decision in terms of what God wants him to do. I guess I'm more impressed at the interesting ethical question raised by the book (see his post for more). Novels that raise important philosophical questions always grab my attention.
136:12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his loyal love endures,
136:13 to the one who divided the Red Sea in two, for his loyal love endures,
I think Mommy ate it! presents Do not Complain: "My Children and I have been learning about Moses and his leading of the Israel people out of Egypt. See what my children and I have to say about Exodus chapter 17."
136:14 and led Israel through its midst, for his loyal love endures,
Patricia at A Better You Blog presents Managing Stress: 5 Steps for a New Approach to Life: "Live happy, healthy, and successful through adversity and challenges. Learn the 5 steps to managing stress: from everyday pressure to trauma and tragedy, following Matthew Chapter 6- be free of worry."
John discusses the Church Plant: The Road I Am On at Brain Cramps for God with some questions to focus a Christian's ministry and spiritual life.
136:15 and tossed Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, for his loyal love endures,
136:16 to the one who led his people through the wilderness, for his loyal love endures,
David Lorenzo presents What do we get for all our toil and anxious striving? posted at The Career Intensity Blog.
136:17 to the one who struck down great kings, for his loyal love endures,
In Why a Christian cannot be a pacifist, Vons Takes argues that the Christian cannot only not be a pacifist but that it is immoral for a Christian to do anything than other actively support one's state in all of its legitimate aims, in all of its authorized stately functions.
Barbara at Tidbits and Treasures says "When you live for Christ, you will undergo a certain amount of persecution. But, Matthew tells us those that are persecuted for righteousness' sake will be blessed!" about her post Persecution of Christians.
136:18 and killed powerful kings, for his loyal love endures,
136:19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his loyal love endures,
136:20 Og, king of Bashan, for his loyal love endures,
The Parableman post for this carnival is Gift of Singleness, which follows up on a post by Andreas Kostenberger on singleness in the Bible. The two issues here are (1) a trajectory across scripture from a marriage norm to a singleness norm, with the church age in tension between the two and (2) an ambiguity in what the term 'gift of singleness' can refer to.
136:21 and gave their land as an inheritance, for his loyal love endures,
136:22 as an inheritance to Israel his servant, for his loyal love endures,
136:23 to the one who remembered us when we were down, for his loyal love endures,
How do you prepare for the week? Most of us often roll into Mondays with a lethargic, uninspired attitude. Andre at Every Square Inch sends in Preparing for Mondays, which explores how George Mueller, the 19th century pastor prepared for his week and how we can apply this in our lives.
136:24 and snatched us away from our enemies, for his loyal love endures,
How should a Christian react when someone from another religion insults the faith and those that practise it? This is something Malaysians have to deal with carefully. Journal of Ruth at Journal of Ruth presents When your faith is insulted.
136:25 to the one who gives food to all living things, for his loyal love endures.
136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his loyal love endures!
Finally, we have Kenny Pearce's Dealing With Old Testament Quotations in New Testament Translation, which is about how Bible translators should handle Old Testament quotations in the New Testament when the Hebrew of the OT passage differs from the Greek translation that the NT author is quoting.