Christian Carnival CLVI

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Welcome to the 156th Christian Carnival. I usually put together a nice theme when I host, but even though I've been on break from teaching we've been both sick and busy at the Pierce residence, which left me without much time to put together anything interesting. As a result, I'm going with the old standby and putting all the posts exactly in the order they were submitted, with one minor modification. I've decided due to a fairly low turnout this week to add several of my own picks of good posts from Christian blogger who didn't submit posts this week. Those who submitted posts get first priority in the order I received them, and the sneak-ins appear after mine at the end. Given the low turnout, I will still consider late submissions, which I will add to the end if there are any. On to the Carnival...

Amanda from following an unknown path joins us for the first time. She discusses how her concept of worship has changed since moving to Taiwan as a teacher/missionary.

Lingamish, a hopeless link-addict, explains his absurdly high Technorati rank and makes a pitiable plea for link-love reciprocity. [Note: Some might wonder what such a post is doing in the Christian Carnival. I have a bad excuse for including it. It does mention a few Christian bloggers. But there's also a good reason. The post has a very subtle undertone that I think amounts to a message that Christian bloggers ought to agree with.]

Ruth of Journal of Ruth shares some of her struggles with going to church: "The image in my head when I think about going to church is a sea of faces of looking at me in amazement. That image leaves me in a panic, and I want to bolt the room even though I’m not really there. So, fear is keeping me away."

Weekend Fisher struggles with forgiveness, getting rid of bitterness, and how to apply Christ's teachings to the problem of figuring out how to repay good for evil. Be sure to check out the chart!

Nancy Geiger presents Good advice for Christians in the New Year posted at What I Learned Teaching Sunday School.

Martin LaBar of Sun and Shield says: "Have you ever wondered whether there were bacteria or mosquitoes before the Fall? Whether Adam and Eve defecated before the Fall? Only a biologist (or a sick mind) would think about such things, I guess, but I have. I don't know the answers, by the way, but muse about these and related questions." See The Fall and the immune system (repost).

Laurie Bluedorn presents A Few Thoughts on Two Decades of Marriage by Mike Evans posted at Trivium Pursuit.

At Fish and Cans, we have Sin Begets Sin: "The sin of one man, leads to the boasting of sin in another man, which leads me to realize the importance of an open relationship with God, in the eyes of my child."

Chaos and Old Night offers Luther and the Postmodern Turn, which discusses Luther's relevance for postmodernism and explores both comparisons and contrasts of postmodern tennants with Luther's theology. The post argues that, since Luther shouldn't be characterized as either modern or postmodern, his theology is able to both critique and sympathize with both modernism and postmodernism.

Doug Payton of Considerettes says "This post covers my most recent bout with MS and how God has shown Himself through it." Check out God Is In Control (or "Why I Virtually Stopped Blogging and Why I'm Back").

Mick Dobra of Romans 15:4 Project describes his post: "As we begin the new year, and as the first Prayer Team item, I would like to pray for Unity of the Saints."

Brian Russell from the Real Meal blog writes Embodying Mission, in which he reflects on how communities of faith need to shift to reach new persons with the Gospel.

Is God silent? Does He even exist? Look up! All Creation reveals God’s presence continuously and universally. Don Bosch at The Evangelical Ecologist has this meditation from Psalm 19 on the Word of God in creation and in God's law.

Rev Bill shares an article by Gordon MacDonald about Gerald Ford, Pat Robertson, Oprah Winfrey, and true Christian behavior.

This week at Light Along the Journey John has a new twist on an old saying with his scripture study Not Seeing the Forest for the Tree.

From Participatory Bible Study Blog, we have an introduction to The NeXt Bible, which is from the folks who produced the NET (i.e. the New English Translation or NET Bible), and it provides a wonderful set of utilities you can use wherever you can find a browser.

John Howell at Brain Cramps for God looks at Scot McKnight's ten points about labeling within the church in Scot McKnight on Labeling.

It's been said that 95% of all Christian fail the test of prosperity. In The Test of Prosperity, at Every Square Inch, Andre explores what the test of prosperity is all about and how to pass it by simply asking a few questions.

A View From Her gives us a review of The Jesus of Suburbia by Mike Erre, which considers whether the church has tamed the Son of God to better fit our comfortable, suburban lifestyle.

Mark Olson at Pseudo-Polymath submits Dwelling in Ruins, a post on changing horses midstream ... or something like that.

Should, as some say, the words 'repentance', 'justification', 'sanctification', 'propitiation', and 'flesh' be removed from the Bible because they are inaccessible and not theologically of sound reason? In Words and Relevance: Removing Repentance is Unjustified, at Allthings2all, Catez Stevens says no and discusses the cultural and theological utility of keeping them as they are.

This week's Parableman entry is In Christ, which responds to a post by Wayne Leman at Better Bibles Blog. The issue is how to translate expressions like the Greek one normally rendered "in Christ" in most English translations. Wayne thinks there's a strong need for rethinking how we translate such expressions, and I argue that current translations capture something that would be lost if we translate in a way that sounds like better English.

Continuing the Bible translation theme, our first unsubmission of the Carnival is Literal Is Not More Accurate If It's Unintelligible, by Rick Mansfield at This Lamp. Rick moves back in the other direction by arguing that archaisms in a translation make it inaccurate, which counts against the many claims made on behalf of so-called literal translations that they are more accurate. In some of these ways, they are less accurate.

Ultimately, I think anyone who holds a view on Bible translation ought to consider the arguments in all these posts. Unfortunately people on both sides of most of the disputes are grossly unaware of the reasons for the alternative position, often leading to immoral misrepresentations and condemnations of their fellow believers. I try to recognize that there are good arguments for both sides on most translation issues, and I think the posts in question are all good examples of other people who recognize that but still think one side has the better arguments.

Our second surreptitious guest is Arielle Gazelle of Wildebeest's Wardrobe. In Was Jesus ever in India, he responds to one of the stranger claims some have offered regarding Jesus' life.

Our third ringer is David Wayne's cumbersomely-titled Jollyblogger post Toward Hope: Do [North] American Christians too easily assume their surrounding culture is Christian?

Finally, Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost makes our final non-voluntary appearance with his notice of the upcoming Blogs4Life Online Symposium.

Late submissions:

Tantalizing if True presents Spiritual Neutrality. The threats of the world, the flesh, and the devil have been eliminated and you no longer need to be concerned.

Carina presents when (your) friends conflict posted at Journey to Somewhere, about conflict between friends and how to approach it Scripturally.

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Christian Carnival CLVI Posted from Participatory Bible Study Blog on January 11, 2007 11:22 AM

Christian Carnival CLVI has been posted at Parableman. It looks like a rich list again, and as I have for weeks and weeks and weeks, I hope to manage to post some responses, links, and comments to a number of these posts. Reality being what it is, ho... Read More


Great job! Thanks, Jeremy.

Very nice job indeed, Jeremy. I keep missing the deadline for the Carnival, but you've got a great round-up this week! Looking forward to reading these. God bless you.

Vicki, I'm still accepting late entries. Just send it by any of the normal methods.


Thanks for hosting...and for including my "Test of Prosperity" submission.

Grace to you

Thanks for doing this. I read the post by the Evangelical Ecologist, and the one from AllThings2All, but was unable to comment on either of them.

Thanks Jeremy - very nicely put together.

Martin - comments are working now. :)

Thanks for hosting this week! :)

Thanks for hosting and including my article!

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