Christian Carnival CLXVIII Plug

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The 168th Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Matt Jones' Random Acts of Verbiage. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Normally, the second step is to select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Since we missed a couple weeks, the post can be from the last three weeks (i.e. from midnight on Tuesday March 27 through midnight April 17). Then do the following:

Send your submission to matt510 ATT gmail DOTT com.

Please submit only one post (per blog, per author) dated since the last Christian Carnival deadline (i.e. something posted since midnight EDT Tuesday night, March 27). If you are able to do so, please submit your information in Times New Roman 12pt font, preferably in plain text. The uniformity will save time for the host. Include the following information in your submission:

1. The name of your blog and a link to your main site. (Adding the name with a hyperlink would be a nice courtesy to the host.)
2. The title of your post and the URL of the post. (Again, adding the title with a hyperlink would be helpful.)
3. If you want a trackback, include a trackback link. (Tracking back is optional. Some hosts may oblige you; others may not have the time or ability.)
4. Include a short (one or two sentence) description of the post. Your description may be edited by the host, but many hosts often use just what you give them. (So don't say anything you wouldn't want published.)

The deadline for submissions is midnight EDT Tuesday night, April 17. Be aware that hosts have the option of limiting the Christian Carnival to the first 40 (or 50) acceptable entries. Most hosts do not do this, and many weeks do not have that many posts, but this is a good reason to enter early just in case. Hosts that do this do not have the option of selecting their favorites, so you can't rely on your post being good.

You can see the more extended instructions on post submissions here. Don't forget to encourage a friend to contribute and have them stop by and join the Christian Carnival mailing list for regular updates regarding submission info and hosting for future Christian Carnivals. (I believe this is still working, but I'm not 100% sure anymore.)

Disclaimer: As the goal of this Carnival is to highlight Christian thought in the blogosphere, entries will be limited to blogs that share that goal. Posts strictly focused on matters unrelated to Christianity or from blogs with potentially offensive material that Christians may not want to link to may end up being rejected, but there are other carnivals that would be a more appropriate for such posts. Though this will be a judgment call on the part of the week's host or the carnival's organizer, and being human they may make mistakes, this is necessary given that the Christian Carnival is sometimes quite large, and it is sometimes questionable whether the entrants are seeking to promote Christian thought.


Hi Jeremy,

This is going to sound picky, but I don't suppose you could adjust the way you refer to time to reflect the worldwide part of the Worldwide Web? I had to look EDT up!

Of course, you may just be using the same way the Christian Carnival uses to refer to the time. In that case, I'd like to suggest the same for the Christian Carnival. Then I might actually get a submission in on time :).

The timezone Dory chose was Eastern Standard, and since it's in daylight saving time right now it officially gets called EDT. If I can remember how to convert it to anything else, I might begin incorporating that into future posts. Since it changes twice a year, I never remember how many hours off it is from GMT, which is probably the easiest for most people to convert from.

The carnival is still open for posts, by the way. Matt has extended the deadline until Friday, since only seven posts were submitted on time. Many hosts are willing to accept late submissions also. It's not guaranteed, but I've often forgotten and remembered the next day. Only once was my submission rejected because of lateness.

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