For this week's carnival, I've done the simple thing: no theme, posts displayed in the order I received them, and a special description only if the submitter included one, if it was easy to come up with a quick one myself, or if I had special interest in it. Otherwise I've just used the BlogCarnival default or coded it for HTML quickly on my own if it wasn't a BlogCarnival submission. On to the carnival...
Sunny at Observation and Principles gives an Introduction to The Gospel of John, the first article in a series of personal commentary on the Gospel of John. Sunny says, "I am starting in John because my spiritual life is sick and I need to return to the milk of the Word."
Enigmania gives us Noah's Ark and Martian Days, which he thinks "lies somewhere between the way and the truth perhaps". That doesn't tell you a lot about the content, though. It's about the creation days and how the Bible reports time measurements. [Enigman has philosophical interests broadly related to some of mine (though perhaps a bit more mathematically-focused), with a blog called Enigmania. Parables and enigmas are sometimes put into the same category, aren't they? Hmm.]
Theresa L. Twogood presents What Is More Important Than What Day Your Birthday Is On Next Year? posted at OLIN e-Book e-Publishing Blog.
Steve Bishop, of an accidental blog, starts his look at South African philosopher B J van der Walt's book Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind.
Martin LaBar's Sun and Shield entry for this week is Where is God when things hurt us badly, pt. 2. He deals with how God's love is compatible with human suffering. He compares God to a parent teaching a child to drive and brings in C. S. Lewis, Job, and Christ.
Annette presents Work of Faith, Labour of Love, Steadfastness of Hope posted at Fish and Cans.
The mechanical modern view of the world today is inescapable in the modern western world. Mark Olson's Dawkins, Angels, and Demons ... Some Speculative Remarks explores a possible path of "re-enchantment" at Pseudo-Polymath.
The Parableman post this week is Confusing Metaphysics and Epistemology, which discusses a philosophical fallacy that appears in such diverse contexts as general skeptical arguments, the relation between God and morality, and arguments against Protestant views about scripture.
Weekend Fisher takes a short look at the first of God's creations, light, and how Scripture employs light imagery to talk about God, the Word of God, and the Messiah in Icons of God in Creation: Light.
Michael at Chasing the Wind says, "When we are so focused on building little monuments to ourselves, we can't see the big picture. God's picture. Communicate with Him first and do His will, and then communications with others is far better." See his Tower of Babel, a study of Genesis 11.
Don Bosch at The Evangelical Ecologist says: "I’m a big fan of Touchstone’s blog and the posts of senior editor S. M. Hutchens in particular. A very deep guy. That’s why I was intrigued when I found (while googling myself, if that doesn’t sound too crude) a book review of his in the New Atlantis entitled 'The Evangelical Ecologist.'" See Hutchens on “The Evangelical Ecologist”.
Tom Gilson of Thinking Christian begins a series on why Jesus Christ matters today; with an emphasis on explaining it to those for whom this is new or unfamiliar. The first post is What Christ Does For Us, Part 1: Our Roots In God?s Plan.
You know them, you skip them: those pesky Psalms with the condemnations on their enemies. The Bible Archive's Rey wonders how to deal with them: especially Psalm 137! I felt tempted to add some more comments here about when I was assigned a communion meditation in a week when Psalm 137 was the psalm of the week for our public worship, but you can read my comment on Rey's post for that.
At ChristianDate101 - Christian Dating Advice For Us All, Chris Scharf presents Think You Can Plan A Day Trip?, about planning a day trip to strengthen a Christian dating relationship. Chris asks readers to check out the rest of the site to find other things you might find useful.
Brian Russell of the Real Meal blog wrote Settling the Issue: A missional reading of Matt 4:1-11, looking at the temptation of Jesus through the lens of God’s mission.
Mike Huckabee's campaign has shown the cracks in the Republican coalition. John at Brain Cramps for God looks at Rick Moran's rant about, and apology to, theologically conservative Christians in Rick Moran Goes Off.
FMF presents Why Religion is an Important Part of Personal Finance posted at Free Money Finance.
That's it for submitted posts, but every time I host the Christian Carnival I like to throw in a few ringers because there are often good posts that don't get submitted. Here are a few that I've noticed in the past week:
Jollyblogger's Do We Need to be Taught How to Understand Scripture? looks at the perspicuity of scripture and makes some important points about the importance of emphasizing that people really can understand the Bible if they just read it, even without the detailed grammatical, hermeneutical, and theological training that certainly can help get the details right.
Alex Pruss's Same-sex relations: The argument from the Old Testament sorts through how to think about how Christians should see OT commands on this issue, making some important points that I don't think are all that common in these discussions.
Kenny Pearce's Hyper-Reformation Theology points out the extreme versions of Reformation-influenced thought, categorizing them in terms of extremes for each of the five solas.
Andreas Köstenberger’s Jesus and Politicians: An Election Primer nicely discusses what Jesus would have to say about the character issues important for a leader and raises questions about the relevance of such matters to selecting a presidential candidate.