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Welcome to the 206th Christian Carnival. In case you're not familiar with the Christian Carnival, it's a weekly collection of blog posts written by Christians from a Christian perspective (including Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant Christianity). For more information, you can look at the instructions for participation in the Christian Carnival, the list of previous Christian Carnivals (although it hasn't been update in a while), and the most recent list of scheduled hosts for future weeks.

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...

At CounterCulture, Denny Burk presents Lessons from the martyrs, a reflection on the martyrdom of Graham Staines and his two sons in India almost nine years ago.

Is "Christ-follower" a euphemism for "Christian"? Steve reflects on this question in The restoration of "Christian" at faithdoubt.

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."

Shaun Connell explains the need for rational apologetics in The State of American Apologetics at Reason and Capitalism.

Matthew Paulson presents 4 Reasons to Become a Generous Giver posted at American Consumer News.

This week at Light Along the Journey John takes a look at the surgical treatment of souls with his post The Knife and the Bandage.

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.

Is SwordSearcher 5 worth the money? Warren Kelly at View From The Pew thinks maybe not. See Software Review: SwordSearcher 5.

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.

Dana presents Adventures in fundamentalism posted at Principled Discovery.

William Meisheid has some thoughts on the New Year and the Gospel of hope in Thoughts For A New Year at Beyond The Rim....

Bill presents Wealth Principles posted at The Covenant Blessing.

Richard H. Anderson presents Chalking the doors posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.

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.

Thom of Everyday Liturgy writes on 10 Everyday Spiritual Resolutions we can all follow during the New Year to build a well-rounded spiritual life.

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.

Diane R asks if the emergents are into a "new" type of legalism in Is This the New Legalism? at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet.

Smiley presents Failing Is A Good Thing posted at The Journey to 10,000 Steps.

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.

Late submissions:

The View From Her presents The Power of "Belong", with two formulas to understand the impact of belonging in the life of an unbeliever.

Henry Michael Imler presents What is Postmodernity? posted at Theology for the Masses.

Vandelay Website Design has a new years devotional about the fresh start that we are given with each year in A Year of New Beginnings at Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

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:

Samantha at Uncle Sam's Cabin asks an interesting question about a change in how the media have introduced U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in Which is more important to you?

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.


Thanks for doing this. For some reason, my post wasn't included. I received an automatic e-mail response on Monday, indicating that the submission had been received.

In case this comment doesn't include the link, the post was the one from January 7, 2008.

Martin, the submissions account received your message and did not file it in the spam folder. It was easy to locate. I'm not sure why it didn't forward it to me, but I never got it. It didn't end up in the spam folder in my account, either. This seems to be a repeat problem for you for some reason, but I have no idea what's causing it.

I've checked to see if any other posts didn't make it to my account, and I didn't notice any. But please feel free to correct me if I missed anything.

Thanks for the Carnival. Helpful and fun.

A list of previous Christian Carnivals is also available at:

This is a great looking carnival. Thanks for including my post. I'm headed off now to go read some others.

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