Welcome to the 259th Christian Carnival. For those not familiar with the Christian Carnival, it's a weekly collection of Christian bloggers' submissions of their best Christian-related posts from the previous week.
As usual, let me know if I missed anything or got any links wrong. At the end I've added a few other posts that weren't submitted that I would consider among the best posts of Christian bloggers in the past week. On to the Carnival!
Monifa presents Can God Help Oprah Lose Weight? at The Love Spot.
A church is offering a money-back guarantee for the tithers. ChristianPF wonders if that is a good thing in Tithing: Money back guarantee? at Christian Personal Finance.
Rich presents Top Ten Men of The Bible posted at Blogger For Christ.com.
Free Money Finance stirs things up with What Could Happen if All Christians Tithed?
At Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus..., Michelle presents a word of encouragement in a post whose title is an entire Bible verse: Isaiah 40:28 - Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
Dana at Principled Discovery gives us On blogging, dirty laundry and respect, about how open to the world those who blog about their families should be.
Diane R wonders who the Christian "Progressives are and what their agenda is in The REAL Agenda of the "Progressives" posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet.
What does it mean to be a Disciple? How can one become disciple of Jesus Christ? What is the discipleship NOT? Bible Study Exposition Online, Bible SEO presents The Seven Conditions of Christian Discipleship, a Bible study on seven conditions of true Christian discipleship demonstrated by Jesus Christ himself.
Mark Olson wonders if there's anything at all to be learned from criticisms of pledges to change ones life or live a certain way in Considering a Purity Pledge posted at Pseudo-Polymath.
Annette continues her series on being a Proverbs 31 woman in Proverbs 31 - high and holy calling at Fish and Cans.
Scott Weldon looks at creeds, in particular the Apostle's Creed via Rich Mullins's excellent song "Creed" in Truth or Fiction at By Grace Alone.
At Tidbits and Treasures, Barbara looks at Teen Challenge, a church-oriented program to help troubled teens come out of drug and alcohol abuse and make a life that is built on the love of God.
Mother-daughter blogging pair Vickie Sloderbeck and Faith Janes present Stop and Smell the Diapers at Sidetracked Moms.
Brian Marchionni presents Asking God about a Snow Day posted at Boston Bible Geeks. I've never met Brian, but his co-blogger Danny Pierce is my second-cousin. I threw in one of his posts as a ringer (see below) last time I hosted, so it's appropriate that Brian has one in this edition.
Don Bosch, of the Evangelical Ecologist, says, "My friend Kate passed along a Parade Magazine article about the ways dogs have helped the author become a better, happier, and more-balanced human being." See What your dog can teach you.
My post this week, Christians and Fantasy/SciFi at Parableman, looks at some reasons for Christians to read science fiction and fantasy and some responses to objections.
The gospels contain insider information on John the Baptist, Herod, the high priests, and more. Ever wonder where they got it? Weekend Fisher considers some of the hints in the gospels themselves for where the early Christians got their insider information in The Gospels: Sources of insider information.
Jennifer in OR presents Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: literary giant, light of truth posted at Diary of 1.
Now for our second teamup of the week, we have a husband-wife pair, but this time they have separate posts and not one cominbed post. First Jody Neufeld gives us Blessed Are Those Who Persevere at Jody's Devotionals, on how she has changed her understanding of perseverance and why it's important.
Then Henry Neufeld submits Interpreting the Bible III - The Impact of Inerrancy at Threads from Henry's Web. This post is part of an ongoing series, breaking down popular views of inerrancy and their impact on interpretation. Though I don't agree with Henry's overall view on the subject, I do think he's much more fair than most people I've encountered who argue for the views he's defending.
Finally, our last submission: Yvette Nietzen presents Conducting a Virus Scan posted at Fresh Wind Ministries.
Now I said earlier that I'd be continuing my tradition when hosting of including some ringers that were not submitted. These are posts that I noticed this week and thought might be worth including in the Christian Carnival simply because I think they're good examples of posts that I thought would belong in a grouping of some of the best of Christian blogging for the past week.
First, Justin Taylor gives a little timeline on key events in the life of Richard John Neuhaus, one of the most Protestant-friendly Catholic clergy ever, who died this past week.
Second Jollyblogger David Wayne reflects a little on his life since discovering that he has cancer.
Third, Denny Burk responds to some of N.T. Wright's unfair criticisms of John Piper on justification. It disturbs me that someone of Wright's stature and reputation could so badly misrepresent someone as influential as Piper and consider it serious scholarship. I don't agree with Piper on everything, and I like a lot of Wright's work, but on this issue it's clear to me from what I know of Piper that Wright doesn't understand Piper's view very well at all if he can think most of these things about it.