Welcome to the 289th Christian Carnival. 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. For more on Christian Carnival participation, see here.
I'll start with the submissions that meet all submissions criteria, in the order I received them:
Tyler Williams has the honor of the first submission that was actually from this week, with The Relationship between the Septuagint and Qumran Psalm 151 at Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot. Psalm 151 isn't in many English Bibles, and it isn't in the main Hebrew manuscript tradition that most English Bibles use, but it is in the Hebrew manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Septuagint Greek translation, both of which are older than the Hebrew manuscripts the English translations take as more reliable. Tyler's focus is on the differences between the Greek and Hebrew versions that do include the psalm.
Brooklyn White presents 100 Tips for Raising Christian Kids in the Facebook Age at Online Bible Colleges. Lots of information there on a subject many parents probably aren't thinking about very much and others might thought about but are overwhelmed with the enormity of the potential problems.
Kerin Gedge submits Bending over backwards - a little look at Christians and Yoga posted at Kerinthian's, a look at how Christians should think about eating meat sacrificed to idols yoga and the religious connections its creators imagined for it.
Greg Chaney asks how we should respond when faith doesn't move the mountain in What's a Snake Doing in Paradise? at the practical CHRISTian. This question always calls to my mind the three Hebrew youths in Babylon in Daniel 3, who when faced with the fiery furnace told off the emperor of all the known world to his face, saying that God has the power to save them, but they wouldn't bow down to his image even if God didn't, which assumes that he might not.
For His Glory. says, "If Christianity came with a warning label I think it would say: Warning: Do NOT Attempt Alone."
Jason S looks at Jesus' statement that every iota of the law would be fulfilled in My Bible And I at Pastoral Musings.
In Diversity at Ridge's Blog, Ridge Burns tells us about an American Missionary Fellowship camp where only 10% of the campers are Christians, presenting some great opportunities to offer students love and hope.
Diane R's Discipleship in Our Churches at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet observes that discipleship has been missing in our churches for a very long time. How can churches effective disciple then?
michelle looks at prison ministry in 08.09.09 at Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus....
My post this week is Jollyblogger on the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, which looks at comparisons between the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah with the sins of other nations and peoples.
Weekend Fisher looks at parables as examples of Jesus' call to make holiness a down-to-earth calling for all of us in Jesus and the humanizing of morality at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength.
Penultimately, I'll turn to more than a few that were submitted for this week (i.e. after the midnight deadline for last week's carnival) but were a little out of the range for this carnival. the Christian Carnival submissions timeline runs from midnight Tuesday night EST to midnight the next Tuesday EST. Anything written today or later for a full week is eligible for next week's Christian Carnival. I'm allowing anything posted this month for this next section, but none of these are technically eligible for this week's carnival. Keep that in mind as you select submissions. Not all hosts extend this kind of grace, so you can't assume your post will be included if it was posted during the time period for an earlier carnival.
NCSue gives us The name of Jesus at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, observing that a lot of Christians are reluctant to use Jesus' name. Is this embarrassment?
FMF presents Personal Finance Bible Verses posted at Free Money Finance, which links to a long, categorized list of Bible verses about personal finance while highlighting a few favorites.
Jeremy Hobbs offers a devotional on Matthew 18:7-9 at ChristsDomain.
Will D defends a conservative view of the inspiration of scripture -- against an even more conservative view -- in Understanding Biblical Inspiration posted at Fundamentally Changed.
Finally, here are some ringers that no one submitted that I thought carnival readers might be interested in:
Ken Brown of C. Orthodoxy has New Directions in Pooh Studies, an excellent spoof of modern biblical studies applied to Winnie the Pooh. Since I've seen someone actually do this serious with something outside the Bible (Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, of all things), I found several more layers of irony here than I otherwise would have.
Trevin Wax of Kingdom People makes a very good point in Why Calvin is More Biblical Than Some Calvinists. If your particular way of putting together theological claims leads you to say that the very language of the Bible is wrong, you might want to rethink how you put together those theological claims.