Welcome to the 328th 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. 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 the Christian Carnival archive, and for more information on participating you can see this post and the links therein.
I've had a lot less time this week than I expected, so I'm interested more in getting the links together for everyone's posts and less on how I present the information. It's the posts themselves that should matter most anyway. I've been a little more stringent with the rules this time around, excluding any post that's outside the dates for the past week. If you submitted a post that you posted before last Wednesday, and you don't see it here, it's because it's ineligible for this carnival. Sometimes I give a few grace days and accept late submissions for the previous week, but this time around I chose getting the carnival posted in a timely manner over bending the rules to make the carnival larger.
There was also one post whose date I could not determine, and one person submitted two posts from the same blog and same author, but neither had permalinks for individual posts (at least the ones given didn't work, and the main page of the blog didn't have links for them that I could find).
I've arranged the submissions in the order I received them, and I've not followed my usual practice of selecting a few other posts from the Christian blogosphere to include despite their not being submitted. I've had a lot less time to read blogs lately, and I haven't actually had a chance in the past week to check in at my favorite Christian blogs that don't usually submit posts.
So without further ado, on to the Carnival...
Roy Twogood Jr. presents The War of Sugar-Coated Deception posted at OLIN e-Book e-Publishing.
Andrea @ Unfailingly Loved presents Postage Stamp Insecurities posted at Unfailingly Loved. "Could God use my insecurities for something good? I believe so -- I believe He has."
BWL presents How Do You Respond to Impossible Challenges? posted at Christian Personal Finance. A look at how a few people responded to an impossible challenge when Jesus was present...
Tom Gilson presents Rising Above by Stooping Low, and How That Makes Sense After All posted at Thinking Christian.
Barry Wallace presents What are your 10 all-time favorite movies? posted at who am i?. "Join in on the fun!"
Andrew presents The end of the age. posted at Rely on God in your personal development. - New Blog.
Danny presents The 12 Tribes in Revelation 7 posted at Boston Bible Geeks. Rather than assuming the list of the 12 tribes of Israel in Revelation 7 is the same as any other list, looking carefully may reveal something important to the author's goal. This post looks at the question: why are Ephraim and Dan left out?
Rodney Olsen presents Heroin to Hope posted at RodneyOlsen.Net. From being a 15 year old athlete to an 18 year old heroin addict, Jade's life still had plenty of twists and turns to come. She's now an author, mentor and motivational speaker.
Is it "contending for the faith" or fear that motivates us to criticize each other the way we do in the body of Christ? Dave Taylor at Disciple's Journal gives us What Would Jesus Bark? (and other tidbits of tabloid theology).
Ridge Burns presents Ash Cloud posted at Ridge's Blog. When our lives are disrupted, God remains constant.
Michelle presents The Best Kind of Encouragement posted at And She Went Out....
Violet N. presents Come! posted at Other Food: daily devo's. Explore all the wonderful ways God says "Come!"
Diane Roberts of Crossroads gives us Why We Want to Help the Poor. Why all of this frenzy in our churches to help the poor?
Finally, my own post this week is The Author Theodicy. One of the executive producers of the television show LOST gave an interesting explanation of why they killed off some main characters last week, and it reminded me of the kind of thing some thinkers have said in response to the problem of evil.
That's it for this episode. Next week look for Christian Carnival 329 at Thinking in Christ: Christian Thinking in an Emoting World.
OK, here are some of the posts that were from the previous week's time frame (or of unclear time frame).
Bible SEO presents Jesus and Zacchaeus - The Guest of Sinner | Bible Study posted at Bible Study Exposition Online, a Bible study guide on the Zacchaeus from Luke 19: 1-10.
Gina Dalfonzo presents Return to Defiance posted at The Point, an interview with award-nominated novelist Mary DeMuth about her new book, Life in Defiance.
FMF presents The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Introduction posted at Free Money Finance.
Kevin Poulis presents JordansCrossing.com - A Band Inspired By The Book of Joshua posted at SiteTally.com.
Mia Taylor presents 100 Inspirational Tweets Everyone Should Read posted at Online Christian Colleges. "Here are the top 100 inspirational tweets everyone should read listed mostly by current followers. From Christian to Muslim to atheist, there is something for everyone. You can also choose to get your inspiration from a pastor, Catholic, Mormon, or even those who don't believe in God."
Jaqueline Dornbach presents Laundry and Thankfulness posted at The Young Pastor's Wife. This one is in the right time frame, but it had no working permalinks yesterday. It seems to be working now. I had to choose between two submissions. She also submitted a post about unruly emotions, so you can check that one out if you look further at her blog.