Christian Carnival CD

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No, that's not Christian Carnival Compact Disc. It's not even Christian Carnival Certificate of Deposit. It's the Christian Carnival Carnage and Destruction edition! No, it's actually the 400th edition of the Christian Carnival, and "CD" is the Roman numeral for 400.

This carnival marks my last time hosting for at least the next 12 months, and it also marks my last official responsibility with the Christian Carnival. I've been finding too little time to schedule hosts. Even though I've finished my dissertation and will be defending it in 13 days, I've still got the massively time-consuming job market this fall, amidst trying to get some work published and get some papers accepted to conferences, and that's probably not going to be a lot less time than writing a dissertation has been. I couldn't hold on to this responsibility that I was doing a poor job with just because I'd been the one doing it for several years, so I've handed it off to Maryann Spikes, who has already done a great job scheduling for the entire next year. I'm going to remain around for those who are currently doing the work to maintain the carnival, and I'll continue to submit posts if I've written anything I deem worthy of submission, but I'm not doing anything regular in running the carnival at this point.

Some people have felt a little out of the loop lately, so I wanted to provide some links to where you can go for the most up-to-date carnival stuff. You can find the updated Christian Carnival hosting schedule (through next summer!) here. You can submit a post here (something of a Christian nature written during the week before the carnival, which goes up every Wednesday, for those unfamiliar with the Christian Carnival's submission requirements). If you're interested in hosting, you might have a long wait unless you can serve as a replacement for someone who backs out at the last minute, but you can see the hosting guidelines here. You can stay up-to-date with Christian Carnival goings-on at the relatively new Facebook page, which should be a good solution for keeping on top of things for those who have Facebook accounts.

Now on to the carnival. There are new categories in the BlogCarnival submission form, and I have argued on the Facebook page that they are far too narrow to cover even some of the main categories of submissions in typical carnivals (e.g. there isn't even a category for theology). So I've had to come up with categories that seem more precise, and I've opted not to use some of the categories that people used to submit their posts. Also, I like to include some unsubmitted posts every time I host, to give some exposure to the Christian blogosphere outside the usual suspects of this carnival, and I've put those at the end under the category Ringers.

theology

Dan Lower presents Moments of Recognition posted at keyboard theologians, saying, "In which I attempt feebly to begin to probe at the theology of secrets."


biblical studies and Bible study

Richard H. Anderson presents The Enigma of Saint Luke posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.

Christian Amit presents Joseph: Bible Character Study posted at Bible Study Exposition Online, saying, "Character study on the life of Joseph in the Old Testament."

Josh presents 9 Powerful Gifts of the Spirit From the Bible posted at What Christians Want To Know, saying, "Check out this article that describes nine gifts of the holy spirit."

LOCKSMIF presents Study The Bible Not The Sermon: WHEN THE PRAISES GO UP; THE BLESSINGS COME DOWN!? posted at Study The Bible Not The Sermon, saying, "The blessings of God makes one rich, and He adds no sorrows with it. pROVERBS 10:22"


apologetics

Stephen Guise presents Something Supernatural Exists (According To Logic) posted at Deep Existence, saying, "This is my most popular article to date. In it, I present a strong, logical case for belief in the supernatural. Once a person believes in the supernatural, God is waiting there as the best possible explanation for our existence."

Russ White presents Science is no Prophet posted at Thinking in Christ.


application

michelle presents can we ever really change? posted at going into all the earth....

Barry Wallace presents The best blog I've ever read posted at who am i?, saying, "This is the most challenging and humbling blog I've ever read."

Snowball presents Freedom in Christ posted at Rick S. Bell, saying, "Discovering the righteousness of Jesus as a done deal in our lives."

Deb Welch presents Temptation Starts with Distorted Identity posted at Nothing New Under the Sun, saying, "Who am I? What's wrong with me? Dr. Russell Moore writes about how the answer to the most important questions of our existence -- Our Identities -- also help us see the starting point of why we fall into temptation."

Ridge Burns presents Mothballs posted at Ridge's Blog.


obituaries (sort of)

Jeremy Pierce presents John R.W. Stott (1921-2011) posted at Parableman, saying, "some reflections on John Stott, who died this week" 


ringers

Sarah Flashing raises some thoughtful questions in response to recent discussions of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann in On Rejecting "Evangelical Feminism" at Evangel.

Peter Kirk offers some thoughts on the issue of Young Earth Creationism and the scientific evidence for an old universe in God is not the Great Deceiver at Gentle Wisdom.

Scotty Smith reminds us that it isn't just non-believers who need the gospel preached to them in A Prayer for Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves in a guest post at Between Two Worlds.


When Anders Breivik began to be called a Christian by the mainstream media, Christians responded that he isn't really a Christian, which prompted atheists to trot out the so-called No True Scotsman Fallacy. Steve Hays responds to this complaint in Breivik and the no-true-Scotsman fallacy at Triablogue.

Craig Blomberg defends the 2011 NIV's translation of Philippians 2:4, which says that we should look not to our own interest but to the interests of others, rather than the renderings in many other translations, which add words to suggest that we should look to others' interests in addition to our own. The post is Deferring to Others or Keeping Score? at New Testament Musings.

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