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The 452nd Christian Carnival, covering Christian blog posts for the month of May, is at The Chic of Domesticity. It includes my Zadok post.

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I haven't submitted to the Christian Carnival in a long time. For those who don't know, the Christian Carnival is a monthly self-selected compilation of Christian bloggers' best posts of the previous month. I did manage to get something in to the December edition at à la mode de les Muses. There's a special Christmas section this month, but it has the usual wide range of topics from a variety of Christian blogs.

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The 405th Christian Carnival is at Thinking Christian.

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The 402nd Christian Carnival: Mad Light Edition is up at The Bible Archive.

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The 401st Christian Carnival is up at Revenge of Mr Dumpling.

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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.

 
 











The 399th Christian Carnival is up at Jevlir Caravansary.

I'm hosting the 400th edition here next week, and then I'm done with any official responsibilities for the Christian Carnival. I won't even be hosting. I've cut out my weekly announcements, and I only link to it if I get something written and submitted in time for it to go up (my rule with carnivals generally). It's been hard for me to keep up with scheduling the hosts, and it's better left in hands that have a little more time to spare for this sort of thing. I'm glad to have played a hand in reviving it when the person running it disappeared off the face of the internet. (I did find out that she's perfectly fine but just got busy and quit her online activities cold turkey.) If I'm going to have time to devote to my blog, though, I'd rather actually write posts with content beyond just the ongoing project of putting my church's sermons online. It got to a point where I was struggling each week to get a chance to write something just to submit to the very carnival I was supposedly running, and every week or two I had to find new hosts. So I'm done with the Christian Carnival for now except to submit posts when I have them and to link to it when I've got a post in it. I hope that will allow me to spend a little more time writing posts that aren't intended for the Christian Carnival as well. We'll see.

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). 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.

The 127th Philosophers' Carnival is up at Ichthus77.

Apparently some people who are hard of reading have been misinterpreting my post, and Maryann has closed comments. I'll have to respond at my own post.


The 380th Christian Carnival is up at Thinking in Christ.

Thhosting schedule is current through the end of May. If you'd like to host after that point, please send me an email at the link in the blog's sidebar.

If you have a Christian blog post that you'd like to submit to the Christian Carnival, you can do so here. There's a new Christian Carnival every Wednesday, and anything posted from the previous Wednesday through the Tuesday just before is eligible for the each Wednesday carnival.

There's also a new Facebook page for the Christian Carnival, which people have been pretty good at updating so far.

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All these great movies to pick from: Transformers, Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America, Harry Potter. But of course Rey assigns my post to the Smurfs.

Thhosting schedule is current through the end of May. If you'd like to host after that point, please send me an email at the link in the blog's sidebar.

If you have a Christian blog post that you'd like to submit to the Christian Carnival, you can do so here. There's a new Christian Carnival every Wednesday, and anything posted from the previous Wednesday through the Tuesday just before is eligible for the each Wednesday carnival.



The 378th Christian Carnival is up at Revenge of Mr Dumpling.

Thhosting schedule is current through May 18. If you'd like to host after that point, please send me an email at the link in the blog's sidebar.

If you have a Christian blog post that you'd like to submit to the Christian Carnival, you can do so here. There's a new Christian Carnival every Wednesday, and anything posted from the previous Wednesday through the Tuesday just before is eligible for the each Wednesday carnival.

 
 











The 377th Christian Carnival is up at INSPIKS.

We're still looking for hosts for May 11, May 25, and June and onward. See the hosting schedule. If you'd like to host, please send me an email at the link in the blog's sidebar.

If you have a Christian blog post that you'd like to submit to the Christian Carnival, you can do so here. There's a new Christian Carnival every Wednesday, and anything posted from the previous Wednesday through the Tuesday just before is eligible for the each Wednesday carnival.


The 376th Christian Carnival is up at Ichthus77.

We currently have hosts scheduled through May 4. See the hosting schedule. If you'd like to host after that, please send me an email at the link in the blog's sidebar.

If you have a Christian blog post that you'd like to submit to the Christian Carnival, you can do so here. There's a new Christian Carnival every Wednesday, and anything posted from the previous Wednesday through the Tuesday just before is eligible for the each Wednesday carnival.

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The 375th Christian Carnival is up at Jevlir Caravansary.

I've put up some links at the top of the sidebar, including several for the Christian Carnival, since I haven't been as consistent in plugging it and then linking to it on a weekly basis. The hosting schedule is now permanently here. If you'd like to host, send me an email with the link in the sidebar. See here for what hosting would involve. The Blog Carnival form for submitting posts is here.

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Someone's been inundating the comments of the blogs hosted at the Ektopos server with spam comments for the last week or two, and the server hosting the blogs has shut down the comment script for the moment. I've been told the problem is under control and that rebuilding my blog should fix it, but it's not working still. So if you want to leave a comment, please save the text of the comment and try again later. I'm hoping this is resolved soon.

Update: Looks to be working again. Let me know if you experience any further problems.

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Welcome to the 359th Christian Carnival. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of blog posts by Christian authors (understood as those who affirm the historic creeds agreed upon by Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Orthodox).

If you have a blog and fit that criterion, and you want to submit a post for next week's carnival, see the submissions info here (but keep in mind that the dates in that post are for the week when I wrote that post).

For some recent Christian Carnivals, please see:


The current hosting schedule is here, and it's badly in need of more hosts. As I write this, we've got one host scheduled for next week, and that's it. So if you're interested in hosting, please email me by using the link in the sidebar.

On to the Carnival...

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The 354th Christian Carnival is up at Keyboard Theologians.

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Here are some recent Christian Carnivals that I've neglected to put links to:

Christian Carnival 351 at Revenge of Mr Dumpling.
Christian Carnival 352 at Fish and Cans.
Christian Carnival 353 at Thinking Christian.

Here is the hosting schedule for future carnivals.

For submissions info, see here. The dates are wrong for the current carnival, but I don't have time to put together a whole new post for this week right now. The deadline is Tuesday night at midnight EST, and you can submit any post since that time last week.


The 351st Christian Carnival will be hosted this coming Wednesday at Revenge of Mr DumplingThe 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.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:

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I'm trying to fill out dates for hosts starting with Nov 10. If you're interested in hosting, please let me know at the email link in the sidebar. You can see the current hosting schedule here.

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The 349th Christian Carnival is up at Jevlir Caravansary.
 
 











The 349th Christian Carnival will be hosted this coming Wednesday at Jevlir CaravansaryThe 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.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:

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The 347th Christian Carnival is up at à la mode de les Muses.

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The 346th Christian Carnival is up at Beyond Belief.

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The 345th Christian Carnival is up at Revenge of Mr Dumpling.
 
 











I've been sending these guidelines out to new hosts for quite a while, and it occurred to me that it might be better just to post them and direct people to the post. So here are the expectations and instructions for hosting the Christian Carnival. (If you don't know what the Christian Carnival is, see here.) From here on out, this post is directed toward those who will host the Christian Carnival at their own blog, making clear what is expected of a host and which sorts of things hosts generally have freedom and discretion to do.

You should be receiving the submissions at your email address. Someone has the weekly responsibility to set that up every Wednesday for the next host. Basically, your task is to take a look at each post to see if it qualifies for submission. The requirements are:

1. The blog is Christian, in a broad sense, and the post submitted reflects a Christian worldview even if in a loose way. For example, politics, family life, ethical issues, and money management are all valid if there's at least some connection with Christian principles, but a post on tax preparation with no spiritual discussion or some partisan battle in Congress that makes no reference to Christian principles might be stretching it too much.

The Christian Carnival defines its Christianity in terms of Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic tradition as long as there's nothing undermining the creeds or directly challenging the Bible or God. Groups that call themselves Christian but deny the Trinity, for instance, are not Christian in the sense we mean. Questions about doctrine that the three main branches of Christianity differ on are matters of dispute that we wouldn't use to disqualify anyone. This is not an indication of any view one way or the other on what it takes to be a genuine follower of Christ or to be genuinely saved. It is simply a decision the founders of this Carnival made when figuring out which people will count as Christian for the sake of chronicling some of the best Christian blog posts each week.

If you have any questions about particular posts, let me know, and I can take a look and offer an opinion. The final call is yours if you want it, or you can pass it off if you'd rather have one of us handle it. If it looks like spam (e.g. a porn site or a financial opportunity), there's no reason to respond. Just ignore it. If you think they submitted it in good faith but didn't know what is required, it's worth an email explaining why it didn't make the final cut. If you don't want that task, let me know, and I can do it instead.

2. Submissions are supposed to be from the last week, defined as midnight Tuesday night EST the last week to midnight Tuesday night EST the week you host. I usually allow a little wiggle room, but a submission in December of a post written in September is clearly too long ago. If a post is too old, it's worth an email to the submitter explaining the rule and asking if they have something more recent to submit instead. We try not to offend people who might simply not know what the Christian Carnival is supposed to be.

3. One post per person per blog. If two posts appear from the same author on the same blog, you should either choose one or offer them a choice about which to include. (If the author submitted one, and someone else submitted the other, see 4 below.) An author can submit posts from two different blogs, and a group blog can submit posts from as many different authors as there are. The limit is one per person per blog.

4. Most people submit their own stuff, but you can accept posts recommended by others. Just go with the author's preference if someone suggests a second post by the same person on the same blog. This rarely happens (maybe just once or twice that I know of, but I'm not even sure of that), but it's good to have a policy in case it does.

For each post that qualifies, you just need to put them all together into one post that links to all of them, providing the name of the blog and the name of the post. If you want, you can have separate links to the blog and the post, but all you absolutely need is a link to the post and the name of the blog. That's the bare minimum. It's nice to include a description, and most submissions have them included anyway in a form that you can copy and paste. You can just use their description or modify it slightly if need be in those cases (sometimes they frame it in the first person). I generally don't put in a description if the submitter doesn't, unless I think the title is very unhelpful in figuring out what it's about. But some hosts like to write up their own descriptions and sometimes even offer comments, and I've sometimes done that too. Some people work in a theme to organize the whole thing or to order the posts by topic, but others just put them in order of submission (or sometimes reverse order of submission). How you do it is totally up to you. You can look through previous Christian Carnivals at the archive site if you want some ideas of outrageous or unusual ways to organize the material (see some of my own early ones, for some examples), but it's actually less common now to see anything very involved, and no one expects it of you.

The Blog Carnival submissions come with ready-made HTML. If your blog software accepts that, all you have to do is copy and paste from those, and maybe you'll need to insert the description, since I think that isn't part of the HTML. Other submissions will depend on how the person formats it. Most of them, in my experience, are through BlogCarnival, unless the person in charge of that job forgets to update it with the host's URL, in which case it thinks there's no carnival and delays the form from working, which is really annoying. Let me know if you suspect an issue with this.

The carnival is supposed to be up sometime on Wednesday, but if that doesn't happen it's not the end of the world. One time I hosted I didn't get it posted until Thursday night, and since this is your first time I think there's plenty of room to extend you extra grace. But if you can get it done on Wednesday, that would be ideal. Some people try to work on it as the submissions come in so they can get it posted as early as they can on Wednesday, but don't think you need to get it up first thing in the morning. Some people stay up late getting it all done so they can just post it in the morning, and I don't see any need for that unless you really want to do it.

If you have any questions as you go, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thanks again for your willingness to do this.

For those who have read all this and are not on the hosting schedule and would like to be, please send me an email in the address in the sidebar, and I'll see if we can schedule you a week to host. We're always looking for new volunteers.

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The 344th Christian Carnival is up at The Bible Archive.

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The 343rd Christian Carnival is up at Thinking in Christ.


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The 342nd Christian Carnival will be hosted this coming Wednesday at You Can't Mean That! 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.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:


The 341st Christian Carnival is up at Thinking in Christ.

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The 340th Christian Carnival is up at Jevlir Caravansary.


The 340th Christian Carnival will be hosted this coming Wednesday at Jevlir CaravansaryThe 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.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:
 
 





 





This is the current schedule of hosts for the Christian Carnival. You can find more information about the Christian Carnival here. I will add to the schedule as new hosts volunteer. You can always find the ongoing schedule here.

If you'd like to host a future edition of the Christian Carnival and have not contacted me about doing so, please let me know at the email address at the top of the sidebar. If you have particular preferences as to when you would like to host, please include that in your message. When possible, I will try to give the earliest spots to new hosts and hosts who have hosted less recently.

2011:
395 Jun 29 INSPIKS
396 July 6 Fish and Cans
397 July 13 Beyond Belief
399 July 27 Jevlir Caravansary
400 Aug 3 Parableman
402 Aug 17 The Bible Archive
403 Aug 24 INSPIKS
404 Aug 31 MandM
406 Sept 14 Beyond Belief
407 Sept 21 Possible Worlds
408 Sept 28 All Things New
410 Oct 12 Fish and Cans
411 Oct 19 who am i?
413 Nov 2 Codex
414 Nov 9 Ichthus77
415 Nov 16 Jevlir Caravansary
416 Nov 23 INSPIKS
419 Dec 14 Beyond Belief

2012:
423 Jan 11 Ichthus77
424 Jan 18 Fish and Cans
425 Jan 25 Possible Worlds
426 Feb 1 All Things New
428 Feb 15 Codex
429 Feb 22 who am i?
432 Mar 14 Jevlir Caravansary
433 Mar 21 The Bible Archive
434 Mar 28 MandM
436 Apr 11 Beyond Belief
439 May 2 INSPIKS
441 May 16 Ichthus77
442 May 23 Fish and Cans
443 May 30 Possible Worlds
445 June 13 Codex
446 June 20 who am i?
449 July 11 MandM
450 July 18 INSPIKS


The 339th Christian Carnival is up at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet.
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Welcome to the 338th Christian Carnival. For more information on the Christian Carnival, see here. There weren't as many submissions this week as there have usually been, although there were quite a bit more than usual spam submissions. Maybe it's just that time of the summer in the northern hemisphere (where most of our activity happens to be located). As I usually do, I've included submissions whose dates are before this week's carnival period in a second section after the posts from this week. I also usually throw in a few posts that weren't submitted that might be worth your attention, and those appear at the end.


The 338th Christian Carnival will be hosted this coming Wednesday here at Parableman. 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.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:

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