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Christian Carnival XXXVII

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The 27th Christian Carnival is up at IntolerantElle.com. I finished up my post on contraception exactly an hour before the deadline and sent it out seven minutes later, but for some reason it's under the category of fashionably late. Sam sent her Battle Ready two hours earlier, which is three hours early, but it was also labeled late. Go figure. I've sent in genuinely late entries to carnivals before, almost always with a gracious acceptance anyway, and I get one in on time only to have it marked late!

Adrian Warnock has a nice explanation of how the same policy can be put in lefty terms or righty terms, each offending the other party. In this case there's a biblical motivation to begin with, so it's the sort of thing biblically-minded Christians should believe, and their resistance to the other side's way of putting it is therefore quite revealing.

Rebecca Writes reminds me why I don't try to write comprehensive, systematic stuff on one large topic unless I teach it in a class setting at least a couple times first (as with my current affirmative action series). This sort of series takes a lot of work, perseverance in continuing to work at it one post at a time, and a willingness to cover the parts of it that are less interesting to the author. Her post on God's goodness (i.e. God's benevolence, not God's righteousness, which she already covered in an earlier post) is fairly comprehensive and is a nice addition to her overall series that by the end will be extremely systematic, just as her series on the purposes of Christ's death turned out to be. It also includes a number of things that I wouldn't have bothered to think of that are absolutely worth including, another reason why I stay away from this sort of comprehensive treatment of anything.

Beyond the Rim... has some suggestive reflections on the Greek 'metanoia', which is usually translated as repentance but involves as much a change in mind than in behavior. He explores how radical the change from the natural mindset to the Christian mindset really is.

At blogicus, there's a link to a good World Mag treatment of the problem of churches not preparing students or giving them the resources to deal with the kind of biblical scholarship they're going to find in college religion classes. I think this is one of the biggest inadequacies in youth ministries today, and even campus ministry staff aren't usually well-equipped to deal with this sort of thing. As a side note, I've noticed that Christians who are more willing to see the Bible as authoritative and reliable for historical informationa are generally inclined to present the alternative positions in classroom settings, whereas those who just assume the liberal orthodoxy on these things don't often worry about conservative arguments. I've also noticed that Christiansb who teach introductory courses in philosophy go way out of their way to avoid the perception that they're biased in favor of positions more favorable to Christianity. I've known quite a few fellow instructors who don't have any trouble seeing their course as an apologetic for the naturalistic position that they would say we've all come to see is true and now needs to be shown to college students to be true.

This coming Wednesday, September 29, is the 27th Christian Carnival, which will be hosted at IntolerantElle.com. If you have a blog, this will be a great way to get read and possibly pick up readers in the process or highlight your favorite post from the past week.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are political (or otherwise) in nature from a Christian point of view. Second, please send only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival. Then, do the following:

Playful Primate

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I've gone up in the Ecosystem again, this time only to #96 (as opposed to #10 last weekend), but that's enough for a Playful Primate. Unfortunately, it's again because of Ecosystem fixes that have shifted things around a bit. I was way down yesterday because of the early stages of this update, but I guess being much higher now makes up for it. I'm sure I'm be a Large Mammal again tomorrow.

Update: I can't tell if it's done with what it's been doing yet, but most people's rankings I've checked seem to be close to back to normal. It seems that some people are getting their own links to themselves within their blogs counting as more than they previously did, and that's why I'm at #96. I don't know if this bootstrapping is permanent or just a temporary effect until it updates tomorrow. It feels like a cheat to get so high in the Ecosystem from something like that, though.

UnRight Christian Blogs

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Richard at connexions has set up an aggregator for Christian blogs that aren't politically conservative. As a conservative who thinks political views should not be a litmus test for Christianity, one who sympathizes with the premises used to support many liberal positions without always accepting the conclusions, I'm glad someone's doing this. I'm surprised it's not a less ambiguous name, since UnRight can be interpreted to mean not correct. At least it's not The Religious Wrong!

Christian Carnival XXXVI

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Neophyte Pundit is the host of this week's 36th Christian Carnival. I'm represented with Repent and Believe.

Jollyblogger has a great post called Still Trying to Get the Gospel that Adrian Warnock rightly has connected with my own post that I just mentioned. I read Jollyblogger's post right after I posted my own, even though his was up first, and I immediately thought someone should show the connections between these somehow. I just didn't think I could put what I was thinking into words. I tried a few times to put into words what his post was even about, and it just didn't sound right, so you'll just have to read it.

Viewpoint reviews Alister McGrath's book on atheism. Key quotes: "The true opium of modernity is not Christianity, which tells us that we are accountable for every choice we make in life, but rather, McGrath says, "the belief that there is no God, so that humans are completely free to do precisely as they please." McGrath's claim that Protestant descaralization of communion, icons, etc., is "a little bit like blaming the Wright brothers for 9/11". There are a number of statements about no resources within an atheistic to construct morality that I would want to qualify, since I think naturalistic worldviews have the resources for a reductionistic account of morality, but I agree that that's not morality.

Proverbial Wife argues that even sleep can be spiritual, and she doesn't mean anything weird and mystical.

As a good counterbalance to my Lying post a while back, Rebecca Writes continues her series on the attributes of God with God's truthfulness and what that means for us. I have to confess that this isn't what I think of when I think of the attributes of God. I generally think of the more abstract ones. So it's good that she's drawing our attention to this and its importance.

Mark Roberts argues for the church's role in politics. It's anything like what you might think. This whole series looks good.

League of Reformed Bloggers

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The League of Reformed Bloggers is a news aggregator and blogroll featuring bloggers who write from the perspective of a Reformed worldview. This is being co-hosted and moderated by Jollyblogger and Challies.com. I believe I have the honor of being the third member after Adrian Warnock and Jollyblogger.

Here's a much-shortened form of the announcement. You can follow the link above for more:

Our desire is to provide a place where those who write and read blogs can find biblical, theological, cultural and social issues addressed from the richness of the Reformed theological tradition. If you have a blog and would like to be a part of this, here are some guidelines for membership (see the fuller statement for more on each of these).

1. Embracing the Five Solas of the Reformation
2. Agreement with one or more of the standard Reformed Confessions (or if you are Anglican or Lutheran, and hold to either the 39 Articles or the Book of Concord, as well as embracing a high view of God�s sovereignty and the five solas).
3. Practice civility in your interactions with others.
4. Write about whatever you want.

To join or see more information, follow the link above.

Carnival of the Vanities CV

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The 105th Carnival of the Vanities is at The Eleven Day Empire. In the Star Wars theme he's got going, my post on Kerry, Bush, and philosophical ability has something to do with the way Yoda speaks. One downside of not saying anything about the posts you link to is when they're Blogger posts, and you have no idea which one was supposed to be in the Carnival because the permalink won't work and there was absolutely little content in the description to help find it. I guess the bigger downside is that you're doing little to encourage anyone to read any of the posts. Oh, well.

Fringe submits an excellent post about the parallels between the X-Files and what he calls the X-Files generation. This was my favorite show for a long time, and I think the general idea behind his comparison is right. I'm not entirely sure of the causal relationship, but I think there was probably some connection.

Classical Values gathers a number of quotes and sources to show that President Bush is nothing like what people seem to want to portray him as on the matter of religion. By the end of it, the quotes he gives from Bill Clinton and John Kerry just seem ignorant.

Carnival of the Vanities CIV

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The 104th Carnival of the Vanities is at Silflay Hraka, the blog of the founder. In case you aren't aware of the significance of #104 with a weekly carnival, that's twice 52, and there are 52 weeks in a year. That makes this the two-year anniversary of the COTV. The host graciously accepted my entry on the tensions between attitudes toward affirmative action and racial profiling, even though all the ridiculous things going on last week distracted me from sending it in until the day of the Carnival, so I send forth much appreciation with my trackback.

I've never heard of anyone fisking a political cartoon before, but Alan Henderson does exactly that with Mad Magazine's Bush Campaign ad if they were running against Jesus. The one problem with Alan's fisking is that it may well miss the point. His effort is well spent arguing that the things the ad says about Jesus are misunderstandings of Jesus. I suppose it's possible that the cartoon is intended to show that Jesus is a 2004-style American liberal. I'm not sure. I think it's at least as likely that it's trying to show that the Bush Campaign misrepresents its opponents, and Alan's fisking doesn't deal with that charge at all (in fact it more explains how the misunderstandings would go in this case). I don't agree with the charge, and I think most of what he says about Jesus' words is right, but I need to acknowledge that he hasn't dealt with one interpretation of the cartoon.

Digitus, Finger & Co. reflects on the evil of Hitler but argues that evil is quite normal for human beings, and our sense that he's a monster much worse than us ignores the potential for evil in all of us.

Feste has some good fact-checking on the Cheney chickenhawk claims. The language is a tad stronger than I usually like to link to, but I didn't know about some of these matters of how the draft worked, and it's worth knowing about. I did know that college deferments were not seen by the military at the time as draft-dodging. I'm not quite sure how they came to be seen as that.

Christian Carnival XXXVI Plug

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This coming Wednesday, September 22, is the next Christian Carnival, which will be hosted at Neophyte Pundit. If you have a blog, this will be a great way to get read, and possibly pick up readers in the process or highlight your favorite post from the past week.

To enter is simple. First, you post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are political (or otherwise) in nature from a Christian point of view. Second, please send only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival. Then, do the following:

What the Pork?

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The Ecosystem is all messed up right now, and I'm a Higher Being for the moment. Not just that, but I'm #10. La Shawn is #6. Even so, it only has 8 links listed for me and 12 for La Shawn. I wish I knew how to get a screen shot of this!

Update: This wasn't the last time something like this happened. See here. Apparently it was because of a bug in the Ecosystem software or an update of some kind. The second instance seems to be from an update the the software or something, perhaps to fix the first problem. Whatever it is did something similar, though it didn't affect me anywhere near as greatly with the positive swing after removing most of my links from its list at first and turning me into a rodent (or maybe something lower -- I don't remember now).

Request for Blogroll Advice

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I know some people don't like to be pigeonholed, and reality is sometimes much more complex than we would like when we want to categorize, but I suspect my list of unclassified political blogs could be shortened if I knew a little more about some of the blogs in there that I look at from time to time but don't know the way a more regular reader would. Shortening isn't necessarily the goal, but I want to be accurate in placing blogs according to perspective if that perspective is one I single out for its own section in my blogroll. So I'd appreciate if anyone wouldn't mind taking a look at that part of my blogroll to see if you think any of those sites could accurately be classified as libertarian, conservative, liberal, or some other label. I'm not moving the Iraq War Was Wrong blog, because I believe that to be a deliberate conservative parody of liberal attitudes toward the war, which is itself a complicated enough situation that I want it where it is, but I believe anything else there is open for moving if I come to see that it belongs somewhere else.

I'm also looking to expand the blogroll on race. I've found a few intelligent moderate blogs on race (particularly among Latino bloggers), but I'd even list liberal ones that I find intelligent. It's overemphasizing conservative and moderately conservative blogs at the moment, and I want it to be at least a little more representative. So I'm accepting recommendations for that. If you appreciate a blog that regularly deals with race issues (even if it's not the only topic covered by the blog), let me know.

The third request is for any sites you know that you think would be good additions to the academic blogs list. I don't want political blogs there, even if they're run by political science professors, and the philosophy blogs have their own section, but any other ones that you think could count as academic blogs are open for consideration. I have to find the site at least somewhat interesting, largely inoffensive, and intelligent enough to be worth considering a good academic blog. In some fields this will involve higher standards than others. Any recommendation is welcome, even if I don't ultimately use it.

Christian Carnival XXXV

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The 35th Christian Carnival is at Rebecca Writes. She was gracious enough to include me The Name of the Trinity even though I didn't submit it until the morning of the Carnival.

Siris posts on spiritual alms-giving suggesting that ordinary deeds of Christians can be works of mercy if done from the right motivation, and he lists some surpising items (e.g. teaching doctrine). His discussion on forgiveness at the end raises some important issues also. I'm not sure what I think about all of them, but it drove my thoughts in a direction they hadn't been before, which is good.

I have to link to this notes from the front line post on prayer and Acts 12, just to quote this section: "I've had that thought every time I've read through Acts, but Sunday as I drove home from church, I thought about it again, but this time in italics: Why couldn't they believe it when God actually answered their prayers? (I need to do a lot more of that, by the way -- think in italics. I don't think Christians in general do it enough when they read Scripture.)"

Minis Tirith does a great job explaining the Old Earth Creationist position. I agree with his general account of how to interpret the creation accounts in Genesis, in his criticism both of Young Earth Creationism and Day-Age Creationism. In my experience, Young Earthers see a day-age view as the only alternative to a young earth or the standard neo-Darwinian position (with both of those in their minds refuted by the text), but most commentators on Genesis read the creations accounts in a way that doesn't require a young earth, a day age framework, or any view on whether evolution occurred from lower species to humans.

John Kerry used the parable of the good Samaritan to criticize President Bush, but pawigoview says Kerry's assignnment of people to characters in the parable is all wrong. Kerry says Bush fails to do what the Samaritan did, but in reality it's those who wouldn't have done what Bush did who have failed in this way. I think Bush was well aware that what he was doing was going to be unpopular, but he thought it was the right thing, and I haven't seen a good argument yet that it wasn't. This post focuses on Iraq and thus doesn't really address the domestic issues Kerry was also dealing with, but that's an area where I happen to think Bush is at least no worse than Kerry when all issues are factored in.

Next week's carnival will be at Neophyte Pundit.

Philosophers' Carnival II

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The second Philosophers' Carnival is at Siris. Someone must have nominated my Abortion and Personhood, in which I depart from the philosophical orthodoxy on personhood. I didn't submit it myself.

Uriah at Desert Landscapes has a great post on a new way to construe modality. Instead of basing it on counterparts in other worlds, either concrete ones as Lewis did or abstract ones as most people do, Uriah wants to base statements about possibility on properties we have, such as my having the property of possibly having had blue eyes. I think this is a fascinating idea. Someone I know wanted to do it in terms of actual properties not had by me (e.g. a friend's blue eyes), and I think this has advantages over that but also brings a couple difficulties. See my comment.

Neil Levy at The Garden of Forking Paths has a careful presentation of a number of different factors related to accountability, responsibility, and whether an action can be attributed to the agent rather than some blind and unintelligent brain process, with some interesting problem cases about which I'm not certain I know what I think. I enjoyed reading it, and I think both the careful distinctions and helpful application to cases increased my understanding of what I think is a very hard subject.

Pictures

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I've finally figured out how to get pictures to display in blog entries without taking up the whole horizontal space they occupy (i.e. I can line up text next to them), so I've updated a whole bunch of entries still on the first page and had the chance to try a few different things (including parallel images on opposite sides of the same paragraph). My Jolly award now appears in the entry that earned it, in the post where I first announced it, and near the bottom of the sidebar above my sitemeter.

Christian Carnival Plug

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This coming Wednesday is Christian Carnival XXXV and will be hosted at Rebecca Writes. If you have a blog, this will be a great way to get read and possibly pick up readers in the process or highlight your favorite post from the past week.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are political (or otherwise) in nature from a Christian point of view. Second, please send only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival. Then, do the following:

Carnival of the Vanities CIII

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Pete Holiday hosts the 103rd Carnival of the Vanities. I have much more to say about some excellent posts this time around than I usually do, so I'll put it all in the extended entry.

New Spam Tactic?

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The spammers seem to be trying something new, but I can't figure out what and why. I've noticed a number of comments in the last few days on this blog and the other two Ektopos blogs (usually appearing on more than one blog at once, which is one sign that it's spammers) that have dead links, a simple comment like "nice post" or "nice blog" or "I agree with you", and an email address usually from the same domain as the dead link but sometimes from an address that looks just like the ones I've gotten most of my spam from in recent months (another sign that it's spammers and not just people being nice but wanting to remain anonymous). What's going on here? Why advertize a site that doesn't exist? Maybe it's pre-emptive spam, hoping that people won't delete the comments if there's nothing being advertized, and then they'll put something up at the address later on. Maybe it's supposed to be a test of some form. I can't really figure out a likely explanation. From now on any comment with no real content to it that links to anything that isn't a real site will be deleted, and that URL will be banned.

Christian Carnival XXXIV

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The 34th Christian Carnival is at Fringe this week. It has my God's Image and Personhood and Sam's Single Sin. I have three other recommendations this time around.

As I think was true of the last few carnivals, there's a comprehensive and informative post at The Bible Archive, this time on what happens to believers after death. It clears up some common misconceptions Christians have and focuses on what the Bible actually says, looking at all the passages I think get ignored too much. The one hesitation I have is extremely nitpicky, and that's that I don't think we can be confident of being fully conscious in the intermediate state. I do think we'll have some level of consciousness, enough to realize that we are in God's presence, but I don't see any warrant for thinking we will be fully aware of much without bodies, which Paul says we'll be sorely incomplete without (well, he says we'll be naked, but that's obviously a metaphor because we won't have bodies that could be naked).

Exultate Justi has a great focus on what's important in how a Christian deals with people who are gay. I don't know if I would affirm every sentence in the post, but where he generally leaves us at the end seems to me to be the right place. It's more of a modification to how we should think about marriage at all, and I hesitate only a little in endorsing such a move.

Finally, for a lighter note see Mark Roberts' entrance into the realm of satire with God Sure Has Lots of Stuff.

Blogs4God Mention

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Hey! I've gotten my first mention on Blogs4God since I switched from Pundits to Apologia, which means a different person reads for stuff to post on their main page. When I first signed up at Blogs4God I had to choose category, and both seemed equally good, but I would have preferred a theology category to either. I chose Pundits because at that time I'd done a higher percentage of posts on politics than on strict apologetics. Since then, I've realized that most people choose Apologia if their interest is mainly theology, and it also occurred to me that, even though more posts may have been political, I think my best and most in-depth stuff has been more apologetical. So I switched. I had only two posts highlighted in all the time I was under Pundits, which was at least six months, probably because what I have to offer there doesn't really stand out as different or interesting exept that I'm a white conservative man married to a black conservative woman and that my political posts are more informed by philosophical reasoning than most. In apologetics, though, I have a real diversity of interests and professional training that's much more relevant, and I've actually taught apologetics or material directly relevant to it, both formal in a classroom and informally in home study groups. So I'm under Apologia now. David Heddle of He Lives is the Apologia guy for Blogs4God, and he listed my God's Image and Personhood post in his latest survey of what he finds interesting among Blogs4God Apologia blogs. I appreciate the mention, especially because this post that took a lot of work. I also just realized that I don't even have a link to Blogs4God, so I better go put one in. It's far more comprehensive than the Blogdom of God, though I appreciate the cozier atmosphere, aggregator, and blogroll system of the Blogdom (and of course I like the list of blogs on the aggregator page in Ecosystem order, which puts me near the top). So they nicely coexist and serve different purposes.

Well, sort of. Nick has Fringe listed on his blog as the host this week, but there's no submission info up anywhere. I would imagine the deadline is tonight. Anyone have any info? My computer is down, and the two email addresses I'm signed onto the Christian Carnival mailing list are the two that I need my Outlook on that computer to download, so if anything was sent to the list I never got it. Jeremiah's contact info is here for those of you who can actually email him without much difficulty (which most certainly does not include me, not until at least tomorrow afternoon). He's usually good with this sort of thing, giving a post well in advance of what to do for submissions, so I'm wondering if the holiday has set his time off and he doesn't realize it's supposed to be up tomorrow. I wasn't thinking about it at all until now, because it's felt like a weekend to me still. My only teaching responsibility on a Tuesday is the continuing ed. class I'm teaching this the evening.

Update: La Shawn posted the information in a comment, so click on that for what to do.

God Blogs in the Ecosystem

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Warren at View from the Pew is talking about a potential rise in God blogs once the election is over and people care less about politics, taking his view from a post by Joe Carter a few days ago. Interestingly, he thinks I could rise to the top. I think he underestimates what's requiired for that. I figure I'd have to blog as a half-time job to have enough good content to make the top 100 and stay there. Every time I approach the top 150 because of a carnival I host, the rapid drop begins a day or two later, and the higher you get the harder it is to rise or even stay. So maybe it could happen, but I don't expect much movement beyond where I am now, at least not except for short spurts or as extremely gradual progress.

Since he doesn't have comments on his blog, I wanted to correct a couple things in his post. First, he doesn't think any God blogs are in the top 100. A whole bunch are. As of yesterday (today's update hasn't gone through yet), we have God blogs at the following positions:

47 Hugh Hewitt
52 One Hand Clapping
59 Aaron's Rantblog
71 Evangelical Outpost
94 New Trommeter Times
96 La Shawn Barber's Corner

Aaron's Rantblog is in the Blogdom of God, but I'm not sure why. It doesn't seem at all like a Christian blog as far as I've been able to tell, and it's so offensive at times that I won't link it. So I know why Warren would leave that out. Trommeter Times is rigged, so it shouldn't be that high, but it is so I listed it (look at the referrals if you don't believe me; most of them are internal links). Since it hosts the Christian Carnival now and then, it should count. La Shawn and Joe both blog about Christian topics at least once a week or so, sometimes much more frequently. On average Joe probably does as often as I do, La Shawn a little less often.

In addition, others are so close that they could easily get to the top 100, since these rankings move around.

109 Josh Claybourn
111 King of Fools

I know Josh has been in the top 100. I don't know if the King has. Josh does major on politics, but he has Christian posts often enough, and he's in the Blogdom of God, as is La Shawn above (though for some reason her new site isn't anymore, after having been in it for a couple weeks, but the old one is still there). Maybe King of Fools also has more politics than religion, but he's almost the secondary founder of the Christian Carnival, so there's no way you can leave him out of consideration.

One other factor to keep in mind is that Ecosystem rankings just show how many links someone gets. I get far more links with respect to the amount of traffic I get, whereas some people get far more traffic as compared to their links. He Lives, for instance, gets much more traffic than I do, I think. I have a lot more links than he does. (Also, he blogs a lot about theology and not just about ID stuff. Recently he's even done less ID than he was for a while. I'd say ID is second to theology for him.) Oh, and GetReligion is in the Ecosystem at #1014 with about 100 links. It really should be in the top 100, but those of us who are higher up need to read it more and link to it more, so more people find out about it.

The Iraq War Was Wrong Blog

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I've seen a few people discussing this blog, wondering if it's satire of if the author is just really stupid. I want to go on record saying that it's almost certainly satire, sometimes very good satire and sometimes funny only if you buy into premises I won't accept about those who opposed to Iraq war. I have a few arguments for this thesis, so keep reading if you're interested in getting to the bottom of the latest mystery of the blogosphere.

Weird Referral

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Someone found my site by searching for this:

republican national convention + Proto-Kaw

That's not just specific. It's coordinating two things that probably don't come together on very many sites at all. Was this someone looking for me? It was someone in Central Time Zone. Kansas, perhaps?

MT-Blacklist

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Since Matthew installed MT-Blacklist on the Ektopos blog server, my life has been so much easier. I was deleting 50 comments a day at times with the three Ektopos blogs, sometimes for a few days straight, with most of them left by the same person with many different IPs (the fake email addresses were extremely similar). Rarely would there be more than one on the same entry, which means there's no way to delete them all in one fell swoop. Each has to be done with three separate clicks, each taking a few seconds at least (and on my computer one taking 15-20 seconds sometimes). Occasionally I'd have a day or two with none or a few comments to delete. Now it's rarely more than a few a day and often none. All I have to do is enter the URL and it's banned. No one can advertize that URL on any Ektopos site. It doesn't matter how many times they try again after that with a different IP or a different comment message. They need to advertize a different site to submit a comment. The number of comment attempts hasn't changed. I think it may even have increased drastically. The activity log shows much activity. It just says for each banned comment that MT-Blacklist banned it.

There's one thing that I miss about the old IP banning. MT has such a nice way of describing what happens when someone at a banned IP tries to submit a comment. It says "comment throttled". It's too bad MT-Blacklist doesn't do any throttling. What it does is nice and effective, but it would be so much more fun if it also involved a good throttling.

Update: I guess I have to take some of that back. I wrote this last night and posted it this morning. Meanwhile, someone got two of the Ektopos blogs with something like 20 comments during the night. The difference with MT-Blacklist is that I can enter the doman name once and then click on De-spam to list all the comments with any violations (which should only be ones that haven't been deleted since the latest blocking string was added). After glancing throguh the list to make sure they were really spam and making sure "rebuild each entry after deletion" was checked, all it took was one click, and they were all gone. No more going to each editing page for each comment, and no more rebuilding the whole blog to remove them all from public viewing. Anyone using Movable Type who doesn't have MT-Blacklist installed needs to get it.

Christian Carnival XXXIII

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The 33rd Christian Carnival is up at Trommeter Times. I'm not entirely sure if it's done yet, since it consists of multiple pages and was advertized not too long ago as still in process. My Reverend is part of it this week. I've got more to say about some of the posts in this Carnival than I sometimes do, so gird up your loins and prepare to wade in.

I'm very glad to see Mark Roberts taking part in the Christian Carnival again. This week's is a reflection on the gay ordination issue in mainline denominations, complete with a history lesson on how originally the arguments were focusing on whether scripture allows homosexual behavior but has veered into different directions as those lines of thought have become increasingly hard to maintain.

The link in the Carnival for Behind the Rim...'s post doesn't work, so here's the real one. I was also surprised by the Ben Stein quote: We are puny, insignificant creatures. We are not responsible for the operation of the universe, and what happens to us is not terribly important. God is real, not a fiction, and when we turn our lives over to Him, he takes far better care of us than we could ever do for ourselves. In a word, we make ourselves sane when we fire ourselves as the directors of the movie of our lives and turn the power over to Him. Amen. The rest is nice, too.

Amidst the rapid succession of posts on Christian counseling stuff by Adrian Warnock and Jollyblogger, Proverbial Wife chimes in with why Christian counseling (and not just the Jay Adams variety, though it includes that) can be very good (though some of the dangers pointed out by the Jay Adams crowd about the other varieties are real).

Rebecca Writes continues her series on the attributes of God with God's holiness. As she says, this is probably the hardes one to get a handle on, but I think this is a good explanation of some of the most important things.

Jollyblogger has a lot of worthwhile thoughts that I just can't hope to summarize well in "-isms" and "izations".

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