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Christian Carnival LIX Plug

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Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet will be hosting the 59th Christian Carnival next week. 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.

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. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Christian Carnival LVII

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The 58th Christian Carnival isn't up yet, but the good news is that I've finally finished working through last week's 57th Christian Carnival. You can read about the mixup over hosting last week here. For ease of locating posts, see the Wittenberg Gate version here. All the posts are now linked to from there (though some are in my comment, which you'll need to scroll down for). My submission was Abortion and Coercion. I've already responded to Belief Seeking Understanding on retroactive prayer, so I'll say no more about that now. I've also already commented on Jollyblogger's What Is the "Gospel?" Here's the rest of my roundup:

Weird Searches

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Sometimes I get referrals from truly outrageous Google searches. Sometimes I just wonder what people might possibly be looking for. Some of it is funny because people think they can type an ordinary sentence into a search engine and expect to get out what they want. Others are just searches for really odd combinations of things. I often get searches of the following form:

[name of famous person] gay

This is especially funny when the person is fairly well known for not being gay. It's even funnier when there's absolutely no reason to think the person is gay, and the person never discusses issues related to homosexuality, e.g. John McWhorter. The only reason I come up on such searches is because I talk about both him and issues related to homosexuality.

But then this one came in during the night, and I'm just trying to imagine what the person was looking for:

really really black people

Terri Schiavo links

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The bandwagon is collecting a whole bunch of links to posts about Terri Schiavo. Also, Wittenberg Gate has pulled together the best post of each blogger willing to submit a post on the matter, and she's organized them according to a number of different categories. Altogether, it's pretty comprehensive. I wish I had time to look through them all.

Christian Carnival LVIII Plug

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Wallo World will be hosting the 58th Christian Carnival next week. 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.

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. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Steve at Deep Calls to Deep thinks Christian bloggers are deceiving the Ecosystem. His reason is something I've noted before. When you end up in lots of people's thematically-oriented blogrolls, you get extra links from all the people who put those blogrolls on their blogs. Sometimes people will have a few of them in their sidebar, and you'll get a few permanent links from all those people if you're in more than one of their blogroll lists. Since there are getting to be a lot of such lists among Christian bloggers, it sort of feels like bootstrapping. The links go up without anywhere near as much increase in traffic, so lists like the primary Ecosystem list that track only links are deceptive in not tracking actual traffic. So Steve thinks Christian bloggers are deceiving the Ecosystem. While there's something to his argument, I disagree with the conclusion.

There was some miscommunication regarding the hosting of the 57th Christian Carnival, but whatever misinformation led to the double hosting, it was genuine misinformation. The original host never intended not to host.

It was supposed to be at Sharing Spirit, until someone said they'd heard from her saying she couldn't host, which seemed strange to me because I'd been emailing back and forth with her for days about it. Dory tried to email her, without success, so she decided to have people email her the entries, and she put them up at Wittenberg Gate. Then the submissions that people had sent to Kim starting appearing at Sharing Spirit, each as a separate post at half-hour intervals rather than all together in standard carnival form.

I believe there are ten entries at each location that aren't at the other, for a total of 50 entries, but I can't link directly to anything at Sharing Spirit without linking to individual submissions. So that you can see all the ones not at the Wittenberg Gate post, I'm putting them all in one place here:

I've gotten another list of things to blog about that I don't want to take the time to have extended posts about, so here's yet another roundup. The funny thing is that almost all of these came to my attention today, so it's not as if it's been building to the point of overflow for a while. All of a sudden I just had many things I wanted to link to, and I'm spending all the time I get on bigger projects (not to mention that I really need to catch up on my teaching responsibilities that I all but dropped aside from bare minimum class prep for much of the last week, given that I've been nearly a full-time dad while Sam's been sick). So these have entered the "Around the Blogosphere" queue in a very short time, and I'm now emptying it again (or at least emptying it of things I'm not reserving for more extended posts). Anyway, here's some of what's going on around the blogosphere.

Christian Carnival LVII Plug

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Update: I'm not removing any of the information below, but Dory, who now manages the Christian Carnival, seems to think the hosting is not clear for some reason. If you submitted any posts, please send them to her [ChristianCarnival ATT gmail DOTT com], and if you haven't yet submitted anything then submit to both places.

Sharing Spirit will be hosting the 57th Christian Carnival this week. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. 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 (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Christian Carnival LVI

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The 56th Christian Carnival is at Dunmoose the Ageless. I count 36 entries, and my own Division in the Body of Christ is among them.

Searching for Equal Rights

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Someone searched Google for "do women really enjoy equal rights" and got my Equal Rights and Gay Marriage post. I was wondering what the person was looking for, because that sentence is ambiguous. It could mean "do women really have equal rights?" That's a usage of 'enjoy' that seems to me to be departing from the English language, at least around here, but in parts of the English speaking world, particularly among more educated people, you might see it. I would lean against this interpretation, just because I can't imagine someone wanting to ask that question and wording it that way, but I guess it's possible.

It could also mean "do women really enjoy having equal rights?" or "would women really enjoy having equal rights?" assuming they don't have them. That was my first thought as to its meaning. After reflecting on that for a bit, I realized that there's another divergence of meaning, this time over 'equal rights'. It's not an abiguity, this time, though. The words 'equal' and 'rights' mean the same thing in both cases, but what counts as equal and what counts as rights are matters of debate, and that's why someone might even think to ask the question while others would think the answer is obvious. If certain things count as equal rights, then I don't see why women wouldn't enjoy them. If other things count as equal rights, I can understand why women wouldn't want them forced on them to make them be just like men in every way. Amazingly enough, the post this search led the person to, even though it's about gay rights, does get into that issue a little. If the person read far enough, this badly formed, ambiguous, open rather than quoted, sentence actually might have found the what the search was designed to find. Of course, it was on page two of the Google search (and now isn't even there anymore), so that lessens my surprise a bit.

Christian Carnival LV

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The 55th Christian Carnival is at Wittenberg Gate. My Sider on Evangelicals Mirroring the World is part of it.

Christian Carnival LVI Plug

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Dunmoose the Ageless will be hosting the 56th Christian Carnival this week. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. 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 (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Wow!

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I'm currently the top Google hit for "enterprise canceled". There's a word for this achievement, but I can't remember what it is. Update: Googlewhack! Update again: I found a few more things I'm a Googlewhack for: I don't know what the term is, but that's not it. I'm pretty sure there is one.

abominations unclean
Christian victimology
brights victimology
white voyeurism
ethical nihilism
Mark tidbits

Update: And then there's this. I'm just hoping his connecting me with John Kerry has nothing to do with any genuine facts about me.

My list of things to blog about has gotten too long and contains a number of things that are too old for me to want to bother with extended comments, so here are some of them that I'm giving up on, along with some more recent ones that I've decided not to comment on but thought were worth a link.

Christian Carnival LIV

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The 54th Christian Carnival is at Digitus, Finger & Co., and mercifully it's only got 34 entries this week. Unfortunately, I still wasn't able to get through it very quickly and am posting this a week afterward yet again.

My Spongebob the Patsy is there, as is Sam's Pray for Iraq's Elections.

Christian Carnival LV Plug

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Wittenberg Gate will be hosting the 55th Christian Carnival this week, and somehow the announcement got lost in my email. I just found it now when I was wondering why I hadn't gotten one before Tuesday night. It turned out it was just way back among the Friday messages, and I didn't have time to look at it before it went off the screen.

This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. 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 (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

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