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Ben Witherington has a great post on singleness, marriage, and divorce. I don't ultimately agree with every point, but he's certainly an expert on this topic and has some thoughts worth considering.

At this late date, Factcheck.org takes on the Bush Lied myth. This flatly contradicts almost all of the major statements anyone has ever given against the honesty of Bush and his administration regarding the Iraq conflict.

Finally, Sam has posted three sets of pictures that I hadn't gotten around to linking to yet. First is a paper plate that Ethan painted his hands onto. There's a long story to this one. Basically, as I was getting to leave for the evening and Sam was upstairs rehearsing a dance solo, Isaiah had gotten into the bathroom downstairs, but the noises I heard sounded to me as if she was giving them a bath upstairs. When I figured out that something else was going on, I went into the bathroom to clean it and him, and while I was doing that Ethan decided to get the paints out and paint the kitchen floor. The paper plate was just one thing he did in the process. Suffice it to say that both of them were confined to their rooms until bedtime, at which point they were still confined to their rooms.

There's also a series of shots of Sophia walking and another one of her walking around with the jiggly bell wrap thingy Sam wears when she dances, with a shot of one of Ethan's building projects in the last picture.

Christian Carnival LXXXIX

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The 89th Christian Carnival is up at In the Spirit of Grace.

We've now begun the process of the Roman numerals getting smaller (in terms of number of letters; the numbers themselves, of course, are getting larger). I don't think they'll get as long as last week's until #138. Having to type out the Roman number each week makes me think about such things.

Searching for Origins

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Origen of the pledge of allegiance
I don't think the pledge is quite that old!

Lexa Doig + nationality
Canadian, as far as I know. That's where she lives and grew up. Now if you want to know what race she is, that depends on which view on race-mixing is correct. Some people think someone who is of mixed race is of both races, some think she would be of neither, and some think it depends on which two or more races are mixing and/or how many grandparents or great-grandparents (and so on) are of which races. Her father is Scottish (hence the last name). Her mother is Filipina, I believe. Her husband is English Canadian, I would imagine, so their kid is more British Isles than anything else. I haven't seen any pictures, though, and some people will think what the kid looks like matters for racial assignment.

colin powell's origin
I guess I don't have that issue. Wait, is Powell the superhero or the secret identity of some hero? I suppose whichever it is would explain why he's not really black.

The 89th Christian Carnival will be held at In the Spirit of Grace this 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. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

Searches Provoking Comment

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myers briggs test unreliable
Only as unreliable as the person answering the questions. If you don't really undertand yourself, it might not come out right. Occasionally someone like me will come along who manifests the standard traits in an unusual way, but I still come out the same knowing the test very well as I did before I'd heard anything about it, and that result seems accurate to me. Other people who don't understand what motivate me don't get my typing, but the burden is on them to figure out why I manifest the ISTJ type very differently from the standard ways. The test isn't supposed to tell you how someone manifests what motivates them and what they prefer. It just tells you what motivates them and what they prefer.

why is the scifi channel calling the recently aired shows season finales?
Good question. I've been annoyed by the same thing. They did this in the middle of the final Farscape season, and the fan sites now list that season as two separate seasons, even though each was really half a season. I doubt the Stargate and Battlestar Galactica fans will accept that, because the producers of the shows don't seem to be going along with it.

definition as to the name katrina from the bible
Well, it's not in the Bible, but it's a variant of Katherine, which also isn't in the Bible but comes from the Greek katharos, which is in the Bible. It's just an ordinary adjective, though, not a name, and it means pure, clean, unpolluted, unhindered, unsoiled, unmixed, exact, or plain. The probable origin of using this as a name is its moral connotation of purity of behavior or character, which is its most common sense in the NT.

Christian Carnival LXXXVIII

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The 88th Christian Carnival is at Digitus, Finger & Co. As usual there's some stuff that looks interesting, and as usual I have little time to read much of it.

The Searches Continue...

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is volunteering irrational
Doesn't that depend on what you're volunteering for? I'd say it's irrational to volunteer to attack a large army singlehandedly, but it's not all that irrational to volunteer do nice but not difficult things for people who will love you for doing them.

what about sexuality is the foundation of man's personhood
I don't know if this is supposed to be a question about how something to do with sexuality distinguishes humans from animals (and thus explains why humans are persons) or if it's supposed to have something to do with men (as opposed to women) being defined by their sexuality, but neither sounds like a very promising sort of inquiry.

classically trained kerry livgren?
No, he is not. He's entirely self-taught.

Annoying Searches

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is colin powell completely black
If you're wondering if he's got white ancestry, you don't even need to look at his skin color. He's black, he's American, and he's descended from slaves. It's almost certain that he's got a white ancestor. If that's not the question you're asking, I suggest you do a morality check.

is conservatism racism
That one doesn't deserve a response, though it is worth pointing out that people will actually search the web for something like this (and then amazingly click on what someone like me has written).

bible stating gay marriage isnt a sin
and which Bible would this be? The one I know doesn't discuss it at all.

The 87th Christian Carnival will be held at Digitus, Finger & Co. this 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. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

Roundup

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Christian Carnival LXXXVII is at Pseudo-Polymath. Mark stepped in at the last minute and managed to get it up by the usual day, so he deserves special credit.

Technogypsy did Christian Carnival LXXXVI. I never got around to linking to that last week.

The best coverage I've seen of the John Roberts hearings has been at the Washington Post Campaign for the Court blog, the National Review's Bench Memos, and Scotus Blog. There's been precious little at any of the blogs I normally read, but there's plenty at all three of those. Since the cable channels (except Court TV) all seem to think a tiny hurricane named Ophelia and nothing new on the aftermath of Katrina are both more important than the future of the Supreme Court, I was forced to fill in a lot of the gaps from these sources.

Sam's had two recent posts that I wanted to flag, one on the refutation of the mercury-autism connection and another on how the "any stick is good enough to beat Bush with" tactic has been playing out with respect to Hurricane Katrina. If I had more time, I'd catalogue how the same tactic has been in play with some of the Demcratic senators' on the judiciary committee in the Roberts hearings.

Finally, Daniel Henninger says the president and relevant national authorities were prepared for Katrina more than a week ahead of time but couldn't step in because it would be against the law. He thinks there's a need to revisit some of those restrictions. This certainly has relevance for those who have been claiming the president needed to overstep his authority on this, but his main point is to reconsider how we should assign authority, an issue liberals have been pontificating on quite a bit but haven't been willing to acknowledge plays a role here.

Google blog search; hiatus

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I just wanted to point out that Google just released a blog search tool (in beta); presumably this will compete somewhat with Technorati. I haven't tried it yet and will be interested in people's impressions.

And on an unrelated note, in case you haven't noticed, I've been on somewhat of a blog hiatus recently. This is likely to continue for a while longer as my research projects are requiring a lot of time lately. It's nice in this respect being just a sub-blogger here: I don't have to worry that everyone will quit reading the blog just because I'm not writing anything.

Well, not necessarily, but it's getting harder to come up with original titles for these posts. I suppose it's accurate for one of them. The first answer isn't snappy, and the second search isn't stupid.

what do puritans have to do do understand god's will
Why wouldn't it be the same thing anyone else should do to understand God's will? Read the Bible. Reflect on what it says about God's mind and heart. Absorb the moral framework that lies behind much of what it says. Meditate on how God's actions throughout history, in particular salvation history, demonstrates the direction to history and how we're expected to fit into that in our current phase of salvation history. Be aware of ways that the world around us has affected us in ways that pull us away from thinking along such lines, and resist those.

matt mullins engaged to be married
I wonder if his wife knows about this. I wonder if he knows about this.

what beyonce is mixed with
Black!

The 87th Christian Carnival will be held at Thoughts on the Christian Life this week. [Update Wednesday 2:15pm EST: Apparently it's going to be at Pseudo-Polymath due to Thoughts From the Christian Life's defunct status. I'm told that it will be up pretty late but before the end of the day.] 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 Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

bill cosby's inflammatory statements
I didn't think they were all that inflammatory. He was doing some harsh internal critique of his own sub-culture, but I don't regard that as inflammatory.

where did the word christian first come to use

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. [Acts 11:19-26, ESV]

Outline about man in philosophy during George Berkeley's time
I don't want to be too harsh about this one, because the person may not speak English as a first language given that it's the Philippines, but this is a pretty unhelpful search. It's specific in exactly the sort of way that couldn't help find the right information, and it's lacking in exactly the information that would help narrow it down.

Cateogory Archive Problem

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Until I can figure out why my posts and index aren't rebuilding properly, I've disabled my category archives. They weren't really updating anyway. I've isolated the problem to the rebuilding of those archives, and it was giving 500 errors with every published post or comment, and I've decided having the archives up without being updated isn't worth having to do a manual rebuild every time anyone posts, updates a [published post, or comments. If you're looking for something particular, you can still search the blog in the normal way, but those who use the category archives just to find things on topics you're looking for (if anyone even does that) won't be able to do that anymore, at least until we can figure out what the problem is and resolve it.

Update: Never mind. I guess it was being fixed as I wrote this post. The category archives now have post excerpts rather than whole posts, which is the way it should have been in the first place. I'm not sure why it defaults to whole entries in the archives, which just leads to ridiculously large files.

The 86th Christian Carnival will be held at Techngypsy this 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. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

Puzzling Searches

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c.j. mahaney is a racist
What the frak? Does anyone have any clue what could possibly have spurred someone to search for this? The search, of course, turns up absolutely nothing even remotely related to both C.J. Mahaney and race.

PAULA ABDUL HAS AFRICAN ANCESTRY
Duh. Either that or her ancestors were aboriginal Australians or something. Very few black people in the U.S. have no African ancestry.

samuel parable
All of a sudden I'm getting a bunch of searches for something along these lines. One of them said "I Samuel" parable, so I know it is about the biblical book of Samuel. I'm sort of lost as to what it might be about. The only parable in that book that I can think of is Nathan's parable of the man who took his guest's sheep even though he had plenty of fat sheep himself. That's in II Samuel, though. Hmm.

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