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Christian Carnival CXI Plug

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The 111th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Demosthenes Wittenberg Gate. 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:

Christian Carnival CX

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Ill-Formed Searches

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I frequently find people finding my blog with searches that make no sense. One particular way they make no sense is that the search is ill-formed, either by searching in a way that won't come close to helping them find what they want or by forming a sentence that is seriously ill-formed (which often isn't any better at finding what they want), sometimes even expressing something quite different from what was intended.

is 28 too old for marriage
Well, I know it's fairly common nowadays for people to get married before they're 28 and then to get divorced, but there's a long tradition of people staying married beyond 28. I happen to have done so myself, and I didn't think I was too old at 28 to remain married. It's also a little strange to ask if an age that happens to be below the average age of marriage in the U.S. is too old for marriage.

why did black originate anyway?
Isn't it just the result of the absence of electronmagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum (or something slightly more complex but roughly equivalent to that)?

leadership prevents diversity from becoming affirmative action
I've been thinking through how the parts of this grammatically coherent sentence might possibly combine into a sentence with any coherent semantic meaning. I haven't gotten very far. Any thoughts?

amount of people that died from slavery
Is it possible even to answer this question? Even leaving aside the wording that makes it sound as if people are some continuous substance that can be measured in an amount rather than numbered as discrete entities, this question is strange. What does it mean to die from slavery? It can't just be to die as a slave, because all sorts of deaths might occur while someone is a slave that would be wrong to classify as being caused by slavery. Do you want to say that these are the deaths that wouldn't have happened had the people in question not been slaves? That seems too broad. Perhaps being a slave brought someone into contact with a murderer, who killed the person. I wouldn't say that's dying from slavery. What if the person died from overwork while working in the fields? That's better, but it doesn't seem to me that it's slavery that killed the person, because the same work might have been done with compensation, and then it wouldn't even have been slavery. But the cause of death would have been the same. Maybe a clearer case would be a master killing a slave for not liking the slave's attitude or work, but then it's not slavery itself that killed the slave but the relationship between the master and the slave, and that wouldn't be present for all the slaves, which means it's not slavery itself that caused the death. It's hard for me to think of a death as being "from slavery" in the abstract. That just sounds like the wrong way to describe it.

Stupid Searches

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Most people apologize for not blogging when they're too busy. I just post stupid things. Well, here are some pretty dumb searches that came my way of late: THE "BIG BANG" IS JUST RELIGION DISGUISED AS SCIENCE Ha! I suppose this is as true as the claim that ID is religion disguised as science. greek battles starting with y How is that possible when there's no equivalent of a 'y' in the Greek language? Rick Warren Pastor Truth or Fiction Yes, it is true. This man is a pastor. apologetics belly dancing So is this a new method of defending the faith, or is it a new school of presuppositionalism?

Christian Carnival CX Plug

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The 110th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Jordan's View. 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:

Christian Carnival CIX

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The 109th Christian Carnival is at Pursuing Holiness.

Searches: Jesus Theme

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what did Richard N. Longenecker said about the parables
You're trying to find out what takes him 324 pages to say by doing a Google search?

Jesus doesn't trick people with philosophical arguments - He means it simply.
Well, it's too bad this search didn't lead you here.

what parable did jesus use to teach?
Only one of them was used for teaching? I wonder what the rest of them were for.

wright deny divinity jesus
I don't think you're going to find much on that. Wright is one of the strongest defenders of the divinity of Christ. Sometimes I think N.T. Wright's detractors just try to find anything they might wish he could say just to make the case against him all that clearer.

non racist parables in the bible
Yes, that narrows the search quite nicely. Now we're left with just the parables that aren't about G.I. Joe.

Christian Carnival CIX Plug

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The 109th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Pursuing Holiness. 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:

Christian Carnival CVIII

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Part-Time Pundit hosts the 108th Christian Carnival.

how does Vin Diesel's prefer to be ethnically classified
Everything I've seen suggests that he doesn't.

why interracial people so pretty
Well, they are less inbred than everyone else. Facial features resulting from infrequent gene combinations can turn out to be very striking. Supermodels can, in comparison, look downright boring.

many celebrities identified as white have non white ancestry
Everyone identified as white has non-white ancestry! Why would celebrities be exempt?

The 108th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Part-Time Pundit. 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:

Christian Carnival CVII

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The 107th Christian Carnival is at Attention Span. Some Firefox users (including me) have to scroll down a ways to see the post. If it looks blank, it's probably not. It just displays lots of space before the post begins for some reason.

Searches Piling Up

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I had a few dry weeks for interesting searches, and now they're accumulating much more rapidly. Here are the least recent of the bunch:

author hebrews letter fake
Don't you need some claim of authorship to begin with for it to be fake? Hebrews never claims an author.

is ron moore a republican? galactica
I'm pretty sure Ron Moore is on the other end of the political spectrum. His few comments on politics that I've seen suggest to me that he thinks what he's writing is relevant to issues going on right now, and he thinks he's raising questions that also count as being against current U.S. policy. I think he underestimates how different the questions he's raising in the Galactica context really are, but what I've read from him suggests to me that he thinks he's putting forth considerations that might be taken as a critique of the Bush Administration, though he does insist that it's merely raising questions and that people need to make up their own minds.

reverse interracial
Wouldn't that be monoracial? I have the sneaking suspicion that you mean white man, black woman. But isn't it a little sexist to assume that one combination is interracial but the opposite is reverse interracial? Might it even be arguably racist?

if someone is light skinned does it mean they are mixed
Norwegians have very light skin. Does that mean they're mixed?

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