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The 155th Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at 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).

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The 154th Christian Carnival is at From the Anchor Hold.

Christian Carnival CLIV Plug

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The 154th Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at From the Anchor Hold. 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:

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The 153rd Christian Carnival is up at Lux Venit.

400,000th Visitor

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Visitor #400,000 in Greensboro, NC arrived about two hours ago and viewed Rick Warren: Heretic or Christian Brother?, a post that usually generates a lot of search engine traffic from people searching for keywords like "Rick Warren heretic". (I'm sure most such visitors aren't happy with what they find.) Sitemeter didn't give any referral information on this partiular visit, so I don't know where the person came from.

Searches

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Tell me why their is nothing wrong with interracial marriages
When there are no remotely plausible arguments against something, the burden of proof lies with those who think it's wrong, not with those who do not. Asking such a question is like asking someone to explain why there's nothing wrong with cutting your toenails

is it rape if he's 18 and im 16
No, there needs to be some sexual conduct for it to be rape. Merely being certain ages wouldn't do it. [It also depends on the state. Some states allow sex between someone who is 18 and someone who is 16. Also, if you're married (to each other) that counts as an exemption.]

ESV finally a bible in my language
Is there anyone still around old enough to have grown up long enough ago to consider inverted negatives to be their own language?

What was adam's wife on December 24
Christmas Eve Eve?

does the bible say it,s wrong to do genealogy
Wow, I get some pretty biblically illiterate searches coming to my site, but this one takes the cake. You have to stop reading the Bible before Genesis chapter 5 if you want to avoid seeing any extended geneaologies (and there are even short ones before ch.5). You can't get very far into the two longest gospels (Matthew and Luke) before you see them as well. One book even begins with nine whole chapters of geneaologies (Chronicles), and they have special prominence in Numbers, Ruth, and Ezra-Nehemiah as well.

Where can I submit my paper to find out if i plagiarized?
So did you lose your memory of the period during which you wrote the paper, and you can't remember if you stole someone else's words, intending to pass them off as your own?

The 153rd Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Lux Venit. 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).

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Searches Again

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I had three things today that were not part of my normal schedule, leaving me with about a couple hours at home today in between (and not even all at once). I just got home. At this point I'm again not even going to take the time to edit my class notes into another Theories of Knowledge and Reality post, so here are some more searches, which I just have to copy and paste from the file I'm collecting them from.

real life hobbit philippians
Wow. Any ideas what that's supposed to be about? I thought they might have meant Philippines, but even that would have been way wrong for the people who were being described as like Hobbits. I think that was in or near Indonesia.

gay people are abominations
Now that is exactly what the Torah doesn't say.

How come more churches are not talking about The Gospel of Judas
I would guess that it's because the Gospel of Judas is an extremely insignificant Gnostic writing from a time much later than the New Testament that was immorally hyped as something it is not from those who had a vested financial interest in people's being drawn to it (and by those who were willing to sacrifice their scholarly credentials for the sake of undermining the Bible in any way they can).

are small cell groups in evangelical church heresy
I didn't know they were a doctrine to begin with.

can a person come to be president through the line of succession if they are not
No, you kind of have to be to be president. I don't think we're going to be elevating anyone who doesn't exist to that office, and if they did it wouldn't exactly be legally valid.

Why are there more blacks in prison than in college?
Why is the Pope French?

Cranky Responses to Searches

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Yet again, I've had so little time for blogging that I can't even get enough time to convert already-written notes into a post for my next Theories of Knowledge and Reality post. I expect to get to that tomorrow, though. So we'll go with some more searches again.

Are evangelicals stupid?
Well, two can play at that game. Are people who Google "Are evangelicals stupid?" stupid?

God made the earth for humans, and it belongs to us. We were given dominion over the earth and were told to subdue it, so the earth is ours to do with as we please
Now that doesn't follow at all. Haven't you read the parable of the talents? If someone tells you that you can stay in their house for a year as a caretaker, what do you think they're going to do if they return at the end of the year to discover that you've turned it into a frathouse?

Differences between christianism catholic and protestant
Now it would seem to me that it would make more sense to ask about the differences between Christians who are Catholic or Protestant or differences between segments of Christianity, Protestant and Catholic. It's true that until Andrew Sullivan concocted his mythical narrative of Christianism in the U.S., the word 'Christianism' was just an archaic way of referring to Christianity, but those days are now gone. Now it just refers to a fiction. I'm not sure there are many differences between Catholics and Protestants in Sullivan's fictional narrative, because his conflation of dominionism with religious motivation for political activism seems to tar any religious motivation, whether Catholic or Protestant. In reality, there are plenty of differences, but it's hard to talk about reality if that word is involved, since its very meaning assumes so many false things.

why do blacks talk the way use slang
Why do whites talk the way they use slang? Seriously. Who doesn't use slang? And what sense does it make to ask why a particular regionally or ethnically associated accent or dialect speaks the way it does? Are you asking what causal factors led to particular sounds occurring in particular patterns? I suspect not, because it sounds morally loaded, as if somehow it's inferior to talk a certain way. I suggest rather that what's inferior is the making of such assumptions.

how an ethical subjectivist view gay marriage
however they want to

Christian Carnival CLII Plug

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The 152nd Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at The Buzz Blog. 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:

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The 151st Christian Carnival is up at Nerd Family.

Some More Searches

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I had to use my limited blogging time today to put together some scattered pieces of my dissertation for the commentator at a dissertation workshop some of the junior faculty in my department have set up for me next week, so we'll go with some more searches today.

list of greek plays that involves greek women withholding sex from their spouses as part of a war protest?
Huh. I'm guessing that there might actually be one such play, or you probably wouldn't have come up with such an unusual search on such a specific topic, but I very much doubt there's a long list to be found.

priest are suppose to tithe not congregation according malachi ch 3:1-10
Never heard that one before. Even if the passage is directed to priests, how is that supposed to show that other people aren't also supposed to tithe? It's pretty clear in the Torah that the congregation's tithe supported the Levites, the Levites' tithe supported the priests, and the priests' tithe supported the temple. So even if the priests were being called to the carpet for not tithing, how is that supposed to show that the congregation isn't supposed to tithe?

What happened to the Tabernacle when the Temple was built?
Actually, the tabernacle seems to have been gone long before the Solomonic temple was built. They seemed to have had a structure built during the time Samuel was serving under Eli in the early chapters of I Samuel, and some of the psalms attributed to David's early period speak of being in God's temple. They did have another tentlike structure for a while after David moved the ark to Jerusalem and before Solomon's temple, but I wouldn't assume it was the same tent.

Jesus doesn't believe in forced charity
What about "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's"? Surely tax money amounts to forced charity. Your money is being taken and used for the good of others. It wouldn't be taxation but forced investment if your exact amount had to be used just for your own good. No system of taxation has ever tried to replace forced charity with forced investment.

is smoking bad for someone with gall bladder problem
What, is having a gall bladder problem supposed to protect you from the harms of smoking?

The 151st Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Nerd Family. 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).

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