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Christian Carnival CLXIII

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The 163rd Christian Carnival is up at Chasing the Wind.

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Is ethics just a matter of right or wrong+people's comment There's plenty of debate about what it means to say something is right or wrong (and thus about what ethics is really about), but I've never heard of anyone questioning whether ethics is even about right and wrong to begin with. is it against god to commit suicide It's most immediately against yourself, but given what Genesis 9 says about taking human life, isn't it a capital crime due to its being against someone made in the image of God? Of course, the death penalty gets administered in the process. republical lizard tax conspiracy Occasionally I get a search where no snarky comment I could write seems to do it justice. I think this is one of those cases, unfortunately. what if the president and vice president didnt get 270 votes There's no constitutional requirement of getting 270 electoral votes. Given the current assignment of electoral votes to states and given that only two candidates get any electoral votes, whoever gets at least 270 votes will win. But the assignment of electoral votes can change. Last I had heard, it might change by 2008 with Utah getting one more vote and nothing else changing (in exchange for D.C. getting a representative who can vote in the House), but that actually still leaves 270 as what's needed to win. Certainly we could end up with a situation where a third candidate gets enough votes that the winner has fewer than 270, even with the current assignment of votes to states. I'm sure that sort of thing has happened lots of times, although not recently. But imagine what would happen if the Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton, the Republicans nominate John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani runs as an independent. I don't think that scenario is all that likely, but it's not impossible, and I think Giuliani would probably get a fair number of electoral votes if that were to happen. If both of the others also got enough electoral votes, as I think would be likely, then whoever won would get less than 270.

The 163rd Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Chasing the Wind. 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 CLXII

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The 162nd Christian Carnival is up at Brain Cramps for God.

The 162nd Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Brain Cramps for God. 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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Christian Carnival CLXI

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The 161st Christian Carnival is at the Evangelical Ecologist.

Clarification Surprise

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I have a substantive post I've been thinking through for a week now that I really wanted to get to today (well, yesterday now) that I hope to do tomorrow. My computer's power switch isn't working, but it should be fixed tomorrow (or rather later today). I also had my dissertation clarification today (well, yesterday now), which for those non-academics reading this is the meeting when my dissertation committee gets together with me to go over my project, make sure what I'm working on will count as a good dissertation project, run through things I should think about or include that I don't have in my proposal, and tell me which things I intend to do that would be a waste of time or not worth doing at least in this project.

One note of interest: My advisor's email to me informing me when my clarification was supposed to be never got sent because of some network issue with her computer at the hotel she was at when she tried to send it, but she thought it had gotten through. So I didn't find out until this morning when the department secretary sent out a reminder email that turned out to inform me that I was supposed to be doing my clarification in six hours, with most of the time in between at the other campus I teach at without my dissertation stuff (and with some of the important dissertation stuff sitting on a hard drive that I can't access, including an important email from a committee member who is out of town this semester, although I managed to get him to email it again).

But I was really ready for this a couple weeks ago and didn't really have to present anything. It was mostly the committee getting themselves on the same page and making sure they agreed that their varying suggestions were all good or at least accurately based in what I intend to do. So there weren't any real problems because of the mistake, and my advisor suggested to me afterward that it was probably easier for me to find out at the last minute, because it's not as if I needed any more time to prepare, and if I'd known I probably would have been affected by its looming approach the whole weekend. That may well be true. Isn't it funny how what seems to be an urgent last-minute crisis can turn out to be a gift in disguise?

The 161st Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at The Evangelical Ecologist. 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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does marrying christian always work Any thoughts on what that could plausibly mean? what race is beyonce's nationality? Well, that's pretty confused, isn't it? For one, a nationality is not a nation or the people in the nation. It's abstract and isn't the sort of thing that can be a member of a race. Perhaps it could be argued that everyone who has a certain nationality is also a member of a certain race, but Beyonce's nationality is U.S. At best, you could say that the majority of people of her nationality are white. how to return the gift of singleness I'm not sure if that's a joke or if it's supposed to be a serious question about how to reject something God has deemed best. Craig Blomberg supports same sex unions I doubt it. Unless he's changed his views since his I Corinthians commentary, he considers them to be immoral. Now maybe he's somewhere stated that he thinks companies could recognize such unions for benefits like visiting a partner in the hospital, health insurance, or things like that. Perhaps part of his argument for it might be that gay couples have children, and it's best to recognize their guardians as that child's family. Perhaps he is willing to accept same-sex benefits from the government either for similar reasons or because the government has no business regulating a religious institution like marriage. I have no idea what his views are on those issues, and I'm somewhat skeptical that he's even commented on them, but I can easily see a very conservative evangelical taking those views, because I'm fairly open to all those views, and I'm pretty conservative. But none of that even comes close to supporting same sex unions as morally acceptable. abraham after he sacrficed his son Is this some alternate reality Bible or something? what is it called when someone has both male and female sex organs marriage (Sorry, I realize that there are better answers to this question, but I've been waiting for a context to use this joke for years.)

Christian Carnival CLX

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The 160th Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet. 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 CLIX

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The 159th Christian Carnival is now up at thoughtsofagyrovague.

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