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Welcome to the 174th Christian Carnival. 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 the carnival is to offer to our readers a broad range of Christian thought. For past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

A number of submissions this week did not qualify. I had to reject three posts that didn't seem to me to be even remotely coming out of a Christian worldview even in the somewhat broad sense of 'Christian' that that Christian Carnival allows. Another submission wasn't really from a blog, and it had been posted in February. The Christian Carnival's purpose is to highlight the best blog posts of the past week. When I host, I will sometimes extend a little grace to include a post that's just barely outside the qualifying period, as I did this week with three posts (but note to those who might try this in the future: no host is obligated to do this). But an essay that's not on a blog that was posted almost four months ago doesn't really fit the purpose of this carnival.
 
I may have left out posts inadvertently that aren't in any of the above categories, so if your submitted post isn't here please let me know. It's possible that I didn't reject it but just missed it somehow. I've listed the posts in the order I received them.

500,000th Visitor

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Someone in the Czech Republic just clicked on a link from here, to arrive at my review of Psalms commentaries. This turns out to be the 500,000th visit according to sitemeter's method of calculation.
 

The 174th Christian Carnival will be taking place this coming Wednesday right here at Parableman. 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. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:

 

 
The 173rd Christian Carnival is at Pseudo-Polymath. There looks like lots of good stuff there.
 
For the record, I don't agree with Mark's summary of my Dobson post. It's not just that abortion isn't the only issue to care about. I'm not even primarily saying that. My main point is that even if you focus just on the abortion issue you might have a moral obligation to vote for someone who isn't as good as you'd like in order to prevent someone from getting elected who is even worse.

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I've been teaching a Maymester course on Human Nature since last Monday. It's basically an entire semester in two weeks, with a four-hour class every day, five days a week. I've been able to recycle some material I've taught before, probably a little over half of it. Most of that was last week, which was nice because my grades for the spring semester were due at noon on Friday, an hour before my class. I was asked a week ahead of time, right in the middle of heavy grading season, and things haven't slowed down since then. Given that most of what's still to come the rest of this week is stuff I've never taught before, I expect probably to have even less time than I've had. Maybe it will lead to some interesting posts when I do have more time, though, because it's a lot of material that I haven't engaged with carefully before.

This is why I've been doing a bit more linking and a bit less actual discussion for the last ten days or so, and I have no reason to think that will change before Friday at 5pm, when I'm done with the intensive part of the course. I'll have some grading to do after that, because I think it's unconscionable to expect students to do a whole semester's work in two weeks when they're probably not able to put in even enough time to do all the readings carefully, never mind write about them intelligently.

I do have one series of posts planned once I have a little more time. Max Goss, who runs the politically conservative philosophy blog Right Reason, has asked me to do a guest series at that blog, and I'm going to be writing a series on Augustine, evangelicalism, and the role a Christian (and specifically Christian views) can play in politics. I'll probably post some other things there, but at least the Augustine stuff will be cross-posted here.

Other than that, I'd like to get back to my Theories of Knowledge and Reality series once I have a little more time, and I'd like to write some commentary review posts this summer. I still wanted to put some thoughts together on the Republican candidates after the debates, but that's not complete enough yet to do in the amount of time I've got at the moment. There are several posts on various blogs that I had wanted to respond to, and some of those may just slip into nowhere or get a very late response. I do want to use the majority of my time in June to work on my dissertation, however, and I'm teaching a more reasonable but still intensive summer course from July 9 to August 9, so don't expect a major, substantive post every day even during June, and things may get busy again for me not too far into July.


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The 173rd Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Pseudo-Polymath. 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. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 172nd Christian Carnival is up at Crossroads.

The 172nd Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Crossroads. 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. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:

 

 
The 171st Christian Carnival is at Light Along the Journey.

The 171st Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Light Along the Journey. 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. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:


The 170th Christian Carnival is up at Brain Cramps for God.
 
John includes quite a few of the new things that at least five people have been helping set up to rejuvenate the carnival. I've lost track already of who has done what. We now have a forum hosted by Nick Queen, a new submissions email address (which I include in my plugs for new carnivals), and a new announcements list at Googlegroups. What John doesn't have there (although perhaps he'll add it when he finds out about it) is the newly established BlogCarnival entry for the Christian Carnival, which means we can once again submit posts there instead of by email. The hosting schedule will be available there as well as in the new forum.
 
Thanks to all who have helped set these things up. It was nice to see so many people step in when the need arose, including those who have submitted posts and those who have volunteered to host, a couple even at the last minute. It was a good instance of different people contributing to something according to their own ability, knowledge, skill, and motivation, and thus it's an instance of what Paul speaks of in I Corinthians 12.
 
Update: I forgot to mention the Christian Carnival blogroll, which is older but has continued to be updated during the transition. It's a nice way to have the recent carnivals appear in your blogroll automatically. 

For those who are interested, here is the list of upcoming hosts for the Christian Carnival:

May 2 Brain Cramps for God
May 9 Light Along the Journey
May 16 Crossroads
May 23 Pseudo-Polymath
May 30 Parableman
June 6 The Bible Archive
June 13 Nick Queen
June 20 The Evangelical Ecologist
June 27 Chasing the Wind

Volunteers are now invited to host in July and beyond. Let me know if you're interested.

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