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The 217th Christian Carnival: Attributes of God Edition is up at Diary of 1.
The 217th Christian Carnival will be taking place this coming Wednesday at Diary of 1. 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 the not-recently-updated Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals or the up-to-date but less-informative christiancarnival.com list.
Kevin Sam tagged me with this meme. I don't always get around to following up on these things, but this seemed like less work than the post I'm working on that I'd otherwise be completing right now.
1. What translation of the Bible do you like best?
I probably use the ESV more than anything else.
2. Old or New Testament?
Uh ... they're both the Bible. I spend more time in the Old Testament just because it's bigger and takes longer to get through.
3. Favorite Book of the Bible?
I can't name a favorite, but some favorites are (in one particular order) Philippians, Isaiah, Deuteronomy, Ecclesiastes, II Peter, and Habakkuk.
4. Favorite Chapter?
Again, I have to list several, but near the top would be Psalm 139, Philippians 2, II Peter 1, Genesis 50, Isaiah 10, John 17, Acts 17, Zechariah 14, and Genesis 5 (I'm not kidding about the last one, either; it's the key to a major theme of the book and of the entire Bible).
5. Favorite Verse?
Phil 3:12-14 isn't one verse, but it's one sentence that would be hard to break up.
6. Bible character you think you're most like?
7. One thing from the Bible that confuses you?
I don't know if it's really confusion, but one recent wondering that comes to mind is how the Ithamarites ended up with the high priesthood by the time Samuel was born given that the descendants of Phinehas the son of Eleazar should have had the high-priestly role.
8. Moses or Paul?
After my answer to #6, I can't resist saying Paul.
9. A teaching from the Bible that you struggle with or don't get?
I'm currently working on the fact that Paul can see the unknown God in Acts 17 as God, but he doesn't think someone believing a different gospel believes in the same Jesus as he does. He's got to be working with two different senses of "the same as", but I need to figure out what those two senses might be exactly. What's worse is finding the same phenomenon going on within one text in II Kings 17 with the syncretistic practices of the resettled peoples in the former northern kingdom counting as both fearing and not fearing YHWH.
10. Coolest name in the Bible?
Melchizedek is one of my favorites, but it's hard to resist mentioning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. I'm sure there are a few that I might like even more, but I won't be able to remember them now. Or is this a trick question, and it's supposed to be the tetragrammaton?
The 215th Christian Carnival will be taking place this coming Wednesday at Fish and Cans. 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 the not-recently-updated Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals or the up-to-date but less-informative christiancarnival.com list.
The server that hosts this blog has had an awful lot of spam attacks recently, and when I call them attacks I mean it. The people doing this know full well that the spam isn't getting accepted. It's purely malicious, and it's designed to shut down the server. This has been a long-standing problem, but it hasn't usually been so concentrated in its intensity. In some cases, I think it's motivated by spite, simply because they can't get their spam through due to the pretty effective means of preventing spam in the new version of Movable Type. In others, it might be politically motivated. I have no idea if the latest attacks have been from one person or many, but in any case it's been shutting down any operation that requires making changes to the way the blog appears, including comments. It requires someone noticing and contacting the right people and then waiting for them to kill the process that's hanging up, and sometimes that takes a while, particularly if it happens at night.
So if you find that you can't leave a comment, that's why. Please be patient. Rest assured that I'm far more frustrated by this than you are. If you'd like to leave a comment and can't, I'd appreciate you writing the comment and saving it somewhere and then submitting it later at a time when the server isn't hung up, rather than not submitting it at all. If you have a blog, you can always respond to something with a post of your own (especially if you'd like to let me know about it, and I can continue the discussion there), but I'd actually prefer in general that you continue the conversation on the post in question when the comments are working, even if that takes waiting a bit sometimes.
Update: I believe the spamming issue has been resolved now, but there's a different problem. Many of my old posts have been renamed for the new format but still exist with the old format and don't allow comments. I'm trying to figure out what I can do about this. For now, if you end up on any page that shows the old format, and you'd like to leave a comment, just replace any underscores with hyphens, and it should show it with the new format and allow you to leave a comment.
Update 2: I think the renaming problem is resolved now. If you discover anything funny about posts not showing up, showing up with the old template, or something like that, please let me know.
I was declared the winner of this contest, but I'm not sure I really won for reasons I explained in the comments. Should I claim the graphic for my sidebar on the grounds that I did better than anyone else, or should I refrain because I simply did not win despite being declared the winner?
Update: I've officially won despite my objections. See the comments.
Important note for this week only: Tom Gilson works for a non-profit organization and has convictions against posting links to anything that takes a stance on political candidates. Please do not submit posts this week that related to particular comments on particular candidates. You can discuss the moral issues behind political debates as moral issues, but stay away from actual politics if you'd like your post included this week.
Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following: