Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, to the 62nd Christian Carnival! We have gathered here posts for your amazement, amusement and edification from the far corners of the Blogosphere! Watch as difficult theological concepts are wrestled with! Gasp in amazement at the awesome power of God’s Love! Marvel at the wondrous new blogs! Weep over the fate of the powerless. And now, without further ado, The Christian Carnival:
- Blogotional: Forgiven or Forgiving?
Forgiveness, confession and self-esteem
- Crossroads: Redeeming the Culture-A Response
There is a lot of talk in the blogosphere about engaging the culture and changing it through Christian deals. But isn’t it the Christian way to change individuals through the gospel? And if that is true, then how does that change the culture?
- lawreligionculturereview: Using Scripture in Trial.
Discussion of California Supreme Court case addressing whether prosecutor’s quotations of the Bible in closing argument constituted “misconduct”.
- Notes: Crosses for Terri Schiavo
A memorial for Terri Schiavo.
- I Was Just Thinking… Miscellaneous Musings of a Christian Novelist: Enjoying the Mess?
Imperfect believers. There are a lot of us. But are too many Christians reveling in their imperfections rather than yearning to become more like Christ?
- Allthings2all: The Living Church of God
Recently Terry Ratzmann shot and killed seven people, including himself, at a meeting of the Living Church of God. This post looks at the history behind the Living Church of God, their beliefs, and examines whether they should be called a church or a cult.
- Viewpoint: What is a Soul?
A reply to a former student who writes to ask on the nature of the soul.
- Blogcorner preacher: Read the whole thing
The Gospels promise us a better life; but not in health, wealth, and prosperity as might be promised by such as Joel Osteen. We just have to read the entire Gospel to understand the message.
- The Doctor Is In: An Angel From God
The story of Ashley Smith
- Under the Acacias: Jesus and shopping
Keith, at Under the Acacias, is a missionary in Burkina Faso, and asks what it means for Jesus to be Lord of our shopping in “Jesus and shopping.”
- spunkyhomeschool: Is Silence An Option
Why home school?
- Plaidberry: Super Size Me…And My Church (Take 2)
In Super Size Me…And My Church (Take 2), Chad at Plaidberry questions the “self-help” message many churches and pastors are now using to draw people in to the church. In particular, he asserts that there is a need to focus more on God and less on ourselves.
- Boxing Alcibiades: Saint James the Apostate
Russ has found himself “theologically homeless,” and doesn’t know what to do. He’s hoping to get some advice from angles he’s not thought of.
- Cerulean Sanctum: Recovering Christianity’s Balance
Our practice of Christianity in America swings like a crazed pendulum while it attempts to find the perfect way. But isn’t correct orthopraxy typically found in the middle, rather than at the extremes?
- Veritas: Brave New World Re-Visited?
Are the right questions front and center in the debate over whether Terri Schiavo should live or die?
- Just a Little Bit Odd: Out of Church Christians: Part 5
In the fifth and final part of a series, Wendy over at Just a Little Bit Odd examines some solutions to the problems within the institutional church that have caused millions of people to opt out.
- The Bible Archive: Lest Your Prayers Be Hindered
Prayers being hindered by how a man treats his wife.
- Catholics in the Public Square: The Murder of Terri (Day 1): Leaders Must Lead – Not Merely Plead
A final note to the Republican leadership. You have to win this one. Issue whatever subpoena, call whatever witnesses, pass whatever emergency bill, but don’t let this woman die.
- Times Against Humanity: The Murder of Terri (Day 2): A Crime of Violence
CURE advisor Fr. Rob Johansen revisits the infamous Exit Protocol, a “recipe for murder” concocted by hospice executioners by way of recalling the hell to which Terri is being subjected by an unfaithful husband and nation.
- Life Matters!: The Murder of Terri (Day 3): Will the Sacrifice of Many Save One?
Congress has surrendered countless lives in further weakening an already compromised bill, ostensibly to save one life, but will it do so? And who will defend the next victim and the next hundred victims, whose deaths will be imposed far from the public attention that Terri has attained?
- Reasons Why: Fruit Salad Anyone?
A look at the use of the word “fruit” in Matthew 7:16 and how it gets misused a lot of the time.
- Semicolon: March 20th Birthdays
Thoughts on Henrik Ibsen and the meaning of suffering on Ibsen’s birthday.
- Ray Pritchard: Terry Schiavo’s Fight for Life
Before her feeding tube was removed, Terri Schiavo was as healthy as a person with her disabilities could be. If she dies in the next few days, it will be because those entrusted with her care betrayed that trust when she needed them most.
- 3:17: Your God is Love (4)
When we say “God is love”, do we understand what we mean. Do we grasp how vast it is? This is the final part of a 4 part series on God’s love.
- Another Man’s Meat: Barbarians at the Well of Life
Thoughts on what appear to be Terri Schiavo’s last days of life.
- Christianity is Jewish: Dad’s Mad
cwv warrior continues “About the Ninth Hour”, alleging God’s wrath on the cross.
- NickQueen.Com: Out of the Wilderness Showcase #6
This week’s showcase is brought to you by Fred the Gnome. Be sure to visit this post and follow the instructions!
This week’s blogs are:
- The Marshian Chronicles: Who is Jesus Christ?
Part 2 of a short essay on the real idenity of Jesus according to the Bible. This is part of a larger series of essays called Basic Bible Questions, a look at the basic questions most often asked about the Christian faith.
- …in the Outer…: Questions for all the Rick Warren Bashers
All of the criticisms of Rick Warren that I have in the blogosphers center around the contents of his book and column. I think rather than jump to conclusions these critics ought to rethink their positions based on a few reasons I raise in this post.
- Pseudo-Polymath: On Holy Monday
The first in a series of (amateur) meditations set in Holy Week.
- promptings: Pleasant Boundary Lines
Stories of other people’s kingdom usefulness and fruitfulness may tempt us to question whether we’re in the right place, doing the right thing. When we bring those concerns to God, though, we’ll usually hear Him say: “Did I ask you to do that?”
- Happy Catholic: On Government Involvement in Our Personal Lives
After a conversation with a friend who is outraged by government intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, I post my thoughts about just how much the government is involved in our lives.
- Ales Rarus: Broadening Horizons
I have access to more conservative blogs than I care to read. Can anyone recommend some good moderate or liberal Christian blogs? I’m looking for blogs that support traditional, orthodox (heck, call it conservative if you wish) Christianity and moderate or liberal politics (within reason).
- Sharing Spirit: The Success of Servanthood
Sharing what God has been showing about what TRUE success is in this life.
- A Penitent Blogger: Failure
A reflection on the failures of godly men and on the lessons thereof.
- blogma | dogma for the idle brain: A Biblical View of Divorce
Some thoughts and scripture concerning Biblical justifications of divorce
- Rebecca Writes: Under our Authority
A look at humankind’s rightful relationship to the earth and it’s resources.
- Randomness: Sometimes encouragement comes from unexpected sources.
Finding needed encouragement in a homeless man and a high school girl.
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Ranting for Terri
A very short posting arguing that Terri Schiavo’s situation is not a right to die case, and should instead be seen as the taking of an innocent human life, regardless of what we think about the right to die.
- King of Fools: Church Marketing: The Cultural Divide
A discourse on “marketing” Christ to various subcultures and whether we should try.
- Every Thought Captive: Postmodern Culture and the Church Experience
In a culture becoming more egotistical and random all the time, what should a relevant Church experience look like?
- Belief Seeking Understanding: Dennis Bennett Identity Theft – County Charges Dropped, Barbara Walks
There are some new developments in the case of the pastor with the faked credentials who defrauded a church in Willmar, Minnesota out of about $10,000
- Deo Omnis Gloria: A Doctor on Terri Schiavo’s Condition
This post examines the medical reality of Terri’s condition and then points out some of the oddities of the case.
- Words for the Week: Faith’s Morning
Have you ever had one of those mornings where it seems that everything wrong that could go wrong does? Well read or listen as Faith learns how “everything works together for our good”. God allows Faith to learn how to endure through little mishaps that occur during our day for a godly perspective.
- Jeff the Baptist: The Young Church?
Is the current Evangelical emphasis on youth a bad thing? Not according to the apostle Paul. To paraphrase, to the youth I become like the youth all for the sake of the gospel.
- Wittenberg Gate: They’re Asking the Wrong Question
A post about what the real questions are in the Terri Schiavo case.
- Bear Witness: Starving Terri
More on Terri Schiavo
- Parableman: Mark Roberts on the TNIV, Part I
Mark Roberts has been blogging with an extended series on the TNIV controversy, and this post is the first installment of a series of interactions with him on the subject.
- Northern ‘Burbs Blog: My View Can Beat up Your View
Response to a symposium discussing whether all views are equal, or whether some have more value than others.
- technogypsy: Knowing the heart
the rot inside…