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Christian Carnival Number CLXV

For this weeks Carnival I’m going to attempt to quote a short scripture passage to highlight each entry. I apologize in advance if the selection is illuminated by verses which on reflection are not the optimal choice. Please find the full carnival below the fold, as it runs on bit of this (virtual) paper. Scheduling constraints mean I must post this pretty much on deadline. Mid afternoon, if any late posts trickle in, I’ll tack them on the end in postscript, albeit probably sans verse.

Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. (1st Corinthians 1:27)

Last weeks colorful carnival sponsor, Michael, at Chasing the Wind offers notes and discussion for/from a Bible study on Peter’s epistles. This post, titled Once Saved, Always Saved kicks it off.

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” (Matthew 21:12)

The Tour Marm offers a post entitled Educational Touring for God and Country posted at The Educational Tour Marm. This essay consists of an explanation of how she slides around the cracks of church and state separation in our school system offering tours of sites of religious and historical interests on the East coast.

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.

(Psalm 97:1-3)

Steven Thomas blogging at OpenFish has a book review to share. He reviews a book entitled “Keys to Receiving God’s Justice”. For more (and a link to a excerpt (pdf)) hop on over to John Paul Jackson: Receiving God’s Justice.

And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized
(Acts 9:8)

Nancy at What I Learned Teaching Sunday School passes on some connections between the Old and New Testaments in a short but succinct essay entitled Snakes on a Stick.

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
(Eccl. 1:2-5)

John at Light Along the Journey in an essay entitled Beauty and Waste What the world sees as waste, God sees as beauty.

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
(Acts 10:1-8)

Movements of faith in America noted in a post Anabaptist Pentecostals at Tantalizing if True.

“The Lord is in the right,
for I have rebelled against his word;
but hear, all you peoples,
and see my suffering;
my young women and my young men
have gone into captivity.

(Lamentations 1:18)

William Meisheid presents Lent 07: Day 16S posted at Beyond The Rim…. In this we find an essay reflecting on a Sunday in the Lenten journey.

God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.(Exodus 3:15)

Over at following an unknown path this week, Amanda had a guest blogger who believes that the subtle simplicity of the one-line autobiography Paul writes in Romans is well worth exploring deeper.

Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:507)

Wanda Grindstaff presents Why I Believe in “The Secret” – Answering My Nbr 1 Question posted at Creating Abundant Lifestyles Begin With Abundance Mindset.

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.(1 Corinthians 14:20)

Laurie Bluedorn presents Videos That Make You Think posted at Trivium Pursuit.

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!
(Psalm 148:1-2)

Jeremy Pierce presents Bible or bible? posted at Parableman. My students don’t always capitalize the initial ‘b’ in the word ‘Bible’. You don’t even have to respect the Bible to see that this is contrary to standard capitalization practice.

Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
behold, you are beautiful;
your eyes are doves.
(Song of Solomon 1:15)

Tom Gilson at Thinking Christian offers an essay on The Beauty of Virtue. Continuing a series on beauty as evidence for Christianity: there is real beauty, a specially Biblical beauty, in virtue.

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
(Psalm 1:1-2)

Rey from the Bible Archive airs some dirty laundry by quoting a portion of Luther’s work: The Jews and their Lies.

Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. (Genesis 7:8-9)

At Tidbits and Treasures you can hop over to a post entitled How do you work in your church?. This essay looks at how so many ‘animals’ are at work in the church today, according to an email I received today. That is, the members in the church take on the attributes of these animals when it comes to working in the church or assisting others.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. (Luke 10:1-12)

Ben from the Money Missions Blog writes on Culture Shock. Many mission trippers go into culture shock when they enter Mexico. But how about Mexicans on mission trips to other Latin American countries?

“Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them. The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall be the same size. Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another. And you shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set. Likewise you shall make loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set. Fifty loops you shall make on the one curtain, and fifty loops you shall make on the edge of the curtain that is in the second set; the loops shall be opposite one another. And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains one to the other with the clasps, so that the tabernacle may be a single whole. (Exodus 26:1-6)

Henry gets back to the task he’s set for himself. At Participatory Bible Study Blog he has an essay entitled Structural Typology and the Tabernacle With this post he returns to the book of Hebrews. Despite its pretentious title, this post provides a few basic ideas on learning spiritual lessons from the tabernacle.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

Amanda presents An Honest Handshake posted at Imago Dei. There have been countless times where I’ve stopped at a traffic light next to a homeless man on the corner, and I do everything in my power not to look, not to make eye contact, not to see. In the words of a Natalie Grant song, I have shut my eyes just so I could stay blind.

They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!” (Psalm 35:21)

Annette in the blog Fish and Cans notes that a second look from an outsiders is often helpful. In her essay Outside Eyes Looking In she considers how this occurred between Jethro and Moses in Exodus.

Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (Luke 5:23)

Brian Russell of Real Meal Ministries has written “Structure Must Always Submit to Spirit.” This is a reflection based on Luke 5:17-26. It looks at how Jesus models a new approach to ministry, particularly for outreach to those on the outside of religious communities. He asks for comments on his exegesis.

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9)

Matthew Anderson at Mere Orthodoxy offers an essay entitled Sanitizing Darwin. Proponents of Darwinism want to ignore Darwin’s extremist views, but ultimately eugenics, social engineering and other evils are at the core of Darwinism.

And lastly, there is the last post on offer, namely mine … and speaking of finishing up this task …

Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
(Isaiah 40:30-31)

My wife was pondering 1st Corinthians 11 last night, which stirred up some other things I’d been reading. The results are to be found in a post entitled On Servitude, Hierarchy, and the Trinity vs Modernity.

Thanks for stopping by and perusing this week’s Christian Carnival, and please … by the by I was joking about the faint, weary and so on it was a pleasure.

A Lenten prayer to speed you on your way from St. Ephrem:

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despondency, lust for power and idle talk.
But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see mine own faults and not to judge my brothers and sisters. For blessed art Thou unto ages of ages.


A final entry:
From Jan Lyn at A View from Her … the Ministry Matrix, offering an easy and fun way to make good use of all those ministry buzz words your church uses.

At the eleventh hour:

Rodney Olsen offers an essay Living Missioinally in a Post-Christian Culture from his blog The Journey. He writes that: We live in a time when more followers of Jesus are living outside the church than ever before. People who are still very keen to follow Christ are giving up on going to church. What does that say about the people that are ‘dropping out’ and what does it say about the church?

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