Madeline L’Engle died Thursday at age 88. She was the author of Wrinkle in Time and many other great books. Literature and the world will miss her.
Pastor D. James Kennedy also dies this week at age 76. He actually died as a result of a heart attack he had in December. While I listened to him on the radio in hugh school and college, I was shocked (pleasantly) to see he was a founding member of the Moral Majority. He will also be greatly missed.
Both families are in my prayers.
Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Christian Carnival. We have received many interesting and thought provoking entries so let us jump right in!
The first group we are looking at is ones pertaining to church life and body issues. Martin at Sun and Shield asks a thought provoking and scary question. Is your church ready to have a child molester attend? He looks at it both from the aspect of forgiveness and protecting our children. Tantalizing if True presents us with the idea of The Hidden Gospel of Indices. Is this the extra gospel that even conservative Christians use? Bounded Irrationality takes a look at Biblical Justifications for Killing. He even compares the Old Testament exceptions to the New Testament. Then John at Brain Cramps for God asks “Are Evangelicals ‘Owned’ Politically?” Then Steve at An Accidental Blogger discusses Christians – the Reluctant Greens. Next up, Pseudo-Polymath gives us Essence and Energy from the East. Mark attempts to explain the essence/energy distinction, a feature of Eastern theology which is not practiced (or understood?) in the Western church.
In the area of personal growth we have many insightful posts. Let us first look at Lucas Vaden on The Power of Gratitude. CatHouse Chat presents us with Love Gifts. Basically, it’s a discussion of Psalm 103, and all the reasons we have to be grateful to God. Annette at Fish and Cans clearly states I am a Servant of Christ. She then presents us with a series of questions. Is it important to consider how Paul introduces himself when he writes the various epistles? In Philippians he calls him a “servant of Christ”. What does that mean for us? Romans 15:4 Project gives us the 2007 Bible Challenge. Mick points out that pagans go to great lengths to build their god’s temple, can we spare 15-30 minutes a day to read the very Word of the true and living God? Then Threads from Henry’s Web provides us with Hearing God’s Voice Redux and deals with the difficult subject of hearing God’s voice. Thinking Christian offers us The Beauty of Explanation: The Solution. All worldviews save one tell us it is up to us to solve our problems. Moslems, Hindus, and Buddhists tell us we must work our way toward the final solution, be it Paradise or Nirvana. Secularists know we are hurting ourselves and each other, and offer nothing beyond ourselves for hope. They all say it’s up to us–all but one…
As usual we have many great Bible Study posts where we are dealing with Scripture and what it means. First the Evangelical Ecologist looks at an issue that came up in Bible Study with his son in Death of the Firstborn Camel. Then Chasing the Wind looks at I Peter with Christian Submission. God’s plan is that as Christians, we are to lead lives of submission in service to one another. Our submission first is to God and to God’s Word. But when we think about submission to others, it can make use feel uncomfortable because we are voluntarily surrendering authority to somebody else. The Bloke in the Outer discusses what type of fishers the disciples were called to be in Fishers of Men? At Crossroads they ask us Who’s Narcissistic? She tells us about a book out detailing what the self-esteem movement in schools has done to the postmodern generation. And sadly, the news is not good. Perhaps it’s not all about ME? Then Church Hopping discusses The Messianic Secret where they ask an interesting question. What was Jesus’ occupation and why was He always requesting that His identity be kept secret? Then dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos theophilos asks, “Is Matthew a pyromaniac?”. He looks at what Matthew may have thought the consequences for the Temple should be.
That brings this carnival to a close. Please go, read and comment. Make sure that you submit your articles for next week’s carnival at BlogCarnival! Go in grace and peace!
I am officially frustrated with book writers. I have been on the search for a biography (or auto) on a woman in church history or women’s ministries. Not the wife of a pastor, missionary, or historical figure (like First Lady). I needed it for a class. I ended up ordering a book on Susanna Wesley (mother of John Wesley) and can find a way to tie it in but it isn’t what I wanted. I know that there are women who are (and have been) involved in church leadership in roles other than pastor. So where are the books? There are many women who are involved in women’s ministries like Elizabeth George, Beth Moore, etc but they seem to be to young to have biographies yet. Maybe I have found a calling or maybe I have just found a rant;).