I must be crazy! I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to host the Christian Carnival the week before Christmas. I was surprised this time around to find that many posts did not meet the participation specs as they are laid out at Wittenberg Gate. If I received your post and you don’t see it here, then it did not meet the criteria. Merry Christmas and enjoy reading this week’s carnival. I have no idea which number carnival this is…can you say “worn slap out?” The little images dividing the posts don’t mean anything; I thought they’d be fun to add. The posts are not in any particular order.
The Bloke in The Outer offers a little known demonstrations of Christ as the Messiah and Savior for the whole world is found in the (boring) list that is recorded in the first chapter of Matthew in The Messiah for the Whole World.
Bonnie at Intellectuelle brings us The Ubiquitously Deceitful Heart in which she responds to concerns raised by two bloggers with suggestions for how to deal with the lack of gospel-directed living so prevalent within the church.
The Participatory Bible Study Blog offers Fear and Bible Study. The same God who was faithful to help you get started in hearing His word will continue to help you understand even more of it. A devotional from Deuteronomy 7:9, 17-19.
Tom at Thinking Christian offers Miracles and Science. It’s time to celebrate the miracle of the Incarnation–God becoming man, born of a virgin. It’s an obvious opportunity to consider whether the Christian claims of miracles are still credible in light of modern science.
How does the hymn Joy to the World relate to the environment? Not too complicated, really? Don Bosch has a post on this over at The Evangelical Ecologist. If there is anything that distinguishes Christian environmentalism from all the rest, it is the joy of Christ that we bring to the world. Hope you’ll stop by!
Karen at From the Anchor Hold (who is also hosting next week’s carnival, so don’t forget to send her your submissions before the holiday) offers her thoughts on why we should not complain about paying taxes while needing and enjoying the government’s services. Read more of why giving Caesar’s money to Caesar upholds the common good in Caesar’s Money and the Common Good.
Meagan of Everyday Liturgy explores whether the study of theology should be more like a science or more like poetry.
Rev. Bill wonders, in his post Swimming Video, if a connection can be made between people who call themselves Christians but don’t really participate in the Christian life and don’t tell others about Christ, and the guy in this video who calls himself a “swimmer” but no longer swims and refuses to teach others to do so.
Jordan Ballor of the Action Institute PowerBlog offers More Than a Social Gospel in which he examines the evangelical reactions to the social gospel, and current counter-reactions, particularly the claim that Christians are called to “love others just as they are, without an agenda.” He argues that such claims, if taken too far, represent “a radical departure from the traditional Christian faith.”
Andre at Every Square Inch offers Deconstructing Racism. “Nothing captures our national conversation like the problem of racism. Racism is a stark reminder of the effect of sin on the human race. As the church, we have an opportunity to bring the gospel to bear on this vitally important issue that the world cares about but has no answer to. Will we speak up?”
Katy at Fallible has a heart that is breaking this Christmas. “I am close to so many hurting people, and it makes me sad that the one gift Who makes all the difference is often the only One left untouched.” Read more of The Giver.
Rodney at The Journey asks, “Do you live in a Christian nation? Do we have the right to demand others in our community share the same language and beliefs that we do regarding Christmas? Should we be offended when someone wishes us a Happy Holiday rather than a Merry Christmas? Can we even claim that we’re living in a Christian nation?”
Diane at Crossroads offers a review of David Kuo’s book, Tempting Faith. She says, “David Kuo’s new book tells it like it is for Christian evangelicals–that is, politics has not only gotten us nothing and nowhere, but we have gotten used and taken to the cleaners by the Bush administration as well las Congress.”