Christian Carnival CIII

Welcome to the 103rd Christian Carnival. With thirty-eight featured blog posts, a variety of topics are available for your perusal. Please take time to scroll down the list and find a few that interest you.

Holiness and holy days

While Christmastide draws to a close, some bloggers offer reflections on this season and those upcoming.

As Epiphany approaches, Mother-Lode reflects on the cosmic significance of the Incarnation in the Star of Bethlehem and concludes that the Sky’s the Limit.

Kevin at Technogypsy presents Affirming the reality of the Incarnation, in which he examines the Presentation in the temple. [PROFANITY ALERT]

During the holiday season, kitsch is king–so much so that Christmas kitsch has even elicited its own name: Kitschmas! In Jesus Junk and Christian Kitsch 5, Tyler F. Williams–of Codex Blogspot–doesn’t settle for the easy targets, the commonplace pieces of Christmas kitsch available at any big box store (like inflatable Santas or animated reindeer); instead, he brings readers some truly bizarre Christmas fare.

Katy Ramond at writes Holy Day, some Christmas Eve dialog.

In his post To a Thousand Generations, PhilThreeten writes that God’s promise of blessing comes in the midst of a quiet prayer during the holidays.

Entertaining the culture

Whether the culture is entertaining or we are entertaining the culture, bloggers have some things to say.

In his post Movie Review: Munich, Richard J. Radcliffe of Law Religion Culture Review grades Steven Spielberg’s latest movie an “A”, despite its R-rating.

Do Christians sometimes end up as the tail and not the head when it comes to popular culture? David Taylor of Disciple’s Journal takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the issue in his post Raiders of the Last Movie I Watched.

DeputyHeadmistress at The Common Room presents The Winsome Marriage, in which she shares the wisdom of a mother of an age past.

In many Christian churches, patriotism is a part of true faith. Love of God and love of country rarely conflict. But is this what the Bible has to say? At Attention Span, rev-ed writes Is American Culture Compatible with Christianity?, wherein he looks at possible conflicts between the messages featured in common American thought and the faith described in Scripture.

In his post Dogma bites man, everyone’s favorite statistician StatGuy, of Magic Statistics, writes that George Gallup debunks a study purporting to show that religious faith can lead to social problems.

Mark Olson at Pseudo-Polymath presents Wouldn’t It Be Nice?, a reflection on feminism.

Christianity is Jewish‘ cwv warrior writes a post entitled Hereford Nightmare. In it, he discusses how, when a dream comes this clearly out of nowhere, a person should pay attention. The occurrence might have to do with cwv warrior’s new Pray for America calendar from Coral Ridge Ministries. The prayer for January is for our nation to become a culture for life again.

Time marches on

Another year is upon us, and some bloggers are reflecting on things past and others are thinking ahead on the next twelve months.

In the Spirit of Grace takes a look at the dangers of goal setting, in the light of God’s truth in New Year’s Goals & Resolutions.

Martin Labar of Sun and Shield writes Resolutions for 2006 blogging, wherein he lists five behaviors he hopes to exhibit throughout the coming year. He also provides links to guidelines for the blog and to his Flickr resolutions.

Richard at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos theophilos looks back over the past year in his post In Retrospect: Shepherds, Sheep and Rodents.

Joy McCarnan at karagraphy offers some turn-of-the-year thoughts about the death of lesser expectations and sitting loose to the things of this world in her post For at least another year.

What does chapter 11 of Revelation have to do with New Year resolutions? Kathleen Dalton the next in the Revelation Series from Vegetable Soup.

Micah Girl prays for mercy as she ponders the state of the world and the Church and rests on the wisdom of Malachi as she greets the new year in New Year’s Eve Prayers for Mercy.

Louie of The Marshian Chronicles says You Make the Call!. He offers some off beat predictions for 2006–some serious and some not–you make the call on which is which!

Phil Dillon, of Another Man’s Meat, writes Looking Forward, wherein he shares some thoughts on the real source of hope for the New Year.

The gift of languages

No one has offered a recorded message in tongues on his blog but several bloggers discuss language this week.

In response to a recent discussion on the significance of masculine language in the Bible, this post on addresses the reasons why one may or may not wish to say that linguistic facts are sometimes significant to theology.

Rebecca McCormick at Wayne’s World 2005 presents What You Say Is What You Get. She writes that, despite more than fifty years of investigation, the issue of whether, and to what degree, language influences thought is still hotly debated.

John Howell took a break from Back to Basics and wrote Toward a Definition of Theocracy (in deux parts) at Brain Cramps for God.

Do re meme

Those endless streams of questionnaires continue with one that provides insight into this blogger’s ministerial experiences.

Here’s Rev Bill’s twist on the popular “meme” posts on blogs–the Rev Bill Pastoral Meme.

Just, another day

Justice is a worthy subject today or any other, and bloggers are writing about its importance.

Mike Landfair at Mover Mike presents Abortion–“international human right”???, in which he wonders about the future.

At Hodos, the discussion continues on remonasticism with a description of social justice in the post The Role of Social Justice.

Xyba at Once More Into the Breach presents Judge Orders Priest, Prove Christ Exists, in which he discusses the atheist author who, looking to prove his point, has taken a Roman Catholic priest to court to force him to demonstrate the historical proof that Jesus Christ was a real person.

Our friends at IRIS continue their hard-hitting, thought-provoking commentary in the post The Unreported Legal Abuse of Non-Muslims in Islam.

Time, distance, matter, and grace

Whether it’s holding the world in place or keeping his creatures in order, God’s involvement in Creation causes bloggers to write.

Barbara Sanders writesLittle Things Matter to God at Tidbits and Treasures, in which she states that she is proof God does answer what we may think is a very insignificant prayer request.

In her post Under Grace, Kim Bloomer of Sharing Spirit says that, because we’re under grace, under the Lord’s mercy, there is no excuse for us as Christians to continue in sin.

As a part of a series based on the topics for a philosophy class called Theories of Knowledge and Reality, Jeremy Pierce at Parableman looks at the classic cosmological argument for the existence for God in his post Cosmological Argument.

Ron of Northern ‘burbs blog writes NBB Theology: Faith, a post on faith, what it is, from where it comes, and how we claim grace through it.

The Bloke …in the outer… offers Loss, losing and hope, in which he reflects on a couple of email he received this week. One is from a friend who is struggling with the pain of the experience of losing her father to the ravages of disease; the other is a newsletter from a friend who recounted the ups and downs of the past year. One expressed despair in the face of trauma and pain, while the other expressed quiet optimism in the light of his commitment to make a difference in the world around him.

A Penitent Blogger writes about Ignorant Saints, a brief reflection on how the Holy Spirit can help us in some of our most embarrassing failures.

Adam of Adam’s Blog begins a two part series on legalism by explaining what legalism isn’t, what it is, and what it does in Legalism, Part One.

A continental tour

Bloggers believe that God’s grace extends through Africa, Asia, and all the world.

In his post entitleWorks of the Law in Galatians, Sven asks what Paul meant by “the works of the law” in his letter to the Galatians. It has often been argued that these are religious good works designed to earn our salvation–but does this fit what we know about the Galatian situation?

In her post The Village That Lived by the Bible, Diane R. of Crossroads discusses Paul’s statement in Romans that he wasn’t ashamed of the gospel because it is the very power of God. The story she shares from post-war Japan illustrates Paul’s view.

Foyle of Verum Serum writes a post entitled The Witches’ Village, in which he shares about how a tiny Christian church–that meets under a tree in a remote part of Africa–is helping a village of outcasts and orphans known to locals as the Witches’ Village.


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