For your reading pleasure, Wittenberg Gate presents the latest edition of the Christian Carnival, a collection of links to the week's best posts from a variety of Christian blogs. If you are a Christian who writes a blog and would like to contribute to future Christian Carnivals or host a Christian Carnival at your blog, find entry and hosting information here.
Mick at Romans 15:4 Project presents The (In)Humanity of Choice. "Choice" has become an idol of the humanist worldview. It relegates life and humanity to something to be controlled and eliminated at a whim. This is an exhortation to the Church to speak Truth against the idols of our day!
Bible Study and Theology
Codex: Resources for Biblical Studies Blogspot contributes The Strange New World of the Bible This post looks at the historical and cultural gulf between our world and the world of the Bible. Using the industrial revolution as an example, I argue that we need to do as much as we can as readers and interpreters to recognize the gulf between our world and the “strange new world within the Bible” so as to ensure we properly read and interpret and understand the biblical text.
PhilThreeten sends us And On the Eighth Day... What if creation was starting all over on the eighth day? Insights from a Protestant's reading of the Catholic Catechism that focus on creation and redemption.
David Ker presents Welcome to the new Lingamish posted at Lingamish. David Ker's Lingamish Blog is now at a new home. In celebration, David is proposing a new series of posts called "Bible Puzzlers."
From the Anchor Hold sends us ....and the Lord will raise us up...... The Feast of the Dormition, alias the Assumption, is celebrated by all the ancient Christian Churches, and has been since before the Church fully emerged from Lydia's living room and Polycarp's tomb. But
what does that seemingly small piece of early Christian history --- that Jesus' mommy died and what happened to her body --- have to do with us believers almost two millennia later, and why is it doctrine?
Vons Takes sends Interpretations of Scripture and says, 'Catholics have their method of interpreting Scripture, and Protestants theirs; but there is a very popular third method nowadays, and it is blasphemous in its assumptions.'
Don Bosch over at The Evangelical Ecologist has some green thoughts on Jesus' parable of The Good Samaritan in a post titled "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Christian ecology is good samaritan sort of work. Obviously our attention is on restoring what has been abused (the land and the people and creatures living there) and bringing healing to the sick and injured by restoring the health of ecosystems and living conditions for people. With our growing knowledge of science and environmental technology and a lot of elbow grease we can redeem places that have been left for dead. Our relationship with God as stewards of his Creation is also restored. But it would be a shame if we stopped there."
Chasing the Wind shares The Meaning of Life. We only have this one life. Don’t sit there, frozen by disaster. Cast that bread upon the waters and reap the rewards of seeing others find the love of Christ. God calls us to plant and reap, not just sit there and observe life going by.
What in the world is an "IMix" and what can it have to do with stillness of soul? Find out this week at Light Along the Journey as John does one of his "Monday Media Meltdowns" on the topic Be Still My Soul.
Father David Jennings of Left of Calvary shares "Wanted: Bigger Faith or a Bigger Bumper" This post looks at the propensity Christian's have to use bumper-sticker like cliches when faced with the pain and hurt of another.
Wittenberg Gate contributes Advice When Facing Spiritual Abuse, a post by guest writer, the Rev. Reed DePace, who shares his scriptural insight on and personal experience with dealing with those who abuse church authority.
News and Culture
Touring with Virgil sends us Good News for Christians! This post discusses a review of a new book by Philip Jenkins on the spread of Christianity in Asia and Africa, and the impact the new converts may have.
Jack Yoest presents What's Charmaine doin' with AmericaBlog's John Aravosis? posted at Jack Yoest.
Semicolon guides us to literature's Best Conversions. After perusing Penguin's list of 100 Best Classics in 20 categories, she used some of their categories and made up some of her own for a series of posts. In this post she chose what she thought were the Five Best Conversion Stories in Literature.