Welcome to the 302nd edition of the Christian Carnival, a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. This carnival is open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions.
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Disclaimer: As you might expect with a carnival like this, I don’t agree with all the views expressed in every post, but I’m always more than happy to host it. There are many excellent, thought-provoking articles every week. If I had time, I would comment on some of the posts with which I disagree, but I don’t have time, so this disclaimer will have to suffice.
I should note that today is Veteran’s Day in the U.S. Before proceeding, I simply want to acknowledge my gratitude to all those who have served, or are currently serving their country in the armed forces.
Conflicts of all types are very real. Appropriately enough for this Veteran’s Day edition of the carnival, many of the posts this week deal with the battles we face as followers of Christ. Here they are, in the order I received them:
Diana Hall presents The Death Penalty: Just Deserts or Justice Deserted? posted at damascusmoments, saying, “How does a Christian state justify the death penalty? Can it?”
Yohan Perera presents The Parable of the Sower (PowerPoint version) | The Virtual Preacher posted at The Virtual Preacher, saying, “100% free preaching and teaching resources for Christians”
loswl presents Who is God – Part One posted at INSPIKS | Inspirational Piks, saying, “A first glance this colorful paper strip looks just like a normal two sided band of paper, but at a closer look it becomes obvious that this strip of paper is by no means normal in the sense it has only one side—this is called a Mobius strip.”
A K Browne presents Let’s Wait Awhile posted at W2W Soul: Windows to The Woman’s Soul, saying, “Amy felt confident about her decision to go to Joey’s apartment that night to watch a movie. Yes they would be alone, but it was just a comedy with no risqué content. Since they both shared the same values, they both had agreed to practice sexual purity before marriage.”
Bible SEO presents How to Effectively Lead Bible Study Small Group or Church Cell Group | Bible Study Lessons | Bible Studies | Printable Bible Study Guide posted at Bible Study Exposition Online, saying, “This is a practical study guide for effectively leading a small group bible study. It offers various suggestions for study preparation, group dynamics and management.”
ADelgado presents Glorify God With Your Body?1 Corinthians 6.9-20 posted at eInquisitive | Giving you something productive to think about!, saying “I have been teaching Bible study lessons for many years now. I have a passion for teaching the Bible, God’s inspired word, accurately through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
Weekend Fisher presents The historical Jesus is Jewish: Gauging a gospel’s historical view of Jesus posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength, saying, “Weekend Fisher looks at measurable quality differences between Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John on the one hand, and the non-canonical gospels on the other. Here we see how a prominent Jewish scholar uses the canonical gospels as primary sources on first-century synagogues, while the non-canonicals cannot be used that way.”
Brian Marchionni presents Are Charismatics Ruining the Term “Charismatic”? posted at Boston Bible Geeks, saying “It’s always interesting to see the reaction I get when I tell someone that I am a charismatic. I’ve been getting weird looks since my undergrad days at a Baptist university.”
Jeremy Pierce presents God’s Priorities in Phil 1:9-11 posted at Parableman, saying, “Paul’s prayer in Phil 1:9-11 has several “so that” clauses that indicate further priorities for each thing he prays for.”
michelle presents 11.07.09 posted at Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus… “A Meditation on Isaiah 53″
My contribution to the carnival this week is Angels and Demons. “I’m not talking about Dan Brown’s novel, or the movie based on it. I’m talking about real demons and real angels.
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