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Welcome to the 321st edition of christian carnival ii, 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.

One of the goals of the carnival is to offer our readers a broad range of Christian thought.  If you’ve never participated before, this is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers.

PLEASE NOTE: There were several posts this week that fell outside the acceptable dates for submission.  Arbitrarily, I included some that were written fairly recently, and excluded some that were written months or even years ago.  Basically, you have a one week window to write a qualifying post for the next carnival.  Posts for next week should have been written between midnight March 30 and midnight April 6.  Following the carnival links you’ll find more detailed instructions and qualifications for any post you might want submit to the carnival.

As you might expect with a carnival of this nature, there are some outstanding submissions every week, as well as a few that I don’t endorse or agree with.  However, I encourage you to visit and interact with as many contributors as you can.  Here are the posts (in the strange order they appeared in the InstaCarnival tool) which make up…

The Marsh 31, 2010 edition of christian carnival ii

Chris Brooks presents Why Did Christ Die at Passover? posted at Homeward Bound, saying, “Because the cross was about so much more than atonement.”

Jeremy Pierce presents God, please rewind the day! posted at Parableman, saying, “A lesson from an autistic outburst”

Steven Demmler presents Book Review: “Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth” posted at You Can’t Mean That!, saying, “I review Alister McGrath’s latest book, a study on the history and essence of “heresy.””

Sonny presents A Passion for the Christ Art posted at Seize the Day. saying, “To say that Jesus Christ has been the subject of several works of art in the almost two millennia since his death would be a huge understatement.”

Violet N. presents Pray! posted at Other Food: daily devo’s, saying, “When the time of bruising heels and heads came, Satan’s tracks grew increasingly visible. Jesus had an antidote for all that demonic activity.”

Anthony Delgado presents Martin Luther—Germany’s Advocate for Sound Biblical Doctrine | eInquisitive posted at eInquisitive. saying “Martin Luther’s life can be summed up by calling him a man dedicated to the restoration of sound doctrine.”

Mike Leake presents Monday’s Ministry Musing: Angels and the Gospel posted at Borrowed Light. saying “More people would probably take a class on angelology than they would on atonement. This is not surprising; angels are comfortable, the gospel isn’t.”

Laurie and Paul present of babies and bathwater posted at Iron Sharpens Iron. This unique blog format is composed of a lively exchange between a husband and wife that covers… well, anything that comes to their mind!

Michelle Buck presents Will you pass over Passover? posted at Cross Driven, saying, “Why Christians should care about Passover and what the significance is for our lives today.”

Yohan Perear presents A PowerPoint sermon for Easter posted at The Virtual Preacher, saying, “This is a PowerPoint sermon for Easter…”

FMF presents Where Did All the Givers Go? posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Why has giving by Christians dropped so much over the decades?”

Aaron Travis presents the sound of silence posted at themuse(ic)ian. saying, “in our pursuit of sound, I wonder if we have lost the discipline of silence.”

Joe Plemon presents Declare Who You REALLY Are: A Winner posted at Personal Finance By The Book, saying, “Do you know who you REALLY are? Declare it and believe it and you will live it.”

Ishtar presents » Remember, Dad? Esther Garvi: The Garvi Family Chronicles posted at Esther Garvi. Poignant.

michelle presents But you cannot see My face posted at And She Went Out…. saying, “God is my friend, thanks to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.”

Allen Scott presents Statutes of Liberty posted at Journey Across the Sky, saying, “To truly live free you need to know your limits. Having not limits or boundaries only produces chaos and bondage.”

Ridge Burns presents Grace Valley Fellowship, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania posted at Ridge’s Blog. Ridge describes preaching at a church that “wasn’t just about what they do on Sunday; it was about sharing their lives together as a whole.”

Mia Taylor presents 50 Great Books Every Christian Needs to Read posted at Online Christian Colleges, saying, “Whether ancient or contemporary, liberal or conservative, promoting inward meditation or outward service, or even written by authors with different beliefs, these books have something to offer Christians looking to explore the history and components of their religion.”

Bible SEO presents Rich Young Ruler and Jesus | Luke 18:18-27 | Bible Study posted at Bible Study Exposition Online, saying, “Inductive bible study lessons on Mark 10:17-27: Rich young ruler’s question to Jesus about Eternal life. Jesus’ answer, life applications from the bible lesson”

Janis Van Keuren presents Rescued posted at Open My Ears, Lord, saying, “The story about our favorite dog, “Chip” relates to how the Lord rescued us. My blog contains several Christian inspirational posts written by me.”

andrew hawkes presents hawkes – hfl – The Trip Home. – The Trip Home. posted at hawkes – hfl, saying, “I am a 22 yr old missionary. Weird eh? I guess not a missionary in the traditional sense of move away and live full time over seas. But raising my own support/traveling lots and sharing the love of Christ is my thing. God is oh so good. Hooking up churches with places all around the world – then leading the teams to make a huge impact in the lives of thousands. I just went to haiti and am going again in May.”

My contribution this week is the conclusion to my discipleship series: RADICAL

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First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then either use this Blog Carnival submission form, or send your submission to christiancarnivalsubmissions shift-2 gmail dotte com (convert that to a normal email address).  You can view past carnivals and future hosts using the corresponding tabs on this page.

Please submit only one post (per blog, per author) dated since the last Christian Carnival deadline, i.e. something posted since midnight EST Tuesday night, March 30 (5am GMT Wednesday, March 31).   The deadline for submissions is midnight EST Tuesday night, April 6 (5am GMT Wednesday, April 7).

Be aware that hosts have the option of limiting the Christian Carnival to the first 40 or 50 acceptable entries.  Most hosts do not do this, and most weeks do not have that many posts, but this is a good reason to enter early just in case. Hosts that limit the number of entries do not have the option of selecting their favorites, so you can’t rely on your post being good.

Disclaimer: As the goal of this Carnival is to highlight Christian thought in the blogosphere, entries will be limited to blogs that share that goal. Posts strictly focused on matters unrelated to Christianity or from blogs with potentially offensive material that Christians may not want to link to may end up being rejected, but there are other carnivals that would be a more appropriate for such posts. Though this will be a judgment call on the part of the week’s host or the carnival’s organizers, and being human they may make mistakes, this is necessary given that the Christian Carnival is sometimes quite large, and it is sometimes questionable whether the entrants are seeking to promote Christian thought.

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