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Welcome to the 313th 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.   I want to point out that this is the first time some of my closest blog friends have submitted a post to the carnival, and I’m thankful for their participation.  Their posts add significant value to this carnival.

As Jeremy Pierce notes in this post, 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.   (Most of the instructions here are copied from Jeremy’s blog.  Following the carnival links you’ll find additional instructions and qualifications for posts being submitted to next week’s carnival.)

As you might expect with a carnival of this nature, there are some outstanding submissions every week, as well as a few that leave me scratching me head.  At any rate, I encourage you to visit and interact with as many contributors as you can.  Here are the posts, in the order I received them, which make up…

The February 3, 2010 edition of christian carnival ii

William Green presents Slavery in the Old Testament laws posted at Weblog of a Christian philosophy student, saying, “Hey I thought I’d submit a post on how it’s actually quite a good thing that God put laws related to slavery in the Old Testament, even though slavery is an evil.”

Rachel Stevenson presents Life, Lessons, and Ministry in the United Kingdom: Thoughts on Homesickness posted at Life, Lessons, and Ministry in the United Kingdom.

Henry (Honzo) Imler presents Forced Christological Allusions are a Good Thing!* posted at The PoMo Xian.

FMF presents The Poverty Gospel posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Some incorrectly believe that all Christians are meant to be poor.”

David Porter presents Bible in a Year Series: The Shocking Story of Tamar the Adulterous Ancestor of Messiah posted at A Boomer in the Pew.

Anthony Delgado presents Biblical Definition of Angels and Their Purpose posted at eInquisitive | Giving you something productive to think about!.

Yohan Perera presents A PowerPoint sermon for Valentine’s day posted at The Virtual Preacher.

(I’m not sure this is a Christian blog, but posts from it have been included before, so I’ll let it slide again this time.)  Dan Stelter presents What Are Boundaries? posted at Anxiety Support Network Anxiety Recovery Blog, saying, “How do we choose to act in different situations? Those decisions can be complicated, and the Bible helps us make those decisions. Learn how this process works here!”

bethyada presents Interpreting Isaiah 53 christologically posted at True Paradigm, saying, “A brief defence that the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 52–53 is Jesus”

Heather Sanders presents Top 50 Ecumenical Blogs posted at bible college.

Violet N. presents You can be God’s friend posted at Other Food: daily devo’s, saying, “A brief devotional look at the meaning of propitiation. It’s more than just a big theological word.”

Annette presents Dangerous Duty of Delight posted at Fish and Cans.

Phil Lopez presents 20 Blogs to Inspire Christians Everywhere posted at Christian Colleges and Universities, saying, “These are the top sites for helping Christians to create a good daily devotion schedule to further their walk in faith. You can get great interpretations and inspiration from these blogs to apply to almost any issue facing you.”

Matt Rawlings presents The Blog Tribes posted at Pastor Matt.

A Sower presents Behind The Eyes…Surgery posted at A Sower’s Heart.

Ridge Burns presents United Airlines Flight 223, Part 2, a follow-up to his post in last week’s carnival.  It’s posted at Ridge’s Blog.

Derek Ashton presents When Sinners Say “I Do” – Notes on the Sovereign Grace Marriage Conference posted at THEOparadox, saying, “Thanks for hosting the carnival.”

Laurie M. presents in which I speak frankly about abortion posted at Beauty for Ashes.

Bible SEO presents The Doctrine of Trinity posted at Bible Study Exposition Online, saying, “The biblical doctrine of Trinity. Meaning and definition, the non-biblical views of trinity, Trinity in Old Testament and New Testament.  The doctrine of Trinity is a mystery. This post offers practical bible study guide to the introduction and understanding of the Trinity in the bible.”

Chris Brooks presents Was Paul’s Jesus Real? posted at Homeward Bound, saying, “Answering the charge that Paul knew Jesus didn’t exist.”

Robert Fenn presents Born Again Church & Christian Websites posted at Christian Websites.

Jeremy Pierce presents Reflections on C.S. Lewis’ Inclusivism posted at Parableman, saying, “Some reflections on C.S. Lewis’ inclusivism”

michelle presents Devotion — 02.02.10 posted at Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus….

Mike Austin presents Buddhism and Morality posted at Mike Austin’s Blog.

Steven Demmler presents Fiction in Theology Class? posted at You Can’t Mean That!

Rodney Olsen presents The Spirituality of Avatar posted at RodneyOlsen.Net.

Rey Reynoso presents Progressively Sneaky Terminology posted at The Bible Archive, saying, “Answering some questions in regards to sneaky use of terminology with certain theological labels.”

Paul Mathers presents William Wilberforce class notes posted at Paulus Torchus, saying, “Here are my notes from my lecture which I gave this past Sunday morning on the life of William Wilberforce. My notes were largely compiled from A History of Great Britain by R.B. Mowat, Christianity by Roland H. Bainton, Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley, the writings of William Wilberforce and the wonderful biography sermon on Wilberforce by John Piper.”

My contribution this week — Is all Magic evil? — probably wasn’t very well thought out, and certainly raises more questions than it answers; oh well…here it is anyway.

And that concludes this edition of christian carnival ii

Instructions for Submitting a Post to Next Week’s Carnival

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, February 2 (5am GMT Wednesday, February 3).   The deadline for submissions is midnight EST Tuesday night, February 9 (5am GMT Wednesday, February 10).

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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