And no, this is not an edition designed to sell books, but rather according to sections of the bookstore. I had several ideas for this carnival. One was to call it the “Complete Confusion Edition,” after the server problems of yesterday, but God is not the author of confusion, so I thought it better not to name the carnival after the other guy. Then I thought of using just fiction categories, since this is my fiction blog, but I suspect I might be accused of bias regarding posts placed in say a Fantasy or Horror category.
Thus, I’m going to use the rather open-ended bookstore edition. I’m also going to quote some texts from the Lenten lectionary readings with each category I create. Before someone asks, these are my own translations. I use my them a great deal both because I generally do draft a translation of any text I’m studying, but also because of copyright considerations, given the large amount of scripture quotation I do.
Finally, why is this on this blog? Well, I won’t have fully restored the Participatory Bible Study Blog until somewhat later today, and I don’t want to delay that long. Originally, I had just one blog, Threads from Henry’s Web, which also suffered a nasty day yesterday, and I divided it into three to keep from inflicting things on my readers they weren’t so much interested in. Threads now contains politics, social issues, and generally religion and society issues, Participatory is for Bible study, and is usually where I host, and this blog, Jevlir Caravansary, is for playing around with fiction, both reviewing books and such writing as I attempt.
So, welcome to the Bookstore Edition!
1The hand of YHWH grabbed me and took me by the spirit of YHWH and set me down in a valley. The valley was full of bones. 2He made me pass over them all around, and there were very many of them all over the valley and they were very dry.
3And he said to me, “Human! Can these bones live?”
And I said, “My Lord YHWH, you know.”
4And he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, ‘Oh dry bones, hear the word of YHWH! 5This is what YHWH says to these dry bones, “Look! I’m bringing breath among you and you will live! 6And I will put sinews on you and I will bring up flesh on you, and I will cover you with skin, and I will give you breath and you will live and you will know that I am YHWH.”’”
7So I prophesied as I had been commanded, and there was a sound while I prophesied and a clatter, and the bones were gathering together, one bone to another. 8And I looked and sinews were placed on them, and flesh rose up on them, and skin on top of that, but there was no breath in them.
9And he said to he, “Prophesy to the breath! Prophesy human! Say to the breath, ‘This is what the Lord YHWH says, “Come from the four winds, oh breath, and blow into these dead bodies that they may live!”’”
10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath went into them, and they lived and they stood on their feet, and very, very large crowd. — Ezekiel 37:1-14
Weekend Fisher at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength presents The Son of God and the sons of God, looking at all the people and groups called “son of God” in Scripture and finds that Scripture keeps using that phrase, and it means more than we think it means.
Update: I forgot my own entry! I present Testimony – John 4:39-42 discussing the impact of the testimony of the woman at the well. We only need to bring them to the point where they can hear from the Master. We don’t have to have all the answers ourselves. (As you will see below, I also forgot my wife’s entry–bad me!)
24They called the man who had been blind again, and they said, “Give glory to God, we know that this man is a sinner.” 25Then he answered and said, “I don’t know if he is a sinner or not, but I do know one thing: I was bind but not I see.” — John 9:24-25
the bloke presents There are only three types of soil posted at …in the outer…. a re-reading of the Parable of the Sower within the context of Mark 4 provides insight into the lessons that we can glean from this very familiar story. The question to ask is not so much “Am I the kind of person represented by the seed that fell on good soil?” but a slightly different question that helps us to direct our attention at the areas in our lives that need attention.
Ronnica presents Emotions are Nothing to Get Emotional About.
Jody Neufeld presents Depression . . . Win, Lose, or Draw, discussing what depression is and a Christian response.
Chasing the Wind presents God’s Will Be Done Despite Us posted at Chasing the Wind. When we do God’s will, He blesses us. Or we can do it our way and make our lives chaos – but God will accomplish His will anyway. A study of Genesis 25-27 and Isaac, Rebekah, Esau and Jacob.
Marriage and Family
Tom Gilson presents A Dying Man’s Demand for Definite Answers posted at Thinking Christian. In a widely viewed clip from the TV show ER, a dying patient was seeking forgiveness. He didn’t want maybe, didn’t want doubts, didn’t want what-ifs; he wanted certainty. What do we make of that kind of demand? Could anybody legitimately say they know the one true answer?
1Since we have been made right with God by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we also have access by faith to this grace in which we now live and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. — Romans 5:1-2
Chaplain Mick presents To Be, or not to Be – Futility of Human Thinking posted at Romans 15:4 Project. Two news stories caught my attention today and remind me of the futility of human thinking apart from God.
Jeremy Pierce presents Supererogation and Christian Ethics posted at Parableman. Some people think Christian freedom means there are ethical options, i.e. good things that we aren’t morally required to do. This post argues against that view. Morality requires being perfect, as God is perfect.
Matt Rawlings presents A Brief Break from My Vision for a Church to a Dialogue with Luther posted at River City Redemption Project.
Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. asks Is Christianity a Religion? Is telling people that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion, an effective response?
35Jesus heard that they [the religious leaders] had thrown him [the man born blind whom Jesus had healed] out, and he found him and said to him, “Do you believe in the son of man?”
36He answered, “And who is he, sir, so I can believe in him?”
37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him! He is the one speaking to you!”
38He said, “I believe, Lord!” And he worshiped him.
39Jeus said to him, “I have come into this world for judgment, so that those who don’t see might see, and those who see might become blind.”
40Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, “We aren’t also blind, are we?” 41Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin. But because you say, ‘We see,’ Your sin remains.” — John 9:35-41
e-Mom presents Why Men Hate Going To Church posted at C h r y s a l i s. Where are all the fathers? Discussion includes quotes from David Murrow (Why Men Hate Going to Church) and Leon Podles (The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity), plus a previous commentor.
William Meisheid presents Lent 2008: Day 16 – Weekend Warriors posted at Beyond The Rim…. A few thoughts about how God gets the short end of our efforts during the week and how we try to make up for it on the weekend.
Peter Anderson presents The Bible and tithing: To give or not to give – Part 1 posted at Bible Money Matters. A post series talking about tithing and whether or not is biblically commanded to tithe. I will look at both sides of the issue, and then talk about my own feelings on the subject.
Annette presents Tiger Soup posted at Fish and Cans. Though perhaps not a Christian article, the author is a Christian and I thought it might be fun to share a bedtime story I made up for a little boy with lots of stuffed cats, one of which is called “little cat”.
If you were left out, it is almost certainly inadvertent. I only left out one submission intentionally, and that poster should consider that this is not the swim suit and lingerie carnival. So if there’s nothing on your blog that would make me say that, and your post isn’t here, put a link in a comment and I’ll promote it into the post as soon as possible.