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Christian Carnival – November 16, 2011

Welcome to the November 16, 2011 edition of the Christian Carnival. I have generally kept the comments provided by the authors, but have added a few notes of my own. As usual, I throw around a few random awards.

I would remind participants that blog posts are supposed to be within the last week. In a couple of cases I substituted other posts from the same blog because I like to keep participation high. A second requirement is that the posts come from a Christian blog. For me, that means I should be able to discover that you are a Christian writer very quickly. I don’t always seek, but when I do I expect to find.

Chris Price presents Where Did Americans Get Their Work Ethic? posted at American Church History.  Why have people historically talked about the American work ethic? Chris Price sets out to answer this question. Here’s a question for you. What aspect of the Puritans’ beliefs has been claimed as the impetus for the development of capitalism? Follow the link and find out!

Richard H. Anderson presents God is not a Penn State fan posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos, saying, “I am STILL a Penn State fan, class of 1967.” He endeavors to say something new about the Penn State story.


KAZBullet presented Zach Morris and the Irrelevance of Absolutism posted at Bullet’s Brain, even though it was much older than one week. In it he uses the TV show Saved By The Bell to talk about Absolute Truth and the importance of choices we make. I’m making it legal by also posting a link to his most recent post Thoughts from the Valley: Perspectives on the Penn State Scandal, in which he links to posts from a number of perspectives. The first link wins my “sneaking it through the side door” award.

Maryann Spikes presents Answering Stephen Law’s evil god argument posted at Ichthus77. This post gets points for citing both Augustine and Aquinas, along with the award for best use of “logically incoherent” in any post.


Josh presents 21 Inspirational A. W. Tozer Quotes posted at What Christians Want To Know, in which he selects some great quotes.

David R Wells presents Bribing God posted at Revelation 3:10 – Blog. OK, there’s a good question. Have you ever tried to bribe God? Be honest now! I give this one the penetrating question award.

Charles Chua C K presents 10 Happy Ways to live life posted at All About Living with Life.

Cindy Jeffrey presents A Prayer in Time of Tribulation posted at Christian Prayers Daily, saying, “We’re all sinners, and we’re all in need of repentance. This prayer seeks God’s mercy for us in our sinfulness.” This one may not go where you think it’s going. I’m going to give it the pleasantly surprised award.

loswl presents The Stand posted at INSPIKS, saying, “What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? That’s what I’ve been working out over the past few months. I know it’s a lifelong process but I think it’s important to earnestly seek this out right now.”

Ridge Burns presents How Big Is the Family of God! posted at Ridge’s Blog. I was just discussing this very topic today, and I didn’t refer to the text Ridge uses. As he says, “How wonderful is that!” You’ll have to read the post to find out what he said that in reference to.

Jim Klingenberger presents Flesh vs Faith: Shall Not The Judge Do Right? Genesis 18:16-33 posted at Xulonjam’s Blog, in a continuation of his series on the life of Abraham. I give this the comprehensive look at a Bible story award. Fun reading!


Isabel Anders presents Part Two of Wisdom Has a Woman’s Name: Wisdom in a Nutshell | BlogHer posted at BlogHer, in which she discusses how parables and proverbs help us think and learn about the kingdom, if we have ears to hear.

Tim @ Faith and Finance presents Is There Room For Christian Business Leaders? posted at Faith and Finance, saying, “The days of suits, ties, and desks are not gone, but tomorrow’s leaders will be far different than the leaders of yesterday and today. I believe that Christian leaders have a very bright future in the competitive worlds of business and finance.”

Christian Amit presents The Scribes Questions Jesus’ authority posted at Bible Study Exposition Online. How do you respond when you are confronted with the question about your personal belief? This gospel bible study lesson presents Jesus’ response when His authority was questioned by the High priests and the teachers of the Law in the temple court in Mark 11:27-33.

Yohan Perera presents Free tools for creating a custom Facebook fan page for your church or ministry posted at The Virtual Preacher. I give this one the practical information award.

I’d like to introduce a couple of bloggers to the carnival who didn’t submit posts, but who write things I think might interest you.

Greg May writes at Greg’s Waterin’ Hole where he wonders if Moving On Up the Food Chain is really a good idea.

If you don’t read Alan Knox, you should. Try his post Audience of One, and then go look at a few more.

My wife Jody invites you to Make a Trade: Sorrow for Joy on her devotional blog.

And for my own contribution, I present The Benefit of a Secular Education from right here on the Jevlir Caravansary, a short story in the form of a dialog. I present it with no award at all!


That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of christian carnival ii using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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5 comments to Christian Carnival – November 16, 2011

  • Thanks so much for listing me. And for the award (now, where’s my mantle?) and your kind words.

  • Thanks for the award! Love it! 🙂

  • Thanks for including my post. I’m working on a larger historiography of the Puritans (a big task, I know). Many historians focus upon the mercantile and political interests of the Puritans, rather than their beliefs. Weber looked at Calvinists in particular, while British historian R. H. Tawney credited the Puritans specifically with capitalism because of the individualism applied to their calling. Tawney found Calvin mainly medieval in his thinking on economics. As an early twentieth-century Christian socialist, he wasn’t a big fan. The understanding of Puritans has, like everything else, changed over time. I’ll probably post the bigger paper when it’s done. Thanks again.

  • Thanks for the hosting and the acceptance of my article.

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