I planned to get this posted early this morning, but my job–you know, my paying work–intervened. Advance copies of one book arrived from the printer yesterday, and then the first release copies of two more showed up today. For a small publisher, that’s a heavy couple of days!
In any case, even though it’s not for me, summer vacation is here, so I’m going to organize today’s carnival around various types of vacations. Don’t read too much into the vacation spot under which I list your post. It’s intended as fun!
To the Beach!
First let’s head out to the beach for some fun. There we will find:
The Sites of the Reformation
Sue Roth presents The unforgivable sin? Or the unanswerable question? posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, asking a few hard questions about forgiveness.
For His Glory presents Smorgasbord Tuesday: The Fruit of the Spirit: LOVE posted at For His Glory. The Holy Spirit brings freedom in our lives; all we have to do is go to the source to have life.
Danny at Boston Bible Geeks asks the question “why does God choose to pour His Spirit out on Pentecost?” and looks for some OT connections to help us answer the question in The Spirit, the Law & Pentecost
Weekend Fisher presents The abomination that causes desolation v. the cross of Christ posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength, considering the Abomination that Causes Desolation, the absence of God from the Holy Place, and the cross of Christ.”
Then how about some time out hiking and camping in nature alone, with plenty of time to meditate and hear from the creator?
Visiting a Financial Center
What scholar doesn’t like the idea of a sabbatical? On sabbatical we find:
Robert Minto presents Emerson’s “American Scholar” & Christian Thinking posted at The Veil Away, discussing what it means to be a Christian scholar, which refers back to his previous day’s post, Does the Gospel Explain Life?. I decided to treat them as one long post and include both.
The postmdoern Christian wants us to believe he or she is very authentic and tolerant. But are they really? Diane R. discusses this in “Authentic” and “Tolerant?” Hmmmmm…. posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet.
Jeremy Pierce says, “There’s a tension between the tendency among some Christian pacifists to call a lot of non-physically-violent things violent and the tendency among some of the same people to say that there’s no violence in the atonement.” He expands on this in Leithart on Christian Pacifism and the Atonement posted at Parableman.
Douglas Manning presents Does The Law Of Attraction Contradict The Bible? (Part 1) posted at SuccessHound.com. This is Part One of a two part article that takes a comprehensive look at whether or not the law of attraction, as explained in the move, The Secret, is in conflict with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Family Vacation
In which we take the family, well, anywhere!
Are you ready to catch a whiff of … Allen Scott presents Grandma’s Apple Pie posted at Journey Across the Sky. He says: “I loved my grandma’s apple pies. To me there was nothing better than a fresh hot apple pie straight from the oven, covered with vanilla ice cream and eaten while it was still warm. Mmm Mmm good!”
Rounding out our post discussing how God might view certain things we have Sinful Certainty from James McGrath, in which he suggests that certainty may well be God’s prerogative. So then certainty could be a sin, no?
michelle presents Ephesians 6:12 posted at Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus…. Could a strange encounter have a cause in the spiritual realm?
OK, some of us skip the vacation.
Bruce Alderman looks at the same issue from a different angle in Does “pro-life” mean anything at all?
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