I had something big – really big! – planned for this edition of the Christian Carnival, but something small got in my way – my patience. So…
Welcome to the 218th Christian Carnival – the “was going to be big” edition, where the only big things are the category headings, and even that was an accident.
But before we start, there seems to be a bit of confusion about which country this blog belongs to. Let me quickly clarify.
I am a New Zealander and my wife is an Australian. Hence the name Kiwi and an Emu. “Kiwi” is a common name for New Zealanders. “Emu” is not a common name for Australians. DO NOT CALL AN AUSTRALIAN AN EMU! Australians are “Aussies”. My wife is called an emu solely in the title of this blog.
We live in Australia.
Now, on with the Carnival!
Reading the title of this next post made me consider changing my profession! FMF presents How to Increase Your Salary by 19%: Become a Pastor (Ok, Not Really) posted at Free Money Finance. Apparently there are some financial benefits to being a pastor. I wonder if that’s the same in Australia?
This one on Spiritual Leadership from Annette fits in this category here, too.
David Porter understands sanctification as the meat in the sandwich between grace and glory. Read Growing as a Disciple of Jesus Christ (Part 2) to find out how he sees this working out at A Boomer in the Pew.
“Dealing with needless suffering can be tough. Remembering that we have a sovereign, wise, and good Lord helps put it in perspective.” Ronnica presents Hope in the Lord posted at Tale of a Kansas Girl.
Lack of respect for men in the home and in the Church leads to disrespect for pastors and church leadership, and general dishonor of the Church as an institution. Not to mention the lack of honor for authority in the world. God’s desire is that we both unconditionally love and unconditionally honor Him, and when husbands are respected as much as wives are loved, we are closer to exhibiting all of Christ to the world. Yet as much as we hear from the pulpit and Christian marriage counseling today on “husbands, love your wives” we are too afraid to say with Paul that husbands must be honored by their wives. Honor is a man’s love language. What are we missing out on as couples and as a Church, and what influence do we have in the world, if we don’t get that? Don Bosch explores this home habitat issue in a post titled A Menaissance Wanted at The Evangelical Ecologist.
Heir to Life presents April Foolishness at the Spirited Ink blog. Believers are inspired to not be fooled or limited by our own human thoughts, but to rejoice in weakness, embracing God’s desire and strength to use the foolish things of the world or inside of us to fulfill our own unique, immeasurable God-sized vision for all areas of our lives!
John Hobbins of Ancient Hebrew Poetry takes note of George Eliot’s critique of evangelical preachers in her day. It will make your hair stand on end. (HT: Kyle Covett, whose blog, Mayfly, is worth a look).
“Today’s young activist Christans are a breath of fresh air. They bring a distinctively Christian perspective and sense of calling to causes often dominated by secular groups — human rights, the environment, global poverty, human trafficking, freedom, and democracy. But they need to be careful that their main message is not drowned out by the clatter of lesser things.” Erich Bridges sounds a warning in Activist Christians: Keep priorities straight posted at CounterCulture.
Jeremy Pierce says, “In a strange twist, Hillary Clinton is now coming under fire for associating with the secret cabal of theonomists called evangelicalism.” Read Hillary the Evangelical Theonomist Conspirator? at Parableman for the details.
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