The 87th Christian Carnival is up over at PseudoPolymath.
There's a post from Gladmanly this week, and lots of other great reads as well.
UPDATE: Having had the time to visit the Carnival, I'd like to recommend the following posts:
Jeremy at Parable Man observes:
There's almost nothing in the gospels about circumcision. Jesus was circumcised. There's one appearance besides that, I believe, and it's almost a side issue to a much more specific discussion about something else. Jesus didn't seem very interested in it. That's interesting for a number of reasons, but I want to suggest one thing that we should conclude that may not be as obvious.David at All Kinds of Time quotes from 1 Sam 8:6-22a, and concludes:
But the church at large, especially in America, has failed at the very least to be socially active in crying out against a nation that would settle for a government that would attempt (and so blatantly fail) to care for said nation's poor.Rev-ed at Attention Span describes the painful experience of losing a friend to a heart attack, and it tears him up. “Frankly, I'm still in shock. I'm typing this as some kind of catharsis -- a way to process all this -- because this really rips at me.”
Mark Olson, this week’s host at Pseudo-Polymath, laments that “The past had myth and magical stories in abundance,” and asks “What do we hold in that place today?”
Weekend Fisher of Heart Mind Soul & Strength believes that “the Quality Control branch of Christianity is out of control itself. It doesn't know when to stop pruning.”
Pastor Mark at Runalong with Pastor Mark uses the example of a man who is determined to visit every Starbucks store on the Planet:
There are two ways to go wrong in life and only one way to get it right. You can live without purpose or passion- if that is your life you need to wake up and live ("if I should wake before I die..."). You can live passionately for the wrong things, or even for good things that aren't the best things. No one ever said on his deathbed, "I wish I'd spent more time at the office." Or you can live passionately for that which is most valuable and meaningful in life.Check them out, and be blessed!