There’s somethin’ strange goin’ on here. This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of hosting the Christian Carnival. The first time, my blog broke down completely just about the time I was scheduled to write and post the Carnival. It was completely inaccessible for reading and for administrating for several hours. Well, that happened again yesterday, and it took about eight hours of work on my end with help from tech support at the web host to solve it this time. Is there a pattern here?
Well, I’m not going to read too much into that, and I’m certainly glad to be hosting this time! But these incidents remind me of a song called “Broken Things,” written many years ago by a Campus Crusade for Christ musician who had taken a tour in the Philippines. Somebody she saw there, on a street or in a shop, was looking to buy broken things so he could repair and re-sell them. In her song she asked the question, “Do you know one who buys broken things?” And the answer of course was yes: we know Jesus Christ. He came to pay the price for our sins, in a figurative sense to buy broken people, to give them life, heal them, and set them free. That includes you and me.
Everything in the Christian life is about knowing and celebrating the One who did that for us, or about learning what it needs to be a broken person being healed and entering into a new life, or helping others understand how Christ does this. So this is the “Broken Things” edition of the Christian Carnival, with an emphasis on how we get “repaired.”
Learning About Christ and His Word
• Anne, blogging at Weekend Fisher, asks an interesting question about the Bible:
How much does a word cloud tell you about the main point of a writing? Have you ever seen a word cloud for one of the gospels?
See one outcome at Gospel of Mark: Word Cloud.
• Jeremy Pierce presents Contemporary Units of Measurement in Bible Translations posted at Parableman. Translation isn’t such a bad thing — it’s one of the heart strategies of missions, after all!
Learning About and Living Our New Life in Christ
• Free Money Finance tells about how we often “fail to realize that our money is not our own. It is God’s money and we are each just a steward of a certain amount.” Also in More Thoughts on Tithing and Giving: why we may be afraid to give, and why it’s good under God to give nevertheless.
Without the salvation historical work of Jesus Christ, forgiveness is impossible, but without human μετάνοια (repentance), it can not be realized.
…. Seek help from wise people, follow God’s precise instructions even if they don’t make sense, and watch the blessings flow. He cares for you.
When do our actions have meaning? When do our lives have meaning? I look where the Bible addresses those questions and the secular view on those questions.
• Sherry Early reviews a “Weird. Nightmare-ish. Imaginative. Chestertonian.” novel, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton [one of my favorite authors, though I haven’t read this book yet]. Her review is posted at Semicolon.
• This week at Light Along the Journey John decides that after toning up his body with his “Wii fit” he wants a video game (or maybe something else?) to tone up his soul in his post “I Want a Wii Life.” He realizes, though, that he can’t fix everything up quite the same way!
The God-Talk Club was gathered at the cafe, and everyone was fairly quiet….
They end up in a pretty fascinating conversation about a “prophet” showing up at church.
They thought they had found Daniel’s weakness. He was a man of faith in an unseen god. Has anyone ever suggested to you that “having faith in God is for weak-minded people”?
Helping Others Know and Understand Christ
• Theresa Twogood at Olin e-Publishing will let you wonder for a while what she means by A New and Unique Philosophy?, but I’ll give you a hint: some attempts at repair only hide what’s broken, they don’t really fix it.
• Brian Russell of the Real Meal Blog offers Illustrating Missional (Re)Alignment. This essay explores the need for Christ followers to realign continually with the mission of God in the World.
The world’s most notorious atheist has looked at the evidence and has changed his mind. His book, There Is A God, outlines what he understands as the compelling case for the existence of God.
• And finally, my own entry from Thinking Christian is about Truth in the Fire: C.S. Lewis and the Pursuit of Truth Today. The very concept of Truth is under attack, and it matters greatly to our life in Christ and to our witness.
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