The Carnival is Coming Back

christian_carnival_lion.jpgI’m having some friends drop in next week. They’ll be visiting from all over the world and you’re invited to join us. The next Christian Carnival is being hosted here at RodneyOlsen.Net.

The weekly Christian Carnival is an opportunity for Christian blog writers to share their best posts from the previous week. The topic of the post doesn’t necessarily have to focus on Christianity but it must reflect a Christian worldview, and the writer must be Christian to qualify. You may wish to consider that the readership of the Christian Carnival will be more varied than your usual readership, and you might do better contributing a post with broad appeal.

I’ve already received a number of contributions and I’m looking forward to offering readers of this blog some great links when the carnival is published.

If you’re a Christian and you’ve never contributed before, or if it’s been a while since you have, how about having a look through your posts for this week and choosing something to contribute. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, just a post that outlines your point of view or is designed to get others thinking. Being part of the carnival could be a great way to gain a little extra traffic at your blog.

The easiest way to get involved is to submit your article through the Blog Carnival Submission Form. Otherwise, you can email the submission address.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday evening at midnight, Eastern (US) Standard Time. That means it’s midday Wednesday here in Perth, Western Australia.



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Dirty Secrets Uncovered

To the world his life looked like the ultimate success. People around the world loved him. He had a beautiful wife and a two lovely children. His massive wealth was continuing to grow rapidly and he had a reputation as being a thoroughly nice guy.

In November last year it all fell apart when the world learned of an extramarital affair, then another, then still more. It wasn’t long before even more was discovered about the secret life of Tiger Woods.

More recently a Melbourne multi-millionaire dissapeared. Everyone wondered what had happened to the 52 year old suburban dad and husband.

The search to find Herman Rockefeller ended tragically when his body was discovered in a suburban backyard. It was then that his secret double life was revealed. It was reported that he had a mystery girlfriend, five secret mobile phones and a connection to Melbourne’s swingers scene.

In both cases there was a secret life of deceit being lived in the shadows. In both these cases the truth came to light and destroyed one man’s reputation while claiming the life of the other.

How many people do we know that are living secret lives? Are there people close to us that are living a radically different life behind closed doors that we don’t know about?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and Vice President elect of the Baptist World Alliance. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

We discussed secret lives today and asked if we all have a secret life. We also looked at ways of ensuring our own integrity and what to do if we’ve found ourselves entangled in a secret life.

If you’d like to hear what Ross had to say, simply click the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

To what extent do we all live secret lives? Are there things we do in secret that we wouldn’t want splashed across the front page of the newspaper?

Is there a disconnect between our private and public selves? Are there things we need to do to retain our integrity?

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The Spirituality of Avatar

AvatarI’m probably the only person on the planet who is yet to see Avatar. I was at the cinema to see Old Dogs on Sunday afternoon and the queue for Avatar went half way across the city. Well maybe not … but it was a very long queue.

I don’t know if I’ll get around to seeing Avatar but I’ve certainly heard conflicting reports about the spirituality presented in the movie. Some say that there is a strong messianic theme to the movie while others talk about the strong pantheistic themes.

We need to keep in mind that the movie is the work of James Cameron who not only brought us the blockbuster Titanic, but also the documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, claiming that a tomb containing the bodies of Jesus and other members of his family had been discovered. Cameron is certainly a spiritual person who is critical of the beliefs of Christianity, leaning more towards a belief of universal energy.

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and Vice President elect of the Baptist World Alliance. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

We discussed the spirituality of Avatar today, highlighting the various themes it presents.

If you’d like to hear what Ross had to say, simply click the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

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Christian Carnival 309

christian_carnival_lion.jpgThe carnival is back in town and we’ve had another great response this week. It’s always wonderful to see some first timers joining the carnival as well as some of the regulars at their thought provoking best.

The weekly Christian Carnival is an opportunity for Christian blog writers to share their best posts from the previous week. The topic of the post doesn’t necessarily have to focus on Christianity but it must reflect a Christian worldview, and the writer must be Christian to qualify.

As always it’s a real honour to be able to present such a diverse range of great posts.

Please take the time to read through each post … it’s worth it. You might also like to link to this week’s carnival so that your blog readers can enjoy the variety of styles and thought. Another way to spread the word about the Christian Carnival is to click any of the buttons below this post to share the carnival on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon or any of the other sites represented.

Starting things off this week is Trent Cotton with his post The Christian Sword ? The Guard over at Christian Men-Christian Warriors.

NCSue presents Sharing time, talent, and treasure at the blog In Him We Live and Move and Have our Being.

A surprise from FMF to start the new year. You don’t own “your” stuff. Check out The Proper Understanding of God’s Ownership of “Our” Money at Free Money Finance to find out more.

Chris Brooks has some useful advice for those wanting to make Bible reading a more impacting part of 2010. 7 Tips for Reading the Bible in a Year is posted at Homeward Bound and has plenty of great ideas to get you underway for the new year.

Who are the “new” Gnostics today? Diane R believes you may be surprised to learn they are flooding into our historic evangelical Christian colleges, seminaries and youth groups. See what she has to say in her post The New Gnostics at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet,

John asks the very interesting question Does God Feel Emotions? at Brain Cramps for God.

Dan Stelter says you can learn exactly how to recover from an anxiety condition. Like everything else, it’s all in the Bible if you know where to look! If you don’t, Dan can help with the post What the Bible Says About Anxiety posted at Anxiety Support Network Anxiety Recovery Blog.

Matt at MandM says, “Taken in isolation, and interpreted in a strict literal fashion, the book of Joshua appears to state that God commanded Genocide. Critics of Christianity claim that this places the Christian in a rationally inconsistent position. I contend that when the text is read in its literary and textual context this conclusion is far from evident and is, in fact, rather questionable.” You can read more at the post Joshua and the Genocide of the Canaanites.

Over at at ANSWERS For The Faith, Michael G. Davis thinks about the coming twelve months and presents 2010: What I Look Forward To and Not.

Suicide is always difficult to deal with. Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda is a very personal post by Shperical from At the Center presenting one man’s response to some of the questions that are part of having a family member take their own life.

In “The True Image”, Philip Edgcumbe Hughes claims that ‘good’ can exist apart from -any- presence of evil. Steven from You Can’t Mean That! challenges this assertion by making a distinction within usages of ‘good’ as an abstract concept in the post Good Without Evil?

Amanda presents a very thoughtful post titled Peace on earth? Where? at her blog Amanda’s Musings.

There’s an excellent post about being part of the body of Christ rather than a lone ranger Christian at Sarah’s blog. She presents The Lonely But Not The Only at This is what Sed said.

Christopher Wright wants to tie sinful and self-interested love of mammon with political and economic ideologies, but does he overstate his point? That’s Jeremy Pierce’s topic for the carnival this week with his post Christopher Wright on the Ideology of Mammon at Parableman.

What will be the hallmark of this new year? Ridge Burns has submitted 2010: The Year of Openness at his blog Ridge’s Blog.

Michelle presents a devotional post titled 01.04.09 at Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus….

Barry Wallace presents Every day in America is bloodier than 9/11 at who am i?, saying, “The most dangerous place for a baby to be in America is resting in her mother’s womb.”

January 2 was “Palindrome Day” in many parts of the world. What’s a Palindrome Day and what could it have to do with the Christian faith? Find out by reading Tom Gilson’s post Happy Palindrome Day! at Thinking Christian.

Rey Reynoso wanted to take the opportunity to share the full Herman Bavinck quote that’s been selectively quoted on the internet. The post Selective Quoting of Bavinck at The Bible Archive should give you the details.

To finish this week Kerin Gedge investigates Sherlock Holmes: An Elementary Review at Kerinthian’s.

If you’re a Christian and you missed out this week, how about choosing something to contribute for next week’s edition? It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, just a post that outlines your point of view or is designed to get others thinking. Being part of the carnival could be a great way to gain a little extra traffic at your blog.

The easiest way to get involved is to submit your article through the Blog Carnival Submission Form. Otherwise, you can email the submission address.

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to spread the word. Feel free to click any of the buttons below to share the carnival on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon or any of the other sites represented.



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The Carnival is coming to town

christian_carnival_lion.jpgI’m having some friends drop in next week. They’ll be visiting from all over the world and you’re invited to join us. The next Christian Carnival is being hosted here at RodneyOlsen.Net.

The weekly Christian Carnival is an opportunity for Christian blog writers to share their best posts from the previous week. The topic of the post doesn’t necessarily have to focus on Christianity but it must reflect a Christian worldview, and the writer must be Christian to qualify. You may wish to consider that the readership of the Christian Carnival will be more varied than your usual readership, and you might do better contributing a post with broad appeal.

I’ve already received a number of contributions and I’m looking forward to offering readers of this blog some great links when the carnival is published.

If you’re a Christian and you’ve never contributed before, or if it’s been a while since you have, how about having a look through your posts for this week and choosing something to contribute. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, just a post that outlines your point of view or is designed to get others thinking. Being part of the carnival could be a great way to gain a little extra traffic at your blog.

The easiest way to get involved is to submit your article through the Blog Carnival Submission Form. Otherwise, you can email the submission address.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday evening at midnight, Eastern (US) Standard Time. That means it’s midday Wednesday here in Perth, Western Australia.



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