Christian Carnival Plug

You can read about the Christian Carnival this week here.

Two ideas:

  1. Participate in the carnival, publicize your blog and your best writing, and become acquainted with how it works
  2. When you’re comfortable, volunteer to host.
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New Blogroll Members and Blogrolling Problem

First, apparently Blogrolling has been having troubles for some time so that rolls cannot be updated.  They expect to have this fixed soon.  I didn’t notice because I was so far behind in updating the roll.

Second, I have just updated the roll with submissions going all the way back to October last year, so if you have been waiting forever and ever, you may find yourself on the roll now.

The blogrolling blogrolls (sounds good, no?) still work, but I can’t add the new members yet.  The other means of including the blogroll on your site still work, including:

Display all sites in random order:  http://www.moderatechristian.com/xml.php (The default is to display site names and do so in random order.)

Display sites with most recently updated first:  http://www.moderatechristian.com/xml.php?order=recent (order can also = alpha, but that is not particularly useful as there are more than 50 sites on the blogroll.)

Limit the number of posts (maximum and default are both 50):  http://www.moderatechristian.com/xml.php?order=recent&max=10

List posts rather than sites:  http://www.moderatechristian.com/xml.php?type=posts.

In addition, you can subscribe to the RSS feed from my Google Reader Moderate Christian Blogroll folder.  I’m not at all sure why you would prefer to do it that way, but you can.

4 Posts on Prayer (v. 0.4)

What are these 4 Posts entries? As many days of the week as I have time I look through the RSS feed for the Moderate Christian Blogroll/Aggregator and select four posts on a single topic. Usually the topic is suggested because a post has caught my eye. To call my attention to a post you have written e-mail pubs@energion.com and suggest your post and a general topic heading. Your blog must be a member of the Moderate Christian blogroll, and in general I prefer to include posts within the last week only.

It was a bit harder to find the right set of posts to include today, so I hope I did justice to everyone’s postings. Let me remind everyone that you can email me with suggested posts and topics.

1: Everyday Liturgy – Praying Throughout the Day

Thomas brings us Praying Throughout the Day, which is a very short post, but one that brings up a very important thing about prayer–when, where, how often, and what are all questions that are wrapped up in this brief one.

2: Whispers from God’s Spirit – Have You Told God Your Secret Joys?

This is a rapid repeat appearance for a single blog, but the post is too good to miss if one is talking about prayer, so here is Have You Told God Your Secret Joys? from April Lorier at Whispers.

Well, have you?

3: St. Paul’s Collegiate Church – One Prayer

St. Paul’s Collegiate Church is joining in One Prayer. This sounds like an interesting idea.

4: Wayne Brown – Pilots land on a wing and a prayer

Wayne passes on a story about how Pilots land on a wing and a prayer.

I haven’t decided on my next topic yet. Note that I’ll be traveling for the next week, but I do expect to blog. I just don’t know how regularly.

4 Posts on Scripture (v. 0.2)

Here comes the second “4 posts” post. For details, read this.

In choosing today’s posts I was looking for things written during the past week that discussed Bible study, the inspiration of scripture, or provided a useful example of such study. Here are my choices:

1: Through a Glass Darkly – Joshua and War

Joshua and War is a good example of a brief post looking at the broad theme of a larger passage of scripture and trying to answer the question: How should we see this today? The hard part in this case is being true to the original text at hand, while also remaining true to other revelation and the tradition (particularly ethical) of the church. It’s brief, but well worth looking at.

2: Kouya Chronicles – Bible Pictures

In choosing this post, Bible Pictures, I recalled my own reactions when someone has chosen a post of mine for a roundup that I might not have chosen. Eddie may feel the same way, but this link to resources is worth publicizing further. I was deeply disappointed on being informed that Moses had no Nikon. However shall I continue living? So you don’t miss it, Eddie and Sue Arthur are Bible translators, and he does write many other things.

3: Shuck and Jive – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Any preacher who preaches from Ecclesiastes, and doesn’t choose his pieces carefully so that they sound pious, deserves some attention. John Shuck is preaching through the Bible, and his sermon on Ecclesiastes is worth looking at both for style and interpretation.

4: Whispers From God’s Spirit – The Thoughts of the Lord are Deep

The Thoughts of the Lord are Deep represents an activity I strongly recommend to Bible students–writing poetry, stories or something similar that relates directly to a Bible passage. This is a lovely example of poetry and is based on Psalm 92.

I’m now collecting 4 posts on devotions or devotional readings. Stay tuned!

Note on Displaying the Blogroll

Members of the Moderate Christian Blogroll are asked to use one of the options available for displaying the blogroll. These include the RSS feed, any one of the blogrolling codes (see here) or putting at least 5 members into your blogroll manually.

The second option, using blogrolling, doesn’t work for WordPress.com blogs who can’t use Javascript, so there you would have only two options. Putting an RSS feed into your sidebar is easy, however, and you can trim the size nicely while not leaving anyone out. I have the one in the left sidebar set at 20, but you could easily set this at 5, and not take up so much sidebar space.

Welcoming 3 New Members

They are:

Have fun!

Useful Stuff for Collecting Links

From the Evangelical Outpost: Notes on Blogging: The RSS Reader as Blog Tool (Part II). I use a similar plan when I create those rare roundups of the moderate Christian blogroll. It’s not collecting the links that’s the problem. It’s finding time to put my comments.

Speaking of which, I may start just pasting a snapshot from the aggregator into here every so often. That gives everyone a link and shows the most recent post.