Christian Carnival 269 (CCLXIX): The Lord of the Rings Edition

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The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.


Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.


galadrielAnd now at last it comes! You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All will love me and despair! …I pass the test. I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel.

Note: Some Posts did not make it into the carnival because they were Spam. If you feel yours was excluded in error (I may not have actually excluded you at all) let me know in the comments section.

Nathan P. Gilmour presents All-Stars and Saints posted at Hardly the Last Word.

Tiffany Partin presents Fathom Deep: Sounding the Depths of God: Through The Eyes of A Child posted at Fathom Deep: Sounding the Depths of God.

Rani presents Prayer of the Week- Keeping Away from Evil posted at Christ’s Bridge.

gandalfI am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udun. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.

Diane R presents Pagan and Occultic Influences on Evangelicalism-1 posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet. “Are new “spiritual formation” programs really Christian? Or are there some Buddhist/New Age influences and content? People who were in these religions and are now evangelical Christians weigh in on this important issue.”

Raffi Shahinian presents The Parable of the College Hopeful posted at parables of a prodigal world. “A parable that might allow us to understand “Follow Me” from a 1st-century, Jewish frame of reference.”

As per Trent: This series began with the first blog article entitled; “The Enemy Behind the Lines-The Lie ” which focused on the lies Satan has convinced many of the men of today in believing. As a man, I believe one of the “enemies behind the lines” I have had to face is that of self-reliance . Unfortunately, it has been a lesson that has been excruciating at times, but one needing serious attention.

Shannon Christman presents The Sesame Street Lie posted at The Minority Thinker.

Jeremy Pierce presents Abstinence-Only Sex Ed and Effectiveness posted at Parableman. “A look at how studies on abstinence-only sex ed have been misrepresented and manipulated for political reasons.”

frodoSurely you do not disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit?

Richard H. Anderson presents Exclusion Rules in Qumran and the Response of the Lucan Jesus posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.

Paul Gable presents Reagan, Christian Vision, and Meeting Today’s Challenges posted at Paul Gable.

Tom Gilson presents “Creationism Feels Right, but That Doesn’t Make it So” — Scientific American” posted at Thinking Christian.

NerdMom presents Sunday School Reflections posted at Nerd Family.

ChristianPF presents The importance of investing in your beliefs posted at Christian Personal Finance. “As stewards we have a responsibility to make the best use of what God has entrusted us with… ”

nazgulThere is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.

Ann Shorb presents What’s Ahead posted at Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Nathan Creitz presents One God, Two Gods, Three Gods, No God posted at ChurchETHOS.

SengAun Ong presents Not All Meats Are Food posted at Tipskey – Unlock Practicality. “Some meats are biblically unclean and there is no evidence in the Bible saying that we do not have to avoid unclean meats. ”

Elissa presents Try Outs: Determining God’s Plan posted at Relentliss.

FMF presents How To Save 25% on Your Food Bill posted at Free Money Finance.

Jason at Pastoral Musings reviews What’s So Great About Christianity.

Rodney Olsen presents Meditation posted at RodneyOlsen.net.

Nick Cross presents Book Review: Not For Sale posted at Adventures and Thoughts of Team Cross. “An eye-opening look at modern day slavery and the abolitionist work being done to stop it.”

Joanne over at Christian Conversation wonders what is legitimate revelation from God.

Carl over at New Creation Person presents A Future and A Hope.

gollumDeserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many – yours not least.

Scott shares his experience at the Deeper Life conference organized by the young adults in Brussels.

Aaron hooks us up with an awesome link to class lectures available online.

Weekend Fisher presents Origen and early textual scholarship of the Bible posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength. “Weekend Fisher continues her series on serious scholarship done in the early church with a look at the father of textual criticism and the monumental work known as the Hexapla. ”

Michael Patton doesn’t think a snake talked; but aliens seeded our planets. Or at least he examines the thinking behind such a statement.

John Morris presents The Apostles, the Prophets, and the Cornerstone posted at One True Church.

Rey (you’re friendly neighborhood blog host) from the Bible Archive says good-bye to an awesome show in Sail On, Battlestar

aragornAll that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.


Though here at journey’s end I lie
In darkness buried deep,
Beyond all towers strong and high,
Beyond all mountains steep,
Above all shadows rides the Sun
And Stars forever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done
Nor bid the Stars farewell
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