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Carnival of Modesty – March 31, 2008

March 31st, 2008 Viewed 2664 times

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Welcome to the March 31, 2008 edition of carnival of modesty. There’s not that much on topic this week in the carnival, but please enjoy these submissions that are on topic!

Rob Moshe presents Live Your Best Life By Serving Others posted at Rob Moshe, saying, “This is not necessarily a fitting post for your carnival. Once the project starts, each day I will recognize a fellow blogger that “Helped””

Ariah Fine presents Open Letter to Anyone Returning from a Missions Trip posted at Trying to Follow.

My Story

Dawn presents Modesty in Public posted at “At Thy Word”, saying, “I was teased at work for dressing modestly. It really surprised me.”

Shamelle presents It Doesn’t Cost Much To Consult With God posted at Enhance Life.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of modesty using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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How to Reduce Abortions

March 28th, 2008 Viewed 4484 times, 2 so far today

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One of the arguments that I’ve frequently come upon when discussing abortions is that “if we made it illegal it wouldn’t stop.” It is followed up by a list of things that we could do to help limit abortion.

And these are all good things:

  • Care for the mothers
  • Supply the mothers with food, aid, clothing, support
  • Do a better job with sex education
  • Educate about adoption

And we could go off on a tangent here talking about what each of these means and whose responsibility it is to do each of these things. That’ll have to wait for another time.

Morals without Christianity

March 26th, 2008 Viewed 5055 times

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It was an interesting conversation that I did not start. The other day I was working at my desk when a coworker– a contractor from natively from Canada– probed to see what I believed in and then offered a short dissertation on the impact of Christianity in his hometown.

Basically, he recounted that in Quebec at one time the Roman Catholic Bishop (or whatever head was there) more or less ruled so far as ethics were concerned. Even public officials would go for this man’s blessing. But during the 50s and 60s when both ours and his country started to reject religion, the people of Quebec stopped listening to this man’s guidance, and now the city is rampant with crime and this man attributes this to the wane of religious authority in the town.

In the Market for a House, Again

March 25th, 2008 Viewed 2411 times

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So we’ve started to look at some houses yet again. The difference this time is that our current house is not on the market. After seeing how much stress it caused the last time we tried, my wife and I decided that we’d much rather shoulder the cost of trying to sell an empty house and keep our sanity intact than we would trying to maintain a clean house (at practically a moment’s notice), start homeschooling the children (well, teaching them to read at least) and look for a new house. Plus, we’re not quite sure why the Lord seems to be closing the doors on houses for us right now.

In any event, the whole process will be slightly more costly by doing it this way. You see, after you close on a house you have roughly a month before your first payment on the new house is due. Now, I’ve already been in contact with a mortgage broker, and like all banks they tell me that I can afford quite the house while keeping my current one1. However, these banks don’t take into account standard of living and giving– my more than 10% to my church/charity.


  1. This was by the grace of God providing a competing job offer that gave me a promotion with a large raise. []

Churches and College Kids

March 21st, 2008 Viewed 1905 times

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College students pose an enigma for churches.  If you have them in your church, it usually means that you will have their youth and energy for probably the next few years (either summers or during the year) and then they will be gone.  Let alone the fact that if they are in the area because of the college by the time you have a good enough relationship with them to know where they’re coming from, you’ve lost valuable time.

And yet, because of their youth they may be some of the most valuable assets to a church– and you can’t forget that men are taking longer to come back to the church.

How Do You Know Where I Am?

March 20th, 2008 Viewed 2387 times, 1 so far today

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By now I’m sure we’ve all bumped into some site that came eerily close to telling you exactly where you are located.  You’ve seen the little guy holding up the sign, or the banner stating a string of numbers and the location of your home, if not the town right near by your home.  And you begin to think, wow, big brother really is watching over me.

Well, the truth of the matter is that every computer that connects to a network (i.e. the Internet) does so with an address not unlike your postal address so that the data you ask from a web server can return to the right location.  And these numbers are pretty good and telling your physical area based on the network you connect to.

Christian Atheism

March 20th, 2008 Viewed 4962 times, 1 so far today

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One of the things that is truly fascinating about the atheist movement in America in 2008 is not that there are people that actually believe that the Universe was brought about from nothing, but that they attempt to take morality from Christianity and then claim a secular derivation in order to take ownership of said morality.

For example, not very long ago an atheist decided to raise money for a charity. Why would they do such a thing? The concept of loving your neighbor is a Christian concept, not a secular one. In fact, if you were to derive morality from science, you would end up arguing that the helpless should be left without help so that the fittest may survive.

Capital Punishment: Justice, Jesus and the Cross

March 20th, 2008 Viewed 2351 times
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Capital Punishment

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We start this round finally making progress in our debate on the Death Penalty. For starters, Amanda admits that she does not believe the Death Penalty to be just. This necessitates that she’s not providing mercy for the convicted convict, but instead arguing for justice for the convict, and therefore negates her previous statement that sparing someone is both merciful and just. It’s simply is just.

Is the Death Penalty Just?

As far as the next statement, the verse I quoted does indeed support capital punishment– perhaps I need to provide the verse in context:

How Christians are Like Paris Hilton

March 19th, 2008 Viewed 1876 times

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One of the biggest difficulties in living the Christian life is realizing that we still sin.  This is one of the biggest things that are thrown into the Christian’s face when they take a stand for truth– that the Christian is a hypocrite because he cannot live up to the standard that he proclaims.

Hence the comparison with Ms. Hilton.  Fortunately, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her name in the news.  In fact, I believe that she’s been attempting to remake her image, and that is exactly my point.

Why the Term "Baby Killer" is So Repulsive

March 18th, 2008 Viewed 2314 times

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It’s always interesting to me when I get into debates about abortion.  For one thing, the majority of the time nowadays seems to be spent actually trying to define the terms.  You see, science is tending to leave those that are pro-abortion without much ground to stand on.  And that’s not counting the fact that more of the next generation considers itself pro-life.

Nevertheless, it seems that every one of these discussions hinges on what is in the womb and what you think about what that is.  And it takes a long time for pro-abortionists to admit that the entity in the womb is alive, that it is human, and that abortion kills it.

You see, regardless of whether it is what they truly believe, people do not like to think of themselves as baby killers.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.