Lutheran Carnival

A weekly/bi-weekly roundup of the best posts in the confessional Lutheran blogosphere, as submitted by the authors.

Freitag, August 26, 2005

Lutheran Carnival III

Lutheran Carnival III is up at

We are looking for bloggers willing to host the carnival! If you're interested, email Dan at Daniel DOT Sellers AT gmail DOT com.

Hosting Schedule:

Aardvark Alley will host Lutheran Carnival IV (9/4/05). Suggested (but not required!) theme for this Labor Day edition: doctrine of vocation.
Necessary Roughness will host Lutheran Carnival V (9/11/05).
Drowning Myself Whenever I Can will host Lutheran Carniva VI (9/18/05).

Mittwoch, August 24, 2005

Lutheran Carnival III Submissions

If you would like to submit a post for Lutheran Carnival III, please email the following information to LutheranCarnival AT gmail DOT com:

Title of your Blog
URL of your Blog
Title of your post
URL linking to that post
Description of the post

The deadline is 5pm EST Friday, August 26th.

For more information, please refer to the "How Do I Enter?" post.

If you see a great post out there by a Lutheran, please encourage them to submit their work by directing them to this link!

Montag, August 22, 2005

Post Submission Concerns

A few recent posts in the Lutheran blogosphere have raised concerns about the current submission guidelines, specifically the requirement that each author must submit his own post. We discussed this for awhile and it became apparent that there wasn't really a way around this requirement, though if you have an idea, we are more than willing to hear it and not afraid of change. ;)

It may help to explain the reasons we chose to require an author submit his own post:

1. Requiring the author to submit his own post confirms what only the author can himself confirm - his confessional Lutheran status. By submitting a post, a blogger is, in essence, making a confession and no one can do that for anyone else.

2. Requiring the author to submit his own post confirms his desire to be a part of the Lutheran Carnival.

3. Requiring the author to submit his own post avoids wasting the host's time with duplicate entries.

The Lutheran Carnival isn't a popularity contest or a "best of..." summary for the week. It's an equal opportunity for confessional Lutheran bloggers to get read. There is no special honor in being included except that it means a blogger's confession isn't obviously contradicted by his posts.

On the ego: If entering one's own material becomes a stumbling block because of the ego, having someone else gratify and inflate the ego by submitting a link won't help avoid the fall. I like what Pr. Peperkorn said in Pr. Borghardt's comments, "All of our righteousness is as filthy rages. If you do it, you're an egotistical sonofamethodist. If you don't do it, you are a Pharisaical sonofananglican. Confess the faith. God will deal with your stinky motivations."

If you hesitate to promote your own work yet would like to be involed in promoting others', perhaps you would be willing to take on the duty of hosting the carnival for a week. Since we would like to include as many confessional Lutheran bloggers as possible, we hope that when you see a good post out there, you will encourage the author to enter it into the carnival so others may be made aware of it.

Sonntag, August 21, 2005

Instructions for hosts

Since creating the Carnival is a time-consuming venture, we appreciate volunteer hosts. Here are a few pointers to help you along:

1. The Lutheran Carnival is open to all topics written from a Confessional Lutheran viewpoint. You're the host. It's your blog. Use your judgment.

2. If you come across a submission you are unsure about posting, keep in mind that including it in the carnival allows other Lutherans to discuss the issue, raise biblical objections and use scripture to correct any misunderstandings. This is a good thing.

3. If you are compelled to comment negatively on a submission (i.e. "I don't totally agree with this post, but am including it anyway...") please humbly say so in the comment section on that person's post as well so they have an opportunity to respond. If it is only mentioned in the Carnival posting, there is no opportunity for them to discuss it with you and no real learning has taken place. I had this happen to me once and it was very frustrating. Something like, "I disagree with part of this post and commented on it. There seems to be a good discussion going on. Check it out!" would be appropriate.

4. If you refuse a submission, please let the entrant know why. Some examples might be: 1. Content that in the judgment of the host was contrary to the Lutheran Confessions. And 2. Theological statements on the blog that showed, in the judgment of the host, the poster to hold other than a quia subscription to the Lutheran Confessions. (Thanks to Chaz for those nicely worded examples).

5. Themes (see example) and pictures tend to make carnivals more interesting, but they aren't necessary. Feel free to be creative! Requesting posts on certain topics tends to reduce the overall amount of entries.

6. In order to solicit submissions, please post a request several days in advance of your deadline. The deadline, so far, has been Friday afternoon. You may use any deadline that suits your schedule (remember to set aside at least 2 hours for your first hosting experience). We will post the same request here and encourage other entrants to post it on their blogs.

7. So far, the carnival has been up on Sundays, though that may change depending on the schedule of the host. Be sure to let Dan or myself know when you intend to post it and when it is actually posted so that we can link to it from this blog and encourage others to link to it from theirs.

8. Submissions will be emailed to LutheranCarnival AT gmail DOT com. This email account will be forwarded to an account you provide to Dan. His email is Daniel DOT Sellers AT gmail DOT com.

9. Be familiar with the instructions for posting.

10. Many bloggers enjoy a certain amount of anonymity. Please don't reveal last names from email accounts unless the blogger has done so on his/her own blog.

11. If you wish to request third-party submissions, feel free. Please make sure you get permission from the blogger whose post was entered and that they qualify to be part of the carnival. See this post.

12. If you do want to highlight a pastor or church father for your carnival, please choose from among the Church Triumphant.

Lutheran Carnival II

Lutheran Carnival II is now up.

IntolerantElle will host Lutheran Carnival III.
Aardvark Alley will host Lutheran Carnival IV.
Necessary Roughness will host Lutheran Carnival V.

New Email Address!

Guess what? The Lutheran Carnival now has it's own email address! From now on, all email should be sent to lutherancarnival AT gmail DOT com. There is an automatic forwarding system being used with that address and it will allow us to use one address no matter who is hosting. This address is specifically for submitting links to the Carnival. If you have questions or concerns, direct them towards me at daniel DOT sellers AT gmail DOT com.

Oh, and we're looking for submissions to the third carnival, which is being hosted by IntolerantElle.

Freitag, August 19, 2005

Less than 24 Hours Remaining...

for you to submit a link to the Lutheran Carnival. At this point last week, we were at 10 links. Right now, I have 7. On a good note, a lot of them came from people who haven't sent links before. On a bad note, many who participated last time aren't exactly overwhelming me at this point. It is kind of our hope that everyone who posted last week would submit links this week and we would just add the new people as we went along, thus allowing us to grow week after week. This isn't happening. Now, I don't want to guilt trip all of you into submitting links, but I'm not above it. Send your links to daniel DOT sellers AT gmail DOT com.

Mittwoch, August 17, 2005

I Need Links

I currently have one link for the next Carnival. One. That, my friends, will not make a carnival. That makes a link to the post. Please send me some links at daniel DOT sellers AT gmail DOT com. Your Deadline is 5 PM EDT on Friday. Please include the following:

Title of your Blog
URL of your Blog
Title of your post
URL linking to that post
Description of the post

Just as a revised note: I host the Carnival this next Sunday and Elle hosts it on the 28th, not the 21st as had been stated previously. We are still looking for volunteers to host future carnivals after that.

Sonntag, August 14, 2005

Lutheran Carnival I

Martin Chemnitz

Welcome, my dear friends and neighbors, to the first incarnation of the Confessional Lutheran Blog Carnival. Above is the picture of Martin Chemnitz, the underappreciated man who, by God's Grace, kept this thing we know as Lutheranism from dying. Many have said that without the second Martin, the first would have never endured. That being said, we honor this man by giving thanks to God for him and pray that we may drive to bring about the unity he brought to the Lutheran faith when it was about to collapse.

Most carnivals have themes of one sort or another. They use the theme throughout, and it gives some continuity to the posts in general. That said, you would figure I would have some great idea of how I should unite these posts together and create this wonderful first carnival post that everyone will look upon me with admiration beyond description. Being that the above is a pipe dream I had while smoking crack, I decided that, for this first one, I'll post the links in the order I received them. I'll come up with something cool next week.

The first person to jump on this bandwagon is Rev. Tom Chryst from Preacherblog. His post Lex Hang-around-y, Lex Credendi asks does the LCMS recognize that associations affect theology?

Next, we have Rev. Alex Klages from A Beggar at the Table. His anti-brevary is a must see on the blogsphere. Montanus is part of his ongoing anti-brevary, where he researches and writes about heretics/heresies, with note to how they still apply and affect us today.

After this, we have Rev. Todd Peperkorn, Executive Editor of Higher Things, a fairly regular guest on Issues Etc, and author of the blog The Lutheran Logomaniac. In his post Peperkorn's Ponderings on Potter #6, he ponders death and stoicism in the latest installment of Harry Potter. WARNING: Evangelicals and Fundamentalists may not like what they read.

A blogger called Melancthon at Melancthon Sins Boldly posts on What Is Lutheranism?, which explores the relationship of the Lutheran Confessions to Lutheranism.

Kelly Klages, wife of the previously mentioned Pastor Klages, has some thoughts on her blog aptly called Kelly's Blog. In her post Hebrews 11... and some really big paintings!, she talks about a new art project she is starting upon. The number of Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) related blogs I knew about just went from zero to two.

Gregg Alms of Incarnatus Est asks the question Is Adiaphora Adiaphora? He comments on how "Adiaphora" is not an escape hatch from the historic Lutheran liturgy but are intrinsically related to the Gospel and exist to serve and proclaim the Gospel.

Ryan of Wretched of the Earth has a post called Being the Church. He's been speaking to different Lutheran congregations in order to raise support for an 8-month mission to Thailand he's doing with LCMS world mission. Here he gives a description of the service he attended this past Sunday that was a microcosm of what he thinks the Church should look like.

Rich Richie blogs on Daylight, the blog of Old Solar Magazine. His post, A Show of Right, describes what the Small Catechism may have to say about development corporations taking property from people using the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Watersblogged, written by Bob Waters and slowly becoming one of my favorite blogs in the Lutheran blogsphere, writes The 'big tent' and the camel's nose: The ELCA and homosexuality. He gives us an analysis of the history, theology, and church politics of the ELCA debate over homosexuality by someone who spent twelve years as an ELCA pastor in the middle of it.

Andrew of God is the pilot fame gives us the post Nothing Without Him. This post talks about some things that he realized when reading God's No and God's Yes by Walther. It focuses mainly on the idea that without the Grace of God nothing we do has any value.

Dan at Necessary Roughness gives us the post Legislate What Our Society Will Bear. It is an exposition addressing a common attack that Christians wish to turn the USA into a "theocracy".

Rev. Walter Snyder of Ask the Pastor fame received and interesting question recently: Lutheran or Protestant? It is an examination of the use of the titles "Evangelical" and "Protestant" among the early reformers, showing that both of these were once exclusively held by the Lutheran party.

Aardvark of Aardvark Alley (really nice art) posts Slack Time, not Slacker Time. He gives us a Commentary on church attendance, particularly during the "dog days" of summer, and addresses the harm people do to themselves when they confuse spiritual sloth with Godly rest and recreation.

Mike Benoit of Amor et Labor, a new blog to me, sends a post called Augsburg Evangelical bloggers have changed my life. It is a shout-out and appreciation to the influences of Lutheran bloggers (especially Josh S. of Here We Stand) on his soul.

David of David Creates with Legos, God with Logos discuses Cancer, Shock, and Sin. It is a response to his friend's analogy of cancer to sin and a counter-analogy.

John Halton of Confessing Evangelical lets us know that the Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book is A very English hymnal. Discover how British hymn-writers achieved their stranglehold on English-speaking Lutheran hymnody.

Peterson of Cyberstones gives us The Law is Good, which is a discussion of Law and Gospel.

Finally, we come to the people who are running this carnival (no clowns allowed, just so you know). Elle of IntolerantElle talks about her Impressions of a LCMS Church, which I happen to go to. Dan at Random Thoughts of a Confessional Lutheran writes His Impressions of a couple of WELS services he attended.

So, that wraps it up for this first installment of the Carnival of Lutherans. As to the schedule, next week, I have the honor of hosting this carnival at Random Thoughts of a Confessional Lutheran. On the 21st, IntolerantElle takes the reigns. After that, it is up in the air. If seeing this makes you wish you could host this, you can! Just contact either Elle or I and we'll put you on the schedule. It does take a little bit of time to put together, but you get to see everybody's posts before everybody else!

Martin Chemnitz, A Little Younger

Samstag, August 13, 2005

Looking for posts for the next Carnival

Such is the nature of a carnival. While I continue to tweak and get the first carnival post ready for its debut tomorrow, I'm already putting out the call for the next round of carnival links. There was an old saying I learned: to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is to be early for next time. So, if you had a link you were going to send or a post you were going to write but time just ran out on you, no worries. You're early for next time.

A lot of you got your posts in early for this first carnival, and for that I thank you.

In case you forgot, here's the post on how you enter. It will be the same routine. The only difference is that I will be hosting it on my main blog rather than this blog.

Freitag, August 12, 2005

Time is Ticking Away

You have about three hours from the time this is posted to submit you links for the Carnival.

Donnerstag, August 11, 2005

Less than 48 hours...

I want to remind everyone you have less than 48 hours to get your posts in to me at daniel DOT sellers AT gmail DOT com. What we have currently is a Carnival of Pastors. The vast majority of the links sent in are by pastors. What does this mean? Those of you who are laymen and have something to say need to get your act together and say it. If you have said it, you need to submit it. I would like to remind everyone that the deadline is 5:00pm EDT Friday. That's 4 for those of you in the Central time zone, 3 Mountain, 2 Pacific, 1 Alaska, 12 Aleutian, 11 Hawaii, and 2200 for our friends in the British Isles. If that isn't a comprehensive deadline, I don't know what is.

Sonntag, August 07, 2005

How do I enter?

Each Sunday afternoon, the Lutheran Carnival will be posted. Entering a post in the carnival is a great way to pick up new readers, have interesting discussions and confess the Gospel of Christ.

Who may submit their posts? Basically, you have to make a quia subscription to the Book of Concord. What does that mean? You have to believe that the Book of Concord is a right and proper exposition of the Word of God. In essence, you can't believe the Book of Concord was a neat historical leap, but we're beyond that now. I'll leave it up to you to judge whether you meet this criteria.

Posts may be on any topic as long as they are written from a confessional Lutheran perspective.

To enter, email the following to LutheranCarnival AT gmail DOT com:

Title of your Blog
URL of your Blog
Title of your post
URL linking to that post
Description of the post

The deadline is typically 7pm CST on every other Friday, but please check with the current host.


1. Please put "Lutheran Carnival" somewhere in the Subject field so the host can easily identify it among possible spam.

2. When the Carnival is posted, please be sure to publicize and link to it from your blogs!

3. In order to preserve the sanity of our hosts, please submit only one post per blog (or in the case of a group blog, one post per person).

4. Please submit only your own posts. Occasionally a host may allow second party submissions, in which case see that host's announcement for instructions. Please refer to this post for further explanation.

5. Submitting your information in the above recommended format greatly reduces the amount of work the host has to do.

6. Submitting your post description in 3rd person also reduces the amount of work the host has to do as well as the chance a mistake might find its way into your description.

Check back regularly because it seems this post gets updated often!

Samstag, August 06, 2005

The First Post (and the rules)

Welcome to the newest blog on the Lutheran blogsphere, and quite possibly, one of the more interesting ideas. Yes, we're stealing from such notable carnivals as The Carnival of the Vanities, The Carnival of recipes, The Christian Carnival, etc. It's getting to the point there's a carnival for everything, so why not a carnival of Lutherans? Why not? There are enough blogs to support this little endeavor.

Carnivals work in this way: an author of a blog chooses the best post from the past week and submits it to the carnival address. Whoever is hosting the carnival for the week is responsible for taking all the links collected and turning them into one coherent post with all the links provided. Everybody then goes to the site, reads all the good stuff in the Lutheran blogsphere, and everybody is happy.

Now, we come to the "who can send a link and get on the Lutheran Blog Carnival?" Basically, you have to make a quia subscription to the Book of Concord. What does that mean? You have to believe that the Book of Concord is a right and proper exposition of the Word of God. In essence, you can't believe the Book of Concord was a neat historical leap, but we're beyond that now. I'll leave it up to you to judge whether you meet this criteria. We (the two obsessive compulsive people that are currently involved in this) have the right to reject any link for any reason, especially if we wrote it.

Your submission may be on any topic as long as it is written from a confessional Lutheran perspective and should be your best, favorite or otherwise notable post from from the previous week.

The first Carnival will be hosted here, but afterwards we will take volunteers to host the carnival. We'll maintain a schedule of hosting blogs, and, on major events, host it here. What we will aim for as a goal is Sunday Afternoon, so you can read the Carnival while listening to Issues Etc. Our first Carnival will be hosted here on Sunday, 14 August. This means your links need to be in to me by Friday, 12 August so that I can get the Carnival ready. Send your links to daniel DOT sellers AT gmail DOT com.

As one last request, please participate. This thing will not work without your participation. Also, if you don't mind, link to this post on your blogs and whore it in the Lutheran blogsphere. Thanks.