Lutheran Carnival

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

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.


  • At Montag, August 22, 2005 1:26:00 AM, Blogger Rev. Todd Peperkorn said…

    Is it your belief that this is done basically without any editorial? I mean, you don't want the "top ten" posts, but anyone who submits a post?

  • At Montag, August 22, 2005 5:20:00 AM, Anonymous elle said…

    It is my belief that this ought to be done with minimal editorial. As long as the blogger fulfills the requirement of writing (on whatever topic) from a confessional Lutheran perspective it should be accepted.

    A host's judgment should be used as to whether the posts are inappropriate or the perspective is blatantly unconfessional. If there is some question, hosts should feel free to bounce it off Dan, myself or a pastor they trust.

    This isn't a "Best of..." contest. It's an equal opportunity sampling of confessional Lutheran posts.


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