In all the excitement of watching the networks do everything in their power to avoid calling New Mexico, Iowa, and Ohio for George W. Bush (while calling California for Kerry the instant the polls closed, and Washington for Kerry even when the votes tallied so far favoured Bush by 2 percentage points), I nearly forgot it was time for Christian Carnival XLII, up at King of Fools.
No contribution from me this week; I’m all blogged out after submitting to the CC and the Reformed Carnival last week. Here are my personal highlights:
Rebecca ends her series on the attributes of God with another excellent piece on God’s grace:
Our God is the “God of all grace.” He is characteristically giving toward those who do not merit his favour, and every favour that we receive has its source in the God of all grace. His grace is eternal, for it has been given to those who are saved before time began (2 Timothy 1:9 ESV). From this same verse in 2nd Timothy, we also learn that grace is sovereignly and freely exercised by God, given “not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace.” We don’t call it out from him, but he extends it as it suits his purpose and because he is gracious. He is gracious to whom he will be gracious (Exodus 33:19).
[Read God’s Grace]
Now that the series has finished, Rebecca has posted a complete table of contents to the series as well.
William Meisheid at Beyond the Rim began a study series on J. I. Packer’s book Knowing God, #1 on my list of must-read Christian books of the last 30 years:
Packer asks, and I believe rightly so, how can you truly love what you do not really know?
Bill Wallo at Wallo World posts a fictional story with a surprise ending that is strangely satsifying:
For as long as he could remember, Ben Anacona had suffered from a recurring nightmare in which he was trapped under water, struggling vainly for air as water filled his lungs. As a result, he avoided sleep like he would the dentist, popped No-Doze like tic tacs, and sucked down a six pack of Mountain Dew before breakfast. The caffeine made him jumpy as hell and fueled his snarling pit bull rage. But since the melon-shaped former weightlifter worked as a bag man, leg breaker, and sheep dog for Ellis Cauthron’s string of whores, these potential character flaws were regarded by his employer as valuable components of the skill set required for adequate job performance.
[Updated from Nov. 3]