Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Christianity is continually dividing these days. Huge chasms have formed between conservative and liberal camps. Theological positions are becoming more solidly entrenched. Differing views on biblical interpretation are separating us, creating walls that separate us from living in community together. Churches are splitting. Organizations are finding themselves in the middle of the fray, unsure how to proceed because of the cost of landing on one side or the other.
This month, the Synchroblog will be centered on Bridging the Divides and ideas and perspectives that different bloggers might have on ways to heal these divisions in the church.
We hope somehow these posts can be a healing balm this Easter season. Post by Tuesday April 22nd 2014 at midnight, and put your link here. The Link List will be posted by Wednesday April 23rd, and please put it on the bottom of your post so others can access the entire series. Thanks for participating!
here are the links of other bloggers writing this month on “coming home”. add it to the bottom of your posts if you can and check back in the morning to see if there are any additions. thank you all for contributions!
other bloggers writing so far about “coming home” this advent:
The Kingdom of God and Home. These words together are an interesting combination.
Frederick Buechner writes, “The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.”
For December we thought it would be fun to join in with Christine Sine’s annual Advent synchroblog and center our December topic on the idea of “Coming Home” and how it relates to this season of advent leading up to Christmas. What does Coming Home mean to you this season? Is it practical, spiritual, emotional? What does “home” look like or feel like in the kingdom of God? Do you have a “coming home” story that you’d love to tell?
Share it on your blog on Tuesday December 17th 2013. and then put your link here in the comments section. Christine Sine’s Synchroblog will be running all of December, but we’ll still stick with our same date. We’ll post a link list on Wednesday morning December 18th, and Christine will link to it, too.
All are welcome, the more the merrier!
hey all, here is the link list for this month’s synchroblog so far. if there are any additions, i will update it in the morning, so take a look then to make sure you didn’t miss any. thanks for posting it at the end of your post so that readers can easily access them all. remember, too, how great it is to get comments ;) - thanks for al the great perspectives! - kathy
hey all, here is the link list for the march synchroblog. i’ll post any latecomers in the morning and so check back to make sure you have the most updated copy. if you can please add to the bottom of your posts, that would be great!
Like many hot political topics, the issue of gun control is a big one for Christians. People are all over the place on the issue–from passionate pacifists to dedicated NRA members. Regardless of where we stand, what feels really clear is that this issue is widely debated, especially related to our faith.
This month’s synchroblog addresses this hot topic, not from a government perspective but from a faith perspective.
Do guns and God go together? Why or why not?
How are you wrestling with this issue in your own life?
How are you respecting the difference of opinion in the wider community and also honoring your own convictions about violence?
What do you think Jesus would do?
We’d love to hear your thoughts as part of March’s synchroblog.
We know you might be saying “uh oh, I’m not sure if I want to say that in public for fear of controversy.” It is hard to talk about some of these big issues because the dialogue sometimes looks more like yelling. Let’s be brave and try to help create a space where people can engage in this important conversation with kindness and respect so we can learn from each other.
Publish your posts by Tuesday March 12th and share your link here, and we’ll post the final link list on Wednesday morning, March 13th, to add to the bottom of your posts. If you know other bloggers who might also want to participate, feel free to pass this invitation on.
All are welcome and we look forward to the diversity of posts!
Here is the first round Link List so far for the November Synchroblog on the Spiritual Practice of Gratitude. We will update it tomorrow morning with any additional links that come in and appreciate you adding it to the end of your posts. Thanks for participating!
it’s easy during the month of November to think about thankfulness. A lot of us will probably in some way, shape or form, say “I’m thankful for…” this month. But gratitude is much more than a feeling or something we talk about around the holidays. Gratitude can also be a powerful spiritual practice that opens our hearts to the rhythm of giving and receiving that is the heartbeat of life itself. Many believe the spiritual practice of gratitude not only has the ability to transform us as individuals but can also change the world we live in. However, like so many other spiritual practices, it takes intention and focus.
This month’s Synchroblog theme invites writers to share their thoughts on gratitude as a spiritual practice. What do you think about gratitude as a spiritual practice? How would one go about practicing gratitude as a spiritual exercise? What are you learning about gratitude? What practices help draw you to gratitude? How is your experience with God deepening through gratitude? What benefits does the spiritual practice of gratitude offer to you, others, the world?
Share your thoughts about the spiritual practice of gratitude on your blog this month so we can learn from each other. Post your links in the comment section of this post by 6pm on Tuesday November 13th and a link list will be published on Wednesday November 14th.
A special thanks to the many bloggers who filled out the Synchroblog survey and expressed an interest in the subject of “spiritual formation” for inspiring November’s theme!
Here’s the link list for this month’s synchroblog. Thanks, everyone for participating & for putting this link list at the bottom of your posts!