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 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!
One thing feels clear about the faith blogging world–we can be kind of serious most of the time. Serious about beliefs, theology, and hard conversations about the intersection of life and faith. It is serious stuff we’re talking about, but sometimes what gets missed in all of the intensity is joy & laughter & lightness. It’s probably a good idea to learn how to not take ourselves quite so seriously. The May 2012 Synchroblog is centered on the idea of what it might mean to lighten up a little–personally, spiritually, professionally, or in any area of our lives. You can write about why that’s easy or hard for you, share something funny or humorous, or any other angle that feels easy and right (remember, part of this is about lightening up!)
Add your post link in the comments section of this post by 10:00 pm EST, Tuesday, May 8th to be included in this month’s Synchroblog. The link list will go up on Wednesday, May 9th so you can add it to your post.
We hope you can participate!
Here is the link list so far for January’s Synchroblog, a partnership with Provoketive Magazine centered around the theme of Hope. Thank you all for participating and for posting this link list at the end of your posts when you post on your own blog (you can post your entire post or an excerpt, just link to the Provoketive post and include the link list)
This issue of Provoketive Magazine, featuring this series, will go live tomorrow morning, January 18th, 2012, so the links won’t work until then.
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Below is a list of all the posts and participants in this month’s synchroblog:
The Trouble With Hope: John Ptacek
Hope = Possibility x Imagination: Wayne Rumsby
Little Reminders: Mike Victorino
Where Is My Hope: Jonathan Brink
Hope for Hypocrites: Jeremy Myers
Now These Three Remain: Sonny Lemmons
Perplexed, But Still Hopeful: Carol Kuniholm
A Hope that Lives: Amy Mitchell
Generations Come and Generations Go: Adam Gonnerman
Demystifying Hope: Glenn Hager
God in the Dark: On Hope: Renee Ronika Klug
Keeping Hope Alive: Maurice Broaddus
Are We Afraid to Hope?: Christine Sine
On Wobbly Wheels, Split Churches and Fear: Laura Droege
Adopting Hope: Travis Klassen
Hope is Held Between Us: Ellen Haroutunian
Hope: In the Hands of the Creatively Maladjusted: Mihee Kim-Kort
Paradox, Hope and Revival: City Safari
Good Theology Saves: Reverend Robyn
Linear: Never Was, Never Will Be: Kathy Escobar
Better Than Hope: Liz Dyer
Caroline for Congress: Hope for the Future: Wendy McCaig
Fumbling the Ball on Hope: KW Leslie
Content to Hope: Alise Wright
Hope: Oh, the Humanity!: Deanna Ogle