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November Synchroblog Invitation – Faith Stories

7 Nov

Tell-Your-Story

It’s November and all over Facebook folks are practicing 30 days of thankfulness.  The last thing you want to do is yet another blog post on gratitude.  It all gets a little bit overwhelming this time of year.  Soooo … the Synchroblog team thought we could do something a little different.  We (with the help of Sonnie Swenston-Forbes) thought it might be a good time for a story.  And not just any story, but a story about your faith journey.  How did you get to where you are now?  What life experiences influenced your place?  How have your beliefs changed as a result of your own evolving story?   Those are just some questions to get you thinking … it’s your story and we can’t wait to read it!

As always, please post the link to your blog post in the comments below by Tuesday, November 19 and I’ll get the list posted on Wednesday.

Link List – July – Light Summer Reading

18 Jul

It’s the dog days of summer … really hot in some places, really not in others.  We think some light summer reading is in order this month.  So … we’re asking you to tell a story.  Not just any story, but tell a story of your favorite prank.  Maybe you were the prankee.  Maybe you were the prankster.  Maybe you just heard about the prank from friends.  Whatever manner you know about the prank … we’re looking forward to reading the story of the best prank you know about.

Here’s the list of contributors this month:

You Had To Be There by Liz Dyer
Why My Kids Will Never Forget by Glenn Hager
The Date Jesus Will Return by Jeremy Myers
Satan, The Prank That Never Worked by Loveday
Satan’s Prank On Man by Loveday

July 2013 Synchroblog – Light Summer Reading

2 Jul

It’s the dog days of summer … really hot in some places, really not in others.  We think some light summer reading is in order this month.  So … we’re asking you to tell a story.  Not just any story, but tell a story of your favorite prank.  Maybe you were the prankee.  Maybe you were the prankster.  Maybe you just heard about the prank from friends.  Whatever manner you know about the prank … we’re looking forward to reading the story of the best prank you know about.

The date of this month’s synchroblog has changed to the 3rd Wednesday of the month, July 17.

If you wish to participate, leave a comment below with your name, and the link to your blog post.  Please do this by the evening of Tuesday, July 16 to make sure you’re included.

April Synchroblog Link List – What If … ?

17 Apr

ImageWhat If … ?

When I was young, I loved to play the ‘what if’ game. It went like this: I would imagine an unlikely scenario and present it to my mother to find out what she thought. Since I had an active imagination, I engaged in this til I drove her to distraction and she would declare, “No more ‘what ifs’!!” Now that I’m older, I’ve discovered there is a whole group of people who play the ‘what if’ game. They’re called philosophers!

This month we invite you to play the ‘what if’ game with us. Try to imagine that some or all of the Bible narrative is not necessarily true history, but is myth of one sort or another. What sort of effect would that knowledge have on your faith? What effect might it have on the larger church? How would it change you? Would it change you and how you view the world?

We recognize that this might make some or all of you uncomfortable and while we recognize the struggle involved with that sort of discomfort, please feel free to blog about that fact as well. The ‘what if’ game can involve some prickly feelings and we welcome that as well.

Here are the links for for those participating this month:

April 2013 Synchroblog – What If … ?

3 Apr

ImageWhat If … ?

When I was young, I loved to play the ‘what if’ game.  It went like this:  I would imagine an unlikely scenario and present it to my mother to find out what she thought.  Since I had an active imagination, I engaged in this til I drove her to distraction and she would declare, “No more ‘what ifs’!!”  Now that I’m older, I’ve discovered there is a whole group of people who play the ‘what if’ game.  They’re called philosophers!

This month we invite you to play the ‘what if’ game with us.  Try to imagine that some or all of the Bible narrative is not necessarily true history, but is myth of one sort or another.  What sort of effect would that knowledge have on your faith?  What effect might it have on the larger church?  How would it change you?  Would it change you and how you view the world?

We recognize that this might make some or all of you uncomfortable and while we recognize the struggle involved with that sort of discomfort, please feel free to blog about that fact as well.  The ‘what if’ game can involve some prickly feelings and we welcome that as well.

Publish your posts by Tuesday April 16th and share your link here, and we’ll post the final link list on Wednesday morning, April 17th, 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.

Advent 2012 Link List – Tell Me A Story

12 Dec

Below you’ll find the link list for this month … but first, a reminder about our stories:

We find a lot of comfort in the story of Christmas, as we should. Advent is that time each year when we slowly make our way through the journey of that wonderful birth so long ago. Very often we, as the larger community of Christ, consider this season from the perspective of expectant waiting. But Advent is about much, much more … it’s about the harbingers of Jesus’ ministry on earth … hope, and love, and joy, and peace. What are your stories of hope, love, joy and peace? How do you remember them and pass them on to your family or your neighbors? Can you see the shadows of Jesus in them? Since it’s Christmas, won’t you please tell us all a story about Advent in your everyday life. Share your story on your blog this month. Post your links in the comment section by 6pm on Tuesday December 11th and a link list will be published on Wednesday December 12th.

A special thanks to Sonnie for answering the Synchroblog survey and inspiring the December synchroblog theme by reminding us that the best posts include people’s stories.

Our contributors for this month are:

Carol Kuniholm writing at Words Half Heard

Jeremy Myers tells us about Santa Clausette

Liz Dyer celebrates Dreams Do Come True

Leah Sophia digs in with Planting Hope

Glen Hager reveals a story of Christmas Surgery

Kathy Escobar wrestles with holiday expectations

Wendy McCaig  ponders storytelling in  Once Upon A Time

December Synchroblog 2012: Tell Me A Story

30 Nov

December: Tell Me A Story

We find a lot of comfort in the story of Christmas, as we should. Advent is that time each year when we slowly make our way through the journey of that wonderful birth so long ago. Very often we, as the larger community of Christ, consider this season from the perspective of expectant waiting. But Advent is about much, much more … it’s about the harbingers of Jesus’ ministry on earth … hope, and love, and joy, and peace. What are your stories of hope, love, joy and peace? How do you remember them and pass them on to your family or your neighbors? Can you see the shadows of Jesus in them? Since it’s Christmas, won’t you please tell us all a story about Advent in your everyday life. Share your story on your blog this month. Post your links in the comment section by 6pm on Tuesday December 11th and a link list will be published on Wednesday December 12th.

A special thanks to Sonnie for answering the Synchroblog survey and inspiring the December synchroblog theme by reminding us that the best posts include people’s stories.

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