Thanks to everyone who participated in this month’s synchroblog!
Here’s the list of links for the November synchroblog. Be sure and add this list to the end of your post.
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.
No matter what you believe or don’t believe “faith in the public square” is something you probably have an opinion about. Here’s your chance to sound off! The subject is wide open but here are some questions if you need help getting started:
Should a person’s faith impact their vote? What place does faith have in the public square today? Is it possible to detect the fruit of the spirit in public figures? Does our theology help us decide what voices to give weight to and what voices to ignore or do we tweak our theology in order to support our political and/or social preferences? How can we be faithful to our own beliefs and convictions and still do what is best for everyone? Is our faith a good reason to create legislation? Should we be concerned about the faith of our leaders? Does connecting faith and politics do more harm or more good? Do you think there should be more or less religious talk coming from those who hold or are seeking to hold political positions?
Share your perspective about faith and politics on your blog this month. Post your links in the comment section of this post by 6pm on Tuesday October 9th and a link list will be published on Wednesday October 10th.
A special thanks to K.W. Leslie and Carol Kuniholm for inspiring this theme through their input via our Synchroblog survey!
Each year blogger, author, gardener, and missional proponent Christine Sine does an Advent series at her blog in which she invites guest bloggers to write from their perspective on Advent for her blog, Godspace. Every year these posts are some of the best the internet has to offer on the season and our shared faith.
This year Christine has kindly offered to team with Synchroblog and will be using some of our posts as her guest series. To that end, we thought it would be a good idea to have a quick event at the beginning of November (Calling Us Out of Numbness), so that we can have an Advent event in late November and then a post Christmas event in late December.
Here is the second list of those links … please add them to your posts.
Here is the link list so far for June’s synchroblog. I will continue to add links as they come in. Please copy and paste these to the end of your posts so others can easily navigate from one post to another. Thanks for participating!!
Peace,Hope,Equity,Wisdom,Wonder,Light and Love,
Kerri at Earth’s Crammed With Heaven… – Transformation
Sarita Brown at Gypsy Queen Journals – Pentecost: A Poem
Jeremy Myers at Till He Comes – The Incarnation of the Temple, Torah, and Land
Tammy Carter at Blessing the Beloved – Random Biblical Calendar Thoughts, Unity & Love
K. W. Leslie at More Christ – Pentecost
Liz Dyer at Grace Rules – We Cannot Capture The Wind
Emma Nadine at Life by List – An Outpouring of the Spirit
Marta Layton at Marta’s Mathoms – Shadow of Things to Come?
Abbie Waters at No Longer “Not Your Grandfather’s CPA” – Spiritual Gifts
Bill Sahlman at Creative Reflections – A “Wild Goose” Festival at Pentecost
John O’Keefe at john c. o’keefe – What’s With This
Kathy Escobar at kathy escobar – more than the leftovers
Faith, Feasts and Foreshadowing – June 8 (second Wednesday)
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Colossians 2:16-17
The Jewish festival of Shavuot (or Pentecost) is a celebration of the giving of Torah on Mt. Sinai and it always falls 50 days after the second night of Passover (Pesach). This year that will be June 7 and 8 depending on where you live and how you celebrate.
The Christian feast of Pentecost celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the book of Acts, ushering in the beginning of the church. 50 Days after Jesus’ resurrection (and 10 days after Jesus’ Ascension), the apostles were gathered together. On the day of Pentecost (Shavuot), a flame rested upon the shoulders of the apostles and they began to speak in tongues (languages), by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost falls on June 12 this year.
For the June synchroblog we invite you to reflect on the foreshadowing that the Jewish celebration of Shavuot brings to the Christian feast of Pentecost. How does the Torah foreshadow the Holy Spirit? What can we learn from our forefathers that will enrich our faith? What are the parallels? What are the differences? These are some (but definitely not all) of the questions that might be explored in this synchroblog. Please join the celebration in June.
Please plan to submit your name, name of blog, title of post and link in the comment section of the June announcement here on this blog by 6 p.m. EST 6/7/2011 if you would like to be included in this synchroblog. The list of participants will be compiled and posted on 6/8/2011.