That they may be one … How can the church work toward unity in our culture and country? (November 2018 Invitation)

12 Nov

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Well, the elections are over … but not really.

As I write this, counting is still going on in various states, and lawyers are setting up battle lines. Newly elected officials are heating up the rhetoric, and protesters are starting to lash out.

What is the role of the church in all of this?

In John 17, Jesus prayed that we would be one, as He and the Father are one.

Since unity, or “oneness,” was the prayer of Jesus for the church, how can we works toward unity in the Body of Christ? What do we need to do or not do? What should we say or not say? Does unity mean uniformity? If not, then how can we get along?

And beyond unity within the church, how can we show the world the path toward peace and unity?

Write your blog post, and publish it on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Then add a link in the comment section below.

The link list will get published on Wednesday, November 28, so that you can add it to the bottom of your blog post.

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October 2018 Synchroblog Link List

30 Oct

Below is the link list for the October 2018 Synchroblog. Please add it to the bottom of your post. Thanks for contributing!

We would really like more to participate in future synchroblogs, so please consider inviting any blogging friends you know to join us in November.


Here is the list of other writers and authors who contributed to this month’s Synchroblog. Go read them all to see what others think about voting in the elections.

 

Let’s influence the election! – October 2018 Synchroblog Invitation

9 Oct

vote or nahFor the October 2018 synchroblog, I want you to influence the election!

(I apologize to those of you who reside outside of the United States … but on the other hand, this is your chance to meddle in the US elections …)

For your article this month, write about whether or not Christians should vote.

For example, I recently read two books from two different Christians. One was titled “Electing Not to Vote” and said it was wrong for Christians to vote. The other was titled “The Moral Mandate to Vote” and said it was wrong for Christians NOT to vote.

Then recently I heard Greg Boyd admit that while he has been telling his congregation for decades to NOT vote in the elections, he actually DID vote in the 2018 election, and voted for Hillary Clinton. I found that strange, but whatever …

So I want your take. Should Christians vote or should we not? Why?

To vote, or not to vote, that is the question!

Write your article and publish it on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Then post a link to your blog post in the comment section below or on the Synchroblog Facebook page.

The link list will be created and published on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 for you to add to the bottom of your blog post.

I look forward to reading what you write!

September 2018 Link List

26 Sep

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 Synchroblog: “What the Flood?”

Please add the following link list to the bottom of your blog post. After you have done this, it would also be a good idea to visit and comment (and maybe even share on Facebook and Twitter) the blog posts of the other contributors. The more traffic we all get … the more traffic we all get.

Here is the link list to add to the bottom of the blog post you contributed:

This post was part of the September 2018 Synchroblog on the topic of the flood. Here are the other contributors to this month’s topic. Go and read them all!

September 2018 – What the Flood?

10 Sep

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If your neighbor drowned a litter of puppies, what would you do?

How should the police respond to some parents who drowned their children in a bathtub?

But what if God did these things? Does that change your view?

Many Christians struggle with the idea of God drowning millions (maybe billions!) of people and animals in the flood (Genesis 6-8).

Some Christians hardly struggle with it at all.

For the September 2018 Synchroblog, we want you to write about the flood account of Genesis 6-8.

What is your view of the flood? How should it be understood? Did it really happen or is it a myth?

If the flood really happened, did God truly send the floodwaters upon the earth to drown all men, women, children, and animals who were not on the ark? Why?

This is your opportunity to approach issues related to inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. Or you can talk about the character of God. Or the sinfulness of humanity and how God should respond.

In your blog post, present your view of the flood account in Genesis 6-8, while also writing about related issues of Scripture and theology.

Publish your blog post on Tuesday, September 25, and add a link to your blog post in the comment section below. The link list will get published on Wednesday, September 26 so you can add it to your blog post. 

 

August 2018 Synchroblog Link List

30 Aug

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Thanks for contributing to the August 2018 Synchroblog. For the month of August we asked bloggers to write about something that Christians don’t always see eye to eye about.

Please make sure to add the following link list on the bottom of the blog post you wrote this month.

Also, it would be great to read and comment on as many of the posts as you can.

If you REALLY want to go above and beyond, you can share the various posts on your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

Sharing the links and interacting helps encourage and grow the blogging community here on the Synchroblog.

So please copy the following section and paste it onto the bottom of the blog post you contributed.


Here is the link list:

What God May Really Be Like – Why Can’t Even God-Followers Get Along?

Wesley Rostoll – Why did God accept Abel’s offering and not Cain’s?

Jeremy Myers – Three Views on Hell (and a fourth view I hold)

Liz Dyer – Religious Freedom is NOT Freedom to Discriminate

Jordan Hathcock – Let’s Get Dirty

August 2018 Synchroblog Invitation – Hey, look! A duck! … That’s not a duck! That’s a rabbit!

7 Aug

This month we invite you to write about something that Christians don’t always see eye to eye about.

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Being a Christian does not mean we all believe the same things or think the same way about any number of topics/issues.

Often we will even hear people complain about the way Christians get along – or don’t get along, because of the emotional disagreements that can develop due to different perspectives.

This month we invite you to choose a topic/issue that often causes disagreements among Christians and write about the different views that Christians hold regarding that topic. Share some of the arguments or resources that each side uses to support their belief.  You can also include the pros/cons for both sides and your own view on the issue? If you want to dive in deeper you could even suggest ways that Christians should handle their disagreements.

This could result in some lively conversations but as always we encourage everyone to remain civil and also open to the prospect of learning a new way to see and think.

Please write and publish your article on Tuesday, August 28, and then post your link in the comment section below. The Link List will get published on Wednesday, August 29.

We ask you to try not to post your contribution before August 28.

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