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July 2018 Invitation – Just War and Pacifism

13 Jul

final-warAre you a proponent of “Just War” or “Pacifism”? Now is your chance to fight for your position … or not.

“Just War” is the idea that some wars are good and righteous, and must be fought to accomplish peace and bring and end to evil regimes and the terrible treatment of people by some countries and leaders. Think Nazi Germany.

“Pacifism,” however, is the idea that we are not to engage in violence of any kind for any reason, and that there are other ways than war to achieve peace.

What is your position, and why do you hold it? The July 2018 synchroblog is the opportunity to present your view and have it read by others.

Here are some questions to get your creative juices going:

Is it ever right to engage in war? Is violence sometimes allowed in certain situations? If so, what are the conditions?

Does pacifism “work”? If so, you you have a story to share which might show how it worked in a particular situation? How does Pacifism stop evil and violence?

If there is no such thing as a “Just War,” how do you understand the violent texts of Scripture where God is commanding the Israelites to go to war against others?

Please publish your article by July 24, and then post your link in the comment section below. The Link List will get published on July 25 so you can copy it to your blog post. 

We look forward to reading your ideas on these topics!

 

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May 2018 Link List

29 May

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Thanks for contributing to the May 2018 Synchroblog on the topic of hell. 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). Remember, once the link lists are on each post, the more traffic we all get … the more traffic we ALL get.

This 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. (I apologize to those who submitted multiple links … only one link per person is allowed.)

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This post is part of the May Synchroblog, in which numerous bloggers around the world write about the same topic on the same day. Links to the other contributors are below. If you enjoyed my article, you will also enjoy reading what they have to say about the topic of hell.

May 2018 Invitation – To Hell and Back

1 May

Hell is a hot topic … in more ways than one.

For this month’s Synchroblog, we want you to explore the topic of hell.

Since this is such a VAST topic … there are numerous ways you can approach the subject.

For example, you could simply seek to answer some of the questions people have about hell from your perspective: Does hell actually exist? If so, what and where is it? Who is there? How long will they be there?

Or, you could share a story about how your thinking on hell has evolved over the years. What were you taught as a child about hell? How did this make you feel? What do you think about hell today, and how has your view changed? Why did it change?

For those who are interested in exploring Scripture, feel free to discuss and analyze and explain a particular Bible passage about hell. Maybe you will present an alternative explanation of this passage … or you will address a text which is often overlooked and neglected in the debate about hell.

Please write and publish your article by Tuesday, May 29, and then post your link in the comment section below. The Link List will get published on May 30. 

I can’t wait to read your posts!

And … We’re Back!

23 Apr

Have you heard the good news?

No, not THAT good news!

The good news that the Synchroblog is coming back!

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YAY!

More details will be coming soon, so make sure you Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the sidebar, Join the Facebook Group, and Follow us on Twitter.

And don’t worry … we are going to pretty much keep our same theme and focus as before … We will be asking you to write about topics of faith and life in the modern world.

To participate, you only need 3 things:
1. A blog
2. A willingness to interact with a diverse set of voices (We don’t all agree … and we’re not supposed to)
3. Pictures of grumpy cats (This one is optional)

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We will begin in May, so stay tuned for the May Synchroblog Topic…

July 2015 LINK LIST on Gay Marriage

29 Jul

Here is the list of bloggers who contributed to this month’s synchroblog topic: Gay Marriage. If you wrote a post for this month, please make sure to include the following list of links on your blog post. Thanks! Also, try to go read the posts from other contributors and leave comments about what they had to say. And remember, whether you agree or disagree, be gracious in what you say!

July 2015 Synchroblog – Gay Marriage

12 Jul

You saw this topic coming, didn’t you?

gay marriageThe March 2015 issue of Christianity Today asked this question as one of their cover stories: “Should I attend my gay friend’s wedding?”

I admit I did not read the article, so I do not know how Christianity today answered. But when I saw the title of the article, my first thought was, “If you have to ask the question, you are not much of a friend.”

Of course, I know that different Christians have different opinions on this matter. And so for this month’s synchroblog, we are asking to you “come out of the closet” and boldly declare your opinion on some issue related to gay marriage and LGBTQ relationships.

You do not necessarily have to state whether or not you support gay marriage, but we would like you to write a post about something related to gay marriage or the issues that face LGBTQ people in today’s society, or maybe even the questions and issues that Christians face in a society that accepts and endorses LGBTQ relationships.

Here are some possible angles:

  • What do you think of the Supreme Court decision to allow LGBTQ people to get married?
  • Do you personally know any LGBTQ people? Would they mind if you told part of their story? Maybe something painful or beautiful (or both)?
  • The Bible does talk about homosexuality. How should we understand these texts, and how should we apply them today?
  • If Jesus were walking the earth today, what do you think He would say about gay marriage and homosexuality?
  • If you were asked to participate in a gay wedding, would you do it? Why or why not? This might include performing the ceremony, providing the cake or flowers, or taking the pictures.
  • Why do you think the church is so divided over the LGBTQ question? Do you think this division will heal? If not, why not? If so, how?
  • Do you think the division between the church community and the LGBTQ community can be healed? If not, why not? If so, how?

You can, of course, write about anything else related to gay marriage and LGBTQ people that suits your fancy.

Please share your link in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, July 28 at midnight. We will publish a link list on Wednesday, July 29 that you will need to copy and paste to the end of your post.

We require two things of all participants who wish to be included in the link list:

(1) Begin your post with a short intro stating that you are participating in the synchroblog and link to this post. Examples: “This post is part of the July 2015 synchroblog on “Gay Marriage”. Or “This post is part of the July 2015 synchroblog that invited bloggers to write about “Gay Marriage”.

(2) Add the link list to the bottom of your post with a note encouraging readers to check out the other synchroblog contributions. We do all of the heavy lifting by putting the list together with all of the links included. Once we post the link list all you have to do is copy and paste. The list at the end of each post makes it easy for readers to move from one post to the other and increases exposure and readership for all of our participants.

Thanks for participating! We look forward to reading your fabulous posts!

March 2015 Link List

18 Mar

other religionsHere is the list of links for those who contributed to the March 2015 Synchroblog: What I Appreciate about [Other Religions].

Please add the link list to the bottom of your post. Thanks!

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