As humans, we often struggle with an “us vs. them” mentality. We like people who are like us, and tend to despise and look down upon people who are not like us. While this is true in sports, business, and politics, it is also sadly true in race and religion. While we are learning to overcome the “us vs. them” mentality in race relationship, it is still quite common among religions.
While we can all be strongly committed to our particular faiths and practice, it is helpful to remember that people of other religions are not the enemy. Paul writes in Ephesians 6 that our “struggle is not against flesh and blood,” and this is true even when the flesh and blood of another practices a different religion.
So in this synchroblog, I want to invite each of us to write about some things we appreciate about another religion. I want you to pick a religion, like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or even Atheism (though it’s not exactly a religion), and write about the things you appreciate about that religion, or the people who practice that religion.
Your post could take a variety of approaches on this topic. You could relate a story about an interaction you had with someone from that other religion, or you could talk about some of the religious beliefs and practices of that other religion and how Christianity could become better by adopting these other beliefs and practices. The goal is to recognize that Christianity can learn and benefit from people of other religions.
Publish your posts by March 17 and include a link to your post in the comment section below. The full link list will get published on March 18.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this month’s sychroblog!
Below is the link list for this month.
Please make sure you include this entire list at the bottom of your own post on your blog.
We also appreciate you introducing your post as a contribution to the February synchroblog and link to the original announcement. (Example: This post is part of the February synchroblog “Renewal”)
Abbie Waters – It is Well with My Soul
Done With Religion – Renewal
Mark Votova – 30 Ways the Church Can Find Renewal
Jeremy Myers – I am Dying … (So I Can Live Again)
Phil Lancanster – The Parable of the Classic Car
Susan Schiller – Renewal by Design
Glenn Hager – Repurposed
Wesley Rostoll – Why I no longer pray for revival
Clara Ogwuazor-Mbamalu – Renewal of the Spirit
K. W. Leslie – Those who wait on the Lord
Lisa Brown – Momma’s Kick Off Your Shoes and Stay For A While!
Jenom Makama – …Like An Antivirus
Leah – Renewal!
Liz Dyer – Put Your Mask On First
Peggy – Abi and the February 2015 Synchroblog – Renewal
Loveday Anyim – Stop Right Here and Renew Your Mind
hey everyone, thanks for participating this month and looking forward to the new year.
here’s the link list for this month to post at the end of your posts. thanks for doing that as it’s a great way to support each other and help others connect to diverse perspectives. check back tomorrow morning for any updates:
Bloggers looking back and looking forward this month:
One of the things about the new year is that sometimes we get so caught up in trying to leave the old year behind and start afresh that we forget the things that shaped and formed us in the previous year. We start looking to the future and what’s next and miss remembering what was and what is that we might need to savor.
To kick off the year for the Synchroblog, let’s blog about highlights of the past year, things that stirred us, shaped us, moved us. Things we loved doing and seeing and experiencing. Things that were hard but good. Things that were fun. Things we don’t want to forget. It might be your favorite post from last year or a list of highlights or a specific event. It’s a blank slate, but let’s look back together and remember.
Post your posts by Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 8pm, and we will compile a link list to add to the end to the end of our posts by Wednesday morning, January 14th.
The synchroblog team has decided to take a break in December this year.
We are grateful for everyone who continues to participate in the synchroblog and are committed to another great year in 2015.
We hope you have a very merry and bright holiday season and that the coming year is filled with many blessings for you and your friends and family!
Nearly everyone in the country and especially in Christian circles has heard of the implosion of the megachurch in Seattle, WA known as Mars Hill and the accusations made against it’s lead pastor, Mark Driscoll. Regardless of how you feel about Mark Driscoll in particular, what would it look like for the Church as a whole when abusive leaders are held accountable and then are reconciled? How do we do that in such a way as to let victims be heard and redemption be the end goal. What does redemption and/or reconciliation look like in real life? What does grace look like in these situations?
To be clear, this is not a synchroblog about Mark Driscoll (he is just an example among dozens we might have used) but about asking the question of how to handle spiritual abuse so that the Christian tenets of justice, forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption are honored.
Below is the link list for this month. Please make sure you include this entire list at the bottom of your own post on your blog. Then, feel free to go read, comment, and share the posts of other people.
See you next month!