Fruit … glorious fruit. It’s mentioned several times and in various contexts in the New Testament. We’re told we’ll know people by their “fruit.” We’re told that we should tend the “fruits of the Spirit.” But that supposes we have some idea of what “fruit” is. What does it look like in the life of a Jesus follower? What would the term “bear fruit” look like? How do we, as followers of Jesus, “bear fruit” in our ordinary lives?
That’s the theme of this month … fruit or bearing fruit. In whatever ways those terms hit you, let us know. As is usual, post your blog title and link in the comments section here and I’ll make the link list for inclusion at the bottom of your post. Get those links in here by Tuesday, April 22 and I’ll post the link list on Wednesday, April 23.
Here 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!
- Mark Votava – How Christianity Can Learn from Buddhism
- Justine Steckbauer – Christianity and Other Religions: Many roads or exclusive path?
- Glenn Hager – The Thing About Labels
- Clara Ogwuazor-Mbamalu – What I Appreciate about Islam
- Stuart Delony – I Love Atheists
- Bram Bonius – What can Christians learn from neo-pagans and ‘magickal’ traditions?
- Mictori – Buddhism Reshaped my Easter
- Loveday – What I Don’t Appreciate About Your Religion
- Pastor FedEx – 3 Things Christians Learn from Other Religions
- Leah Sophia – Land, Sun, Community, Crops
- Kathy Escobar – Why I Love Interfaith Conversations
- Dr. Samuel Mahaffy – My House Shall be a House of Prayer for All People
- J. D. Myers – What I Appreciate About Pagans
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.
the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken.
This month we offer a one word prompt for our theme and invite you to write about whatever comes to mind when you ponder “renewal”.
Write something informative, tell a story, share a poem or piece of art, reveal a desire or dream, ask a question, explore something from scripture, tell us what renews you, review a book, incorporate the season of Lent in your post, as Lent is often referred to as a time of renewal, get personal and write about your own need for renewal … the theme is wide open.
To participate, please publish a post on this topic by Tuesday, February 24 and include a link to this post in the comments below.
We will publish the list of contributors on Wednesday, February 25.