May 2015 Synchroblog: Let’s Talk About Anger

5 May
937008_thumbnailAnger sometimes has a bad reputation. Some of us have been taught that anger is a negative emotion, something that should be squeezed out, prayed through, avoided.  Others of us have been raised in families and churches that never allowed for expression of anger so we have no concept of what “healthy anger” even means.  What do we think God thinks of our anger? What do we think of it?  Regardless of where we’re at with anger, it seems like it’s rare to have open conversations about it. This month’s synchroblog we thought it would be fun to get honest about anger. What are you learning about it? What’s hard about it? Where does God fit in to it?  What do you want to say about it that needs to be said?
Let it rip!
The date to have your post up is Tuesday, May 19th by midnight.  When you’re post is up, share your link in the comments section of this post, and we will publish a link list to include at the bottom of your post by Wednesday morning, May 20th.
We hope you can participate!

Link List – April Synchroblog – Bearing Fruit

22 Apr

Fruit_Stall_in_Barcelona_Market

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.

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

April 2015 Synchroblog – Bearing Fruit

8 Apr

Fruit_Stall_in_Barcelona_Market

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.

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!

What I Appreciate About [Other Religions] – March 2015 Synchroblog

6 Mar religion

religionAs 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.

Link List for February 2015 Synchroblog – Renewal

24 Feb

Renewal
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

February 2015 Synchroblog – Renewal

9 Feb

Renewal

 

re·new·al

rəˈn(y)o͞oəl/

noun 

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.

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