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December Synchroblog – Jesus Came: Did You Get What You Expected?

11 Dec

Christmas Day has come and gone, even the after Christmas sales are far more exciting for some than the birth of Christ.  But did any of us really get what we expected?  This long anticipated season, celebrating the birth of Christ our Savior  often comes with unexpected consequences.  The gifts never quite meet everyone’s expectations and leave behind mountains of wrapping paper and ribbon that will add yet more indestructible rubbish to the landfills. And Jesus doesn’t always give us what we expect either. We welcome him as a cute little baby but if we continue to journey with him, we soon realize that he wants to turn our world upside down. A child born in a stable is much easier to cope with than a revolutionary leader. This month’s synchroblog is centered around the unexpected consequences of our journey with Jesus. Where has it led us that we never anticipated? In what ways has it really turned our world upside down?

Coming down from Christmas always leaves us in a little bit of a fugue state.  Let us know your thoughts and perspectives on this with links to your blog in the comments below.  Please get them in by 7 pm (EST) on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.

As always, the breadth and depth of perspective here will be one more gift for all of us to open.

Advent Synchroblog – Jesus Is Coming: What Do You Expect?

8 Nov

Each year blogger, author, gardener, and missional proponent Christine Sine does an Advent series at her blog in which she invites guest bloggers to write from their perspective on Advent for her blog, Godspace.  Every year these posts are some of the best the internet has to offer on the season and our shared faith.

This year Christine has kindly offered to team with Synchroblog and will be using some of our posts as her guest series.  To that end, we thought it would be a good idea to have a quick event at the beginning of November (Calling Us Out of Numbness), so that we can have an Advent event in late November and then a post Christmas event in late December.

To begin Advent we are exploring ideas that are encompassed in “Jesus Is Coming: What Do You Expect?” — Christmas is probably the most widely celebrated Christian festival in the world.  Incredibly, the birth of a tiny baby two thousand years ago in an obscure village in Palestine still has the power to impact and transform lives.  Unfortunately it is also the most commercialized event on our calendars and even for many Christians is fast losing its religious significance. So what are we really expecting this Advent and Christmas season? Are we just waiting for a baby born in a stable or are we expecting a Saviour who will transform the world? This month’s synchroblog is centered around our expectations for the Advent and Christmas season. What are we expecting? How will it impact our lives and our faith?

This synchroblog will vary a little bit from our ordinary pattern.  We will be taking submissions for a week beginning Wednesday, November 23 and ending Wednesday, November 30 at 6 pm PST (9 pm for EST folks).

Please list your links, as usual, in the comments below and we will add them to the link compilation document on a daily basis.   We’ll finish the round with a grand tour post on December 1.

You may submit as many times as you like and this might be a great place for a short series.  However, you will need to balance that desire with Christine’s need to open her Advent Series to as many authors as possible.

Please enjoy this round and we are looking forward to reading the many different perspectives that Synchrobloggers have come to offer!

October – Down We Go

27 Sep

Independence. Success. Upward Mobility. Security. Comfort. In subtle and direct ways, many of us have been sent a message by the world (and sometimes by the faith systems we have been part of) that life is about moving up–away from pain and suffering and toward comfort, stability, and put-togetherness. This kind of living is much different than the kind of life Jesus calls us to in the gospels. Jesus consistently modeled going down into the low and messy places of people’s experiences–intersecting with the lepers, the lonely, the outcasts, the marginalized. He calls us to a life of humility, love, and interdependence.

This month’s synchroblog will explore the idea of downward mobility and other themes in Kathy Escobar’s book, Down We Go, however it is not required reading and this is not a book review synchroblog.  Where do you see Jesus calling you downward?  What does it mean to you? How is your faith being stretched and challenged on the journey down? What is hard about a downwardly mobile life? What’s satisfying?  Do you find yourself bitter sometimes?  Are there paradoxes to be explored?

If you would like to join in the conversation, please plan to submit your name, name of blog, title of post and link in the comment section of the this (October) announcement on the Synchroblog blog by 6 p.m. EST 10/11/2011 if you would like to be included in this synchroblog. The list of participants will be compiled and posted on 10/12/2011.

April Synchroblog – Do You Live Under A Rock?

29 Mar



DO YOU LIVE UNDER A ROCK? – April 13th (second Wednesday)

As Christians we say we believe in the resurrection but sometimes it seems like we are living under a rock instead of living a resurrected life. As Easter approaches take some time to reflect on what it means to live out the resurrection. Does the resurrection make a difference in the here and now? Have you seen evidence of the resurrection in the land of the living? Would/Could resurrection life change anything/everything in the world/your community? What does it mean to practice resurrection? Join this month’s synchroblog and share your thoughts, reflections, opinions and stories as you consider the question “Do You Live Under A Rock?”

Please plan to submit your name, name of blog, title of post and link in the comment section of the April announcement here on this blog by 6 p.m. EST 4/12/2011 if you would like to be included in this synchroblog. The list of participants will be compiled and posted on 4/13/2011.

March Synchroblog – Experiences In The Wilderness – 3/9/2011

28 Feb

During the season of Lent we are reminded that all of us experience wilderness times in our lives – times of searching, of mourning, of anticipating, of waiting, of watching, of unknowing, of struggling, of preparation. Join us during the season of Lent for this month’s synchroblog as we reflect and share insights and thoughts about “Experiences In The Wilderness”.

Please plan to submit your name, name of blog, title of post and link in the comment section of the March announcement here on this blog by 6 p.m. EST 3/8/2011 if you would like to be included in this synchroblog. The list of participants will be compiled and posted on 3/9/2011.

The Manifestation Of God – January 2011 Synchroblog

13 Dec

January Synchroblog:

The Manifestation of God

1/12/2011 (second Wednesday)

This month’s synchroblog’s theme is inspired by the season of Epiphany which begins on January 6 and ends the day before Ash Wednesday.  The word “epiphany” is rich in meaning.  Epiphany is derived from the Greek epiphaneia and means manifestation, shining forth, revelation or appearance. In a religious context, the term describes the appearance of an invisible divine being in a visible form. It can also indicate a sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something.  An “epiphany” might refer to those times in life when something becomes manifest, a deep realization, a sudden recognition that changes one’s view of themselves or their social condition and often sparks a reversal or change of heart.  In the spirit of Epiphany we invite you to share stories, experiences and/or thoughts about “The Manifestation of God”

Please plan to submit your name, name of blog, title of post and link in the comment section of the January announcement at the Synchroblog website https://synchroblog.wordpress.com/ on 1/11/2011 if you would like to be included in this synchroblog.  The list of participants and links will be compiled and posted on 1/12/2011.  We ask that each participant include the list of participants and links at the end of their synchroblog post.

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