Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Brainstorming 2013 Together

Where three or more are gathered…the neural circuits work better.

The brainstorming for 2013 has begun.  Will you help, pretty please?

I’m giving thought to possible blog series here at this intersection between God and life, and greatly appreciate your feedback.  For your input:  what from the below list most interests you?; what isn’t here that you’d like to see? what sort of series would you personally want to contribute to?; what are ways we together might generate more reader conversation?

I’ll be checking your comments today and throughout the week and interacting with your ideas, because they matter to me!  Please drop some in the comments section below or send me a note: kristinarobbdover@gmail.com.

Starting this month, I’ll begin a year-long interview series with a handful of today’s “most influential evangelical women writers,” as named last fall by Christianity Today.  The series, titled, There’s Power in the Pen, will give us the chance to meet and interact with several of these influential women writers, and hear a bit more about how they view the nature of their influence on the church and in the world.  I’ll be particularly interested in exploring to what degree writing has given these women a voice and influence that they might not have otherwise found in mainstream, evangelical church culture…but what would you be interested in knowing? Leave your questions below.

We’ll also continue two series that we began last year.  One of them, which we let stall, we’ll pick up again: Jesus Epithets: All the Names Jesus Gets Called in Scripture is pretty self-explanatory.  The other series, Christian Meteorology, we began in the fall as a way to keep a watchdog eye on all the ridiculous explanations we Christians can give for the weather.  Any time you encounter something that qualifies, please send it along and we’ll post it.  (A hint: usually a natural disaster turns up plenty of fodder.)

God on the Open Road will be a series of guest posts and other contributions (in the way of music, photos, etc) that will gear us up for the release of my forthcoming book, Grace Sticks: The Bumper Sticker Gospel for Restless Souls.  I’ll invite you to submit your own reflections about all the surprising places (outside of church) that you have experienced God.  This is an invitation to anyone and everyone, regardless of creed, who in showing up at this intersection has something to share about God at work in their own life’s comings and goings.  Several of the restless souls whose reflections I hope to include are a trucker, a young woman in her 20′s trying to find her soul’s delight, a seeker, a “spiritual but not religious” groupie- maybe even someone like Anne Rice, who has left the church but remains captivated by Jesus.  But there’s much creativity to be had here.  Got any other restless souls you’d add to this mix, whose experiences of God on the open road you’d like to hear?  Maybe you’re one of them. Send me a submission (250-500 words) at kristinarobbdover@gmail.com.  I’m all ears.

Bible’s Biggest Losers will look at all of Scripture’s underdogs- and there are many.  Many of you weighed in with your vote for “Biggest Loser” in a recent Facebook query, from the gals who get it rough, like Eve, Hagar and Mary, the mother of Jesus, to poor guys like Esau, Job and Judas.  We’ll get to know them a bit, with a view to discovering what, if any, Good News might be had from their stories.

The Good Enough Mother is a phrase my spiritual director taught me; it’s also a more fitting title for a series that I almost considered calling Aslan Mother (a play on the term, Tiger Mom, which many of us are familiar with).  But at stake here is how faith informs motherhood at that juncture where we all fall short of perfection.  I’ll be inviting you to submit guest posts about your own experiences as part of another write-off, and we’ll also be hearing from some of the many talented mommy bloggers out there who have much wisdom to share with us about slaying the enemy of perfectionism on a host of parenting issues.

Other series I’m enthusiastic about including:

- Ask the Scientist…this would be an occasional column from Harvard trained neuroscientist, Dr. Saskia de Vries, fielding some of your questions with respect to faith and science and asking some of her own.

Color Me Heaven (taking as inspiration the heavenly picture painted by John, the writer of Revelation, of people from many tribes gathering to worship God) would be a collection of stories and/or interviews of people from the Majority World about how they have witnessed God at work in their lives.

- Greater Things Than These…that perplexing line from Scripture (how, afterall, could Jesus’ disciples do greater things than Jesus Himself?) invites some reflection about what Jesus really means here, and how, if at all, we’ve experienced this to be true in our own lives, churches and world. We might be surprised, too, by the answer.

- Storytime with Don Miller…I just love what Don is doing in the form of his project, “Storyline,” and once a month or so would love to highlight one of the more memorable stories he has run across.  Of course, this is a long shot- anyone know Don well-enough to ask?- but, since we’re dreaming right now, Storytime with Don Miller would make a great series.

- Saints and Sinners’ Hall of Fame would be a fun, light-hearted way to celebrate and vote on the top ten saints and sinners of our time; your submissions here would be welcome!

So, what do you think?  Drop me a note! It’s going to be a great year.











Previous Posts

Jesus and the Rich Man: A Sermon on the "Hitler" of Passages.
It's rare that I find myself thinking about Sunday's sermon midweek. This Sunday our pastor Drew Ditzel preached on the familiar story of Jesus and the rich man (Mark 10). The rich man, who says he has kept all the commandments perfectly and has lived a righteous life, comes to Jesus asking what mor

posted 10:40:08am Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

The Lie of Invulnerability
This last week has been insane. Family sickness, repairs, car issues, multiple calls from school nurses, including one in which the nurse expressed concern my 7-year-old son had been bitten by a brown recluse spider...and just when I thought it couldn't get worse...viral pinkeye. Two puffy, leaky, r

posted 11:00:49am Sep. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Humor Relief for Religious Extremism
Once again, humor and satire are coming to my aid this morning, this time in response to the twisted and evil extensions of religion that seeks to coerce and control with violence and worldly forms of power (best embodied these days in the form of ISIS and its affiliates). The Palestinian televis

posted 10:36:57am Sep. 03, 2014 | read full post »

"AA" Recovery Groups—Spirituality for the Non-Religious, Hope for the Church?
[caption id="attachment_5326" align="alignleft" width="271"] Bill Wilson co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Dr. Bob Smith in 1935. Their affectionately called "Big Book" is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold more than 30 million copies since its publication. (Photo credit: Haze

posted 11:27:26am Sep. 02, 2014 | read full post »

Thoughtful Christians—They're Around, Via Fare Forward
The cover story from the latest (July/August) issue of Christianity Today offers a refreshing antidote to all the gloom and doom that often accom

posted 2:39:15am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.