This Lent I would like to try something that I have never tried before on this blog. This may end up falling flat, but I would like to believe that it will work out. Whether it works out or not is really up to you.
Every day during Lent, I would like to have one of my readers post a guest post on this blog. No one else has ever posted on this blog before, so you have the opportunity to be one of the first. To qualify to guest post you don’t have to be a pastor, a theologian, or even a student of theology. Nor do you have to be an existing member of the blogosphere. I would love to have many different voices contributing to this project.
There are a few guidelines for the content and subject of the guest posts.
1. The posts must have as their subject matter a saying, action or event from our Lord’s public ministry, after His Baptism and prior to His entry into Jerusalem. During Holy Week this rule will change.
2. You are invited to present a few personal reflections on the saying, action or event. These reflections can take a number of different forms. Creative and imaginative posts are very welcome. Your reflections could be a word of testimony concerning the way that these verses have helped you at a particular time in your life. They could be more theological in tone. You could post a poem, a piece of art, a musical composition (you could sing a favourite hymn, for instance) or an audio or video clip (any Youtubers out there?). Once a saying, action or event has been posted on, I would prefer that people move onto a new one. However, I am prepared to make exceptions, given the right circumstances. If you have a particular verse that you just have to post on, book early!
3. The season of Lent is designed to lead us through the events of Holy Week into Easter. This fact should be reflected in the content and emphasis of your post. The ideal post will help readers to prepare their hearts, minds and lives for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
4. You are NOT invited to argue some partisan position. These guest posts are not to be about pushing a NPP or FV position down people’s throats, for example. This does not mean that you cannot give a different perspective on a particular passage. Provided that you present such a position charitably, such a post would be quite welcome. The point is that this is not the appropriate setting for theological dogfights. The goal of this project is to edify and to get to know each other.
5. Please keep your posts to a reasonable length. You are writing a blog post, not a book (yeah, yeah, I know what you are about to say!). A post could be no more than a few sentences in length, or it could be several paragraphs in length. This is largely left to your own discretion.
Entries can be sent to 40bicycles at gmail dot com. I don’t have any post for tomorrow or the rest of the week, so you might find your guest post posted more or less straight away. Others might have to wait for a couple of weeks. If you could give a few details about yourself along with your post, they can be put on top of your guest post. You could give, for example, your name, where you live, the church you attend, where you blog (if your blog), where you work and a short list of things that are very special to you, important events in your life, etc. You are also invited to include a prayer request for yourself or for something or somebody else (you could ask people to give thanks for something with you, for example).
What are you waiting for?