3rd Edition: #ThursdayTheologyBlogs

Week Three of #ThursdayTheologyBlogs brings a new feature. Well, two new features, actually! Last edition’s most clicked post and most liked post! I hope you took time to read and like last week’s posts!

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If not, make sure to like and share your favorite posts this week! Favorite posts will be shared next week as featured posts in the link-up post. Congratulations are due to Cheryl and Martin for being the first featured bloggers on #ThursdayTheologyBlogs.

Cheryl at Treasures from a Shoebox’s post “5 Steps to Living Fear Free” offers scripture, sound advice, and hope for those of us who experience fear.

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Her post was the most clicked post on last week’s episode of #ThursdayTheologyBlogs. If you scroll down and read through the comments, you will see that many of us took time to leave her a comment or two too! Drop by her blog and see if you can find some inspiration to move you from fear to faith! Make sure to tell her you found her through #ThursdayTheologyBlogs!

Love Lines from God, written by Martin Wiles, entered a post last week by the title of “Tearing Down the Strongholds“. Martin’s post received more likes than any other post last week! Making the post this week’s featured post!!

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When you hear the word “stronghold” you may think positive thoughts. Strong is a good thing, right? But what about the sin that has taken a stronghold in our lives? What should we do about that? Celebrate it? Or separate it?

Martin ministers with encouragement while addressing this heavy topic in a brief devotion that will lead us to hand over our strongholds to one strong enough to break the bonds that bind. When you check out his blog, make sure you tell him you’re visiting from #ThursdayTheologyBlogs!

Now, on to this week’s blog hop! Don’t forget to follow the host via e-mail in the upper right hand corner. If you follow via social media, please make sure to leave me a message or tag me so I can follow you back! I’m so blessed to have you join me in this journey!!!!

  • What is the #ThursdayTheologyBlogs Blog Hop?
    • I love the hash tag parties for bloggers on Twitter. I couldn’t find one to join on Thursdays. So, I thought I would create one that was on the topic closest to my heart. God’s love. Now, I like words that work together in rhyme or alliteration, so I started with the “Th” in Thursday and tried out words. While Theology is a stretch for many of us, I think it works for ALL of us based on the first definition I found in the merriam-webster online dictionary:
      • the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially :  the study of God and of God’s relation to the world
  • Whatcan be shared in the #ThursdayTheologyBlogs?
    • First and foremost blog posts. Words that you have written. We’re not looking for a million memes shared. We’re not looking for advertising, MLM, or wordless posts. Your link-up should be a blog post.
    • Anything about God.
      • Read a fiction book that talked about God/religion that spoke to you? Want to share what you learned, or simply the book, with others? That’s absolutely encouraged!
      • Have you prepared an in-depth study on the use of (a crown of) thorns throughout all scripture? Absolutely share!
      • Do you lead worship in your church and you write about Christian artists/songs? They’re welcome here!
      • Did you see God in the picture you took while hiking to clear your head from the day you weren’t sure you’d survive? Yeah, that counts as theology too.
      • Are you catching on here? This isn’t a blog hop for people with degrees in theology. It’s a blog hop for people seeking God, people in love with God, people studying to know God on a deeper level…it’s for you!
  • Who is hosting this blog hop? Are the posts being shared in more than one place?
    • Right now the #ThursdayTheologyBlogs is being hosted by www.carrieanntripp.com who would love to consider taking on a co-host or two. If you are interested, please use the CONTACT form on my ABOUT ME page in the tabs above.
    • I am trying to share posts on Twitter as often as possible without being obnoxious over the weekend. Individuals participating in the hop are STRONGLY encouraged to do the same. I’m a huge fan of pay it forward and believe as Christians we should strive to do the least expected, but we should do what we wish (or even dream) someone else would do for us. If the minimum requirement is 2, why not do 5?
    • Last week’s blog hop was seen more than 221 times.
    • I also know at least one other participant was generous about sharing other posts on social media! Woot woot!
    • If we would all use the #ThursdayTheologyBlogs hash tag on Thursday on Twitter, we would get more traffic. Use the hash tag, RT every other #ThursdayTheologyBlogs hash tag you see throughout the day, and we will all get more exposure. When I’m the only one using the hash tag, it appears spammy instead of like a group effort.
  • How long will this blog hop run?
    • As long as people participate and God allows me, or someone else, to keep up with it. Right now I have it scheduled through the end of April. A two month trial run, I guess you could say. The dream goal in that time is to get up to 100 links per week on average. Although I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I think God can more than double my measly dream goal.

 

So, now it’s up to us. Add your posts to the linky, folks! Share it with your blogging buddies so they can play too! Let’s go over the rules real quick like.

  1. Follow your host’s blog via e-mail.
  2. Share one or more blog post in the linky as long as you plan to meet the next expectation.
  3. Read and comment on at least 2 posts before you in the list. It would also be great if you would consider sharing them via Twitter, G+, Facebook, etc.
  4. Share your post on Twitter using the hashtag #ThursdayTheologyBlogs and retweet any other posts with the same hash tag. Consider thanking those who RT your post!
  5. Encourage others to share their posts here! I have added like buttons to the posts here. We might try to come up with a small prize for the person’s link that receives the most likes! 😀

 

I truly hope the Lord speaks to each and every person through something they find here this weekend!!!! Please leave me a note if you find something that speaks to you! Have a blessed weekend!

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