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Godinterest Theology Challenges – Resource for Teachers

Mindful of the challenges and opportunities provided by the Internet and Information and Communication Technologies in general, the Godinterest.org, is undertaking the development of Theology Challenges in the first instance to provide online educational support for teachers of Religious Education.

Godinterest Theology Challenges will provide content and professional development. The first stage will be to offer sequenced online materials to assist and engage teachers of Ethics in exploring in a systematic way various contemporary ethical issues. In doing this Godinterest Theology Challenges will use a large range of Internet resources to guide teachers through the exploration of the specific issues. This will be the most developed part of Theology Challenges at the present moment.

We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. Hopefully they will also be useful in other ways in the future including the online delivery of assessable units for accreditation and online provision of materials tailored to meet the needs of specific school groups.

Establishing Learning Communities

In addition to the provision of content, it is intended that Godinterest Theology Challenges will encourage the development of online professional learning groups. Teachers will be able to use both the Godinterest Theology Challenges materials and online collaboration blog creation tools to explore and discuss the issues and questions that are raised. In this way, they will also be introduced to the possibilities for curriculum and classroom application of the facilities they are using in their own professional learning and collaboration.

Into the Future – Speaking to Students

Teachers are most interested in educational resources when they see them as supportive of their own classroom practice. At the same time, the ultimate goals of any educational initiative are the improvement of student learning and the engagement of students in the learning process to improve educational outcomes. It is hoped that as Godinterest Theology Challenges develops it will contribute to this vision not only by supporting teachers to present the RE to their students but also by providing engaging online materials for their use. It is hoped that through this process, Godinterest Theology Challenges will assist young people to use the new technologies both ‘purposefully and critically and… to adapt and learn throughout their lives’ and ‘for their integral development and the benefit of others’.


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Godinterest Offers ‘WordPress for Religion’

Godinterest.org Offers ‘WordPress for Religion’

LONDON,Pr Newswire April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Great Britain is not the place to find a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love Jesus.”  Britons tend to be tolerant and respectful of Muslim and Hindu religious observances, but not their own. Godinterest Blogs, as the name implies, is designed with religion in mind.  The site was developed by Dean Jones, a 36-year-old project manager and Saint Martins, university of the arts post graduate who said, “Godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set ofconversations about religion in public life that represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion and critique of a kind never seen before.”

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The growing influence of blogs is indisputable. Most would agree that the mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere.  Old newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public dialogue in society as a whole and now around religious questions in particular.

Jones said, “I get excited about the idea of blogs transforming religion and hope to encourage tolerance, remove ignorance, raise issues and create an arena in which views and practices are explored. Our ethos is to ‘Love people, Inspire minds, Teach hearts and Embrace life!'”

Godinterest.org offers a variety of themes, plug-ins for podcasts; video tutorials and easy blogging to help users get started.

Jones said, “Godinterest Bloggers can use their blogs as a learning journal to gather relevant information and ideas, and communicate with other people. Religious educators can use blogs to keep in contact with students’ parents and use blogs to record their own personal life, and express emotions or feelings. They can use our blogs as an instructional and assessment tool, and blogs can be used as a task management tool. Blogs can also be used to teach individuals about writing for an audience as they can be made public.”

Godinterest could offer the means for under-represented voices to find a public voice.

Jones said, “Godinterest represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. A Godinterest blog supports religious education by encouraging reflection, questioning as well as collaboration and providing a context for engaging in higher-order thinking!”

With comparable features, WordPress for Religion by Godinterest could be just what we need, after all research has shown that religious beliefs and practices seem to make people happier, and in some situations healthier and better-off, too.  But to argue that such benefits more than offset the gains from extra Religious Ed would require a leap of faith.

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Self Interest as God’s Interest

We are initially informed of #God’s interest by the expression of gratification in the creation of man, and as subsequently manifested by his association with man.

While reflecting on the magnitude of creation the Psalmist was constrained to exclaim,

“When I consider the heavens the work of thy fingers, and the stars which thou has ordained, what is man that thou art mindful of him? Psalm 8:4-6 King James Version (KJV).

Sometimes in our earthly mind, the awesomeness of God is lost.

Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭25‬ If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Isn’t God interested in every part of our lives, not just the spiritual part. So if we believe that we should live by the Holy Spirit’s power, we need then to submit every aspect of our lives to God, emotionally, physically, socially, intellectually and vocationally.

See below for a roundup of some of the most touching photos posted on Godinterest this month.

….washed white as snow | ANNA WAKUMOTO I had spent the last 6 years of my life looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. every place that the world told me would seemingly satisfy me did just the opposite. I covered up my anger…

….On Aging | Laura’s Recovery . To live is to be slowly born – Antoine de St Exupery The purpose of human experience is to grow us into God. It is so we can melt into God as we go – to expand. We are either expanding or collapsing…
…Living and Learning at Home: Ultimate Guide to Keeping Young Children with you at Church…

…Trust no Man…that is no man, woman, or child! | Coco Chanel’s Ministry…
…What does it mean to worship?? Throughout my entire life I have been to four churches. Destined Ones Ministry, First Baptist of Hammond, Words of Encouragement ministries, and Unity Church. I can r…
…Israel – Photo by Photographer Leon Forado – photo.net (photo.net) Photograph by Leon Forado…

Paul says that because we’re saved, we should live like it! The Holy Spirit is the source of our new life’s, so keep in step with its leading. Don’t let anything or anyone else determine your values and standards in any area of your life.

God’s interest in humility goes beyond our comprehension. Jesus took off the robes of Deity, and put on the robes of humanity, then died on a cross just for us, because He loves us so much; so we could have communion with him, and so we could spend eternity in with Him, when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.

When we abide in God, when we are one with Him, we can literally ask whatever we want and He will do it for us (John 15:7).

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What Would Jesus Do? Do You Really Want to Know?

Once upon a time, a mother made her son a wristband. On it was written: WWJD? The phrase “What would Jesus do?” (often abbreviated to WWJD) became popular in the United States in the 1990s and as a personal motto for adherents of Evangelical Christianity who used the phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through the actions of the adherents.

The WWJD movement started in 1989 when the youth group at Calvary Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, studied Charles Sheldon’s 1896 novel, In His Steps.

But the message of wwjd should not be taken for granted due to overexposure. As simple as it seems, sometimes the question—What would Jesus do?—still leaves people wondering. However, its not hard when ones considers that Jesus said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. #Love

…Little Girl Lost | Our Souls Purpose. There once was a little girl, she was sweet and loving, the way a child is. She had blonde hair and was ever so tiny. She loved everyone she knew, she looked at the world through eyes that had not been wounded by this world. Now the teenager turns into a young woman, wife, and mother. She feels the light but she doesn’t live in the light… What would Jesus do?
Heart Touching Examples of Documentary Photography on Godinterest. What would Jesus do?
Mandatory Prayer to promote wellness. United States Marine Corps recruits take a moment for mandatory prayer before lights out at 9:00 P.M. in Parris Island, South Carolina, January 6, 2005. Recruits go through a twelve week training program where the objective is to instill self-discipline and confidence, high moral standards, warrior spirit, basic military knowledge and individual skills, physical fitness and wellness as a way of life, respect and love of Country and Corps. Now one might be arrested for leading soldiers into prayer, however, What would Jesus do?
 #love letters

True love never grows old. We love seeing old couples. It gives us hope that love can still stand the test of time.
How God’s Broken Through My Walls This year has been all about learning about the character of God, and also about the character of me. Everyone has thinking patterns and world views that need adjusting; the biggest one for me this…What would Jesus do?
…..What would Jesus do? Remember the less fortunate this Christmas, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stran…
Beyond the fad

“What would Jesus do?” is an irrelevant question for many people because they don’t know who Jesus is.  Before we can ask the question “What would Jesus do?” we must ask ourselves whether we know Jesus. Knowing Jesus begins with reading about His life, teachings and claims in the Bible.

So what would Jesus do? He would seek the Father for the strength and wisdom to embrace, restore, confront, teach, serve, and equip the people around him.

These phrase should drive us back to the gospels to take a fresh look at how Jesus lived. The fad phase of WWJD may be over, but we need to hold on to the phrase even whiles posting images on Godinterest and keep asking ourselves—What would Jesus do? It’s a great question. But remember: If you’re not sure what Jesus actually did in his life, then you’re just guessing at what he might do in yours.

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Religion Blogosphere | Godinterest.org – WordPress for Religion

The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social networking service in which everyday authors can publish their opinions. Since the term has been coined, it has been referenced in a number of media and is also used to refer to the Internet.

The pecking order of the religion blogosphere takes different forms depending on how one frames the question. Religion Blogs are not easily put into boxes. Unlike traditional publishers, Godinterest bloggers aren’t anxious to categorize their content according to best practices. Instead, and most importantly they strive to cultivate a unique voice, a loyal community, and an eclectic collection of source material.

Like most blogs, faith-based blogs tend to be highly opinionated and often include funny personal anecdotes. But their content is also unique and many spiritual blogs are written by people seriously engaging with and struggling with their faith.

“Words That Inspire, Surprise, And Move Us”

Others are more culturally oriented, covering the ways faith intersects with the arts and politics. Not every spiritual blog is worth reading, of course. Many blogs aren’t updated frequently.

The spiritual wisdom and religious insights of the bloggers at Godinterest.org provides the life’s blood of the new beta splinter site.

It should be evident by now that the religion blogosphere is no unified thing, However, with its ease of access, the Godinterest Blogosphere certainly offers the means for under-represented voices to find a public voice.

With comments and up-to-the-minute updates, the interactivity of Godinterest blogs makes them ideal for fostering communities, especially ones that have yet to find a place among more traditional religious institutions. As religion desks at national and regional media organizations have disappeared amidst sweeping budget cuts, many journalists specializing in religion look to the Internet and the religion blogosphere in particular for their rescue. With greater flexibility, Godinterest blogs offer the opportunity for a renaissance in serious religion coverage, just as they are becoming key sources for business, entertainment, and technology news.

Is there really a religion blogosphere?

The very idea of a religion blogosphere—a network of blogs devoted to discussing the place of religion in public life—is in essence what Godinterest.org is. The community at Godinterest represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. Godinterest.org allows for far more cross-fertilization among far-flung communities than currently exists, and a wider variety of religion blogs will  no doubt benefit from being in closer proximity to one another which will inadvertently facilitate interaction.

Even is its beta stage Godinterest.org now provides numerous blogs an automatic audience, including readers who might not otherwise find them but who have a general interest in religion to foster a stronger sense of community.

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Blogging Religion | Godinterest.org – WordPress for Religion

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Godinterest.org has given occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life. Godinterest.org represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion, cross-fertilization, and critique of a kind never seen before. In principle, at least, the Internet offers an opportunity to break down old barriers and engender new communities.

The purpose at hand is to foster a more self-reflective, collaborative, and mutually-aware religion blogosphere.

Why bother with blogs?

The growing influence of blogs has been indisputable. The mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere. Old-guard newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters and columnists on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public discourse in society as a whole and around religious questions in particular. A Godinterest Blog is a powerful and flexible medium, one uniquely suited to providing the space for vibrant, diverse, and productive discussions about religion.

“Academics, especially in the arts and humanities, have taken to blogs like ducks to water.”

– Craig Saper, Blogademia

Creating a community, making an impact

Savvy Godinterest bloggers have available to them the means to develop a quite sophisticated picture of their readership. Plugins like Google Analytics allow one to know with high precision (and reasonable accuracy) who is visiting one’s website and what they are doing there.

Most religion bloggers feel they have a sense of who their readers are. Usually, it tends to be a group that shares the same interests and views.

So what is missing, perhaps the following?

“High quality academic writing from known experts in the field is still missing.” (Robert P. Jones)

  • “It is a shame that Christianity Today’s daily round-up of news links [by Ted Olsen] has stopped running.” (Richard Bartholomew)

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Social Media Envy!

Anyone currently active on social media knows that Godinterest is slowly developing into an incredible phenomena. Idea sharing and photo sharing combined in the ultimate setting of graphic after graphic, interests and likes can be decided and shared in two clicks or less. There hasn’t been a day before now where the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is more true.
Can we just tell you that there are a ton of posts on Godinterest, Facebook, Twitter and other social media that fall under the categories listed above?   And that is why people love it! But we do need to check ourselves from time to time as there is a danger that we just might be forming the wrong thought pattern about certain things, thereby transforming them into sin.
Instead of playing the comparing game on social media, what if we stick to the guideline of God’s Word? Let’s seek recipes, means of hospitality, and all sorts of ideas and content, yet be sure that we do so without envy and with our identity firmly planted in #Christ.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in #Christ Jesus -Philippians 2:4
Has Facebook, Twitter or other social media ever made you feel inadequate or envious? We would love to read your thoughts about this topic!

We’ve included ten of the most voted photos posted on#Godinterest so far in 2015

…God wants full custody, not just weekend visits…

…You call it religion, i call it a relationship…


…Don’t forget to give it to God in Prayer…

…Seek First The Kingdom Of God. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven…

…I’m not alone. God is always with me…


…Make the water stop? Or thank you, Lord for loving me, I welcome you in my heart…

…I want to be do full of #Christ that if a Mosquito Bites me it flies away singing there is power in the blood!…

…Nothing is more impressive that a person who is secure in the unique way God made her…

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Religion & Donation

Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or an organ of the human body, from a living or dead person to a living recipient in need of a transplantation.

General misconceptions connected to Christianity and organ donation have made many people think that the act is prohibited by their religion when in reality, there little or no rules that actually prevent people from receiving blood transfusions or organ transplants.

….Gift of life from ‘great child’ touches nation….

Some religious denominations are against organ donation, but major religions by and large allow the act and even encourage it. Some profess that the teachings of Christianity and organ donation go hand in hand. However, within each religion there are different schools of thought, which means that views differ.

…Heart and Lung Transplant success after 2.5 years…

It’s safe to say that most Anglican, Protestant and Catholic scholars agree that the organ donation is a beautiful selfless act.

Protestant denominations have given their seal of approval to organ donations. The Lutheran Church refereed to the act as manifestation of sacrificial love for people who are in need. The Presbyterian Church has encouraged its members to have Universal Donor Cards. The Seventh Day Adventist Church has a pediatric heart transplantation floor in its California hospital. Even the Amish, who have been seen to generally avoid modern technology, allow organ donation in order to help others.

The Church of England has declared that it is the duty of a Christian to donate one’s organs. But the church stated that there are different views on whether an opt-in system was proper.

We believe that Christianity and organ donation are entwined with each other as Christians we are taught to love our neighbours.

 …The Merit of Self-Sacrifice  #Godinterest #Love #Jesus #Christian

The Catholic Church has voiced out its support to donation. The late Pope John Paul II praised the work of transplant surgeons during an international conference in 2000, but he asked them to avoid transplants with stem cells. Former Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he is an organ donor.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Quakers do not object to the practice and leave it up to their members if they want to put up their organs for donation or have transplants.

Love one another is the most basic teaching of Christianity and we believe organ donation is one example of how you can apply it to your life. Remember there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13) Being an organ donor is the Christian way of showing you care for your neighbors.

…Visual Journalism for a Cause: The Waiting List | The Visual Student…

Most would agree that nothing’ could possibly be worse than when a chance to donate an organ is missed because of a false belief that donation is prohibited.


…Jesus Christ the original blood donor. Ever thought of Jesus as a blood donor? For Ephesians 1.7  states “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…

Is organ donation prohibited by your religion? Do you agree with organ donation?

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The saying is proverbial: “People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you #care.” There is a measure of truth in that.

Consider the case of Jesus #Christ. Much significance has been attributed to Jesus’ deep emotional response to his friends’ weeping, and his own tears. Weeping demonstrates that #Christ was a true man, with real bodily functions such as tears, sweat, blood, eating and drinking.

The book of Hebrews states. “For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one who has been tempted like as we are, yet without sin (4:15).” Of special interest is the term “touched.” the meaning is to feel with and our English “sympathy” is derived from this word.

Below we present Heart Touching Photos Posted on Godinterest in February 2015

…a child of the Erbore tribe, #Ethiopia

…Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor feeds a 2-week-old kitten named Miss Hap after her mother had been killed during a mortar attack in #Korea

The #Lord is not going to miraculously deliver us from the physical effects of a sin-cursed world. It is noteworthy, though, that as we suffer, we may be assured of his genuine sympathy.

The very first wedding photo Wu Conghan and his wife Wu Songshi were able to take after getting #married 88 years prior.

…..Specialist Dean Oldt, a marksman with the 101st Airborne, is reunited with his father. “Does Jesus care, when our hearts our pained, too deeply for mirth and song? When the burdens press and the cares distress, as the day grows weary and long?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes, he cares, we know he cares; his heart is touched with our grief.” Our knowledge of this fact is grounded in the biblical information we have just surveyed. Be comforted by it.

….A survivor finds a photo album and cherished memories in the remains of his home after an earthquake in Sichuan, China.  When we are afflicted with disease, pain or loss of life, he cares. When we are grieving the loss of dear ones, he cares. When we are confused, and in a maze of misdirection, desperately needing leadership, he has compassion for us. When we are mistreated, he feels for us.

When we dredge ourselves into the mire of sin, he grieves over that disaster. When, in hardness of heart, we even hatefully oppose him, he continues to feel for us. Is this not absolutely amazing? How can one continue to resist him in view of these wonderful truths? Can not the “goodness of God” lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4)? And what of our need to exhibit compassion to others? Can we not exclaim: “I will show compassion to others, because my Savior first showed compassion to me” (cf. 1 John 4:19)?

How the environment of our society, our homes, and our churches would be transformed if more adorned themselves with the mantle of compassion. What do you think?


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What Is A Godinterest Blog?

A Godinterest Blog is a blog created for religious purposes. Godinterest blogs archive and support religious education by facilitating reflection, questioning by self and others, collaboration and by providing contexts for engaging in higher-order thinking.

The use of blogs has become popular in religious institutions including churches and among religious educators in schools and colleges.  Godinterest Blogs can be useful tools for sharing information and tips among co-workers, providing information for students, or keeping in contact with parents.

Common examples include blogs written by or for teachers, blogs maintained for the purpose of classroom instruction, or blogs written about religious freedom.

Uses of Godinterest blogs

Godinterest Bloggers can use their blogs as a learning journal or a knowledge log to gather relevant information and ideas, and communicate with other people. Religious educators can use blogs to keep in contact with students’ parents. Bloggers can use blogs to record their own personal life, and express emotions or feelings. Bible scholars can use blogs as an instructional and assessment tool, and blogs can be used as a task management tool. Blogs can also be used to teach individuals about writing for an audience as they can be made public, and our blogging platform makes it easier to create content for the Web without knowing much HTML.

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WordPress for Religion

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We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog as much as we’ve enjoyed reporting and writing it, but it’s time for the next stage in Godinterest’s evolution.

The web can be an overwhelming place, especially when it comes to blogs. Blogs (short for weblogs) can be anything from personal diaries to daily screeds about current events. Most blogs are written by regular folks with strong opinions and a considerable amount of free time. While the most famous blogs like Gawker tend to be in the political, technical, or media arenas, spiritual bloggers are increasingly carving out their own section of the blogosphere.

Today we’re delighted to announce the beta launch of our very own blogging portal that can be accessed from Godinterest.org 

Our blogging portal has one purpose and only one purpose: “to let you share your faith online”. Our tailored system provides a custom writing experience with an optimized set of features.

  • Create and manage blogs
  • Packed with useful features and customizable themes
  • Ready made for podcasting, video embeds, photos and more
  • Step by step support with our helpful video tutorials
  • Effortlessly AutoBlog from your existing WordPress blog
  • Free Domain mapping
  • Fully social integrated
  • 500MB of storage to get you started

Product Roadmap

Godinterest Blogs represent a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion, cross-fertilization, and critique of a kind never seen before. In principle, at least, the Internet offers an opportunity to break down old barriers and engender new communities. While the promise is vast, the actuality is only what those taking part happen to make of it.

With that in mind our intent is to give our users a voice in the early development priorities process. You ask we deploy. Our planned features so far are listed below.

  • Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android
  • Custom Godinterest Themes
  • Custom Godinterest Plugins


Visit the Godinterest User Community to post feature requests, questions or submit bugs.

This is a great way for all of us to share our insights, exchange ideas and define priorities.

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