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The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Sojo is ready to celebrate this season of Advent, our Savior’s birth, and all of the family time and Christmas cookies that come with it. So here it is: The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit. ...

What To Do WIth Empty Space
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

What would it look like for me to let myself be filled with the joy that comes from anticipating God's promises? "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord h ...

Advent: In Anticipation of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

While the Season of Advent is viewed in various ways, one method is to perceive it in anticipation of reconciliation, for such personal and public reconciliation is dearly needed in our present day and age. ...

Advent: Our Christmas Hope
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

This Advent, as we wait for the true light who is coming into the world (John 1:9) we pause and reflect on our Christmas hope. As a friend said last night, we do not linger forever in uncertainty but as an exp ...

The Power of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Many Christians may be surprised to hear a sermon during Advent that focuses on challenging our cultural assumptions about the meaning of Christmas, but doing so may be the most faithful witness a pastor can o ...

The Waiting
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Advent, a season during which Christians honor and attempt to approximate the longing for a Messiah more than 2,000 years ago, is often described as a chance to exercise our patience muscles. ...

The Annunciation – A Divinely Human Moment
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The beautiful anonymity and soft innocence of a young girl in Nazareth would be stripped by an angelic visitation. Who could ever envision the global veneration soon to commence? ...

The Seeds of Epiphany
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper May God cause us to cry out to those mountains of injustice, "Oh freedom!" In th ...

Been There, Bordered That. So Why Are We Still So Afraid?
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

We disregard the good news at our doorstep, the opportunity to live with Jesus among us, and keep on building walls at our threshold. Perhaps that's why the angels of the Bible repeat this admonishment -- ...

A Season of Urgent Patience
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

During the upcoming season of Advent we ask God to provide us with a full portion of urgent patience. On the morning of Nov. 7, just hours after polling places closed and as vote ...

Top 10 Advent Resources of 2012
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Elaina Ramsey Center yourself during this busy holiday season with our to ...

The Season to Put on Beauty
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C “TAKE OFF THE garment of your sorrow and afflic ...

A Series of Curious Events ... and a Chicken
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger With a warm hen under my arm, I remembered Jesus' plea over another empire-ridden city. ...

Pregnant with Possibility
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Donna Schaper Advent marinates us as we prepare to taste Christ's arrival. THE TASTE OF the election sti ...

From the Archives: November 1981
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Lou Kownacki The Art of Waiting IN THE PAST two years, I’ve done two smart things: I went fishing last s ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: With the Cathedral Choir from New Jersey
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today: The Cathedral Choir of New Jersey. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Junior High Lunch Table
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today Handel's "Hallelujah" is brought to you by the junior high students from O ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

No matter how much we give to those around us, it can never match the Light of the World entering into the darkness to be with us. Emmanuel, God with us, is the gift that can’t be out given. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kuwa na Krismasi njema!
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from the POTS Chorus o ...

The "War" on Christmas: And Then They Came for the Poinsettias
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Forget about that creche on the town green or the menorah outside the public library that the nice folks from Lubavitch Chabad will light for the first time tonight. Now the Special Ops Humbug Unit of the War ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Karen Peris of the Innocence Mission
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The Innocence Mission's rendition of "Away in a Manger" is a prime example of what Karen Peris' voice can do. It's in high rotation in my Christmas 2011 mix on iTunes and rarely fails ...

There's Just Something About Mary: The Power of Yes
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

See, God is at work in you in much the same way God was at work in Mary. (Not necessarily in that the Holy Spirit’s going to knock you up.) But I do think that you carry in your body the blessing of God and ha ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Bread Aisle
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Shoppers at Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Central Market got a festive surprise Saturday when a flash mob of more than 125 people broke into the "Hallelujah Chorus" by the bread aisle. ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Jason Harrod
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

"My favorite Christmas Hymn (technically an advent hymn) is 'O come, O come, Emmanuel.' I like it because it expresses the longing for Jesus to be 'with us,' and also that tension I b ...

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 7:26am | Type: Blog

We’re a house of hospitality when we learn to wait, when we learn to open ourselves to grace, when we let love transform us, one relationship at a time. Before Leah and I moved to ...

Advent or Government Shutdown, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

There is, once again, a threat of a government shutdown. Congress, once again, can’t get along. Even the most basic decision making has stalled as each party postures for their base. But, it’s almost Christma ...

The Real War on Christmas ... by Fox News
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

The real Christmas announces the birth of Jesus to a world of poverty, pain, and sin, and offers the hope of salvation and justice. The Fox News Christmas heralds the steady promotion of consumerism, the defe ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of America ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Occupy Movement : Winning? As the police have been dismantling some Occupy encampments around the country and ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Carrie Newcomer
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

In her inimitably lovely way, Carrie Newcomer , the Quaker singer-songwriter tells the story of June and Cal and their children gathered at their Christmas table to sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in her should-be classic, "L ...

Pepper Spray and Peppermints: How to Occupy Christmas without becoming a Grinch
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

While the spirit of rampant capitalistic greed is certainly appalling, and people are justifiably angry about the economic abuses of Wall Street, still some have criticized Occupy Xmas for it's aggressive ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Bruce Cockburn
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

We've asked some of the artists who've performed our favorite Christmas songs to tell us what their favorite songs of the season are. Today, we begin with that virtuoso Canadian troubadour, Bruce Coc ...

Great Expectations: Obama, Bieber and Baby Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

President Obama spent Sunday reflecting on and celebrating the holy Incarnation — at church, at a children's hospital and at a concert with teen superstar Justin Bieber. The Baby Jesus has had stranger be ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Banjo Ben Yahu
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Today's installment comes from a fellow who goes by the handle (pardon the pun) "Banjo Ben Yahu" and, in addition to having an epic beard (someone call the casting director for "Whisker War ...

A Poem for Advent: "Living Sacrifices"
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Empty stomachs moan. The .000258 percent hedge their bets against the common good. Living Sacrifices By Lisa Sharon Harper   The 99 percent offers work and wealth ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Sing it, Mr. Sister!
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 3's installment comes from an unlikely gaggl ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: A Soulful "Hallelujah"
Originally Posted: 12/04/2011 - 2:12am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 3's installment comes from the Just in Time Vocal Jazz "JOURNEYS" Concert, D ...

President Obama Keeps the “Christ” in Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

We expected what we get every year: a broad message about generosity and the season of giving. But what we got was so much more. Last night we watched the First Family light the N ...

Progress, Proof, Promise: Advent Expectations for the End of AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Looking at all the progress we have made, especially in the last 10 years, it is a moment for us to not only celebrate, but in the words of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, “recommit ourselves,” to end th ...

'Say, Say the Light'
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Advent loops past the second coming to the first -- and to us, stuck waiting in the mud of existence. ...

Bearing the 'Wait' of the World
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 10:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Reflections on the Common Lectionary. The Word of God is steadfast and faithful. This is the prom ...

Nine Tips to Help You Survive Advent
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

So, in the spirit of anticipating its arrival, here are nine tips to help you make it through this Advent season. Advent—the four weeks leading up to Christmas—is an important tim ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

Martin Luther King and the Spiritual Death of a Nation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. Although I never met him, I value his life and teachings more and more each year.</p> Today is the 4 ...

Tread Lightly During Spring Break Travel
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

My family, while I was growing up, was not much for spring breaks. As other families we know flitted about preparing for palm trees and sand, my sister and I would pout and lament to my mother that we had the ...

This Advent, Embrace a Doubting Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=159874132" target="_blank">Matthew 11: 2-11</a>, when John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and ...

Light in the Midst of the Darkest Night
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. A message that is meant for a p ...

Have Yourself a Revolutionary Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas" from consumer culture. Asking questions like:</p> Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas ...

Senators Kyl and DeMint Exploit Faith for Political Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

While American troops will be working through the Christmas holidays, putting their lives on the line for our safety, and while millions of Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince o ...