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To the Women of Syria
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I wish I could end the war ravaging your country. I wish I could sit beside you on a cushion on ...

Tapping the Sacred Power of Song
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Sophia Har Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music, by Thomas H. Troeger MUSIC IS OFTEN re ...

Beauty in Battered Places
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina. “THE CHURCH radicalized me,” celebrat ...

Paying It Forward Ends Up Paying It Backward Too
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

My dear body has been a relentless teacher. Sheʼs a megaphone for what matters and sheʼs a barometer for when I forget. Sheʼs my home on the earthly adventure my soul longed to explore. She lets me take a crac ...

'No Makeup November' Inspires Women to Focus on Inner Beauty
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

As countless men grow mustaches this month to raise money and awareness for men's health issues, women and girls of all ages have put away their blush and mascara, seeking to remember they are beautifully ...

Digging
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra ...

SLIDESHOW: City Beautiful
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Marvel at the beautiful stories to tell in U.S. cities If you keep your eyes open, there is bea ...

The Price of Holiness
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

I have been talking to a friend lately about the nature of achievement. We have been talking about money and art and what it means to care for oneself and the concept that human beings deserve to be happy. Or, ...

Beauty as Antidote
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If beauty heals the world, and the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better, who's up for demanding a ...

Beyond 'Ruin Porn'
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Reimagining the geographies of the city—a place where the story of our salvation is played out. ...

To the Wonder: A Rumination on Love
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

I definitely recommend To the Wonder, especially for Christians looking to explore a complex part of human existence through a beautiful movie. The last Terrence Malick film I w ...

Built to Last
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda DeGraf Scott DeGraf More than just another green house, 'Woodhaven' bu ...

Risking Depth and Passion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C "EVEN IF I OWNED Picasso's &# ...

Art in Life
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

In a world where the law of evolution is in effect, where there is survival of the fittest, where only the strong survive, there is an art in life where the smallest and most forgotten paint a picture of strug ...

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 ...

Ladies: Need A Pick-Me-Up?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Take a few minutes to remember that our differences — whether it be crooked smiles, frizzy hair, or 6-foot-frame — to others look like character, enviable natural curls, or modelesque stature. You're beau ...

'A World Journey' Documents the Richness and Beauty of People Around the Globe
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

In a new photo series called “A World Journey,” photographer Jim Stipe documents the people that have made an impact on his travels. Particularly in low income countries, Jim exposes the faces and lives that h ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent from House for All Sinners and Saints church in Colorado, that God's Politics contributor Nadia Bolz-Weber serves. 40 Ideas for Keeping a H ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: The Beloved of God
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 8:26pm | Type: Blog

"I have found great beauty in religion and religion has shown me great beauty in myself and in the world," Tripp says, as he reflects on the 11 years since he's had a drink. "I'm still ...

Waxing Poetic: The Great Gatsby Revisited As Audiobook
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

At the kitchen counter chopping vegetables doing dishes and looking out at the old avocado farm across the canyon and in the car driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway to appointments school ...

Cold, Broken or Grumbled, Every Hallelujah Counts
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

As I lay on the kitchen floor -- my body rocking with sobs, my mouth telling my husband, "I hate my life" -- it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call a friend. To tell someone about the ...

Luci Shaw answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. Somehow we human beings need to group and categorize pe ...

The Logic of Online Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:49pm | Type: Blog

When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. When trying to make sense of the changes that ...

Make Earth Day a Church Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is fitting that this year <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/earth-day/" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> falls on Good Friday and that three days later the greatest dawn since t ...

What Celebrities Can Teach Christians about Simple Living
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In my <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=simple-living-becomes-sexy" target="_blank">Culture Watch piece in the Decem ...

Worship Meets Experience at "The Opiate Mass"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Whenever Karen Ward, Abbess for <a href="www.apostleschurch.org" target="_blank">Church of the Apostles</a> (COTA), makes a suggestion about what's happening on the faith f ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

The Real Housewives of Proverbs 31
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">As a working mother who lives in the Washington-metro area, I admit that I was dreading Bravo's new program <em>The Real Housewive ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Tombolombo. Tombolombo. That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language. It was one of the first words Vasco taught me when he came ...

Why I Am Not Quitting Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

By now, most of you have heard of the <em>dramatic news</em> of Anne Rice's simple statement of "quitting Christianity." I'm amazed how much coverage this has received -- everyw ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">Edi ...

Oil Spill: We've Exchanged Beauty, Hope, and Wonder for Profit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A heart has been pierced, four miles of seabed violated, and the aorta is gushing unabated. A heart has been pierced, four miles of seabed violated, and the aorta is gushing unaba ...

Lena Horne's Bright Shining Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light.</p> Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light. When Lena Horne went to Hollywood, ...

The Burning Patience of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"We're not desperate."</em></p> "We're not desperate." - Theologian Stanley Hauerwas, in a ...

Attempting to Understand Clergy Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will not go away. Even the Pope himself is not immune. The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will n ...

The Purpose of Lent's Season of Darkness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This morning as I was sitting reading my Bible, I caught a glimpse of the Olympic mountains out my window. They were covered in the early morning light which reflected off their snow-covered peaks. ...

To Dye or Not to Dye: How Do We Honor Aging Gracefully?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I had never noticed them before. I'm sure I would have noticed them if they had been there just a few weeks ago. I had never noticed them before. I'm sure I would have n ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

Paint Your Faith: Graffiti Art as Witness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;article_mode=edit&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=video-about-paint-your-faith"></a>One of the reason ...

Crazy Heart: One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We love a redemption story.</p> <p>The profound appeal of rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches or the fall-from-grace-followed-by-a-spectacular-comeback is about as ingrained in our American p ...

Which Message Are You Listening to?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Have you seen the two videos below produced by Dove?</p> Have you seen the two videos below produced by Dove? I showed one of them recently before a sermon and the s ...

Debunking the Beauty Myth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Naomi Wolf, author of <a href="http://naomiwolf.org/the-beauty-myth-book/"><em>The Beauty Myth,</em></a> discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women. ...

The Beauty of Justice
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Roth Peace, salvation, and the reign of God arrive with beauty and song. The Beauty of Ju ...

Reading the World
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Don Michael Hudson Art, Beauty, and the voice of God. And what of beauty? Six years ago, as a 37-year-old Am ...