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To Protect and To Heal
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press. OVER DINN ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things by Ken Wytsma / Girl Rising / Summoned from the Margin: Homec ...

Getting to Green
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society. IN THE FO ...

Crossing the Belief Divide
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the R ...

The Fracture of Good Order
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Forest The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era. Oxford University Press ...

The Circle of Life
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nyambura J. Njoroge Adapted from "Women as Compassionate Champions: The Doers and the Leaders," by Nyambura J. Njorage, in Wome ...

Power and the Poor
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. SmileyBooks THE RICH AND THE REST OF US i ...

Abrahamic Faiths on Peace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. Palgrave Ma ...

The Ground is Shifting
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Glen H. Stassen Excerpt from A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen H. Stassen ...

An Author's Cry for Help
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Please Vatican, censor me. I deserve it. AS AN AUTHOR whose book sales have, shall we say, peak ...

From Shame to Grace
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stacey Schwenker Ashamed No More: A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction. IVP Books PASTOR T.C. RYAN s ...

God Talk
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Stanford anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann discusses the social science behind the evangelical relationship with God. ...

A Way Out of No Way
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Diana L. Hayes Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality by Diana L. Hayes AFRICAN-AMERICAN ...

Hiking Through Heartbreak
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Author and advice columnist Cheryl Strayed on writing and walking her way out of grief. WRITER ...

Wondrous Cycles of Life
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Calvin B. DeWitt Excerpt from Song of a Scientist: The Harmony of a God-Soaked Creation, by Calvin B. DeWitt ...

Anthropology of Communion with God
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

From T.M. Luhrmann's research with prayer groups at Vineyard Church, she describes the ways some Christians are encouraged to use their imagination to converse with God in hopes that the exchange will cre ...

Fierce For Peace
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Larisa Friesen Hall 'Does the bullet know Christian from Muslim? Does the bullet choose?' TWO LIBER ...

A Life of Spiritual Adventure
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie Riegle Dorothy Day's deep love of God and her unwavering ability to see God in those the world shuns. ...

Waxing Poetic: The Great Gatsby Revisited As Audiobook
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | 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 ...

Prayers, Songs and Sukkot: A weekend at #OccupyWallStreet in NYC
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

New York City. Saturday - Sunday October 15-16, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, Lower Manhattan. With prayers from the weekly Multi-Faith Service, led by the Rev. Michael Ellick of Judson Memorial Church. ...

SOJOURNERS EXCLUSIVE: Salman Rushdie at #OccupyWallStreet
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Sunday afternoon in Lower Manhattan, I ran into Salman Rushdie, who was walking nonchalantly through Zuccotti Park with his son. Sunday afternoon in Lower Manhattan, I r ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Zuccotti Park Cleaning Cancelled Early Friday
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The clean up of Zuccotti Park -- announced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday -- by city workers has been scrapped as of early Friday a.m. The clean up of Zuccotti ...

#OccupyWallStreet: The Faith Factor
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Slowly but surely, as media coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations in New York and across the country continues to grow, attention is turning toward what the spiritual/religious/faith elements are t ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | 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 ...

CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and Jesus -- at least not together -- weren't exactly on my radar. I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and J ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, Part 2
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection. I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection . Rollins posted the introduction a ...

Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In case you missed it, National Public Radio's Goddess of Conversation, Terry Gross, had a simply outstanding, incredibly moving interview with the author Maurice Sendak on Tuesday's Fresh Air. ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall. Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall . And while, yes, autumn is ...

Austin's Autumn Reading List: What's on Yours?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. This makes very little sense, I realize, as it's just as ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

Liberate Eden: A Digital Meditation on the Contemporary Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life," the late Christian apologist and author Henri Nouwen said, "need no longer be a victim of himself, but is able slowly and consiste ...

Joy's Shadow As New School Year Begins
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. A poignant milestone dressed up in an exceptionally cute plaid jumper. My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

Video: Practicing the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life together in the Kingdom of Love. I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practi ...

Speculative Fiction, the Church, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

So NPR just released the results of their survey for the "Top 100 Science-fiction and Fantasy Books." It's a great list with some of my all-time favorite books on it (although I disagree with ...

The Conservative Radical: An Article by John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Rev. John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelical figures over the past half-century, died this Wednesday at age 90. Rev. [ Edi ...

Is a Boycott of Murdoch and News Corp. Possible?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

With the scandal around Rupert Murdoch growing by the day, a full-fledged boycott of News Corp. has been launched on the internet, according to the Washington Post. With the ...

On My Bookshelf: The 10 Books I Always Reach For
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My office has two overflowing bookshelves, with more books stacked on top and on the windowsill. But above my desk within easy reach is a small shelf. My office has two ove ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

Friday Links Round Up: Cookies. Dads. Harry Potter.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Ted Major | more info (via: Wylio)Friday Links Round Up: Cookies. Dads. Harry Potter. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: ...

Shane Claiborne on Rupert Murdoch, Zondervan, and Empire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 World Economic Forum | more info (via: Wylio)Most people know now that Rupert Murdoch presides over the News Corp media empire, and that he is fighting for his reputation after being ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

Choosing Between Ayn Rand and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

Onkar Ghate presents a choice of competing moralities between Ayn Rand and Jesus. In one of the most-viewed articles on FoxNews.com several weeks ago, writer Onkar Ghate prese ...

Good Intentions Gone Bad
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 4:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Lauren F. Winner reviews The Furnace of Affliction: Prison and Religion in Antebellum America, by Jennifer Graber. UNC P ...