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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 ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

More Great Summer Reading Ideas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/15/more-great-summer-reading-ideas/" target="_self"></a>In addition to my summer reading recommendations from the other day, I nee ...

My Summer Reading Recommendations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to recommend to you for the coming summer:</p> Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to re ...

Choosing Priest Instead of Princess: The Pitfalls of Ransomed Heart Ministries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, I had never heard of John and Stasi Eldredge's Ransomed Heart Ministries and their co-written book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400200385?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners- ...

Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government? For ...

5 Green Reads For Your Summer Reading List
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

While Earth Day and Good Friday being on the same date this year was a relatively rare alignment, thankfully for many people the everyday companionship of religious belief and care for creation i ...

Jesus Knows Sign Language
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:27pm | Type: Blog

During my last year of college, my pastor lent me the book Living Gently in a Violent World, co-authored by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas. This book is an exploration on how followers of Christ ought to liv ...

Lord, What a Parade!: A Hymn for Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to celebrate <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank&quo ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

Lessons From Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. In ...

Love Wins: My Interview with Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/18/love-wins-my-interview-with-rob-bell/" target="_self"></a>Monday morning, 8 a.m PST. My phone rings. It's Rob Bell calling ...

Who Goes to Hell is Not the Most Important Question
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Reality check: Gandhi's in hell."<br /> "Really? Gandhi's in hell? And we have confirmation of this?"</p> "Reality check: Gandhi� ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

Friday Links Round Up: Books. Pizza. Women Writers.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little ...

The Tiger Mother In Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By now, you've surely heard about the infamous <em>Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html" target="_ ...

Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.</p> I used to live in a world where God ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

Waiting for Love in a Tea Party World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week I sat at a breakfast table with prominent New York City faith leaders. The topic of the morning was: "In this post-election moment, what issues are you passionate about? ...

My Favorite Simple Cooking Recipe Books
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Valerie Weaver- Zercher writes in "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=simple-living-becomes-sexy" target="_blank" ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

Building Bridges for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Imagine you've become a mom for the first time. Looking at your infant daughter, you have a personal revelation that your conventional consumer-driven lifestyle is shallow. I ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Glory and Power Glory and Power The film Rejoice and Shout tells gospel music's st ...

In Defense of Simple Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/food-and-faith/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: This month ...

What Celebrities Can Teach Christians about Simple Living
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

5 Books on the Nitty-Gritty of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

5 Books on Making Nonviolence Work in a Scary World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

7 Essential Tips for Fitting in With the Christian Literary Underground Scene Near You!
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101021-book.jpg"></a>While perusing everything from Amish fiction to Zondervan's latest publications at the Calvin College Festival of F ...

What I've Been Reading This Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What a great year for books. I've been enjoying some new ones and some old ones lately. Here are a few in various categories.</p> What a great year for books. I've ...

Sabbath for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009">September-October issue of </a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?actio ...

Eat, Pray, Love ... Yourself?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Eat Pray Love the movie has the makings of a summer hit, with Julia Roberts as its star and Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book as its source material.</p> <p>The book was something ...

Finding Faith in the Margins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was interviewed in <a href="http://www.statesman.com/life/faith/satirist-ponders-true-meaning-of-christ-outside-christianity-870492.html">The Austin American Statesman</a> about my ...

Understanding the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

If I hadn't just read <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Millions-Coyote-Capitalism-Immigration/dp/047042334X?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thenefrev-20&amp;link_code=btl&amp;camp=21368 ...