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Pastoral Resources for Preaching on Social Change
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Learn how to preach for social transformation with these excellent resources. In a world desper ...

On a Firm Foundation
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Resources to help you raise happy and engaged kids. Resources to help you raise happy an ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter God and the Godforsaken — Searching Harmonies — In Shadows and Hope — Bible Culture 101 God an ...

The Party of Ayn Rand's Discontent
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Colamosca The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson. Oxford University Pres ...

In the Stacks, June 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

This week's books of interest. Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too ...

In the Stacks, May 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Here are my picks in this week’s books of interest. Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets ...

Nourishing Words
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books on food and farming. Food-related coverage in this issue was supported by ELCA World H ...

Bearing Witness in Contentious Times
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Debra Dean Murphy Four books that encourage people of faith to bring more light and less heat to the public square—and to our pews. ...

More Books on Faith and Politics
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Debra Dean Murphy The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good , by Marcia Pally (Eerdmans) Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics , by L ...

Fun, Fantasy, and Other Deep Truths
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon Nick Harkaway, writer of novels that brim with humor and meaning, talks about legacy, not-so-silly writing, and the moral ...

Fictional Truths
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Four novels with nothing in common except storytelling done well. Four novels with nothing in ...

Life Under Empire
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Clawson What The Hunger Games and the gospels have in common. “THE WORLD will be watching,” runs the ta ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation, by Gerardo Marti; The Forgotten Bomb; Le ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with some laughs, crafts, and a look at some green musicians. Plus, a look at the impressive "Magic Mushroom House," an express book-printing machine, portraits m ...

In The Stacks: Friday, March 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but just don’t h ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

In preparation for tomorrow’s show in Punxsutawney , discover a few things you may not know about the February occasion in the video, “ Groundhog Day Explained .” http://youtu.be/7-Nl4JFDLOU Stephen Colbert sits down with Icelandic mu ...

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. ...

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

Julie Polter Love Provokes Love Provokes From challenging apartheid in South Africa to speaking out for ...

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. ...

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 ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

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 ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

The Ugliest Word in the English Language: Fracking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I think I know the ugliest word in the English language -- a neologism, actually, coined to describe the technique for pumping liquid at high pressure into rock to open up cracks so that natural ga ...

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 ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

Remember Death -- It Can Help You Live
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>Watching the unfolding tragedy in Japan of course has me reflecting on the past fourteen months in Haiti since the earthquake there. Watching the unfolding tragedy in ...

How Do We Pray For Japan?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left many of us reeling, particularly as it came so soon after the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. The earthquake and tsunami ...

Prayer of the Day: For Our President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom and right judgment. Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom ...

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. ...

The Egyptian Drama and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Within the American news cycle, the front-and-center story about Egypt has three areas of interest: What will it mean for Egypt? Within the American news cycle, the front-and-cent ...

Education For More Than Global Economic Dominance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Education is not primarily an industry and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research." -- </em><a style="color: #90 ...

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 ...

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" ...

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 ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Consider All the Works Consider All the Works In The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bib ...

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 ...

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 ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">Tea Party quotes. Elizabeth Warren. Quran burning. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week.</span></p> ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Seeking the Beloved Seeking the Beloved God Alone is Enough: A Spirited Journey with S ...

Inception: The Art of Paying Attention in Books and Film
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> I've been reading Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, which was this year's surprise Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a modest tome -- slim of build, light in the hand. ...

Glenn Beck and a Neighborless Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to thank <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a>. I want to thank Glenn Beck . His recent tirade against liberation theolog ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

Follow the Money
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

That could be the conclusion of an op-ed piece in the <em>New York Times,</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/opinion/15loewenstein.html?th&amp;emc=th">"Economi ...

11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.</p> Here are some of my favorite ...

Quitting Church: An Interview with Julia Duin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801072271?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=0801072271"><em>Quitting Church: Why ...