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Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Press

January 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Christianity Today ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear ...

Rethinking 'Faith Like A Child'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Children’s faiths are alive and strong, and the church needs to recognize this instead of repeating corny “children’s sermons” that are usually well intentioned but often developmentally inappropriate. The chu ...

Breaking Out
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

We build many individual shells. Ideas and beliefs easily harden into a shell of certainty and leave us in a small, dark space. We all have prejudices and fears that act like shells, keeping us apart from othe ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...

When Christians Love Theology More Than People
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

The practical application of your love is just as important as the theology behind it. Our faith is evidenced by how we treat others. Does the reality of your life reflect the theory behind your spiritual beli ...

10 Things You Can't SAY While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

I think people who say these things are mostly trying to be kind, grateful, and even humble when they say some of them. But if we really do want to be kind, grateful, and humble we need to think about these sa ...

What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Before we see any leveling-off within the institutional church, there will be many more church closures, consolidation of shrinking denominations, and an increasing number of people called to, and already work ...

Three Worlds Collide in 'Jerusalem,' the City and the Film
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When the producers of Jerusalem, a new movie for IMAX and other giant screen theaters, decided to approach the topic, they wanted to bring a fresh perspective to the long history. ...

Pope Francis' Message for Washington
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

As an evangelical whose work has focused on the intersection of faith and public life, let me offer two additional reflections that will render Pope Francis more understandable to our public life. ...

I Pledge Allegiance To The Kingdom Of God
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Keith Giles ...

Help! I Love Jesus but Hate Christianity!
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Sentiments of frustration are growing among many followers of Jesus who admire Christ but despise certain things associated with him. I love the grace, forgiveness, and love th ...

The Pope's Criticisms Hit Where It Hurts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Press

December 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Letter to the Editor ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

Jimmy Carter, “Progressive” Evangelicals, And The Religious Right
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

October 27, 2013 Sojo in the News Juicy Ecumenism ...

The World - And Word - According To William Stringfellow
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Press

November 12, 2013 Sojo in the News John Dear S.J. ...

'Gothic Piles' No Longer Necessary for Finding Faith
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

It’s a struggle, both here and elsewhere in the 21st-century Christian world. Buildings with “beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God,” as Luke described the temple in ancient Jerusalem, are falling into d ...

Mosaix 2013: Growing Multi-Ethnic Congregations That Reflect Unity, Diversity Of God's People
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Press

November 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Melissa Barnhart ...

'12 Years a Slave:' A Film of Moral Gravity
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

If millions of Americans flock to the theaters to see 12 Years a Slave as they’re doing for Gravity, then perhaps some of these important conversations can be had — if not in our public media (most of which ar ...

8 Ways to Survive Christian Culture
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 6:20am | Type: Blog

Christian culture, along with the spiritual leaders, churches, institutions, communities, and other entities it consists of, are supposed to make our faith stronger. But in many cases the opposite happens, and ...

Mapping Gandhi's Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles? ...

Meet the ‘Nominals’ Who Are Drifting From Judaism and Christianity
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Meet the “Nominals” — people who claim a religious identity but may live it in name only. They’re rarely at worship services and indifferent to doctrine. And they’re surprisingly  ...

Is Christian-Owned Hobby Lobby Boycotting Hanukkah?
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. The national craft s ...

Rewriting the Lord's Prayer: What If How We Prayed Matched How We Live?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps we should rewrite the Lord’s prayer and make it conform to what we really believe. In that spirit, here’s a rough draft of what it might sound like if the Lord‘s prayer was actually our prayer. ...

Stop Blaming Youth for Christianity’s 'Demise'
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Our finite perceptions of “righteousness” are always flawed. This is why Jesus continually warns us not to judge others, because we often end up putting ourselves on a pedestal while self-righteously judging o ...

Dear Pastor Rick Warren, I Think You Don’t Get It
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This photo appeared yesterday on Rick Warren’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Apparently the image captures “the typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” Hmmm. I didn’t realize Saddl ...

Beyond One-Sided Either/Or Christianity
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 7:58am | Type: Blog

We live in a church context where so many embrace unbiblical either/or understandings of Christianity: Either evangelism or social action, either inward journey or outward journey. And on and on. ...

Five Things That Are Holding Christianity Back
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing effort to help name trends and offer an alternative way of thinking about our faith, here are the five biggest things I’ve seen that tend to keep us from doing our best work as the living, breath ...

Christianity: Has Education Replaced Transformation?
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

This infinite God can rarely be summarized by a quick theological question or answer, and this God cannot be completely understood merely by words, definitions, and data. American ...

Introverts: Caring for Dandelions
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps in this age, the best we can do is find a broken ethic of “preventing the most harm” in a broken world that refuses to adopt instead an age-changing ethic of creating nurture. ...

Keep Doomsday Religion Out of the Syrian Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls a U.S. military response, some theologians hope for an alarming endgame to the 30-month-long Syr ...

Seekers of Truth or Defenders of Belief?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 6:44am | Type: Blog

Are we more concerned with being right or loving others? The differences are paramount. One Sunday morning, I was facilitating a discussion with the teenagers in my small group. ...

The Fake Church v. the Real Church
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Our faith in Christ gives us hope and strength and courage, but it doesn’t erase reality, and it isn’t meant to create a flawless utopia where we can escape from the world’s problems. But many churches attempt ...

In God We (Don’t) Trust
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

The truth is that our faith and spirituality is often dependent on hundreds of different relationships, factors, institutions, and circumstances that we directly correlate with God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...

Reza Aslan Defends Controversial New Book on Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Aslan said he wants to show the power of Jesus as a flesh-and-blood human being, rather than the savior of the world. That Jesus has gotten lost in 2,000 years of church history, he said. ...

'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Shares Story of 'Rediscovering God'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Hollywood producers often break every rule when it comes to publicizing faith and politics. But A&E’s smash hit reality show, Duck Dynasty, puts it front and center. Hollywood ...

The Forgiving Corpse: A Parable
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

I’m pretty sure that Keith Huff did not intend to write a Christian allegory, but the themes of life, death, and resurrection reverberate through the play. Oddly enough, I think Stewart’s story can function as ...

Christians: It’s OK to Apologize (to Non-Christians)
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Apologizing is intrinsic to loving. Imagine how the world would be different if Christians throughout history had been brave enough to say these two simple words: "I'm sorry." ...

When Doing the 'Christian Thing' Isn’t the Right Thing
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

I believe that the problem evangelicalism faces today is that we have forgotten the very example that we claim to follow: the example of a servant, preacher, and prophet who was a friend of those who religious ...

Christianity's 5 Most Popular Scapegoats
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Within Christianity it’s easy to criticize. Here are some of the most common scapegoats. Within Christianity it’s easy to criticize. Here are some of the most common scapegoats: ...

Donna Schaper’s Grace at The Table is Gracious and Delicious
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Human beings seem to come with certain built-in spiritual inclinations, and gratitude is chief among them. Human beings seem to come with certain built-in spiritual inclinations, ...

Paganism is Transforming. Not Everyone Got the Memo.
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know what the term means? Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know wh ...

REVIEW: ‘The Lone Ranger’ Remake Thrashes Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Producers of the latest reboot of the Superman franchise famously marketed the movie to Christian audiences. Makers of the new Lone Ranger movie, not so much. Producers of the lat ...

10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 7:28am | Type: Blog

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the reality is the answer to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. The Christian church is full of ...

7 Marks of A Stereotypical American Christian
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Nobody is perfect, but we need to start emulating Christ instead of subtly allowing our social surroundings to dictate our spiritual priorities. 1)  You Love To Argue, Fight ...

Radical Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson As demographics shift and migration brings global Christianity to the church down the street, how will U.S. congr ...

5 Reasons Christians Need to Stop Using the Term 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Regardless of where we fall on the issue of immigration reform, we should be willing to adjust our language so that we do not speak falsely against our neighbors, so that we do not use language that is divisiv ...

Superman: Jesus Figure or ‘Anti-Christ?'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Superman has always had a bit of a messiah complex, born as a modern-day Moses in the imagination of two Jewish guys during the Depression and over the years developing and amplifying his Christlike characteri ...

Christianity for Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:54am | Type: Blog

There are lots of biases and assumptions about Christians out there, many of which are founded in real-life experience. ... But sometimes, if we’re being honest, they’re just wrong. And stupid. ...