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Top 10 Reasons Why Christians Like Top 10 Lists about Christians
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

No, this is not some new Charlie Kauffman movie that folds in on itself, creating a perpetual feedback loop. I’m serious; Christians love Top 10 Lists. No wonder Moses did only 10 commandments. ...

Despite Doubters, Mainline Protestant Churches Poised for Success
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

Commentators see decisions they don't like — such as the Episcopal Church's recent endorsement of a rite for blessing same-sex unions. They see declines in church membership. They pounce. ...

Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

So, Mr. Douthat asks, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" But I wonder: Can Liberal Churches Save Christianity? The twenty-first century has yet to answer that, but I think we may be surprised. ...

Losing the Mainline Mojo?
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Is the Mainline Liberal Church in decline? Numerically, sure. Absolutely. But what this means, I cannot say. Is the Mainline Liberal Church in decline? Numerically, sure. Absolute ...

Why Am I a Christian?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

So in so much as I understand God to be the pervasive presence and expression of love in the universe, and in so much as I understand Jesus to be the most perfect embodiment of that love in the world, I believ ...

Cutting Assistance Programs Undermines the Church's Work
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

If we ignore the needy in our midst by getting rid of one huge way to address that need, we are not following Jesus’ example. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee failed ...

Church No More: Part 3 — The 'C' Word
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I have a confession.(That's rich, right? A minister confessing.) I have a hard time telling people I'm a minister. Yes, really. I actually tend to handle it this way: ...

Ten Antidotes to Christian Cliches
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

I thought I’d offer a final list of things to do rather than pop off with these phrases that may mean little or nothing to the recipient, or worse, may cause unintended – but lasting – harm. ...

With God Some Things Never Change
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Peace is better than war. Good of the whole is better than whims of a few. God wants everybody — red, yellow, black, brown and white taken care of. God wants true community, more togetherness … not more separa ...

The Disease of Building Theology in the Theoretical
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

May we not only learn from our brothers and sisters in third-world countries, may we allow their life and practice to inform the voice of the Church global as much our best books, sermons, and lectures. ...

Liberals Must Talk About God and Country with Heart
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Conservatives often resort to name-calling in the absence of debate, but liberals ignore whole categories of discussion. Like patriotism and religion. Well, it's time we got over that. ...

The Growing Polarization of America, As Told By Polls
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Is capitalism compatible with Christian values? A fascinating opinion piece by Thomas Edsall on The New York Times' Campaigns Stops blog: Is capitalism compa ...

Vatican Details Rules on Virgin Mary Sightings
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year. The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the au ...

A North Carolina Christian’s Response to Pastor Charles L. Worley
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

This week is one of those weeks where everyone seems to be talking, tweeting and blogging about the same video. I received it from several concerned friends with commentary like, “More bad news from North Caro ...

Dear Pastor Charles Worley: We Condemn Your Words of Hatred and Cruelty. REPENT!
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

No matter where you stand on the issue of gay marriage, there are some boundaries of human decency that should never be crossed. Never. ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume XIV
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Yes, kids, it’s that time again already. Seems it was only seven days ago when we posted our last batch of weekly church sign epic fails, and here we are again. So let’s get to it: your weekly infusion of bad ...

This Is My Body (Day Ten)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

On the rare occasion we actually slow down long enough to pray, worship, reflect or simply be in the moment, we have no idea how to do it. I watch people in church, and it’s clear from the body language that w ...

North Carolina Approves Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

The sign outside the polling station at Devon Park United Methodist Church exemplified this state's struggle with a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. "A true marriage is male and fe ...

N.C. Black Pastor Treads Carefully on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 7:37pm | Type: Blog

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With only a few days remaining before North Carolinians vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the Rev. Earl C. Johnson took five minutes on Sunday (April 30) to gi ...

Methodists Uphold Policy Calling Homosexuality 'Incompatible with Christian Teaching'
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Despite emotional protests and fierce lobbying from gay rights groups, United Methodists voted on Thursday to maintain their denomination's stance that homosexuals acts are "incompatible with Christi ...

Sojourners' Tim King Talks Politicians, Politics and Faith on CNN Radio
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

Today, Sojourners' Communications Director Tim King talks with CNN's Lisa Desjardins about politicians and God-talk in this 2012 presidential election season. Today, Soj ...

Man Spends 12 Months Practicing 12 Different Religions, Finds Peace at Year’s End
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina man practiced 12 different religions in the course of a year and doesn't call himself by any of them. LUMBERTON, N.C.—Andrew Bowen sat yoga-style in his armcha ...

Compassion Wins: A Longtime Atheist Becomes Christian
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

Patrick Greene, a lifelong atheist known for his public stands against Christianity, recently announced that he has become a Christian. Patrick Greene, a lifelong atheist known fo ...

A Noted Atheist (No Not That One, The Other One) on What Religion Can Teach Non-Believers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

This is not another book that simply critiques religion. In Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, a noted author on a wide range of themes – from architec ...

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ultimate Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Forty-five years ago today, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his now-famous speech at Riverside Church in New York City, declaring his opposition to the war in Vietnam. One year later -- 44 years ago ...

A New Hymn for Holy Week: Jesus’ Ways for Peace
Originally Posted: 04/01/2012 - 8:08pm | Type: Blog

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday and the week that follows — Holy Week — are times for Christians to remember and share the biblical stories of Jesus’ teachings and actions for peace. These stories encourage us to pray and work for peace, especially in light ...

Four Reasons Why I Came Back To Church
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 6:38pm | Type: Blog

I’ve written a couple of pieces recently that have gotten a lot of attention about why younger people tend to walk away from church. Some readers suggested I might also post a piece about why young adults come ...

The Delicate Art of Persuasion
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

It’s been a mind-boggling fortnight at the Internet water cooler. Kony 2012. Mike Daisey’s dubious portrayal of Apple’s manufacturing practices abroad. Questions of whether the “Christian Movie Establishment” ...

‘Blue Like Jazz’ Film Aims to be Christian, Not ‘Cheesy’
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

"We wanted to show that movies about the faith struggle that millions of Americans deal with don't have to be cheesy," said Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, which the movie is based on. ...

What is Church 2.0?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Here is a condensed version of a workshop I offer on the concept of “Church 2.0.” I talk in it about the popularity of things like the “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” video and Mark Driscoll’s Acts 29 Net ...

It's the Comedy, Stupid.
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, Newt Gingrich decided to wade into a minor cultural skirmish by claiming that the new ABC dramedy GCB is an attack on faith fueled by anti-Christian bias. Over ...

Christopher Hitchens, Diana Butler Bass and the Third Great Awakening
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

We are not a church or a denomination after all; we are the Greater Body of Christ, or so we claim. And while institutions incline themselves toward permanence, the Body is ever-changing. While the buildings c ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

REUTERS: More U.S. Kids Living In High-Poverty Areas: Study Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation's youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study th ...

For Atheists of Color, ‘Coming Out’ Can Be Painful
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

They are calling on atheists of all colors to make the fourth Sunday in February -- Black History Month -- a "Day of Solidarity with Black Nonbelievers." As a child, Ali ...

Pews and Politics
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

If you’ve watched 6 minutes of news in the last few weeks, you know what this is all about: Christian leaders hurling attacks and using faith as a weapon to score political points. From presidential candidates ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: The Surprising Faith Of 8 American Presidents (OPINION) Presidential religious lives are, for the most part, rather unremarkable--just like the majority of Americans they represent. Learn more HERE THE ASSOCIATED PR ...

Ash Wednesday: Restoring the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics and many others will walk around with ashen crosses (or, by the end of the day, what look like indeterminate smudges) on our foreheads. Those ashes are strong symbols of core princi ...

Church Seeks Line Between Interfaith and Intolerance
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

DES PERES, Mo. — More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres recently for a Bible study called "Islam Through a Lutheran Lens." ...

Femsculine Christianity
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

No matter how normal this may feel it is time for the people of God to wake up to this broken reality. We cannot blindly accept the cultural assumptions that have been handed down to us. ...

Examining John Piper's "Masculine Christianity"
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Piper, recently keynoted a conference called “God, Manhood and Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ.” On first blush, this sound both exciting and very necessary. Men are leaving organized religion in ...

Follow the Meme: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Copycats and Responders
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus is a true Internet phenomenon, garnering more than 18 million views and sparking a global debate. As with most internet phenomena, the viral video has given birth to dozens ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

NPR: Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt rel ...

Gary Bauer is Wrong about the Bible
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

There are Biblical scholars who will argue that it is not clear if the Year of Jubilee was ever actually put into practice. Therefore, Christians today shouldn’t practice it or it’s importance should be dimini ...

Are Young, Religious Stars like Justin Bieber and Tim Tebow Making Christianity Cool?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Press

January 10, 2012 Sojo in the News Jo Piazza ...

Father Jim Martin on "Jesus and Joy"
Originally Posted: 01/08/2012 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

In this segment from his new CatholicTV series "Blinks," the Rev. Jim Martin considers why Christianity is often considered so joyless, and why "religious" usually means "serious." ...

Jimmy Carter on the Role of Faith in Egypt/Israel Peace Talks, His Own Life (in and out of the White House)
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In this wide-ranging interview, the Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of h ...

The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 8:37pm | Type: Blog

"Christianity" has essentially become a mechanism for allowing millions of people to replace being a decent human being with something else, an endorsed "spiritual" substitute. ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

NPR: New Law Aims To Shine Light on Conflict Metals Delly Mawazo Sesete wants American consumers to know what is in their smart phones, computers and other electronics and where U.S. companies like Apple are getting those rare metals. Learn more ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 TIME: Person Of The Year - The Protester Once upon a time, when major news events were chronicled strictly by professionals and pr ...

Vote for Me! The Politicization and Manipulation of Jesus, Christians, and Religion
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

While some folks holler and scream about Rick Perry’s ad, the blunt truth is that this has always been the consistent strategy of modern day politics. I confess that I don’t have ...