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God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A INVITATIONS COME. Yet an expressed desire ...

Let the Real War on Christmas Begin!
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The real war on Christmas begins on Dec. 26 and it is waged in the most pernicious way possible: By ignoring the Christmas season altogether. And we will be completely unaware that we are participating in the ...

Five Ways to De-Commercialize Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

We’ve created a Christmas monster: a grotesque assemblage of pagan, Christian and capitalist symbolism into something that resembles something we’re both attracted to and repulsed by at the same time. ...

Muslim Christmas celebrations gain a toehold
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A growing number of American Muslims celebrate Christmas, or at least partake in some ways, even if they don’t decorate their homes with trees and a light show. Indeed, many Muslim families have created their ...

Our War on Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

To those who say that Christmas is all about peace on earth, a quick look at the second chapter of Matthew and the largely overlooked story of King Herod reminds us that this peace comes at a price. For it is ...

A Tale of Two Christmases
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

There is one Christmas as celebrated by orthodox Christians in which we rejoice in the birth of Jesus into a manger, eventually coming to signify and proclaim the reconciliation of heaven, earth, and nations, ...

Ten Things You Can't Do at Christmas While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:38pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is what we make of it. For Christians, however, there are some very specific things you can’t do if you want to actually honor and follow the person we celebrate this season. ...

On Scripture: The Massacre of the Innocents and the Soul of the Warrior (Matthew 2:13–23)
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Throughout human history, warriors have faced a wide variety of difficult circumstances, often having to weigh life and death decisions at a moment’s notice. While Herod’s gruesome command should in no way be ...

The Christmas Wars Are Over, And Christmas Won
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas sid ...

The Elf on the Shelf Can Stay
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

While some claim that the Elf on the Shelf encourages good behavior, it feels to me like this whole Santa/Elf myth manipulates good behavior. Yet, I’m beginning to admit that the Elf brings a sense of joy and ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Examining the Christmas story in this realistic light, it seems not a story that isolates, but a story for the isolated. Our stories are not picturesque or sanitized or even comfortable. And yet, ours are the ...

Christmas in America: Belief in the Virgin Birth and Visits from Santa
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, say they pretend Santa will visit their house on Christmas Eve. ...

Is It Possible to Celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Jesus on the Same Day?
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Despite our best efforts, Christmas is associated with Santa Claus. Now, if it were the historical “Santa Claus” who gave away his best to save the lives of some children, that’d be awesome. But, no, this is t ...

Christmas Is a Commercial Holiday, Not a Sacred Holy Day, for Many
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, but a new poll shows that increasing numbers see the holiday as more tinsel than gospel truth. Nine in 10 Americans will c ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

Theology, Culture, And Miscellany
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Press

December 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Tumbling Theology ...

Give Like God -- or More Like Santa?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Giving is an attitude, a spirit. There’s never any judgment about who is worthy and who is not. This is how God gives to us. So, how do we give? Have you ever given someone a gif ...

On Scripture: #firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

As Matthew 1:18-25 demonstrates, today’s poor are more likely to be struggling with #firstcenturyproblems than they are #firstworldproblems, and, in this, they find solidarity with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. ...

New and Improved Christmas Hymns
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

As a public service, I have written historically accurate versions of three of the most beloved holiday hymns. Without personally endorsing any of the theology below, I also offer some alternatives to those wh ...

The Miracle of Christmas Bread
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger "Food brings people together." THURSDAY NIGHT is baking night at Panadería El Lat ...

Advocacy From the Manger and Environmental Justice
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

I truly believe that Jesus’s focus on the “least of these” is a model for advocacy, especially for the environmental justice movement. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to w ...

Why My Family Says 'No' to the Santa Claus Myth
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

We have chosen to say “no” to Santa based on our faith, our understanding of social psychology, and commitment to economic justice. A few weeks ago a well-meaning adult asked my y ...

Shepherds
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Harry C. Kiely The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.” Night. The sheep huddled agains ...

Your Christmas Card Is False Advertising (Unless It Speaks of Sedition)
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Christmas cards may not fully be able to convey is the magnitude of Christ’s birth. Maybe the magnitude of this truly cataclysmic event is better depicted with words. And maybe there are no greater words then ...

Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

As we patiently anticipate the light of Christ entering anew this Advent season, we must cling steadfastly to the hope we profess. For our help comes from the Lord, who ensures that hope ultimately triumphs ov ...

How Much of Christ Can We Stand in Christmas?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for Christ in Christmas. Time for new life, time for hope, time for the faithful to say yes to God. Time for peace, not war. Time for repentance, not comfort at any cost. Time for justice and mercy a ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

God, Santa, Gifts and a Story for Preschoolers
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Santa as a model to imitate: He gives gifts for the joy of it and so should we. When I was 4 and 5 years old, my parents hung our stockings up at the beginning of Advent. Each mor ...

Christmas Needs a New Tagline
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, we have yet to find those few, powerful words to create a tagline worthy of Christmas, a tagline that will connect “consumers” with the promise of Christmas. This is not to say we shouldn’t try. ...

What Do We Mean By 'Putting Christ Back in Christmas'?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

As a person who would say that Jesus is the most important thing in my life, who has devoted my life to the service of God’s Kingdom, and spends all of my waking moments trying be faithful to that devotion, I ...

A New Look at Giving Tuesday: More Give to Religion Than Realize It
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 7:20pm | Type: Blog

This is Giving Tuesday, when nonprofits of every stripe hope to attract some of the billions of dollars to be spent during the Hanukkah and Christmas season. This is  Giving Tues ...

There's a Difference Between Expectancy and Expectation
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

We had an image in our mind of what Christmas was going to be and, come hell or high water, it would come to pass. We’d manufacture the feelings we searched for by setting up the perfect scene, and by making s ...

Being Human in December
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

December is in many ways a month of dehumanization, for mass consumption seems to be the accepted price of social admission. A predominant message of this holiday season seems to ...

What Are We Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

So much of our religion has become about waiting. Waiting for heaven. Waiting for God to respond to a prayer and to change something. Waiting. What if we’ve got it backward? Much ...

Who Jesus Is and Why It Matters (eBook Shorts)
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Product

Jim Wallis Who was Jesus? Why did he come? Some ...

Advent: Fasting for the Reign of God
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

There is an awesome moment in the opening chapter of the book of Luke where the writer frames his gospel as an epic celestial battle taking place in the heavenly realm: This is the story of the reign of men vs ...

It's Started: The Christmas Onslaught
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

It's started. I was following the Twitter feed for  the conversation  between  Nadia Bolz-Weber  and  Amy Butler  at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. ( #nadiaandamy ) about the present realities and possible futures of Christia ...

12 Unique Gifts With a Positive Impact
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities. ...

Not So Merry Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Sorry, kids, but Santa has some bad news. DESPITE THE heart-felt and hand-written requests from ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

Sarah Palin to Write Christmas Book
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Sarah Palin is writing another book. This one focuses on putting faith and values back into Christmas. Sarah Palin is writing another book. This one focuses on putting faith and ...

Christmas Confrontation with a Homeless Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/25/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Too often fail to recognize the social circumstances in which Jesus was born; our understanding of the nativity narrative is too often left incomplete. When asked to identify c ...

What Would Jesus Say To the NRA?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Underneath the rhetoric of the gun-control debate this Christmas is a nagging question: are more guns the solution to our gun problem? What does the birth of the baby Jesus 2,00 ...

Climate Change at Christmastime: Hug a Tree!
Originally Posted: 12/24/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

We can rest easy – the live Christmas tree industry that has developed since that time is actually a benefit to the global climate. Some of my environmentally conscious friends h ...

What Are You Singing: The Little Drummer Boy
Originally Posted: 12/24/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Not only is this song fun to sing with its drum-like “pa-rum-pum-pum-pums,” but also it embraces a non-materialistic message that we all need to hear, especially this time of year. ...

It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel ... Peace
Originally Posted: 12/23/2012 - 2:14am | Type: Blog

That kind of peace is what descended on my heart and mind in the wake of my father’s death. I didn’t do anything to get it to arrive. I didn’t pray the right prayer or read the right thing. It just … arrived. ...

What Are You Singing: I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
Originally Posted: 12/21/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

This Christmas I hope those “three ships” will sail toward the light of my Advent candles. And that I’m ready to receive the treasures they bear. One carol I’ve been humming this ...

What Are You Singing: What Child Is This / Child of the Poor
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

When Jesus says “Whenever you did for the least of these” many years after his birth in a manger, maybe we’re supposed to take his words somewhat literally: Jesus lived without shelter and clothes. He was hung ...

What Are You Singing: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Rather than a subversive message about the twisting of the Gospel, “Do You Hear What I Hear” was actually a call for peace during the turbulence of the 1960s. Whoops. I was joki ...

What Are You Singing: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

One question I am left with as I think about Bethlehem and the places surrounding it this Christmas is What would Jesus have to say about this conflict? I don’t know about you, bu ...