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Being Human in December
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 11:27am | 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 - 9:01am | 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 - 1:33pm | Type: Product

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

Advent: Fasting for the Reign of God
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 3:28pm | 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 - 10:57am | 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 - 9:37am | 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: 01/23/2015 - 4:32pm | 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: 01/23/2015 - 4:26pm | 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 - 9:56am | 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 - 8:21am | 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 - 9:38am | 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 - 11:05am | 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 - 10:54am | 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 - 1:14am | 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 - 10:55am | 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 - 10:43am | 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: 12/22/2014 - 2:39pm | 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 - 9:50am | 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 ...

What Are You Singing: Good King Wenceslas
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

There is a season for researching, debating, and discussing ways to end poverty and hunger once and for all. But this is not that season. When I go home for Christmas, I always en ...

Advent and Expectations
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Advent allows us to realign our expectations to His plan. Social justice will not happen in the way that we devise. If God came as this baby Jesus, how will God right all things wrong? ...

The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Sojo is ready to celebrate this season of Advent, our Savior’s birth, and all of the family time and Christmas cookies that come with it. So here it is: The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit. ...

Be Kind, Rewind: 10 Best Spiritual TV Series to Gift This Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

This Christmas, for the spirituality-and-pop-culture enthusiasts on your gifting list, consider the following: Be kind and rewind.Give the gift that keeps on giving ... long after the series has been cancelled ...

Dear Christians: Relax. There’s No War on Our Faith
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

We Christians have a long and storied history of playing the martyr, whether there’s actually anyone persecuting us or not. I sat behind a couple of folks on a plane to Seattle th ...

Christmas’ Missing Icon: Mary Breastfeeding Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

At its heartwarming core, Christmas is the story of a birth: the tender relationship between a new mother and her newborn child. At its heartwarming core, Christmas is the story ...

Kids Say the Profoundest Things
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The week of Christmas had always been an exciting time for my friends, my brothers, and me. We knew we would wake up on Christmas morning and find video games, toys, basketballs, clothes, and all of the things ...

The Missing Figurine in Your Nativity Scene
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

It took me years to realize that there was a character missing from my congregation’s telling of the story. In the church where I grew up, the first Sunday in Advent was dubbed t ...

What Are You Singing: Joy to the World
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

This song is full of creation references. Earth is receiving her king, and nature is singing with gusto. I’ve been really lucky this month to hear some of my co-workers’ refle ...

Advent: Our Christmas Hope
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

This Advent, as we wait for the true light who is coming into the world (John 1:9) we pause and reflect on our Christmas hope. As a friend said last night, we do not linger forever in uncertainty but as an exp ...

The Power of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Many Christians may be surprised to hear a sermon during Advent that focuses on challenging our cultural assumptions about the meaning of Christmas, but doing so may be the most faithful witness a pastor can o ...

Celebrating in Ways that Bring Joy
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

For those who seek to follow Jesus we are challenged with one of his core teachings: "You cannot serve both God and mammon." Mammon: wealth, riches, money, stuff. Ther ...

Christmas Wisdom: Follow the Star for Foreign Policy
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

A key insight into this portion of the Christmas narrative is that God is revealed through the vulnerability of poverty and marginalization One of the most fresh and challenging i ...

God Occupies a Baby Crib
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

The baby Jesus is not merely a sentimental or cute idea but is potentially radical, transformative, and controversial. There is a line from a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem about the ...

What Are You Singing: O! Holy Night
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

As I was washing dishes, belting out my favorite version of “O! Holy Night,” I was suddenly struck with the thought What am I singing? I can remember hearing several times as a mi ...

Why I Let My Children Play With Elves
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

I have a great deal of respect for the desire to keep the focus on Jesus and his birth at this time of year. And, yet, I allow my children … I encourage them even … to believe in Santa. ...

The Annunciation – A Divinely Human Moment
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The beautiful anonymity and soft innocence of a young girl in Nazareth would be stripped by an angelic visitation. Who could ever envision the global veneration soon to commence? ...

Christians: No Need to 'Reclaim' Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

I am not compelled to "reclaim" or "rescue" Christmas from the many who ignore and the few who despise its magnificent origins. Are you put out that a commun ...

War On Christmas? Sign This Minister Up!
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

I'm one of those lefty liberals that have declared a War on Christmas. Yes! Sign me up for the War on Christmas! But maybe not for the reasons you might imagine. Ah — I L ...

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Let’s start “A Christmas Tithe.” Let’s spread the idea to our kids, our families, our friends and neighbors, and to the members of our congregations. Religion is far too judgmenta ...

On 200th Birthday, There’s No ‘Bah Humbug’ for Charles Dickens
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

‘Tis the season for “Bah Humbug” and “God bless us every one,” especially as the world caps off a year of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of novelist Charles Dickens. ...

Dropping Out Of Our National Religion
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Peace starts by altering our patterns of desire so that we can do the things that matter most – identifying with the needs of others, especially the poor. When you really dro ...

A Season of Urgent Patience
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

During the upcoming season of Advent we ask God to provide us with a full portion of urgent patience. On the morning of Nov. 7, just hours after polling places closed and as vote ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

10 Gifts You Should Get Your Daughter This Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

It’s hard to find toys that are geared towards girls without stereotyping, or just a boy’s toy that’s painted pink. So, here it is — the Top 10 Gifts You Should Get Your Daughter This Christmas. ...

Top 10 Advent Resources of 2012
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Elaina Ramsey Center yourself during this busy holiday season with our to ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron / Silver and Gold by Sufjan Stevens / Star of Wonder by Mary Lee Wile / The Food and Feast ...

When You Are a Child
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Sandra M. Tully You wait a long time for Christmas morning drifting asleep even as the ebony slate of sky shatters in clarion silence Glory, Hallelujah! and shepherds in th ...

Supreme Court Tosses ‘Christian Candy Cane’ Case
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON --- An appeal over Christmas sweets turned bitter on Monday (June 11) when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the so-called “Christian candy cane” case. The case out of Texas has become a rallying point for conservative Christians con ...

Waxing Poetic: Blue Christmas
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

An original poem by Sarah Vanderveen. It was a December of golden days and crisp, sparkling nights. I saw swooping pelicans and Orion's belt, bright blooming ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Exegeting Ebenezer Scrooge
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 7:57pm | Type: Blog

A Christmas Carol, I would argue, is not ultimately about Christmas, but conversion. Christmas as Ebenezer “Marley was dead, to begin with.” So begins the classic ta ...

A Christmas Reflection: Grace
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

That baby Jesus will be many more things as his life, death, resurrection and eternity continues but here in the straw, and central to everything he will do and be, he is a symbol of grace. This is what Christ ...