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What Are You Singing: Good King Wenceslas
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 4:37pm | 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 - 11:19am | 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 - 6:06pm | 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 - 3:18pm | 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 - 11:52am | 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 - 11:39am | 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 - 11:04am | 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 - 11:40am | 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 - 1:00pm | 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 - 11:23am | 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 - 11:24am | 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 - 1:06pm | 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 - 11:47am | 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 - 11:26am | 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 - 12:57pm | 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 - 10:09am | 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 - 1:54pm | 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 - 4:06pm | 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 - 12:24pm | 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 - 11:27am | 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 - 6:04pm | 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 - 1:40pm | 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 - 10:36am | 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 - 9:09am | 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 - 12:15pm | 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 - 10:30am | 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 - 4:17pm | 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: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | 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 - 4:58pm | 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 - 11:34am | 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 - 8:57pm | 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 - 4:06pm | 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 ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: With Clark W. Griswold et Famille
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:01am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. On this Christmas Eve, as you gather with "kith and kin" on the threshold of the Chri ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Suffer Not the Little Children
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Children remind us what faith is. When they overflow with joy and excitement it is contagious. When I imagine Jesus telling his disciples, “Let the little children come to me,” I ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Moral Imagination
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Scrooge had not yet lost all his empathy. It took the visions of Christmas past in order to spark it in him but it was still there. The Ghost of Christmas Past showed Scrooge a to ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: With the Cathedral Choir from New Jersey
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today: The Cathedral Choir of New Jersey. ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:22pm | Type: SojoMail

December 22, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK   Quote of the day. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Junior High Lunch Table
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today Handel's "Hallelujah" is brought to you by the junior high students from O ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

No matter how much we give to those around us, it can never match the Light of the World entering into the darkness to be with us. Emmanuel, God with us, is the gift that can’t be out given. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Cathedral Style
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today, a classic, rousing rendition of Handel's ...

Seasonal Videos of Awesomeness: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past eleven months (or even if you haven’t), the generous folks at JibJab have collected all the best news stories and faces from the year and set it to music through their standard DIY video. Join t ...

Being Christ in a Consumer Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

What seems to be glaringly absent from these vocal Christmas Crusaders is any protest against the gross consumerism, greed and selfishness that arrives every year with holiday season. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kuwa na Krismasi njema!
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from the POTS Chorus o ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Karen Peris of the Innocence Mission
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

The Innocence Mission's rendition of "Away in a Manger" is a prime example of what Karen Peris' voice can do. It's in high rotation in my Christmas 2011 mix on iTunes and rarely fails ...

There's Just Something About Mary: The Power of Yes
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

See, God is at work in you in much the same way God was at work in Mary. (Not necessarily in that the Holy Spirit’s going to knock you up.) But I do think that you carry in your body the blessing of God and ha ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Bread Aisle
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

Shoppers at Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Central Market got a festive surprise Saturday when a flash mob of more than 125 people broke into the "Hallelujah Chorus" by the bread aisle. ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Jason Harrod
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

"My favorite Christmas Hymn (technically an advent hymn) is 'O come, O come, Emmanuel.' I like it because it expresses the longing for Jesus to be 'with us,' and also that tension I b ...

Advent or Government Shutdown, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

There is, once again, a threat of a government shutdown. Congress, once again, can’t get along. Even the most basic decision making has stalled as each party postures for their base. But, it’s almost Christma ...

The Real War on Christmas ... by Fox News
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 3:30pm | Type: SojoMail

December 15, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "This is the larges ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Sam Phillips
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

"For me, Christmas is a complicated package of childhood memories, cultural and spiritual traditions, emotional longing, the feeling of being home or wondering where home is, light at the darkest time of ...