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The Real War on Christmas ... by Fox News
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

The real Christmas announces the birth of Jesus to a world of poverty, pain, and sin, and offers the hope of salvation and justice. The Fox News Christmas heralds the steady promotion of consumerism, the defe ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: David Wilcox
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

In this season of expectation as we await the incarnation of God-with-us, my heart turns to a song that, to me, captures the spirit of Christmas. It has no jingle bells or chestnuts roasting by an open fire. ...

A Very Perry Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing. There is no war on Christmas – one has never been declared, except by those proclaiming themselves its victims. There is no liberal attack on “our religious heritage” – whatever people like P ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Carrie Newcomer
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

In her inimitably lovely way, Carrie Newcomer , the Quaker singer-songwriter tells the story of June and Cal and their children gathered at their Christmas table to sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in her should-be classic, "L ...

The Afternoon News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: What Are You Getting Baby Jesus For The Holidays? (OPINION) Stampedes. Fist fights. Pepper Spray. Is it a poli ...

Pepper Spray and Peppermints: How to Occupy Christmas without becoming a Grinch
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

While the spirit of rampant capitalistic greed is certainly appalling, and people are justifiably angry about the economic abuses of Wall Street, still some have criticized Occupy Xmas for it's aggressive ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Bruce Cockburn
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

We've asked some of the artists who've performed our favorite Christmas songs to tell us what their favorite songs of the season are. Today, we begin with that virtuoso Canadian troubadour, Bruce Coc ...

Jesus Gets the Last Word on Rick Perry's Ad
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

FunnyOrDie.com for the win! "Jesus Christ of Nazareth would like to take this opportunity to refute Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's most recent TV ad." ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Banjo Ben Yahu
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Today's installment comes from a fellow who goes by the handle (pardon the pun) "Banjo Ben Yahu" and, in addition to having an epic beard (someone call the casting director for "Whisker War ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: The Busiest Handbell Choir You've Ever Seen
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

Today's installment comes from the Daejeon Handbell Choir of South Korea - a quartet (!) of handbell players who impressively play all of the myriad parts while dressed in satin formalwear — without break ...

Christmas Cheer
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Holiday gift giving isn’t all about relishing in the latest technological gadgets, but when that tablet is an innovative and interactive Bible, it would be a sin not to indulge! H ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 THINK PROGRESS: ‘Morning Joe’ Crew Mocks Perry’s War On Christmas Ad As if the overwhelmingly negative reviews from YouTube users an ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Sing it, Mr. Sister!
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 3's installment comes from an unlikely gaggl ...

Santa Claus and Black Face: Is Sinterklaas the Innocent Victim of Culture Clash or a Racist Anachronism?
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

The Dutch Christmas celebration Sinterklaas, celebrated Dec. 5 and 6, sounds like a charming holiday tradition from the old country. But is it simply that? Happy Sinterklaas? ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, December 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 7:47pm | Type: Blog

Occupy igloos ... and rooftops. Buy a gun for the one you love ... or a walk-on role on True Blood (for charity!) Theological wisdom from the mouths of (muppet) otters and stand-up comedians. And you never kno ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 THE HILL : Democrats See Opening To Attract Religious Voters In 2012 Election Democrats claim to have an unprecedented, promising o ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: A Soulful "Hallelujah"
Originally Posted: 12/04/2011 - 3:12am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 3's installment comes from the Just in Time Vocal Jazz "JOURNEYS" Concert, D ...

President Obama Keeps the “Christ” in Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

We expected what we get every year: a broad message about generosity and the season of giving. But what we got was so much more. Last night we watched the First Family light the N ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Food Court Flash Mob
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 2's installment comes from a 2010 sneak atta ...

The Morning News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 AMERICAN SPECTATOR: Social Muddle: Business, Justice, and the Gospel are Already Social The adjective that economist Friedrich Hayek f ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: The Silent Monks/Boy Scouts of Richfordshire, UK
Originally Posted: 12/01/2011 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

The German Baroque master composer George Frideric Handel wrote his most famous piece, the English oratorio Messiah, in 1741 and it was performed for the first time publicly on April 13, 1742 in Dublin, Irelan ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 CHRISTIANTIY TODAY: The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Presidential Race? Forecasting election outcomes is dangerous business, but I c ...

Nine Tips to Help You Survive Advent
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

So, in the spirit of anticipating its arrival, here are nine tips to help you make it through this Advent season. Advent—the four weeks leading up to Christmas—is an important tim ...

O Come Ye, O Come Ye to Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

What one quickly learns when visiting Bethlehem is that the political climate today is quite similar to the one that was prevailing during the time of Jesus. “O come ye, O come ye ...

Hallelujah Chorus from a Mall Court Flash Mob
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Today we launch a new daily feature for the Christmas season: Video interpretations of "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Georg Friedrich Händel's Messiah. Today we laun ...

A Prayer For The Christmas Season
Originally Posted: 11/25/2011 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Lord God, I want to stay for a while in Christmas where hope is something I can cradle to my chest. I want to dwell here where music sings the promise of love, reminding me of those Mary moments in my life whe ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

ICE Follies: 'Silent' Raids are Worse Than Useless
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

There are no whirring helicopters, law enforcement vehicles, or hundreds of federal agents swooping down on businesses as in days of old. There are no whirring helicopters, law ...

Video: Practicing the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life together in the Kingdom of Love. I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practi ...

A Reflection on Easter: Beyond Chocolate and New Bedding to the True Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've often wondered what people in America think when they actually read the story of Jesus rising from the dead for the first time. I've often wondered what people in A ...

A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty. Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury ...

'Christians and Muslims, We Are All Egyptians'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/christians-and-muslims-we-are-all-egyptians/" target="_self"></a>While much of the prognostication about Egypt's future ha ...

Friday Links Round-Up: Ted Williams. The Green Dragon. Desert Composer.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed ...

Word Made Flesh, and the Indignity of Having a Human Body
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas. No, not an iPad or world peace. So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I want ...

Where is my Mother? The Injustice of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Maria, 7, and Lupe, 3, are our next-door neighbors. For some reason, they have decided they like coming to our house. I'm not exactly sure why, we have nothing that I would consider appealing to ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...

How to Add Some More Green to Your Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Overcoming global warming is not a sprint. There is no quick fix. Rather, it is a marathon, something we will be doing for the rest of our lives. "Overcoming global war ...

This Advent, Embrace a Doubting Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=159874132" target="_blank">Matthew 11: 2-11</a>, when John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and ...

How the Grinches Stole 9/11 Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

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Have Yourself a Revolutionary Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas" from consumer culture. Asking questions like:</p> Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

Senators Kyl and DeMint Exploit Faith for Political Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

While American troops will be working through the Christmas holidays, putting their lives on the line for our safety, and while millions of Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince o ...

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

A Green Christmas: 5 Realistic Ideas for Celebrating the Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, here we go. Like it or not, tis the season. For me the holidays are a mixed blur of emotions, hopes, and unfulfilled, unrealistic dreams and desires. Well, here we go. Like ...

Jon Stewart, the End Times, and the Season of Advent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last October, at the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/01/jon-stewarts-misguided-rally-to-restore-sanity/" target="_blank">Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear</a>, <a hre ...

This Advent, What Are You Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we want, we want it now. Pay-per-view. One-click shopping. Smart phones. Drive-through restaurants. We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we wan ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

A Season for Holy Mischief and Divine Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Critiquing the thick irony of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/christmas/" target="_blank">Christmas season</a> is fair. Critiquing the thick ...

To Our Supporters: Thank You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"I thank my God every time I think of you. "I thank my God every time I think of you. In every prayer I utter, as I plead on your behalf, I rejoice at the way you have a ...