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From Church Triumphant to ‘Least of These’
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

The most far-reaching implication is this: We are discovering that the world can get along without us. Few are asking for our authoritative guidance. Our clergy aren’t seen as “thought leaders” or our institut ...

Full-Body Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.  THE CRY OF the church to the world should be “Forgive us.” At a time when the American ...

Report: Pastors Know about Domestic Violence, Keep Mum
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Heidi Hall ...

Survey: Domestic Violence Rarely Addressed
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Smietana ...

U2: Seeking An Ecclesiology
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

What we're seeing is four guys from Ireland with way the hell too much money showing us what we have been wanting all along: a new way of being the institutional church. By n ...

Churches Must Be Safe Places
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Safety in church is a matter of solid and secure leadership, self-discipline by all, effective norms for behavior and putting dignity and respect ahead of winning and getting. Chu ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Should Pastors Complain About Their Salaries?
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:00pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Taking the Long Road Home
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. IVP Books. HERE’S WHAT Slow Ch ...

8 Things the Church Needs to Say
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives, and lending our name to minor-league politicians, what would we have to say? ...

Have Churches Become Too Shallow?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

This is what happens when we ignore God — or simply try to make God more marketable: Jesus becomes a product. The Gospel becomes a promotional tool. Parishioners become customers. Pastors become celebrities. S ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Breaking Down the Invisible Walls
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books. OVER THE PAST 2, ...

No Longer the 'Best Kept Secret'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Allio Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics. ...

Sacrament as Subversion
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Sacraments are outward expressions of acts, longings, or processes already underway or taking place within us. Anyone who thinks much on theology will tell you that you go throug ...

To the Dying Church: Pass the Thread?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

It’s interesting how we tend to think of birth and death as opposites, two bookends with life in the middle. But we also know from experience that birth and death really are two different words for the same thing. They involve change, a moving from one ...

To the Dying Church: Get Offline and Get Outside
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Dying church, it’s time to rise! Get up! Get offline and get outside and greet the day. There’s plenty for you to do and I can think of nobody else who is needed right now than You ...

To the Dying Church: Do What You Came Here to Do
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Instead of hiding from issues that might send members out of your pews, wrestle with the implications of the Gospel for the environment, for the death penalty, or for immigration. Trust in the mysterious, magn ...

To the Dying Church: Sharing our Wounds
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Let’s try this difficult thing together: expose and share our wounds, and in doing so, find the beginning of healing and life. To the dying church, Sometimes you have to get w ...

Beauty in Battered Places
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina. “THE CHURCH radicalized me,” celebrat ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

To a Dying Church: Continue to Tell the Sacred Story
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

I remember warmly how you shared with me from an ancient letter that faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love. Dear friend, The diagnoses ar ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Churches in the "127 Movement" are opening their hearts, homes, and families to welcome children in the foster ca ...

To a Dying Church: Either Die or Live Like You Mean It
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

What if, freed from the concerns of playing it safe for posterity, you stomped on the gas pedal and decided to blow the doors off? What might that look like? Dear Church, I rec ...

To the Dying Church From a Millennial
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

While the studies indicate that organized communities of faith are in decline, the amount of men and women who are seeking and finding a radical faith in Jesus is increasing. Dear ...

To the Dying Church: Maybe Death Is a Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 7:10pm | Type: Blog

The reality is your reason for being, your very purpose, is to teach us about a living God. How marvelously playful and mischievous of God (and quite frankly, how very God-like of God) to figure out how to do ...

Are You One of Us?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:45am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up a lot. We’ve taken many steps in recognizing that everyone is an equally beloved child of God and must be treated that way. Yet, there are reminders all around us that we’ve got a long way to go ...

The Church in a Media-Saturated Society
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

What does it mean for us, and especially for our children to live in a media-saturated society with all this information and “info-tainment” thrown into our faces? I grew up in th ...

The 'In' and the 'Out': How Some of Our Churches Operate More like Night Clubs
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Why do we continue pedaling the Gospel as a VIP pass to get through the red, velvet rope segregating the church from the rest of the world? Last summer I took a trip to Las Vegas ...

He Doesn’t Just Listen to the Sunday Sermon; He Draws It
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in one of the pews near the back of Grace and Peace Fellowship  ST. LOUIS (RNS) On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in ...

A Crash Course: Australia, Refugees, and the Politics of Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

The church in Australia is showing signs of being a Calvary-like-love political alternative when it comes to refugees. Here’s a crash course to understand what’s happening in Aust ...

Palm-Powered Protest
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

When we strive to protest with Matthew 21 in mind, we must ask ourselves that question from the crowd, “Who is this?” Our protests should honor the one whom we follow: Jesus, the peaceful one, riding on a donk ...

Our Lady of the Watershed
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger There are thousands of ways for a church to serve its watershed and all life within it. OUR ...

A Watershed Moment
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers In the face of ecocide, the choice before us is stark: discipleship or denial. OUR HISTORY IS incr ...

What Rock and Roll and the Church Have in Common
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

The way we define, distinguish, and conduct ourselves, though of utmost importance to many of us, is of little or no interest to those beyond the walls. We are sure we have something that is precious and worth ...

For One Great Prayer
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

I have tried to provide a clergy presence whenever I can to show that ending the suffering of immigrant families, including that of the 1 out of 7 undocumented Korean Americans, is also a concern of persons of ...

Allegiance
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

God doesn't want to vie for our allegiance. Yet he must, because our allegiance is divided between church attendance, theological stances, and denominational commitments (among other things), as if these ...

Pittsfield: 'Counter-recruitment' Program Offered
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Press

March 17, 2014 Sojo in the News The Berkshire Eagle ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

5 Ways Money Quietly Poisons Our Faith
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It’s sometimes cliché for Christians to warn about the dangers of idolizing wealth and money, but the negative impact it can have on our faith is more subtle than we often realize. Here are a few ways it cover ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

Openness, Diversity, and Magnanimity
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. Take the imposition of ashes out to the sidewalks where ...

VIDEO: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, is the real-life vicar of Dibley. ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

Is Social Justice 'Sexy'?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Hannah Sachs For many Millennials, getting involved in causes is a trendy thing to do. We're called to go deeper than that. ...

Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Christians have a presumption against war—as well as an obligation to help heal those who suffer its consequences. ...

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women -- From the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

GRAPHIC: Hipster Faith
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nadia Bolz-Weber's church, House for All Sinners and Saints, is not your typical Lutheran church.  Like the following graphic may attest, Nadia Bolz-Weber's church, House f ...

VIDEO: "Pastrix" Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., talks to CNN. N ...

Immigration Activists Arrested in Civil Disobedience Outside White House
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

This President’s Day, about 20 church leaders, sympathizers, and undocumented immigrants were arrested in front of the White House as part of an act of civil disobedience to protest the nearly 2 million people ...