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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: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | 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: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | 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

Kara Lofton Nadia Bolz-Weber's church, House for All Sinners and Saints, is not your typical Lutheran church.  ...

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 ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Terry LeBlanc In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous t ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

As our churches strive to become those “beloved communities,” we remember a Christ who became conversant with the desolation of a wilderness experience, and the pain of the cross so our world could be tethered ...

Why Does Anyone Go To Church?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What I think we need is a rhetoric about how it's entirely fine that people don't go to church. We don't need to obsessively share why we think it's so magical or why it sucks. ...

Meaningless Church Jargon
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

As someone who is constantly being told to “watch her language,” I offer the same. The church has some beautiful things to offer. Let’s all speak of God and faith and community in clear and simple language. ...

What Shopping Malls Can Learn from Churches
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

The enclosed mall at Hillsdale Shopping Center had everything on a Friday morning: 1.3 million square feet of glistening space, top-drawer retailers like Nordstrom, reliable outlets like Macy’s, and teen-focus ...

Five Questions for Carol Roth
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Bio: Staff leader, Native Mennonite MinistriesWebsite: www.mennoniteusa.org/about/structure/related/ ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear ...

Indigenous Peoples Prayer Calendar
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that refle ...

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Four Reasons Churches Stink at Transformation (and What We Can Do About It)
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

The most important transformations are spiritual and emotional ones. Yet, the fitness community does transformations better than churches do. Though we have many stories of people ...

Swept Under the Rug
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today churches are often rocked with sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by priests and clergy. Yet, sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept under the rug. ...

Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day. My conclusion: Religion shouldn’t be this hard. After 36 years of se ...

Telling the Forbidden Truth
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith. White Cloud Press THE WOMEN I ...

What If We Listened?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

How about if we put down our dukes and listen? How about if we refrain from seeing differences as a threat — even if opinions are delivered in a somewhat threatening way — and instead seek to see stories? ...

The 25 Best Progressive Victories Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Press

January 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Dreier ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

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 ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

VIDEO: Lifting Up Women's Voices
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Learn more about the Sojourners Women and Girls (SWAG) work. For far too long, women have been tr ...

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 ...

The Sounds of Silencing—And Speaking Out
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela Kissel Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach. When furlough ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

Serving Two Masters: When Church and Justice Don't Agree
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer (not to be confused with Frank Schaeffer) has come up against what some might call a conflict of interest in living out his call as a minister of the gospel. ...

Jim Wallis | On God's Side
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Armstrong ...

Aging Expert Vern Bengtson: Boomers Will Return to Church
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it comes to religion. Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it com ...

Sunday Mornings Are Broken
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

In a tech newsletter I read, two colleagues addressed the end of the world of the personal computer that they spent three decades mastering. In a tech newsletter I read, two colle ...

Church of England 'One Generation from Extinction’ Says Former Archbishop
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can attract more young people now. A former archbishop of ...