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Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

Requiem for Republicans
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend, former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois passed away. Along with former Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who died a month ago, they represented the last vestiges of an era of moderate Republicans ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall. Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall . And while, yes, autumn is ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

Red State Wins: Take a Bow, Silent Bob
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new movie, Red State. Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new m ...

Liberate Eden: A Digital Meditation on the Contemporary Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life," the late Christian apologist and author Henri Nouwen said, "need no longer be a victim of himself, but is able slowly and consiste ...

Working for the Kingdom of God: A Defense
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Oh, I am against the idea of a state c ...

Joy's Shadow As New School Year Begins
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. A poignant milestone dressed up in an exceptionally cute plaid jumper. My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

A Faith-Full Labor Day Weekend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Sometimes I wonder if the church that f ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In recent days I've been thinking through with a friend one of the enduring challenges of pastoral and catechetical ministry: how to dispel the notion that worship should be entertaining. ...

Building Bridges > Burning Bridges
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Do yourself a favor and watch this. It's 7:15 minutes long but well worth your time. Do yourself a favor and watch this. It's 7:15 minutes long but well worth your time ...

I'm Not that Kind of Feminist
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run stories on the so-called feminism of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...

A Tribute to Mark O. Hatfield
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark O. Hatfield's political witness shaped a whole generation of students, teachers, pastors, and social activists in the evangelical community and beyond. Mark O. Hat ...

The Works of the Flesh and the Debt Ceiling Deal
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In Galatians 5:19-20, Paul lists the "works of the flesh," contrasting them to the "fruit of the Spirit" immediately thereafter (Gal. 5:22-23). In Galatians ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

Extremism, Terrorism, and the Attack in Norway
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Similar to many of my Western counterparts, my first thoughts when I first heard about the attacks in Norway went to extreme Islamic terrorism. Similar to many of my Western count ...

Family Research Council Attacks Evangelical and Catholic Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In response to Sojourners' radio ads about the budget debates, the Family Research Council's political action committee has launched radio ads in Kentucky and Ohio arguing that deficit reduction shou ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Anna has a heart for equipping churches to make small and big changes for the sake of creation care and stewardship of the earth's resources. How can Christians do this, you ask? Read our conversation to ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/toothbrushes-towels-and-tackling-root-causes-in-gaza/" target="_blank"></a>We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in Nove ...

Black Men and 'Jumping the Broom'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/22/black-men-and-jumping-the-broom/"></a>In one of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/20/bern ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100609-sungchoi.jpg"></a>Have you heard the story of Sung-Bong Choi? I absolutely love these kinds of stories. And it's not that I just ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

The Church of No Lost Causes
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. A little Methodist church has a big heart for the left out and the lonley in the shadow of the nation's capital. ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

Good Friday: Praying in the Abyss
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

In Christian confession, Good Friday is the day of loss and defeat; Sunday is the day of recovery and victory. In Christian confession, Good Friday is the day of loss and defe ...

Make Earth Day a Church Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It is fitting that this year <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/earth-day/" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> falls on Good Friday and that three days later the greatest dawn since t ...

Can't Forgive Your Dad, Mom, Ex-Wife, or Friend? Well, Forgiveness is a Choice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows out of our real experience of Jesus forgiving our own sins. Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows ...

Lord, What a Parade!: A Hymn for Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to celebrate <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank&quo ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

The Discipline of Fasting
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Since our fast began this past Monday, I've been re-reading one of the classic books on spirituality by my friend Richard Foster, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060628391?ie= ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...