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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 ...

Why I Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I believe deeply in the power of nonviolence, first as a Christian, and second as one committed to seeing the principles of human dignity, freedom, and justice advanced throughout the world. ...

Single Pastors, The Church, and Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I found a story about a friend from seminary in <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/us/22pastor.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em>. ...

President Obama Visits the Tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

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Rediscovering Values for Lent: Trusting God That We Have Enough
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' note ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

Seeking Peace and Dignity in Jordan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/16/seeking-peace-and-dignity-in-jordan/"></a>When I announced my plans to go to Jordan several weeks ago for a press trip, my son replied, & ...

Who Goes to Hell is Not the Most Important Question
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Reality check: Gandhi's in hell."<br /> "Really? Gandhi's in hell? And we have confirmation of this?"</p> "Reality check: Gandhi� ...

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 ...

Prayer of the Day: For Our President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom and right judgment. Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom ...

An Apology to My Muslim Friends
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On the weekend of Oct. 6, 2001 -- less than one month after 9/11 -- my husband preached a sermon called "Religion Gone Awry." That was not the message he had originally scheduled for that weekend. ...

Matthew Kelty and the Beauty of a Good Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95. His is an example of a good life and a good death. Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95 ...

I Was Attacked During Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech Yesterday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/17/i-was-attacked-during-secretary-hilary-clintons-speech-yesterday/" target="_self"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

Tahrir Square: The Many Little Revolutions
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/15/tahrir-square-the-many-little-revolutions/" target="_self"></a>Last week, I received this photo of Maggie, an Egyptian Christia ...

Friday Links Round Up: The Day of Departure. Mubarak. Egypt.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/11/friday-links-round-up-the-day-of-departure-mubarak-egypt/" target="_self"></a>Here's a little round up of links from aroun ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

Prayer and Fasting for Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

An Egyptian friend living in Chicago just spoke with a pastor in Cairo. For security purposes, I have not used the name of the pastor in Cairo, but I do know him and deeply respect him. ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Unemployed in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, but the latest news about unemployment was not particularly encouraging. People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

Nonviolence is More Powerful Than Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the American discussions of violence and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civility</a> in public discourse following the tragic shoot ...

Do Violent Words Cause Violence? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">tragic Arizona shootings</a> have sparked debate over an important question: What's the connection between v ...

God, We Have Heard It: A Hymn Lamenting Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette lamenting gun violence. We hope you find it helpful in light of the shootings in Arizona.]</em ...

Seeking Justice: Does it Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I arrived at <a href="http://qcafe.org/" target="_blank">Q Cafe</a> as I do on nearly every work morning to begin a new day. Yes ...