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In Praise of Episcopalians
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

I'm proud of The Episcopal Church. I'm proud of how they conducted themselves. I'm proud that they disagreed, deliberated, explored, preached, and prayed their way through this. We Baptists aren ...

Physical Churches: Do They Matter Anymore?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Many non-Christians lay the sins of our nation and even the world at the feet of the church. After all, a 77 percent of us self-identify as Christians (in 2009). So why is it that the Christian faith, the self ...

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

How can churches have a healthy conversation about politics in the middle of a national election without demonizing the opposition and causing disunity? Learning to speak as a Chr ...

Church No More: Part 3 — The 'C' Word
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I have a confession.(That's rich, right? A minister confessing.) I have a hard time telling people I'm a minister. Yes, really. I actually tend to handle it this way: ...

The Paddle Out: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

We were not alone out there, bobbing up and down on our boards in the sea. Surely the Spirit of the Lord was in this place. And Mark was there, too, along with those who have gone before us into Eternity, in t ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...

Top 10 Things I Learned From the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

10) Don't try to tame the Wild Goose. Full stop. That sacred Goose — the Holy Spirit — knows what it’s doing. Just get out of the way and, to paraphrase W.H. Auden, when grace shows up and begins to danc ...

How the Wild Goose Cured My Heebie-Jeebies
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I imagined the spaces and places other than church that might be out there for churchless people “like me.” Bars? Starbucks? Soccer games? Bars? (Sorry, did I mention 'bars' already? I get a bit dist ...

Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Without a doubt, the blossoming and beckoning of the Wild Goose movement in North America heralds a bright radical future for today’s Jesus followers bringing the kingdom come. On ...

Wild Goose Heaven Is Our Answer to Hate
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina. Ahead is the third WG fest at the end of August in Portland OR. And then there will be next year and th ...

What Muslims Have Taught Me
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

I have been discovering more each day how much I love Muslim people. They are beautiful, warm people, yet we are afraid of them because of misconceptions based on our stereotypes of their race. ...

Church No More: Part 1 — Walking Away From Church
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

This minister is walking away from church — well, at least for the next three months. I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual “Down By the Riverside.” (Don't ...

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we want to believe that a new ad campaign, worship service or big, expensive mission trip will give us the charge we need to turn things around in the church. But what if the real revolutions take pl ...

Deliver Us From Smugness
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 7:59pm | Type: Blog

It is not the imperfection or presence of conflict themselves within the Communion of the Saints that too many of those who would not call themselves Christians find repellent. It is how the church deals with ...

Tell The Story of Who You Are With Your Whole Heart
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Every soul cries: “Am I worthy of connection?” We then allow the mass public to tell us the answer to that. Please note: that unstable analysis can never end well no matter how popular one may seem. This lead ...

The Naked Pastor: Three Ways to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Paul Simon says there must be 50 ways to leave your lover. The Naked Pastor figures there must be at least three ways to leave your church. Paul Simon says there must be 50 ways ...

When You're Afraid to Be Who You Are
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with an enormous amount of anxiety when meeting new people. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with a ...

The Table is the Microcosm of a Practical Faith
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

The table is a place where we bypass rank and privilege and create a zone where you take what you need and bring what you are able. It is a commons where we are defined in new, equal relationships with one ano ...

Agape Doesn't Mean "Potluck"
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

If we knew that the people entering the doors of this, our little House for all Sinners and Saints, were actually Jesus’ friends, that they were those whom Jesus loved then despite what we thought of their per ...

Rob Bell: 'Surrender the Outcomes'
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

How do you step out and take a risk — as a pastor, as an artist, as a parent, as a person — when the job description of a pioneer or a vanguard comes with the assurance of persecution? “Surrender the outcomes, ...

Bare Feet and Dolphins: Rob Bell's Return
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

The sounds of the Pacific crashing on the shore mix with a reggae tune playing on the outdoor stereo of the bar next door as the speaker, a 41-year-old former pastor and bestselling author, resumes his riff on ...

Boy with a Broken Heart is Born (Day Six)
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 11:06pm | Type: Blog

It was hopeful watching the church family rally around the Vigils, praying for them, bringing them meals, visiting and doing what they could to offer support in what I’m sure felt like a time of emotional free ...

College Students Find Life 'Better Together'
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Gathering people from different faiths to serve others is one way of living out the command of Jesus to offer comfort to the a ...

We All Need A Spotter: Church and CrossFit Gym
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

I was talking to my husband about why I am loving Crossfit and it made me realize that it is for some of the reasons I love church. I can’t lift my arms. They scream in muscle ...

Ubuntu and the Hopelessness of Individualism
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

In an epiphany of sorts we realize our vast need for others and the hopelessness of our individualism. We are social creatures, and like an ant or a bee we are lost without the community. ...

Young Adults: Forget Church, Follow Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

But we’re distracted, skeptical and even a little paranoid, especially when it comes to institutions. So what’s the answer? Those invested in ministry have to decide what matters most. ...

Faith is Certain and Endless
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:59pm | Type: Blog

Faith alone offers no guarantees. Faith is not the proof of our beliefs, but rather the hope that what we choose to believe in is right. While the proven theories in life can only extend to a given limit, the ...

The Bouquet
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

“God doesn’t loves us as a flower but as a bouquet.” Most every Sunday Ruth or Lily Janousek hands me a drawing on the way out the door. I have quite a collection. Lily and Rut ...

Spiritual Refugees, Mainline Protestants and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

I've been speaking at many small colleges that have historical ties to the oldest mainline denominations in the U.S. I have been noticing something interesting: a terrific hunger for a deeper spirituality ...

LifeBuilders: Help Rebuild Lives (and Souls) in Detroit with the Click of a Mouse
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

"It's an exciting thing to grow spiritually, emotionally and physically here in the community," Larry Johnson says. "We're committed to showing the love and power of Jesus Christ and w ...

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

From time to time I revisit the question: Why are young adults walking away from religion? Although the answer(s) vary from person to person, there are some general trends that I think apply in most cases. ...

Why I Love Credit Unions
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The bigger the financial corporation, the quicker your dollar exits your community. I final ...

Lent (or Why I Need a Break from the 'Like' Button)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

If our default is to ask life’s big questions on Twitter before we offer them in prayer, then someone other than God is in control. If we "Like" what someone is doing on Facebook before we recognize ...

Poorer, Poorer. Slower, Slower. Smaller, Smaller.
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Bob Sabath, one of Sojourners' founding members, looks back on 40 years of creating community. "It takes a contemplative mind to see one’s own inner contradictions, the failures and inherent betrayal ...

Something in the Blood
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of grace in the middle of the worst humanity has to offer. And it’s in those moments that I tend to recognize God in our midst. ...

Just Say It: Be God's Love, Grace and Mercy Today
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

"You and I have the power to change someone’s day. And so I am going to challenge you, on this Valentine’s Day, to not only tell family members you love them, but also others whom you care for." ...

No Pews, No Suits, No Problem.
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

They may not have steeples or stained glass, but the nontraditional churches say they are finding success tapping into a segment of society that may otherwise have been lost. At these churches, attendees often ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

“There is no distance in the Spirit.” After 30 years as a believer, I experienced the truth of that statement — powerfully and indelibly — in an unlikely place: online. “There ...

Facebook: The New Public Square
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

I find Facebook intriguing, sobering and oddly encouraging. To me, Facebook is an intriguing window on the world. It's the raw stuff of human diversity, not filtered through self-serving politicians or me ...

Friends and Neighbors
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nancy Milio Curt Torell A Quaker community in North Carolina reaches out to its Muslim ...

There Was a Tree in Starksville...
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemarie Freeney Harding as told to Rachel E. Harding In 1961, going "back South" to form an interracial community meant facin ...

Dear SoJo Commenters: "This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man."
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

We can disagree, and we must when our conscience so demands, but we must do it with kindness, open minds and open hearts. Dear Sojourners Commenters, Please consider the f ...

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

We’re a house of hospitality when we learn to wait, when we learn to open ourselves to grace, when we let love transform us, one relationship at a time. Before Leah and I moved to ...

An Open Letter to Kermit the Frog
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Dear Kermit, I hear them saying that you guys are irrelevant, washed up. But I’m an Episcopal priest and for years they told me that I and other Christians were washed up and irrelevant, too. ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

Seventy-two Days Does Not a Marriage Make
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

It lasted 72 days. And now, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are calling it quits. The two were first spotted together one year before when Kim attended one of Kris' basketball games. ...

Boo! It's Jesus!: Halloween and Evangelization
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Is Halloween a prime time for evangelism? Are religious tracts passed out along with (or in lieu of) "treats" really the best way to spread the gospel message? Is ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...