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When Decemberism Crucifies Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

One of the dominant dogmas of the season seems to be both loud and clear: Our value as human beings is often dictated by our capacity to contribute toward economic growth. This is what happens when Decemberism ...

When the Gospel Becomes a Product
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

The gospel ought to consume us; instead we have turned it into a consumable. Some friends of mine took their 3-year-old daughter to a Starbucks coffee shop for the first time. ...

Remembering The Martyr Of Black Friday (Why I Will Not Shop Today)
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Press

November 29, 2013 Sojo in the News Eric Folkerth ...

Being Human in December
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

December is in many ways a month of dehumanization, for mass consumption seems to be the accepted price of social admission. A predominant message of this holiday season seems to ...

Shop Early, Shop Often
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 1:47pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Rod Anderson ...

Non-Guilt-Trippy Ways to Live Lightly and Consume Less
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Inspired by books such as Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution, Jen Hatmaker’s 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, many Christians are striving strive for simplicity for the sake of the health ...

Should Christians Shop On Thanksgiving? Christian Leaders Offer Their Opinion
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Press

November 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

On Scripture: The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Is Thanksgiving dead? Not as long as Jesus Christ is alive among us, at the center of creation and the community of faith. But it is our job to respond by giving thanks for the gifts of forgiveness, for the gi ...

Addiction to Consumerism, Superficial Bickering Clouds Our Real Mission to Help a Hurting World
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Church leaders now spend more time trying to placate parishioners than they do facilitating world-changing ministry. And, theologians and pastors seemingly make a living disagreeing with one another. Instead o ...

Let's Go Beyond Consumerism, Citizenship, and Individualism
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Deeper than individual rights and responsibilities, we are called to surrender our prerogatives and take on the burdens of others — not because we have to, but out of love. Over t ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

A Heartless Cult of Money
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Pope Francis 'Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them.' [T]HE MAJORITY OF THE me ...

Consumer Christianity: How Much Money Does It Cost to Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Christianity can quickly devolve into caste systems, where faith communities are divided by the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor. Instead of unifying ourselves in Christ, we are dividing ourselve ...

Kids Say the Profoundest Things
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The week of Christmas had always been an exciting time for my friends, my brothers, and me. We knew we would wake up on Christmas morning and find video games, toys, basketballs, clothes, and all of the things ...

The Power of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Many Christians may be surprised to hear a sermon during Advent that focuses on challenging our cultural assumptions about the meaning of Christmas, but doing so may be the most faithful witness a pastor can o ...

Celebrating in Ways that Bring Joy
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

For those who seek to follow Jesus we are challenged with one of his core teachings: "You cannot serve both God and mammon." Mammon: wealth, riches, money, stuff. Ther ...

Christians: No Need to 'Reclaim' Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

I am not compelled to "reclaim" or "rescue" Christmas from the many who ignore and the few who despise its magnificent origins. Are you put out that a commun ...

War On Christmas? Sign This Minister Up!
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

I'm one of those lefty liberals that have declared a War on Christmas. Yes! Sign me up for the War on Christmas! But maybe not for the reasons you might imagine. Ah — I L ...

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Let’s start “A Christmas Tithe.” Let’s spread the idea to our kids, our families, our friends and neighbors, and to the members of our congregations. Religion is far too judgmenta ...

Dropping Out Of Our National Religion
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Peace starts by altering our patterns of desire so that we can do the things that matter most – identifying with the needs of others, especially the poor. When you really dro ...

#GivingTuesday Aims to Boost Charities
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- In the days following Thanksgiving, there's already Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday shopping season. Now, a group of charities and corp ...

A Search for Self in a Season of Stuff
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

While November and December are supposed to center on celebrations of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, the emphasis has shifted with each passing year toward a collective carnival of capitalism, or in othe ...

When Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Preaching the Word

John 6:35 John 6:41-51 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Why God& ...

I'm a Fraud (and So Are You)
Originally Posted: 05/27/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at least I’m in good company. I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at lea ...

Drive-Thru Prayers to Drive-In Church: Is Religion Lost?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

There’s the trend of “third space” ministry, getting out of the four walls of the church building and meeting people in different, typically “secular” contexts. Author and theolog ...

Being Christ in a Consumer Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

What seems to be glaringly absent from these vocal Christmas Crusaders is any protest against the gross consumerism, greed and selfishness that arrives every year with holiday season. ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of America ...

Black Friday: The Anti-Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Even if Black Friday were not so terrible for working families, and even if it did not threaten to steamroll Thanksgiving under the weight of Christmas-season merchandising, I would still be opposed to it. Bla ...

The "Un-Economy"
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In an international meeting last week with economists, business executives, non-profit organizational leaders, and theologians, my colleague Stewart Wallis of the New Economics Institute succinctly su ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:45pm | 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 ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

Disarm Now Activists Demonstrate What it Means to 'Pay the Price' for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101230-plowshares.jpg"></a>On December 13, a Tacoma-based jury declared five Disarm Trident Now <a href="http://ickevald.net/resistan ...

Have Yourself a Revolutionary Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas" from consumer culture. Asking questions like:</p> Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas ...

Changing the Script on Political Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

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We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I asked some <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/07/we-must-ask-moral-questions-about-our-oil-addiction-part-i/">moral questions about our oil addiction</a>. ...

Sanitation and Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Our sins are hidden in our sanitation. Last week on the New York subway, I read an article about the connection between sanitation and self-deception. Our sins are hidden in our s ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

Eternal Payoffs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 10:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tracey Bianchi God’s design for our lives includes stewardship of everything we have received. Most followers of Jesus give of their finan ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

In Praise of Christmas Materialism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> 'Tis the season. As we get into the full ritua ...

Priests in God's Garden
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bishop James Jones A biblical vision for saving the earth. We describe ourselves in many different ways—for ex ...

Debunking the Beauty Myth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Naomi Wolf, author of <a href="http://naomiwolf.org/the-beauty-myth-book/"><em>The Beauty Myth,</em></a> discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women. ...

Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of wor ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

Keeping Cool (Gulp!)
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani “No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater than central air.” — The demon Azrael in Kevin Smith’s film Dogma ...

Tempted by an Apple
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Adam Hamilton ’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ’Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ours ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

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Audio: Earmarked for Kingdom Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem preaches from the book of Proverbs, specifically chapters 10-18, in which there is a contrast made between the righteous person and the wicked person. I ...

Body Language
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg In a society that glorifies thinness and individualism, the occurrence of eating disorders has risen sharply. How can C ...