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Barack Obama, 'A Bear On The Loose,' Breaks Free From White House
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Meagan Fitzpatrick ...

Darren Aronofsky Adapts Another Flood Story... Sort Of!
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Press

June 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Chattaway ...

Seven Leaders To Inspire You To Act
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Press

May 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Adria Goodson ...

You're Smart Enough To Change The World, Not Just Run It
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Press

May 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Lillian Cunningham ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Rev. Otis Moss Captures Movie Based Sermons In His New Book
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

May 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Chicago Crusader ...

Where The Culture War's Fault Lines Really Lie
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Noah Toly ...

When A Viral Blog Post Doesn't Change Much Of Anything
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

May 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Ellen Painter Dollar ...

He Is Risen... Play Ball... Amen
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

April 19, 2014 Sojo in the News John Longhurst ...

Finding Hope On Opening Day
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Press

April 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Feran ...

Opening Day: Hope Springs Eternal
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:23pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

‘Foreword Reviews’ Names Book Of The Year Finalists
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

March 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Christine Johnson ...

Why Emma Watson Is The Secret Key To 'Noah'
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Press

March 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Esther Zuckerman ...

Hello Twitter! How Religious Leaders Crafted Their First Tweets
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

Why I Am Troubled by 'God's Not Dead'
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

I am troubled by God’s Not Dead. Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters. From the opening scene to its closing postscript,  God’s Not De ...

For the Love of God, Love Others
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

As we try to follow Jesus and grow in our Christian faith, it's time we honestly evaluate the motivations behind our faith. How do our culture, upbringing, experiences, desires, and hundreds of other fact ...

Gluttony: Battling a Culture of Convenience
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

I am a glutton for a life of convenience and first world problems and a god that works with my schedule. But what I want to be is a disciple to the God who requires more than what is convenient. What I want is ...

The United Cinematic States Of America
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Gareth Higgins ...

Anderson Creates Sacred Cinematic Space in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

To my mind, all of Wes Anderson’s films are masterpieces in the truest sense of that word. But his most recent creation, Grand Budapest Hotel, is, perhaps, his chef d’oeuvre. To m ...

Heritage Auctions Presents Culture, Community, & Commerce: A View Inside The Dallas Arts District
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 11:35am | Type: Press

February 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Dallas.com ...

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 ...

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: 06/04/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Carol Roth, a staff leader with Native Mennonite Ministries, connects Native Mennonites with the broader Mennonite churc ...

Loose Threads
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

Each of us is a thread woven into the fabric of our world. We’re looped around each other, pulled tightly to one another, intimately bound to one another. I noticed a loose threa ...

Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

Sojo Authors Have the Right Stuff for Under Your Tree
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors.   Bible & Theology Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation ,  by Reta Halteman F ...

Time for Acknowledgement: Christian-Run Native American Boarding Schools Left Legacy of Destruction
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Church-run boarding schools taught Native American children to be ashamed of their identity. The Native American narrative remains largely unknown in U.S. majority culture. It is ...

Breaking Down Walls and Individualism
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Vulnerability is difficult, when our culture thrives on individualism. This culture tells us that we are the creators of our reality, a societal standard that has seeped into the church, creating a standard of ...

Why Switchfoot Won’t Write Christian Songs
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Way back in the day (circa 2004), Switchfoot's lead singer, Jon Foreman, was asked if the band is a “Christian” band. Even though it's been a while, his response is worth looking at again. ...

'No Makeup November' Inspires Women to Focus on Inner Beauty
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

As countless men grow mustaches this month to raise money and awareness for men's health issues, women and girls of all ages have put away their blush and mascara, seeking to remember they are beautifully ...

An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church: I Am Not Your Punch Line
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

When family drama shows up in the church, it grieves me. It riles me up like nothing else does because it is in my identity as a Christian and Jesus-follower where I am all of who God created me to be and has ...

‘Gravity’ and the Unanswered Questions of Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Reviews of the new hit movie Gravity note that it’s an unusually fine science fiction film. What they don’t mention is that the main character represents an increasingly common theme in American religion: The ...

Secrets of the Spiritual Paparazzi
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Some people follow pop-star celebrities. I follow spiritual writers. Some people follow pop-star celebrities. I follow spiritual writers. Rather than tracking news about Lady G ...

'I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You:' Album Review
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

In previous albums, Derek has been more critical of what we could refer to as the “Christian Right” — those who vote for politicians just because they are anti-gay marriage (“Freddy Please”) or that support ev ...

Problems with Christian Contemporary Music: An Interview with Trey Pearson of 'Everyday Sunday'
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

No offense to the artists that are ruling Christian music, but it's just not at the peak of the creative music spectrum. It almost never is. It always feels behind, and that's because the gatekeepers ...

'You've Got Mail,' A Swedish Movie About Death, Kissing Dating Goodbye, and Finding Love Despite Pride and Prejudice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Even for the awkward girl who is afraid of the sound of her own voice and of the possibility of finding someone attractive, there’s the possibility of love, and that, however improbably, changes everything. ...

Second Time Around: Wild Goose Mixtape 2013
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

I’m excited to share this mixtape in honor of the Wild Goose Festival, Aug. 8-11 in Hot Springs, N.C. I’m excited to share this mixtape in honor of the Wild Goose Festival , A ...

David Wimbish: Life, Death, Fundraising, and Festivals
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

At the 2012  Wild Goose , for an afternoon set at a tent tucked away on the backwoods of the festival site, a young North Carolina band blew minds and won fans. More than just a band — more like a multicolored movement of sonic jubilee —  David Wimbi ...

Should a Christian Watch 'Game of Thrones?'
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Is there anything morally redeeming about Game of Thrones? Does the hit HBO series even have a moral vision? Is there anything morally redeeming about  Game of Thrones ? Does t ...

What Matters Most
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Poem 'What Matters Most' by Trevor Scott Barton Kind, tired eyes from too much seeing ... Worn, battered shoes from too much walking ... Stained, tattered shirt fr ...

The Revolution is Upon Us
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Now comes a new millennium, and Christianity wears so many different faces that it’s difficult to speak of a single “Christian movement.” Religious historians say that every 500 ...

Tales of a Male 'Preacher's Wife'
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt The stats say that women in the workplace – from seminaries to the boardroom – have become the norm, but being a stay-at- ...

Julian 'J-Kwest' DeShazier on Rhymes & Reasons: The Stories of Hip-Hop
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

For nearly a decade, the ministry of Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between music and faith. As artist, this Chicago native has used his unique rhythm to tell stories of ...

Change or Die
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Church is being reinvented. So are technology and education. And all for the same reasons. Church is being reinvented. So are technology and education. And all for the same reas ...

The Power of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:24am | 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 ...

CULTURE WATCH: Yeasayer — Musical Mad Scientists
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

There are some artists whose work leaves you walking away thinking, “How in the world did they do that?” The Yeasayer performance at the 9:30 Club in D.C. on Nov. 15 was one such performance. ...

Please Do Not Dress Up for Halloween in Blackface, Brownface, or Yellowface; Don’t Be Stupid
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Please don’t dress up in a blackface, yellowface, brownface, or any other costumers that stereotype, denigrate, or mock another culture. Don’t caricature another real culture. Why? Because we’re a culture and ...

Links of Awesomeness: September 28, 2012
Originally Posted: 09/29/2012 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Today's links of awesomeness! Anyone like sushi? Well, this is kind of the same thing. Okay, it might be a little different.   Artist group  After Agri  created a device ...

Q&A on Tim Tebow’s Gridiron Faith
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Can Tim Tebow do no wrong? Can Tim Tebow do no wrong? Michael Butterworth   of Bowling Green State University has turned his attention to sports media coverage of  T ...