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A.M. Giggle: Cookie Waits does 'God's Away on Business'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Some clever folks have created a magnificent "mash-up" of Sesame Street's resident pastry enthusiast, Cookie Monster, and the iconoclastic performer Tom Waits' song "God's Away ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

One Dress Protest: How I Found Freedom in Prison
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never be ...

Liberate Eden: A Digital Meditation on the Contemporary Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

A Hymn for Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to inspire churches to further support and pray for famine relief in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.] O God, You Love the Needy ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Video: Practicing the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life together in the Kingdom of Love. I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practi ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

No Time to Think
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The avalanche of information available via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. The avalanche of information available via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. U ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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. ...

Speculative Fiction, the Church, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

So NPR just released the results of their survey for the "Top 100 Science-fiction and Fantasy Books." It's a great list with some of my all-time favorite books on it (although I disagree with ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

Building Bridges > Burning Bridges
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi's Answer to Financial Collapse
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. On Monda ...

Building Better Business DNA
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Being a socialentrepreneur used to be a lonely endeavor. Being a socialentrepreneur used to be a lonely endeavor. I grew up believing that to be in business meant leaving your s ...

Basketball Underdogs: The Afghanistan National Team
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. Somehow every couple of years, patr ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

Is a Boycott of Murdoch and News Corp. Possible?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

With the scandal around Rupert Murdoch growing by the day, a full-fledged boycott of News Corp. has been launched on the internet, according to the Washington Post. With the ...

On My Bookshelf: The 10 Books I Always Reach For
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

My office has two overflowing bookshelves, with more books stacked on top and on the windowsill. But above my desk within easy reach is a small shelf. My office has two ove ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

Shane Claiborne on Rupert Murdoch, Zondervan, and Empire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 World Economic Forum | more info (via: Wylio)Most people know now that Rupert Murdoch presides over the News Corp media empire, and that he is fighting for his reputation after being ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

Harry Potter, the Deathly Hallows, and Mobilizing Kids for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/13/harry-potter-the-deathly-hallows-and-mobilizing-kids-for-social-justice/" target="_self"></a>Seeking justice for the oppressed. ...

Is Glenn Beck's Departure the Beginning of the End for Fox News?
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the vitriolic voice of "reason" and "values" for Fox News -- is gone. If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

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

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

More Great Summer Reading Ideas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/15/more-great-summer-reading-ideas/" target="_self"></a>In addition to my summer reading recommendations from the other day, I nee ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

My Summer Reading Recommendations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to recommend to you for the coming summer:</p> Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to re ...

Friday Links Round Up: Awesome people. Vegetarians. Going mute.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:41pm | Type: Blog

Awesome people. Vegetarians. Going mute. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Awesome people. Vegetarians. Going mute. Here� ...

Music, Art, and the Pursuit of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spirituality, music, and art. I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spi ...

Japan's Nuclear Dependency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Despite the ongoing catastrophe of nuclear reactor meltdowns following last spring's earthquake, the Japanese people remain largely supportive of nuclear energy. Despite the ...

Why People of Color Should Attend the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This June, I plan to attend the Wild Goose Festival, an arts, music, justice, and spirituality festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina. My appeal to you is simple. This June, I ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

Choosing Priest Instead of Princess: The Pitfalls of Ransomed Heart Ministries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, I had never heard of John and Stasi Eldredge's Ransomed Heart Ministries and their co-written book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400200385?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners- ...

A Song and Reflection on Immigration and the Border Town
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/16/a-song-and-reflection-on-immigration-and-the-border-town/" target="_self"></a> I was recent ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government? For ...

Big, Fat Kisses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

My first date was a big fat sloppy hour and a half of kissing (sorry Mom and Dad) supported by the screenplay of <em>My Big Fat Greek Wedding</em>. My first date was a ...

Jane Eyre, Sucker Punch, and Feminism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Hollywood is generally fairly reluctant to produce films with strong feminist messages. It is far easier to sell women cast as the sexy sidekick or vapid damsel in distress. Holly ...