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The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

The Power of Fasting
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Over the past month, I have witnessed the spiritual power of the disciplines of prayer and fasting to redeem our nation’s institutional powers in ways I never imagined. Do you be ...

Soaking in the Word of God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. AS THE SEAONS after Pentecost unfolds, ...

Drones: Forces of Evil in Heavenly Places
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Weaponized drones are demons: evil spirits of the air, specters in the heavens, shadowy presences. “John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, an ...

Faith (Not Pea Soup) Takes Center Stage in New 'Exorcist' Play
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES — Mention the word “exorcism” to most people, and you get descriptions of levitating bodies, spinning heads, oozing green bile and hissing serpentine tongues. But don’t expect to see these eye-popp ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

UPDATE: Christian Pastor Faces Execution in Iran
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

UPDATES: Earlier today (Friday, Sept. 30), the Iranian Embassy in the U.K. issued the following statement regarding Pastor Nadarkhani: UPDATES: Earlier ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

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 ...

Who is Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Amanda Slater | more info (via: Wylio)On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

Can't Forgive Your Dad, Mom, Ex-Wife, or Friend? Well, Forgiveness is a Choice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Seeking Peace and Dignity in Jordan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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, & ...

Wisconsin Strengthens Ties Between Labor and Environment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Corporations have long used the false rhetoric of "jobs versus the environment" to pit what would be natural allies -- environmentalists and labor activists -- against one another. ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

Egypt: Another Step Towards Mainstreaming Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The movement that ended President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year autocratic rule has not only created a spectacular breakthrough for Egyptian democracy, it has bequeathed a priceless gift to the rest of u ...

Who Will Listen to the Voices of Veterans Calling for Peace?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police officers at the White House gates. I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police offi ...

Southern Sudanese in Khartoum at Risk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: South Sudan is preparing for its independence referendum on January 9 -- an event whose occurrence is threatened by North Sudan's intransigence ...

Balancing Stillness and Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Like many others who are currently unemployed or partially employed, this seminary graduate finds herself with unexpected time on her hands. Like many others who are currently une ...

What is the Gospel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week at her blog, <a href="http://rachelheldevans.com/gospel" target="_blank">Rachel Held Evans</a> proposed the question "What is the Gospel?" She received s ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

What I Learned From the-Gasp!-Word of Faith Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Perhaps you've heard of them. Perhaps you've heard of them. Televangelists with bouffant hairstyles and Rolex watches saying send me a dollar and God will give you a hun ...

Voodoo Haiti, Voodoo West
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/vudu-haiti-vudu-occidente/">En espa&ntilde;ol</a>] Haiti is an example of how both flesh and bones politicians as well as countries can look ...

Vudu Haiti, Vudu Occidente
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/voodoo-haiti-voodoo-west/">English version</a>] Hait&iacute; es ejemplo de c&oacute;mo los pol&iacute;ticos de carne y hueso pero tam ...