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Go and Make Disciples — Not Converts
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

You might be surprised to find that he isn’t telling me to share the Gospel with all who will listen (although, that is part of it); rather he is telling me (and you) to go and make disciples. The former is re ...

The Church Has Been Left Behind
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

The church has been left behind — but friends, this is a good thing! We — the church — were left behind on the hill on that day of ascension, but we were not left to stand staring into the sky. ...

From the Archives: Fall 1972
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Ediger Witness to the Lord IT CAME TO pass in the summer of ’72 that many young people gathered in Dall ...

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 ...

'Honey, We Are Home'
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Get used to the idea of a married Jesus. BELATED CONGRATULATIONS to Jesus Christ after recent r ...

Sermon for Ordination: You Don't Have What It Takes — But You Have a God Who Does
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I experience the gospel to be true even when I can’t believe it. And honestly sometimes I believe the gospel even when I don’t experience it. And I suggest to you today that this is why we have and even why w ...

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 ...

Χριστός ἀνέστη: Christos Anesti! He is Risen!
Originally Posted: 04/08/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

The Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 28 (The Message) After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God ...

Take Up Your Towel and Follow Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Jesus healed and he taught and he called for others to follow him, yet the suffering still was all around. Some part of his humanity must have wanted to take up a sword and fight it. Yet he knew that violence ...

Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper and Gethsemane
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a playlist of songs inspired by or that speak in some way to the Holy Week journey that brings us to Maundy Thursday and the great mandate from which the day takes its name: "If I, the ...

Sermon on Losing Your Life and How Jesus Isn’t Your Magical Puppy
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

See, I wrote another sermon this week. A real one. I worked on it all week. And then yesterday afternoon I threw it away and just wrote you this letter instead. Because I realized that in my sermon I was tryin ...

God's Church is Not a Building
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 8:45pm | Type: Blog

The increase of church foreclosures is heartbreaking. But God’s church is greater than the bricks and mortar that hold his disciples. What is a church? Is it the stained-glass ...

Sermon on Jesus’ Dream Team: Rank Fishermen, Demoniacs and Sick Old Ladies
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

That famous yet fictional saint of the church, Homer Simpson once said Well, I may not know much about God, but I have to say we built a pretty nice cage for Him. As soon as ...

#Occupy: The New Pentecost?
Originally Posted: 01/03/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Emerging out of the New Pentecost is the promise of a New Creation that will transcend the endless, hollow, self-destructive promises of raging empires. For those who re-discover ...

The Jesuit Jester
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Father Jim Martin is a Jesuit priest, a prolific author, and official chaplain of The Colbert Nation. He's also one of the funniest guys we know — and Lord, can he tell a joke! ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Pentecost: The Coming of the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/09/pentecost-the-coming-of-the-wild-goose" target="_self"></a>This Sunday is Pentecost. For 50 days, a group of 120 followers of J ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Any discussion of shared authority and responsibility between men and women must start with the importance Jesus placed on unity among his followers. Any discussion of shared auth ...

Harold Camping, Rapture, and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The rapture date and prediction has come and gone.</p> The rapture date and prediction has come and gone. By now, all of you have heard about the frenzy around 89-year-o ...

God's Love is Stronger Than Our Doubt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it's kind of weird how we've named Thomas, "Doubting" Thomas. We don't give the other characters in the New Testament little nicknames ... ...

Lord, What a Parade!: A Hymn for Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to celebrate <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank&quo ...

Nestling for the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

The April issue of Sojourners magazine takes on climate change denial. One challenge is that the truth is hard to face -- but, as scientist Sasha Adkins describes from personal experience, one strategy is to d ...

Update from Haiti: Flooding, Cholera, and Local Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/09/update-from-haiti-flooding-cholera-and-local-action/" target="_blank"></a>There's been considerable rain where we live in ...

Naming Jesus Again and Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While discerning a vocation to Roman Catholic religious life years ago, I had the opportunity to go on retreat with a group of women religious. While discerning a vocation to Roma ...

Poisoned Sea, Impoverished Soul: A Litany of Lament Over a Despoiled Ocean
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the beginning, darkness covered the face of the deep.</p> <p>Then the Breath of Heaven swept across the waters, blessing the sea with all manner of creatures.</p> ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the most important subjects addressed in my recent book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books& ...

Constantly Seeking Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As an adolescent, I had a lot in common with <a href="http://fromthepewsintheback.com/2009/04/26/somethingmore/" target="_blank">my youngest brother</a> in terms of my ...

So Dang Jesus-y: Sara Miles' Jesus Freak
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>In <a href="http://whyismarko.com/2010/jesus-freak">Mark Oestreicher's review</a> of <a href="http://www.saramiles.net">Sara Miles'</a> latest bo ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and the Lure of Secret Knowledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dan Brown, the author of <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and of <em>Angels and Demons</em>, has a new book out Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code a ...

Jesus Didn't Overlook Gender, He Transcended It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn m ...