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Dear Young Christians: Reject Legalism, NOT Discipline!
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

In many ways, discipline and legalism share many of the same characteristics: repetition, rules, accountability, and work (to name just a few). But there is one important difference: attitude. ...

How to Make Space to Create, And Why It Matters
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

When the challenge enters the picture, all of a sudden my kids are timid and anxious about their creations. They’ll ask me what I think of them, something they never do otherwise — usually they just present th ...

After Giving up Alcohol, I’m Addicted to Lent
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

This spring, I gave up alcohol for Lent, the forty days of penitence between Ash Wednesday and Easter. And now almost one week after the Alleluias and Easter baskets, I may be addicted to Lent. ...

Fat Tuesday and Skinny Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In a world filled with clutter, noise, and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we think and live.In a world of instant gratification, it’s a chance to practice delayed gratification. ...

The Morning News: Monday Nov. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

A twice-daily roundup of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. CBS NEWS: Cain: God Convinced Me To Run For President Herman Cain, whose ca ...

International Peace Day: Hold Your Fire (and Your Tongue!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a return to oneness. In both the Hebrew and the Greek concepts of peace, the idea goes far beyond the absence of war or violent conflict. Peace is a return to onen ...

Awakening Creativity in Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Each moment is pregnant with new possibilities waiting to be born, alive with new beginnings, God's secrets not yet heard, God's dreams not yet fulfilled. Each moment is ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

How To Talk With Climate Change Skeptics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The reasons for raising doubts about the human causes of global warming, explains <em>Skeptical Science's</em> John Cook, are often political rather than scientific. ...

The Discipline of Fasting
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Since our fast began this past Monday, I've been re-reading one of the classic books on spirituality by my friend Richard Foster, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060628391?ie= ...

Remember Death -- It Can Help You Live
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>Watching the unfolding tragedy in Japan of course has me reflecting on the past fourteen months in Haiti since the earthquake there. Watching the unfolding tragedy in ...

Egypt's Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable." -- ...

Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.</p> I used to live in a world where God ...

Why I Will Feast This Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my family for Thanksgiving but when the food was served, I could only watch. I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my famil ...

The Social Network, Immigration, and Imago Dei
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I haven't had the energy to sit down in a while to blog. Somewhere between the multiple Google calendars and multiple modes of communication life over-shared with me.</p> ...

What is the Gospel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...

Attempting to Understand Clergy Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will not go away. Even the Pope himself is not immune. The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will n ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

Lent Isn't About Denial -- It's About Transformation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The point of Lent is not denial.</p> The point of Lent is not denial. But for a long time I thought it was. Everything I heard about Lent revolved around acts of self-de ...

A Lenten Experiment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In January last year, Mr. Neff and I began a Lenten experiment. We wanted to see if we could eat adequate amounts of tasty and nutritious food on a food-stamp budget. We also wanted to see what we mig ...

The Real Solution to Childhood Obesity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

With more than a third of our children now overweight and many already diabetic, Americans of all political colors should commend the First Lady for her recently-announced campaign against childhoo ...

'Health and Fitness Are Better Than Any Gold'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Life and the body require exertion. There was a time -- and this is still the case in some places on earth -- when eating required physical effort. Life and the body require exer ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

Do You Believe in (Compounding) Magic?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Last week, I wrote about the boomers' seriou ...

Unseen Privilege: The Overlooked Gender Dimension of the 'Deadly Viper' Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the eight years I worked specifically with Christian Asian American college students, I knew that my gender would get in the way. In the eight years I worked specifically with ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

A Health Insurance Industry Whistle-Blower and a Call for Christian Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Wendell Potter worked for 15 years as the head of public relations for CIGNA, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. Wendell Potter worked for 15 years as the h ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/opinion/16kristof.html"><em>New York Times</em> column</a>, which cited a variety of ...