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Everything Must Change: On Baltimore, Drones, and Resurrection
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Our policies, foreign and domestic, reflect this unconscious or willful self-deception. We deny the worst within ourselves, but mercilessly assume the worst in others. That is how we can look past the sufferin ...

Doubting Thomases in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

I have to wonder what would happen if we followed Jesus’ instructions to Thomas. As a student at a Lutheran seminary in Chicago, I find myself observing the news and events surr ...

What I Learned From Praying at the White House
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 7:49pm | Type: Blog

Every one of us has sin in our lives that separates us from God — addictions, hidden failings, anger problems — and every one of us needs the saving power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to redeem and restore ...

The War Against Christians Must End
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

As Christians despair all over the world, let Jewish hands and hearts reach out to them. Last week, al-Shabab militants, aligned with al-Qaida, stormed the campus of Garissa Univ ...

Ishtar vs. Easter: Pick Your Story
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The meme is attributed to Richard Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science and is meant to debunk Christianity and Easter as just another example of an ancient myth. The reasoning goes like this – Christiani ...

The First Time Resurrection Mattered to Me
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it came because this was the first time I gardened. Or felt depression. Or intimately walked through the liturgical season with the same people. I’ve celebrated Easter befor ...

4 Notable Remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual Easter Prayer Breakfast. President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual East ...

The Mundane Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/05/2015 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

I received no specialized message from the divine about my own pain and struggle. That morning, I realized that might be the point. Jesus came to make resurrection mundane. It wa ...

Holy Week in an Unholy World
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

There is nothing more evil than what happened that “Good” Friday. We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out ...

'What's Up with All the Eggs?' and Other Classic Easter Questions
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. It is the time they mark the betrayal, trial, and c ...

The Beginners' Guide to the Sound of Sap
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Joy after all, does not make its home in things but jumps out into the space between them. Joy is found, discovered, and unwrapped. It finds its existence not as an object but as a gift always being given. It ...

Our Fool’s Errand
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Jesus was a peasant from centuries ago, executed by the Roman authorities. By the world’s standards, it feels foolish to follow such a person. In 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Paul says t ...

Easter and a Love Supreme
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Byassee Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B.  DURING THE EASTER SEASON, the first rea ...

Lent: The Kingdom of God as the Truth of Easter
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the Lord’s Prayer. Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the ...

Lent Is Not Giving Up Stuff
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation of our hearts for what God has done in Christ. Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation ...

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Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Marilyn Seven Wizards! Caspar! Melchior! Balthasar! Why fly straight to Fox Herod? Through Unbounded night—! Bringing only news Ripe for bloodletting. How black a star You foll ...

A Different Kind Of Spring Training
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Selling the Peeps and Emptying the Tombs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There’s always Someone working passionately to get us out of our tombs, no matter how big the stone. The seasonal items aisle in the grocery store is a work in progress. Stuffed b ...

Earth Week: A Witness to God's Glory
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Creation therefore, is a witness to the wonder and awe of God. Although humanity has been given the honor of bearing God’s image, the earth shows God’s creativity and ingenuity. T ...

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

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

Turning Toward Pentecost: Remembering the Women
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

This Easter Sunday, we must remember the women. The women were there at the foot of Jesus’ cross. The women were there when they laid him in the tomb. The women walked throu ...

The Risen Christ: A Call To Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

An Occupied Cross Before an Empty Tomb
Originally Posted: 04/19/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

But here’s the truth of what I’ve learned about cynicism and what I know about the cross. Cynicism is often masked as wisdom. “I’ve been here,” it says. “I know how things go. They don’t ever change.” It procl ...

The Risen Christ: A Call to Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I reme ...

Can You Question the Resurrection and Still Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the N ...

Holy Week Music Sets a High Bar, But One Church Rises to the Challenge
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Think Christmas, and carols come to mind: “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “The First Noel.” But think of the other great Christian season — Holy Week and Easter — and most people draw a musical blank. ...

Holy Week: Journeying from Empire to Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

We are empire, my friends. We are Judas. And Jesus is speaking directly to us with his words and actions, offering us salvation from the powers that will ultimately kill even him. ...

What Gethsemane Teaches Us about Suffering
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus utters his agonizing prayer, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” ...

Seeing and Believing at Easter Time
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Even in these festive moments, many people express insecurity regarding the quality of their own believing. Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian ...

An Easter Sermon: Immigration’s Winter and Spring
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

It is into the public eulogy of immigration reform that the Christian message of Lent and Easter can breathe new life. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, a ...

Immigration Reform: No More Excuses
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

As we wait for Congress to pass immigration reform, far too many immigrants are perishing in the desert, and thousands upon thousands of families are being torn apart by deportations. These injustices must end ...

That They May Be One: Immigration and Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

I know that many — probably most — believers share the desire for unity. It just seems at times that we have so far to go, and might be drifting in the wrong direction. As we appr ...

Easter with Czeslaw Milosz: Cento
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen Gunton So that for a short moment there is no death. From white villages Easter bells resound. ...

Hope Springs Eternal
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The key emotion of my baseball experience is hope over despair, which is also the most important meaning of Easter for us as Christians. Oh my, did I need Opening Day this year. O ...

Questions and Answers About Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection, and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ ...

Jesus Resurrected and 'The Undocumented'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Our search for the resurrected one, the one who has come to give us life, has everything to do with the dead. At the  Full Frame Film Festival  in Durham last week, I saw Marco ...

The Passion of Christ and the Plight of Our Undocumented Neighbors
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

While it is impossible to ignore that there are 92 references in Scripture where the word, 'ger' is used, speaking about the stranger in our land and our treatment of these individuals, it is not one ...

On Scripture: Why Our Bodies Matter
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

The resurrection story implies that bodies matter. Jesus’ resurrection is not merely a spiritual thing – the apparition of his ghost, or his ongoing spiritual influence. Immediate ...

The Garden Outside Pleasantville
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

In some way or other, I think it’s safe to say that we all have a kind of nostalgia for the innocence and purity of the Garden of Eden before what we call “the fall.” In some way ...

Welcoming Christ by Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 7:13pm | Type: Blog

As Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, let us remember that the life that ended on the cross began on the road. This Easter, let us remember that Christ the Savior began his life as an immigrant, fleeing t ...

Shooting Down Easter
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

The conversation yelling match around gun control is exhausting — both in terms of the ethical boundaries each side will breach to advance its cause, and the way our rhetoric has turned into an exercise in “cr ...

Balancing our Budget through Humility, Shared Sacrifice, and Hope
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

In the midst of an exasperating and polarized political debate around the U.S. budget, our national and political leaders can learn valuable lessons from Holy Week. This week   ...

On Door Prizes, Pony Rides, and a Gazillion Eggs When the Gospel Ought To Be Enough
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Easter is often referred to as the Super Bowl for Christian churches. As expected, a great amount of time, energy, ideas, and resources are invested into this weekend. And I get it. And I agree with it – in pa ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

A Year After Losing Faith, Atheist Pastor Finds a New Calling
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversary that’s uncommon for an ordained minister — her first year as an atheist. This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversar ...

The Real Message of Easter
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. ...

To Whom Do They Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Congress will close its doors and lawmakers will head home to be with their constituents for the Easter recess. If inside reports are to be trusted, they will leave Washington "armed with excuses" th ...

The Holy Week Journey
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

I urge you in love to take part in as many of the services of Holy Week as you are able, that your joy at Easter might be complete and that you might, once again, participate in the Lord's active, sacrifi ...

Preparing the Way: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We have become a nation that loves to “other” people. We point out their differences as reasons they cannot be trusted, as evidence that they take too much from the rest of us or threaten our well-being. ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...