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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: 04/22/2014 - 3:55pm | 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: 04/23/2014 - 2:48pm | 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 ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

From the Archives: April 1985
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann Authority Over Death IN THE EARLY weeks of the Eastertide lectionary, there appears a s ...

What Does It Mean to Be on God's Side?
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The need for the common good has never seemed so timely. I RECENTLY FINISHED a new book, which we ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

From Lent To Love: From Your Friendly Neighborhood Troubadour
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

If you read the text as a propositional description of God, it can be a rather disturbing image as God keens agonizingly one minute, and rages menacingly the next. It is almost a frightening glimpse of someon ...

40 Ways to Live Simply for 40 Days of Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifest ...

The Only Way Out is Through (A Lenten Reflection)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

How about we all just agree to skip Lent this year and just get back together on Easter, okay? A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! -Joel ...

Vatican: 'We Should Have a New Pope by Easter'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said preparations for the conclave that will elect Benedict’s successor are in the early stages. A papal election could be expected “within 10 to 15 days,” he said. “We ...

Loving in Truth and Action: A New Hymn based on I John 3:16-18
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

On April 29th, many churches will be hearing this reading from I John 3:16-24 as the Epistle Lesson for the Revised Common Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Easter/Year B. Here is a new hymn inspired by thi ...

President Obama to Young Evangelicals: 'God’s Hand is Moving through His People'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

In a video address Tuesday, President Obama told hundreds of young evangelical Christian leaders gathered at the Q Conference in Washington, D.C., that they had a partner in the White House in their humanitari ...

The Problem With the Tebow Easter Extravaganza
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t see Tim Tebow’s Easter Sunday appearance in Texas. For one, it’s in Texas and I’m not. Plus I kind of have a standing gig on Sundays. But more than that, I was irked when I heard about the big event b ...

Holy Monday
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

We cannot imagine a world in which Death has no sting. We cannot imagine a world in which Death does not hold the last word and our ability to deal in Death doesn't empower us. ...

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 ...

At Easter, Poetry Helps Us Remember
Originally Posted: 04/08/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Poetry is language made material. It presents us with objects and the world, yes, that is part of its materiality, but it also – and perhaps fundamentally – makes our very language into a thing, rather than s ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

It turns out that, although plenty of folks have their own explanations, nobody actually knows why we call it Good Friday. I think the Germans are spot-on by calling it Karfreitag, which means “Suffering Frida ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: SojoMail

April 5, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Our only hope today lies in ...

President Obama: Easter Celebrates 'That Glorious Overcoming'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

President Obama hosted his third annual Easter prayer breakfast for about 150 members of the clergy from across the nation in the East Room of the White House Wedndesay morning. In his six-minute address, Obam ...

In the Name of Love
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

This weeks marks the 44th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the continuing lack of criminal charges against the man who shot and killed Tra ...