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Online, Offline Faith Go Hand in Hand
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

“It’s the people who attend church most often who are most likely to engage in online religious activity.” God bless online media. Almost half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they ...

Mormons Embrace Social Media to Push Back Against Official Church Teachings
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. On a cool summer evening, in a ...

Has Humanity Entered a New Depth of Degradation?
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. It seems Isl ...

They've Got Your Number...
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. And they're using it for themselves. I’VE BEEN SPENDING a lot of time with my credit card ...

5 Reasons to Love/Hate the Internet
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Here are a few reasons why I, as an individual millennial, find myself loving and hating the World Wide Web. I was born in 1990. That puts me squarely in the middle of what is ref ...

Iranian Women Shed Veils for Facebook Page
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Thousands of Iranian women are sending photos of themselves without their hijab, or veil, to a new London-based Facebook page dedicated to allowing them “stealthy freedoms.” Thous ...

The Dead Don’t Die; They Just Reboot
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

It seems like the stuff of science fiction, to consider the possibility of people uploading the entirety of their life experience, or even some iteration of what we understand to be their consciousness, to a n ...

When Facebook Is the New Daily Moral Reference
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

When we turn to social media in moments of boredom or temporary emptiness, we lose our center. When the meaning and satisfaction in our lives comes from likes, comments, and retweets, God is no longer at the c ...

Pope Francis Tops Facebook’s List of Most-Talked-About Topics
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

It’s official, but no big surprise: Pope Francis is now the most-talked-about person on Facebook, according to information released Dec. 10 by the social media giant. ROME — It’s ...

'Like If You Love Jesus!' The Gospel According to Facebook
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

It is one thing to have a faith and have that faith inform your life, but it is another to have a faith and guilt trip others into following your actions. Christ did not call for us to plaster our faith across ...

Conservatives Say Censorship has Increased on Facebook, iTunes
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Todd Starnes did not think he had violated Facebook’s community standards when he posted about “wearing an NRA ball cap, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, reading a Paula Deen cookbook and sipping a 20-ounce swee ...

Old Habits Die Hard
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

My problem is middle age. My shifting body type makes off-the-rack suits too wide in the shoulders and too long. It’s proof that life keeps on changing, and that the way forward must include getting unstuck fr ...

Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

When we err, we tend to hide our errors from others and all too often, from ourselves. We are as desperate to maintain our “brand” – our self-identities as flawless, perfectly good, failure-free paragons of vi ...

Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In the hours and days that followed the Boston Marathon, social media became for me, and many others, a sacred space to share our prayers and words of disbelief. Editor's ...

Sermon About How Totally Uncool We Are
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

This practice of curating parts of the self is something we all do to some degree. We so carefully create a persona and it’s always only a partial truth. And just maintaining it can be exhausting. ...

Be nice. They're listening (and taking notes).
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. If you have something to hide, hide it better. SINCE WE NOW know the federal government has bee ...

'If You REALLY Love Jesus, Click and Share!'...And Other Abominations
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

I think those ["If you love Jesus, 'like' and share" posts] are even more annoying than those “Just checking to see if you will even read this…if you are reading it, comment and then copy t ...

When the Government Lies, a Covenant is Broken
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

After denials and evasions, we learned that two successive administrations lied to the American public about unprecedented spying on ordinary citizens. After denials and evasions, ...

"Only Fools Rush In ..."
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Elvis impersonators make lousy terrorists. WITH SO MANY of our sacred institutions collapsing f ...

On Leaning In
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Sandberg’s big nod to work-life balance is that she leaves the office at 5:30 to go home for dinner with her children, and then spends another couple of hours working at home. Every day! ...

Vitriol Infests Rick Warren Family’s Grief
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

A shocking number are taking the moment of media attention to lash out at Warren on their digital tom-toms. The attacks are aimed both at him personally and at his Christian message. ...

How I'm Getting Facebook to Pay Nearly $20M to Protect the Internet from Facebook
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 11:15am | Type: Press

February 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Rose Marie Berger ...

We Aren’t At Their Mercy As Much As They (or We) Think
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

While encouraging to American workers, the subtext of Apple's announcement was clear: Apple will do whatever is best for Apple. If you want a sleek iPhone or iPad for Christmas, you'll have to deal w ...

Now THAT's Epic: 'Brother of the Year'
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

“Epic. That word can be pretty overused, cliché. It’s like small talk,” Wes said. “People say things like ‘What an epic fail!’ when there’s nothing epic going on. But Godzilla verses Jonah the Superhero is kin ...

Survey: Most Americans Keep Faith Private Online
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Survey: Half of Facebook users don't list their religious affiliation on their profile. Meet the social media “ nones .” A new survey finds that Americans, whil ...

A Spirituality of Privacy
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

In some ways the distinction between a “private” spirituality and our public face is an artificial one, and at our best these two aspects of our being will be in harmonious synchronicity. ...

Activism, Slacktivism or Distractivism?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

I struggle to know how much is enough. I hear about Joseph Kony and the many children he’s exploited as child soldiers. I get angry, discouraged. I write about it, talk to friends about it. And then my life ke ...

Mourning 2.0
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

This is Mourning 2.0. Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via Facebook comments. They light virt ...

Is Bono Really $1.5 Billion Richer with Facebook IPO? (Don't Believe the Hype, He Says)
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Do Not Display (Africa, Bono, extreme poverty, Facebook, g8, IPO, Racial and Social Justice, U2, Economic Justice, Quick Read) Africa,Bono,extreme poverty,Faceboo ...

Social Media and Our Epidemic of Loneliness
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter are byproducts of this isolation, rather than the cause of the loneliness. When they become problematic is when we rely on them to be a surrogate for real, face-to-face relation ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: April 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Still looking for Easter links? Check out this compilation of 65 of the sketchiest Easter bunnies . [ Buzz Feed ] April is National Poetry Month – find 30 ways to celebrate. [ Poets.org ] This University of Nebraska professor is a popul ...

Dear Sojo Commenters
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

You may recall back a post back in January where I expressed our ongoing concern about the tenor of many comments on our site. I said at the time that in order to (hopefully) curtail the snark that had infiltr ...

In the Stacks: Required Reading with Duane Shank
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

One of my must reads is the "Sunday New York Times Book Review." There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but don’t have the time. So, I rely on reading book reviews as one ...

Can You Give Up Social Media For Lent?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:16pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Melanie Hick ...

Lent (or Why I Need a Break from the 'Like' Button)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

If our default is to ask life’s big questions on Twitter before we offer them in prayer, then someone other than God is in control. If we "Like" what someone is doing on Facebook before we recognize ...

In this era of Facebook, Lent is full of opportunity to better yourself
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Press

February 17, 2012 Sojo in the News Charles Honey ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: SojoMail

February 9, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "You don’t have to b ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

“There is no distance in the Spirit.” After 30 years as a believer, I experienced the truth of that statement — powerfully and indelibly — in an unlikely place: online. “There ...

Facebook: The New Public Square
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

I find Facebook intriguing, sobering and oddly encouraging. To me, Facebook is an intriguing window on the world. It's the raw stuff of human diversity, not filtered through self-serving politicians or me ...

I Love Jesus, But I Swear A Little
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

An Open Invitation to Unfriend Me on Facebook, Stop Following Me on Twitter and Discontinue Reading My Blog if You Need To... An Open Invitation to Unfriend Me on Facebook, ...

Digital Prayers of the People
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Prayer has always been a means to cross-over bounds of geography, personal experience and other divisions in order to lift up a common hope that God’s love, hope, peace and joy will be made known. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

TGIF: Links 'n' Such
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

The Gubbio Project, which helps churches become refuges for homeless people throughout the U.S., recently earned a new fan: Author Anne Rice. "When I was in San Francisco, I visited St. Boniface Church in ...

Take a Walk on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many of us are wondering how best to honor the many victims of that tragedy and its aftermath. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 appro ...

No Time to Think
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The avalanche of information available via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. The avalanche of information available via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. U ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...

Friday Links Round Up: World Travel. Bon Iver. Google Earth.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: These videos will surely make you want to travel the world: Move, Learn, Eat. H ...

Friday Links Round Up: Wealth Gap. Tattoos. The Horn of Africa.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Moving photos of the memorials in Norway. The racial wealth gap continues to grow wider. Would you eat it? ...