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Five Faith Facts About Marco Rubio: ‘Once a Catholic Always a Catholic’
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla,), who is expected to launch his presidential campaign April 13, often talks about faith and wrote about his religious convictions in his 2012 book, “An American Son: A Memoir.” ...

Is the Language of Business Enough?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel If we are closed to faith language, we may find ourselves burned up and frozen out.  I’M PRIVILEGE ...

Nonviolence in the Face of ISIS?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

One thing is for sure: It’s impossible to argue for nonviolence using the violent logic of Empire. Those of us who are committed to the nonviolent way of Jesus simply can’t explain our conviction in terms that ...

The Right and Logical Thing to Do
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

But why did Nimoy—why does any man—work to end sexism and discrimination? Simply: It’s the right thing to do. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Wo ...

An Apology to the Church
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

In an effort to share my love and passion for my faith, I have picked and poked and criticized the church, and maybe that is a bit unfair. I have been a minister going on six years, and during that time, I hav ...

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 ...

Dean Smith: Reflections on an Outpouring of Love
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

I wondered if the outpouring comes from fascination with many of his qualities that on the surface may seem incongruent, but in fact work together harmoniously to make a complete human. ...

'No, Jesus Isn't My Boyfriend' and Other Lessons from Single Christians on Valentine's Day
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

In the evangelical church, there’s far too much “Jesus is my boyfriend” or “I’m dating Jesus”-type songs and teaching that it trivializes the kind of intimacy that can exist between God and humanity. And it s ...

There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Christianity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfect Christianity. There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfec ...

'God Always Provides'
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cynthia J. Martens A priest in Jordan opens his church's doors to Iraqis fleeing ISIS.  REV. KHALIL JAAR ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 6:52pm | Type: Blog

All three definitions of 'resolution' are wonderfully attractive to me — and timely for this brand new year. Some people don’t like the idea of New Year’s resolutions, ...

Oh come all ye faithful?
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:42pm | Type: Press

December 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jennifer Epstein ...

All I Want for Christmas Is Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

I am longing for the gift of uncertainty, a type of profound mystery that welcomes questions, a faith that requires a leap of faith to sustain. Have you ever been enamored by a ch ...

'Just War' Tradition Raises Disturbing Questions Regarding the Use of Lethal Drones
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people of faith who are not pacifists adhere to the “Just War” tradition as enshrined in international law, which assumes that war is always an evil, but that sometimes there is a greater evil that requir ...

Faith Groups Take a Stand for Global Education
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

People of faith can play an important role in helping each child of God realize his/her potential. I remember the day my mother stopped helping me with my homework. I was in m ...

When You're Stuck Behind a Student Driver
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

To be patient with someone is to love them for where they are right now, including the ways they’re struggling. It means loving the other person for who they are. It involves encouraging them, waiting on them, ...

An Open Letter to Missionaries
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Inevitably, you transferred some of your culture when you communicated your faith to me. I understand this now, but sometimes I don’t think you do. Dear Missionaries, I like to ...

Why Every Christian Needs Doubt
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Doubt, I would argue, is that state of change that allows for the questions to continue and faith to grow. And as the husks of beliefs that were wrong, too small, or in other ways insufficient fall aside, they ...

Forgive Us
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

I’ve been struck by the way that Forgive Us is a clarion call to not be conformed to the patters of this world. Chapter by chapter the authors demonstrate the dastardly consequences of complicity. ...

Interview: Marilynne Robinson on the Language of Faith in Writing
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about faith. What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitz ...

And That Is Grace ...
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

We like to put flesh-and-blood on the notion that we are recipients of some great gift that arrives unexpectedly and is given freely. Someone or something that comes into our life and significantly changes it ...

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

The Measure of a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

This identity as a beloved child of God extends past ideological differences in the world, to doctrinal differences in the church. I hate to be yet another critic (because it seems that this is what Christians ...

6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics. Boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development. ...

To Spiritually Thrive, We Must First Spiritually Survive (And Help Others Do the Same)
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On numerous occasions we get pulled back into a right relationship with God only because people were willing to love us, and this wouldn’t have happened without individuals selflessly making the decision to in ...

God Hears the Cries of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush and a World on Fire
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

Today, God hears the cries of those in Ferguson and all who are oppressed. "Then the LORD said, 'I have observed the misery of my people…I have heard their cry…Indeed, ...

What 'The Leftovers' Can Teach Us About Hope and the Christian Faith
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

The Leftovers examines the deeper human and spiritual issues of what would happen were two percent of the population to suddenly disappear. It is powerful and beautiful and really hard to watch (especially Epi ...

What Saved My Faith
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Darkness existed in the forms of misogyny, empire-building, anti-intellectualism, and systematic marginalization of GLBT persons; they were injustices coated with spiritual language — wolves in sheep’s clothin ...

Are You 'Good Enough'?
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

I love my country and my faith, but I see that both have succumbed to the paralyzing mediocrity of believing that ‘good enough’ is good enough. I don’t know about you, and the peo ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Religion, in the Right Hands
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

It’s important that we always differentiate between religion and God. The two are distinct. God is always much bigger than any and all of our religions. I was privileged to attend ...

How I Kissed Evangelizing Goodbye
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

What I came to discover is how much the world craves a listening ear. The biggest problem I have with evangelizing is that you enter into a relationship with a prescribed intention, and that stands in the way ...

Imam Mujahid Congratulates Rabbi Saperstein
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Council for a Parliament of the Worl ...

When This Is Why I Tell My Stories
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Preston Yancey ...

Should Pastors Complain About Their Salaries?
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:00pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Conversation And Slowing Down
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Smith ...

Theologian Couple Talk About Spirituality And Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Press

August 6, 2014 Sojo in the News The Witness ...

Does God Hate Shrimp? When Biblical Citation Goes Awry
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Press

August 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Filler ...

The Evolution of Cody ChesnuTT
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Storbakken Following a musician's journey through the rough and the redeemed. PRIOR TO MY conversi ...

Finding Faith in Irreverence
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

The question isn’t how we can find faith in irreverence but how we can find faith without it. Without questioning, doubt, and calling out what’s real, how can faith be truly genuine? ...

#FFFF: Emily Dause
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Press

July 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Zach Hoag ...

10 Religious Leaders Take A Stab At The True Meaning Of Wisdom
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

July 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

The Good Samaritan Goes Global
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Press

July 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Strength In Numbers: The Power Of Community Organizing
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Press

July 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Ana Garcia-Ashley ...

Just What Is The Common Good?
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

July 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jeff Aupperle ...

Learn From Me
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Anthony De Cristofaro ...

Synod: Collaboration Urged For Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/article ...

Why Did Jesus Come?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Press

July 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Dave Tritenbach ...

Spotlight on The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice 2014: Sara Johnson
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

Although nervous to be a founder of a non-profit that hasn’t officially launched yet attending a conference with heavy hitters in the non-profit world, within seconds of walking into the initial Summit gatheri ...

8 Things the Church Needs to Say
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives, and lending our name to minor-league politicians, what would we have to say? ...