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Help! I Love Jesus but Hate Christianity!
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Sentiments of frustration are growing among many followers of Jesus who admire Christ but despise certain things associated with him. I love the grace, forgiveness, and love th ...

My 10 Favourite Books Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

January 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Father Ron Rolheiser ...

8 Countries on UN Human Rights Council Restrict Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Eight of the 47 countries that hold seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council imprisoned people in 2013 under laws that restrict religious freedom, according to a new report from Human Rights W ...

'A Disaster For The Catholic Church': Other Views
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News USA Today ...

The Idolatry Of Money
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Press

December 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Mandi Smallhorne ...

The Bible, Bigotry And The Willie Nelson Look
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Press

December 27, 2013 Sojo in the News vorjack ...

The Pope's Criticisms Hit Where It Hurts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Press

December 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Letter to the Editor ...

Pope Francis 'Reminds Us Of Christ' Says US Evangelical
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Press

December 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Ekklesia ...

Swords, Plowshares and the "Drone Dilemma"
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

On Scripture: Rising Above the Low-Water Mark of 2013 (Ephesians 1:3-14)
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

It’s a simple plan for climbing above the low-water mark of 2013. Read Ephesians 1 with fresh eyes, and let the spirit of the passage lead you to see all those you encounter as brothers and sisters, whether th ...

2013 Marked Shifts in Views on Social Issues
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

The year 2013 ushered in a number of data milestones in American public opinion. Here is a sampling reported by the Pew Research Center. The year 2013 ushered in a number of data ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

Sojo Authors Have the Right Stuff for Under Your Tree
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors.   Bible & Theology Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation ,  by Reta Halteman F ...

The Margaret Parker Lecture: 'Whose Movement Are You In? Which Side Are You On?'
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Press

December 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Pat McCaughan ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

The Missing Middle: Three Expressions Of Christ I'm Yearning To See In Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Press

December 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

Four Questions for Sister Jean Lait, CSF
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Sr. Jean Lait, an Anglican Franciscan sister based in San Francisco, protests drones and their effects on children ...

Foster Care for a New Millennium
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Christians step up for modern-day "orphans in their distress." I WAS 7 years old when ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

Christ At The Checkpoint 2014 Conference
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Press

November 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jeremy Reynalds ...

Jim Wallis | On God's Side
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Armstrong ...

A Year of Living Beth Moore-ishly
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Being snarky and cynical, while generating a lot of great material for writing and holding court at parties, never got me very far with God. Beth Moore helped reintroduce me to the “One and Only,” (even writin ...

Extremes Stretch One’s Faith, Then Leave Us With Hope
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

The reminder of Advent is the sure sense of hope. “O Come Immanuel and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here. Rejoice, rejoice . ” The strange contrast of m ...

An Edgy Pastor Whose Edginess Isn’t Just Shtick
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber has a bold and unmistakable voice, preaching the gospel of grace in a way the world needs to hear. And we might not listen if her appearance, vocabulary, and backstory were more neat, pio ...

Faith Leaders Speak; the EPA Listens
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held listening sessions Thursday to hear from the public about a forthcoming rule about carbon emissions from existing power plants. More than 20 faith leaders spoke o ...

Mosaix 2013: Growing Multi-Ethnic Congregations That Reflect Unity, Diversity Of God's People
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

November 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Melissa Barnhart ...

Saving Faith
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Press

November 1, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Saving Faith
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

For many, including myself, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustrati ...

My Brother John: A Eulogy for the Living
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Having just hit 45, Dante comes to mind: midway-through-the-journey-of-our-life-I found myself within a dark wood for the right way had been lost. Who can know how our days are numbered? The lesson for me is t ...

WATCH: 'There's Nothing Faithful About Torture'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners supports the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). NRCAT recently released five Youtube videos to counter the claims found in pop-culture that torture is acceptable. ...

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 Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

Malcolm Gladwell on His Return to Faith While Writing 'David and Goliath'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Author Malcolm Gladwell may not be known for writing on religion. His New York Times best-selling books “The Tipping Point,” “Outliers,” “Blink” and “What the Dog Saw” deal with the unexpected twists in social ...

8 Ways to Survive Christian Culture
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 7:20am | Type: Blog

Christian culture, along with the spiritual leaders, churches, institutions, communities, and other entities it consists of, are supposed to make our faith stronger. But in many cases the opposite happens, and ...

Clergy, Religious Leaders Address Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Crisis with ‘Faithful Filibuster’
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

October 8, 2013 Press Releases WASHINGTON – Clergy and religious lead ...

‘Gravity’ and the Unanswered Questions of Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Reviews of the new hit movie Gravity note that it’s an unusually fine science fiction film. What they don’t mention is that the main character represents an increasingly common theme in American religion: The ...

Yes, Community. But Then What? A Conversation with Brian McLaren, Stephanie Spellers, and Doug Pagitt
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Following is an audio interview I conducted with these three key voices in the CANA conversation. We talked about why CANA is needed now, more than ever, and what sort of transformation they hope to affect wit ...

Replacing Faith with Curiosity
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Rather than trying to claim, and lean on, a steadfast and immovable certainty about the existence and nature of God, and the existence and nature of Jesus, I find myself more curious about them – in an active, ...

Mapping Gandhi's Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles? ...

Meet the ‘Nominals’ Who Are Drifting From Judaism and Christianity
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Meet the “Nominals” — people who claim a religious identity but may live it in name only. They’re rarely at worship services and indifferent to doctrine. And they’re surprisingly  ...

Fields of Faith and Doubt
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Baseball as a Road to God. Gotham Books. IN MY MEMORY from nearly 50 years ago, the great pitcher ...

Jim Wallis on the Shutdown: 'It's Unbiblical'
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis gives his commentary on the government shutdown. Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.   ...

Meet the Nones: Jewish Americans Increasingly Disaffiliating
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

About 22 percent of Jews now describe themselves as having no religion, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews. The top religion story of 2012 was the “rise of ...

Rewriting the Lord's Prayer: What If How We Prayed Matched How We Live?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps we should rewrite the Lord’s prayer and make it conform to what we really believe. In that spirit, here’s a rough draft of what it might sound like if the Lord‘s prayer was actually our prayer. ...

Help Thou My Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Ahlgrim A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt. LAST YEAR on NPR’s “All Things Considered ...

Beyond One-Sided Either/Or Christianity
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

We live in a church context where so many embrace unbiblical either/or understandings of Christianity: Either evangelism or social action, either inward journey or outward journey. And on and on. ...

‘Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion’ Exhibit Probes the Spirituality of Everyday Chaos
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. The chaos of ...

4 Ways Jesus Was Like a Millennial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Christians, especially around the blogosphere, are infatuated with 'Millennial Christianity,' but in many ways ‘Millennial Christianity’ is simply a modern-day attempt at reconstructing the example o ...

What We Need Right Now
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Laws can help to restrain us, and can help by making it a little less easy for us to find ourselves armed for murder. But we need something more, something that churches are better equipped to offer than legis ...

Five Things That Are Holding Christianity Back
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing effort to help name trends and offer an alternative way of thinking about our faith, here are the five biggest things I’ve seen that tend to keep us from doing our best work as the living, breath ...