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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 ...

Making All Things New
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

I have little confidence in universal human capacities to save or fix the world but I do believe there's a new humanity revealed in Jesus Christ that is capable of redeeming Creation, of making all things ...

Unexpected Sightings: My Emmaus Moment
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

God is present in every aspect of human life — from the trees, to the clouds, to the faces of people we interact with each day. They are all created by the same hands of the same God. ...

Christianity: Has Education Replaced Transformation?
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

This infinite God can rarely be summarized by a quick theological question or answer, and this God cannot be completely understood merely by words, definitions, and data. American ...

Study: Too Much Religion Can Harm Economy
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Too much religion can harm a society’s economy by undermining the drive for financial success, according to a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. ...

Introverts: Caring for Dandelions
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps in this age, the best we can do is find a broken ethic of “preventing the most harm” in a broken world that refuses to adopt instead an age-changing ethic of creating nurture. ...

Seekers of Truth or Defenders of Belief?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

Are we more concerned with being right or loving others? The differences are paramount. One Sunday morning, I was facilitating a discussion with the teenagers in my small group. ...

The Thing: Who Do You Say That I Am?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

This thing that churches are wrangling with, this reasoning about why to gather, who we follow as we gather, and what our lives in the world should proclaim, is not a question for a bunch of Gen X malcontents ...

How to Make Space to Create, And Why It Matters
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

When the challenge enters the picture, all of a sudden my kids are timid and anxious about their creations. They’ll ask me what I think of them, something they never do otherwise — usually they just present th ...

How Antoinette Tuff Showed the Solution Is Not More Guns in Our Schools
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

When major news networks began playing a recording of suburban Atlanta school employee Antoinette Tuff’s 911 call reporting a shooter in her school’s building on Tuesday, I almost turned off the TV. Then, I he ...

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

Christian congregations in America are dying for many reasons — smugness, excessive infighting, fear of change, aversion to risk, perpetuating ineffective practices — but one reason is this reality of imprint. ...

Steve Jobs: Prophet of a New Religion
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

The truth about Jobs and religion may be that, in this arena as in others, he was ahead of the cutting edge. The new movie about Steve Jobs is short on anything explicitly religio ...

On Scripture: The Power of Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

While there may be interesting, and coincidental, similarities between the woman in Luke 13 and the women of Magdalene up to this point, where their stories converge is that none of them were looking for Jesus ...

Why Wild Goose Matters
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

It's not every day that you can walk by a makeshift tent and listen to Phyllis Tickle succinctly summarize the history of Christendom in 45 minutes, and then wander over and pick up a vegetarian pita sand ...

God Loves a Holy Mess
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Biblical writers suggest that God loves a holy mess. They compare God’s creative spirit to a strong wind, and we all know what happens when a powerful wind blows through our windows or through our lives — ever ...

The Fake Church v. the Real Church
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Our faith in Christ gives us hope and strength and courage, but it doesn’t erase reality, and it isn’t meant to create a flawless utopia where we can escape from the world’s problems. But many churches attempt ...

Can a Hebrew Charter School Teach the Language but Not the Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

As a public school, Sela can’t ask students about their religion, but Lody estimates that only about 20 percent of the school’s 120 students will be Jewish, and more than half will be African-American. ...

Comics & Faith with Gene Luen Yang
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In the September-October 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, senior associate editor Julie Polter interviewed award-winning comic book author and artist Gene ...

In God We (Don’t) Trust
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

The truth is that our faith and spirituality is often dependent on hundreds of different relationships, factors, institutions, and circumstances that we directly correlate with God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...