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Sorry, But God Isn't a Ravens Fan
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

When did "football" become so intertwined with "God," like "God" and "America?" Faith and football, faith and flag. Is this what God is all about? ...

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

This is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and today, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some p ...

Obama Extols a Biblical Vision of Equality for All in Second Inaugural
Originally Posted: 01/21/2013 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of office on Monday in a ceremony that was explicit in joining theology to the nat ...

If I Were Manti Te’o's Pastor
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Because I’m a believer in people – and more so – because I believe in the power of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration, I want to see Manti Te'o do well – not just as a football player – but as a ...

The NRA's Dangerous Theology
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

NRA's Wayne LaPierre's statement is at the heart of the problem of gun violence in America today — not just because it is factually flawed, which of course it is, but also because it is morally mista ...

Obama’s Use of Scripture Has Elements of Lincoln, King
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

President Obama will publicly take the oath of office on two Bibles once owned by his political heroes, Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. One Bible was well read, but cited cautiously, the ot ...

‘Virtual’ Public Schools Draw Interest of Religious Families
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Since Florida became the first state to try them in 1996, virtual public schools have enjoyed dramatic growth, with at least some of it coming from religious families. Worried ...

On Scripture: Waiting on the Messiah and Presidential Expectations
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

It is an odd juxtaposition, December 21, 2012 and January 21, 2013. The former date representing the “so-called” Mayan apocalypse where the usual suspects prepared for the end of the world – many of whom were ...

I Am Christian Because I Am #SBNR
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

The only reason that I am Christian is because I am spiritual-but-not-religious. The only reason that I am Christian is because I am spiritual-but-not-religious. Right. That� ...

VIDEO: The Spiritual Practice of Bread-Making
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Spiritual growth through bread-making. Many congregations lament that young adults are leaving ch ...

Art As An Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

I’m cloaked in Bible stories and Christian tradition, and therefore I live in hope that there’s a Creator and that this God is working quietly to heal the world. Almost two years ...

The Anniversary of My Father’s Death
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

I found out that he had died when I crawled from bed at dawn the next morning, yawning and jonesing for cartoons, only to find a bath robed neighbor stoking the fireplace, and my father disappeared into ether. ...

Tigers By the Tale
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Sandi Villarreal For Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, stories help light the way through chaos and despair. ...

'Relevance' Is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Joshua Witchger Many young adults are leaving the church these day ...

From the Archives: February 1987
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Turning from Old Ways IN THE U.S., the Cold War has served to justify a permanent wartime ...

In Praise of Holding One's Religion Lightly
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

'Religion is bad for you' and everyone around you for that matter. 'Being SBNR is shallow and boring.' Well, if these statements are true then we are up Sh*t's Creek without a paddle. ...

Love, Faith ... Action!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

It wasn’t until I started getting into politics that I really began examining just how strange some of the more vocal positions of the conservative right might look to a person who has never sat in a pew. ...

Finding God in Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Who would have thought that a chance encounter in a kids pizza joint and a subsequent search online for some pop culture trivia would reveal a glimpse of the as-yet-unrealized but nearly tangible kingdom of Go ...

Spoonfed: Why We Need to Embrace the Messiness
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

There aren't just messes on my kid's high chairs — they're in the Bible too. And, if we're all honest, our lives can be pretty messy too. But is that a bad thing? ...

In Newtown Churches, Many Questions — and Tears — But Few Answers
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Dealing with the pain of the school shooting that claimed 28 lives will take faith, support, and joyous Christmas celebrations, church leaders said at the first Sunday services held since the tragedy. ...

God is Here?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Thinking like that of Gov. Huckabee suggests that we somehow have the power to remove God from our schools and our society. This kind of God is quite small, weak, and impotent — one that is dictated by the me ...

Be Kind, Rewind: 10 Best Spiritual TV Series to Gift This Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

This Christmas, for the spirituality-and-pop-culture enthusiasts on your gifting list, consider the following: Be kind and rewind.Give the gift that keeps on giving ... long after the series has been cancelled ...

Dear Christians: Relax. There’s No War on Our Faith
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

We Christians have a long and storied history of playing the martyr, whether there’s actually anyone persecuting us or not. I sat behind a couple of folks on a plane to Seattle th ...

Olympian Gabby Douglas Talks Faith, Forgiveness, and Matzo Ball Soup
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Gabrielle Douglas, who walked away with the gymnastic gold at the London Olympics, is out with her first book: Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith. Gabrielle Douglas ...

Finding God's Presence in the Midst of Hardship
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

It’s interesting that in the midst of overwhelming need and crisis, Jesus first prayed before offering provision. Joey Ekburg, Executive Director of the North Park Friendship Cent ...

The Eclipse of the Airport Chapel
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

I dare you, whatever faith you are, to glance at the guestbook the next time you are in an airport that has a chapel, and in those pages you will find the most naked expressions of sorrow and need. ...

The Sacred Ran Through Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck’s Music
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Religious faith, however, was never far from Brubeck’s creative mind. Indeed, there have always been strong links between jazz and religion — one of the main musical streams that have formed jazz has been gosp ...

Folk Artist Noah Gundersen Talks with Sojourners
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen stopped by the Sojourners office to talk with our Brandon Hook about music, his new album Family, God, and creativity. The Seattle-based folk artist was recently ...

Thanksgiving Everyday
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Thanksgiving Day keeps coming around, keeps reminding us of what could be, keeps giving us tastes of what God wants for us. Thanksgiving Day speaks the bold truth that God isn't done with us. A world of w ...

Vehicles for Grace
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley Francisco X. Stork Betsy Shirley talks to author Francisco X. Stork abou ...

Post-Election Fight over the 'Evangelical' Brand
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2012 Sojo in the News Tobin Grant ...

The Case for Corporate Worship
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 7:41am | Type: Blog

I empathize with people fleeing the local church. Churches can be battlefields instead of harbors, pits of condemnation or politics rather than wells of living water. But the endless search for something “new” ...

Longing for the Unreachable God
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

What I was left with was a longing, a tugging, a hunger for something I could never quite name. It sent me searching, out of the church and into the world. I’ve wrestled for years ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...

What Does Communion Mean Without Atonement?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

I’m known for holding an alternative view on salvation than many Christians – even Disciples — maintain, in that I do not adhere to the doctrine that Jesus died for our sins I am ...

Is God a Cosmic Jerk?: God, Satan, and the Problem of Evil
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Some claim that God causes evil. In which case, my question becomes relevant – Is God a Cosmic Jerk? Is God a Cosmic Jerk? That’s how I ask the question, but professional theo ...

Conjectural Navel Gazing (Jesus in Lint Form): A Poem
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I will not think that you don ...

It’s Not All Going to Be Okay, and That’s Okay
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

If we try to mold faith into something more certain than simply faith, it becomes something else. A crutch, perhaps, or a drug. So how or when does this happen? I get asked somet ...

10 Things I Learned in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

"No matter how objective we may think we are or desire to be, we all see the world through a specific telescope/worldview. When we choose to look through the telescope of people who are “different” than u ...

‘Mormon Moment’ Ends with a Loss — But Romney’s Religion Still Won
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Overall, most observers say, the Romney candidacy was a net positive for his Utah-based faith. SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons in Utah and across the nation were thrilled by the prospe ...

Neighborliness is the New Sexy — 7 Ways to Achieve It
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

There we were talking with Diana Butler Bass in an online chat and the words flowed forth: Neighborliness is the new sexy. It was ridiculous, but then I started mulling the idea over and this is what happened. ...

DIY Sacramental Tedium
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

We have far less imagination about, and sympathy for, the one who whisks the car away and then sits for long hours in his heated glass cube, watching Nigerian satellite television. And I am hardly exempt from ...

Questioning the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Tuesday's election a defeat for the Religious Right. The results of yesterday’s election appear to show a “ dramatic rejection ” of the Religious Right, writes Dan Gilgoff ...

Steve Taylor on Leaving Music for Film, Returning to Music, the Election and Other Scary Things
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Steve Taylor, film director and rock hero, visits our (mine and Jordan Green's) Homebrewed Christianity podcast to talk about the disappointing theater run of his film, Blue Like Jazz, what made him leave ...

Jesus Didn't Vote Today: A Poem
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t vote today Not tomorrow Not yesterday Jesus didn’t vote today Not tomorrow Not yesterday Jesus didn’t need the bullet or the ballot box or The bomb or bayonet o ...

Election Day Communion
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Christians gather to celebrate unity in the midst of differences. Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. As we’ve seen these past months, in a closely divided country, elections bring ...

God Is Still Not A Republican, Or A Democrat
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Our efforts appeared to inject some common sense into our nation’s political discourse, but given recent electoral statements and newspaper ads from some conservative Christian leaders, it appears the message ...

The Objective Gospel For Suffering Christians
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Since there was nothing within myself that could fix me, where could I look? Where could I turn? Where can any of us look? “The prevailing view in much of contemporary Christia ...

Abrahamic Faiths on Peace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. Palgrave Ma ...

The Ground is Shifting
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Glen H. Stassen Excerpt from A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen H. Stassen ...