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Is Ebola a Curse from God? Some African Christian Leaders Think So
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse from God. As Western natio ...

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 ...

Waiting for the Music
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

The attention that comes from being lost in the space, the time, the sound, in one another, grounds me like none other. I am waiting for the music to return — the sonorous graces ...

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? ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

How The Bible Understands Justice
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

We Can't Afford Dirty Energy: Thoughts on Turkey, Appalachia, and Humility
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

We can’t afford dirty energy. It’s costing precious lives. We need to respond to the wonders of God’s creation with humility and obedience to God’s will. Two weeks ago in Soma, Tu ...

The Problem with Labels
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

It’s easy to classify people, communities, institutions, organizations, and ideas into systems and label them accordingly. But Christianity and the people who embody it are extremely complex. ...

Do We Seek Experiences Instead of God?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Like Elijah, we have a tendency to put God in a box assuming any experience has to fall within certain parameters. Reading the Bible from the comfort of my couch, I find myself po ...

What Type of God Do You Believe In?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

It's easy to manipulate God to fit our own agendas, to use religion to rationalize our actions, to wield spirituality as a weapon, and manipulate theology to rationalize our sins. ...

Selling the Peeps and Emptying the Tombs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There’s always Someone working passionately to get us out of our tombs, no matter how big the stone. The seasonal items aisle in the grocery store is a work in progress. Stuffed b ...

Not This Time -- A Reflection on the Resurrection of Lazarus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Life is stronger than death, that love is stronger than hate, that resurrection is possible through the Living Word of God. Editor's Note: This post is adapted from a sermo ...

Do Fish Need My Ibuprofen?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Sasha Adkins It's important for me to think about water as belonging to God. The following reflectio ...

Oil-Covered Birds, Andrew Bird, and a Chance for Redemption
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

We must move away from watching in horror briefly when an oil spill makes the news, and recognize that this is an ongoing problem. Andrew Bird is one of my favorite musicians. I l ...

Social Media and the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Psalm 23 assures us that both goodness and love shall follow us all the days of our life, a following that is ultimately more significant than all of the followers of Twitter. Thi ...

Pride: It's All About Who You Know
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

When I came to faith, I saw it as a choice I had made after carefully and rationally weighing the evidence. But as I see how irrationally God loves me, and how gracious, how astoundingly beautiful and mysterio ...

For One Great Prayer
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

I have tried to provide a clergy presence whenever I can to show that ending the suffering of immigrant families, including that of the 1 out of 7 undocumented Korean Americans, is also a concern of persons of ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

What Did Eve Want?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The story tells us directly what Eve wants. She doesn’t want to tempt Adam. And she doesn’t want a snake curling suggestively around her body. Eve wants wisdom. What was that Eve ...

After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured In Time For Tour
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra ...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Beyond commonplace decisions are those personal, communal, and national selections that will have an impact on our lives years from now. “I knew from the beginning that as a wom ...

Those Who Know Where Pain Lives: A Treatise on Presence
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

What about the God who seems to be known by God’s absence as much as by God’s presence? What happens when we don't feel God’s proximity uninterrupted? Last year, I wrote ...

Supporting Cast: Why We Need to Be More Patient and Forgiving
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

We should want to be as patient and forgiving as God is. In that way we can encourage our brothers and sisters and hopefully help them to continue in their journey of changing their lives for the better. ...

West Virginia: Where Energy Rules, Subjects Suffer
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The national exposure of the West Virginia chemical spill needs to be a catalyst for national pressure to protect our people from King Coal and his court. I’ll be upfront and admi ...

Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

In the War on Poverty, Women Need a Boost
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

A recent report on the needs of women in the economy revealed that one of every three women in America is living in poverty or is on the brink of poverty. Sojourners campaigns ass ...

As I Walk Through the Sudden Valley: A Psalm, a Prayer
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

I’ve composed a psalm entirely out of Arrested Development quotes based on the ACTS style of prayer, because it is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to God. And also … no ...

70 Really Is the New 50 ... If You Take Care of Yourself!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

What is so amazing is that I feel many times better today than I felt at 60, 50, or even 40. 70 really IS the new 50! Good health is a blessing from God. Self-care is a "Thank you" for the blessing. ...

Life, Death, and Beyond
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

If our subconscious mind already knows the ultimate truth, how do we then live that in our conscious existence? I’ve been thinking about what it means to be chosen, and conversely ...

Why Switchfoot Won’t Write Christian Songs
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Way back in the day (circa 2004), Switchfoot's lead singer, Jon Foreman, was asked if the band is a “Christian” band. Even though it's been a while, his response is worth looking at again. ...

Unravelling Grace
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

I am entangled and grace comes and unravels all of that — whatever "that" is — and sets me free. Grace unravels me, my sense of self that has been shaped by all the other expectations I carry so tigh ...

Pope Francis Fires Warning Shot at Church’s ‘Top-Down’ Bureaucracy
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has once again given a startlingly candid interview that reinforces his vision of a Catholic Church that engages the world and helps the poor rather than pursuing culture wars, and one “that is no ...

Misery Loves Comedy
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Nadia Bolz-Weber Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber DURING MY E ...

Mother Searches for God’s Purpose in the Midst of Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. She closed her eyes, curled her knees into her ...

Britain’s Girl Guides Drop Oath to God
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

For more than 100 years, Britain’s Girl Guides took an oath to “love God and serve the King/Queen.” For more than 100 years, Britain’s Girl Guides took an oath to “love God and se ...

The Thrill of the Race
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

What I have found at the Speedway (never “Indy”) is similar to the best faith moments I have had: pure experience, no pretense, no whining, a clear focus on what matters, never for sale to high bidders, never ...

A Mother's Love
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this poem at the cemetery as we laid to rest the ashes of her first-born daughter Katherine (“Katie”). Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this at the c ...

How We Know God
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

God never was only the words he utters, or the ones we utter about God — just like we are never the sum total of everything we have spoken or what has been spoken of us. There is so much more to the mystery of ...

The Problem Isn’t God; It’s Certainty
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Uncertainty about the existence of God is not the same thing as certainty about the non-existence of God. Uncertainty about the existence of God is not the same thing as certainty ...

Top 3 Reasons Rob Bell Matters: Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 8
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Maybe what I appreciate most about this book is the sense of wonder it provides. The book and our conversations have reminded me that nothing simply “is what it is.” (The Contr ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

Awake My Soul (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 5)
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Why does Rob write this stuff? Whose side is he on? Yours. Mine. Ours. It's the Monday after Easter, and I couldn't think of a better day to talk about God being with us ...

Just Leave Me Alone!
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The difference between logical necessities or physical necessities and vital necessities is made clear in that in the latter we have the possibility of refusing ‘to turn away from a disaster’ – we can in fact ...

An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

Newtown Shootings Renew Questions About Evil and Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

As the names of those who died are made known, that cry is followed by a question: Why? Why does God allow evil? “Oh, God!” That cry has echoed ever since news of the horri ...

God is Here?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:41am | 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 ...

God the Father and Embryo
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Advent suggests so many mysteries of God's patience. One rarely commented case is God as Father and embryo. It is extra Biblical so imagination can only begin to tell the bizarre tale. ...

Folk Artist Noah Gundersen Talks with Sojourners
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 4:16pm | 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 ...