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The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Christmas as Ebenezer
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

An ebenezer is a reminder. It tells the story of God’s faithfulness and our repentance. It is a marker for transformation and conversion. “Marley was dead, to begin with.”   ...

There's Just Something About Mary: The Power of Yes
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

See, God is at work in you in much the same way God was at work in Mary. (Not necessarily in that the Holy Spirit’s going to knock you up.) But I do think that you carry in your body the blessing of God and ha ...

Thankful, Indeed
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

I’ve learned that it’s especially important for those who are always trying to change the world, to remember what they are thankful for in their world as it is! I’ve learned that ...

Liberty Has Been Ransacked: MOBILIZE!
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for people of faith to get up off the couch, out of the pews, and MOBILIZE! I saw the first tweet at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday: @OccupyWallSt: Raid happening NOW at #libert ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

This morning, as I caught up on what had been going on in the world over the weekend, I stumbled across a very interesting resource -- a website that compares the frequency with which words appear in ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

Adam Phillips answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

This video is the latest installment in an ongoing series at God's Politics blog where we've asked leading clergy, writers, scholars, artists, activists and others who self-identify as "evangeli ...

Cold, Broken or Grumbled, Every Hallelujah Counts
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As I lay on the kitchen floor -- my body rocking with sobs, my mouth telling my husband, "I hate my life" -- it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call a friend. To tell someone about the ...

#OccupyWallStreet: "The First Time I Slept on the Street Was Seven Years Ago..."
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The first time I slept on the streets was seven years ago. Last night in New York City, I slept on the street again, near the corner of Cedar Street and Trinity Place in "Liberty Park&q ...

Trees: In Honor of Wangari Maathai
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai was a girl in Kenya, her mother taught her that the wild fig tree was a tree of God. When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wanga ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Heckler FAIL: To Obama, "You're the antichrist."
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

At a Monday night event in Los Angeles, President Obama was interrupted by a heckler who declared that he was the "antichrist." Obama had just begun to speak -- saying hello to a member of Congress ...

Life: Interrupted
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I've come to believe that one aspect of maturity is the ability to see life's interruptions not as interruptions but as necessary events and journeys. If we think of the unexpected as an interrupt ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, Part 2
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection. I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection . Rollins posted the introduction a ...

Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In case you missed it, National Public Radio's Goddess of Conversation, Terry Gross, had a simply outstanding, incredibly moving interview with the author Maurice Sendak on Tuesday's Fresh Air. ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall. Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall . And while, yes, autumn is ...

Stassen and Gushee: An Open Letter to Christian Zionists
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

NOTE TO READERS: As Palestine applies for membership to the United Nations, frequent Sojourners contributors Glen Stassen and David Gushee have penned An Open Letter to Christian Zionists. ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

Jesus: We Interrupt This Execution to Bring You a Message of Grace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:02pm | Type: Blog

Last night, death was interrupted when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for a Texas man convicted of a double murder in Houston in 1995. Last night, dea ...

A.M. Giggle: Cookie Waits does 'God's Away on Business'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Some clever folks have created a magnificent "mash-up" of Sesame Street's resident pastry enthusiast, Cookie Monster, and the iconoclastic performer Tom Waits' song "God's Away ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

Sermon on Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, there was a house down the street from us which had slightly tattered window coverings and the front lawn was like a graveyard of broken things. When I wa ...

Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Tools for Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon I found out that ABC news plans to dedicate it programming today to "Hunger at Home: Crisis in America." It precipitated my writing of this post which I had planned to add as a la ...

The Works of the Flesh and the Debt Ceiling Deal
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In Galatians 5:19-20, Paul lists the "works of the flesh," contrasting them to the "fruit of the Spirit" immediately thereafter (Gal. 5:22-23). In Galatians ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

More Great Summer Reading Ideas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/15/more-great-summer-reading-ideas/" target="_self"></a>In addition to my summer reading recommendations from the other day, I nee ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

How Should We Respond to the Death of Osama bin Laden?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead. This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osam ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

Tread Lightly During Spring Break Travel
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

My family, while I was growing up, was not much for spring breaks. As other families we know flitted about preparing for palm trees and sand, my sister and I would pout and lament to my mother that we had the ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...