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6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics. Boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development. ...

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Hell and the Love of God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt Where do our ideas about hell come from? I GREW UP IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, memorizing scriptur ...

Beyond Fire and Brimstone
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian McLaren Jesus' teaching about hell flipped popular imagery of the afterlife upside down—and offered a radical, transformative ...

Are Sinners 'Hellbound?'
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Let’s not put our God to the test, shall we, by forcing God to choose whose prayer to answer, yours or those sinful others. Instead, I suggest we abandon the whole punishment and reward project all together. ...

What Do You Mean, 'Open,' Rob? (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 3)
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Scientific inquiry and Biblical interpretation are not the same thing. So what's Rob's purpose for this chapter? (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another ...

Into the Shadows: The Origins of Hell and Satan (Part 2 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

In Old Testament scripture, the resting place for the dead is called Sheol. While some believe this is the same as hell, there are indications to the contrary. In the ancient Jewish tradition, Sheol is a place ...

Satan and Hell: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

We can argue day and night about whether fear-based theology is effective, biblically accurate, or even necessary. But it’s worthwhile to consider where our contemporary ideas about hell and Satan even come fr ...

Come Hell and High Water
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Superstorm Sandy left behind an indelible image of the future. IF IT WASN'T the year from ...

New “Hellbound?” Movie Explores, Challenges Christian Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 8:09am | Type: Blog

The movie breaks off from the oft-quoted pro-hell camp and considers the social and historical backdrop for hell, as well as extensive screen time for the doubters and skeptics about the reality of such a plac ...

Hellbound? New Film Explores Ideas, Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 7:17pm | Type: Blog

If you believe that all non-Christians are going to hell, then that means that not only would Hitler be there, but so would most of his victims.How could it be just for someone to go from the fires of Auschwit ...

Ten More Cliches Christians Should Avoid
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

After writing up my first list of Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use , some folks wrote me with other suggestions. After simmering on it for a while, I came up with a second list of ten to supplement the first. And as there was some confu ...

Hell and Mr. Fudge
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

A new film, 'Hell and Mr. Fudge', compresses the events of the years when Edward Fudge, now a Houston-based lawyer and internationally known Bible teacher and author, began an intensive study of the ...

Mom, Mick Jagger and Me
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

So, this week I honor my televangelist-watching mother. She's not perfect. No one is. I love her the more for it. I love her laughter and her questions. And I'm honored that she trusts her son enough ...

Driving Home
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

This past spring break, I took my 14-year old daughter to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. My daughter has had a difficult middle school experience, especially these last two years. This las ...

Is Osama Bin Laden in Hell? (and Other Stupid Things Christians Argue About)
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

I’m sipping on a root beer at Barnes & Noble as I work on my revisions for Forest Life. In the meantime I’ve noticed a handfull of debates raging over this photo that has been spreading around the Internet ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Deconstructing Harry: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "the Doctrine of Devils"?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

"[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian "[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian Glad to see you on this, Tim. Glad to see you on this, Tim. Jackso ...

Who is the Messiah of Evangelical Politicians?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The evangelical world expands to a far-off horizon and the topographical valleys and peaks cover landscapes that are both long and wide. The evangelical world expands to a far-o ...

Can't Forgive Your Dad, Mom, Ex-Wife, or Friend? Well, Forgiveness is a Choice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows out of our real experience of Jesus forgiving our own sins. Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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Screwtape and Self-Righteous Hell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had the recent pleasure of seeing Max McLean's deliciously wicked portrayal of Screwtape in <a href="http://www.fpatheatre.com/screwtape/">The Screwtape Letters</a> curren ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

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Afghanistan: War is Still Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan nears 1,000, and as civilian casualties continue to mount during the latest offensive, it's hard to know how to offer fresh ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity' (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Haiti: Hell and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Smoke and flames rose from the sidewalk. A white man took pictures. Slowing down, my breath left me. The fire was a corpse. Leg bones sticking out of the flames.</p> Smoke ...

Tim Burton and Belief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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More Heat than Light: Randall Terry's 'Burn in Hell' Protest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at your desk, unclear how to respond. Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at yo ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...