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Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If there is anything I learned from my Monday night glued to television screens watching my former home of St. Louis in flames it’s that this “conversation” everyone keeps saying we need to have is happening i ...

Listening As an Act of Love
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The story of Pentecost always begins with a sound; the gathering of people and a sound. So often we focus on what is being said at the time in the story and ignore all the listening that takes place. ...

Pentecost and the Freedom to Be in All the Wrong Places
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Pentecost celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that our story isn’t static but dynamic, alive, and unfolding. In the same way that the disciples moved out from Jerusalem after Pentecost, we ...

The First Multimedia Blowup Moment
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

The moment of Pentecost was an enormous multisensory event. It was the equivalent of a something going viral on social media — but on an even grander scale. Can you imagine sittin ...

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

The promise of the Spirit to the disciples is a promise from Jesus to blunt their isolation. If you have to reassure people that you’re not abandoning them, it may be because they ...

The Hidden History of Pentecostal Pacifism
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Alexander Early Pentecostal denominations, including the Assemblies of God, opposed war and supported peacemaking. What happened to ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay ...

Strange Fire: John MacArthur, Mark Driscoll, the Holy Spirit, and the Satan
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

This scandal, like most scandals, was overblown. Driscoll says that MacArthur and his people were “gracious that they let me on campus at all.” What was Driscoll doing “on campus?” ...

On Scripture: Power of Prayer ... at Kmart
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

We live in a shadowy world where the color of one’s skin, the person that one loves, or the God that one worships can get you killed. This is a gloomy world with little light or joy. Even in these worst of tim ...

Pentecost and the Sin of Racism
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The sin of racism does not represent the meaning of Pentecost. Charles Ramsey, a black man, said, “I am a Christian.” His compassionate response to a white woman, a stranger’s cry for help is a transforming r ...

Top 10 Things I Learned From the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

10) Don't try to tame the Wild Goose. Full stop. That sacred Goose — the Holy Spirit — knows what it’s doing. Just get out of the way and, to paraphrase W.H. Auden, when grace shows up and begins to danc ...

Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Without a doubt, the blossoming and beckoning of the Wild Goose movement in North America heralds a bright radical future for today’s Jesus followers bringing the kingdom come. On ...

Chasing the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Scripture teaches that the Spirit of God was in that still, small voice. But every now and again the Spirit arrives with ...

Grab Your Birkenstocks, Ukeleles and Pup Tents: The (Wild) Goose is Loose!
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The Goose is on the loose, ya'll. Today organizers of the 2012 Wild Goose Festival (June 21-24 in Shakori Falls, N.C.) released a groovtastic video (with special guest apperances by Sojo homies Gabriel S ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: SojoMail

February 9, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "You don’t have to b ...

Waiting to Exhale
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani The apostle writes his letter to folks who are feeling anxious, worried, insecure, and unsettled. They don’t know what t ...

‘Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes’ – Charismatic Christianity 2.0?
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

The Sacred Breath of God breathes into us, making all things numinous. Reality is not cold and mechanistic, but infinitely personal – binding us all. Charismatic Christianity ha ...

Join a Circle of Protection on Nov. 16: Standing For and With the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The New York City Human Circle will be replicated throughout across the nation, when faith leaders host Human Circles as members of the Sojourners National Mobilizing Circle, which is bringing together faith a ...

Faith and #OccupyWallStreet: "This is a Holy Spirit moment."
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Speak, for your servant is listening Remember the Bible story where God calls out to Samuel in the middle of the night and Samuel jumps out of bed and runs to Eli, saying "Here I am," because he doe ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

From the Malls of America to the Destitute and Lost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats, Bible studies, or conferences because too often they focus on fashion, dieting, women's emotions, and new forms of abdominal exercises? ...

Big, Fat Kisses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

My first date was a big fat sloppy hour and a half of kissing (sorry Mom and Dad) supported by the screenplay of <em>My Big Fat Greek Wedding</em>. My first date was a ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

Contend for the Gospel, But Please Don't Be a Jerk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a pluralistic world of a plethora of thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and worldviews, it makes total sense to me that Christians need to be equipped and engaged in "contending" for the gospel.</p ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Thinking About the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Not getting much sleep these days. Wondering if I'll ever get to sleep through the night again. I've heard that having small children changes your life. Consider that confirmed. ...

God Loves Gays, and So Should We
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/23/god-loves-gays-and-so-should-we/"></a>This summer, while at my favorite lake in Maine, I read Andrew ...

Post-Colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong><a href="http://www.emergentvillage.com/events/2010-theo-conv">Emergent Village</a> will be hosting its annual Theological Conv ...

The Fruit of the Spirit For Everyone, Not Just Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Kindness, gentleness, love, peace, joy. Would you be more likely to describe these character traits as "masculine" or "feminine"? Kindness, gentleness, love, p ...

Dear Red-Headed God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There has been a fair amount of conversation at House for All Sinners and Saints recently about the use of inclusive language for God. There has been a fair amount of conversation ...

The Kingdom of God is not an Empire with Language Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0611&amp;article=061121">Barabara Kingsolver</a>'s novel titled <em><a href="http ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

'Christian' Militias and Tavis Smiley's MLK Documentary
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Many are wondering of what to make of the shameful association of the word "Christian" with "militia." Understandably, with Christianity being associated with something so anti-Jesus, one m ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816811802_XDKLQ"></a>Every once in a while I get an "aha" mom ...

My Alter Ego
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I have a fantasy persona. There are only select times that I'm tempted to bring it out: on an airplane, out with friends on a Friday night, on vacation, at the dentist. I hav ...

Christian Heroes in Black History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

Don't Isolate Gender from the Biblical Big Picture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The gender discussion in the church today is captured succinctly by New Testament scholar Gordon Fee in <em><a title="http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102710879856&amp;s=5547&amp;e=0012JIqccVLH ...

Love Your Political Enemies: A Response to Jimmy Carter's Comments on Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against President Obama and his plans for health-care reform. I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Perhaps booksellers should provide consumer warning labels that r ...

A Meditation on Christian Extremism: Blackwater and the Bonhoeffer 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"You need to realize that war is money. And money makes the world go round. "You need to realize that war is money. And money makes the world go round. As soon as you re ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV)</p> "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV) H ...

Jesus Wants to Eat With You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

There are numerous significant theological and biblical meanings behind <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper" target="_blank">the Last Supper</a> (Passover Seder) a ...