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Who Said It: Fox News or Jesus?
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Addressing both personal and social responsibility, family and economic issues, education and racism is crucial. But blaming and demonizing the poor is not called for — it is shameful. There’s the choice here, ...

Praying for Prisoners with Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Why wouldn’t Jesus be praying also for those who are in prison? Why wouldn’t we? If you ask Jesus to pray the table prayer, you need to be ready to keep your eyes closed for a lon ...

The Soulful Bells of Summer
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Byassee Reflections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B THE SEASON AFTER PENTECOST is a challenge ...

A Journey Toward Radical Welcome
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Jesus is the ideal shepherd, the model shepherd, the best kind of shepherd; the one who makes the promises of God available to all of God’s people by laying down his life for the sheep. ...

Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ: Overcoming the Place of Shame
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Our culture is run by cycles of shame, but we don’t have to be. Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ had a similar experience — they both occupied the place of shame. In 1998, Monica ...

'What's Up with All the Eggs?' and Other Classic Easter Questions
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. It is the time they mark the betrayal, trial, and c ...

Our Fool’s Errand
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Jesus was a peasant from centuries ago, executed by the Roman authorities. By the world’s standards, it feels foolish to follow such a person. In 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Paul says t ...

Jesus Is All Over the Small Screen, and That’s No Accident
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where ...

Easter and a Love Supreme
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Byassee Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B.  DURING THE EASTER SEASON, the first rea ...

Tell Me A Story
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne.  PREACHERS, politicians, and other public speakers know that a ...

Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

In the realm of biblical arguments in support of same-sex relationships, I’ve always found one — “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality” — to be particularly weak. In th ...

The Birth of Jesus Is Not a Sweet Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

As told by Luke and Matthew, the birth of Jesus isn’t a sweet story. It is God intervening in human depravity and sorrow, offering hope to the hopeless, light to those walking in darkness. ...

Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our mission was, is, and always will be centered in Jesus Christ.  ORTHODOXY AND orthopraxy—strang ...

Shore
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

After the monsoon, after work, I catch you with your face in the hot laundry, the syntax of spring held together by sap, hanging wild and worried and crazy in the lowest branch. In the ripe country, sa ...

Weekly Wrap 11.7.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

1. GoldieBlox Releases Action Figure for Girls “Fashion dolls teach girls to value beauty over brains. One is sold every 3 seconds.” That’s how the ad releasing a new action figure for girls opens. Looks like ...

How Would Jesus Vote?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. The people have spoken, usually during dinnertime.   WITH THE CRUCIAL midterm elections less th ...

To the Millennia and Beyond!
Originally Posted: 11/27/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B.  I CONFESS THAT I DO NOT often us ...

Still Looking for a Costume?
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Yes, you can go Trick-or-Treating as Jesus this year. There is a Jesus costume. I was browsing an elaborate Halloween store and came across an aisle of religious-oriented costumes ...

The Christ of Compton
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Jesus appears on Adult Swim, as he did in Palestine, in a manner both obscure and mysterious. ...

Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics Are Not Amused
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows. Barbie has had a num ...

On Scripture: Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The God of Paul’s confession is about the work of using the worst the empire can do to overturn its so-called power, overturning it not with force but with the power of weeping women, terrified disciples, and ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Nursing Home Evangelism: Preaching at the Last ‘Bus Stop to Eternity’
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Welcome to the world of nursing home evangelism, where teams of lay evangelists target senior citizens for one last chance in this life for glory in the next. ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Rh ...

Learn From Me
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Anthony De Cristofaro ...

How Would Jesus Vote?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

We’d all love to claim Jesus for our team, but in doing so, we can safely assume that Jesus actually would wriggle free from such limitations. While it would be comforting to validate ourselves by claiming Jes ...

Christians Worship a Child Who Fled Violence in His Home Country
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

This summer, many Americans are watching in helpless horror as more than 52,000 children fleeing violence stream over our southern border. This summer, many Americans are watchin ...

COMMENTARY: More Christian Influence? Be Careful What You Wish For
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence in American political life. Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence i ...

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 ...

The Church Has Been Left Behind
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

The church has been left behind — but friends, this is a good thing! We — the church — were left behind on the hill on that day of ascension, but we were not left to stand staring into the sky. ...

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 ...

Sacrament as Subversion
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Sacraments are outward expressions of acts, longings, or processes already underway or taking place within us. Anyone who thinks much on theology will tell you that you go throug ...

Are We Preaching a Gospel of Inadequacy?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

I question whether inadequacy marketing has infiltrated the way we communicate the Christian Gospel. Every time I go to restock my face cream at the cosmetics vendor, inevitably t ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 1:19pm | 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 ...

To the Dying Church: Offer Us the Hope You Once Did
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Offer us the hope you once did. Spur us on to be a beacon of hope, love, and compassion. My Dear Friend, It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this, but I figured you m ...

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. ...

To the Dying Church: Sharing our Wounds
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Let’s try this difficult thing together: expose and share our wounds, and in doing so, find the beginning of healing and life. To the dying church, Sometimes you have to get w ...

Heaven Is a Home
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

If God has prepared a home for us, ought we not prepare a home for our neighbor? When I was a child, my vision of heaven was riddled with roller coasters and populated by Disney c ...

To the Dying Church From a Millennial
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

While the studies indicate that organized communities of faith are in decline, the amount of men and women who are seeking and finding a radical faith in Jesus is increasing. Dear ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

Botched Oklahoma Execution Reveals Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

What happened in Oklahoma last night reveals perhaps our deepest national self-deception — that, no matter what goes wrong, we will fix it because we are in control. At 6:23 p.m. ...

Go Ahead and Die Already
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The passage in Luke 24:13-35 speaks to the life after death — good can come from bad. Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We ap ...

What Do Our Beliefs Say About Us?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

If our beliefs contribute to or result in violence, we may need to reconsider our beliefs. What do your beliefs say about you? Like many people, I was troubled when I heard about ...

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 ...

Can You Question the Resurrection and Still Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the N ...

What Gethsemane Teaches Us about Suffering
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus utters his agonizing prayer, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” ...

Seeing and Believing at Easter Time
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Even in these festive moments, many people express insecurity regarding the quality of their own believing. Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian ...

Even Jesus had a Tax Man
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year. Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many refe ...

The 'In' and the 'Out': How Some of Our Churches Operate More like Night Clubs
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Why do we continue pedaling the Gospel as a VIP pass to get through the red, velvet rope segregating the church from the rest of the world? Last summer I took a trip to Las Vegas ...

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 ...