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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 ...

A Crash Course: Australia, Refugees, and the Politics of Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

The church in Australia is showing signs of being a Calvary-like-love political alternative when it comes to refugees. Here’s a crash course to understand what’s happening in Aust ...

Pope Francis' Glaring Omission: Why Spiritual Leaders Must Champion Workers' Rights
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Press

March 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jay Monaco ...

Palm-Powered Protest
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

When we strive to protest with Matthew 21 in mind, we must ask ourselves that question from the crowd, “Who is this?” Our protests should honor the one whom we follow: Jesus, the peaceful one, riding on a donk ...

Telling a Resurrection Story
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A THERE IS NO controlling a story once it’s ...

Did Jesus Pray to Allah?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan McAnnally-Linz Miroslav Volf Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims fro ...

For the Love of God, Love Others
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

As we try to follow Jesus and grow in our Christian faith, it's time we honestly evaluate the motivations behind our faith. How do our culture, upbringing, experiences, desires, and hundreds of other fact ...

May God Have Mercy on Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a letter to the editor of The Washington Times in 1999. A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a l ...

Jesus Is A None: 5 Things Christians Need To Know About The "Nones"
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

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 First Year of the Pope’s Revolution
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

As I reflect on Pope Francis' first year, and have reporters asking for a sound-bite — here’s the thing I find most noteworthy. A year ago yesterday — March 13, 2013 — Pope ...

Visionary Vapor: Starting Lent with Michael Gungor and The Liturgists
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

If you were not on the Gungor or Michael Gungor Twitter feed over the first two days of March, you might have missed the news about a new band, a new record, and a new mini-tour. ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

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 ...

Coloring the Story
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ben Sutter Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith. Herald Press. THE GRAPHIC NOVEL  Radical Jesus , edit ...

'Son of God' Falls into Trap of Most Jesus Depictions
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 11:39pm | Type: Blog

While Son of God leaves much to be desired (as maybe it should), this is a movie I could see some Christian audiences enjoying for the way it repackages the well-known story of Jesus’ life. ...

New 'Miracle Machine' Turns Water to Wine (in Three Days)
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

A new device called The Miracle Machine promises to make pre-aged wine in about three days. By turning water into wine, Jesus used his first miracle to keep the wedding feast goin ...

The Blades of Grass in the Garden of Gethsemane Speak to Me
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Zach Czaia There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurre ...

Tony Kriz: Christian Iconoclast
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

I shot a handful of questions Tony Kriz's way after a recent book discussion we conducted at First Christian Church in Portland. Here’s what he had to say. Tony Kriz is, in m ...

Pope Francis, Marc Chagall, and the Jews
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Novelist Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in the fictional character Asher Lev. Novelist Chaim Potok captured the ...

REVIEW: Well-intentioned 'Son of God' Doesn't Go Too Deep
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

The first half of “Son of God” features an upbeat and kindly Jesus spreading the good word in familiar, if occasionally over-simplified, biblical phraseology. The first half of “S ...

Roma Downey: Why We Cut Satan From 'Son of God'
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Tired of cursing the darkness, my husband Mark and I wanted to shine a light. To do this, we set up a production company called LightWorkers Media. I played an angel on “Touched ...

Perception Is Reality
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 7:36am | Type: Blog

The problem that is really facing the church is others’ opinions of it. Many people do not have an issue with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their opinion is formed and shaped by the experiences they ...

Rick Warren, Others, Rent Theaters for Premiere of 'Son of God'
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Christian leaders, including megachurch pastor Rick Warren, plan to rent every screen in numerous multiplex theaters across 10 cities for the premiere of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s upcoming Jesus film Son ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...