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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 ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A INVITATIONS COME. Yet an expressed desire ...

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

When I decided to follow Jesus instead of simply being a Christian who paid him hollow worship while conveniently ignoring the red words, I was forced to abandon my support of the death penalty (and abandon my ...

Talking to Evangelicals About Climate Change
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Liz Schmitt What works, what doesn’t, and how best to frame the conversation. IN 2013, Sojourners commission ...

The Hidden History of Pentecostal Pacifism
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

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

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Loving Our Neighbors on a Global Scale
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We are all neighbors now, whether we like it or not. “GOD CREATED the world and we created borders ...

Marc Chagall’s Jesus Paintings Focus of Jewish Museum Exhibit
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

At a moment when the world is flush with new books and ever-evolving interpretations of Jesus, one of the last century’s artistic masters is providing art lovers with a striking take on the first-century relig ...

Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

I Hope We Never Become a 'Christian Nation' Again
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians today use the term “post-Christian” to describe the United States in conjunction with their assumptions that our nation is falling deeper and deeper into a moral decline, but this word presuppo ...

70 Really Is the New 50 ... If You Take Care of Yourself!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

What is so amazing is that I feel many times better today than I felt at 60, 50, or even 40. 70 really IS the new 50! Good health is a blessing from God. Self-care is a "Thank you" for the blessing. ...

Can Paul Be Redeemed?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul. “Jesus was a radical who welcomed ev ...

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 ...

Who Are We to Judge?
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

We all make judgments every day, decisions about what we think is best to do in the various circumstances of our lives. Being judgmental is a very different thing. One of my favor ...

Help! I Love Jesus but Hate Christianity!
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Sentiments of frustration are growing among many followers of Jesus who admire Christ but despise certain things associated with him. I love the grace, forgiveness, and love th ...

Embracing Life, Letting Our Children Go in the New Year
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

For parents it comes as second nature that we want to protect our children. As they grow into young adulthood, we are confronted often subtly, this time for us much more starkly, that those things they face be ...

Pope to Visit the Holy Land, But Details Spark Debate
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is the one time each year when much of the world turns its gaze to Bethlehem, the West Bank town at the heart of the Gospel account of Jesus’ humble birth in a stable. But Bethlehem may be in for a s ...

Muslim Christmas celebrations gain a toehold
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A growing number of American Muslims celebrate Christmas, or at least partake in some ways, even if they don’t decorate their homes with trees and a light show. Indeed, many Muslim families have created their ...

Our War on Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

To those who say that Christmas is all about peace on earth, a quick look at the second chapter of Matthew and the largely overlooked story of King Herod reminds us that this peace comes at a price. For it is ...

Ten Things You Can't Do at Christmas While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:38pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is what we make of it. For Christians, however, there are some very specific things you can’t do if you want to actually honor and follow the person we celebrate this season. ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

White People Need a Non-White Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

If our modern Jesus is only white, then we miss who Jesus really was and is today. In the wake of Megyn Kelly’s statement that “Jesus was a white man,” critics have quickly and un ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Examining the Christmas story in this realistic light, it seems not a story that isolates, but a story for the isolated. Our stories are not picturesque or sanitized or even comfortable. And yet, ours are the ...

The NSA's Need to Know, Your Privacy, and Jesus' Path
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

There is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to security. We will always be seeking the better mousetrap to ensnare increasingly stealthy mice, nibbling at our heels. But with each new effort to stave ...

Is It Possible to Celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Jesus on the Same Day?
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Despite our best efforts, Christmas is associated with Santa Claus. Now, if it were the historical “Santa Claus” who gave away his best to save the lives of some children, that’d be awesome. But, no, this is t ...