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A Year of Living Beth Moore-ishly
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Being snarky and cynical, while generating a lot of great material for writing and holding court at parties, never got me very far with God. Beth Moore helped reintroduce me to the “One and Only,” (even writin ...

On Scripture: The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Is Thanksgiving dead? Not as long as Jesus Christ is alive among us, at the center of creation and the community of faith. But it is our job to respond by giving thanks for the gifts of forgiveness, for the gi ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting the Death Penalty for Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

A hymn lifts from biblical teachings for Christians to care for those in prison and crime victims, oppose the death penalty and work for justice for all. Luke’s story of Jesus’ dy ...

Advent: Fasting for the Reign of God
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

There is an awesome moment in the opening chapter of the book of Luke where the writer frames his gospel as an epic celestial battle taking place in the heavenly realm: This is the story of the reign of men vs ...

Faith Leaders Speak; the EPA Listens
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held listening sessions Thursday to hear from the public about a forthcoming rule about carbon emissions from existing power plants. More than 20 faith leaders spoke o ...

Has Drone Firepower Conquered Christ's Love?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

As we seek faithful ways to engage governments with the spirit of Jesus’s love and reconciliation, we must remember some essentials. For centuries, followers of Jesus have wondere ...

On Scripture: Halloween and All the Saints
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

While fewer elderly persons live in poverty than do other adults, in 2012 alone extreme poverty among elderly women shot up by 18 percent — that is, in just one year 133,000 elderly women moved into the catego ...

Hollywood Looks to the Bible for Screenplay Potential
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as source material for upcoming mainstream films: the Bible. Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as sou ...

Bringing America Back to Life
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

We need a movement of people across this country who refuse to let violence win, a movement of people who refuse to settle for the country as it is and insist on dreaming of the country as it could be. I’m re ...

Malcolm Gladwell on His Return to Faith While Writing 'David and Goliath'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Author Malcolm Gladwell may not be known for writing on religion. His New York Times best-selling books “The Tipping Point,” “Outliers,” “Blink” and “What the Dog Saw” deal with the unexpected twists in social ...

Proclaiming Souls
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Last week, social media were alive with speculations of terrorism, domestic or international, with connections between [the D.C. incident] and the government shutdown, with any number of theories about gun vio ...

4 Ways Jesus Was Like a Millennial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

Christians, especially around the blogosphere, are infatuated with 'Millennial Christianity,' but in many ways ‘Millennial Christianity’ is simply a modern-day attempt at reconstructing the example o ...

The Thing: Who Do You Say That I Am?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

This thing that churches are wrangling with, this reasoning about why to gather, who we follow as we gather, and what our lives in the world should proclaim, is not a question for a bunch of Gen X malcontents ...

Jesus and the Top Secret Empire
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom. ...

Christianity for Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:54am | Type: Blog

There are lots of biases and assumptions about Christians out there, many of which are founded in real-life experience. ... But sometimes, if we’re being honest, they’re just wrong. And stupid. ...

On Scripture: Fear and Wisdom In The Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

They have many labels. Undocumented immigrants. Illegal Immigrants. Illegal Aliens. Wetbacks. Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, recently suggested that most of them are “drug mules.” Some have even called t ...

Sermon — Prayer, Actually — on Jesus Loving Us So Much He Wants to Throw Up
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

I’m not a fan of the over-use of the term “the Lord. ”Like when people say “I just love the Lord,” I just never really know what that means. The way it’s casually thrown around makes me uncomfortable. ...

Rand Paul: Jesus Was Anti-War
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles as he made his case against excessive American engagement overseas. Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

10 Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Lots of people claim to be “following Jesus” and then they do stuff like this. Sure, people who follow Jesus do these things all the time, but you can't say you are doing them because you are trying to fo ...

Wounding and Welcome in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper TWO Y ...

Waiting on God
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda Kaufman A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again. WHEN I FIRST started attending the Chu ...

Pentecost and the Crucifixion of Privilege
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

While we continue to live in a society that unjustly rewards some at the expense of others, the Gospel exposes and crucifies such circumstances, and in doing so, we are set free from the lures of privilege and ...

The Violence of Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Jesus, as the ultimate peacemaker, shows us that the life and work of peacemaking isn't some fairy tale euphoria, but the gritty, subversive and sacrificial life of faithfulness to a God and kingdom that ...

Mother Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger The roles that Jesus plays in John's gospel echo those of women in first-century Palestine. ...

What Jesus Didn't Say
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 6:30am | Type: Blog

Rather than telling people caught in desperate sin how far their sin has removed them from God, why not invite them to come to worship? Think of how much difference there is between saying “Stop being such a s ...

Homeless Jesus Sculpture Searches for a Home
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz notes the ironies in his latest creation, “Jesus the Homeless,” a bronze sculpture depicting the Christian savior huddled beneath a blanket on an actual-size park bench. Only ...

Heartbreak Beyond Heartbreak (Hill)
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

The beauty of Jesus’ story is that we soon forget the brutality of the robbers due to the caring example of the Good Samaritan. Thirty-four years ago – and about that many pounds ...

Jesus Resurrected and 'The Undocumented'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Our search for the resurrected one, the one who has come to give us life, has everything to do with the dead. At the  Full Frame Film Festival  in Durham last week, I saw Marco ...

The Political Subversion of the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

My fear as we remember the horrible and horrific event of the crucifixion, is that we have forgotten much of its significance, both historically in Jesus’ time and for us today. ...

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Shane Claiborne Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has. ...

A Good Friday reflection
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 1:47pm | Type: Press

March 29, 2013 Sojo in the News Father Kevin J Barr ...

Welcoming Christ by Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

As Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, let us remember that the life that ended on the cross began on the road. This Easter, let us remember that Christ the Savior began his life as an immigrant, fleeing t ...

Good Friday: How Deep the Father's Love Is For Us
Originally Posted: 03/29/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

If anything we think we knew about God before Jesus arrives in Mary's womb contradicts what we see and hear of Jesus in the Gospels, then we are the ones who are mistaken. ...

The God of Jesus: Beyond Religious Tribalism (Rob Bell Blogaglogue, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 6:33am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell isn’t making up new ways to talk about God. Throughout the book, Rob explores what God has done in the past and how God continues to pull all humans into a global future that has “greater and greater ...

Just Leave Me Alone!
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

The difference between logical necessities or physical necessities and vital necessities is made clear in that in the latter we have the possibility of refusing ‘to turn away from a disaster’ – we can in fact ...

Walking in the Father's Embrace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

When are we going to stop teaching that the Father has to look on Jesus to love us? Why do we teach that the Father turns away from us, abandons us because of our sin? When are we going to stop teaching that t ...

The Cross: An Exposé of Human Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 6:47am | Type: Blog

We commit sacrifice when we scapegoat, demonize, marginalize, expel, persecute or kill others in the name of our own safety and security or to bolster our belief in our own goodness. ...

The Wizard We Need
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Somewhere in the magical middle of this movie, the not-yet-wizard Oscar Diggs (James Franco) makes his confession: “I'm not the wizard you were expecting, but I may be the wizard you need.” We can apply t ...

Top 4 Reasons Jesus Is My Favorite Feminist
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Jesus is my favorite feminist. So, in the spirit of International Women’s Day, I offer you the top 4 ways Jesus included women as full members of his posse. Last Friday was Intern ...

What would Jesus cut?
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Press

February 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Neologophilia ...

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Bathanti Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgot ...

Article on ‘Jesus’ Wife’ Papyrus Delayed for More Testing
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife, raising further doubts about a discovery that was set to turn Chri ...

On Scripture: Frankincense, Myrrh, and a Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

We realized the divide between rich and poor can be seen not by looking at house size, checkbooks, or retirement accounts, but by looking at a person’s smile. In  As I Lay Dy ...

Why I Let My Children Play With Elves
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

I have a great deal of respect for the desire to keep the focus on Jesus and his birth at this time of year. And, yet, I allow my children … I encourage them even … to believe in Santa. ...

The Annunciation – A Divinely Human Moment
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The beautiful anonymity and soft innocence of a young girl in Nazareth would be stripped by an angelic visitation. Who could ever envision the global veneration soon to commence? ...

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

November 29, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Conjectural Navel Gazing (Jesus in Lint Form): A Poem
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I will not think that you don ...

Mark 12:38-44: The Value of Chump Change
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Press

November 7, 2012 Sojo in the News Greg Carey ...

Jesus Didn't Vote Today: A Poem
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t vote today Not tomorrow Not yesterday Jesus didn’t vote today Not tomorrow Not yesterday Jesus didn’t need the bullet or the ballot box or The bomb or bayonet o ...