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On Scripture: Fear and Wisdom In The Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 11:29am | 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 - 11:02am | 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 - 3:57pm | 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 - 9:46am | 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 - 12:47pm | 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 - 9:49am | 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 - 4:02pm | 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 - 4:22pm | 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 - 1:48pm | 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 - 10:05am | 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 - 7:30am | 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 - 10:54am | 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 - 10:23am | 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 - 10:17am | 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 - 9:43am | 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 - 9:18am | 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 - 2:47pm | Type: Press

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

Welcoming Christ by Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 7:13pm | 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 - 9:49am | 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 - 7:33am | 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 - 3:09pm | 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 - 3:49pm | 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 - 7:47am | 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 - 11:28am | 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 - 11:58am | 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 - 11:23am | Type: Press

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

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:40am | 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 - 2:13pm | 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 - 5:21pm | 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 - 10:09am | 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 - 1:54pm | 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 - 4:22pm | 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 - 12:49pm | 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 - 5:40pm | Type: Press

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

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

'Honey, We Are Home'
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Get used to the idea of a married Jesus. BELATED CONGRATULATIONS to Jesus Christ after recent r ...

Tripp Hudgins' Busted Stuff: The Game Change
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

How do we find a job? How do we find work? Maybe we shouldn't worry so much...LEAN into what feeds you. How do we find a job? How do we find work? Maybe we shouldn't wor ...

Meet the Nones: From Pastor to Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

The truth is I am one of growing number of people who choose not to affiliate with any organized religion. I am a “none,” and my journey to “none” started a long before I left for seminary. ...

Louis C.K. on Our Neighbor’s Bowl and What 'Fair' Is
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

If Jesus is, in fact, the example to which we look, let’s consider for a moment the point at which he is near death on the cross, abandoned by all who claimed to love him, taunted and tortured by figures of au ...

Death Penalty for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ doesn’t come up very often in discussions about wrongful convictions in America, but as California voters prepare to go to the polls to vote on Proposition 34 which would ban th ...

Most Americans Don’t Think Scientology is a Religion
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Most Americans do not believe Scientology is a real religion, according to a recent poll by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair. WASHINGTON — Most Americans do not believe Scientology is a ...

Words of Wisdom from The Donald: "Get Even"
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

It seems like the Bible is the one piece of real estate Donald Trump is unfamiliar with. Or maybe he’s just never read any of that “Jesus” stuff in the New Testament. It seems lik ...

Vatican Newspaper Calls ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment a ‘Clumsy Fake’
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican's newspaper has declared the controversial “Jesus wife” papyrus fragment “a fake." L'Osservatore Romano on Friday (Sept. 28) devoted two articles to Harvard professor Karen King' ...

Q&A on Tim Tebow’s Gridiron Faith
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Can Tim Tebow do no wrong? Can Tim Tebow do no wrong? Michael Butterworth   of Bowling Green State University has turned his attention to sports media coverage of  T ...

Did Jesus Get Married and Have Children?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Even historians and others who don’t claim Christianity personally are intrigued by the scrap of text recently discovered to contain, in Coptic, the sentence fragment: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” ...

Five Important Questions About That 'Jesus Wife' Discovery
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

The discovery that some ancient Christians thought Jesus had a wife could shake up centuries-old Christian traditions, Karen King, a well-respected historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, s ...

Did Jesus Have a Wife? New Historical Discovery Raises Old Question
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

A newly revealed piece of papyrus offers fresh evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married, according to a Harvard Divinity School professor. Dan Brown, ...

We Asked; They Answered: Obama, Romney on Poverty
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

It’s time to STOP using faith, Jesus, and the Bible as a political platform. Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church. It’s time to STOP: ...

Sometimes Love is a Battlefield (Even with Jesus)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, to see our true faith, it has to be challenged, smacked in the face. Sometimes in pursuit of our real and true selves, which is the only soil where real and true faith can flourish, we have to face ...