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Is Jesus a Republican or a Democrat? Independent?
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Press

August 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Rob Kerby ...

Sermon on Eternal Life and Living Like Liberace With Your Mom and Her Friends Forever
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

I was taught that being a Christian was all about where you will spend eternity after you die – kind of like purchasing a life-insurance plan for the hereafter. Jesus said to t ...

Want to Know God? Get Religion.
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

God is bigger than the craft that is religion. God is not what we do. Nor is God some Collective Self. God is more than we can contain in even our most imaginative moments. God is more than the people who have ...

Jesus Phelps: Why Miracles Aren’t Enough
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Although Michael Phelps did miraculous acts, I attribute his physiology and gifts to God. So is what he does in the Olympics a miracle? I was fascinated by Jesus’ miracles as a ki ...

God Loves Losers: Reflections on the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

I’m usually a fan of the underdog, and I’m not exactly a sports fanatic, but something about the national zeal, combined with the athletic excellence, brings it out in me. I’m an ...

Was Jesus a Pacifist?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a question from Christian Piatt's book Banned Questions About Jesus. It is on sale on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 through July 25. Edito ...

Happy Mandela Day: Madiba, Ubuntu and Vertigo
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Ubuntu. It was the secret of how Mandela reconciled his people to the violent criminals of their cruel white oppressors in post-apartheid South Africa. Co-existence was vital, not only to the peace of the nati ...

Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

So, Mr. Douthat asks, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" But I wonder: Can Liberal Churches Save Christianity? The twenty-first century has yet to answer that, but I think we may be surprised. ...

Why Am I a Christian?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

So in so much as I understand God to be the pervasive presence and expression of love in the universe, and in so much as I understand Jesus to be the most perfect embodiment of that love in the world, I believ ...

Cutting Assistance Programs Undermines the Church's Work
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

If we ignore the needy in our midst by getting rid of one huge way to address that need, we are not following Jesus’ example. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee failed ...

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

How can churches have a healthy conversation about politics in the middle of a national election without demonizing the opposition and causing disunity? Learning to speak as a Chr ...

Take From Me These Myths: A Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God: Today, like the rest of the world, when I woke I wrapped myself in myths. They are comfortable and warming in what can seem like such a cold world. Yes, they are old and worn but they ...

The Hometown Blues
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Jesus had the blues. He had the hometown blues. So, rejected, he fled his hometown. Then he sent his apostles out into the world proclaiming peace, healing the sick and the lame, and prepared to face the sam ...

A Personal Cross Responds to Its Progressive Critique
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Crosses as powerful symbols predate Christianity and are not the singular insignia of our faith. Some Christians prefer the fish to the cross as an identity marker for Jesus followers. I confess I simultaneous ...

Christian Patriotism: Love for the 'Other'
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

When you hold yourself up as somehow favored in the eyes of God, it’s easy to hold those you deem as less favored to be somehow “less than,” and to dehumanize all who do not conform to your custom-built ideal ...

Sister Joan Chittister's Stanford Baccalaureate Address
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 7:25pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Sister Joan Chittister, the Benedictine Catholic sister, author and social justice stalwart, delivered the Baccalaureate address at Stanford University a few weeks ago. On God's Poltic ...

Losing Touch With Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; Surrounded by everyday anxieties,... It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; ...

Church No More: Part 2 — Church That Doesn't Steal Your Joy
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

I lost my joy. I suspect there are a few of you who feel the same way. Not that you aren't happy, but there is this deep place of celebratory joy which you once knew that really doesn't come around m ...

With God Some Things Never Change
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Peace is better than war. Good of the whole is better than whims of a few. God wants everybody — red, yellow, black, brown and white taken care of. God wants true community, more togetherness … not more separa ...

To Know, To Love, To Heal
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

What does Jesus’ encounters with a desperate, suffering woman and a young girl believed to be dead have to do with America’s love of freedom and fireworks? Fifth Sunday After Pe ...

Toward an Evangelical Peace Movement
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Given the historical record, it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement — yet that’s exactly what’s happening. Bi ...

The Gift of Stability
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 4:03pm | Type: Press

June 18, 2012 Sojo in the News Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ...

Activism, Slacktivism or Distractivism?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

I struggle to know how much is enough. I hear about Joseph Kony and the many children he’s exploited as child soldiers. I get angry, discouraged. I write about it, talk to friends about it. And then my life ke ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders do believe that massive deficits are moral issues, and that we must not saddle future generations with crippling debt. But we believe that how we resolve deficits also is a moral issue. And o ...

Vatican Details Rules on Virgin Mary Sightings
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year. The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the au ...

A North Carolina Christian’s Response to Pastor Charles L. Worley
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

This week is one of those weeks where everyone seems to be talking, tweeting and blogging about the same video. I received it from several concerned friends with commentary like, “More bad news from North Caro ...

Interview with Shane Claiborne on Jesus for President
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

May 9, 2012 Sojo in the News David Crumm ...

Rob Bell: 'Surrender the Outcomes'
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

How do you step out and take a risk — as a pastor, as an artist, as a parent, as a person — when the job description of a pioneer or a vanguard comes with the assurance of persecution? “Surrender the outcomes, ...

Bare Feet and Dolphins: Rob Bell's Return
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

The sounds of the Pacific crashing on the shore mix with a reggae tune playing on the outdoor stereo of the bar next door as the speaker, a 41-year-old former pastor and bestselling author, resumes his riff on ...

Phone Foul: The Importance of Being a Good Listener
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

In the business I am in, of ministry and pastoral care, listening is such an important thing. I can prepare all the fancy theology and exegesis imaginable but if I don’t listen I might be getting it all wrong ...

Colbert Catholics: Father Thomas Reese on Ryan's "Deeply Christian" Budget
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Georgetown University's Father Thomas Reese finds discrepancies between Catholic doctrine and Paul Ryan's fiscal ministry. "As Jesus said, 'Tough love your ...

I Have Met The Stranger, and He Is Me
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

To believe is easy. You can fill stadiums with people wanting to believe, either to solidify what they already think or to grasp hold of something because they feel cast adrift and lost at sea. To doubt, to in ...

President Obama to Young Evangelicals: 'God’s Hand is Moving through His People'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

In a video address Tuesday, President Obama told hundreds of young evangelical Christian leaders gathered at the Q Conference in Washington, D.C., that they had a partner in the White House in their humanitari ...

At Easter, Poetry Helps Us Remember
Originally Posted: 04/08/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Poetry is language made material. It presents us with objects and the world, yes, that is part of its materiality, but it also – and perhaps fundamentally – makes our very language into a thing, rather than s ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

Via Dolorosa: A Good Friday Musical Meditation
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand betwee ...

The Stones Are Singing
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The image that moved his heart became one to which he returns daily, as do I. For the piercing of the side of the helpless man hanging on the cross happened not just then and there at Golgotha; it happens here ...

What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

It turns out that, although plenty of folks have their own explanations, nobody actually knows why we call it Good Friday. I think the Germans are spot-on by calling it Karfreitag, which means “Suffering Frida ...

Take Up Your Towel and Follow Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Jesus healed and he taught and he called for others to follow him, yet the suffering still was all around. Some part of his humanity must have wanted to take up a sword and fight it. Yet he knew that violence ...

Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper and Gethsemane
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a playlist of songs inspired by or that speak in some way to the Holy Week journey that brings us to Maundy Thursday and the great mandate from which the day takes its name: "If I, the ...

The Manchester Passion: Finding the Sacred in the Supposedly Profane
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

yrics of The Smiths and their Manchunian contemporaries and used them -- brilliantly and powerfully -- to retell in a thoroughly modern milieu the greatest story ever told. The mu ...

President Obama: Easter Celebrates 'That Glorious Overcoming'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

President Obama hosted his third annual Easter prayer breakfast for about 150 members of the clergy from across the nation in the East Room of the White House Wedndesay morning. In his six-minute address, Obam ...

These Dry Bones
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I stood in the middle of a valley. Hot wind whipped the sand at my feet. Dry bones, bleached by the sun covered the valley floor. Son of man, God said, can these bones live? It ...

What Did Jesus Do on Holy Saturday?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 8:40pm | Type: Blog

Every Christian knows the story: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. But what did he do on Saturday? Every Christian knows the story: Jesus ...

Resurrection: Bending Toward Love
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Lots of folks love preaching about the risen Christ on Easter Sunday without talking about what he went through to get there. It’s a bad habit we Protestants have, but plenty of us skip right over Maundy Thurs ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Jesus radically broke with the prevailing culture and paradigms of his day. He reached across social, cultural, religious and ethnic boundaries. He built bridges, spanned the gap, and reconciled us to each oth ...

The Bouquet
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

“God doesn’t loves us as a flower but as a bouquet.” Most every Sunday Ruth or Lily Janousek hands me a drawing on the way out the door. I have quite a collection. Lily and Rut ...

Poverty 101: A Poem
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A note from the poet: Two years ago, our church opened its doors and began serving meals to our community. The immense and overwhelming feelings I felt scared me and so I penned them in this poem. Working with ...

Thesis vs Jesus: When it Comes to Faith, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Galatians 3:22: Is it the faith of Jesus or faith in Jesus that’s the key? The following is an excerpt from Banned Questions About Jesus , edited by the author: Galatians ...

Can Rich Folks Go to Heaven?
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle that you used to stitch that Noah’s Ark for your child’s bedroom — than for a rich guy to get to heaven. Let. That. Sink. In. ...