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President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:55pm | 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 - 9:46am | 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 - 8:41am | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 8:49am | 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 - 9:24am | 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 - 12:38pm | 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 - 2:53pm | 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 - 3:14pm | 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 - 7:40pm | 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 - 10:25am | 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 - 3:00pm | 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 - 2:41pm | 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 - 11:06am | 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 - 10:13am | 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 - 10:01am | 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. ...

Shane Claiborne: Barriers to Compassion in the City of Love
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

In the Bible, Jesus even goes so far as to say that when we feed the poor, the “least of these,” we are feeding Christ himself. When Jesus speaks of the final judgment he says we will be asked by God, “When I ...

A New Hymn for World Water Day
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

This Thursday, March 22nd, is World Water Day. The April 2012 issue of Sojourners includes Ched Myers’ 'Everything Will Live Where the River Goes', a Bible study on water, God, and redemption. See a ...

'I'm on Food Stamps. Don't Hate Me For It."
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost everyone who knows me. I have hidden it from friends, from family, from classmates. I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost e ...

The First Step: Let Us Pray
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

What action will at once end the violence, protect the people, and depose an illegitimate government while not increasing violence in a complicated and volatile region of the world? ...

When a System Demands Our Allegiance Away from Christ
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 10:12pm | Type: Blog

When I am faced with dishonesty and fraud on a systemic scale, I ask my questions of God. But I am continually directed back to humanity itself to find the origins of injustice. So what can we do to end injust ...

Things I Hate (But Shouldn't)
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

I know, Christians, love everyone and everything, right? Mister Bluebird on my shoulder and all that jazz. Well, that ain’t me. Not that I don’t try, but I also don’t try to fake it when I’m not feeling the lo ...

Ending Poverty in Our Time
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Hearing about the injustice and suffering in our world can be overwhelming. The problems seem so insurmountable. Is it really possible to make a difference? Hearing about the inju ...

LifeBuilders: Help Rebuild Lives (and Souls) in Detroit with the Click of a Mouse
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

"It's an exciting thing to grow spiritually, emotionally and physically here in the community," Larry Johnson says. "We're committed to showing the love and power of Jesus Christ and w ...

A Lagniappe of Awesomeness: Jesus Toast
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

I wrote a piece a little while back about a guy in Espanola, New Mexico, who found the image of Jesus in his tortilla. While that was interesting, this is AWESOME. I wr ...

We Take Requests: Bono's Address to the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 03/10/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a goodie: Bono's keynote address at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast. You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a go ...

The Bible Lessons Rush Limbaugh Must Have Missed
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

I have said and say again that whenever we make a judgment, we reveal more about ourselves than about the person against whom we are passing judgment. Controversial radio talk-sh ...

God is Pro-Peace
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

As a person who (loosely) identifies with the evangelical tradition, allow me to make a clear, unambiguous, declaration: GOD IS PRO-PEACE! On January 31, 2004, World Net Daily ...

Is God Dead?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 7:36pm | Type: Blog

There was a movement back in the 1960s that many of us only have read about, while others vividly remember. Philosophers and theologians explored what was labeled the “Death of God” movement. Interest in the s ...

Who Hijacked My Church?
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

“Church folks are just too political!” When people are asked why they have decided to leave the church, this has become an increasingly popular response. And, sadly, it is a particularly popular response for ...

If It's Armageddon, Do I Have to Do My Homework?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:36am | Type: Blog

The world has never been short on doomsday prophets, intent on predicting the end of days. And it has reached fetishist proportions this year with the end of the Mayan calendar. M ...

Piper's Tweets About Gays: Dude, Where Is the Love?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

It seems Piper has a Twitter problem. Maybe he doesn’t see it as such, because with fewer than 140 characters, he can stir up quite a storm of controversy. But considering the damage that can be done with so f ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Jeremy Lin and the 'Messiah Formula'
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

The question all this raises for me is: What’s behind our tendency to make messiahs out of people? There’s is actually a bit of a formula to it, stretching all the way back to the days of Jesus. ...

A New Hymn for Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 6:45am | Type: Blog

This coming Wednesday, Febr. 22, is Ash Wednesday. The following new hymn is based on the Revised Common Lectionary’s assigned reading of Isaiah 58:1-12 with its social justice themes. ...

The Kingdom of God Belongs to Them
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The kingdom is where a banquet will be spread for all people (Isaiah 25:6-8), where there will never again be an infant that lives but a few days (Isaiah 65:20). Two-thousand ...

Shane Claiborne: Occupy Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 7:24pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the recent police violence in Oakland and the sure temptation of some protestors to resort to violence, I wrote this little reflection inviting all Occupiers to a renewed commitment to nonviolence. ...

Company Touts 'Medical Tourism" in Israel for Sick Pilgrims
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures. Now, an Israel-based tourism company is offering a package t ...

Just Say It: Be God's Love, Grace and Mercy Today
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

"You and I have the power to change someone’s day. And so I am going to challenge you, on this Valentine’s Day, to not only tell family members you love them, but also others whom you care for." ...

Remembering "Nippy": Houston's Church Mourns the Death of a Famous Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Anyone who knew Houston understands that her talent came from one place, the God she served at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. This is where it all started for its daughter, where she was the darling of ...

No Pews, No Suits, No Problem.
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

They may not have steeples or stained glass, but the nontraditional churches say they are finding success tapping into a segment of society that may otherwise have been lost. At these churches, attendees often ...

Jesus is Not a Fan of Sectarianism
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

As soon as I think that my friends and I have a corner on Jesus, Jesus reminds me that He’s bigger than any organization, doctrine, or philosophical system that I can wrap my brain around. ...

An Alternative To: The Perversion of the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Sinner Barack H. Obama
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

This past Sunday, Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the blog Red State wrote a post titled “The Perversion of the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Sinner Barack H. Obama." First, I hope that Erickso ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

“There is no distance in the Spirit.” After 30 years as a believer, I experienced the truth of that statement — powerfully and indelibly — in an unlikely place: online. “There ...

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and G92
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Whether what is happening in Alabama as a result of this law — and, as the program reveals, a great deal is happening, even if most of us outside of the state aren’t paying attention — was the intention of the ...

Follow the Meme: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Copycats and Responders
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus is a true Internet phenomenon, garnering more than 18 million views and sparking a global debate. As with most internet phenomena, the viral video has given birth to dozens ...

Mitt Romney, the Poor, and Women’s Breasts
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

“The poor will always be with you” — especially if you’re not poor — seems straightforward enough: Look around, people ! The poor (and their problems) are very much with us! Viewed through this kind of realpol ...

Obama Says Faith Mandates Him to Care for The Poor
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

President Obama connected his faith with his policies toward the poor at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (2/2/12), a subtle but sharp contrast to remarks made by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney the ...

Collateral Murder and Preemptive Love
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 2:58am | Type: Blog

Today I was catching up on emails and came across two messages that deeply affected me, maybe because I read them back-to-back. Today I was catching up on emails and came across ...

Manners and Morals
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

Governor Brewer’s demeanor toward the president was inappropriate. However, the deeper question is why would this woman think it is appropriate to put her finger in anyone’s face, president or not? ...