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No Pews, No Suits, No Problem.
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:07am | 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 - 12:04pm | 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 - 2:12pm | 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 - 1:14pm | 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 - 12:55pm | 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 - 12:45pm | 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 - 5:14pm | 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 - 6:12pm | 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 - 3:58am | 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 - 1:51pm | 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? ...

Occupy Breakfast
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Our political class does not hear the prayers of the poor, they hear the "prayers" of corporate lobbyists who fund their campaigns. And they hear the prayers of Christians such as Doug Coe and The Fa ...

Go Play!
Originally Posted: 01/27/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Play matters from a faith perspective and within a developmental context. From either approach, play doesn’t just matter, it’s essential to who we are. The big red barn on my fami ...

No Country for Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Press

January 25, 2012 Sojo in the News Jonathan D. Fitzgerald ...

Defining "Evangelical" and Other Unsolved Mysteries
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I understand the interest in us evangelicals, I really do. The way much of the mainstream media covers our communities in the news can make us seem like a puzzling subspecies of the American population, not un ...

Coming to a Computer Near You: It's Tea Party Jesus!
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 12:37am | Type: Blog

The "Tea Party Jesus" video will be a satirical take of the Sermon on the Mount with various quotes, signs and policy positions of the Tea Party. I can’t say I ever expe ...

The Price of "Betterness"
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Umair Haque is a self-titled “author, blogger, thinker, reformer.” But the more I read of his work, the more inclined I am to add the title “prophet” to that list of descriptors. ...

Viral: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus"
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Are you a Christian who spends a lot of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of Jeff Bethke. Bethke, aka bball1989, is a spoken word poet whose rhymes and videos are capturing the attention of thousands ...

Rick Santorum – The Jesus Candidate
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

January 6, 2012 Sojo in the News Bruce Epperly ...

Dear SoJo Commenters: "This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man."
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

We can disagree, and we must when our conscience so demands, but we must do it with kindness, open minds and open hearts. Dear Sojourners Commenters, Please consider the f ...

Father Jim Martin on "Jesus and Joy"
Originally Posted: 01/08/2012 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

In this segment from his new CatholicTV series "Blinks," the Rev. Jim Martin considers why Christianity is often considered so joyless, and why "religious" usually means "serious." ...

The Nerd Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

I have a number of identifiers on my various venues I write for and on my email signature: heretic, antagonist, father, son, instigator, pop culture junkie, theologian, social media guru, and so on. But one se ...

A Christmas Reflection: Grace
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

That baby Jesus will be many more things as his life, death, resurrection and eternity continues but here in the straw, and central to everything he will do and be, he is a symbol of grace. This is what Christ ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: The Horizon of Death
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

For a story about conversion, death is a necessary character. It is in the finality of death that our eyes are able to readjust and see the horizon of our life and being. It is wi ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Suffer Not the Little Children
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Children remind us what faith is. When they overflow with joy and excitement it is contagious. When I imagine Jesus telling his disciples, “Let the little children come to me,” I ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Moral Imagination
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Scrooge had not yet lost all his empathy. It took the visions of Christmas past in order to spark it in him but it was still there. The Ghost of Christmas Past showed Scrooge a to ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

Maybe the Big Bang Wasn’t So Big
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Does the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle call into question the existence of God? If so, how does God feel about that? I figure she’ll be pissed. The international scientifi ...

The Immigrant Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Unaccounted for in the empire, baby Jesus’ first movement in this world was a government-evading trek through the desert by night. I noticed this Christmas season, for the first t ...

Millennials to the Church: Wake Up or We're Outta Here
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Young people are thirsting for social justice, and simply not finding those principles in the pews. Most vexing of all is that this trend isn’t surprising. But it should be. ...

Links (and Videos) of Awesomeness: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

Links (and Videos) of Awesomeness: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 Flash mobs have been appearing quite often this year – in shopping malls, public transportation stations, occupy movements ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Jason Harrod
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

"My favorite Christmas Hymn (technically an advent hymn) is 'O come, O come, Emmanuel.' I like it because it expresses the longing for Jesus to be 'with us,' and also that tension I b ...

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

We’re a house of hospitality when we learn to wait, when we learn to open ourselves to grace, when we let love transform us, one relationship at a time. Before Leah and I moved to ...

Advent or Government Shutdown, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

There is, once again, a threat of a government shutdown. Congress, once again, can’t get along. Even the most basic decision making has stalled as each party postures for their base. But, it’s almost Christma ...

The Real War on Christmas ... by Fox News
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

The real Christmas announces the birth of Jesus to a world of poverty, pain, and sin, and offers the hope of salvation and justice. The Fox News Christmas heralds the steady promotion of consumerism, the defe ...

Jim Wallis on Congo, Supply Chain and the Good Samaritan
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, caring for our neighbor means a change of plans. Sometimes, caring for our neighbor means we have to slow down a little bit. Sometimes, caring for our neighbor might even cost us money. ...

Vote for Me! The Politicization and Manipulation of Jesus, Christians, and Religion
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

While some folks holler and scream about Rick Perry’s ad, the blunt truth is that this has always been the consistent strategy of modern day politics. I confess that I don’t have ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Carrie Newcomer
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

In her inimitably lovely way, Carrie Newcomer , the Quaker singer-songwriter tells the story of June and Cal and their children gathered at their Christmas table to sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in her should-be classic, "L ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Bruce Cockburn
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

We've asked some of the artists who've performed our favorite Christmas songs to tell us what their favorite songs of the season are. Today, we begin with that virtuoso Canadian troubadour, Bruce Coc ...

On Redundancies: Social Justice and Personal Salvation
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Social justice is redundant. Justice, properly understood in a biblical sense, always has social implications. Personal salvation is redundant in the same way. Salvation, properly understood in a biblical se ...

Matthew 25: How I Met My Husband
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

On our first date we sat across the booth from each other at el taco de Mexico and talked about social issues and we saw eye to eye on everything. Then he said, “my heart for the poor is rooted in my Christian ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...

Black Friday: The Anti-Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Even if Black Friday were not so terrible for working families, and even if it did not threaten to steamroll Thanksgiving under the weight of Christmas-season merchandising, I would still be opposed to it. Bla ...

A Prayer For The Christmas Season
Originally Posted: 11/25/2011 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Lord God, I want to stay for a while in Christmas where hope is something I can cradle to my chest. I want to dwell here where music sings the promise of love, reminding me of those Mary moments in my life whe ...

Thankful, Indeed
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

I’ve learned that it’s especially important for those who are always trying to change the world, to remember what they are thankful for in their world as it is! I’ve learned that ...

"Lord, when did we see you hungry?": The 2012 Hunger Report
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Bread for the World has many recommendations in the 2012 Hunger Report, but I’d like to highlight just one for now: “Farm policies should lean more towards the production of healthy foods.” ...

A Church Sanctuary for the Occupy Movement
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Our churches should swing their doors wide and greet the Occupiers with open arms, offering them sanctuary and a feast to say “thank you” for having the courage to take a sacred stand against injustice and ine ...

The Jesuit Jester
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Father Jim Martin is a Jesuit priest, a prolific author, and official chaplain of The Colbert Nation. He's also one of the funniest guys we know — and Lord, can he tell a joke! ...

‘Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes’ – Charismatic Christianity 2.0?
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

The Sacred Breath of God breathes into us, making all things numinous. Reality is not cold and mechanistic, but infinitely personal – binding us all. Charismatic Christianity ha ...

The Worst Commercial in the World
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The Norton commercial says explicitly what most advertisements only imply. You are the things you own. Your identity is the stuff you have. Your worth is what you own. I’ve go ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...