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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 ...

Awkward: Obama's Press Secretary Corrects the Boss, Invents Bible Verse
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. Poor White House spokesman Jay Carney misquoted -- invented, ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

News: Monday Morning Quick Links (Updated)
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet Some on the Left suggest that if were Jesus alive today he ...

#OccupySunday: We Are the 100 Percent
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. It may give power ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, went head to head Thursday night at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago in a debate over the hot ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

Linda Midgett answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

I think an evangelical is someone who believes Jesus is the Son of God, that the Word of God is true, and that we all need redemption from this fallen word. I think an ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

Jesus the Occupier? WWJD and OWS
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street? Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street? A common technique for opinion writers is to pose a question in the title of their articles, and then spoon-fe ...

News: Quick Links Round-up and Redux
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Faith Outreach THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Fait ...

The Poor People's March and Occupy Wall Street
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, at least two speakers -- the Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King's daughter, and the Rev. At the ...

Makoto Fujimura answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:52pm | Type: Blog

“Evangelical” is a dirty word in the New York art world. A friend, an artist, told me that before she understood the claims of the Bible, she thought Christianity was a weird political group, and evangelicals ...

Caryn Rivadeneira answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:34pm | Type: Blog

On my first day as an editor at Marriage Partnership magazine, I slipped into my office, pulled the pocket door closed and grabbed the phone. On my first day as an editor ...

Deconstructing Harry: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "the Doctrine of Devils"?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

"[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian "[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian Glad to see you on this, Tim. Glad to see you on this, Tim. Jackso ...

Cold, Broken or Grumbled, Every Hallelujah Counts
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As I lay on the kitchen floor -- my body rocking with sobs, my mouth telling my husband, "I hate my life" -- it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call a friend. To tell someone about the ...

Luci Shaw answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. Somehow we human beings need to group and categorize pe ...

Lynne Hybels answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:00pm | Type: Blog

It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the second day of a conference on Middle East Peace. It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the se ...

Lisa Sharon Harper answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

From the Catalyst Conference for evangelical Christian leaders in Atlanta, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing, Lisa Sharon Harper, gives her answer to, "What is an Evangelical?" ...

#OccupyWallStreet: "The First Time I Slept on the Street Was Seven Years Ago..."
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The first time I slept on the streets was seven years ago. Last night in New York City, I slept on the street again, near the corner of Cedar Street and Trinity Place in "Liberty Park&q ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...