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An Easter Sermon: Immigration’s Winter and Spring
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

It is into the public eulogy of immigration reform that the Christian message of Lent and Easter can breathe new life. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, a ...

Immigration Reform: No More Excuses
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

As we wait for Congress to pass immigration reform, far too many immigrants are perishing in the desert, and thousands upon thousands of families are being torn apart by deportations. These injustices must end ...

Hope Springs Eternal
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The key emotion of my baseball experience is hope over despair, which is also the most important meaning of Easter for us as Christians. Oh my, did I need Opening Day this year. O ...

The Joy of Forgiveness and the Seven Deadly Sins
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Lent is rarely talked about as a celebration, but it is an opportunity to revel in the joy of forgiveness. I live in Washington D.C., a city in which mistakes are messaged and sho ...

Gluttony: A Manifestation of Discontent
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The solution to gluttony, I discovered, is not not-eating. Taking on gluttony head first, or rather stomach first, does not mean cutting off my food supply and shunning my taste buds. Gluttony for me is not ju ...

Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist   Wrath Rolling in the Deep — Adele Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J Sloth Laz ...

Pride: It's All About Who You Know
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

When I came to faith, I saw it as a choice I had made after carefully and rationally weighing the evidence. But as I see how irrationally God loves me, and how gracious, how astoundingly beautiful and mysterio ...

Chris Thompson: Look Deeper Into Lent Than Just 'Give-Ups'
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Thompson ...

Exploring A Lenten Practice Of Sabbatical
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

March 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Tim Nafziger ...

The Hope of Glory Amidst 'Bondage and Decay' of Environmental Injustice
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

I am encouraged because despite the bondage and decay, glory is coming. In order for us to really receive God’s promises, we need to relieve ourselves of the bondage of sin that is manifested through environme ...

Lent Isn't Just a Second Chance at New Year's Resolutions
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

So here we go again. It’s that time of year — Lent, when many Christians give something up. Often it’s food, although my mom told me when I was a kid that giving up vegetables doesn’t count. ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

Bringing the Word to Life
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. Herald Press. ONE YEAR MY small group decided to ha ...

All of Life is Repentance, But Especially Today
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

If all of life is repentance, then Ash Wednesday is the Thanksgiving Day parade. It is significant in a city like Washington, D.C., to observe people we wouldn’t expect to be Christians walking around with ash ...

Ashes of Hope: My Love of Lent but Not of Murder on a Cross
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I think these ashes of hope are what the soul longs for. Beyond a good love story, a good hope story. To know that all of our troubles will not be squandered, but used for fodder to keep these tales of beauty- ...

Ash Wednesday: How Fasting and Prayer Could Change Us — and Our Country
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Ash Wednesday doesn’t begin a hunger strike, but rather a season of self-examination, spiritual reflection, repentance, sacrifice, and focused prayer. Lent is a time to examine our hearts and lives, to acknowl ...

Questions and Answers About Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection, and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ ...

Faithful Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

My life is not my own. I am the product of sacrifice. I am here because of those who saw beyond themselves and thought personal sacrifice was worth giving up to allow justice to take hold. I am here because Je ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

As our churches strive to become those “beloved communities,” we remember a Christ who became conversant with the desolation of a wilderness experience, and the pain of the cross so our world could be tethered ...

Marked with Ashes and Bearing the Cross
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 12:03am | Type: Blog

The Lenten mark of the cross, in tangible form, brings the church into solidarity with Jesus’ forty-day struggle in the wilderness — the place of desolation, the place of waiting and wandering, temptation, and ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A INVITATIONS COME. Yet an expressed desire ...

Vatican Defends Pope Francis’ Washing of Women’s Feet
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on Friday dismissed criticism of Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of two women during a Maundy Thursday Mass at a Rome youth prison. The Vatican on Friday dis ...

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. ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

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 ...

Preparing the Way: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We have become a nation that loves to “other” people. We point out their differences as reasons they cannot be trusted, as evidence that they take too much from the rest of us or threaten our well-being. ...

Sermon: Knowing Our Own Minds
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

This is the trouble about knowing our own minds. It's not the same thing as having a thesis with a well constructed argument. And it's not the same thing as being right. ...

A Lenten Reflection on 'The Least of These'
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

When you hear the term mental illness, what is your honest, initial, gut reaction? For many, the initial response to mental illnesses is fear. As a seminary graduate and a Masters ...

After Giving Up Religion, Atheists Try Giving Up Something Else for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

What would an “atheist Lent” look like? A group of young nonbelievers are finding out, observing the Christian practice minus its religious context. What would an “atheist Lent” l ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

... And Every Tongue Confess
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I like to remind my community of believers from time to time why we do what we do. I have long felt the risk of liturgy is that it becomes rote narration, a thoughtless speechifying of sorts. So that this migh ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

From Lent To Love: From Your Friendly Neighborhood Troubadour
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

If you read the text as a propositional description of God, it can be a rather disturbing image as God keens agonizingly one minute, and rages menacingly the next. It is almost a frightening glimpse of someon ...

Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

A Lenten Commitment to Give Up the Fear of Failure
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

What if we, as a Lenten discipline, make a commitment to give up the fear of failure — for such fears are too often personally devastating and publicly debilitating if left ignored or unresolved? ...

The Art of Slowing Down (And The Wisdom of Louis Armstrong)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

This world. It’s so beautiful. And every day, we have the opportunity to relish it. How many days are spent checking off to-do-list items on the backs of receipts? Why do we think we’re so busy all the time? W ...

'Memento Mori' and Living Today to the Fullest
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The Memento mori ("remember you will die") of Ash Wednesday and of a Holy Lent is not a macabre, dark, or morbid reminder. It is our wake up call to live fully in the moment, to live *today* to its f ...

40 Ways to Live Simply for 40 Days of Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifest ...

The Only Way Out is Through (A Lenten Reflection)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

How about we all just agree to skip Lent this year and just get back together on Easter, okay? A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! -Joel ...

Ashes and Hope
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Lent is a time when we try to identify with our own weakness, so since we are about to start the Church’s penitent season, it was shocking to read Virgilio Elizondo’s account of how a people generally consider ...

A Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors This pledge, which draws on one used by Mahatma Gandhi's independence campaign in India, was used in the U.S. civil righ ...

The Scales of Rejoicing
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C "THIS IS THE LORD'S DOING; it is marv ...

Faith to the Utmost
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 5:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald Osborn Today many people identify as "spiritual but not religious." Before it was trendy, Oswald Chambers, the man behin ...

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 ...

Finding God in the Depths of Silence
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to ...

What Happens When the 'See of Peter' is Vacant?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

If you live in the post-Modern, post-Christendom uber-hip world, you might not understand the full weight of this morning's announcement. A pope hasn't "resigned" in 600 years. ...

Fasting Like an Old Testament Prophet Gains Followers During Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

During Lent, which starts Feb. 13, the 40-year-old mother of two keeps a type of Daniel Fast, which involves eating only food from seeds (vegetables, fruits, unleavened grains), drinking only water and practic ...