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Turning the Focus Beyond Gender Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats because they tend to focus on things like fashion, women's emotions, crafts, and new forms of stomach exercises? ...

Evangelicals Need to Love Gay People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jonathan Merritt may be the most courageous Southern Baptist in America this week for his <a href="http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/04/an-evangelicals-plea-love-the-sinner.html#more"><em& ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

A Good Story: 'I'm Going to Kill You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I often tell people not to ask me for statistics because in this work all the statistics are bad. Ask me for stories instead, I say, because even in the worst of times I always have a good story. ...

Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing ...

50 Ways to Love Your Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

With the National Day of Prayer coming up (May 7), a lot of folks around the country are organizing prayer services in church sanctuaries and town halls. With the National Day of ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary c ...

Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction. I've been asked to co ...

What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the cou ...

'Women Should Remain Silent'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many of us were raised in churches that taught that women should be silent in the church because of the teachings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:34. Many of us were raised in churche ...

After Jailhouse Conversion, Madoff to Join Ministry of Televangelist Kenneth Copeland
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>While awaiting sentencing for defrauding investors with a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, Bernard Madoff has undergone what friends and family are describing as a jailhouse conversion that has given him new ...

Gangs, Nations: Same Thing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>In </em>Sojourners<em>' April issue, Tierra Neuva gang chaplain Chris Hoke <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0904&amp;artic ...

5th Sunday of Lent: Saying Yes to Holy Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary</em></em><em><em>: </em></em><em>Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

My Definition of the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>If I had a dollar for every person who has asked me "So, what IS the emerging church?" we could meet our budget this year. Here's my own definition, and it is just that -- my definition ...

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Faith into Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:</em></em><em> Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm107; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21</em></p> ...

Lent Devotional: The Triumphal Entry and the Poor People's Campaign Mule Train
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this Lenten season <a href="http://www.povertyinitiative.org/">The Poverty Initiative</a> is inviting you to join us as we reflect on the last week in the life of Jesus and the las ...

God's Garden: Church-based Community Agriculture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Meet Stephen Bartlett, an urban gardener and educator in Louisville, Kentucky. Meet Stephen Bartlett, an urban gardener and educator in Louisville, Kentucky. His passion isn' ...

The Real History of 'Saint Patrick': The Saint He Wasn't, the Man He Was
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It would be a very ...

The Collapse of Evangelicalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the March 10 edition of <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html">Michael Spencer predicts "the coming evangelica ...

What to Do If Someone at Your Church Has an Eating Disorder
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0904&amp;article=body-language" href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article& ...

Miracle Shots: On the Court and on the Street
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I stayed up way too late in a Buffalo hotel room the other night, eating string cheese and Oscar Mayer salami from the convenience store across the parking lot, watching the tail end of the Connect ...

3rd Sunday of Lent: Unpredictable Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2: 13-22</em></p> Bible readings from the Revised ...

The Perils of Well-Meaning But Short-Sighted Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Rick Warren, the most prominent evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Ric ...

Hope for Women in Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I don't honestly think about "women in ministry issues" a whole lot. I guess I just go about my work not thinking of myself as a female pastor, just a pastor. I have almost never felt ...

Prosecuting the Potluckers: Activists Face Legal Challenges for Feeding the Homeless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis wrote a great post last week entitled "<a href="../2009/03/06/6793/">Potluck Perspective</a>." Unfortunately, sharing food with 'the least of these' is aga ...

The God Who Sees: International Women's Day Synchroblog
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Shortly after I took a position as Children's Ministry Director at a small Baptist church, I sat down with the kids under my care and asked them what questions they would like to ask God. ...

The Danger of Deception
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? In overt and also subtle ways ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Good News in Both Word and Deed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's a new world we're living in. The troubles and hardships that were once easy to shove under our country's red, white, and blue rug now fly up in our faces on a daily basis. ...

A Lenten Prayer for Justice, Mercy, and Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent reminds us of the renewal that came through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The season of Lent reminds us of the renewal that came through the life, ...

Examining Paul's Perspective on 'Authority'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Ev ...

A More Excellent Way
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It is often pointed out that some of the places most lacking in hope are not the industrial wastelands or the bleak landscapes shorn of beauty, but the places where there is too much ...

2nd Sunday of Lent: Bringing Everyone to the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38<br /> </em> Bible readings from the Revi ...

Breaking Boundaries
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Onleilove Alston Seven ways to build a movement that includes poor and rich. The Jesus movement included every ...

Confession: 'Radicalism Often Turns People into Jerks Rather than Lovers'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Righteous anger, one of the best weapons in the satirist's arsenal, can eat me alive if I'm not careful. Jesus must look at some of my moves and shake his head. Righteou ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Hope and Action in Hard Times
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>In these times of foreclosures, tight budgets, and shrinking funds, community builders feel like ...

Audio: The Right Relationships to Fight Physical and Spiritual Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Preaching from the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones, Pastor Efrem describes the "right relationships" that God wants to bring about for both physical and spiritual change in our lives. ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

Audio: Improving Our Party Invitations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, with Acts 2:36ff as his text, Pastor Efrem describes the church as the expression of the invitation to the party of God's kingdom -- and questions why so few are saying yes. ...

Love God=End Poverty: Why I'm Going to the Mobilization to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>A year ago, anyone driving around Columbus, Ohio, was likely to see a billboard with the slo ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16.</p> Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16. I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cen ...

Being the Oaks of Righteousness: Domestic Workers United
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 2007, not long after I started to work with <a href="http://www.nyfaithjustice.org/">New York Faith &amp; Justice</a>, I learned of an in-depth Bible study on <a hre ...

Australia's Wildfires: It Is Well?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been described as the worst disaster in Victoria's history. Saturday was the hottest day ever recorded in the Melbourne region, following years of drought and weeks of heat wave conditions. ...

The Daringly Awkward Sermon Contest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month I started some contract work for <a href="http://www.geezmagazine.org/"><em>Geez</em> magazine</a>. Last month I started some contract ...

Friendship Across Fences: Communion and Civil Disobedience on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Photos by <a href="http://www.livingontheborder.com">Karl W. Hoffman</a></p> <p>Each Sunday afternoon, people from San Diego and Tijuana gather to celebrate communion at a ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Mobilizing Art Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I read this quote by John Piper: "...the weeping of the saints at the loss of precious souls is, paradoxically, the weeping of joy in God." I believe that is what God wants for me and fo ...

Audio: Shifting How We 'Have Church'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the church has constantly changed throughout history to get closer to God's heart. In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the c ...