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Letting Go—And Its Complications
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne. FORGI ...

Recovering Creatureliness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Grataski If we seek to follow Jesus in context, nothing is more contextual than a watershed. The foll ...

Pope Francis Tells Atheists to ‘Obey Their Conscience’
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday penned a long letter to the Italian liberal daily La Repubblica to affirm that an “open dialogue free of prejudices” between Chr ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

Faith to the Utmost
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

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

God Talk
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Stanford anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann discusses the social science behind the evangelical relationship with God. ...

Margot's Monday Minute: On Neighbors and Neighborliness
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Neighbors and neighborliness. They're messy, surprising, and all of us. The Messiness Neighbored ...

New Wind, New Flesh
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B Experiments in my first science class at school ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: Treasuring Sustainable Gratitude
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

How do we go on "when the honeymoon is over." How do we sustain love? What do we treasure and how do we sustain the affection and even the excitement? This morning's First Thoughts is about Grat ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | 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 ...

Moving South: Day Three at the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reforme ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Take a Walk on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many of us are wondering how best to honor the many victims of that tragedy and its aftermath. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 appro ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

The Problem With Christian Labels
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A week or two after the 2004 election, I was dining with some friends in New York when the conversation turned to religion and politics -- the two things that you're never supposed to discuss in po ...

A Tennessee Church Welcomes its Muslim Neighbors
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Two years ago, the pastor of Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenne ...

Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi's Answer to Financial Collapse
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. On Monda ...

A Tribute to Mark O. Hatfield
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark O. Hatfield's political witness shaped a whole generation of students, teachers, pastors, and social activists in the evangelical community and beyond. Mark O. Hat ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

How Friends, Facebook, and Prayer Stopped the Deportation of Bernard Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

In November 2009, Bernard Pastor, an 18-year-old undocumented student in Ohio, was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation and detained. ICE held Pastor in federal detention with plans to deport him to ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was Father's Day. As a favor to a dear friend, I did a speaking event on Saturday night away from home, and planned on returning very early in the morning for Sunday and Father's Day. ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

The Logic of Online Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:49pm | Type: Blog

When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. When trying to make sense of the changes that ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

Yemen: The Difference Between a Peaceful Revolution and Violent Clashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Atiaf Alwazir, who runs the blog <a href="http://womanfromyemen.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Woman from Yemen</a>, has a new post explaining the relationship between what she ...

What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Any discussion of shared authority and responsibility between men and women must start with the importance Jesus placed on unity among his followers. Any discussion of shared auth ...

Congressman Weiner and the Rules of Decent Behavior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/26/zero-tolerance-trump-schwarzenegger-and-strauss-kahn/" target="_blank">the following in response</a> ...

Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not. One might think that three war ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

Music, Art, and the Pursuit of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spirituality, music, and art. I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spi ...

Harold Camping, Rapture, and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The rapture date and prediction has come and gone.</p> The rapture date and prediction has come and gone. By now, all of you have heard about the frenzy around 89-year-o ...

Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Love Comes First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group. ...

Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government? For ...

Big, Fat Kisses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

My first date was a big fat sloppy hour and a half of kissing (sorry Mom and Dad) supported by the screenplay of <em>My Big Fat Greek Wedding</em>. My first date was a ...

Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Blog

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching I just watched a 60 M ...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for your congregation, small group, or family.<em></em></p> Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for y ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

Finding God on the Running Course
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

I started running because of my sister. Kim and I began when we were pre-teens. I believed running was the key to making me more like her -- 5 foot 9, lean, beautiful, and highly intelligent. There was one pro ...