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An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

Separation Anxiety: God is Dead! Long Live God!
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Standing in the pulpit of Riverside Church, a congregation build by Rockefeller money, Henry Emerson Fosdick calls out all of Protestant Christianity. In our desire to meet the criticisms of atheists, in our d ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: SOPA and the Wisdom of Creative Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:24pm | Type: Blog

"Wisdom wants to be free. As a Christian, I believe there is actually some theology to this....Wisdom is a woman and she stands at the gates of the city and she cries out to the people, 'Be free. Be ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:15pm | 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 ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

What Would Jonathan Edwards Say About Twitter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As I play with my young son, walk to the grocery store, or wait for a subway, I feel the presence of emails I haven't answered, Facebook invites I haven't responded to, tweets I haven't sent. ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

A Proper 29 Way to Respond to the War in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

How are we to respond as people of faith to the recent revelation that more than 66,000 civilians have died in our two wars? How are we to respond as people of faith to the recent ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: Time to Break the Silence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note</em></strong><em>: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God's Politics will feature a series of p ...

Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and vitality for my denomination.</p> Several years ago, ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

Hearing MLK's Full Message
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This year, as we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are too often tempted to celebrate what has been achieved rather than examine what God continues to call out of us. Hop ...

Climate Justice Clips: Archbishop Rowan Williams on 'Fashioning a Christian Response' to the Climate Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Many would have read reports of Rowan Williams's wonderful sermon in Copenhagen. Below are some of my favorite quotes. What some may have missed is this fantastic talk he gave. Pencil in sometime ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine</em></p> <p><em>"What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye</em></p> ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

Labor Sunday: What Can We Do to Honor Workers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To work is to pray.</p> <p>It's a Latin phrase that the Order of St. Benedict adopted as its motto.</p> <p>St. Benedict, the founder of the order, recognized the sacred va ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Women Excluded from Ministry: 'I Just Didn't Think About You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"When the previous youth minister was here, he always filled in when the pastor was out," Bethany, a youth minister at a church in the southeastern U.S. told me. "W ...

Audio: Earmarked for Kingdom Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem preaches from the book of Proverbs, specifically chapters 10-18, in which there is a contrast made between the righteous person and the wicked person. I ...

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 ...

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 ...