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Sabbath for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009">September-October issue of </a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?actio ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: We Won't Turn Back
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100826_MLK.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on ...

The Clay Talks Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"<em>You are the Potter, I am the clay</em>." I grew up singing that in youth group at church -- but never with very much enthusiasm. " You are the Pot ...

Finding Faith in the Margins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was interviewed in <a href="http://www.statesman.com/life/faith/satirist-ponders-true-meaning-of-christ-outside-christianity-870492.html">The Austin American Statesman</a> about my ...

Are Christians the Only Children of God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the film "Dead Man Walking", shortly before Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn) is executed, there's a scene where Poncelet confesses his crime of rape and murder. ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

In Support of the Cordoba House (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the story of Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman at the Well of Sychar, we see a man and a woman from two different tribes that hate each other. In the story of J ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

We Need a Clean Energy Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We need a clean energy conversion.</p> We need a clean energy conversion. If civil rights was the key issue of the previous generation, I think clean energy is one o ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Tombolombo. Tombolombo. That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language. It was one of the first words Vasco taught me when he came ...

Why I Am Not Quitting Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

By now, most of you have heard of the <em>dramatic news</em> of Anne Rice's simple statement of "quitting Christianity." I'm amazed how much coverage this has received -- everyw ...

A Hymn of Welcome for Immigrants: 'Abraham Journeyed to a New Country'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, we see <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/comprehensive-immigration-reform/">stories of immigrants</a> -- people called to settle in new lands and begin new lives for ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Controversy in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. Every summer, a number of Christian mus ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...

11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.</p> Here are some of my favorite ...

God's Provision in a Recession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A few summers ago, my son brought a little white plastic birdbath to my dad's house and set it up in the back yard. Dad kept the birdbath clean and filled with water. A few ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

God gets at us in the funniest of ways. Just this week the Spirit stirred in me while reading an interview with one of my heroes, Vandana Shiva. The reporter from <em>YES! G ...

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/stopping-anti-immigrant-violence-at-its-ideological-roots/">In November 2008, a Latino man, Marcelo Lucero, was stalked and murdered</a> on a stre ...

Naming Jesus Again and Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While discerning a vocation to Roman Catholic religious life years ago, I had the opportunity to go on retreat with a group of women religious. While discerning a vocation to Roma ...

Children, Church, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take away from the week. One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take awa ...

Goodbye, Styrofoam Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Although the damage was minimal, the storm turn ...

Jesus in My Father's Garden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My father is 82 years old, and for most of his life he was an avid gardener and fisherman. He lost interest in the garden after my mother died. This year I told Dad that I wanted a garden. ...

Social Justice is a Virtue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Christianity promises, by grace and through faith, that believers will spend eternity with God in paradise. Christianity promises, by grace and through faith, that believers will ...

When Grace and Death Collide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Hans Peterson, a good friend of mine, died two months ago in a work-related accident. Hans Peterson, a good friend of mine, died two months ago in a work-related accident. Hans wa ...

Mysticism for Mathematicians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've always longed to see the world through a poet's eyes -- to see the magical in the everyday and to be able to weave words in such a way as to convey that magic to others. ...

Is Google Making Us Ignore God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

God calls on us to meditate on God and God's word. However, does the fast intake of information from TV, film, and especially the Internet make us less likely to experience God? ...

The Kingdom of God is not an Empire with Language Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0611&amp;article=061121">Barabara Kingsolver</a>'s novel titled <em><a href="http ...

The Art of Dying
Originally Posted: 05/19/2011 - 3:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sowle Cahill At the end of life, how can people of faith prepare for a good death? Death is a human reali ...

The End of Empire?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

César J. Baldelomar The Future of Faith, by Harvey Cox. HarperOne. Not too long ago, with the rise of science ...

Growing Where We're Planted
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

To make a difference for good in this world a person has to have a sense of place. But few of us have such a sense. We are a people on the move. To make a difference for good in t ...

Pentecost's Pente-chaos: Nothing's Changed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day.</p> All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day. The story opens w ...

Telling Stories True: An Interview with Sara Zarr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Kirkus Reviews</em> calls Sara Zarr's third young adult novel, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316036048?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2 ...

Screwtape and Self-Righteous Hell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had the recent pleasure of seeing Max McLean's deliciously wicked portrayal of Screwtape in <a href="http://www.fpatheatre.com/screwtape/">The Screwtape Letters</a> curren ...

The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> Web article</a>< ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

Mother's Day Gifts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in our lives who nurture, teach, rear, and comfort us. Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in o ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

This I Believe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086587?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1 ...

Dr. Dorothy Height's Funeral: Lifting Her to Heaven
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Under the sweeping arches of the Washington National Cathedral, we <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/29/AR2010042901014.html">celebrated</a> the life o ...

'Can the Subaltern Speak?' or, Moving the Emerging Conversation Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href=&qu ...

Giving Up Your Spiritual Journey (and Putting Down Roots)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Don lived for years in the Chicago area, working hard and trying to keep up with the fast pace of his profession. Don lived for years in the Chicago area, working hard and trying ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

Earth Day 2010: Does Going Green Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It has mattered for my soul. It has mattered for my soul. Through the years I've slowly, very slowly, been urged, nudged, and sometimes forced to consider how my many choic ...

Faith Over Certainty: The Difference Between a 'Pilgrimage' and a 'Testimony'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was filling out an application recently and was asked to write a short statement on my "personal faith pilgrimage." I grew up in the Christian world, and so have had to write out my testimony ...

Looking Beyond the U.S. for Emerging Church Trends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.freshworship.org/node/660"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the Sojour ...

Living into the Hope of the Resurrection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I have never been as conscious of the incredible hope of the Easter message as I have been this last Easter. I have never been as conscious of the incredible hope of the Easter ...

Tragic Anniversaries and Embodying Resurrection Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week is a confluence of anniversaries. April 7 was the 16<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda where more than 800,000 died in a few days. This wee ...