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The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper ... and Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Pride, greed, hatred, bitterness, fear, and ignorance often cause Christians to promote distrust instead of unity — but what if Christians were more patient, graceful, and forgiving of each other? ...

For Those Who Study or Think About God
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Those who have made a profession out of talking about, writing about, thinking about God seem determined to make our profession an idol. "It's about God, stupid." I ...

A Watershed Moment
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers In the face of ecocide, the choice before us is stark: discipleship or denial. OUR HISTORY IS incr ...

For the Love of God, Love Others
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

As we try to follow Jesus and grow in our Christian faith, it's time we honestly evaluate the motivations behind our faith. How do our culture, upbringing, experiences, desires, and hundreds of other fact ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism & The Failure Of Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Press

February 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rod Dreher ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Terry LeBlanc In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous t ...

Salvation: All Is Grace
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

We elevate one belief or practice over another, then divide ourselves as Christ followers by the priority we set when, in fact, all of these are taught as saving by Christ, who alone is our salvation. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear ...

Birmingham Before the Dream
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

The Rev. José Humphreys Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. IVP Books. ...

Indigenous Peoples Prayer Calendar
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that refle ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...

When Christians Love Theology More Than People
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

The practical application of your love is just as important as the theology behind it. Our faith is evidenced by how we treat others. Does the reality of your life reflect the theory behind your spiritual beli ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay ...

God Loves Our Bikini Bodies
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Leah Kostamo Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community by Leah Kostamo MY MOTHER-IN-LAW wears a bi ...

VIDEO: Lifting Up Women's Voices
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Learn more about the Sojourners Women and Girls (SWAG) work. For far too long, women have been tr ...

New and Improved Christmas Hymns
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

As a public service, I have written historically accurate versions of three of the most beloved holiday hymns. Without personally endorsing any of the theology below, I also offer some alternatives to those wh ...

Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of G ...

Finding God in the Trials of Job
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

The world of Christian theology has seen its fair share of writings that address horrible suffering and the confusion about God’s character that it causes. The biblical character of Job shows us how, as believ ...

Syrian Debate Highlights Division in 'Just War' Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of diplomacy could prevent the conflict from claiming at least one more v ...

Newest ‘Values Voters’ Adversary to America: The Emergent Church
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emergent Church movement. Christian conservat ...

Presbyterians Stir Theology Debate by Rejecting Popular New Hymn
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The committee putting together a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA) dropped the popular hymn “In Christ Alone” because the song’s authors refused to change a phrase about the wrath of God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...

The Danger of 'Orphan Theology'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Kathryn Joyce Has the uptick in Christians eager to adopt overseas done ...

Too Happy?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirit ...

Power of a Personal Pronoun: 5 Suggestions for Gender Inclusivity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

With such small words, I felt included. I felt like I belonged and maybe, just maybe, I too could do systematic theology. Maybe I didn’t need a dumbed-down version just because I was a woman. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern / Kinship Across Borders: ...

What God Has Joined
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society w ...

Mark Driscoll: Gas-Guzzlers a Mark of Masculinity
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

"I know who made the environment. He's coming back and he's going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV." And after presenting his driving credentials, Rev. Driscoll reportedly added:&q ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

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 ...

SNL’s 'DJesus Uncrossed,' Mark Driscoll, and the American Worship of Satan
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

To the accusation that a nonviolent Jesus is a projection of my own wussy imagination: That is false and, in fact, the reverse is true – a violent Jesus is a god made in our own image. ...

Satan and Hell: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

We can argue day and night about whether fear-based theology is effective, biblically accurate, or even necessary. But it’s worthwhile to consider where our contemporary ideas about hell and Satan even come fr ...

Uncertainty's Graces
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Sullivan Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God. Jericho Books. JU ...

Top-Notch Theology (or Not)
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Who speaks for God? Must be this guy... DIVINING GOD'S intent is incredibly easy—all you h ...

A 'Historic Moment' on Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It's more human to deny the evidence, attack the messengers, and try to delay any response. A ...

John McCain’s Theology of War is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

John McCain angrily insisted on “right” and “wrong” answers to his questions of Chuck Hagel yesterday. As a theologian and a religious leader, I want to say that John McCain is “wrong.” ...

On Scripture: Can We Speak of God’s Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, and the results are frequently terrible. The rest of the church has a responsibility to get angry and repudiate the statem ...

God Occupies a Baby Crib
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

The baby Jesus is not merely a sentimental or cute idea but is potentially radical, transformative, and controversial. There is a line from a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem about the ...

On Love: 'Looper' and C.S. Lewis
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Can love be perverted? A careful look at Looper and The Great Divorce will help us answer that question. As the credits rolled after  Looper  in a packed Chinatown movie t ...

First Thoughts: Did God Cause Sandy?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, thoughts on natural disasters, the divine, and 'why bad things happen to good people.' In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, though ...

On Analysis and the Holy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

What is it that music actually does? What is that thing? I'm not entirely sure....It affects the world around us. It engages the world around us. Sound waves travel through various substances -- with grea ...

First Thoughts: Living With Abundant Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Theologian extraordinnaire Tripp Hudgins put together this edition of First Thoughts on living with abundance, butting up against living with anxiety. Edi ...

Because He Loved Us: A Call to Action
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

In a world that seems completely and irrevocably divorced from the teachings of Christ, where in contemporary society is there a place for the Christian voice? In a world that see ...

Meeting the Demands of a New Generation of Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:30pm | Type: Blog

Part of the theology was there already for the CCDA. A deep faith in the lordship of Jesus Christ coupled with a desire to love one's neighbor — especially the vulnerable — has long drawn people to work w ...

Spirited Debate
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The premise of the interview was a discussion of my book, Banned Questions About the Bible, but you’ll soon realize as you listen that we got into all sorts of other interesting topics, such as salvation, inte ...

Romney Courts Evangelicals With `Judeo-Christian’ Values
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by scarce ...

Giving, Receiving, and the Ethics of Music
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

What if music were ethics? What if music were ethics? You know, the art of listening and producing sounds as ethics?  I'm just thinking on the old blog here. I'm p ...

QUIRK: Why Metaphysics Matters
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

According to John Cobb, a theologian who played a crucial role in the development of process theology, metaphysics asks, "what is it in and of itself that constitutes what is truly real and actual"? ...