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The Pastoral Irony of Advent
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

This is my first Advent as an ordained minister, and I am attempting to quickly learn so many things. Including: what Advent means in different cultural contexts; how to determine the "accurate" them ...

Come, Lord Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Is this not our great hope, to transform the world? God is with us. This Advent may we again move forward in faith. “A time to wait.” I’ve always struggled with Advent as a ...

Out of the Silence
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

One summer my cousin Betty and I sneaked through the barbed-wire fence of a neighbor’s orchard and ate so many wild plums right off the tree that we almost made ourselves sick. Betty was 13 and I was 9, and I ...

Waiting for Heaven
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

But wait! What if we‘ve got it backward? To revisit that waiting-goes-both-ways thing: Instead of us waiting on God, what if God is waiting on us? John Dominic Crossan poses that question in his book The Pow ...

Waiting Faithfully
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Faithful readiness must be active readiness. It means saying that even though the wedding banquet hasn’t yet begun, together we will act as if it has. To live otherwise is to be exposed as unaware, perhaps rev ...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Philip Metres If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled? The c ...

Waiting for the Coming
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God. ADVENT IS UPON US: W ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

On Scripture: When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Our sense of injustice is quite attuned to moments of personal grievance even as we neglect how our actions may harm others. If anything, these moments of rage reveal much more about us than those we think hav ...

Free MLK Graphic
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors "Justice too long delayed is justice denied." As our nation kicks off the new year by h ...

Advent and Expectations
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Advent allows us to realign our expectations to His plan. Social justice will not happen in the way that we devise. If God came as this baby Jesus, how will God right all things wrong? ...

What To Do WIth Empty Space
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

What would it look like for me to let myself be filled with the joy that comes from anticipating God's promises? "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord h ...

The Waiting
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Advent, a season during which Christians honor and attempt to approximate the longing for a Messiah more than 2,000 years ago, is often described as a chance to exercise our patience muscles. ...

Faith Means a Lot of Waiting Around
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Almost 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated, we’re still giving legal benefits to some couples but denying them to others, not to mention that we fill our prisons with brown-skinned people, too many women a ...

Walk On The Ocean: Rob Bell, Day 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

Toad the Wet Sprocket was playing in my head. "Walk on the ocean..." but this wasn't some 1990's melancholia. Instead it was an invitation. I didn't want to swim, though I love it. I d ...

From the Archives: November 1981
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Lou Kownacki The Art of Waiting IN THE PAST two years, I’ve done two smart things: I went fishing last s ...

Jesus’ Invitation to the Discipline of “Wasting Time”
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

There is an element of lingering inherent with submerging. It is a willingness to be present to the point of feeling like we are wasting time, when in reality we are leaving ourselves open to be used by the Sp ...

In Memory of Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

The Bible teaches us: “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death, than the day of birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) On this day, as the world morns the unexpected passing of legendary singer W ...

Bearing the 'Wait' of the World
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 10:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Reflections on the Common Lectionary. The Word of God is steadfast and faithful. This is the prom ...

Nine Tips to Help You Survive Advent
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

So, in the spirit of anticipating its arrival, here are nine tips to help you make it through this Advent season. Advent—the four weeks leading up to Christmas—is an important tim ...

Life: Interrupted
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

I've come to believe that one aspect of maturity is the ability to see life's interruptions not as interruptions but as necessary events and journeys. If we think of the unexpected as an interrupt ...

The Mercy Seat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It ALL began when they come took me from my home And put me on Death Row, a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know. I began to warm and chill To objects and their fields, ...

Obama on Jobs Act: 'They don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months.'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

First, here's the transcript portion of the last five minutes of President Obama's speech where he really got his preach on: First, here's the t ...

Overcoming Depression (and Stigma) as an Asian American Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. ...

From the Streets of Madison: A Crash-Course on Collective Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/25/from-the-streets-of-madison-a-crash-course-on-collective-action/"></a>Before last week, we'd rarely thought about unions or union ri ...

Loving Your Enemies (Even When You Don't Want To)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of like to fill in sound effects that I think the crowd listening to Jesus might have responded with. Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Friday Links Round Up: Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Dutch Winter. Chinese Mot ...

Friday Links Round Up: Jumo. Pro-Beef. DREAM Act.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Jumo. Pro-beef. DREAM Act. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Jumo. Pro-beef. DREAM Act. Here's a little rou ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

Power and the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

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

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

Border Fence Limbo
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>My friend Dan and I walked along Avenida Internacional, the four-lane highway that runs along th ...

Real Life on Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I am a single mom living alone with my 3-year-old little boy in southwest Florida. I am a single mom living alone with my 3-year-old little boy in southwest Florida. I have work ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves," proclaims Jesus in the gospel of Luke. ...

Desire, Incorporated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Well, glory be Well, glory be My first reaction (to quote My first reaction (to quote George Will) was "Well". An article that compares pornography to McDonal ...

Daddy's Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

At a recent wedding I attended, one of the groomsmen toasted the bride saying that she was going to make the perfect wife because she had already demonstrated her ability to be her fianc&eacute;'s ...

Mary's Song: A Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Dark times<br /> Regime change.<br /> "How are we gonna make it?"<br /> "How are we gonna live?"<br /> Tomorrow?</p> <p>Fear for breakfast<br /> Tr ...