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A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

Pentecost: The Coming of the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/09/pentecost-the-coming-of-the-wild-goose" target="_self"></a>This Sunday is Pentecost. For 50 days, a group of 120 followers of J ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

Why Did Two Wild Goose Contributors Spend the Night in Jail?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

North Carolina, host state for the inaugural <a href="http://wildgoosefestival.org/" target="_blank">Wild Goose Festival</a>, has many things going for it. ...

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was. I was r ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

In a Broken World, I Long for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Like all of you, I was stunned some days ago as I started soaking in the breaking news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death via U.S. military operations.</p> Like all ...

Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:33pm | 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 - 8:35am | 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 ...

America's National Humiliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.</p> Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started f ...

Lord, What a Parade!: A Hymn for Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to celebrate <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank&quo ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'm a Midwestern girl coming out of her winter shell this month. Flip flops are lost companions just now crawling out from under beds and hidden closet shelves. I'm a Mi ...

Burning Anger and Small-Minded Men
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive," <a href="http://foxvzw-news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=42386587&amp;afid=1&amp;pg1=2501" targe ...

Finding God on the Running Course
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:56pm | 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 ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Exposing Darkness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

The Scandal and Beauty of Grace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus came to us full of grace and truth (<a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=167387230" target="_blank">John 1</a>). Jesus came to us full of gra ...

In the Wake of Japan Disaster, Must We Accept Nuclear Power?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy reported today that it had detected low levels of airborne radiation at the Yokosuka and Atsugi bases, about 200 miles to the north of the Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors. ...

Lent: Giving Up Coffee, or My Life?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>photo &copy; 2006 <a style="padding:0;margin:0;color:#aaa; text-decoration:underline;" title="click to visit the Flickr profile page for Ahmed Rabea" href="http://www.f ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

Is Theology The Most Important Thing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Over the course of this past weekend and my recent post about <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/what-the-hell/" target="_blank">hell, universalism, exclusivism,</a ...

The Economics of Anxiety
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011? ...

Looking For Light Along the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100208-nomoredeaths.jpg"></a>For many Americans, the Sonora Desert conjures up images of a summer vacation replete with tequila shots and su ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Remembering the Little Bishop Who Roared
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Retired Catholic Bishop Samuel Ru&iacute;z Garcia, known as the champion of the poor and indigenous in southern Mexico, died January 24 of complications from diabetes. He was 86.</p> ...

Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.</p> I used to live in a world where God ...

How I've Learned to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. Growing up in suburban Atlanta, th ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Although I grew up in diverse church settings -- ...

God, We Have Heard It: A Hymn Lamenting Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette lamenting gun violence. We hope you find it helpful in light of the shootings in Arizona.]</em ...

Does Sunday School Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? ...

Middle East Martyr-Christians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the most precious artifacts I have in my office isn't an ancient coin or oil lamp. It is a business card. From northern Iraq.</p> One of the most precious artifa ...

Global AIDS Day and Advent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"It gets better." Those are the words of promise that many of us spoke to Internet audiences this past autumn to encourage adolescents who are considering suicide. " ...

Pray for Bernard, Pray for the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday November 16, hundreds of Christ-followers around the nation prayed and fasted in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-reform/" target="_blank">solidarity with immi ...

Why I Will Feast This Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my family for Thanksgiving but when the food was served, I could only watch. I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my famil ...

Chicago Evangelicals Harassed While Praying for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101115-immigration-prayer.jpg"></a>It was five days before the mid-term elections. The race to fill President Obama's senate seat was ne ...

Waging Peace During Threats of Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We've all heard the horrible news of the threatening packages sent from <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1003&amp;article=is-military-money-a-sta ...

A House of Prayer for All Races
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was privileged the last few days to be in Phoenix, Arizona. I was privileged the last few days to be in Phoenix, Arizona. (What an amazing place -- the sunshine and the cloudles ...

A Hymn for Economic Justice: 'Zacchaeus was a Tax Man'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many people grew up enjoying the song, "Zacchaeus was a wee little man," celebrating this beloved story of Jesus and a tax collector. Many people grew up enjoying the so ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Yesterday, I <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/10/04/getting-bey ...

The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to get people to stop believing in him. We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to ...

Worship Meets Experience at "The Opiate Mass"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Whenever Karen Ward, Abbess for <a href="www.apostleschurch.org" target="_blank">Church of the Apostles</a> (COTA), makes a suggestion about what's happening on the faith f ...

Tearing Down Walls in Memphis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On a muggy Memphis night last week, Tiffany Kelly and Imani Phipps, both juniors at local high schools, sat at the top of the historic Levitt Shell amphitheater as chants of "One Memphis, One Love" ...

Globalized Justice: A Promise to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month I was in a meeting of African bishops discussing the transformation of Africa when a speaker strayed from his specific topic and gave a list of details which outlined the impact of <a hr ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

Refracting America Through 9/11 Lens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Nazis don't have the r ...

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 ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

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. ...

American Muslims Are Not Responsible for 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation with my wife and boys, I was sure not to watch any cable news. For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation wi ...

A Different Idea for Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's an idea for people who are unhappy about having an Islamic Center near the site of the World Trade Center, especially if those people are Bible-believing Christians and/or defenders of the U ...