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'And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

the Non-Western Church . For 17 years he served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, and has ...

The Cheery Optimism of 'Tomorrowland'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Tomorrowland is a very hopeful film, maintaining a brand of gosh-wow optimism that’s endearing when it doesn’t feel silly. It’s both ironic and appropriate that the new Disney fi ...

Author Phyllis Tickle Faces Death Just as She Enjoyed Life: ‘The Dying Is My Next Career’
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle. Over the past generatio ...

Weekly Wrap 5.22.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Model breastfeeding, Fox News vs Jesus, 'Street Sense,' Bin Laden's bookshelf, and more! 1.  Why We Need More Covers Like ELLE’s, Featuring Breastfeeding Mod ...

'This Is My Iran'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Iran has been plagued by men of certainty — men who have been so certain about their ideologies and their views. Shirin is a woman of uncertainty who continues to question Iran’s politics and ideology. ...

Duggars Reeling from Josh’s Sex Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

In his statement, Josh Duggar said he confessed to his parents and they “took several steps” to address the situation. He also apologized to the victims. The Duggars, the reality ...

Restoring Dignity in the Midst of Poverty and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

It will take all of us to help restore dignity—for trafficking survivors and all of God’s children. Exactly 10 years ago, I spent an evening in Athens dancing, eating, and laugh ...

Finding Cracks in the Walls of Ecclesiological Separation
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

finishing 17 years as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, I titled it Unexpected ... the Non-Western Church . For 17 years he served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, ...

One Year After Meriam Ibrahim’s Release, Two Christians Face Possible Death Penalty in Sudan
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The clerics are charged with waging a war against the state and assault on religious belief. Last year, a death penalty sentence slapped on a Sudanese doctor for refusing to renou ...

Who Are the Rohingyas and Why Are They Fleeing Myanmar?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rohingya people are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims live in squalor in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. That number has ...

John M. Templeton Jr., Philanthropist Devoted to Science and Religion, Dies at 75
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Templeton is survived by his wife, two daughters, six grandchildren, and a brother, Christopher. John M. Templeton, Jr., a pediatric surgeon who left medicine behind to carry on ...

God forgives. What about bikers? Sin, death and dollars near Jerusalem on Brazos
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 10:44am | Type: Press

May 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Terry Mattingly ...

Top 12 Award-Winning Articles from This Month's Associated Church Press Awards
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners Magazine and Online win big at the Associated Church Press Awards Earlier in May, Sojourners attended the Associated Church Press awards ceremony in Toronto and took ho ...

5 Ways Churches Inflicted Pain on Themselves
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that Christianity isn’t in trouble at all. Churches are in trouble. Denominations are in trouble. Religious institutions like seminaries are in trouble. Professional church leaders are in trouble ...

Is It Heresy for Baptists to Baptize a Baby? One Pastor’s Example Sets Off a Debate
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

A Southern Baptist seminary president compared the notion of Baptists baptizing infants to vegetarians eating steak. The sprinkling-style baptism of a Dayton, Ohio, infant — a sce ...

Death Has Lost Its Sting: Conflicted Response to Tsarnaev's Death Sentence
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

What’s remarkable is the lack of enthusiasm that accompanied Tsarnaev’s death sentence. One person after another had mercy on their lips – from victims of the Boston bombing to the legendary Sr. Helen Prejean ...

More Than Numbers: Beyond American Christianity's 'Crisis'
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

Many of the polarizing, divisive issues in the American church, such as gay marriage, abortion, and the death penalty, are being discussed by the global church outside the context of the binary lenses of the A ...

Finding God in Plain Sight
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 6:59am | Type: Blog

The lesson was about how we often see things, but don’t necessarily recognize what’s there. We have to look hard to find things. Sometimes it helps to turn the picture sideways or upside-down so we can recogni ...

The Theology of a Biker Gang
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

God forgives. Bandidos don’t. We can easily dismiss that slogan as a biker gangs attempt to intimidate, but do not dismiss it. That pithy statement tells a profound truth about both God and humanity. ...

The Redemption of Don Draper
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

In many ways, Don Draper is the incarnation of advertising itself: the lie that we are defined by things, that we derive meaning from what we consume. In Sunday’s finale of the c ...

How to Use the Gift of Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

A breakthrough act of the Holy Spirit today would be the biggest miracle ever, if that breakthrough made us lose our capacity to hate, discriminate, and oppress, and instead, work against economic, racial, sex ...

Pining for 1950s Religiosity and Missing the Bigger Picture
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Ariz., wins the top prize for this year’s silliest religious idea so far. State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Ariz., wins the top prize for this year’s silliest ...

Is It Good or Bad When Churches Shrink?
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

This isn’t a crisis. We don’t need to defend ourselves. We don’t need to obsess over whose team is in the lead. America’s religious landscape  has changed. According to  a ...

Breaking Silence, U.S. Nuns Say Vatican Probe Cleared Up Confusion, Reinforced Their Mission
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Those involved in the talks said that after a rocky start, the talks settled into a constructive dialogue that cleared up many misunderstandings that Vatican officials had about the sisters. ...

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle Boosts His Profile Again with Charity Post
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Caritas Internationalis, the global Catholic charitable organization, has elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as its new president. Caritas Internationalis, the global Catholic ch ...

‘The New Black’ Opens New Dialogue About LGBT and Religion in Black Community
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Americans should condemn? Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Amer ...

The Sneaky Progressivism of 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

The women are undeniably the heroes of the film. No movie has approached the post-apocalyptic genre quite as definitively as George Miller’s  Mad Max  series. The Australian di ...

How Sojourners Kept Me in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Almost eight years ago, I showed up to work at Sojourners for the first time as a member of Sojourners’ Intern Cycle 24. It saved my faith and it changed my life. This week’s head ...

How to Forgive the 'Peeping Tom' Rabbi
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

In the Washington area there is shock over the Freundel scandal. As a former student, I, too, was shocked. When I was in grad school on the path that would eventually lead me to b ...

The Rise and Fall of American Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

What Christians must understand — and accept — about these statistics is that religious data about a country doesn’t accurately reflect its corporate actions pertaining to following Christ. ...

Unless We Change: Children Lead the Way to Peace
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

We think that it is children who bicker and demand attention, but maybe it’s us. We think that we are the ones with wisdom to pass on to our children, but maybe they are the wise ones. Perhaps it’s time to lea ...

Southern Baptists to Open Their Ranks to Missionaries Who Speak in Tongues
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The new policy, approved by the denomination’s International Mission Board on May 13, reverses a policy that was put in place 10 years ago. After decade-long resistance, the South ...

'Where's God When...?' 3 Authors Launch Tour to Talk Loss, Doubt, and Healing
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

God When..." — in Seattle and Portland on May 16 & 17, to help others hear, and share, ... got kicked out of the church at age 17, had a bible thrown at me on the way out the door, and actually ... that they are not alone.     “ Where’s God When… ” will be in Seattle on May 16 and Portland on May 17 ...

Italians Help Flood of Refugees in Pope Francis' Vision of a 'Church for the Poor'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

So far this year, an estimated 34,000 people are thought to have arrived in Italy by sea. Sitting outside the central train station here in eastern Sicily, a 16-year-old who would ...

Orthodox Jewish Commencement Speaker Finds a Shabbat Workaround
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

“So, this is awkward,” his video begins. Senior Don Greenberg was looking forward to addressing his fellow students as a commencement speaker at Binghamton University’s engineerin ...

World Vision Suspends Operations in South Sudan State over Escalating Violence
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

torched towns in some of the heaviest fighting in the 17-month-long conflict in the predominantly ... and killing," said the Rev. Peter Gai Lual, South Sudan Council of Churches chairman, in an April 17 World ...

Why Vatican's Recognition of Palestine Upsets Israeli Government
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican’s decision to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state on May 13 angered Israeli officials. The Vatican’s decision to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state on May ...

Vatican Recognizes State of Palestine
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced it will recognize the state of Palestine in a treaty concluded May 13. The Vatican announced it will recognize the state of Palestine in a treaty concluded M ...

Persecution or Clanging Cymbal?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

What if Christians aren’t being persecuted? What if our loss of influence in culture is because we lost our saltiness? What if people are trying to get us to be quiet because we have become a loud, obnoxious, ...

Five Problems With Christian Evangelism (and What to Do Instead)
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 7:26pm | Type: Blog

Here are some all-too-common examples of how we misstep when trying in one way or another to share our faith with others. Most of us can agree that Christians have a bit of a PR p ...

Meet the Gay Celibate Catholic Who's Shaking Up the Sexuality Debates
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

“My deepest identity will always be ‘child of God.’” A few decades ago, there were two options for people who wanted to follow Jesus but were attracted to the same gender: They c ...

Christians Lose Ground, ‘Nones’ Soar in New Portrait of U.S. Religion
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

This trend “is big, it’s broad, and it’s everywhere,” said Alan Cooperman, Pew’s director of religion research. The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it ...

When Leaving Faith Means Finding It Again
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Like grooves on a vinyl record, our past has left its mark. We can break with those grooves for sure, but we cannot pretend they never existed. I’ll never forget that conversation ...

New Palestinian Saints Highlight Region’s Beleaguered Christians
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

The coming canonizations have been described by the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, as a “sign of hope” for the region. Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns on May 17, a move that’s being seen ...

A Mama Knows Best, So Let’s Let Her Decide
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Not every mother gets the chance to do what she knows is best for herself and her family. A mama knows the difference between a playful coo and a hungry whimper, or between a real ...

Evangelicals Want to Follow the Global South on Gays. They Should Be Careful What They Ask For
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

that only 17 countries that belong to the United Nations have changed their laws to allow for same-sex ...

Liberation Theology’s Founder Basks in a Belated Rehabilitation Under Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome. It used to be that ...

Praying for Prisoners with Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

to be ready to keep your eyes closed for a long time; at least if he prays like he did in John 17 . Jesus’ ... food. Amen. Let’s eat.” Besides, when Jesus prays in John 17, they’ve already eaten the meal! ... Do Not Display (God's Politics, Jesus, john 17, Prayer, ...

Divest from Occupation: 'We Think Israel Can Do Better'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Church bodies in the U.S. are removing financhial support for the occupation of Palestinian territory—but some Jewish groups sti ...

Divest from Terrorism: The Achilles' Heel of Terror
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Tackling their finances is perhaps the most effective way of restricting terrorist groups.  ...