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Make Way for the Female Antihero: TV Takes a Page from the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the past several years, TV has become saturated with male antiheroes. Breaking Bad made a meth dealer Emmy gold, and Dexter garnered a cult following behind a sociopathic vigilante. But hey, boys will be ...

The Strange Nostalgia of 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

The rapture movie is neither hot nor cold. So why was it made? A roundtable of religion writers discuss. Editor’s Note : ‘ Left Behind ’ starring Nicolas Cage hits ...

What Do Americans Pray for? Themselves. And Maybe a Sports Team
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, accor ...

How to Keep Moving
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

You come to a point where some of your dreams starts to feel a little out of reach. Or, your dreams come true and you find out that they’re not at all what you expected and maybe not at all what you really wan ...

A Legacy of Praying Women
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

Change is going to come, but not through politics, or legislation, nor the occasional controversy, like the firestorm that recently brewed in the NFL. Change comes through a collective value, a collective visi ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

As the Washington, D.C., premiere of Warner Bros.’ new movie, The Good Lie, came to a close, I could barely see the credits through my tears, but the noise of the crowd around me erupting into cheers and the s ...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

In Israel, Biblical Land-Use Laws Call for Creative Workarounds
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

On Oct. 3, when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year. ...

And That Is Grace ...
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

We like to put flesh-and-blood on the notion that we are recipients of some great gift that arrives unexpectedly and is given freely. Someone or something that comes into our life and significantly changes it ...

Why Multigenerational House Sharing May Be the Wave of the Future
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

As early Christians discovered in their bold experiment in communal living, multigenerational living requires putting the other first, not oneself; approaching decisions with humility; an attitude of gratitude ...

How I Learned That Feminism Isn’t Disconnected From Faith
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

17:70). All humans regardless of gender, race, class, or any other social construction of worth are equal ...

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

Religious Leaders Try to Cope with Islamic State Attacks
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also kno ...

Evangelicals Add One More Guest to the Wedding Party: Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

In an age of big-ticket destination weddings and reality show “bridezillas,” some evangelical Christians are opting for what writer Catherine Strode Parks calls “A Christ-Centered Wedding.” ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

RECIPE: Bread for Michaelmas, A 'Locavore Feast Day' for Urbanites
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Never heard of Michaelmas? Neither had I, until I read the recipe for struan in Peter Reinhart’s Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise and Method as Metaphor. The ancient Celts baked struan, bread made with ...

ON Scripture: In Compassion and Sympathy, A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Christ-followers are given another angle of vision, another mirror into our souls, in the person of Jesus Christ. No passage of Scripture points more acutely to this image than one of this week’s lectionary te ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious v ...

Americans Divided on Religious Liberty: The Freedom to Practice My Religion or the Freedom to Avoid Yours
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to concerns over religious liberty, Americans are divided as to which is in more imminent danger: the ability to practice one’s religion without government inference, or the consequences to freed ...

Muslim Scholars Tell Islamic State: You Don’t Understand Islam
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms. ...

The Jewish High Holy Days Explained
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around the world will turn the page on the Jewish calendar to begin the new year, Rosh Hashanah. Happy 5775 ! At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around t ...

Pope Francis Orders Accused Envoy Jozef Wesolowski Put Under House Arrest
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis had ordered the arrest of a former Polish archbishop accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic because the case was “so serious,” the Vatican said Sept. 23. ...

#UpForSchool -- Sign the World's Biggest Petition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 11:52am | Type: Press

September 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Gordon Brown ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

The Key to Real Community: Tear Down that Firewall
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning at 5:30 I woke up to a disconcerting email: Suspicious Sign-In Prevented. Please check your Google activity immediately. In my half-asleep bleariness, I clicked the link and filled in my pa ...

Jewish Resolutions for the Jewish New Year
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewi ...

The Emptiness of Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

The empty shoes came in all shapes and sizes — cowboy boots and sneakers, children’s sparkly shoes and women’s dress shoes. They filled step after step going up toward the entrance of the Wisconsin State Capit ...

Immigration Reform a 'Moral Test'
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Press

June 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...

5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Few things are presented more inaccurately than Christianity. Often marketed through evangelism as a joyful, peaceful, loving, easy way to overcome the hardships of this world, in reality practicing Christiani ...

Churches Shun Mental Illness; Offer Little Help to Sufferers, Families
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist members who have a mental health crisis, a new LifeWay Research ...

The Ice Bucket Competitor: Can the Quran Challenge Go Viral?
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Move over Ice Bucket Challenge. Muslims have a new take on the viral social media phenomenon: the Quran Challenge. Move over Ice Bucket Challenge. Muslims have a new take on the v ...

Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to Launch NYC Campus
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in Ne ...

In Church, A Taboo Topic
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 2:12pm | Type: Press

September 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Diane Jennings ...

Pastors See Domestic Violence as a Pro-Life Issue but Rarely Address It, New Study Says
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Press

June 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Anugrah Kumar ...

Report: Pastors Know about Domestic Violence, Keep Mum
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Heidi Hall ...

Survey: Domestic Violence Rarely Addressed
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Smietana ...

Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Press

July 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Timothy Morgan ...

Not Another Charity Case
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 11:53am | Type: Press

July 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Ruth Moon ...

Episode 51: Does the United States Have a Responsibility to Act Against ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 11:46am | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrea Seabrook ...

Christians Must Create a 'Culture of Accountability' for Their Pastors, Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Gryboski ...

U2's Bono Once Wrote A Poem For Billy Graham: 'The Journey From Father To Friend'
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Press

September 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

Ask Congressional Candidates: More War or Less Hunger?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Stephen Padre Bread For The World ...

See the Touching Handwritten Poem a Famed Rock Star Once Delivered to Evangelist Billy Graham
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/17/see-the-touching-handwritten-poem-a-famed-rock-star-once-delivered-to-evangelist-billy-graham/ It’s no secret that U2 ...

U2's Bono Wrote Poem for Billy Graham Based on Preacher's Life Journey
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jessica Martinez Christian Post ...

Bono: 'I Give Thanks Just for the Sanity of Billy Graham'
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Press

September 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Chapman ...

It's About More than Football
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:24am | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Defeating ISIS Till Take More than Military Action
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Singing the Same Song in Different Languages
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

It's a Small World. I was 17, I think — and much less self-aware, I know — when I first ...

Why I’m More Worried About Ebola Than ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project ...