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Mormons Free to Back Gay Marriage on Social Media, LDS Apostle Says
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships. An LDS apostle reaffirmed recen ...

The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Grant Wacker ...

Is God the Biggest Serial Killer of All Time? A Response to the Friendly Atheist
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

For Christians, the Bible is important in the sense that it points to Jesus as the ultimate revelation of God. Who is God? The Christian answer isn’t found in random passages of the Bible. It’s found in Jesus ...

Women in Church Leadership and Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Probably one of the most important things for me is knowing who I am: a beloved and favored child of the King, made in the image of the perfect One who calls and equips me to reflect that same royalty and hono ...

Debate Over Gays in St. Patrick’s Parades Roils Irish On Big Day
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Fifth Avenue on March 17, the saint’s feast day, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan is facing renewed calls from ...

Prominent San Francisco Evangelical Church Drops Celibacy Requirement for LGBT Members
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to remain celibate. A prominen ...

When Christians Love Their Religion More Than Their God
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Imagine if Christians introduced people to their God instead of their religion. Instead of promoting Christ, Christians often promote … their theology their culture ...

'Little White Lie' — Untangling Family Secrets, Finding New Identity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

A young Jewish woman, raised as white, learns she's not. The Schwartzs seemed like any other Jewish family in Woodstock, N.Y. except for one thing: Mom and Dad were obviously ...

We Are Woman
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

I long for the day when women and men will stand eye to eye in evangelical churches across the nation. They will speak healing and empowering words to each other: I see the image of God in you. ...

Vatican Drops Image of Bound Woman after Complaints
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Following complaints, the Vatican’s cultural office has removed an image of a naked female torso bound in ropes that was used to advertise a women’s conference. Following complai ...

Pope Francis: ‘All I Want Is to Go Out for a Pizza!’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has given a lengthy — and fascinating — interview to a Mexican television station, which broadcast it on March 13 to mark the second anniversary of his election. The ...

Silence Is Not An Option
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

While we may acknowledge that men and women are equal, I believe there is power in who speaks. As a preacher and pastor, I have had the privilege of speaking to people from a wide ...

7.5 Million Americans Lost Their Religion Since 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

But the percentage who never pray is also up, from 14 percent to 17 percent. Tobin Grant blogs ...

Who Was St. Patrick, and Would He Drink Green Beer?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick . For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midweek excuse ... died on March 17 the late 400’s – scholars aren’t sure exactly when – his followers waged a war ...

How a Week With Monks Changed My Views on Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

My greatest struggle has not been that I have been so committed to “giving up stuff” for Lent that I have forgotten that God’s grace is unconditional. Rather, I have tended to avoid the discomfort of giving up ...

'I Wish I Could Also Have Died:' Boko Haram Haunts Kids
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

About 17,000 people are in Chad, according to the United Nations. The vast majority of the refugees ...

Between Two Cultures: How to Be Evangelical Without Evangelizing
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s not that we don’t love the evangelical church, or don’t attend an evangelical congregation. It’s just that we don’t identify with all aspects of the American version of evangelicalism. ...

Pope Francis Has History, But Not Time, on His Side in Reform Push
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, how? And what’s on the table — traditions, rites, doctrine, none of the above? Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, h ...

A New Hymn on Jesus’ Protest: When Christ Went to the Temple
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48 and John 2:13–16). His prophetic act has sometimes been used ... inside.   Biblical References: Matthew 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48 and John 2:13–16. ...

Ideology Over Humanity: The Problem With Criticizing Fred Craddock on His Funeral Day
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

The day of Craddock's funeral, the president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., called Craddock's essential claims to be “dead wrong,” claiming that it led to “no true pr ...

When the Way of Jesus Doesn’t Work: Finding Peace with a Divided Self
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

A surprising thing happens whenever I bless the negative voices within myself. They become much less negative. In fact, they start to become helpful. It was a rough week at work. ...

Kenya’s Catholic Church to Fight Hunger by Farming Its Vast Land Reserves
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change. Drying livestock carcass ...

Q&A: Rachel Held Evans on the Ills of American Christianity and Leaving Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

If you try to woo us back with skinny jeans and coffee shops, it may actually backfire. Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the a ...

The Siege Mentality of Christian Radio Stations
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

This siege mentality seemed basic to every preacher I heard. I suppose it’s one way to rally the troops. Get them fearful, angry, and suspicious. On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimag ...

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

"Let me put it this way. If no one else was watching, if you were doing this only for yourself, would you still do it?” she said. I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, ...

Vatican Knew about Theft of Michelangelo Letters, Refused Ransom Demand
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on March 9 said it has received a ransom demand to recover letters signed by Michelangelo, stolen from the Holy See nearly 20 years ago. The Vatican on March 9 said i ...

April 2015 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 10:21am | Type: Product

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Two Years In, Pope Francis Faces Headwinds in Reforming the Vatican. Here’s How He Can Prevail
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Can Francis change the culture, and the system? One reason the cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis two years ago on March 13 was ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Tomorrow Is My Turn by Rhiannon Gidden / Sand Opera by Philip Metres / Tricked by Jane Wells and John-Keith Wasson / Tailin ...

First World Problems...
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Saints (and sinners) around the water cooler.  WHEN YOU WORK for a Christian justice organizati ...

Easter and a Love Supreme
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

or sister in need and yet refuses help?” (1 John 3:17). We would rather argue theology than live that out. ...

Shooting in a Moral Vacuum
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If the purpose of art is to help us live better, then to have integrity, storytellers who feature characters who behave ba ...

#BlackLivesMatter Meet Stokely Carmichael
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger These national uprisings are part of an ongoing black liberation narrative.  IN AN undistin ...

All Eyes Are Upon Us
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Gene Grabiner Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying                            —Marvin Gaye ...

Is the Language of Business Enough?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel If we are closed to faith language, we may find ourselves burned up and frozen out.  I’M PRIVILEGE ...

Conquering A Great Divide
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

C. Christopher Smith This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith. Conve ...

A Rooted Gospel
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Dave Baker Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center. IVP Books.  ...

Parenting and Resistance
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie Riegle It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood. OR Books.  ...

Lent: Remembering Those in Transit
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

sat ( 107:10 ), some became fools ( 107:17 ), some set out to sea ( 107:23 ). Here are four ...

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Dominique DuBois Gilliard Part of "setting captives free" is helping see the invisible bonds of structural racism.  ...

Mercy Me
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Josh MacIvor-Andersen In the gospels, at least, not a sparrow falls to the ground without God's attune.  ...

Police: From Warriors to Guardians
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 10:40am | Type: Press

March 6, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Neither Despair Nor Complacency
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Charles Villa-Vicencio Nelson Mandela was one of the 20th century's greatest leaders, but the long walk to freedom in South Africa i ...

The Power of Peacebuilding
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright A military-only strategy won't defeat ISIS, and may even make things worse.  THE PEACE M ...

Don’t Tell Me that God Is In Control: On Tragedy, Sin, and Sovereignty
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

The fact is that God doesn’t promise to keep us safe from what’s wrong in the world – not from reckless drivers, not from cancer, and not from violence. But I do believe that God is sovereign in two ways. ...

Dissecting the 'House of Cards' Church Scene
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

All presidents beseech God to bless the United States of America. Many pray for divine aid for themselves or their policies. Some can only wonder at the inscrutable ways of the Almighty. Then there’s Frank Und ...

What the Church Can Learn from the YMCA
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

How has the West Seattle YMCA managed to do what the Church often only dreams of doing? Last week I was a little under the weather, so when my husband and kids took off after chu ...

QUIZ: What's Your Lenten Personality?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

How do you treat this holy (dreaded) season? Find out with our quiz! Lent comes for us all. Well, for some of us, anyway. What's your Lenten personality? Find out with our qu ...

Men: Take a Stand to End Gender-Based Violence
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

We believe that now is the time for men to engage in these issues; to stand up and speak out against violence; to be “First Men Standing.” Editor's Note: This article is ...

Private
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

Following Jesus isn't about uniformity but conformity to the life of the one who walked this Earth and laid down his life for even those who stood in opposition to him. A fri ...