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From the Archives: January 1988
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Murphy Davis The Cost of Community THERE ARE DAYS, to tell the truth, that you just have to wonder if it’s wo ...

Fighting in Central African Republic Is Not About Religion, Archbishop Says
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 12:56am | Type: Blog

Two French soldiers died as a wave of deadly revenge attacks involving rival Christian and Muslim groups has left the Central African Republic in chaos. Two French soldiers died a ...

Lessons from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Schirch The long war has made clear the fantasty of firepower "solutions" to complex political problems. ...

Christian and Muslim Dalits Beaten in New Delhi Protest
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

percent (about 17 million) of India’s 23 million Christians are Dalits. A petition filed in the Supreme ...

Pope Francis Tops Facebook’s List of Most-Talked-About Topics
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

It’s official, but no big surprise: Pope Francis is now the most-talked-about person on Facebook, according to information released Dec. 10 by the social media giant. ROME — It’s ...

How Much of Christ Can We Stand in Christmas?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for Christ in Christmas. Time for new life, time for hope, time for the faithful to say yes to God. Time for peace, not war. Time for repentance, not comfort at any cost. Time for justice and mercy a ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

Breaking Down Walls and Individualism
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Vulnerability is difficult, when our culture thrives on individualism. This culture tells us that we are the creators of our reality, a societal standard that has seeped into the church, creating a standard of ...

Why Switchfoot Won’t Write Christian Songs
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Way back in the day (circa 2004), Switchfoot's lead singer, Jon Foreman, was asked if the band is a “Christian” band. Even though it's been a while, his response is worth looking at again. ...

There's a 'War on Christmas' -- Just Not the One You Think
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

It is not the cashier’s job to share the church’s story of God coming to the world. This story of the incarnation of God is my story to tell, the church’s story to tell, all of Christ’s followers story to tell ...

Would It Be Okay If You Hugged Me? What a Tearful Teenage Boy Taught Me About Advent
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

God had seemed absent, hiding in the shadows of painful circumstances. But it turns out he was with me all the time, and was taking each horrible, painful detail and working it for good. ...

Trekkies, Klingons and the Language of Worship
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Do we just use words that we have seen over and over without giving thought to mean to the sacred outsider? Or do we find ourselves trying to use a language that speaks to those with whom we have often disagre ...

Revealing an Often Unseen New York City
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

From school to dance class to home, Dasani feels the weight of poverty and an unstable family. “She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside he ...

The Beginning of the End of War
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Margaret Alvarado Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experien ...

The Sounds of Silencing—And Speaking Out
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela Kissel Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach. When furlough ...

Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of G ...

Pope Francis Is Not a Standard Bearer for the Right or the Left
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

What Francis is doing is prophetic, not political, and we should recognize that he’s playing, to his credit, in a whole different arena. It’s one thing to say  kind words  about ...

Stop Comparing Mandela to Jesus, British Journalist Says
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Few would deny Nelson Mandela’s greatness, but one of Britain’s best-known journalists, Dominic Lawson, has taken the media to task for comparing South Africa’s first black president to Jesus. ...

God, Santa, Gifts and a Story for Preschoolers
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Santa as a model to imitate: He gives gifts for the joy of it and so should we. When I was 4 and 5 years old, my parents hung our stockings up at the beginning of Advent. Each mor ...

Is Love All We Need?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

By its nature, love has no minimums and no limits. It challenges the assumptions and the motivations behind all of our behaviors. Love leaves no part of our lives untouched. The B ...

Sandy Hook Anniversary Reminds Us That Love Endures
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

We tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict and violence, the end of all suffering. But if peace requires such impossible circumstances to exist, we’ll never realize it. ...

Shaped by Methodists, Mandela Paid Tribute to Role of Religion
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday, had a deep connection with religious institutions. Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who die ...

Famed Architect Santiago Calatrava Catches Vatican’s Eye
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of the Vatican’s new “Metamorphosis of Space” exhibit featuring the works of Spanish architect and artist Santiago Calatrava is the first-ever public display for the model of New York’s St. Nichol ...

Moving into Epiphany's Light
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

January 12 ] Surprises from the Frontline Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 ...

Sin and Simplicity -- Why Jesus Always Borrowed Stuff
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an experiment, give something away every day. Just one thing. Unclog one tiny artery of your life. See what happens. Every family, including my own, has its “keepers” and “give ...

Christmas Needs a New Tagline
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, we have yet to find those few, powerful words to create a tagline worthy of Christmas, a tagline that will connect “consumers” with the promise of Christmas. This is not to say we shouldn’t try. ...

Nelson Mandela and the Power of Elders
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

While unusual to found an organization at age 89, even more unusual is founding an organization with the purpose of saving the world at the end of one’s ninth decade. Nelson Mandela never lost hope. ...

'The Most Important Political Leader of the 20th Century': Jim Wallis on the Life of Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement. In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, Presid ...

Are Those Really St. Peter’s Bones on Display at the Vatican?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis cradled the small box said to contain nine bone fragments believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the first pope, he fanned the flames of a long-standing debate over the authenticity ...

What Do We Mean By 'Putting Christ Back in Christmas'?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

As a person who would say that Jesus is the most important thing in my life, who has devoted my life to the service of God’s Kingdom, and spends all of my waking moments trying be faithful to that devotion, I ...

Pope Francis Launches Commission to Tackle Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scan ...

Removing Our Hats -- And Changing Everything
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

What seem like very small, ordinary acts often have immense and lasting impacts. And every interaction that we have — even with a stranger on the street — can leave some sort of mark, either helpful or hurtful ...

The Spirituality of Katy Perry -- Pointing Toward Unconditional Love
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Despite Katy Perry's "Unconditional" love song, in real life, romantic feelings are highly conditional. They come and they go. But God's love is unconditional. ...

Have You Tried the Six Varieties of Love?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Can six loves known to the Greeks inspire us to move beyond our current addiction to romantic love, which has 94 percent of young people hoping — but often failing — to find a unique soul mate who can satisfy ...

Two World-Class Libraries Launch Online Archive of Ancient Scriptures
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Two of the world’s great libraries — the Vatican Library in Rome and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University — have scanned and loaded the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient Hebrew, Greek, and early Chris ...

Pentecostal Pastors in Africa Push Prayer, Not Drugs, for People with HIV
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare ...

Gareth Higgins on Peace, Politics, and Our Nation's 'Cinematic States'
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people like movies; Gareth Higgins loves movies. But the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival and long-time peace activist engages popular culture with a different eye than most of us. I asked ...

Finding God in the Trials of Job
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

The world of Christian theology has seen its fair share of writings that address horrible suffering and the confusion about God’s character that it causes. The biblical character of Job shows us how, as believ ...

Is Pope Francis Sneaking Out of the Vatican? Maybe Not, but He Wouldn't Be the First
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican officials say reports that Pope Francis has been slipping out at night to visit the homeless in Rome are “simply not true,” though that hasn’t stopped the stories from capturing the public imagination. ...

The Engine of Change Is on Full Throttle
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Statistically, most people will have five distinct careers before they retire — partly because they get bored, or burn out, but mostly because their industry of choice fizzles. My ...

#GivingTuesday -- A Day to Give Back
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

“Gray” Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday — and Giving Tuesday? For the second year in a row, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals are coming together to create a national day of ...

In Gratitude to My Sojo Family
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

I am forever indebted to my colleagues at Sojourners for their support this past month. Their presence and prayers kept me from dwelling in despair and sustained me when my hope faded. As if that weren’t enoug ...

Seven Lies About Christianity -- Which Christians Believe
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Christianity is great, but not everything we say or believe about it is necessarily true Christianity is great, but not everything we say or believe about it is necessarily true. ...

Meet Sally Lloyd-Jones, the Most Successful Christian Author You’ve Never Heard of
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

How do you get kids to read one of the world’s oldest books? Ask Sally Lloyd-Jones, whose The Jesus Storybook Bible recently passed the critical mark of one million copies sold. H ...

Archbishop of Canterbury: The Cross Has Become a Fashion Symbol
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

The Christian cross has become little more than a piece of jewelry worn around the necks of celebrities, said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Christian cross has become ...

There's a Difference Between Expectancy and Expectation
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

We had an image in our mind of what Christmas was going to be and, come hell or high water, it would come to pass. We’d manufacture the feelings we searched for by setting up the perfect scene, and by making s ...

Christ At The Checkpoint 2014 Conference
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Press

November 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jeremy Reynalds ...

Stop Living Every Day Like It's Snark Week
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

We live in a culture in which snarkiness and witty remarks are not only the norm, but also in which skill in those areas is prized. It’s easy to forget that Jesus has the words of life — not cutting, snide, or ...

Fatwas, Philosophers and Peace Games
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

Bring participants from the United States and Iran together for a peace game. The recent agreement with Iran relating to its nuclear program is totally in keeping with the require ...

‘Crown jewel’ of American Printing Fetches $14.2 Million in Record Auction
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

One of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book (and the first book of Scripture) printed in English in America, was sold for $14.2 million, the highest price ever recorded for a print boo ...