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Exploring A Lenten Practice Of Sabbatical
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

March 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Tim Nafziger ...

Pastor Mark Driscoll Apologizes for Missteps, Quits Social Media
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has written a letter to his congregation to explain recent controversies, including the marketing campaign intended to place the book, Real Marriage, on The New York Tim ...

Hobby Lobby's Steve Green Stands on Faith Against Obamacare Mandate
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Once Steve Green sets his path, there’s no turning back. Once Steve Green sets his path, there’s no turning back. Not when he and his high school girlfriend, Jackie, totaled th ...

Sitting At A Tilted Table
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Religion gets misused and pulled into the table-tilting, too. The rich and privileged have historically justified their wealth and power by calling it a reward for being better than everyone else, more industr ...

11 Reasons Why People Love And Use Social Media
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Press

March 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Ken Mueller Business 2 Community One criticism ...

Banning Bossy?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

There is a lot of conversation happening in the blogosphere around the movement by Sheryl Sandberg and friends to “ Ban Bossy ” Many women in leadership in faith circles can resonate with the sentiment of this campaign, as many faith-based institution ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

In WikiWorship, Church Members Help Edit the Sermon
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept behind a new worship model called WikiWorship. Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept ...

Selling Sodas: A Cure for Human Bondage
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Ultimately, freedom is about helping people realize that they may choose how they associate economically, socially, politically, and spiritually. “ In dealing with poverty ...

So Much To Say
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Fischer ...

The First Year of the Pope’s Revolution
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

As I reflect on Pope Francis' first year, and have reporters asking for a sound-bite — here’s the thing I find most noteworthy. A year ago yesterday — March 13, 2013 — Pope ...

Funeral Director Caleb Wilde Posts Irreverent Thoughts on Death
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Most days, Caleb Wilde is a funeral director, discreetly making burial arrangements and guiding survivors in a time of loss. Most days, Caleb Wilde is a funeral director, discreet ...

Twitter Conversation Responds to Myth That Clothing Encourages Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Pink princess pajamas. Jeans and a t-shirt. Sweatpants and a baggy sweater. When Twitter user Christina Fox (@Steenfox) asked her followers, “What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” some answered with ...

One Year In: The Joyful Surprise Of Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

March 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Behind the Numbers: Religious 'Nones' May Not Be Who You Think They Are
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

In recent surveys, the religious “nones” — as in, “none of the above” — appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, “none” could soon be the dominant label U.S. adults pick when asked to describe their r ...

What's It Like to Have Pope Francis as Your Boss? Depends Where You Work
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? At the one-year mark of Pope Fra ...

5 Ways Money Quietly Poisons Our Faith
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It’s sometimes cliché for Christians to warn about the dangers of idolizing wealth and money, but the negative impact it can have on our faith is more subtle than we often realize. Here are a few ways it cover ...

Surprising Insights on Ukraine in the New York Times
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Russia’s desire for power is mimetic, or imitative, and modeled on its rival for power, the United States. Russia wants what the United States has — the prestige of being a global super power — and Russia is w ...

Malaysians Lift up Missing Flight in Prayers
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Many Malaysians are invoking the power of prayer to aid the massive multinational search operation for the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared without a trace early Saturday. ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

'Homeless Jesus' Provokes Debate on What it Means to Be Christian
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., “Homeless Jesus” is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. In a small college town 20 miles north o ...

The United Cinematic States Of America
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Gareth Higgins ...

To Understand Pope Francis, Look to the Jesuits
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Figuring out why Pope Francis has upended so many expectations, how exactly he’s changed the Catholic Church in his first year and what he might be contemplating for the future has become a Catholic parlor gam ...

Walls That Divide
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

As we ponder walls and the devastation caused by building them, many people in the United States have begun to recognize that we cannot continue building walls to separate us from others. We need to break them ...

April 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Product

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Survey Finds Growth, Vitality in Multisite Church Model
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location. ...

Openness, Diversity, and Magnanimity
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. Take the imposition of ashes out to the sidewalks where ...

April 2014 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Product

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As Execution Drugs Grow Short, States Scramble on Capital Punishment
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Prison guards meet in the desert to hand off chemicals for executions. A corrections boss loaded with cash travels to a pharmacy in another state to buy lethal sedatives. States across the country refuse to id ...

Anderson Creates Sacred Cinematic Space in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

To my mind, all of Wes Anderson’s films are masterpieces in the truest sense of that word. But his most recent creation, Grand Budapest Hotel, is, perhaps, his chef d’oeuvre. To m ...

6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Anti-Judaism
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

William F. Brosend How to not contribute to anti-Judaism. We received several letters to the editor c ...

VIDEO: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, is the real-life vicar of Dibley. ...

Pope Francis' First Year: An Assessment
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

After I met Pope Francis during a visit to the Holy See in October, I remarked that if I were choosing a parish based upon the pastor, he would be my pastor. Now, he is the world’s pastor. ...

Lent Isn't Just a Second Chance at New Year's Resolutions
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

So here we go again. It’s that time of year — Lent, when many Christians give something up. Often it’s food, although my mom told me when I was a kid that giving up vegetables doesn’t count. ...

You Can’t Point a Person to Christ with a Gun
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

A growing trend in evangelism among some more conservative churches is to promise people a gun in exchange for attendance. During the Crusades, conversion by the sword was a commo ...

Working Toward Justice in the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

We must fight for justice, but we must do so in the way of Jesus. The classic sci-fi novel  Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card was adapted on to the big screen in November 2013. ...

Visionary Vapor: Starting Lent with Michael Gungor and The Liturgists
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

If you were not on the Gungor or Michael Gungor Twitter feed over the first two days of March, you might have missed the news about a new band, a new record, and a new mini-tour. ...

The Middle of the Shelf
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Life is lived in the middle of the shelf, full of moments of uncertainty and doubt that serve as first drafts for stories of love and grace, learning, and faith. A few years ago, ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

SXSW 2014 Where Faith Joins The Convo
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News DJ Chuang ...

50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders To Celebrate On International Women's Day
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

Benedict XVI on John Paul II: I Always Knew He Was a Saint
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until a special high-profile ceremony next month at the Vatican. But the man who succeeded him says he has seen him in that light for years. ...

Study: Protestant Work Ethic Isn't Just Protestant Anymore
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it might be more of an atheist work ethic. America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

Attn SBNR: Biblical Violence Matters to Peace
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Religion can be defined as the practices and beliefs employed by humans to contain our violence. If you are a spiritual but not religious seeker after peace, please do not deceive yourself into thinking that i ...

The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

Court Hears Atheists' Challenge to Ground Zero Cross
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

Atheists are challenging plans to include a 17 ... plans to include a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 ... a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 in a display ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Just Jesus by Walter Wink with Steven Berry / On "Strangers No Longer" by Paulist Press / Eve by Angélique Kidjo / ...

Coloring the Story
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ben Sutter Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith. Herald Press. THE GRAPHIC NOVEL  Radical Jesus , edit ...