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Music to Help You Make It Through the Winter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Winter has always been a sweet spot for discovering and sharing music. A little bit mellow, comforting — something you can listen to as a fire crackles or cozy up beside with a mug of hot coffee. In heeding the groundhog's warning of "six m ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Demonstrations Whisper Of An Arab Spring In Jordan “We want social justice,” the crowd chanted after Friday Prayers on Jan. 27, reading from a handwritten list of political, economic and social grievances. “Real elections,” the ...

Don’t Read This Part of the Bible If You’re Under 30 (or a Woman)
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

It's long been known that Ezekiel is — well, let's be honest here — one crazy-arse book of the Bible. Now that I'm tweeting about it every day and reading it cover to cover for the Twible projec ...

Jesus is Not a Fan of Sectarianism
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

As soon as I think that my friends and I have a corner on Jesus, Jesus reminds me that He’s bigger than any organization, doctrine, or philosophical system that I can wrap my brain around. ...

Today in God: Feb. 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

in the faith-healing death of their 17-year-old son , who apparently died from a ruptured appendix; the family does ...

America Deserves the Truth
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, during his second tour in Afghanistan last year, traveled throughout the country, meeting with and interviewing American troops. He came away convinced that military ...

Grab Your Birkenstocks, Ukeleles and Pup Tents: The (Wild) Goose is Loose!
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The Goose is on the loose, ya'll. Today organizers of the 2012 Wild Goose Festival (June 21-24 in Shakori Falls, N.C.) released a groovtastic video (with special guest apperances by Sojo homies Gabriel S ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

President Obama helps an eighth-grader shoot a "Marshmallow Air Cannon" at the White House Science Fair. Watch art come to life with a little fire. Banksy art spotted on the streets of New Orleans. J ...

Til Death (or Dementia or Illness) Us Do Part?
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

When the person you married goes through a dramatic change, what's a spouse to do? As Valentine's Day approaches, clergy, ethicists and brain injury experts agree: There are no easy answers. ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: SojoMail

February 9, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "You don’t have to b ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

“There is no distance in the Spirit.” After 30 years as a believer, I experienced the truth of that statement — powerfully and indelibly — in an unlikely place: online. “There ...

Examining John Piper's "Masculine Christianity"
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Piper, recently keynoted a conference called “God, Manhood and Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ.” On first blush, this sound both exciting and very necessary. Men are leaving organized religion in ...

Uganda Revives Anti-Gay Bill
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

CORRECTION: After our original post ran yesterday, we learned that there has been some confusion over the language of the current proposed language of the Ugandan anti-gay bill. In fact, the death penalty has ...

Rick Warren Finds a New Purpose: Dieting
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has become an outsized evangelical superstar: best-selling author of "The Purpose Driven Life" series, pastoral mentor and even political referee. Now Warren is finding ...

Why We Fast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

In February of 2009, when I tried a month-long Ramadan fast for the book Flunking Sainthood, I felt like a failure for most of the month. In February of 2009, when I tried a month ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Ferris Bueller's Super Bowl ad compared side by side with the movie, North Korea goes polka via Norway with A-Ha's "Take on Me,"Jimmy Kimmel encourages viewers to pull more pranks, timelaps ...

Happy Birthday Charlie! Dickens' 200th Celebrated Worldwide
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

As the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens is celebrated around the world today, it seems like a great opportunity to get to know the author a little better. “Come in, and know m ...

Is Iran Really a Threat?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

It seems like every day we hear from another politician saying that “we are ready to attack Iran if necessary," or from another pundit full of hot air telling us why we should invade Iran right now. ...

'Dexter Theology': Shedding Blood in God's Name
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

It’s common in western culture to objectify the Islamic faith, cherry-picking texts from their scripture and plucking choice sound-bytes from extremist leaders, to portray the whole of the religion as inherent ...

UK Watchdog Group Bans Christian Ads, Says Divine Healing=False Advertising
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Britain's powerful media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming on its website and brochures that God's cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments.The Ad ...

Military Chaplains Heed Call to Serve God and Country
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

"God, I think, had better plans for me," Balbale said, looking back. And so it is for a number of military chaplains who, by twists of fate or perhaps divine Providence, found their calling to become ...

U.S. State Dept to American Tourists in Israel: 'Dress Modestly'
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — The U.S. State Department is advising visitors to Jerusalem to dress modestly when visiting certain neighborhoods, or to avoid the areas entirely, in hopes of not provoking local sensitivities. ...

Canadian Imams Issue Fatwa Against Honor Killings
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

TORONTO — Muslim clerics in Canada have issued a fatwa against so-called "honor killings" a week after three members of an Afghan family in Montreal were convicted of the murders of four relatives. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

Improv Everywhere celebrates its tenth anniversary by remixing and remastering some of its best sketches. The highlights from Puppy Bowl VIII are in (look out for the MVP)! Bon Iver puts on an incredible SNL p ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Evangelicals' Lock On The GOP Cracks During this election cycle, Republicans sidled up to Ronald Reagan's legacy to demonstrate their true conservative credentials. But we all know that Reagan himself could not survi ...

Follow the Meme: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Copycats and Responders
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus is a true Internet phenomenon, garnering more than 18 million views and sparking a global debate. As with most internet phenomena, the viral video has given birth to dozens ...

U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week: Gracespotting
Originally Posted: 02/05/2012 - 7:52pm | Type: Blog

The first week of February the United Nation celebrates World Interfaith Harmony week. To mark the occasion the Tony Blair Faith Foundation asked people to share their stories of finding friendship and connect ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

Super Bowl inforgraph, and a collection of notable commercials from years past. Take a look at radio Tanzania, and see a baby with some serious ping pong potential. And finally, take a look at some good music ...

David Brooks to "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Guy: Avoid the Vagueries
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

"Authorities and institutions don’t repress the passions of the heart, the way some young people now suppose. They give them focus and a means to turn passion into change." ~ David Brooks ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

CNN (BELIEF BLOG): Politics And Prayers Speaking at the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, the president said, "We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone ...

"Honor Killings" is a Deadly Oxymoron
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Superior Judge Robert Maranger determined that the murders of the four women —ages  13, 17, 19 and 52 — ... most, in the end, is not the language at all. Thirteen-year-old Geeti matters. And 17-year-old Sahar. ...

Happy 103rd Birthday, George Beverly Shea!
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 7:33pm | Type: Blog

This week, George Beverly Shea, Gospel Music legend and longtime musical companion of Dr. Billy Graham, celebrated his 103rd birthday!   This week, George Beverly Shea, G ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 6:45pm | Type: Blog

In anticipation of Sunday's festivities, Jimmy Fallon interviews Bruce Macabee, the puppy who predicted the Patriots to win. L.L. Bean celebrates it's 100th birthday in a fun way, Darren Aronofsky wa ...

Super Bowl XLVI: Real Battles Off the Field
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: SojoMail

February 2, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Loyalty that hides probl ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

POLITICO: Obama: Jesus Would Tax The Rich President Barack Obama tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith on Thursday, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’ teachings have led him to that ...

When Actions Speak Louder than Words: Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

While Bill and Melinda Gates don't wear their religiosity or spiritual predilections on their sleeves, they most certainly are doing God's work, intervening to care for and advocate on behalf of the ...

Christians Join Fight Against Cockfighting
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Christian leaders are teaming with animal rights advocates to fight against cockfighting, calling the practice of watching and betting on roosters who fight to the death antithetical to biblical values. ...

Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye on Arab Spring
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

in Alexandria on New Year's Day 2011 that killed 20 people. The military attacked the demonstrators and 17 ...

Mormons Confront 'Epidemic' of Online Misinformation
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Surprised by what they find so easily online, more and more Mormons are encountering crises of faith. Some even leave the fold and, feeling betrayed, join the ranks of Mormon opponents. ...

Super Bowl XLVI: Real Battles Off the Field
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

The seamy underside of the Super Bowl is the increase in sex trafficking that accompanies it. Like any large gathering of people, it attracts traffickers peddling their victims, many of them minors. ...

BREAKING: Panetta says U.S. Combat in Afghanistan to End Next Year
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

On his way to a NATO defense meeting in Brussels, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told reporters the U.S. now plans to end combat operations in Afghanistan by next year. It is the first time an administration official has said that an end to direc ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

In preparation for tomorrow’s show in Punxsutawney , discover a few things you may not know about the February occasion in the video, “ Groundhog Day Explained .” http://youtu.be/7-Nl4JFDLOU Stephen Colbert sits down with Icelandic mu ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Searching For The Common Good In Political Discourse In a political campaign among contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is striking that one central Christian religious theme seems absent: the theme of the ...

Our Budget-Busting Foreign Policy Disconnect
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

A recent Gallup poll shows that 81 percent of Americans want the President to be focused on domestic issues, while 9 percent say they want him to focus on foreign policy issues. Not too surprising ... until yo ...

About Those So-Called "Honor Killings" in Canada
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

17, and Geeti, 13, as well as Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, Shafia's childless first wife ...

Getting Ready for the 'Palestinian Spring'
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sami Awad Nonviolent resistance will be key to freedom and independence in Palestine. As a Palestinian Christ ...

Works of Mercy
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sylvia Yu Chinese churches face off against human trafficking -- and start to see social justice as part of their mission. ...

Standing Up to Death Squads
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Caught in the crossfire of army, guerrilla, and paramilitary forces, women, farmers, and Indigenous leaders in Colombi ...

Words
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

R.M. Blair While he was in jail, two policemen / came to his apartment, took / all his books, sat at his kitchen table / drinking his cof ...

There Was a Tree in Starksville...
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemarie Freeney Harding as told to Rachel E. Harding In 1961, going "back South" to form an interracial community meant facin ...