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Is Iran the New Iraq?
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

It’s hard to remember the warm-up to the Iraq war now almost 10 years old. Following the devastating experience of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001), the United States experienced enormous national feelings of anger and s ...

Two-Thirds of Americans Say They're Both: "Pro-Life" AND "Pro-Choice"
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

A fascinating new study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that two-thirds of all Americans identify with both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" labels simultaneously. ...

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

When I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. When I talk a ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: Public Displays of Tebow
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

I know it's late. I know you are done with the guy and the Broncos' season is over. Still, I have a question for you. I know it's late. I know you are done w ...

Assessing the Afghanistan War
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:01pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days, news sources have reported on a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan delivered to the White House in December. NIEs represent the consensus view of the CIA and 15 oth ...

U.S. Veterans Show Solidarity With Iraqi Restaurant
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

After vandals threw a 20-pound rock through the window of an Iraqi restaurant in Lowell, Mass., its owners, overwhelmed with fear at this unwarranted hate crime, came close to shutting its doors permanently. T ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

NPR: Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt rel ...

The Selling of America's Children
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

The church is realizing the need to deal with Human trafficking Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has ...

Robert Duvall: The Sojourners Interview
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:04pm | Type: Blog

Many cinephiles have a short list of virtuoso actors who are so graceful and true we'd watch them read a phone book. For me, the list includes Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton, John Mahoney, Chris ...

Waxing Poetic: Blue Christmas
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

An original poem by Sarah Vanderveen. It was a December of golden days and crisp, sparkling nights. I saw swooping pelicans and Orion's belt, bright blooming ...

Is George Lucas Revealing Hollywood’s Systemic Racism?
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Star Wars saga helped define pop culture in many ways throughout my childhood. And so George Lucas, creator of the epic films, was the cinematic god of our youth. And if anyone has juice in Hollywood to ge ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

TV's award winning comedy 30 Rock debuts tonight, create your own remixes with Mono's customer appreciation page, discover hidden features on the iPhone, Hostess nears bankruptcy, GOOD's new soc ...

Two Years After a Devastating Earthquake: Hope for a New Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we need to plant ourselves at the gates of hope and work toward a just peace, on Earth as it is in heaven. Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's wh ...

Sex God: Jesus, Intimacy and Exploitation
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Christians can’t have it both ways. We can’t use quasi-sexual sensationalism to promote our products, while also condemning the culture around us that does exactly the same thing. That, my friends, is hypocris ...

Return of the Drones
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 6:30pm | Type: Blog

Since mid-November, the CIA had not launched a drone attack against Pakistan. On Sunday, the New York Times front page prominently featured a story headlined Lull in Strikes by U.S. Drones Aids Militants. ...

Football: Our Finest Christian Witness
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

and the unsympathetic Tom Brady is humbled again like he was by the Giants. Going 17-1 is pretty good though... ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 11, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Polaroid camera are back on the market, apocalypse survival guide, Jack Kerouac for bros, the NBA begins using 3D graphics, the hit show Portlandia, James Franco's new film, classic album covers are given ...

Court blocks Oklahoma's Islamophobia
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision to halt anti-Sharia initiative from going into effect. Earlier this week, the U.S. 1 ...

Sojourners Observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has long been committed to the fight to end this abhorrent evil, and the current issue of Sojourners Magazine seeks to engage the topic head-on. Click through to explore our coverage and involvement ...

Soundtrack for the #Occupation Grows
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

It's always encouraging to see musicians using their unique platform to inspire social change. When it comes to an indie supergroup such as  New Party Sysytems — compirsed of members from TV on the Radio, Notekillers, and Liturgy — disparate ...

Justin Bieber's Ecce Homo
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

who does . So, for the sake of the children, please hear me out. Justin Drew Bieber, age 17 ... Mallette (then 17) and Jeremy Bieber (then 19), who were engaged at the time of their son’s birth but never ... at 17, at least he’s making meaningful ones. When I was Justin’s age, I was beginning to move away ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

A zombie version of the Oregon Trial, what it would look like if Batman had been created by Dr. Suess, and could an App a day keep the doctor away? Plus, videos of wackadoo political candidates, what happens i ...

Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Kick at the Darkness gave me a refresher course in my Christian worldview. It led me into theological thinking and inspired me to imagine the way the world is — and how the world can be — and how, as a preache ...

Cee Lo, Tebow and American Fundamentalisms
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Cee Lo Green got himself in some pop-culture hot water on New Years Eve when he changed the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine." You would think he was changing the Bible or something, but no, it ...

Digital Prayers of the People
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Prayer has always been a means to cross-over bounds of geography, personal experience and other divisions in order to lift up a common hope that God’s love, hope, peace and joy will be made known. ...

Epiphany: A Light to the World
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 9:00pm | Type: Blog

From the heavenly star to the radiant robes of transfiguration, Epiphany is about revelation, the kind of sudden brightness that lights up the landscape of a mind or a community or a whole social order. The li ...

Passion 2012 Calls Us to Rise Up Against Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A pervasive criticism of modern Christians, both from outsiders as well as concerned Christians, is that people of faith are not taking seriously Jesus’ call for us to serve “the least of these.” Thankfully, ...

The Gospel According to Lady Gaga
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Lady Gaga calls out to the little monsters. And Jesus eats with with tax collectors, sinners, and prostitutes. Okay, I'm going to get real vulnerable with you. Very confessio ...

Fifty Years of USAID: There is Hope Ahead
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

But one thing that remains is USAID. 2012 marks the agency’s 50th anniversary, and its commitment to global political, economic and social development has been sustained since its foundation in 1961. USAID ha ...

Dear SoJo Commenters: "This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man."
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

even if I feel disrespected by them. ( Romans 12:17-21 ) ·       I will express my disagreements ...

Father Jim Martin on "Jesus and Joy"
Originally Posted: 01/08/2012 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

In this segment from his new CatholicTV series "Blinks," the Rev. Jim Martin considers why Christianity is often considered so joyless, and why "religious" usually means "serious." ...

The Friday News: January 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: January 6, 2012 PATHEOS: Evangelicalism's Changing Heart On Immigration The conventional wisdom among pundits and journalists holds that immigration is ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Stephen Colbert takes Pat Robertson's challenge to America and prays at full volume, Harrison Ford watches Indiana Jones for the first time, Gary Busey and Ted Haggard on Wife Swap, part two of Jimmy Kimm ...

God, PBS and Paul Simon, The "God Chronicler By Accident"
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 9:10pm | Type: Blog

Kim Lawton of PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" interviews Paul Simon about God, his music, and the spiritual questions he's asked, and continues to ask, after all these years. ...

The Nerd Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

I have a number of identifiers on my various venues I write for and on my email signature: heretic, antagonist, father, son, instigator, pop culture junkie, theologian, social media guru, and so on. But one se ...

Jimmy Carter on the Role of Faith in Egypt/Israel Peace Talks, His Own Life (in and out of the White House)
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In this wide-ranging interview, the Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of h ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 Huffington Post: An Interview with United States 39 th President Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United ...

Do Not Take Revenge, My Friends
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Shoulder to Shoulder's response to firebomb attacks in Queens, NY Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position ...

Standing at the Gates: A Confession
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Everybody needs forgiveness. But it’s hard to face that. It feels threatening, like an accusation. So we tend to get defensive and start justifying ourselves, rather than seeing the one we’ve hurt. ...

Trumpet
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Annie Deppe There were two sets of stairs: the front ones curving and formal while the backstairs rose steep as a canyon wall. As a girl, ...

Critical Mass
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

a position that was part of the early Christian church and restored at Vatican II. In the U.S. some 17 ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Free South Africa, To Love More Deeply, When Disaster Strikes, Wrestling with Tradition. Free ...

Too Much Talk?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Consensus decision-making can make an old-style Senate filibuster seem purposeful and engaging. ...

Power and No Glory
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Roland Emmerich is known for making the kind of disaster movies that fans of quality filmmaking love to hate. ...

Local Church as Radical Witness
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Smith War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity, by Stanley Hauerwas. ...

Prayer, Poetry, Politics
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art, and the Architecture of Silence. And, Fasting For Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual ...

Do Superheroes Get the Flu?
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 4:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. At first, I thought I had the flu because I didn't get a flu shot this year and naturally had to be punished by the me ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese Multigenerational households are becoming more common, by choice or by necessity -- and these expanded family circles h ...

Challenges Ahead for the Post-Vatican II Church
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Sue Smith Despite the enormous success of lay involvement and Catholic outreach to the world, several trends indicate serious challenges for the Catholic Church in the United ...

Seeing Things Through
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Storbakken Activist pastor Gardener C. Taylor on lessons learned in a long life of faithfully taking the side of the oppressed. ...