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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 ...

A Very Cheney Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The holidays are a perfect arena for family combat and we can take some small comfort that even the Cheney family is not immune. I sympathize with the Cheney family this Thanksgiv ...

Let's Get Beyond Arguments of Christian Privilege/Persecution
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Arguments over religious privilege and persecution may blind us to the real challenge our culture poses to our attempts to live in faithful community. I cherish Christian friends ...

Requiem for a Holiday
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

I am declaring that Thanksgiving to some is obsolete, if not dead. Tomorrow, millions of people will gather across this great nation to celebrate Thanksgiving: the time in our ca ...

A Twist on the Thankfulness Trend
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Think about your reasons to be thankful a little differently, considering the redemptive strains present in all areas in your life, not just the ones you would usually say while waiting for someone to pass you ...

Making a Difference in a World That's Falling Apart
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

While church planners listened, a five-person focus group described life outside the congregation’s doors: A world falling apart. While church planners listened, a five-person foc ...

Traveling While Sikh? There's an Updated App for Airport Profiling Complaints
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Sikh Coalition is updating a mobile app that allows travelers to report complaints about the Transportation Security Administration from the airport. The Sikh Coalition is upd ...

Congress Should Give the Interim Deal with Iran A Chance
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Before Congress jumps the gun, it needs to take a deep breath and let the diplomatic process continue. After a decades-long standoff, Iran and the West (plus China and Russia) hav ...

The Last Thing the World Needs Is Congress Thwarting Historic U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

The  nuclear deal  that the U.S. just struck with  Iran  is nothing short of historic. This agreement is a victory for everyone who wants to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and a catastrophic war. The deal is one of the many triumphs that have resul ...

Federal Judge: Clergy Tax-free Housing Allowance Is Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that allows clergy to shield a portion of their salary from federal income taxes is unconstitutional. A federa ...

Nineteen Percent? A Problem That May Already Have a Proven Solution
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Some conference organizers embrace that God originally charged women and men to lead together. And they believe that Christ’s work on the cross has destroyed the curse that’s led to systemic patriarchy — howev ...

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Topic Brief

(abolition of nuclear weapons, Iran, Iran Nuclear Agreement, Life and Peace, Peace and Nonviolence) abolition of nuclear weapons,Iran ...

Jim Wallis | On God's Side
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Armstrong ...

15 National Organizations Urge Support Of Merkley Afghanistan Amendment To NDAA
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Center For International Policy ...

A Good Deal With Iran
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

The nuclear agreement with Iran is a triumph of diplomacy, with the Persian nation making significant concessions and receiving very little in return. The nuclear agreement with ...

Aging Expert Vern Bengtson: Boomers Will Return to Church
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it comes to religion. Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it com ...

'Lost Faces of the Bible' Reconstructs Four Skeletal Remains Using Science, Forensics
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

Many artistic renderings of biblical figures hang in churches and museums, but no one really knows what they and their contemporaries looked like. Many artistic renderings of bibl ...

Hollywood: Whitewashing the Bible
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 9:41pm | Type: Blog

Following the success of the History Channel's mini-series, The Bible, which appeared weekly last March, Hollywood seems to have renewed an avenue in which Biblical adaptations are allowed to enjoy a sign ...

Saving 40,000 Lives in Under 3 Minutes
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

United Hatzalah are changing the emergency rapid response game and uniting people of all faiths in the process. How can we save 40,000 lives in under three minutes? That questi ...

Remembering Kennedy
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

On this date 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assasinated while in Dallas on a campaign tour. As the nation remembers this event, we reflect on President Kennedy's life and death. ...

Americans Divided on Facing Death: Fight It, Choose It, or Let It Come
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Death may be inevitable, but one in three Americans – including most blacks and Hispanics – want doctors to never quit fighting it. Death may be inevitable, but one in three Ameri ...

En Route to Sotheby’s, Bay Psalm Book Traces Nation’s Seesaw Religious History
Originally Posted: 11/21/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

Three hundred and seventy-three years ago, when the chief Puritan “divines” of the young Massachusetts Bay Colony printed their own translation of the Bible’s Book of Psalms, they prided themselves on importin ...

Only 19 Percent Are Women
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, a controversy erupted over Twitter when it came to light that a prominent evangelical conference with 110 speakers only had four women on stage. Last week, a controvers ...

The Bible, Costco, and Fiction: On Foolish Christians and Multiplying Hot Dogs
Originally Posted: 11/21/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

The religion section of The Huffington Post published an article on Tuesday about how some Christians are responding to Costco. Unfortunately, it wasn’t about how Christians are celebrating the fact that this ...

Expectations High for Summit between Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

Next week’s summit between Pope Francis and Russian President Vladmir Putin may be the most important meeting between a pontiff and a visiting head of state in nearly a quarter of a century, with war-torn Syri ...

What Dallas Pastors Preached the Sunday after JFK Was Killed
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

Facing crowded pews and heavy hearts, Dallas clergy took to the pulpits on Nov. 24, 1963 to try to make sense of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy just two days before. ...

Church of England paves the way for women bishops
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s governing body has approved new proposals that would allow women bishops to be ordained by this time next year. The Church of England’s governing body has ...

A Year of Living Beth Moore-ishly
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Being snarky and cynical, while generating a lot of great material for writing and holding court at parties, never got me very far with God. Beth Moore helped reintroduce me to the “One and Only,” (even writin ...

Sunday Mornings Are Broken
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

In a tech newsletter I read, two colleagues addressed the end of the world of the personal computer that they spent three decades mastering. In a tech newsletter I read, two colle ...

Mary J. Blige, My Guardian Angel
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

When I think about the guardian angels who I’ve been told surround me like spiritual body guards, I picture the Angel In Charge as looking and sounding a lot like the Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige. ...

Church of England 'One Generation from Extinction’ Says Former Archbishop
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can attract more young people now. A former archbishop of ...

Should Christians Shop On Thanksgiving? Christian Leaders Offer Their Opinion
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Press

November 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

'No Makeup November' Inspires Women to Focus on Inner Beauty
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

As countless men grow mustaches this month to raise money and awareness for men's health issues, women and girls of all ages have put away their blush and mascara, seeking to remember they are beautifully ...

On Scripture: The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

all things, and in him all things hold together” (1:15-17). Jesus Christ is the one who ...

R.U. Dateable Sends Teens the Wrong Message
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

R.U. Dateable "rules" are bogus. They come from a place where boys and girls are divided into classes and in the end boys win. A school assembly speaker is gaining natio ...

'Jerusalem,' a Tribute to the Holy City, Comes to the Giant Screen
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

It may be as close as a person can get to praying at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall, without actually going there. It may be as close as ...

Go Long, for Life
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Fear of failure keeps you in the short game, and ironically this often becomes a predictor of failure. Growing up I played a lot of football. In my neighborhood there was a const ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting the Death Penalty for Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

A hymn lifts from biblical teachings for Christians to care for those in prison and crime victims, oppose the death penalty and work for justice for all. Luke’s story of Jesus’ dy ...

Advent: Fasting for the Reign of God
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

There is an awesome moment in the opening chapter of the book of Luke where the writer frames his gospel as an epic celestial battle taking place in the heavenly realm: This is the story of the reign of men vs ...

Can God Take a Tweet? 'The Twible' Delivers Holy Writ with Twitter Wit
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

“G.” Thus, the Ten Commandments passage in Exodus 20:1-17 becomes: “G’s Top Ten List: No gods, ...

35 Years After Jonestown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s been 35 years since 918 people, including 257 children, died on Nov. 18, 1978, at the Peoples Temple massacre in Jonestown. It’s been 35 years since 918 people, including 25 ...

Why This Protestant Loves Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

I appreciate Benedict for writing beautiful words on love, but I love Pope Francis because he’s publicly living those words. When Pope Benedict XVI retired in February, I wrote an ...

Catholic Bishops' New President Can Help Hierarchy Pivot Toward Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

After serving as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past three years, there was little surprise when Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected this week to the top ...

It's Started: The Christmas Onslaught
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

It's started. I was following the Twitter feed for  the conversation  between  Nadia Bolz-Weber  and  Amy Butler  at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. ( #nadiaandamy ) about the present realities and possible futures of Christia ...

Rapper Shad Wrestles with Humanity and Humility
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

There is no mistaking it: Shad Kabango's music is authentic and tenacious. With incredible humility, he speaks from his heart, with no fear of calling out the inconsistencies he sees in the world. ...

A New Hope: Pope Francis and Reform of Papacy
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

For the first time in a while, I'm feeling optimistic about the direction of the Catholic church's hierarchy in general and about the office of the papacy in particular. ...

Extremes Stretch One’s Faith, Then Leave Us With Hope
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

The reminder of Advent is the sure sense of hope. “O Come Immanuel and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here. Rejoice, rejoice . ” The strange contrast of m ...

Book Explores 'God's Radical Notion' of Feminism
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jesus Feminist explores “God’s radical notion that women are people, too.” Blogger extraordinaire and self-described “happy-clappy Jesus lover” Sarah Bessey has just released her ...