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Twitter Reacts To Honorees From Africa On 2014 TIME 100
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Maddy Fry ...

U.S. Doctors Killed at Afghan Hospital Run by Christian Charity
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

An Afghan security guard allegedly shot and killed three Americans at a hospital in Kabul on Thursday. The three killed were doctors, including a visiting father and son. An Afgha ...

A Republican, a Democrat, and a Buddhist Walk into a Room …
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of dialogue is the core value of respect for others. Respect for others — people of different faiths, races, political affiliations, whatever — is one of the 10 core American values I documented i ...

What Do Our Beliefs Say About Us?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

If our beliefs contribute to or result in violence, we may need to reconsider our beliefs. What do your beliefs say about you? Like many people, I was troubled when I heard about ...

A Different Kind of Spring Training
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. Proclaiming that the tomb is ...

Bible Survey: Many Americans Scramble Their Scripture
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such f ...

Selling the Peeps and Emptying the Tombs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There’s always Someone working passionately to get us out of our tombs, no matter how big the stone. The seasonal items aisle in the grocery store is a work in progress. Stuffed b ...

Imam Omar Kobine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga and The Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christian Organization Delivers Life-Saving Vaccines
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. While it is estimated that vaccinations save the lives of 2.5 million children every year, another 1.5 million children die each year from diseases that can be prevented ...

Does Being Pope Give You an Inside Track to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis canonizes Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, Catholics across the spectrum will have reason to cheer: Liberals credit John with opening the church to the modern world in the 1960s, ...

That Pesky Word 'Evangelical'
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News David Gushee ...

Part III: Embodying Life
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

To be at home in the discomforting memory of death and destruction, silence and agony, offers a light into the dark memories we would rather forget. In remembering the places from which we came, home is where ...

He Is Risen... Play Ball... Amen
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

April 19, 2014 Sojo in the News John Longhurst ...

Nigerian Christians Begin Three-day Fast After Schoolgirls Kidnapped
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Christians began a three-day prayer and fasting period after Islamist Boko Haram militants kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria and desperate parents joined the search in a remote forest. ...

John Paul II and John XXIII: A Rush to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Barbarigo, a 17th-century Venetian cardinal for whom John XXIII had a particular veneration. Santo subito! ...

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently ...

Liturgical Nostalgimania
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

We are retooling liturgies left and right. This practice is neither good or bad, but there is an ethical ambiguity that may need to be addressed.The new is born of ideations of the old. Then sold in the liturg ...

Papa Don't Preach — But Family-Friendly Work Policies Would Be Nice
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

To be sure, growing up in a two-parent family is a child's best hedge against poverty , not only in America but in the other OECD countries as well (even Switzerland). But the reality is that a high perce ...

If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” As the Pew Research Center recently ...

Neon Tree's Tyler Glenn Is Gay, Mormon, and Proud of It
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

KISS may have been on the cover of the April 10 issue of Rolling Stone, but the most eye-opening headline may have been the one that proclaimed: “Gay, Mormon & Finally Out.” K ...

The Risen Christ: A Call To Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

An Occupied Cross Before an Empty Tomb
Originally Posted: 04/19/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

But here’s the truth of what I’ve learned about cynicism and what I know about the cross. Cynicism is often masked as wisdom. “I’ve been here,” it says. “I know how things go. They don’t ever change.” It procl ...

Bleeding Joyfully
Originally Posted: 04/18/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

I admire those who learn not only to accept the blood-stained moments, but to embrace them. They develop a capacity to see beyond the momentary hurt. They recognize that bleeding is part of the grand process o ...

Jews Ordered to Register in East Ukraine
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part ...

The Risen Christ: A Call to Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I reme ...

A God Torn to Pieces: Good Friday, Nietzsche, and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians don’t know Christ. To know Christ is to know that in his life, death, and resurrection Christ freely offers forgiveness to all – even to those who have become “murderers of all murderers.” ...

Humor Makes 'Heaven' Accessible
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in "Heaven Is for Real." A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case fo ...

Can You Question the Resurrection and Still Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the N ...

Holy Week Music Sets a High Bar, But One Church Rises to the Challenge
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Think Christmas, and carols come to mind: “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “The First Noel.” But think of the other great Christian season — Holy Week and Easter — and most people draw a musical blank. ...

Resurrection: Calculating the Probabilities
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

But something happened when I was 17 that shook my safely rationalist worldview and left me with a lifelong ...

Millennials: Antisocial, Selfish, and Afraid?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that one of the biggest desires of millennials is that we would be involved in deeply intimate communities that allow us to express ourselves openly, ask the questions to arise in our minds witho ...

Holy Week Reflection: God Made Flesh
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

We can say a great deal about God because of Jesus Christ. We can also rule out a lot about God because of Jesus Christ. The Cross is an inexhaustible mystery, but among the many ...

Shakira, Jude Law, Goldie Hawn And Lang Lang Join Education Emergency Coalition
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News A World At School ...

According to the Bible, You Might Be a Christian If …
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

(John 20); Gideon (Judges 6); Sarah and Abraham (Gen. 17) Contrarily, You Just Might ... Talk to God : Satan (Job 1:7; Luke 4) You Know a Lot About God, Theology, and the Scripture: ...

Rwanda 20 Focus On Prevention
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Cason ...

Part II: Semblances of Hope
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

My heart bleeds every time a tragic story is told, every time a memory opens wounds, every time unspoken words are expressed through tears of frustration, loss, and utter despair. Still, there are subtle remin ...

Overland Park Shootings: Learning to Love With Breaking Hearts
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 7:43am | Type: Blog

We want an answer that ends this. We want to know that it was only this man. Only a mental illness, or only the last of an obsolete brand of cultish hate. We want to believe it will not happen again. But the t ...

CIA Torture Report Ought to Disturb All Our Consciences
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

At Easter, Christians celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. But in light of new revelations of the CIA’s abhorrent acts of torture, it’s the United States that needs resurrection, too. ...

When Pope Francis Washes Women's Feet, Arguments Follow. Who's Right?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will also observe the Holy Thursday rite, though not in a cathedral like Morlino but at a center for people with disabilities. There he will wash the feet of a number of residents, all lay people ...

Lessons for Our Democracy from the Not-so-distant Past
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dictator” and “Nazi,” I decided to read William Shirer’s classic book about the real thing. As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dic ...

Holy Week: Journeying from Empire to Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

We are empire, my friends. We are Judas. And Jesus is speaking directly to us with his words and actions, offering us salvation from the powers that will ultimately kill even him. ...

'Blood Moon' Sets Off Apocalyptic Debate Among Some Christians
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians think so. Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians ...

Break Bread Together? Or Drive-Thru Alone?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

What we know as communion became institutionalized. Ritual replaced meal. The bread-breaking became a set-apart observance with strict regulation and legalistic definition. Inter ...

We Need Your Prayers
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

It’s been a year of struggle and a year of rejoicing. We wanted to give you a glimpse into our lives here at Sojourners and also ask for your prayers. As we move into Holy Week ou ...

Continuing to 'Run the Race With Perseverance'
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The tragedy of last year dealt a blow to that fabric, but crucially, it did not rip us apart. In the wake of the marathon bombings we quickly and frequently connected by phone, in person, and through prayer. ...

The Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons from Passover
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As has been borne out by various terrorist attacks around the globe, terrorism breeds fear — its intended consequence. Too often this fear becomes fear of a religious group. We, as Jews, know intimately the pe ...

Tragedy Begets Resilience
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Chapter, March 17-21, 2014, Session 6 - Wired, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Ryan ...

President Obama Mourns Kansas Tragedy: 'We're All Children of God'
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday called for people of all faiths to deter gun violence and anti-Semitism, one day after a gunman killed three people at Jewish centers in suburban Kansas City. ...

What Gethsemane Teaches Us about Suffering
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus utters his agonizing prayer, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” ...

Killing People Is Hard to Do
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Why don't we treat death row prisoners at least as well as we treat dogs? Twelve years ago we took our beloved Maltese dog, Moose, to the vet and came home without him. Moose ...