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Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Bridjes O'Neil ...

The Lives of Others
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

and do good works. [ November 16 ] Letting Go  of Self-Sufficiency Zephaniah 1:7 ... of the rich young man (19:11-17), Matthew’s “parable of the talents” is one of the most difficult passages ... 30 ] Advent of a New Era Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;  1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark ...

Hearing Tamar: The Role of Guns in Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

It is frightening to consider that within the context of violence against women, little has progressed since the time of the Old Testament. Currently, 1-in-3 U.S. women will experience intimate partner violenc ...

Tending the Soil of the Soul to Keep the Weeds Away
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

After services as a boy growing up in Minnesota, I can still recall my father’s reflections as I sat uncomfortably in my powder-blue polyester suit in the back seat of our rusting family car. We were trying to ...

Conference Explores Whether the 'Shroud of Turin' Could Be the Burial Cloth of Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a crucifixion has inspired decades of debate over whether it could be Jesus’ b ...

Will Pope Francis Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, acco ...

Seminaries Awarded $1.5 million to Include Science in Coursework
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include science in their curricula, the American Association for the Advanc ...

Stanley Hauerwas Drops Out of General Theological Seminary Lecture Series After Controversy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has declined a series of lectures he was scheduled to give at New York’s General Theological Seminary in November in the wake of the crisis roiling the school. ...

Interview: Marilynne Robinson on the Language of Faith in Writing
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about faith. What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitz ...

Russian Pastor Reflects on Religious Persecution
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

A Russian pastor whose grandfather was killed for being a Christian toured the U.S. recently, studying church ministries and providing a rare, first-person look at Russia’s complex religious landscape after wi ...

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

“We’re compelled by our own spirituality, to keep speaking up and to keep getting people to know that silence is complicity. We have to speak out to say ‘Not in my Name.’” On Oct. ...

Many Protestant Pastors Don't Discuss Issues of Domestic Violence, Notes Study
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 4:45pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News April Burkhart ...

Clergy Receive Training to Assist Domestic Violence Victims
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 4:39pm | Type: Press

October 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Heather Cobun ...

The Rise and Fall of the American Seminary
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

As other major denominations are finding, the days of the residential three-year seminary are ending. Fewer prospective ordinands can afford the cost and dislocation of attending a residential seminary. ...

No Left Turns: How We Normalize Dysfunction
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

For everything we do, especially under the auspices of Church, we need to stop and ask ourselves: why do we do that? What would happen if we stopped, or if we did it differently? And why am I so blind to the i ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Paternal Insights edited by Anderson Campbell / Sing Freedom by Robert F. Darden / In Between by finelinefilms.org / More th ...

Full-Body Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.  THE CRY OF the church to the world should be “Forgive us.” At a time when the American ...

Cooking Up Meaning
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jose Humphreys Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau.  CHEF IS A small-budget film with an all-star ...

Life After A Death
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child, by Linda Lawrence Hunt. Westminster J ...

Boomtown Stories
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The purpose of art is to help us live better.  HIGHBROW FILM criticism and fanboy comment page ...

The Christ of Compton
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Jesus appears on Adult Swim, as he did in Palestine, in a manner both obscure and mysterious. ...

What’s So 'Domestic' About Violence?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Domestic violence is also withholding money or limiting financial freedom. It is verbal assault. Domestic violence is hindering access to family and social circles. I carry a pur ...

A New Afghan Generation Rises Against Violence
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Most people outside Afghanistan are too far away to preoccupy themselves over what the former British envoy to Afghanistan called an ‘eye wateringly expensive exercise in military futility.’ ...

From the Archives: November 1993
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Chuck Matthei Economics as if Values Mattered  DESPITE APPEARANCES, economics is in essence a very personal a ...

'It Couldn't Happen Among Christians!'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Even after the Ray Rice video, churches are in denial about sexual violence.  WHEN IT COM ...

Principles for Prophetic Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab   As Christians concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of ...

Broken Cisterns
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab Before it all fell apart earlier this year, and before this summer's carnage in Gaza, the Israeli-Palestine peace p ...

Weekly Wrap 10.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’ The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering. 2. Lipstick and Seminary “Du ...

Churches must ‘address the spiritual and moral realities behind’ domestic violence, Moore says
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Barry Bolin ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why the NFL Is Better for Women than the U.S. Senate
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Maybe the only reason [Goodell is] attempting to implement changes is because of public pressure, the loss of public sponsorship, and the fact that his job is on the line. But at least Goodell cares enough abo ...

Make Way for the Female Antihero: TV Takes a Page from the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the past several years, TV has become saturated with male antiheroes. Breaking Bad made a meth dealer Emmy gold, and Dexter garnered a cult following behind a sociopathic vigilante. But hey, boys will be ...

The Strange Nostalgia of 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

The rapture movie is neither hot nor cold. So why was it made? A roundtable of religion writers discuss. Editor’s Note : ‘ Left Behind ’ starring Nicolas Cage hits ...

What Do Americans Pray for? Themselves. And Maybe a Sports Team
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, accor ...

How to Keep Moving
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

You come to a point where some of your dreams starts to feel a little out of reach. Or, your dreams come true and you find out that they’re not at all what you expected and maybe not at all what you really wan ...

A Legacy of Praying Women
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

Change is going to come, but not through politics, or legislation, nor the occasional controversy, like the firestorm that recently brewed in the NFL. Change comes through a collective value, a collective visi ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

As the Washington, D.C., premiere of Warner Bros.’ new movie, The Good Lie, came to a close, I could barely see the credits through my tears, but the noise of the crowd around me erupting into cheers and the s ...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

In Israel, Biblical Land-Use Laws Call for Creative Workarounds
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

On Oct. 3, when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year. ...

And That Is Grace ...
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

We like to put flesh-and-blood on the notion that we are recipients of some great gift that arrives unexpectedly and is given freely. Someone or something that comes into our life and significantly changes it ...

Why Multigenerational House Sharing May Be the Wave of the Future
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

As early Christians discovered in their bold experiment in communal living, multigenerational living requires putting the other first, not oneself; approaching decisions with humility; an attitude of gratitude ...

How I Learned That Feminism Isn’t Disconnected From Faith
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

17:70). All humans regardless of gender, race, class, or any other social construction of worth are equal ...

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

Religious Leaders Try to Cope with Islamic State Attacks
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also kno ...

Evangelicals Add One More Guest to the Wedding Party: Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

In an age of big-ticket destination weddings and reality show “bridezillas,” some evangelical Christians are opting for what writer Catherine Strode Parks calls “A Christ-Centered Wedding.” ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

RECIPE: Bread for Michaelmas, A 'Locavore Feast Day' for Urbanites
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Never heard of Michaelmas? Neither had I, until I read the recipe for struan in Peter Reinhart’s Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise and Method as Metaphor. The ancient Celts baked struan, bread made with ...

ON Scripture: In Compassion and Sympathy, A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Christ-followers are given another angle of vision, another mirror into our souls, in the person of Jesus Christ. No passage of Scripture points more acutely to this image than one of this week’s lectionary te ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious v ...