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Anti-Abortion Activist Frank Pavone Is Back in Church's Good Graces
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

After years of tensions with various bishops, Rev. Frank Pavone has complied with demands to straighten out the group’s finances and to become accountable to his home diocese in New York. ...

In 'David and Goliath,' Gladwell Provides Fresh Perspective on the Underdog
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

In the same clear, concise style that made his other books so intriguing, Gladwell challenges yet another widespread assumption — that being the underdog tends to make one an underdog forevermore. ...

Obama's Religious Freedom Record
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president doesn’t practice what he preaches on international religious freedom policy. Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president does ...

Study: Conservative Protestants' Divorce Rates Spread to Their Red State Neighbors
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Protestants in red states aren’t the only ones seeing high divorce rates — so are their neighbors, according to a new study. Conservative Protestants in red states ar ...

When Christians Love Theology More Than People
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

The practical application of your love is just as important as the theology behind it. Our faith is evidenced by how we treat others. Does the reality of your life reflect the theory behind your spiritual beli ...

In the Beginning (A Theopoetic)
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Poem "In the Beginning" Recently, I presented this piece at the Christianity 21 Conference in Denver, and then at South Broadway Christian Church later that same wee ...

10 Things You Can't SAY While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

I think people who say these things are mostly trying to be kind, grateful, and even humble when they say some of them. But if we really do want to be kind, grateful, and humble we need to think about these sa ...

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Week after bloody week, the chart of killings lengthens. And in Afghanistan, while war rages, a million children are estimated to suffer from acute malnourishment as the country faces a worsening hunger crisis ...

Be a Light
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Don’t wait for someone else to bring the light. Be the light. Light is important to us. Those of us who live in the Midwest are reminded of how much we need it during this time of ...

Marc Chagall’s Jesus Paintings Focus of Jewish Museum Exhibit
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

At a moment when the world is flush with new books and ever-evolving interpretations of Jesus, one of the last century’s artistic masters is providing art lovers with a striking take on the first-century relig ...

Supporting Cast: Why We Need to Be More Patient and Forgiving
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

5:11). And Proverbs 24:17 advises us as Christians, "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let ...

A Big Thank You to the Heroines in our Lives
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

Women do a lot of work: Moms, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, daughters, wives, teachers, coaches, and any additional caregiving, mentoring position that fills in our lives. Take a moment to pause and reflect ...

Wanted: A New Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

It’s been three months since the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook resigned as the State Department’s religious freedom watchdog, and those who decry religious persecution in Syria, Sudan, and elsewhere are wondering ho ...

Fans Rely on God, Rituals to Boost Favorite Team
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will be picking the NFL playoff winners this weekend or any other sports champions. Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will b ...

A Time to Break Silence on Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

This year, in light of conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, and an often-overlooked war in Central African Republic, we should remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This we ...

Messenger of Peace
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Yousef Bashir's remarkable story of reconciliation. For years, Yousef Bashir was a prisoner ...

Moriel Rothman's Spoken Word Poetry
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Moriel Rothman speaks candidly about his decision to not serve in the Israel Defense Forces. It’s ...

Why I Won't Sign a Statement of Faith
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

In many cases, it seems that a statement of faith is more of a social contract that helps maintain appearances of uniformity, despite the reality that, lo and behold, each organization is made up of individual ...

Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

Pete Holmes Searching for Comedic Communion
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

For a period in his younger life, the host of “The Pete Holmes Show” on TBS, which debuted late last year and follows “Conan” on late-night TV, was on a trajectory to become a youth pastor. ...

Three Worlds Collide in 'Jerusalem,' the City and the Film
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

When the producers of Jerusalem, a new movie for IMAX and other giant screen theaters, decided to approach the topic, they wanted to bring a fresh perspective to the long history. ...

'Flowers in the Attic' and Women on the Brink
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The statistics are staggering — two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are held by women, yet 40 percent of households with children under 18 have a woman as the sole or primary breadwinner. ...

Empowering Women Empowers Us All
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

There is one report that has particularly fascinated me — and many others — as it describes how women have been struggling the most against poverty in the United States. Watching ...

Canterbury Cathedral to Host First-ever Girls’ Choir
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Canterbury Cathedral, mother church of the 85 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, will have its first girls’ choir perform since it was rebuilt nearly 1,000 years ago. Ca ...

Religion, Scripture, and the Value of Women
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

One of the most eye-catching article headlines for me in reading the report was “ Are Women Devalued by Religions?” In the article, sister Joan Chittister remarks on how our assumptions about religion influenc ...

Learning to Surrender
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

We have to let go of things that are holding us back so that we can reach for God. It was my junior year of college. I sat in the balcony of chapel listening to a message and expe ...

Pope Francis' Cardinals Point the Way To Catholicism's Future
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, 59 (he turns 60 on Jan. 17). Italian ...

A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them. So, while the work of life and hea ...

On Scripture: An Unexpected Servant -- The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

As the New Year brings reflection over the past year, we have heard much about Pope Francis and the ways he has surprised Catholics and non-Catholics alike. As the New Year brings ...

In the War on Poverty, Women Need a Boost
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

A recent report on the needs of women in the economy revealed that one of every three women in America is living in poverty or is on the brink of poverty. Sojourners campaigns ass ...

New 'SoulPulse' App Lets Users Monitor Their Spirituality in Real Time
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

About 160 people, so far, know such details about their spiritual lives. They were the first participants in SoulPulse, a newly launched, ongoing study of spirituality in daily life. ...

LISTEN: Jim Wallis Talks Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Listen in as Jim Wallis and Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black kick off the new year with a discussion on Pope Francis and the new Pope's influential presence in all kinds of media. ...

As I Walk Through the Sudden Valley: A Psalm, a Prayer
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

you. ( AD 1:7 ) We all must seek forgiveness. I’ve always tried to lead a clean life. My brother ... shalt protect thy father and honor no one above him unless it be-ith me, thy sweet Lord. ( AD 1:17 ). Thou shalt not make up a name in vain.” ( AD 1:17 ) I will obey your will. I will lead a good ...

I Hope We Never Become a 'Christian Nation' Again
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians today use the term “post-Christian” to describe the United States in conjunction with their assumptions that our nation is falling deeper and deeper into a moral decline, but this word presuppo ...

Four Reasons Churches Stink at Transformation (and What We Can Do About It)
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

The most important transformations are spiritual and emotional ones. Yet, the fitness community does transformations better than churches do. Though we have many stories of people ...

Swept Under the Rug
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today churches are often rocked with sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by priests and clergy. Yet, sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept under the rug. ...

Pope Francis' Message for Washington
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

As an evangelical whose work has focused on the intersection of faith and public life, let me offer two additional reflections that will render Pope Francis more understandable to our public life. ...

Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day. My conclusion: Religion shouldn’t be this hard. After 36 years of se ...

Yes, the Pope Is Still Catholic, Despite What You Heard
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

No doubt about it, Pope Francis is generating the kind of Internet buzz and sky-high Q Scores that brand managers can only dream of. But is the pontiff becoming a victim of his own good press? ...

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Church of England's Alternative Baptism Liturgy Drops Reference to Devil
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service following the introduction of an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their “sins” or reject “the ...

70 Really Is the New 50 ... If You Take Care of Yourself!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

What is so amazing is that I feel many times better today than I felt at 60, 50, or even 40. 70 really IS the new 50! Good health is a blessing from God. Self-care is a "Thank you" for the blessing. ...

A Gift of Hot Chocolate
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

No matter how limited we may feel or how little we think we have, we can always find ways to give. We just have to be a little creative. My mom died in a nursing home five years a ...

Uncontained
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

V. Jane Schneeloch If my belief were a hickory nut / I'd keep it safe in my pocket “Belief is as ...

Can Paul Be Redeemed?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul. “Jesus was a radical who welcomed ev ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

Confessions of a Violent Peacemaker
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

people’s wellbeing. THE STORY CONTINUES: I am 17 years old. I live in a small town in the north ...

In Pursuit of Wholeness
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Sabath Cynthia Bourgeault Cynthia Bourgeault explains how we can both seek social ...

When the Fighting Stops
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society? MARIE-LOUISE IS a 34-year-old single ...