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The Joy of Forgiveness and the Seven Deadly Sins
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Lent is rarely talked about as a celebration, but it is an opportunity to revel in the joy of forgiveness. I live in Washington D.C., a city in which mistakes are messaged and sho ...

Rachel Held Evans: Saying the Things Pastors Can't
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

“I can say things on the blog that pastors can’t say from the pulpit,” Rachel explained, adding that she tries to position the blog as a community where people can safely engage in conversation about things th ...

The Fallacy of Good v. Evil: A Q&A with 'Noah' Writer Ari Handel
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Last Sunday in Los Angeles, Cathleen Falsani sat down with Ari Handel, a screenwriter and frequent collaborator with Noah director Darren Aronofsky, with whom he co-wrote the film and the graphic novel, Noah, ...

8-year-old Student Not Feminine Enough, Christian School Says
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

The family of a little girl in western Virginia has removed her from her private Christian school after administrators said she did not appear feminine enough. The family of a lit ...

Pope Francis Fired 'Bishop Bling.' Will More Follow?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

The news that Pope Francis fired — or “accepted the resignation of” — the German churchman known as “Bishop Bling” because of his big-spending ways has touched off speculation among Catholics that other dismis ...

Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR) To Hold 125th Annual Convention In Chicago -- March 30-April 2, 2014
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Press

March 24, 2014 Sojo in the News http://www.einpresswire.com/article ...

Interfaith Peacemaking Workshop This Weekend
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Press

March 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Journal Star (Illinois) ...

The Women Of Faith Factor In 'Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Baxter ...

Faith in Action: A Look at Public Theology Professor Mike McCurry
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

We talked with former press secretary for former President Bill Clinton and Wesley Theological Seminary professor of public theology Mike McCurry on faith and action. “Public theo ...

Salty Speech
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Press

http://www.themennonite.org/issues/17-4/articles/Salty_speech Several years ago, ...

Salty Speech
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Press

http://www.themennonite.org/issues/17-4/articles/Salty_speech Several years ago, ...

The Fast I Choose: Fasting And The Mission Of The Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Press

March 25, 2014 Sojo in the News John Gromek ...

Gluttony: Battling a Culture of Convenience
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

I am a glutton for a life of convenience and first world problems and a god that works with my schedule. But what I want to be is a disciple to the God who requires more than what is convenient. What I want is ...

'I Want You To Want Me' — That Other Kind of Lust
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Is it possible that lust works in multiple ways? Is it possible that the all-consuming desire to be desired is just as lustful as the all-consuming desire to have? Thought experim ...

Phelps Touched on Fears and Anger Many Feel
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

As anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps passes on to whatever is his reward, we need to ask how he managed to inspire a following. As anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps passes on to whatever ...

Gluttony: A Manifestation of Discontent
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The solution to gluttony, I discovered, is not not-eating. Taking on gluttony head first, or rather stomach first, does not mean cutting off my food supply and shunning my taste buds. Gluttony for me is not ju ...

The Sexist Effects of Sexting the Biblical Text
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The scriptures reveal that gender justice was self-evident, implicit, and most importantly, a consistent counter-cultural presence in the words and deeds of Jesus. Sexting is ...

World Vision to Recognize Employees' Same-Sex Marriages
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has announced that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, a groundbreaking change for an evangelical instituti ...

Q&A: 'Noah' Director Darren Aronofsky on Justice vs. Mercy
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

The Noah epic releasing in theaters this Friday promises to be controversial, with director Darren Aronofsky calling it “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” The Noah ...

Irish Abuse Victim, Boston Cardinal Named to Vatican Sex Abuse Panel
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

An Irish woman who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child is among eight members of a special commission appointed by Pope Francis on Saturday to start the long and arduous process of confronting the church’s ...

'... And You Can, Too!' Greed and Every Possible Possibility
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

When we are rendered unable to commit to the blessings of life out of insistence that more and better options must be out there for us to acquire, we have turned the promise of “... and you can, too!” into the ...

For God So Loved Fred Phelps: On the Gods of Hate and Scandals
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

God is not like me or Fred Phelps. And I am thankful for that. God is not like me or Fred Phelps. And I am thankful for that. Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist ...

Wrath: The Deadly Sin of the Divine
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

This definitional conundrum raises a few questions. Is it wrong to speak of God’s wrath? Wrong to list wrath among the Deadly Sins? Or are there certain things that are only sins if humans do them but are appr ...

Social Media and the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Psalm 23 assures us that both goodness and love shall follow us all the days of our life, a following that is ultimately more significant than all of the followers of Twitter. Thi ...

The Criminality of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

into the car, killing 17-year-old, unarmed Jordan Davis, the jury couldn’t reach a conviction ... will be incarcerated  in the course of his life, while only 1 in 17 white men will see the inside of a prison or jail. ...

The Legacy of Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

To express such elation over another's demise is actually a show of weakness. It accedes power over our own spiritual and emotional discipline to the one whose rhetorical poison we allow to contaminate ou ...

Grieving for Fred Phelps in Topeka
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps, famous for picketing funerals with vicious anti-gay messages, died this week. His estranged son, Nate, had posted on Facebook that the 84-year-old Phelps had been excommunicated from his own Westb ...

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps died early Thursday morning. Fred Phelps  died  early Thursday morning. Phelps was best known for his deeply rooted hatred and promulgating the tasteless sloga ...

Envy: Greed's Ugly Cousin
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

When we are envious, we gain nearly as much pleasure from the idea of the other person not having the thing we want as we do from the idea of having it ourselves. I drive a Prius. ...

The Women of Faith Factor in 'Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

As we near the March 25 arguments in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, it can feel as though men have the monopoly on religious activism in America. After all, 38 protestant theologians signed on to an amicus brief sug ...

i-Lust and Other Confessions in a Millennial World
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

There are several reasons why the church doesn’t like to talk about lust. I lust. The words almost seem like they could be a tagline for a new Apple product — an appropriate imag ...

May God Have Mercy on Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a letter to the editor of The Washington Times in 1999. A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a l ...

The Search for Flight 370 Reveals Four Basic Truths About Humanity
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

The story reveals much more about our humanity and spirituality than we realize. Here are four simple revelations that we’ve learned about ourselves during this process: The searc ...

Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist   Wrath Rolling in the Deep — Adele Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J Sloth Laz ...

Sloth: Missing the Call for Sabbath
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Ironically, my approach to getting the sloth out of my life is to bring the Sabbath into it, at the end of each day. Sloth. It’s not just a strange, adorable animal we love to wat ...

Jesus Is A None: 5 Things Christians Need To Know About The "Nones"
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

Six Covenanters Contribute to Academic Leadership Volumes
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Stan Friedman ...

Newman Center Announces Still Point Theatre Event
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Journal Gazette & Times-Courier ...

Pride: It's All About Who You Know
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

When I came to faith, I saw it as a choice I had made after carefully and rationally weighing the evidence. But as I see how irrationally God loves me, and how gracious, how astoundingly beautiful and mysterio ...

Art, Liturgy, and the Future of Music: A Q&A With Gungor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Last week, Sojourners’ Associate Web Editor Catherine Woodiwiss caught up with musical collective Gungor at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Here’s what Michael Gungor has to say about art, liturgy, and th ...

Peaceful Words for Angry Birds
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

While Jesus embodied the pursuit of justice for the oppressed and marginalized, he also spoke often about the ways in which angry thoughts, angry actions, and angry words corrode their container to the point o ...

Women's Unfinished Journey
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 6:38am | Type: Blog

However you fall on the optimist/pessimist scale, it is safe to say that women’s place in the world is still highly tenuous. Editor's Note : This post is an excerpt from ...

There Is No Room for Love In Judgment and Shame
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 6:16am | Type: Blog

I can’t stand how it makes me feel to judge and be judged. And I can’t stand how often it’s directed at women and men who live on the brink with their children churning in and out of poverty. ...

A Prayer for Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God. We lift up a prayer for the misguided – for those who hate and belittle and abuse in your name. Editor's Note: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro B ...

Mormon Women Seeking Priesthood to Be Shut Out of Temple Square
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Mormon women seeking tickets to the faith’s general priesthood session next month will not only be denied access to that all-male meeting, but also may be shut out of Salt Lake City’s historic Temple Square al ...

Kenneth Bae's 500th Day: Life’s Cycle of Fear, Pain, and Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Today marks Korean-American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae’s 500th day in a North Korean prison. ... Bae is a reminder to all of us that Korea remains divided. Brothers and sisters are separated and friends ...

'Noah' Spurs Debate Pitting Art vs. Bible
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

With the release of the movie Noah a couple of weeks away, the waters of controversy are already rising fast. With the release of the movie Noah  a couple of weeks away, the w ...

Allegiance
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

God doesn't want to vie for our allegiance. Yet he must, because our allegiance is divided between church attendance, theological stances, and denominational commitments (among other things), as if these ...

Faith And Reason Can Help Break Cycle Of Violence We Do To Ourselves, Others
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:46am | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Chicago Tribune ...

Mob Threats Aside, Pope Francis Will Pray with Victims of Organized Crime
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis will preside over a prayer vigil dedicated to victims of mob violence in Italy and their families. The Vatican said Monday that Pope Fran ...