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5 Ways Money Quietly Poisons Our Faith
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It’s sometimes cliché for Christians to warn about the dangers of idolizing wealth and money, but the negative impact it can have on our faith is more subtle than we often realize. Here are a few ways it cover ...

Surprising Insights on Ukraine in the New York Times
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Russia’s desire for power is mimetic, or imitative, and modeled on its rival for power, the United States. Russia wants what the United States has — the prestige of being a global super power — and Russia is w ...

Malaysians Lift up Missing Flight in Prayers
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Many Malaysians are invoking the power of prayer to aid the massive multinational search operation for the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared without a trace early Saturday. ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

'Homeless Jesus' Provokes Debate on What it Means to Be Christian
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., “Homeless Jesus” is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. In a small college town 20 miles north o ...

The United Cinematic States Of America
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Gareth Higgins ...

To Understand Pope Francis, Look to the Jesuits
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Figuring out why Pope Francis has upended so many expectations, how exactly he’s changed the Catholic Church in his first year and what he might be contemplating for the future has become a Catholic parlor gam ...

Walls That Divide
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

As we ponder walls and the devastation caused by building them, many people in the United States have begun to recognize that we cannot continue building walls to separate us from others. We need to break them ...

April 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Product

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Survey Finds Growth, Vitality in Multisite Church Model
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location. ...

Openness, Diversity, and Magnanimity
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. Take the imposition of ashes out to the sidewalks where ...

April 2014 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Product

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As Execution Drugs Grow Short, States Scramble on Capital Punishment
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Prison guards meet in the desert to hand off chemicals for executions. A corrections boss loaded with cash travels to a pharmacy in another state to buy lethal sedatives. States across the country refuse to id ...

Anderson Creates Sacred Cinematic Space in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

To my mind, all of Wes Anderson’s films are masterpieces in the truest sense of that word. But his most recent creation, Grand Budapest Hotel, is, perhaps, his chef d’oeuvre. To m ...

6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Anti-Judaism
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

William F. Brosend How to not contribute to anti-Judaism. We received several letters to the editor c ...

VIDEO: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, is the real-life vicar of Dibley. ...

Pope Francis' First Year: An Assessment
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

After I met Pope Francis during a visit to the Holy See in October, I remarked that if I were choosing a parish based upon the pastor, he would be my pastor. Now, he is the world’s pastor. ...

Lent Isn't Just a Second Chance at New Year's Resolutions
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

So here we go again. It’s that time of year — Lent, when many Christians give something up. Often it’s food, although my mom told me when I was a kid that giving up vegetables doesn’t count. ...

You Can’t Point a Person to Christ with a Gun
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

A growing trend in evangelism among some more conservative churches is to promise people a gun in exchange for attendance. During the Crusades, conversion by the sword was a commo ...

Working Toward Justice in the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

We must fight for justice, but we must do so in the way of Jesus. The classic sci-fi novel  Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card was adapted on to the big screen in November 2013. ...

Visionary Vapor: Starting Lent with Michael Gungor and The Liturgists
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

If you were not on the Gungor or Michael Gungor Twitter feed over the first two days of March, you might have missed the news about a new band, a new record, and a new mini-tour. ...

The Middle of the Shelf
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Life is lived in the middle of the shelf, full of moments of uncertainty and doubt that serve as first drafts for stories of love and grace, learning, and faith. A few years ago, ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

SXSW 2014 Where Faith Joins The Convo
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News DJ Chuang ...

50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders To Celebrate On International Women's Day
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

Benedict XVI on John Paul II: I Always Knew He Was a Saint
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until a special high-profile ceremony next month at the Vatican. But the man who succeeded him says he has seen him in that light for years. ...

Study: Protestant Work Ethic Isn't Just Protestant Anymore
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it might be more of an atheist work ethic. America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

Attn SBNR: Biblical Violence Matters to Peace
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Religion can be defined as the practices and beliefs employed by humans to contain our violence. If you are a spiritual but not religious seeker after peace, please do not deceive yourself into thinking that i ...

The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

Court Hears Atheists' Challenge to Ground Zero Cross
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

Atheists are challenging plans to include a 17 ... plans to include a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 ... a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 in a display ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Just Jesus by Walter Wink with Steven Berry / On "Strangers No Longer" by Paulist Press / Eve by Angélique Kidjo / ...

Coloring the Story
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ben Sutter Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith. Herald Press. THE GRAPHIC NOVEL  Radical Jesus , edit ...

Bringing the Word to Life
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

churches about mutual respect and inclusion. Chapters 8 through 17 work through 1 Corinthians, with each ...

The Harvest of Fidelity
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger This Day: New & Collected Sabbath Poems. Counterpoint. THE STILL, ATTENTIVE, affectiona ...

Cine-Monastic Disciplines
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Without conscious resistance, the flattened culture of entertainment globalization is going to continue to dominate. ...

'Son of God' Falls into Trap of Most Jesus Depictions
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 11:39pm | Type: Blog

While Son of God leaves much to be desired (as maybe it should), this is a movie I could see some Christian audiences enjoying for the way it repackages the well-known story of Jesus’ life. ...

Young Guns: Gun Violence Effects on Millennials
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Generation Progress and The Center for American Progress recently released a report: “Young Guns: How Gun Violence is Devastating the Millennial Generation.” According to the report, “American children and tee ...

Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum He didn't just sing for the audience. He got them to sing for themselves. WHEN I MOV ...

Prophet in a Cracker Dress
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Liuan Huska From galleries to the street, artist Nora Howell is unafraid of tough topics. ONE RECENT WINTER d ...

From the Archives: April 1992
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Wink The Myth of Redemptive Violence VIOLENCE is the ethos of our times. It is the spirituality of the ...

New 'Miracle Machine' Turns Water to Wine (in Three Days)
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

A new device called The Miracle Machine promises to make pre-aged wine in about three days. By turning water into wine, Jesus used his first miracle to keep the wedding feast goin ...

Pope Francis' Plan for Reform: Convert the Church
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Francis approaches the one-year mark of his papacy, his global flock and a fascinated public are starting to measure the changes he is making against the sky-high hopes for transforming an institution ...

Being There During Bad Times
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Sullivan ...

How To Help Your Child Launch Rockets
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Portwood ...

A Good Age: 'Being There' After A Family Trauma
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Sue Scheible ...

Literary LEO 2014
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Press

January 28, 2014 Sojo in the News LEO Weekly ...

The Social Contract In A Dignitarian Society
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

March 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Robert Fuller ...

Why is the Cross Necessary?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

as an apt harbinger of Peter’s disheartened rejoinder to Jesus’ question in John 21:17 (“Do you love me?”), ...