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Americans Don’t Cite ‘God, Family, Country’ Quite Like the Cliche Goes
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

“God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not really how most Americans see the strongest influences on their personal identity. “God, family ...

Bob Jones III Apologizes for Old Stone-the-Gays Remarks
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

The former president of Bob Jones University has apologized for comments he made in 1980 that gays and lesbians should be stoned to death. The former president of Bob Jones Univer ...

Global response needed
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Press

March 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Donald Rea ...

My Father's Keeper
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

We must engage and invite men to be a part of this movement. Men who need help and men that want to help. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women&# ...

'It Follows' Explores the Spirituality of Horror
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

The film explores the ever-approaching darkness that none of us escape. Pretty impressive in a genre more commonly associated with objectification and cheap thrills. Should Christ ...

Black Lesbian Bishop Yvette Flunder Is ‘Using My Energy to Find Peace’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, preached on March 17 during an annual lecture series of the American ... the third-generation preacher said at the end of a rousing sermon on March 17. “I’m using my energy to find peace. ...

Can one pastor bridge deep divides between evangelicals and mainline Protestants?
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Press

March 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

Weekly Wrap 3.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Franklin Graham, Ashley Judd, gay Mennonites, women at SXSW, happy first day of Spring! 1.  An Open Letter to Franklin Graham "Within one day, tens of thousands ...

'Dig’ TV Series Starts Adding Up: Watch the Numbers
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

of that (days of rain, years in the desert)? It’s never eight or 11 or — heaven forbid — 17? That’s because ...

It's On Us: Healthy Masculinity and Sexual Assault Prevention
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

We can choose healthy masculinity and present it as choice for men and boys. It’s on us to do so. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's Hi ...

How to Truly Help the Homeless
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. ...

The Critical Part Of Orphan Care That Adoption Culture Has Totally Missed
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

of children in the world who have lost at least one parent. Out of the 153 million, there’s an estimated 13-17 ...

BYU Graduates Complain to Accrediting Board Over School’s Treatment of Lapsed-Mormon Students
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the private school. A group of Brigham Y ...

St. Louis Archdiocese Cancels Speech by Visionary Who Saw the Virigin Mary at Medjugorje
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

To Roman Catholic officialdom, it’s unclear whether the Virgin Mary appeared to Ivan Dragicevic and five others 34 years ago in a Bosnian village. To Roman Catholic officialdom, ...

Being a Man, a la Paul
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Paul forces me to think differently about what it means to be a man. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring storie ...

Inward-Focused or Outward? Christian Congregations at a Crossroads
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

American Christianity is at a crossroads again. American Christianity is at a crossroads — again. It’s the latest in a long string of crossroads. In the run-up to revolution, ...

What If Jesus Wasn’t the Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When we preach that Jesus is the answer, we have to be quick to prove it. And so the only stories that get told are the rags to riches, despair to hope, darkness to light stories. The complexities of sin are s ...

When the World Looks Back
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

The truth of Easter is not always readily apparent. It requires the ability to see clearly. This means rubbing our eyes, clearing them of gunk, and focusing our vision. Lent is a ...

Utah’s New Law a ‘Toolkit’ for Fighting LGBT Discrimination, Say Activists, Legal Experts
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The new law offering employment and workplace protections to LGBT people extends an olive branch but misses one key sticking point. Utah’s new law extending employment and workpla ...

Will Pope Francis Have a Short Papacy? Don’t Bet On It
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

A closer reading of Francis’ remarks, and analysis from those who know the pope, say that’s not what he meant, at all. In a wide-ranging interview he gave March 13 for the second ...

Love Is the Root of All Evil
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

If this is really love, then the human heart should be categorized as a concealed weapon. Editor's Note: Christian Piatt was invited to preach at  Portland First Chri ...

Americans of Faith Must Reconsider Stands on Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Today, Thurlow and other survivors travel the globe, sharing their stories with a new generation for which nuclear weapons are an afterthought. Setsuko Thurlow was 13 when “progre ...

Mormons Free to Back Gay Marriage on Social Media, LDS Apostle Says
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships. An LDS apostle reaffirmed recen ...

The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Grant Wacker ...

Is God the Biggest Serial Killer of All Time? A Response to the Friendly Atheist
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

For Christians, the Bible is important in the sense that it points to Jesus as the ultimate revelation of God. Who is God? The Christian answer isn’t found in random passages of the Bible. It’s found in Jesus ...

Women in Church Leadership and Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Probably one of the most important things for me is knowing who I am: a beloved and favored child of the King, made in the image of the perfect One who calls and equips me to reflect that same royalty and hono ...

Debate Over Gays in St. Patrick’s Parades Roils Irish On Big Day
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Fifth Avenue on March 17, the saint’s feast day, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan is facing renewed calls from ...

Prominent San Francisco Evangelical Church Drops Celibacy Requirement for LGBT Members
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to remain celibate. A prominen ...

When Christians Love Their Religion More Than Their God
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Imagine if Christians introduced people to their God instead of their religion. Instead of promoting Christ, Christians often promote … their theology their culture ...

'Little White Lie' — Untangling Family Secrets, Finding New Identity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

A young Jewish woman, raised as white, learns she's not. The Schwartzs seemed like any other Jewish family in Woodstock, N.Y. except for one thing: Mom and Dad were obviously ...

We Are Woman
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

I long for the day when women and men will stand eye to eye in evangelical churches across the nation. They will speak healing and empowering words to each other: I see the image of God in you. ...

Vatican Drops Image of Bound Woman after Complaints
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Following complaints, the Vatican’s cultural office has removed an image of a naked female torso bound in ropes that was used to advertise a women’s conference. Following complai ...

Pope Francis: ‘All I Want Is to Go Out for a Pizza!’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has given a lengthy — and fascinating — interview to a Mexican television station, which broadcast it on March 13 to mark the second anniversary of his election. The ...

Silence Is Not An Option
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

While we may acknowledge that men and women are equal, I believe there is power in who speaks. As a preacher and pastor, I have had the privilege of speaking to people from a wide ...

7.5 Million Americans Lost Their Religion Since 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

But the percentage who never pray is also up, from 14 percent to 17 percent. Tobin Grant blogs ...

Who Was St. Patrick, and Would He Drink Green Beer?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick . For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midweek excuse ... died on March 17 the late 400’s – scholars aren’t sure exactly when – his followers waged a war ...

How a Week With Monks Changed My Views on Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

My greatest struggle has not been that I have been so committed to “giving up stuff” for Lent that I have forgotten that God’s grace is unconditional. Rather, I have tended to avoid the discomfort of giving up ...

'I Wish I Could Also Have Died:' Boko Haram Haunts Kids
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

About 17,000 people are in Chad, according to the United Nations. The vast majority of the refugees ...

Between Two Cultures: How to Be Evangelical Without Evangelizing
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s not that we don’t love the evangelical church, or don’t attend an evangelical congregation. It’s just that we don’t identify with all aspects of the American version of evangelicalism. ...

Pope Francis Has History, But Not Time, on His Side in Reform Push
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, how? And what’s on the table — traditions, rites, doctrine, none of the above? Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, h ...

A New Hymn on Jesus’ Protest: When Christ Went to the Temple
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48 and John 2:13–16). His prophetic act has sometimes been used ... inside.   Biblical References: Matthew 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48 and John 2:13–16. ...

Ideology Over Humanity: The Problem With Criticizing Fred Craddock on His Funeral Day
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

The day of Craddock's funeral, the president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., called Craddock's essential claims to be “dead wrong,” claiming that it led to “no true pr ...

When the Way of Jesus Doesn’t Work: Finding Peace with a Divided Self
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

A surprising thing happens whenever I bless the negative voices within myself. They become much less negative. In fact, they start to become helpful. It was a rough week at work. ...

Kenya’s Catholic Church to Fight Hunger by Farming Its Vast Land Reserves
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change. Drying livestock carcass ...

Q&A: Rachel Held Evans on the Ills of American Christianity and Leaving Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

If you try to woo us back with skinny jeans and coffee shops, it may actually backfire. Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the a ...

The Siege Mentality of Christian Radio Stations
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

This siege mentality seemed basic to every preacher I heard. I suppose it’s one way to rally the troops. Get them fearful, angry, and suspicious. On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimag ...

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

"Let me put it this way. If no one else was watching, if you were doing this only for yourself, would you still do it?” she said. I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, ...

Vatican Knew about Theft of Michelangelo Letters, Refused Ransom Demand
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on March 9 said it has received a ransom demand to recover letters signed by Michelangelo, stolen from the Holy See nearly 20 years ago. The Vatican on March 9 said i ...

April 2015 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 10:21am | Type: Product

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Two Years In, Pope Francis Faces Headwinds in Reforming the Vatican. Here’s How He Can Prevail
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Can Francis change the culture, and the system? One reason the cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis two years ago on March 13 was ...