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Oleksandr Turchynov's Baptist Faith May Help Defuse Ukrainian Crisis
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov is neither Ukrainian Orthodox nor Eastern Rite Catholic, and that may be the key to his success at a time when fissures between East and West are threatening to split the c ...

What If I'm Not Sure What I Believe?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

The thing is, the way we think about Christianity in the modern context suggests that not knowing what you believe is a problem to be solved. But in my experience, the open-ended mystery and the eager “what’s ...

Russell Crowe Really Wants Pope Francis to See 'Noah'
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Actor Russell Crowe is using social media to try to cajole Pope Francis into seeing his latest film, the controversial “Noah,” which stars Crowe as the waterlogged biblical patriarch. ...

Pope Francis Blasts Arms Dealers, Decries Indifference to War
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Tuesday lashed out at public indifference to the many wars raging around the globe, with especially harsh words for arms makers who he said profit from the violence and suffering. ...

Update: Bob Jones University Rehires Firm Hired to Investigate Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

After firing an independent watchdog group to investigate allegations of sexual abuse on campus, Bob Jones University has rehired the same group, one month before the findings from a 13-month review were sched ...

When Leaders Let You Down
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

If we don’t learn how to deal with being let down, we’ll end up getting increasingly cynical and jaded and disconnected, and we’ll burn out and check out and get out, and nothing will ever change except that w ...

Vatican City Consumes More Wine Per Capita Than Any Other Country
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Tiny Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world, according to information from the California-based Wine Institute. Tiny Vatican City consumes ...

Paying It Forward Ends Up Paying It Backward Too
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

My dear body has been a relentless teacher. Sheʼs a megaphone for what matters and sheʼs a barometer for when I forget. Sheʼs my home on the earthly adventure my soul longed to explore. She lets me take a crac ...

Pope Francis Overhauls Vatican Finances, Names Australian Cardinal as Comptroller
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday launched a sweeping reform of the Vatican’s scandal-plagued financial system by naming one of his closest advisers on reform, Australian Cardinal George Pell, to head a powerful new depa ...

Pope Francis Charges Cardinals to Oppose 'Any Discrimination'
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis created his first batch of new cardinals on Saturday and used the ceremony to launch a new appeal for peace amid the violence racking so many countries. Pope Francis ...

Tim Chey's 'Final: The Rapture' Adapts 'Horror Movie' Label
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

The words “Christian” and “horror movie” rarely appear in the same sentence, much less in the same film’s promotional material. The words “Christian” and “horror movie” rarely app ...

Pope Francis Uses Smartphone Video to Urge Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

In an unusually informal video made on a smartphone held by a Pentecostal pastor, Pope Francis called on all Christians to set aside their differences, explaining his “longing” for Christian unity. ...

7 Things Churches No Longer Do (But Should)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Next time you’re at church, look at the prayer request lists are accessible to the congregation — 99 percent of them will be physical ailments. Then look at what’s missing: nobody will share about marital prob ...

Radical Ruptures and Rhetorical Questions
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

In all my followings, I rarely encountered a Christian leader who dared to enact Augustine's famous words and turn the Truth loose, trusting that it will defend itself. ...

Pope Francis Calls for Flexibility, Patience as He Opens Talks on Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach th ...

After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured In Time For Tour
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra ...

Dear Feminism, Let's Talk About Religion
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Caryn Riswold ...

Dumpster Diving As an Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. On a rec ...

NBC’s 'Parenthood:' When the Winning Strategy is Losing
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

The strange truth about conflict is that we do not fight because we want different things. If we want different things, what is there to fight about? The writers of Parenthood ...

War-torn Churches Shelter Muslims in Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches in Central African Republic are caring for thousands of Muslims who have been trapped in a cycle of revenge attacks, perpetrated by a pro-Christian militia. Churches in C ...

For Your Calendar: 125th Annual Convention Of The Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News PR Inside ...

Roma Downey: Why We Cut Satan From 'Son of God'
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Tired of cursing the darkness, my husband Mark and I wanted to shine a light. To do this, we set up a production company called LightWorkers Media. I played an angel on “Touched ...

Cardinals Gather in Rome as Debates on Church Reform Heat Up
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday as a highly anticipated effort to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy slogged through the devi ...

The Trouble with Being Salt and Light
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

There was a time when calling someone “salt of the earth” was a compliment. It suggested a strong work ethic, moral integrity, and someone whose priorities were in proper order. Today, it seems like more of an ...

How Not to Raise a Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could. I became a mom f ...

Perception Is Reality
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 7:36am | Type: Blog

The problem that is really facing the church is others’ opinions of it. Many people do not have an issue with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their opinion is formed and shaped by the experiences they ...

COMMENTARY: Jamie Coots' Snake Theology Was Not that Crazy
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

in the New Testament: Mark 16:17-18 — “And these signs shall follow them that believe …They shall take ...

Science Group, Evangelicals Push New Collaboration
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

with 20 percent of the overall U.S. population). 17 percent of scientists consider themselves ... population). 13.5 percent of scientists read religious texts weekly (17 percent overall). Ecklund said ... Evangelical Protestants are 23 percent of the general population but 17 percent of scientists. Catholics ...

VIDEO: A Tribute to Pete Seeger
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In remembrance of Pete Seeger In " Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir " ( Sojou ...

VIDEO: The War Within
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors For some veterans, PTSD rages on as "the war within." In " Wounded Souls &qu ...

VIDEO: "Pastrix" Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., talks to CNN. N ...

Jamie Coots, Co-star of 'Snake Salvation,' Dies of a Snakebite
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the Snake Salvation reality television show, died Saturday after snakebite during a church service. He was 42. The R ...

The (Anti)Gospel of Francis Underwood
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Will you trample over others or will you empty yourself, taking the very nature of a servant? In short, will you choose the way of Frances Underwood or the way of Jesus Christ? ...

Fired Tenn. Pharmacist Sues Walgreens Alleging Religious Bias
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee pharmacist and a Baptist church deacon who lost his job after an ongoing dispute over selling Plan B contraception has sued his former bosses, claiming he was fired because of his religious beliefs ...

Rick Warren, Others, Rent Theaters for Premiere of 'Son of God'
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Christian leaders, including megachurch pastor Rick Warren, plan to rent every screen in numerous multiplex theaters across 10 cities for the premiere of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s upcoming Jesus film Son ...

An Open Letter to Christian Men (From One of You)
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Christian men - males who are caught up in the ancient, raw, and radical Jesus movement, this is to you: It's high time we say something. Christian men - males who are caught ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

soullessness and lack of humanity—to pronounce, as did missionaries of the 17th century, “These heathen must ...

AUDIO: Carol Roth’s Work with Native Mennonites
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Carol Roth offers support, resources, and ministry to Native Mennonites and their conferences. ...

Why There Needs to Be More than One Story
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Given the degree of power stories hold to affect our society, it is incumbent upon us to do justice to all stories by cultivating a safe place where every voice is valued. We may ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...

God's Word vs. the American Bible
Originally Posted: 02/16/2014 - 6:45pm | Type: Blog

(Prov. 27:17; Gal. 6:1-2; James 5:19-20). We don’t give to the homeless because the Bible warns about putting money in a fool’s hand (Prov. 17:16). We rationalize our addiction to work and not spending ... craze power, authority, and control, so we use verses (Hebrews: 13:17) to manipulate people ...

Saint Valentine Was Single
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

This week the country is celebrating Valentine’s Day, and it reminds me of all my friends who are still single. Out of all of them, I only know a few who actually enjoy being single. ...

Why I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Yes, Valentine’s Day is about love, but the kind of selfless, dangerous sacrificial love it recognizes is trivialized by lacy cards and chocolates. I’ve done the Valentine’s Day t ...

Should Christians Pray in Public?
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

So is it possible that praying in restaurants might not be the “Dare to Be a Daniel” moment we envisioned? In fact, might it be a sign of (gulp!) a hypocrite? Should we really feel guilty for praying in restau ...

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women — from the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/13/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

We speak out because one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. That’s one in three women in my family, in my circle of friends, in my workplace — and in my church. ...

Evangelical Women Look Beyond Bible Study to New Causes
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

If past conferences such as Women of Faith drew thousands of evangelical women to indoor stadiums for devotional Bible study, a new generation of evangelical women is looking outward and concerned with issues ...

Let Your Life Be Changed
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Applications for next year's program are due March 1st, and if you or anyone you know is on the bubble in regard to applying, here are a few thoughts from this year's interns as to why you should app ...

Is Religion the 'Biggest Problem' Facing Feminism Today?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Despite the efforts of churches and faith-based non-profits to eradicate sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and the poverty in which many of the world’s women are mired, what television viewers and blogs readers ...

On Anniversary of Resignation, Benedict XVI Has No Regrets
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

After a tumultuous year that saw the first papal resignation in nearly six centuries, the election of Pope Francis, and a dramatic reshaping of the church’s style and tone, the man who set those wheels in moti ...

United Methodists Postpone Thomas Ogletree's Church Trial
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding has been delayed indefinitely. The t ...