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Stripping Away the Stigma: Christian Ministries Help Women Escape Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

17 years dancing in Dallas strip clubs, find a new path. Ministry volunteers listened to her ...

6 Times Pastors Went On Late-Night TV
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jesse Carey ...

To the Dying Church: Sharing our Wounds
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Let’s try this difficult thing together: expose and share our wounds, and in doing so, find the beginning of healing and life. To the dying church, Sometimes you have to get w ...

Lisa Sharon Harper Urges Prayer To #UpliftNigeria
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News KineticsLive.com ...

175 Leaders Urge U.S. Support In Christianity's Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Jayson Casper ...

Exporting Democracy...
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. ...although maybe we should have kept a little for ourselves. FOR MORE THAN two centuries, the ...

Heaven Is a Home
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

If God has prepared a home for us, ought we not prepare a home for our neighbor? When I was a child, my vision of heaven was riddled with roller coasters and populated by Disney c ...

God Sets the World Right
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11 HAVING BEEN promised what the disciples assume will ...

Cherish Each Moment — Even the Sucky Ones
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "If communion isn't a little edgy, you may not be doing it right." -- A tribute to Elizabeth Palmberg (1970-2014) ...

Nuns Say They Will Continue Dialogue Despite Vatican Criticisms
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

The American nuns who were publicly scolded by the Vatican’s top doctrinal official for disobedience and promoting unorthodox beliefs have rejected the criticisms. The American nu ...

The Many Ways to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The example mothers in Scripture do not lead caricatured lives of middle-class homemakers living a life of Pinterest or of super-career woman balancing family and economic kingdom building. Instead they are en ...

From the Archives: June 1979
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Dick Taylor Touching Christ AS CHRISTIANS, we affirm that God, whose presence fills every nook and cranny of ...

To a Dying Church: Continue to Tell the Sacred Story
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

I remember warmly how you shared with me from an ancient letter that faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love. Dear friend, The diagnoses ar ...

In the Wake of Haiyan's Wrath
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR After long delays in relief operations, rebuilding in the Philippines slowly continues. ...

A Call For Help For Mideast Christians
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Movsesian ...

To a Dying Church: Either Die or Live Like You Mean It
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

What if, freed from the concerns of playing it safe for posterity, you stomped on the gas pedal and decided to blow the doors off? What might that look like? Dear Church, I rec ...

A Crash Course In Q
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News John Murdock ...

Who is Allah? #BringBackOurGirls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s abduction of these innocent girls is the bastardization of Islam because it is the bastardization of Allah. To justify abducting and selling young girls into slavery in the name of Allah is to red ...

To the Dying Church From a Millennial
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

While the studies indicate that organized communities of faith are in decline, the amount of men and women who are seeking and finding a radical faith in Jesus is increasing. Dear ...

Vatican Calls for Release of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican issued an urgent appeal Thursday for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The Vatican issued an urgen ...

To the Dying Church: Maybe Death Is a Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 7:10pm | Type: Blog

The reality is your reason for being, your very purpose, is to teach us about a living God. How marvelously playful and mischievous of God (and quite frankly, how very God-like of God) to figure out how to do ...

Indonesian Woman Gang-raped, Faces Caning for Adultery
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Islamic religious police in Indonesia plan to publicly flog a 25-year-old widow and a married man for adultery after vigilantes gang-raped her as punishment for having extramarital sex, according to media repo ...

In a Nutshell: What Is Boko Haram?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is among the most vicious terrorist groups operating in North Africa, home to some of the worst Islamist extremists in the world. Boko Haram is among the most vicious t ...

American Christians Pledge Solidarity With Persecuted Christians In Egypt, Iraq And Syria
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Nina Shea ...

Christian Leaders Stand In Solidarity With Imperiled Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:53am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jeffrey Walton ...

Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Nigerian Cardinal: Schoolgirls' Abduction Is Shameful
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The kidnapping of 300 teenage schoolgirls by the Islamist group Boko Haram has shamed Nigeria, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan said Wednesday. The kidnapping of 300 teenage sch ...

Atheist TV: Coming Soon to a Television Near You
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local ath ...

Answer to a Begging Woman's Prayer
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Prayer is a two-way conversation. It’s participatory. If we don’t listen for an answer, then we’re not really praying. Often, we hear an answer that requires some action on our part. ...

A Matter of Misinformation
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

In just the latest evidence that a certain subset of conservative evangelical Christians really has no interest in occupying the real world with the rest of us, the trailer for a new movie called A Matter of F ...

Evangelicals and Catholics Together Marks 20 Years
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

When evangelicals and Catholics set aside centuries of mutual suspicion 20 years ago, the idea was fairly simple: Even if we can’t always work together, at least let’s not work against each other. ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

The Struggles of Christian Parenting
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

This is probably the hardest thing about Christian parenting: wanting our kids to actually live like Christ. Every mother and father know the struggles, frustrations, unrealistic ...

Part V: Unified in Our Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 6:58am | Type: Blog

for their exams. Being here and sitting in the same seats at the same hour the attack happened 17 years ago ...

Careful With the Bible Drills
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

Knowing the names of all of the books does give you a general familiarity with our sacred text. These reasons, however, are functional, not crucial to one’s faith or salvation. Co ...

Vatican Defends Record on Sexual Abuse to UN Panel
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has effectively addressed the “worldwide scourge” of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade and promoted the reporting of allegations to both church and legal authorities, a United Nations pane ...

I Believe You: Sexual Violence and the Church (eBook)
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Product

Catherine Woodiwiss Jim Wallis Sojourners Editors ...

When A Viral Blog Post Doesn't Change Much Of Anything
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

May 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Ellen Painter Dollar ...

Seeking Greater Equality, Indian Women Turn to Unexpected Source: Shariah Courts
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Khatoon Shaikh had no formal education, never worked outside the home, and lived in the kind of neighborhood that many people might call a slum. Khatoon Shaikh had no formal educa ...

For Innovation to Have a Prayer, It Needs to Start with Brokenness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

“Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. “Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. It’s like “community,” a warm and fuzzy term w ...

10 Truths Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Different Dream ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What A Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Vatican's Doctrine Chief Blasts U.S. Nuns for Disobedience
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Catholic nuns in the U.S. have been thumbing their nose at Rome’s demands to toe the doctrinal line and they need to obey or face serious consequences, the Vatican’s enforcer of orthodoxy said in a surprisingl ...

Remembering The Life Of Glen Stassen
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...

Monday Q&A: Modesto Peace/Life Center On A Mission Since 1970
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 4, 2014 Sojo in the News John Holland ...

Vatican Could Face Flood of Torture-related Abuse Lawsuits
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican could face a wave of new sexual abuse claims dating back decades if a United Nations inquiry finds that the Roman Catholic Church has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman tr ...

Do We Seek Experiences Instead of God?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Like Elijah, we have a tendency to put God in a box assuming any experience has to fall within certain parameters. Reading the Bible from the comfort of my couch, I find myself po ...

What Type of God Do You Believe In?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

It's easy to manipulate God to fit our own agendas, to use religion to rationalize our actions, to wield spirituality as a weapon, and manipulate theology to rationalize our sins. ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

Sermon: In the Breaking — #bringbackourgirls
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Listen to our cry. Listen to our sorrow. May God warm the hearts of the kidnappers and those who have purchased the girls. The first time I heard the news about the 270 Nigerian s ...