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A New Matthew 25 Hymn: "O God, We Yearn For Safety"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

This Sunday’s lectionary gospel is Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The following new hymn affirms that Jesus’ parable calls us to faithfulness even when it involves risk and challenge today. ...

Simple Pleasures: Three O'Clock Lattes, Show Tunes
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

What's better than a piping hot, non-fat, sugar-free pumpkin latte right about now? Sipping a piping hot, non-fat, sugar-free pumpkin latte while listening to Kristin Chenoweth sing "Taylor the Latte ...

Woody Allen and His Evangelical Fan Base (Yes, Really.)
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Woody Allen, the iconic filmmaker, the quintessential agnostic Jewish New Yorker, has rabid fans in evangelical stalwarts Chuck Colson and Richard Land. Who knew? Michelle Boorste ...

Light in the darkness – an interview with Daniel Walker, author of "God in a Brothel"
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

a Grandfather of 17 I am a Grandfather of 17 grandkids. I have a very heavy burden on my for what i read ...

The moral injuries of war in Iraq
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 11:55am | Type: Press

October 28, 2011 Sojo in the News Liz Lefebvre ...

Dr. Billy Graham at 93: "The Father's Love," This Child's Gratitude
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:59pm | Type: Blog

As Billy Graham marks the beginning of his 94th year walking among us, Cathleen Falsani gives thanks for his clear, grace-filled Gospel message -- and for the unfailing love of the Father. ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 4:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 4:16am | Type: Blog

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A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Seventy-five years of Santa-school, celebrating National Sandwich Day, Muslims save Jewish bakery, remembering the inventor of the theremin, Cameron Crowe's new film, Lady Gaga's new anti-bullying pr ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

Just Back from Kabul
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

During interviews with more than a dozen Afghan women leaders, researchers, international aid workers and former Afghan government officials, we learned of persistent dangers and threats to the country's ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

A Robin Hood for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams observed that ”people are frustrated beyond measure at what they see as the disastrous effects of global capitalism,” and urged a full debate on “a Financial Transaction ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

they have. I had a great uncle that had 17 children and they were born in that vicinity. If everyone ...

Harry and the Principalities
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 1:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann The 10-year pop culture love affair with Harry Potter leaves questions at the crux. Fo ...

How to Read the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 1:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Ten books on the shelf of one of our most respected biblical scholars. New Favorites ...

Bridging the Bible Gap
Originally Posted: 10/12/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Magazine Article

flourished since the 17th century, there is a troubling disconnect between seminaries and congregations, ...

Practice, Practice, Practice
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley How to deepen our spirituality, one step at a time. SENSING HER spiritual life is lacking a ...

Action Heroes
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter When spurred on by God and conscience, there's no telling what trouble you might get into. A ...

Holy Land Farce
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Glenn Beck's exploitative event in Israel ignored justice and U.S. public opinion. GLENN BECK’ ...

Food for Life
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 1:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Why are we still sinking in health-care induced debt? THE DOCUMENTARY film Forks Over ...

How Dare the Sun Ascend?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ken Sehested We all knew it would come. Someday. Always later. Mañana . It comes for us all. Sure. Of course. We know that. Someday. Mañana . But when someday ...

With the Eyes of Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

[ November 27 ] The Gift is Still Unfolding Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians ...

November 2011 magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Product

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November 2011 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Product

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Boo! It's Jesus!: Halloween and Evangelization
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Is Halloween a prime time for evangelism? Are religious tracts passed out along with (or in lieu of) "treats" really the best way to spread the gospel message? Is ...

Reformation Day and You(2): Reformed and Always Reforming
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

When I was ordained as a "Minister of Word and Sacrament" in the Reformed Church in America, a denomination that began in 1628, I imagined that I was being ordained to a church that was "reform ...

Waxing Poetic: The Great Gatsby Revisited As Audiobook
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

At the kitchen counter chopping vegetables doing dishes and looking out at the old avocado farm across the canyon and in the car driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway to appointments school ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

is not who best handles Luke 4--but do Mohler and Wallis carry a higher commitment to Jesus and to John 17 ... what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone ... was the fulfillment of it (John 5:17-19). The law exposes our shortcomings. We have sinful hearts that cannot help ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

Prayers and Support for Injured OWS Protester and Iraq War Vet Scott Olsen
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The condition of former U.S. The condition of former U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, 24, who was badly injured when he was struck in the head reportedly by a project ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Return of the Hobbits Return of the Hobbits Ten years ago, The Fellowship of the Ring began the silver-screen adaptations of Tolkien's widely loved Lord of ...

Rule No. 1 of Interfaith Relations: Faith is Required
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

I know that effective blog posts require some kind of news hook to get people interested, so, take your pick: Nearly two weeks ago, 24 Copts died in Egypt. I know that effective ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

Lawyers' Surreal World and the Fight Against Selling Children
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

When three dozen prominent interfaith clergy (including Jim Wallis) signed an ad in the New York Times saying that the best way to stop the sex trafficking of children on Backpage was to shut down tha ...

Cutting Foreign Aid: Not The America I Love
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post . I watched the Republican debates from my hotel ...

Linda Midgett answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

I think an evangelical is someone who believes Jesus is the Son of God, that the Word of God is true, and that we all need redemption from this fallen word. I think an ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

Sermon on the Worst Parable Ever
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

13:10-17). ( http://www.gotquestions.org/Je... "This deals with salvation and its offer being ... not Jesus Christ said "I came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it". (Matt 5:17) He ... concise commentary of Matt 5:17-20 "Scofield Reference Notes[1] I Amos not come to destroy ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Wild Turkey Chases ABC News Producer. 'Nuff said. Occupy Writers Wild Turkey Chases ABC News Producer. 'Nuff said. Occupy Writers See an exha ...

News: Iraqi Troop Withdrawal Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

REUTERS/AP/NEW YORK TIMES: U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year's End, Obama Says REUTERS/AP/NEW YORK TIMES : U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year's End, Obama Says ...

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. to Withdraw Most Troops from Iraq by Year's End
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After almost nine years and nearly 5,000 American fatalities, President Obama announced today that, "the coming months will be a season of homecomings. After almost ni ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Rediscovering Values
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

me.” – John 2:13-17 Interestingly, in his turning over of tables, Jesus specifically targeted ...

"Spirit Day" 2011 Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, was Spirit Day, a national movement to speak out against bullying of LGBT teens. Here are a few links as to what religious communities and leaders are saying and doing about bullying: ...

Faith Without Borders
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Whose responsibility was it to feed the 30,000 hungry children in the Horn of Africa who have starved to death in the last three months? Who should be ensuring that no child in this world dies before his or h ...

Makoto Fujimura answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 9:52pm | Type: Blog

“Evangelical” is a dirty word in the New York art world. A friend, an artist, told me that before she understood the claims of the Bible, she thought Christianity was a weird political group, and evangelicals ...