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Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...

IRAQ REFLECTION: A Small Miracle in Suleimaniya
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

A Christian peacemaker in Kurdish Iraq responds to the sudden killing of an American Christian school teacher by an Iraqi student. The news spread through the city of Suleimaniya ...

Unresolved ... Like Jazz
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

What saves Blue Like Jazz, thankfully, is that it is a memoir with a difference. It isn’t a rose-tinted, romanticized account of some historical or celebrated figure. It is the memoir of someone who is very mu ...

Disagreeing Wthout Being Disagreeable
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

In an apparent bid to add an erudite contribution to our public discourse, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying before Congress in favor ...

U.S. Christians Hope for an ‘Ecumenical Spring’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:00am | Type: Blog

Ten years after multi-denominational church leaders took the first steps toward forming the broad-based group Christian Churches Together in the USA, some have hopes that U.S. churches may be entering a new se ...

Rapture Pet Rescue Business Wishes Harold Camping Would Keep Predicting
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:19pm | Type: Blog

A business that promises to care for the pets of Christians who are swept up in the Rapture saw a jump in business last year ahead of Harold Camping's prediction. It's sorry to see Camping's pre ...

Top Ten Reasons Why I (Heart) Kristin Chenoweth
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:46am | Type: Blog

"I'm a very controversial figure in the Christian world. I don't believe if you're gay or you have a drink or you dance, you're going to hell. I don't think that's the kind o ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

While The Beach Boys are still kings of good vibes, the minions from Despicable Me give them a run for their money with a little wit, rhythm, and charm of their own. (And don't we all know someone who always has to take it a little too ...

It's the Comedy, Stupid.
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, Newt Gingrich decided to wade into a minor cultural skirmish by claiming that the new ABC dramedy GCB is an attack on faith fueled by anti-Christian bias. Over ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Nuclear ‘Implementation Study’ President Obama and his advisers are in the middle of a once-in-a-decade study of the nuclear arsenal and nuclear war plans. For strategic and budgetary reasons, they need to further reduce th ...

16 More Lives and the Full Cost of War
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

There is no way to measure the loss for the families of the victims, no way to understand the harm done to peace process in the country and no way to calculate the additional deaths of Americans, Afghans and o ...

Belieber!
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Product

and the highest-grossing concert film of all time, the 17-year-old pop star has legions of fans around the globe who hang ...

Four More (BIG) Reasons Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

There are a plethora of reasons young adults are leaving the Church. Adding to yesterday's list, Christian Piatt explores more. There has been a surprisingly positive respons ...

Bono Chimes in on 'Kony 2012'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Amidst controversy over the viral 'Kony 2012' video produced by Invisible Children, Bono lent his words of support in Ireland's Sunday Times edition. Amidst controv ...

Epic Fail: A Tour of Ill-Conceived Church Signage
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

There are plenty of websites that generate fake church signs, but thankfully there are still more than enough real examples of church messages that can evoke emotions across the spectrum. I’ve collected a few ...

KONY 2012: Who's Telling the Story?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

These stories determine who you believe you are and how you believe you can engage in the world and with others. Powerful. Potentially dangerous. Always in some way failing in it’s accuracy and exclusive to so ...

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

From time to time I revisit the question: Why are young adults walking away from religion? Although the answer(s) vary from person to person, there are some general trends that I think apply in most cases. ...

U2's Joshua Tree: 25 Years In God's Country
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

On March 9, 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree, its fifth studio album and one that would catapult the Irish rock quartet from popularity to international superstardom. Its spiritual and socio-political heft ha ...

Atheists Likely Will Outnumber Christians in the UK by 2032
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is waning in England and could be outnumbered by nonbelievers within 20 years, according to a new study. LONDON — Christianity is waning in England and could be outnu ...

Saints Compete for Top Ranking in 'Lent Madness'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

for 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert to be the first winner of the Golden Halo. In 2011, he was invited ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Stop motion animator PES demonstrates the art of making fresh guacamole with some of the most unlikely, food resembling objects. [ Junk Culture ] As spring training is underway for Major League Baseball players, one pitcher is b ...

God's Church is Not a Building
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 8:45pm | Type: Blog

The increase of church foreclosures is heartbreaking. But God’s church is greater than the bricks and mortar that hold his disciples. What is a church? Is it the stained-glass ...

Historic Meeting Held in Cape Town – Kairos SA & ANC
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

hosted 17 "Holy Land" Muslims, Christians and Jews in Cape Town for a 10-day workshop, where ...

In The Stacks: Friday, March 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but just don’t h ...

Mormon Church Blocks Whistle Blower’s Access to Baptism Data
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A technological crackdown has effectively blocked a prominent whistle-blower from accessing the Mormons' database that chronicles so-called baptisms for the dead. A technolog ...

Bishops Face Internal Challenges in Contraception Battle
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in the contraception battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. ...

Jews are World’s Most Migratory Religious Group
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

-- The No. 1 destination for Buddhists. About 1.7 million foreign-born Buddhists live in the United ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. Top Destination for Christian, Buddhist Immigrants, Study Says The U.S. is the top destination for the world's migrating Christians and Buddhists, as well as those with no particular religious affiliation, includ ...

Doing Nothing For Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: SojoMail

March 8, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "She is wondering if sh ...

Christians Can Find Humor in 'GCB'
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

It’s a television show that 1) follows “Desperate Housewives” and 2) only got “meh” ratings for its Sunday premiere, so I was slightly taken aback by the mini-firestorm over ABC’s new “GCB.” ...

Doing Nothing for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

What struck me most indelibly is how at ease — content, yes, but more than that — Peterson is in his own skin. Fully present. Mellow but absolutely alert, energized, fascinated by the world and the people arou ...

Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Despite differences over women's ordination and a controversial Vatican initiative to woo back disgruntled Anglicans, Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will pray together in Ro ...

Ex-cons, Homeless Seek Enlightenment Through Art
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

and was stealing from freight trains. By 17, he was locked up in the state penitentiary for a year. Before he ...

Vatican Website Hacked for Church’s ‘Crimes’
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Secret hackers group Anonymous targeted the Vatican website for what it called its "absurd and anachronistic precepts," and the "crimes" of the sexual abuse scandal and cover-up. ...

The Naked Rabbi: Driving Mrs. Roosevelt
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

To celebrate Purim and International Women's Day, we give you the latest instsallment from one of our favorite storytellers — Rabbi Allen Secher (aka The Naked Rabbi) — and his tale of chauffeuring former ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

The exit poll stats are in from the 10 GOP primaries on Super Tuesday . According to the report, “Gingrich won a plurality of voters who fart during shoeshines and Santorum performed very well among voters who have crocheted a toilet seat cover.” Rea ...

'Purim Drunk': L'Chaim!
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

When is it appropriate — nay, even encouraged, both socially and spiritually — to turn up at your house of worship in full costume, make a boisterous racket, and proceed to get drunk as a lord? Well, if you&# ...

Invisible Children Short Film 'Kony 2012' Aims at Worldwide Awareness
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Invisible Children released a short film Wednesday with the aim to make Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, famous--not for acclaim, but to bring awareness to his alleged crimes i ...

After the Storms Have Passed
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

warning to every town. 3. 1 Peter 4:17, “God’s own people are not excluded.” We are not God’s ... and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17 ...

Mass. Alumni Don’t Want Liberty to Get Free Campus
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Rankled at the prospect that "extremist" Liberty University might soon own the campus where they spent their prep school years, alumni of Northfield Mount Hermon School are petitioning to stop it. ...

Jews Worry About Purim’s Endorsement of Alcohol
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

Purim commemorates the survival of ancient Jews against the threat of extinction and children dress in costumes and exchange gifts and candy. But some worry about binge drinking. ...

Ten Songs for Super Tuesday
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today is Super Tuesday, the action-packed day for GOP presidential hopefuls as 10 states undergo primary elections. To bring us further into the spirit of Super Tuesday, the blog team at Sojourners has compile ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

ASSOCIATED PRESS: AP Survey: More Optimism About US Jobs And Economy The U.S. economy is improving faster than economists had expected. They now foresee slightly stronger growth and hiring than they did two months earlier — trends that would help ...

The SojoMusic Interview: Denison Witmer, 'Creating Space Where Truth Can Move'
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

When Witmer’s latest tour brought him through Washington, D.C. last month, I caught up with him backstage before his gig at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. Singer-songwriter ...

Wars and Rumors of War
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 7:41pm | Type: Blog

While compiling the morning “Daily Digest,” I often recall the advice of Karl Barth, who is said to have told young theologians “to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspa ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Guardian reframes the story of the “ Three Little Pigs ” as if it were a modern breaking news story, complete with social media updates and developing news blogs. [ io9 ] INFORGAPH: If you find yourself listening to Andr ...

Contraception and Common Decency
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

Whether we agree with Sandra Fluke and the administration’s position on contraception coverage, can we at least shout from the mountaintop that it’s not OK to call a woman a “slut” for voicing her ideals? ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

Garrison Keillor + Sojourners = Light Bulb Jokes Galore
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Start the week off with a giggle. We’ve seen a lot of stressful news this weekend, so to add a little levity to the week, we’re bringing you the best Light Bulb Jokes from this w ...

Jesus Tortillas: Deconstruction, Preconceptions and God
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about God, and this guy finds Jesus in a tortilla. Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about ...