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Something in the Blood
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of grace in the middle of the worst humanity has to offer. And it’s in those moments that I tend to recognize God in our midst. ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Four Ways To Slice Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal (INFOGRAPHIC) Explore every nook and cranny of President Obama's federal budget proposal. Learn more HERE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK): Britain Being Overtaken By  ...

Just Say It: Be God's Love, Grace and Mercy Today
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

"You and I have the power to change someone’s day. And so I am going to challenge you, on this Valentine’s Day, to not only tell family members you love them, but also others whom you care for." ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Valentine's Day Edition
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Taking a look at Valentines Day with clever recipes, cards, stories, and clothing items. Videos of love across language barriers. A couple of sentimental mixtapes. The greatest kisses in literature. And finall ...

Remembering "Nippy": Houston's Church Mourns the Death of a Famous Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Anyone who knew Houston understands that her talent came from one place, the God she served at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. This is where it all started for its daughter, where she was the darling of ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: The Beloved of God
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 9:26pm | Type: Blog

"I have found great beauty in religion and religion has shown me great beauty in myself and in the world," Tripp says, as he reflects on the 11 years since he's had a drink. "I'm still ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

A loop of 19 television shows referencing one another. Interfaith musical collaboration on the old hymn, "The Lord Will Provide." Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie talks to Terry Gross about ...

The Grammys: Something Old, Something New, Something… Meh
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

The Grammys offered what seemed to be a house divided in the music world, some of which was reassuring, and some of which simply made me feel old and out of touch. Before anythi ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama Budget: National Debt Will Be $1 Trillion Higher In A Decade Than First Forecast President Obama on Monday unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan that seeks to pump billions of dollars into the economy while raising taxe ...

Why I’m Single But Excited About This Valentine’s Day
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

This week is Valentine’s Day, the bane of singles and Scrooges everywhere. I’m just as single this year as every other year — and, indeed, even older than in previous years, which is scary — but for the first ...

The War on Religion is Bad for Religion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

with the "compromise" must be at war? An update for 2/17: Chuck An update for 2/17: Chuck Colson, one ...

In Memory of Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

The Bible teaches us: “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death, than the day of birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) On this day, as the world morns the unexpected passing of legendary singer W ...

Sermon on Jesus’ Dream Team: Rank Fishermen, Demoniacs and Sick Old Ladies
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

That famous yet fictional saint of the church, Homer Simpson once said Well, I may not know much about God, but I have to say we built a pretty nice cage for Him. As soon as ...

Humanae Vitae: Catholic Birth Control Decree Remains Controversial
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

Some say Pope Paul VI predicted the dangers of loosening sexual morals: widespread divorce, disease and promiscuity. Others say he cracked open a culture of dissent that has seeped into every corner of the chu ...

Music to Help You Make It Through the Winter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Winter has always been a sweet spot for discovering and sharing music. A little bit mellow, comforting — something you can listen to as a fire crackles or cozy up beside with a mug of hot coffee. In heeding the groundhog's warning of "six m ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Demonstrations Whisper Of An Arab Spring In Jordan “We want social justice,” the crowd chanted after Friday Prayers on Jan. 27, reading from a handwritten list of political, economic and social grievances. “Real elections,” the ...

Don’t Read This Part of the Bible If You’re Under 30 (or a Woman)
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

It's long been known that Ezekiel is — well, let's be honest here — one crazy-arse book of the Bible. Now that I'm tweeting about it every day and reading it cover to cover for the Twible projec ...

Jesus is Not a Fan of Sectarianism
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

As soon as I think that my friends and I have a corner on Jesus, Jesus reminds me that He’s bigger than any organization, doctrine, or philosophical system that I can wrap my brain around. ...

Today in God: Feb. 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

in the faith-healing death of their 17-year-old son , who apparently died from a ruptured appendix; the family does ...

America Deserves the Truth
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, during his second tour in Afghanistan last year, traveled throughout the country, meeting with and interviewing American troops. He came away convinced that military ...

Grab Your Birkenstocks, Ukeleles and Pup Tents: The (Wild) Goose is Loose!
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The Goose is on the loose, ya'll. Today organizers of the 2012 Wild Goose Festival (June 21-24 in Shakori Falls, N.C.) released a groovtastic video (with special guest apperances by Sojo homies Gabriel S ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

President Obama helps an eighth-grader shoot a "Marshmallow Air Cannon" at the White House Science Fair. Watch art come to life with a little fire. Banksy art spotted on the streets of New Orleans. J ...

Til Death (or Dementia or Illness) Us Do Part?
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

When the person you married goes through a dramatic change, what's a spouse to do? As Valentine's Day approaches, clergy, ethicists and brain injury experts agree: There are no easy answers. ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: SojoMail

February 9, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "You don’t have to b ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

“There is no distance in the Spirit.” After 30 years as a believer, I experienced the truth of that statement — powerfully and indelibly — in an unlikely place: online. “There ...

Examining John Piper's "Masculine Christianity"
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Piper, recently keynoted a conference called “God, Manhood and Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ.” On first blush, this sound both exciting and very necessary. Men are leaving organized religion in ...

Uganda Revives Anti-Gay Bill
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

CORRECTION: After our original post ran yesterday, we learned that there has been some confusion over the language of the current proposed language of the Ugandan anti-gay bill. In fact, the death penalty has ...

Rick Warren Finds a New Purpose: Dieting
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has become an outsized evangelical superstar: best-selling author of "The Purpose Driven Life" series, pastoral mentor and even political referee. Now Warren is finding ...

Why We Fast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

In February of 2009, when I tried a month-long Ramadan fast for the book Flunking Sainthood, I felt like a failure for most of the month. In February of 2009, when I tried a month ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Ferris Bueller's Super Bowl ad compared side by side with the movie, North Korea goes polka via Norway with A-Ha's "Take on Me,"Jimmy Kimmel encourages viewers to pull more pranks, timelaps ...

Happy Birthday Charlie! Dickens' 200th Celebrated Worldwide
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

As the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens is celebrated around the world today, it seems like a great opportunity to get to know the author a little better. “Come in, and know m ...

Is Iran Really a Threat?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

It seems like every day we hear from another politician saying that “we are ready to attack Iran if necessary," or from another pundit full of hot air telling us why we should invade Iran right now. ...

'Dexter Theology': Shedding Blood in God's Name
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

It’s common in western culture to objectify the Islamic faith, cherry-picking texts from their scripture and plucking choice sound-bytes from extremist leaders, to portray the whole of the religion as inherent ...

UK Watchdog Group Bans Christian Ads, Says Divine Healing=False Advertising
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Britain's powerful media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming on its website and brochures that God's cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments.The Ad ...

Military Chaplains Heed Call to Serve God and Country
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

"God, I think, had better plans for me," Balbale said, looking back. And so it is for a number of military chaplains who, by twists of fate or perhaps divine Providence, found their calling to become ...

U.S. State Dept to American Tourists in Israel: 'Dress Modestly'
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — The U.S. State Department is advising visitors to Jerusalem to dress modestly when visiting certain neighborhoods, or to avoid the areas entirely, in hopes of not provoking local sensitivities. ...

Canadian Imams Issue Fatwa Against Honor Killings
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

TORONTO — Muslim clerics in Canada have issued a fatwa against so-called "honor killings" a week after three members of an Afghan family in Montreal were convicted of the murders of four relatives. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

Improv Everywhere celebrates its tenth anniversary by remixing and remastering some of its best sketches. The highlights from Puppy Bowl VIII are in (look out for the MVP)! Bon Iver puts on an incredible SNL p ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Evangelicals' Lock On The GOP Cracks During this election cycle, Republicans sidled up to Ronald Reagan's legacy to demonstrate their true conservative credentials. But we all know that Reagan himself could not survi ...

Follow the Meme: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Copycats and Responders
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus is a true Internet phenomenon, garnering more than 18 million views and sparking a global debate. As with most internet phenomena, the viral video has given birth to dozens ...

U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week: Gracespotting
Originally Posted: 02/05/2012 - 7:52pm | Type: Blog

The first week of February the United Nation celebrates World Interfaith Harmony week. To mark the occasion the Tony Blair Faith Foundation asked people to share their stories of finding friendship and connect ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

Super Bowl inforgraph, and a collection of notable commercials from years past. Take a look at radio Tanzania, and see a baby with some serious ping pong potential. And finally, take a look at some good music ...

David Brooks to "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Guy: Avoid the Vagueries
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

"Authorities and institutions don’t repress the passions of the heart, the way some young people now suppose. They give them focus and a means to turn passion into change." ~ David Brooks ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

CNN (BELIEF BLOG): Politics And Prayers Speaking at the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, the president said, "We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone ...

"Honor Killings" is a Deadly Oxymoron
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Superior Judge Robert Maranger determined that the murders of the four women —ages  13, 17, 19 and 52 — ... most, in the end, is not the language at all. Thirteen-year-old Geeti matters. And 17-year-old Sahar. ...

Happy 103rd Birthday, George Beverly Shea!
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 7:33pm | Type: Blog

This week, George Beverly Shea, Gospel Music legend and longtime musical companion of Dr. Billy Graham, celebrated his 103rd birthday!   This week, George Beverly Shea, G ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 6:45pm | Type: Blog

In anticipation of Sunday's festivities, Jimmy Fallon interviews Bruce Macabee, the puppy who predicted the Patriots to win. L.L. Bean celebrates it's 100th birthday in a fun way, Darren Aronofsky wa ...

Super Bowl XLVI: Real Battles Off the Field
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: SojoMail

February 2, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Loyalty that hides probl ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

POLITICO: Obama: Jesus Would Tax The Rich President Barack Obama tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith on Thursday, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’ teachings have led him to that ...

When Actions Speak Louder than Words: Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

While Bill and Melinda Gates don't wear their religiosity or spiritual predilections on their sleeves, they most certainly are doing God's work, intervening to care for and advocate on behalf of the ...