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An Excerpt from Christian Piatt's New Memoir 'PregMANcy': The Pee Stick
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

“Screw it.” These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household, back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed ...

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews Say No.
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Commemorating Queen Esther's efforts to save the Jews of Persia from extermination, Purim calls on Jews to rejoice in costume and to give goodies to neighbors and friends. But it's not Halloween. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

First doggy Bo Obama welcomes you to the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll. [ White House ] New world record has been set: longest paper airplane throw charts in at more than 226 feet. [ I Am Bored ] While everyone’s busy trying ...

The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 8:07pm | Type: Blog

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. ...

Lost in Translation: Eugene Peterson and His 'Message'
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Eugene Peterson has written more than 30 books on theology and the life of faith in his 80 years, but he is perhaps best known for the one book he didn’t write: The Bible. Eugene ...

N.J. Leaders Seek to Ease Anger Over NYPD Probe of Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Amid concern over the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims beyond New York City, New Jersey and federal law enforcement officials plan to hold a summit Saturday (March 3) to assure Muslim ...

Catholic Voter Guide Differs From Two Catholic Candidates
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

In unusually strong, populist tones, the guide's authors decry efforts to cut government programs for the poor and middle class while protecting tax rates for the "super-rich." They "denoun ...

When the Spirit Says Go
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander The fight against mass incarceration is joined by an emerging faith-based movement. SEVERA ...

Responsible Adults
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

anti-trafficking activists and 17 state attorneys general, Craigslist shut down its “adult services” section. Now, ...

The Common Bond of Blood
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "Do you invest it in revenge, or do you think creatively?” Robi Damelin has always fought i ...

Jubilee and Beyond
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaine Storkey The Bible-inspired movement set the standard -- and the inspiration -- for future campaigns for change. ...

What's Next for Jubilee USA?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eric LeCompte The Bible speaks of a "year of the Lord's favor" -- the year of Jubilee. We need it now more than ever. ...

Faith at the Tipping Point
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 10:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Elizabeth Palmberg An interview with theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz on solidarity, public life, and the blessin ...

Against the Night
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Belle Fox-Martin We are the lay of the land— / pocked, hilled, knowing every ember / and seed imprinted on our bones. ...

Sharia Hysteria
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Muslim cops and football coaches (oh my!) -- the next step in the right wing's efforts to keep Americans in fear ...

10 For Home Viewing
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A perfect time to catch up on the 10 best Blu-ray releases of the past year. STUDIOS TYPICALLY ...

Were You There?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone. JAMES CONE’S The Cross and The Lynching Tr ...

What Kind of God Do You Have?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stacia M. Brown Excerpt from Accidents and Providence by Stacia M. Brown, 2012. It is 1649. King Charles ha ...

Four Questions for Chris Hoke
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The tattooed former meth cook, Zach, is at the heart of the business—the artisan coffee roaster. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America; The Amish; Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spiri ...

From the Archives: March 1973
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Lane Lessons from Vietnam I have been subject so long to a Christian leadership that has spoken of livin ...

There's Something in the Water...
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Who knew hideous sea creatures had their own club? AS A GENERAL rule, it’s a bad idea to skip c ...

The Foolishness and Weakness of God
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

in Washington, D.C. [ March 4 ] No One There, Only Jesus Genesis 17:1-7; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans ... 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 There is in scripture a tense interplay ... of Christianity? [ March 18 ] Look To Be Healed Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; ...

'Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding Many people who were hopeful for change in the wake of Barack Obama's election have become disillusioned by the ranc ...

March 2012 Sojourners Magazine
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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb 29, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

Film director and writer extraordinaire Wes Anderson ( Royal Tenenbaums ) takes his hand at directing television ads. Take a look at his latest venture for Hyundai Azera, which ran during this year’s Academy Awards. [ /Film ] Monkeys ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 29, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

REUTERS: GDP Revised Up To 3 Percent In Fourth-Quarter The economy grew a bit faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter on slightly firmer consumer and business spending, which could help to allay fears of a sharp slowdown in growth in e ...

Christopher Hitchens, Diana Butler Bass and the Third Great Awakening
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

but live, and declare the works of the LORD." Psalm 118:17 (Christianity, christopher hitchens, ...

Breakaway Anglican Bishop, Wife Found Murdered in Brazil
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 7:42am | Type: Blog

A conservative Brazilian bishop who broke away from his church over the consecration of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire was found murdered with his wife in the northeastern town of Olinda, according to t ...

Don't Blame College for Young People Leaving the Church
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The “war on religion” has become a frequent bogeyman among Christian and political leaders. But the reason church leaders have failed to stem the tide of a generation heading for the exit door is that they kee ...

Eugene Peterson: The Pastor on Preaching, Women Clergy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Peterson, who is a Presbyterian minister (now retired from the pastorate after 30 years), grew up in Montana in the Pentecostal Christian tradition. His mother, in fact, was a preacher who later founded and pa ...

If It's Armageddon, Do I Have to Do My Homework?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 8:36am | Type: Blog

The world has never been short on doomsday prophets, intent on predicting the end of days. And it has reached fetishist proportions this year with the end of the Mayan calendar. M ...

Church of England Goes High-Tech to Combat Copper Thieves
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 8:10am | Type: Blog

LONDON — The Church of England is spearheading a campaign to install high-tech movement sensors on scores of churches in a bid to stop a rash of lead and copper thieves who have targeted the roofs of religious ...

Splinter Churches Realign Mainline Protestantism
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

The question now is whether these breakaway groups signal a seismic shift in American Protestantism, or just a few fissures in the theological terrain. There's a popular sayi ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Bring your own mug Day 16: Educate yourself about human trafficking  (Sunday) Day 17 ...

Renown Atheist Richard Dawkins Isn't Entirely Sure God Doesn't Exist
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

LONDON — A controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the world's "most famous atheist" now says he is not 100 percent sure that God doesn't exist — but just barely. In a 1 ...

Repairs, Fundraising at Quake-damaged National Cathedral Are Slow Going
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

Six months after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake sent stone finials tumbling from the heavens to the ground, the Washington National Cathedral is facing repair costs of at least $20 million, and a reconstruction ti ...

Re-Branding Religion: A Fool's Errand?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

As Madison Avenue advertising executives could attest, as tempting as it is to try to solve a missionary slump with a marketing campaign, religious groups — like commercial businesses — should think twice befo ...

Southern Baptist Will Not Vote on Name Change
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:25am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists gather for their annual meeting this June, they will not be asked to create a new official name after top leaders decided it was not worth pursuing. When So ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

First grade problems … mom didn’t pack cookies, indoor recess… relive all your worst memories and perhaps even snicker a little at the latest meme to hit the internet. [ Buzz Feed ] Rev. Billy and co . visit a Swiss bank dressed as huma ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

REUTERS: More U.S. Kids Living In High-Poverty Areas: Study Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation's youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study th ...

‘BUBBA’ and Other New Names Rejected by Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

As the Southern Baptist Convention recently weighed changing its name, denominational leaders were bombarded with suggestions. Hundreds of them. As the Southern Baptist Convention ...

Lutherans Find Common with Catholics on Obama Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Lutherans and Catholics are not historically known for their theological sympathy, but earlier this month the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the U.S. House that he will "stand with o ...

For Atheists of Color, ‘Coming Out’ Can Be Painful
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

They are calling on atheists of all colors to make the fourth Sunday in February -- Black History Month -- a "Day of Solidarity with Black Nonbelievers." As a child, Ali ...

How to Forget Paris
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

A friend of mine — one who’s wiser and kinder and more thoughtful than I — knows the difficult, painful unweaving I’m talking about. She, too, was carroted down the rabbit trail of a hope-filled future shared ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 22, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Is this ridiculous? Absolutely. But do you want to keep watching? You bet. Time spent at the grocery store never seemed so pun . And you might even be temped to copy some of these moves next time you visit the supermarket. [ Buzz Feed ]   ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 22, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Religion And Politics Don't Mix, Major Religious Groups Tell Presidential Candidates On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and the Interfaith Alliance released a "s ...

Why Ash Wednesday Belongs Out of the Church and Out on the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

We are going into public with our ashes because Jesus died in public. He didn’t die in the Upper Room surrounded only by his disciples. DURHAM, N.C. -- There is something decide ...

On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians Take it to the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

This year, at least 49 Episcopal parishes across 12 states will offer ashes to passersby at train stations, bus stops and college campuses on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) as Danieley's "Ashes to Go" ...