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A Winter to Remember, Beforehand
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. The Old Farmer's Almanac never lies. (It guesses, but that's not lying.) AS WE BLITHE ...

A Better Kind of Good
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A cisgender straight character dressing up has little or nothing to do with the real stories of the "T" in LGBTQ ...

Anna
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson I. The wailing and the murmured prayers, the animal ruckus, and coin against coin, smoke hanging in the temple spaces— offerings that bear our love t ...

Staying Connected in Later Years
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older. Vanderbilt University Press.  ...

Reviving the Flame
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Black Prophetic Fire. Beacon Press.  CORNEL WEST and Christa Buschendorf have collaborated to bring forth a powerful look at the visionary legacies of 19th- and 20th-century ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Dear White People by dearwhitepeoplemovie.com / Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Dav ...

Wisdom and Discontent
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick F. O' Connell Diverse books mark the 100th birthday of the great mystic and writer Thomas Merton.  ...

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Disappoint Christians? It Depends
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Before Zamperini’s death, Jolie showed him rough cuts of the film. From all accounts, he had no complaints. I made a new friend — Angelina Jolie,” Zamperini said. “The gal really loves me. She hugs me and kis ...

'Don’t Shoot!' – A Lament in Song
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Fleeceboi’s cries haunted me as young people among us broke into tears and the clergy surrounded them with hands raised in prayer and sobs of deep lament. St. Louis County Prosec ...

‘The Red Tent:' A Bloody Tale with a Timely Twist
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

It is time to return Dinah’s voice to her — and not only in a Lifetime miniseries. Imagine: The Sabbath when her story is read in synagogue could become an annual Sabbath Against Violence To Women. ...

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow: 50 Years of Song in 'Love of Community'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

A just-released album, DISCOVERED: Live in Concert, includes 12 live songs never before heard on their albums. And on Dec. 1 (check local listings), PBS will air 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary — a new docu ...

Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' a Needed Depiction of Torture
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

While there are scenes of physical torture onscreen, the film doesn’t show them in graphic detail — to the point where it almost feels that Stewart isn’t going as deep with the subject matter as he could have. ...

'The Theory of Everything,' Life's Greatest Questions, and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

“If all of us were some kind of cosmic accident, what chance love? That’s the point at which science breaks down, and something else exists.” The new Stephen Hawking biopic The ...

VIDEO: Parker Millsap Performance
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap.  Parker Millsap is a talented newcomer to t ...

Disarming Our Speech
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Christine A. Scheller I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations With Truth and Love. IVP Books.  PO ...

Incubating Peaceful Revolution
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest. Cascade Books.  IN NOVEMBER 1964, as the long Col ...

Good News About Smart Giving
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh A Path Appears. Knopf Publishing.  IT’S EASY to lose heart when tackling the painful challenges w ...

A Culture War Misfire
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful.  ...

You Gotta Move
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard American artist Parker Millsap spreads his "Truck Stop Gospel." INSIDE TOWN HALL, New ...

3 Reasons I Didn't Give Up on the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The more I studied the “perfect” word of God, the more I expected that doctrine would become clear and consistent, the authors exemplary, and the stories contain distinct and readily discernible meanings. ...

Disquiet Time: How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The book of Revelation and I have a complicated relationship. We flirted a little bit, back in high school, at least until it got me kicked out of church. I was asked to contribu ...

'Dear White People:' A Satire of Injustice
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Dear White People is clever, loving, angry satire. The film sometimes falters in its process, but delivers the goods when it matters most. The fact that it comes so stingingly close to reality is stunning. It’ ...

5 Pop Culture Jesuses
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A list of 5 fictional depictions of Jesus over the past few decades, including Adult Swim's Black Jesus. ...

U2's Songs of Transcendence
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Hearing U2's album October for the first time set my life on a trajectory that continues to this day: finding God in the places some people say God isn't supposed to be; looking for the truly sacred ...

Everything Changes the World
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Naomi Shihab Nye Boys on a beach, women with cookpots, men bombing tender patches of mint. There is no righteous position. Only a place where brown feet to ...

Interview: Marilynne Robinson on the Language of Faith in Writing
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about faith. What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitz ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Paternal Insights edited by Anderson Campbell / Sing Freedom by Robert F. Darden / In Between by finelinefilms.org / More th ...

Full-Body Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.  THE CRY OF the church to the world should be “Forgive us.” At a time when the American ...

Cooking Up Meaning
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jose Humphreys Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau.  CHEF IS A small-budget film with an all-star ...

Life After A Death
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child, by Linda Lawrence Hunt. Westminster J ...

Boomtown Stories
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The purpose of art is to help us live better.  HIGHBROW FILM criticism and fanboy comment page ...

The Christ of Compton
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Jesus appears on Adult Swim, as he did in Palestine, in a manner both obscure and mysterious. ...

Make Way for the Female Antihero: TV Takes a Page from the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Over the past several years, TV has become saturated with male antiheroes. Breaking Bad made a meth dealer Emmy gold, and Dexter garnered a cult following behind a sociopathic vigilante. But hey, boys will be ...

The Strange Nostalgia of 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

The rapture movie is neither hot nor cold. So why was it made? A roundtable of religion writers discuss. Editor’s Note : ‘ Left Behind ’ starring Nicolas Cage hits ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

As the Washington, D.C., premiere of Warner Bros.’ new movie, The Good Lie, came to a close, I could barely see the credits through my tears, but the noise of the crowd around me erupting into cheers and the s ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

U2's Bono Once Wrote A Poem For Billy Graham: 'The Journey From Father To Friend'
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Press

September 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

See the Touching Handwritten Poem a Famed Rock Star Once Delivered to Evangelist Billy Graham
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

U2's Bono Wrote Poem for Billy Graham Based on Preacher's Life Journey
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:48am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jessica Martinez ...

Bono: 'I Give Thanks Just for the Sanity of Billy Graham'
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Press

September 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Chapman ...

Leonard, Will You Smoke?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

On September 21, Leonard Cohen Turned 80. With or Without a Cigarette, It’s Time to Celebrate. On September 21, Leonard Cohen Turned 80. With or Without a Cigarette, It’s Time t ...

What 'The Leftovers' Can Teach Us About Hope and the Christian Faith
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 7:39am | Type: Blog

The Leftovers examines the deeper human and spiritual issues of what would happen were two percent of the population to suddenly disappear. It is powerful and beautiful and really hard to watch (especially Epi ...

WATCH: 7 Video Clips That Showcase Robin Williams' Brilliance
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

We lost a funny man on Monday to a sad and persistent disease. Robin Williams passed away Monday night of an apparent suicide. We lost a funny man on Monday to a sad and persisten ...

Are We the United States of Dystopia? The Politics of 'The Giver'
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

This Friday, a movie version of the classic novel “The Giver” opens in theaters with an impressive cast, including Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. This Friday, a mov ...

Bonhoeffer's Harlem Renaissance
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Reggie L. Williams Excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, by Reggie L. Williams ...

Taking the Long Road Home
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. IVP Books. HERE’S WHAT Slow Ch ...

An Ambiguous Political Prophet
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Colamosca The Kennan Diaries. W. W. Norton & Company. THE KENNAN DIARIES , carefully edited by Fr ...

Possible Grace
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Calvary is a rare and beautiful film, one that tells the truth, or at least asks for it honestly. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Accidental Theologians by Elizabeth A. Dreyer / Extending the Table by Mennonite Central Committee / Overrated by Eugene Cho ...

The Evolution of Cody ChesnuTT
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Storbakken Following a musician's journey through the rough and the redeemed. PRIOR TO MY conversi ...