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New Music Friday: Aug. 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

New music from Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Kathy Mattea, and David Byrne & St. Vincent. New music from Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothe ...

40 Years Later, A Life Less Ordinary
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Bill Fay is a story. And the British singer-songwriter's new album "Life is People" — his first in more than 40 years — is a gem of a record that comes out of nowhere and makes an impression bey ...

In the Stacks: August 28, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

This week's book reviews. 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 ...

Lance Armstrong and the Way of Fallen Idols
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

I, like many people, was shocked when I heard today that cyclist Lance Armstrong gave up his fight against doping allegations, effectively forfeiting his seven Tour De France titles, his prize money, medals, a ...

I Need a Hero ... ?
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

I'm not one to elevate sports stars as role models or some kind of symbol of perfection. It's just not real. So here's my question: Who needs a hero? The scandal du ...

Filmmaker Spike Lee Focuses on Faith in 'Red Hook Summer'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Spike Lee is not about to give up filmmaking but – at least for a moment or two – he sounded a bit like an expert on the challenges facing the church as he promoted his new movie Red Hook Summer. ...

In the Stacks, August 22, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

This week's book reviews. 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 ...

Book Review — The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Through the stories of well-established intentional Christian communities, Wilson-Hartgrove offers windows into the catechisms of the Christian faith. Communion and the Eucharist, fasting, integrity, community ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Best of Jan. 2012 - Aug 2012 (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Today is my last run of "Links of Awesomeness." And rather than ending with a mediocre list of new links, I went through the archives to compile some of my favorites from this year. Enjoy the links a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Best of Jan. 2012 - Aug 2012 (Part I)
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Today is my last run of "Links of Awesomeness." And rather than ending with a mediocre list of new links, I went through the archives to compile some of my favorites from this year. Enjoy the links a ...

VIDEO: Brian Walsh Interviews Bruce Cockburn at the Festival of Faith and Writing
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

At the last Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College, Brian Walsh interviewed singer / songwriter Bruce Cockburn. The following is the six-part interview. And continue scrolling to get the audio of Cath ...

QUIRK: Who’s the Biggest Bro in the Presidential Race?
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Today, Gawker answers that question by evaluating the candidates in sports, fashion, education, bro-pinions, and most importantly, beer. Which one’s got the best bro traits? Our current beer-loving commander i ...

New Music Friday: Aug. 17, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

New music from Rufus Wainwright, World Party, Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, Alanis Morissette, and the wonderful new Anglo-Ugandan singer songwriter Michael Kiwanuka. New music from ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Neighborhood Film Company reaches out to homeless people in Philadelphia --- interview with The Book's founder Nick Zammuto --- This American Life's "The Convert" --- Pixar's new short ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 15, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest selects 11 winners out of 12,000+ entries ---Kirby Ferguson's TED talk on originality, creativity, and remixing --- billboards play on Shell's slogan, stick ...

Muslim Woman Files Suit Against Disney Over Headscarf Dispute
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES—The ACLU is suing The Walt Disney Co. on behalf of a Muslim woman who claims the company discriminated against her by not allowing her to wear a headscarf while working in a Disney restaurant in An ...

Gospel Artist BeBe Winans Opens Up About Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

In his new book, “The Whitney I Knew,” gospel artist BeBe Winans describes his 28-year friendship with singer Whitney Houston. Winans, 49, and his sister CeCe, performed with Houston, and sang at her funeral i ...

Moving Forward Requires Letting Go of the Past
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

The comparison worth making isn't between today and yesterday. It is between today and what could be. Comparing today with yesterday is a popular yet pointless pastime. Fo ...

Sojo Celebrates Shark Week 2012
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

This week the Discovery Channel celebrates its 25th week of Shark Week, its most popular week of television. It has been gaining steam each year as on of the biggest weeks in all of television, and numerous pa ...

Church No More: Part 5 — Far Too Little Sabbath in the Sabbath
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

More than two months into my sabbatical, I now have to say, “Boy was I wrong.” People who are not in church are on sabbatical, more so than I am. Editor's Note : Th ...

In the Stacks, August 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

This week's book review, a history of Shariah law. Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media out ...

Church Sign Epic Fails: Faith vs. Reason Throwdown
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

I’m not going to have time to post this tomorrow, so enjoy your Church Sign Epic Fails a little early this week! Today, we have a face-off between faith and reason, as some seem to feel like having both coexis ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

U.S. gymnast McKyala Moroney is not impressed with much in this new Tumblr page --- four sisters recreate childhood photos --- designer public toilets in New Zealand --- remembering author and journalist David ...

No Joke: Dolan-Colbert ‘Catholic Comedy Slam’ Gets Media Blackout
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Organizers of the Catholic comedy slam, set for Sept. 14 at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York, have announced a total media blackout of the event. News that Comedy Central ...

New Music Fridays: August 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

New music from : Mary Chapin Carpenter (with James Taylor), Sixpence None the Richer, Matisyahu, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, and Band of Horses. New music from : M ...

Links of Awesomeness: August 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Usain Bolt vs. a cheetah --- Beck plans to release new album entirely in sheet music --- Longform launches debut podcast --- Shark Week finds rival with "animals that act like sharks week" --- fascin ...

High Appreciation or Holy Adoration? The Slippery Slope of Sports
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The differences between high appreciation and holy adoration are often subtle, yet they require our deep recognition, resilient consideration, and careful navigation. I love spor ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

19-year-old Schope with arthritis. [ Huffington Post ]    Famous album covers recreated with socks. [ ...

New Mumford & Sons: 'I Will Wait'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:38am | Type: Blog

As listeners, we really can't be sure what a songwriter's intention was when he or she composed a song. While I don't know whether it is what Mumford & Sons intended, I hear "I Will Wai ...

In the Stacks, August 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

This week's book reviews. 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 ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Peter Jackson releases a second trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey --- feminist Ryan Gosling to become coffee table book --- animals forming their own bands --- Conan O'Brien's "Cluel ...

Good Men and the Secret of Happiness
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Mark's portrayal of Sarge's goodness is what I liked best about the book (and what Estelle knew I'd most appreciate). See, my father was a good man too. Shriver was an extroverted, energetic, Ca ...

QUIRK: Male Gymnast Performs Woman's Routine in 1981
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

The uneven bars is an Olympic event that only women compete in. (Men compete in variations on the event, in the single horizontal bar and the parallel bars.) But back in 1981, U.S. gymnast Paul Hunt decided to ...

Survey: Most Americans Keep Faith Private Online
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Survey: Half of Facebook users don't list their religious affiliation on their profile. Meet the social media “ nones .” A new survey finds that Americans, whil ...

Jesus Phelps: Why Miracles Aren’t Enough
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Although Michael Phelps did miraculous acts, I attribute his physiology and gifts to God. So is what he does in the Olympics a miracle? I was fascinated by Jesus’ miracles as a ki ...

QUIRK: The Time Conan O'Brien 'Pushed the Envelope on Late Night Television'
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

God bless our media! What follows in the video below from the flying squirrels at Team Coco is the collective reportage from various broadcast media outlets about late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien Scott Cronick & David Gorshein ...

Gore Vidal and the Death of Refined Public Repartee
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Buckley and Vidal were erudite enough that there was true substance to their “bitter” (and fun) exchanges. The ideas arrived before the witty, cutting remarks that were added like icing on the cake. Today’s pu ...

Links of Awesomeness: August 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

A 14-year-old kid meets John Lennon and interviews him in I Met the Walrus --- creative ways to re-purpose labyrinths and skeeball machines --- P is for Pixar --- indie rock music's Trade Deadline Day. Se ...

QUIRK: Westboro Baptist Haters vs. Zombie Counter-Protesters (Guess Who Won?)
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

From Huffington Post: A Westboro Baptist Church protest was overshadowed last Friday when demonstrators dressed as zombies gathered at a DuPont, Wash. military base to counter the radical group's efforts ...

'The Hungry Soul in Pursuit of the Full Soul'
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Muriel Nelson On Proverbs 8 ‘The Hungry Soul in Pursuit of the Full Soul’ On Proverbs 8 My saints wo ...

Nothing But the Blood?
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathryn Reklis What vampires can teach us about consumer capitalism and human desire. IF YOU’VE EVEN casually ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We are HyperGiants by Gowe / Dreaming by Barbara A. Holmes / Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey / Greening Spaces for Wo ...

A 'Guitarmy' for the Working Class
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Tom Morello's approach to politics is as unique and incisive as his best guitar solos. ...

Satire and Political Shadows
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Dictator, amid its crudity and over-the-top stereotypes, asks us to reimagine democracy. I ...

How To Reclaim A Rigged Economy
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It by Chuck Collins ...

Murals and a Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Concrete, Steel, and Paint, directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza THOSE OF US who ar ...

Plunging into the Political Fray. Or Not.
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Remind me again what lawyers do. I forget. THE TAR SANDS in Alberta, Canada, have been in the n ...

A Way Out of No Way
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Diana L. Hayes Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality by Diana L. Hayes AFRICAN-AMERICAN ...

August 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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August 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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