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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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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Monkey finds hidden camera, photographs self --- IKEA slumber party --- The Hobbit to be three films --- funniest faces in the Olympics. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

QUIRK: Johan's Ark, a Museum That Follows Biblical Proportions
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

A wealthy Dutchman builds a replica of Noah’s Ark, following the measurements outlined in the book of Genesis. A wealthy Dutchman builds a replica of Noah’s Ark, following the mea ...

In the Stacks, July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Books of note. 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 publ ...

GODSPEED: Female Swimmer Accused of Doping, Found Not Guilty
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

For those of you who don’t speak in sports lingo or Britishisms, that translates to “Chinese coaches reject claims that their star swimmer, Ye Shiwen, has been taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs.” ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 30, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Arrested Development filming continues --- recap July entirely in charts --- the wonders of a felt-tipped pen --- hairchitecture. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

MedalCount.com Customizes the Way You Follow the 2012 Olympics
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

If you're following the 2012 Summer Olympics, you probably know that China currently holds the overall team-lead with 14 medals in total. But if you're looking to see how many medals Djibouti or Bang ...

Video Monday: 'Wagon Wheel'
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Old Crow Medicine Show 's Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua first met in the seventh grade in Harrisonburg, Virginia in Rockingham County, and began playing music together. They performed open mics at the Little Grill diner which was "really th ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Olympic enthusiasts beware: here's a video of slow motion, French music, and men throwing rocks with their non-dominant hand --- 2012 Newport Folk Festival --- the wisdom of Ralph Wiggum --- Arrested Deve ...

QUIRK: Justin Buber and Other Philosophical Pop Stars
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Step aside Reinhod Bieber, there’s a new 20th century philosopher/pop star in town: Justin Buber. That’s right, the Bieb’s popular songs and tweets and Martin Buber’s existential Jewish thought combine in a wa ...

QUIRK: USA Olympic Swim Team Does 'Call Me Maybe'
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Not only are they the best athletes of their generation, but they’re also solid lip syncers… Yes, it’s the video you’ve all been waiting for: The USA Olympic Swimming Team takes some time off from the pool a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Highlights of the 2012 Euro tournament are reenacted with string --- Tim Heidecker beats Bob Dylan in releasing a song about the Titanic --- Philadelphia to open world's first Pizza restaurant and museum ...

QUIRK: Some Londoners Slow to Catch the Olympic Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Billions will tune into the Summer Olympics in London over the coming weeks, excited to see their favorite athletes competing for those coveted Gold Medals. Hundreds of thousands more will brave the wind and rain of the traditional British ‘summer’ ...

GODSPEED: Religion at the Olympics, from Greece to London
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honor a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days. The ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Watch the 30 minute documentary Baseball in a time of Cholera --- NASA's vegan food plans for 2030 mission --- edible cookie cup for coffee --- which Bryan Cranston character said it? --- new form of soci ...

Bryan Fischer: Blame Darwin, Liberals, Gays for Aurora Shooting
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

In Fischer's estimation, because of our sexual moral decay and his consistent and ongoing attack on the virtues of evolution, James Holmes killed more than a dozen people in a suburban movie theater in Co ...

QUIRK: Mary Poppins to Fight Voldemort in Olympic Opening Ceremony?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Yahoo Sports reports: "If a British newspaper report is correct (and, oh, how we hope it is), Mary Poppins and Lord Voldemort will clash in a tense battle scene during Friday's Opening Ceremony of th ...