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'Dear White People:' A Satire of Injustice
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 4:25pm | 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: 10/20/2014 - 2:48pm | 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 - 4:49pm | 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 - 9:31am | 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 - 11:02am | 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: 10/15/2014 - 4:25pm | 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 - 9:31am | 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 - 9:31am | 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 - 1:31pm | 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 - 9:31am | 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 - 9:31am | 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 - 10:30am | 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 - 11:42am | 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 - 1:17pm | 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 - 9:53am | 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 - 11:25am | 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 - 10:52am | 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 - 10:48am | 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 - 10:40am | Type: Press

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

Leonard, Will You Smoke?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 1:56pm | 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 - 8:39am | 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 - 5:31pm | 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 - 2:53pm | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Gown of Grief: The Collection’s Songs of Mourning and Celebration
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

The Christians that remain relevant in our world have invested in the Kingdom here, now, and all around us, and they don’t shove tracts that guarantee afterlife fantasies in our faces on the same street corner ...

Wild Goose Festival Invites Christian Transformation
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Press

July 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Bruce Elliott ...

Writers Have An Opportunity To Get Published In Anthology
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News San Diego Writers, Ink ...

In 'The Devilers' Comic Book, Exorcists Convene to Stop Hell from Breaking Loose
Originally Posted: 07/17/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actually breaks loose. There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actu ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The Disposable Project by Raul Guerrero / Jesus Was a Migrant by Deirdre Cornell / The New Black by Yoruba Richen / How to B ...

A Reign of Terror
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom. W.W. Norton and Company. AMID ...

A Handbook for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. IVP Books. FAITH-ROOT ...

Sins of Omission
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Moon Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing. The Crossroad Publishi ...

Small Screen, Great Drama
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Studios have been realizing that there is an audience for long-form storytelling that is willing to think. ...

Life, Liberty, and Net Neutrality
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Seven words the FCC needs to hear this summer. THE CONTROVERSY over net neutrality has co ...

Struggling to Become Human
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann In scholarship and life, Walter Wink sought the truth with passion. WALTER WINK IS know ...

REVIEW: HBO's The Leftovers, a Grim Take on the Limits of Grief and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

HBO’s “The Leftovers” is the feel-good series of the summer, if your summer revolves around root canals and recreational waterboarding. HBO’s “The Leftovers” is the feel-good seri ...

Barack Obama, 'A Bear On The Loose,' Breaks Free From White House
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Meagan Fitzpatrick ...

'Punk Jews' Highlights Judaism's 'Myriad Flavors'
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 6:56am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been told that it's sacrilegious to set an old hymn to a new tune or has been chastised for listening to Sufjan Stevens because it "isn't Christian music" can probably relate ...

Darren Aronofsky Adapts Another Flood Story... Sort Of!
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Press

June 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Chattaway ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber / Anicent Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo by NAWA / Invisible Hands by ...

They've Got Your Number...
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. And they're using it for themselves. I’VE BEEN SPENDING a lot of time with my credit card ...

Hora Tertia
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Madeline Mysko I consider the moonflower: / how the big spent blooms look like / three linen tea towels rinsed and wrung out ...

Maleficent the Feminist? A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Feminism has always been its own worst enemy when it strives to create women in the image of men rather than encourage women to abandon rivalry with men and seek their flourishing elsewhere. This is a story ab ...

May Our Tweets Rise Up Like Incense
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Donna Schaper From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting to the Digital Age. Pilgrim Press. YOU DON’T HAVE to b ...

Letting Go—And Its Complications
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne. FORGI ...