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Via Dolorosa: A Good Friday Musical Meditation
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand betwee ...

The Manchester Passion: Finding the Sacred in the Supposedly Profane
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

yrics of The Smiths and their Manchunian contemporaries and used them -- brilliantly and powerfully -- to retell in a thoroughly modern milieu the greatest story ever told. The mu ...

Top Ten Reasons Why I (Heart) Kristin Chenoweth
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:46am | Type: Blog

"I'm a very controversial figure in the Christian world. I don't believe if you're gay or you have a drink or you dance, you're going to hell. I don't think that's the kind o ...

U2's Joshua Tree: 25 Years In God's Country
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

On March 9, 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree, its fifth studio album and one that would catapult the Irish rock quartet from popularity to international superstardom. Its spiritual and socio-political heft ha ...

The SojoMusic Interview: Denison Witmer, 'Creating Space Where Truth Can Move'
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

When Witmer’s latest tour brought him through Washington, D.C. last month, I caught up with him backstage before his gig at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. Singer-songwriter ...

Whitney Houston's Funeral Saturday: No Fans Allowed
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — With TV trucks and camera crews clogging the streets and thousands of fans hoping for a glimpse of the event, Whitney Houston's family has decided that no one but invited guests will get ne ...

Gospel Great Marvin Winans to Lead Funeral for Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy for Whitney Houston during her funeral Saturday (Feb. 18) at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the chur ...

Remembering "Nippy": Houston's Church Mourns the Death of a Famous Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Anyone who knew Houston understands that her talent came from one place, the God she served at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. This is where it all started for its daughter, where she was the darling of ...

In Memory of Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

The Bible teaches us: “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death, than the day of birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) On this day, as the world morns the unexpected passing of legendary singer W ...

Music to Help You Make It Through the Winter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Winter has always been a sweet spot for discovering and sharing music. A little bit mellow, comforting — something you can listen to as a fire crackles or cozy up beside with a mug of hot coffee. In heeding the groundhog's warning of "six m ...

Grab Your Birkenstocks, Ukeleles and Pup Tents: The (Wild) Goose is Loose!
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The Goose is on the loose, ya'll. Today organizers of the 2012 Wild Goose Festival (June 21-24 in Shakori Falls, N.C.) released a groovtastic video (with special guest apperances by Sojo homies Gabriel S ...

Happy 103rd Birthday, George Beverly Shea!
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 7:33pm | Type: Blog

This week, George Beverly Shea, Gospel Music legend and longtime musical companion of Dr. Billy Graham, celebrated his 103rd birthday!   This week, George Beverly Shea, G ...

The End of Rock As We Know It
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Thirty-four years later, nearly two decades into the Internet age, the September 2011 break-up of the rock band R.E.M ...

Soundtrack for the #Occupation Grows
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

It's always encouraging to see musicians using their unique platform to inspire social change. When it comes to an indie supergroup such as  New Party Sysytems — compirsed of members from TV on the Radio, Notekillers, and Liturgy — disparate ...

The Gospel According to Lady Gaga
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Lady Gaga calls out to the little monsters. And Jesus eats with with tax collectors, sinners, and prostitutes. Okay, I'm going to get real vulnerable with you. Very confessio ...

God, PBS and Paul Simon, The "God Chronicler By Accident"
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 9:10pm | Type: Blog

is the only correct dogma.  I see something like  22,000 denominations that can't agree on what ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: With the Cathedral Choir from New Jersey
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today: The Cathedral Choir of New Jersey. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Junior High Lunch Table
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today Handel's "Hallelujah" is brought to you by the junior high students from O ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kuwa na Krismasi njema!
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from the POTS Chorus o ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Karen Peris of the Innocence Mission
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

The Innocence Mission's rendition of "Away in a Manger" is a prime example of what Karen Peris' voice can do. It's in high rotation in my Christmas 2011 mix on iTunes and rarely fails ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Bread Aisle
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

Shoppers at Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Central Market got a festive surprise Saturday when a flash mob of more than 125 people broke into the "Hallelujah Chorus" by the bread aisle. ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Jason Harrod
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

"My favorite Christmas Hymn (technically an advent hymn) is 'O come, O come, Emmanuel.' I like it because it expresses the longing for Jesus to be 'with us,' and also that tension I b ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: There's an App for That
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

In its 2011 Holiday Greeting, Pavone employees perform Handel's timeless Christmas favorite — entirely using their iPhones, iPods and iPads. Each day leading until Christmas ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Sam Phillips
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

"For me, Christmas is a complicated package of childhood memories, cultural and spiritual traditions, emotional longing, the feeling of being home or wondering where home is, light at the darkest time of ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: David Wilcox
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

In this season of expectation as we await the incarnation of God-with-us, my heart turns to a song that, to me, captures the spirit of Christmas. It has no jingle bells or chestnuts roasting by an open fire. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: The Roches
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Each day leading until ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Carrie Newcomer
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

In her inimitably lovely way, Carrie Newcomer , the Quaker singer-songwriter tells the story of June and Cal and their children gathered at their Christmas table to sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in her should-be classic, "L ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kazoolaluia!
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from a YouTube user na ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Bruce Cockburn
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

We've asked some of the artists who've performed our favorite Christmas songs to tell us what their favorite songs of the season are. Today, we begin with that virtuoso Canadian troubadour, Bruce Coc ...

Great Expectations: Obama, Bieber and Baby Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

President Obama spent Sunday reflecting on and celebrating the holy Incarnation — at church, at a children's hospital and at a concert with teen superstar Justin Bieber. The Baby Jesus has had stranger be ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Banjo Ben Yahu
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Today's installment comes from a fellow who goes by the handle (pardon the pun) "Banjo Ben Yahu" and, in addition to having an epic beard (someone call the casting director for "Whisker War ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Food Court Flash Mob
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 2's installment comes from a 2010 sneak atta ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: The Silent Monks/Boy Scouts of Richfordshire, UK
Originally Posted: 12/01/2011 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

The German Baroque master composer George Frideric Handel wrote his most famous piece, the English oratorio Messiah, in 1741 and it was performed for the first time publicly on April 13, 1742 in Dublin, Irelan ...

Arlo and Alice's Restaurant
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

At 11 a.m. CST today (Noon EST, 9 a.m. PST), WXRT Radio in Chicago will air, as it does every year on Thanksgiving morning, the complete, 18-minute-34-second original version of Arlo Guthrie's song, " ...

Simple Pleasures: Three O'Clock Lattes, Show Tunes
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

What's better than a piping hot, non-fat, sugar-free pumpkin latte right about now? Sipping a piping hot, non-fat, sugar-free pumpkin latte while listening to Kristin Chenoweth sing "Taylor the Latte ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and Jesus -- at least not together -- weren't exactly on my radar. I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and J ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

The Mercy Seat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It ALL began when they come took me from my home And put me on Death Row, a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know. I began to warm and chill To objects and their fields, ...

BREAKING NEWS: R.E.M. Breaks Up (Requiem For My Youth)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It's the End of the World and We Know It. We're Losing Our Religion. Our Pilgrimage is OVER. NOOOOOO ...

Evening List of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nerd-dom covers vast swaths of territory, from Trekkies and Settlers of Catan enthusiasts to, apparently, at least a few followers of Christ. Nerd-dom covers v ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

just eloquently stated above??? If they would only read Jeremiah chapter 22, and Daniel chapter 4. I ... that I Read the scriptures that I mentioned in my first post, Jeremiah 22. What does God tell ... essentially pit one set of Christians against another set of Christians. Luke 6:20, Jeremiah 22, Luke ...

TGIF: Links 'n' Such
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Gubbio Project, which helps churches become refuges for homeless people throughout the U.S., recently earned a new fan: Author Anne Rice. "When I was in San Francisco, I visited St. Boniface Church in ...

A.M. Giggle: Cookie Waits does 'God's Away on Business'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Some clever folks have created a magnificent "mash-up" of Sesame Street's resident pastry enthusiast, Cookie Monster, and the iconoclastic performer Tom Waits' song "God's Away ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

The Vision of E Street
Originally Posted: 09/13/2011 - 5:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Springsteen has always understood that the rock-and-roll story is about freedom. Bruce Sp ...

A Hymn for Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to inspire churches to further support and pray for famine relief in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.] O God, You Love the Needy ...