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A.M. Giggle: Cookie Waits does 'God's Away on Business'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:01pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

Who? From the Better Angels by John Francis
Originally Posted: 07/29/2011 - 8:00pm | Type: Media

John Francis Songs For Hard Times Who? from the album "The Better Angels" by John Francis. ...

Free Music Download!
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:46am | Type: Magazine Article

John Francis Download the song 'Who?' John Francis, whose album "The Better Angels," offe ...

Interview With John Francis
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:43am | Type: Magazine Article

John Francis Betsy Shirley Interview with John Francis by Betsy Shirley ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100609-sungchoi.jpg"></a>Have you heard the story of Sung-Bong Choi? I absolutely love these kinds of stories. And it's not that I just ...

Songs For Hard Times
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge The Better Angels, by John Francis. Horse and Rider/Dualtone. ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

A Song and Reflection on Immigration and the Border Town
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/16/a-song-and-reflection-on-immigration-and-the-border-town/" target="_self"></a> I was recent ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

A Hymn for Economic Justice: 'Zacchaeus was a Tax Man'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Many people grew up enjoying the song, "Zacchaeus was a wee little man," celebrating this beloved story of Jesus and a tax collector. Many people grew up enjoying the so ...

Herbie Hancock on Striking the Wrong Chord
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a couple of weeks ago at Sojourners, I came to an uncomfortable realization. In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a coup ...

Worship Meets Experience at "The Opiate Mass"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

as an electronic/ambient album in the near future. Describe what you'll be doing on October 22 in Portland. ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation. Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once e ...

On Arizona, Artists Speak Up, Refuse to Play
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need. As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow cr ...

The Song of Rosanna's Survivor Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I came to be friends with Rosanna through my wife's work. B ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

Lena Horne's Bright Shining Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light.</p> Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light. When Lena Horne went to Hollywood, ...

'Lovely to Me': A Music Video Tribute to Immigrant Mothers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Our Voices of Immigration campaign seeks to bring the stories ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

of Isaac" and about Kierkegaard's multiple interpretations of Genesis 22, about Malcolm X challenging ... interpretations of Genesis 22, about Malcolm X challenging MLK Jr. for subjecting young schoolgirls to fire hoses ... or flee north to get out of a catch-22 which the US helped create.) The entire normal population ...

Why Flobots Is Doing a May Day Concert in Arizona (+Free Download)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am a rapper. I rap in a band called <a href="http://flobots.com/">Flobots</a>. Today is day one of our spring tour promoting our new album Survival Story, so I am writing this ...

Video: David Bazan's Reasonable Doubt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since 1994, musician David Bazan (former front man of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his so ...

In Defense of Congregational Singing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Church music was my first language. I was raised in a church tradition that did not allow musical instruments in worship. Church music was my first language. I was raised in a c ...

Could Church Become a Playground for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Malcolm Gladwell, in his popular book <em>The Tipping Point</em>, names three types of people who do the work of making social movements succeed: Connectors, who bring us together, Mavens, who conn ...

Half-Handed Cloud Audio Interview and Free Song Download
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that elicit fandom, and none of them have anything to do with his music. There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that eli ...

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Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa died yesterday. I don't know much about her life, so you can <a href="http://en.wikip ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/01/singing-and-praying-justice-part-1/">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part 1] How can w ...

U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666442735_FC6on"></a>Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this w ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine</em></p> <p><em>"What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye</em></p> ...

Free Music Download and Interview with DM Stith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In an age of quick and easy fame, where reality stars are more popular than actual actors, it's always refreshing to find an artist quietly making genuinely beautiful music with little to no rega ...

A 9/11 Prayer: Leonard Cohen's 'Democracy'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her native Norway this summer. She sent me this YouTube clip so I could have a taste. My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her nat ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

Thank You, Michael
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Only God can or ought to judge Michael Jackson's personal life. We do not have enough information to judge his behavior, but we do know that we have lost a true musical genius.</p> ...

Mourning a Michael Jackson Who Had Died Long Ago
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage continue. Let the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage continue. As soon as I heard the tragic news about his passing yesterday afte ...

The Brilliance and Mystery of Michael Jackson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's not like you need another Michael Jackson tribute or post, but oh well It's not like you need another Michael Jackson tribute or post, but oh well ...

Free Music Monday: The Welcome Wagon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Vito Aiuto one early Saturday morning at his church, Resurrection Pre ...

Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

of Cockburn's hands strumming his guitar. His music -- some familiar tunes from his 22 albums, such as my ...

Video: 'Beyond Belief' - An Interview with David Wilcox
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The rhetorical question <a href="http://www.davidwilcox.com/">David Wilcox</a> asks aloud before a crowd outside Baltimore, Maryland, is The rhetorical ques ...

Sacred Jazz: An Interview with Deanna Witkowski
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UXJOLM?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001UXJOLM">&l ...

From the Twittersphere: Peace, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It was the cover that caught my attention. Rolling hills of farmland in lush green and yellow. So simple, yet so attractive. It was the cover that caught my attention. Rolling hil ...

I'm Taking Down All My Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Posters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Enough is enough! Enough is enough! I bit my tongue several months ago when Miley Cyrus came out with her chink-eyed picture . Last summer, I was pretty furious ab ...

U2's Sacred Pilgrimage: 'I Found Grace, It's All That I Found'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

crimes occur around the home, she moved. *when she missed the 44 bus, she took the 22 bus twice ... crimes occur around the home, she moved. *when she missed the 44 bus, she took the 22 bus twice ... she took the 22 bus twice instead. *when she took you to the airport and saw a sign that said ...

Video: Inauguration Eve Interview with Moby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/sojotube" href="http://www.sojo.net/sojotube">SojoTube</a> team had a chance to sit down with DJ, songwriter, and musician Moby ...

Bringing Word and Music Together Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am very honoured and excited to be invited to the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> in April. I am very honoured a ...

Odetta Has Gone Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Odetta has gone home.</p> <p>Artists that touch our hearts help us to see, and they speak for us our own mute truth. A spiritual breath of courage and grace breathes through them and upon ...