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US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

And That Is Grace ...
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

We like to put flesh-and-blood on the notion that we are recipients of some great gift that arrives unexpectedly and is given freely. Someone or something that comes into our life and significantly changes it ...

Why Multigenerational House Sharing May Be the Wave of the Future
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

am back in our Manhattan apartment, where our youngest son, age 23, is living at home until he lands ...

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

Evangelicals Add One More Guest to the Wedding Party: Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

In an age of big-ticket destination weddings and reality show “bridezillas,” some evangelical Christians are opting for what writer Catherine Strode Parks calls “A Christ-Centered Wedding.” ...

RECIPE: Bread for Michaelmas, A 'Locavore Feast Day' for Urbanites
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Never heard of Michaelmas? Neither had I, until I read the recipe for struan in Peter Reinhart’s Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise and Method as Metaphor. The ancient Celts baked struan, bread made with ...

Americans Divided on Religious Liberty: The Freedom to Practice My Religion or the Freedom to Avoid Yours
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to concerns over religious liberty, Americans are divided as to which is in more imminent danger: the ability to practice one’s religion without government inference, or the consequences to freed ...

The Jewish High Holy Days Explained
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around the world will turn the page on the Jewish calendar to begin the new year, Rosh Hashanah. Happy 5775 ! At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around t ...

The Key to Real Community: Tear Down that Firewall
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning at 5:30 I woke up to a disconcerting email: Suspicious Sign-In Prevented. Please check your Google activity immediately. In my half-asleep bleariness, I clicked the link and filled in my pa ...

Jewish Resolutions for the Jewish New Year
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewi ...

Immigration Reform a 'Moral Test'
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Press

June 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...

5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Few things are presented more inaccurately than Christianity. Often marketed through evangelism as a joyful, peaceful, loving, easy way to overcome the hardships of this world, in reality practicing Christiani ...

Churches Shun Mental Illness; Offer Little Help to Sufferers, Families
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

LifeWay’s finding overall reticence, almost a quarter of pastors surveyed — 23 percent — said they had ...

Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to Launch NYC Campus
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in Ne ...

Christians Must Create a 'Culture of Accountability' for Their Pastors, Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Gryboski ...

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 ...

Singing the Same Song in Different Languages
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Perhaps there are times to discern differences between people. But aren't there also times that we can say with H.G. Wells, "Our true nationality is mankind" and not be afraid of the consequence ...

Chicago Meets Its New Archbishop as the ‘Pope Francis Effect’ Sets In
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

When Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich got a call 10 days ago with the news that Pope Francis had chosen him to be the next archbishop of Chicago — the pontiff’s most important U.S. appointment to date — he was so t ...

Why Work to Change the World?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

In  Matthew 21:23-32 , Jesus confronts some of the highest-ranking, most powerful, and more widely ... Powery, “Commentary on Matthew 21:23-32,” Working Preacher “Jesus, the consummate storyteller” ...

Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Press

June 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Grace Ji-Sun Kim ...

Five Reasons to Love Sojourners' 'Summit for Change'
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

June 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Rachel Marie Stone ...

Wild Goose Festival puts spotlight on visual arts
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

June 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Amanda Greene ...

The Times Leave University Behind
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Press

June 21, 2014 Sojo in the News John Longhurst ...

Expecting New Love
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

July 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Anna Groff ...

When Prayer Becomes Control
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

When we encounter something incomprehensible, we are driven to explain it. When a situation reels out of control, we long to control it. We invite God to fill those gaps of our discomfort, our lack of understa ...

Will the Catholic Church Change Its Stand on Marriage and Divorce?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including some who had been living together and a woman who has a daughter from a previous relationship. ...

'All pastors are interim pastors'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

When megachurch pastor Max Lucado greeted his successor at his San Antonio church, the two stood onstage and tried to put on each other’s shoes. They couldn’t. When megachurch pas ...

Many Church Choirs Are Dying. Here’s Why
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch tha ...

U2: Seeking An Ecclesiology
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

What we're seeing is four guys from Ireland with way the hell too much money showing us what we have been wanting all along: a new way of being the institutional church. By n ...

What Christianity Can Learn from the Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Historically, Christianity hasn’t been very open to the idea of being influenced by other religions. In the early days of the faith, we borrowed from Hellenism, Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, Judaism and various ...

ON Scripture: Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, we teach children the oddest Bible stories. It is certainly curious that we would decorate baby nurseries with images from the story of Noah’s Ark. The smiling elephants in the comically tiny boat ...

A Shard of Hope: HBO’s 'The Leftovers' on Grief
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

it was impossible to watch Kevin Garvey, our protagonist read aloud from Job 23:8-17 without thinking ...

Commemorating 9/11, Commemorating Christ
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

No longer gathering together out of unvarnished need for the divine presence, some of us gather now precisely to ascribe meaning to the unfathomable through the inextricable linking of nationalism with religio ...

Sam Harris Wants Atheists – And Everyone Else – to Get Spirituality
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Uber-atheist Sam Harris is getting all spiritual. In his new book, “ Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion ,” the usually outspoken critic of religion describes how spirituality can and must be divorced from religion if the human mind ...

A Letter to Graduates: Whatever Happened to the Common Good?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Press

June 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

U2: The Art of Hitting One's Stride
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Personally, I find it beautiful. It's a glorious album. But don't let the music distract you from what they are trying to do with it. Perhaps you heard. U2 has a new alb ...

Bigger Love: Debating Marriage and Sex Beyond Morality
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Is morality the only way to talk about marriage and sex? Certainly the American judiciary thinks otherwise as it hammers out the constitutionality of every union under the sun. The polygamy question could broa ...

Top 10 Books — What We're Reading at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We at Sojourners are a book-loving bunch, from religion and spirituality to politics; social justice to science; cultural history to fictitious commentary. Below are 10 favorite or most formative books from se ...

On Scripture: Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The God of Paul’s confession is about the work of using the worst the empire can do to overturn its so-called power, overturning it not with force but with the power of weeping women, terrified disciples, and ...

6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics. Boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development. ...

Rare Mormon Documents Go On Display for First Time
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

For the first time ever, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has assembled some of its most treasured historical documents into a single exhibit and is inviting the public to view them. Starting o ...

Victor Stenger, Atheism’s 'Fifth Horseman,' is Dead
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

The atheist community is mourning the death of Victor Stenger, a prominent physicist who championed rooting out religion from the public sphere and was best-known for quipping: “Science flies you to the moon. ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. When churches conclude their ...

A Theology of Labor
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Instead of justifying forced labor like the exploitative gods of Egypt and the United States, the God of the Bible pushes us all to labor for justice as we take responsibility to care for the world and our fel ...

Judge Finalizes Order Finding Polygamy Law Unconstitutional; Victory for ‘Sister Wives’
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

A federal judge on Wednesday finalized the order striking part of Utah’s bigamy law and gave one more victory to the family from the TLC television show Sister Wives. A federal j ...

Pastors’ Letter on Mark Driscoll: Step Down From All Aspects of Ministry and Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

A letter from nine Mars Hill Church pastors to their fellow elders offers the most trenchant criticism yet of controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll, who recently stepped down for at least six weeks ami ...

Do We Really Want to Be Transformed?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

It’s amazing what silence will do for the soul. Communication doesn’t mean noise. And the failures of this world, the church, and each other doesn’t mean that we don’t still strive for “thy kingdom come.” ...