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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.” ...

Is James Foley a Martyr?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, w ...

To Spiritually Thrive, We Must First Spiritually Survive (And Help Others Do the Same)
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On numerous occasions we get pulled back into a right relationship with God only because people were willing to love us, and this wouldn’t have happened without individuals selflessly making the decision to in ...

Stop Taking Attendance
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

After years in the ministry, I have come to the conclusion that the church needs to stop taking attendance — immediately. At a church I used to serve there was a well-intentioned ...

A Funeral, a Stick Figure, and Joy
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Maybe joy is about seeing the debris that washes into our lives at any given moment and choosing to make something of it. Doing it because it brings us and others a little joy. Th ...

Churches Must Be Safe Places
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Safety in church is a matter of solid and secure leadership, self-discipline by all, effective norms for behavior and putting dignity and respect ahead of winning and getting. Chu ...

Mark Driscoll to Step Down While Mars Hill Reviews Charges
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Controversial Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while church leaders review formal charges lodged by a group of pastors that he abused his power. ...

God Hears the Cries of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush and a World on Fire
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

their cry for help rose up to God.” (Exodus 2:23). God hears their groaning and remembers the covenant ...

Fallout in the Neighborhood When a Catholic School Closes
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? That’s the question  Nico ...

James Foley’s Parents Draw on Faith After Journalist Son’s Execution
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television Wednesday to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their son, conflict journalist James Foley. ...

Stopped Cold By A Pepsi Can
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s a reminder that we have to leave the safe harbor in order to visit new places and chart a new course for ourselves and others. That whenever we try something new, we’re going to be awful at it at fi ...

Anxiety and Christian Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I would challenge theology that suggests that prayer is a “cure” for any kind of suffering, but the fact remains that my ability to manage my anxiety rests in my relationship with God. Though I do not believe ...

Pope Francis Hints He Might One Day Retire
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Addressing journalists on his return from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late August 18, Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may only have “two or three” years left to li ...

Gratitude as Resistance: An Ancient Idea for our Collective Anxiety
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

My point: if it’s joy we are looking for, we might need to shift our attention pretty dramatically. This is especially for those of us who want to be on the pioneering front edge of God’s restorative work. ...

Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity with Paul (Romans 12:1-8)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Clergy must lead this charge against obesity in America, which means that our spirituality will need to get a whole lot sweatier. Do you want to know a secret about working out? H ...

What Saved My Faith
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Darkness existed in the forms of misogyny, empire-building, anti-intellectualism, and systematic marginalization of GLBT persons; they were injustices coated with spiritual language — wolves in sheep’s clothin ...

The Church Has Left the Building
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Last year I spoke at a missional church conference in Southern California. The guy who spoke before me asked every one of these missional pastors do a simple exercise. “Turn to the person sitting next to you,” he said, “and tell them the names of you ...

3 Ways to Cultivate Joy While Working for Change
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

I’ve been considering three approaches in cultivating joy, a God-given, buoyant energy, in the midst of some weighty work. I was among millions across the globe wrapped up in the ...

The Nature of Joy
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

As tanks open fire on the humble homes of the Gazan poor and rockets rain down on a terrified Israeli populace we are compelled to ask, “How do we keep coming back to this profane and violent place called war? ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Suicide and Pain: What Are We Missing?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

While I believe that we should never replace God by trying to be the Savior, I do believe we should be a place where those who are hurting can come. Yesterday morning I was prepar ...

Where is the Joy?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

How do you talk about joy in times like these and not sound like a traveling salesman with a bottle of snake oil up his sleeve? Recently, I received word that Robert Gittelson, the cofounder of Conservatives ...

Five Reasons post-Christianity Is Good for Us
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

For many leaders within organized Christian circles, this is all a call to arms, a warning shot across the proverbial bow to wake us up from our slumber and engage the impinging culture war with renewed commit ...

Jesus Wasn't American—Neither Is The Bible
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, American values are often completely in conflict with the Gospel of Jesus. We point to the Bible and use verses like Romans 13:1-7 to show that it’s actually God-ordained to submit to our gover ...

On the Other Side of Suicide
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

No one is exempt from being unhappy. Even from being depressed at times. Though it may not be something I would consider, I can’t ignore — nor judge — those who feel that maybe we’d be better off without them. ...

Mark Driscoll's Books Pulled from the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay Stores
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s second largest Christian book retailer has pulled megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll’s books from its website and 186 stores. The nation’s second largest Christian book ...