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The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

To Serve, We Must First Nourish Our Own Souls
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

When you truly experience the love of God, there is nothing you won’t do for God. However, we often push ourselves beyond measure and forget to allow God to nurture and nourish our own souls. ...

Listening As an Act of Love
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The story of Pentecost always begins with a sound; the gathering of people and a sound. So often we focus on what is being said at the time in the story and ignore all the listening that takes place. ...

Go and Make Disciples — Not Converts
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

You might be surprised to find that he isn’t telling me to share the Gospel with all who will listen (although, that is part of it); rather he is telling me (and you) to go and make disciples. The former is re ...

Pentecost and the Freedom to Be in All the Wrong Places
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Pentecost celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that our story isn’t static but dynamic, alive, and unfolding. In the same way that the disciples moved out from Jerusalem after Pentecost, we ...

Happy Birthday, Prostate Cancer, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

As I enter this new year, I am recalling again, as I often have during this past year, how much life, and those whom God has put in my life, are so ultimately and absolutely valuable and sacred to me. So I vow ...

Rick Warren to Pastors: 'There Is No Testimony Without a Test'
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Sharing how he has coped after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren, urged Southern Baptist pastors to let their times of suffering be acts of ministry. Shar ...

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push for More Married Priests
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rite Catholic churches, another sign that optional celibacy could become a fr ...

In Mixed Faith Marriages, Focus Is on 'Values,' Not 'Beliefs'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

his wife comes from a line of Southern Baptist preachers. Yet 23 years and three kids later, ...

The Evangelical Renaissance Is Over
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Press

June 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Steven Miller ...

The Face Of Evil (Religious Dogma)
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Press

May 31, 2014 Sojo in the News James Rogers ...

Moral Mondays' William Barber To Speak At WNC Festival
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:52am | Type: Press

June 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Carol Motsinger ...

The Church Has Been Left Behind
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

The church has been left behind — but friends, this is a good thing! We — the church — were left behind on the hill on that day of ascension, but we were not left to stand staring into the sky. ...

COMMENTARY: Christianity's New Look on Gays
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? If ...

Southern Baptists Meet as Membership, Baptism Decline Continues
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

For Southern Baptists, it’s happened again: Another annual report shows the denomination is losing members and baptizing fewer people. For Southern Baptists, it’s happened again: ...

Dynasties and Birthrights
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

65:1-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 SIBLING RIVALRY continues to produce tension in our ... divine intentions. While God responds to our prayers (see Genesis 25:23), the divine intention remains ... 13:1-23) need be not only an evangelism strategy for reaching those outside the community of faith. Instead ...

The Strength to be Uncool
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel A lot of problems stem from people lacking the courage to follow their moral core. DURING THE WINT ...

Why I Stay in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles. A QUESTION ASKED of me 100 times in ...

No Longer the 'Best Kept Secret'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Allio Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics. ...

An Iconic Faith
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Patricia Zapor You may not recognize Robert Lentz's name, but you probably know the work of his hands. F ...

Giving Thanks for a True Disciple
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life. MY DEAR FRIEND Glen St ...

Want to See the Face of God?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

A 26-year-old man was driving his pickup truck over a causeway on Lake Pontchartrain. His truck plunged over the railing and into the water. What happened next is inspiring. Did y ...

To A Dying Church: We Cannot Escape Our Mortality
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And, speaking as one of your pastors, I think this is a very good thing. Dear Church, You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And ...

Smiling Back
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

You can smile at someone, but you can’t really smile with someone until you’ve cried with them, too. Shared their pain, their doubts, their questions, their uncertainty, even their despair. And their joy as we ...

The First Multimedia Blowup Moment
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

The moment of Pentecost was an enormous multisensory event. It was the equivalent of a something going viral on social media — but on an even grander scale. Can you imagine sittin ...

Weekly Wrap 5.30.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 5.30.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds Self-identified nerd Arthu ...

Sacrament as Subversion
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Sacraments are outward expressions of acts, longings, or processes already underway or taking place within us. Anyone who thinks much on theology will tell you that you go throug ...

Atonement and the Gay Christian
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines has done us an incredible service by writing his book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Editor's Note: Don ...

An Unexpected Journey
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

We celebrate commitments made, successes honored, and loves found. The Christian faith, we realize, is rarely about solutions; it is about the authentic and real journey of life and a common trust that our God ...

Are We Preaching a Gospel of Inadequacy?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

I question whether inadequacy marketing has infiltrated the way we communicate the Christian Gospel. Every time I go to restock my face cream at the cosmetics vendor, inevitably t ...

Vincent Harding: In Our Cloud Of Witnesses
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

May 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis Huffington Post ...

Will the REAL Evangelicals Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

May 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Brandan Robertson ...

Conservative United Methodists Say Divide Over Sexuality Is 'Irreconcilable'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 8 ...

The Space Between the Notes
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 8:29pm | Type: Blog

As a teacher and a writer, I remember each day that music is the space between the notes. Where there is a child trying to sound out a word and write out a complete sentence or a character trying to live in th ...

Vincent Harding: In Our Cloud of Witnesses
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

One of my most important and dearest mentors is gone; there are countless other people across America — indeed, around the world — who are feeling the same as me. But he really hasn’t gone; his memory and pres ...

Jennifer Knapp Makes a Case for Being Gay and Christian in Upcoming Book
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Four years ago, when musician Jennifer Knapp declared to the world that she was a lesbian, some of the conservative Christians who had purchased 1 million of her albums expressed outrage and disappointment. ...

Defeating Satan at Harvard
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

How do you defeat Satan? That was the question the University of Harvard had to answer last week when the Harvard Extension School’s Cultural Studies Club planned a satanic “Black Mass” at the university. ...

Vincent Harding, Civil Rights Author And Associate Of Dr. King, Dies At 82
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:38pm | Type: Press

May 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Margalit Fox ...

5 Reasons Christians Avoid Accountability and Don't Confront Sin
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becoming extinct within church communities Here are some reasons why. Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becomin ...

To the Dying Church: Pass the Thread?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

It’s interesting how we tend to think of birth and death as opposites, two bookends with life in the middle. But we also know from experience that birth and death really are two different words for the same thing. They involve change, a moving from one ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

Jim Wallis On Finding His Voice
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lillian Cunningham ...

Poll: Americans Stretch the Truth on Attending Church
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that many Christians — and unbelievers, too — will exaggerate about attending worship in live phone interviews. “I ...

An Aching Heart
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared experiences. We love someone, and our hearts ache with them and for them at times. We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared exp ...

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

The promise of the Spirit to the disciples is a promise from Jesus to blunt their isolation. If you have to reassure people that you’re not abandoning them, it may be because they ...

Pope Francis Will Take Rabbi and Muslim Leader With Him to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will be accompanied on his first visit to the Middle East by Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud — two friends from Buenos Aires. Pope Franci ...

To the Dying Church: Offer Us the Hope You Once Did
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Offer us the hope you once did. Spur us on to be a beacon of hope, love, and compassion. My Dear Friend, It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this, but I figured you m ...

To the Dying Church: Do What You Came Here to Do
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Instead of hiding from issues that might send members out of your pews, wrestle with the implications of the Gospel for the environment, for the death penalty, or for immigration. Trust in the mysterious, magn ...

The Problem with Labels
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

It’s easy to classify people, communities, institutions, organizations, and ideas into systems and label them accordingly. But Christianity and the people who embody it are extremely complex. ...

In Praise of Slow Response
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

What if we didn’t talk at each other down a never-ending spiral of false assumptions in a vomit-inducing quest for relevancy? What if reflection and prayer and confession that we don’t know how we feel about s ...