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Celebrate Resurrection by Selling All Your Possessions
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Acts makes it seem so clear, so easy. Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational acces ...

The Mundane Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/05/2015 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

I received no specialized message from the divine about my own pain and struggle. That morning, I realized that might be the point. Jesus came to make resurrection mundane. It wa ...

Easter, the Game Changer
Originally Posted: 04/04/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In cultures where Christianity has become the dominant power, the resurrection of Jesus has been turned into the triumph of the victors. The way “Jesus is Risen” is proclaimed, it sounds like bragging — essent ...

'I Was an Idiot' as a Sign of Grace
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 8:42pm | Type: Blog

We do not live in a state of constant condemnation because we are unable to move from the couch to running a marathon in under three hours on our first day of training. Rather, we experience grace every day th ...

Lent: Thine Be the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us that the Lord's Prayer "is not about us." CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us th ...

Songs of Ourselves: Grief, Hope, and Sufjan Stevens
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

What is Good Friday about, after all, if not that even the Architect can die by His own creation? Sufjan Stevens’ newest album,  Carrie & Lowell ( out now), is a heartbreaki ...

Holy Week in an Unholy World
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

There is nothing more evil than what happened that “Good” Friday. We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out ...

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Have we made God into a monster? Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of b ...

A Recipe for 'Greater Works'
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

cannot enter the assembly of the Lord (Deuteronomy 23:1). Philip is an apostle, a Jew, and a Middle ... 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 SO WHERE DID Jesus go after his resurrection? ...

Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? Many people fear death. ...

Lent: Deliver Us From Evil
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Systemic theology lecturer Dr. Ben Myers talks about Jesus' prayer, "deliver us," and how following his example leads us not to optimism nor pessimism but into hope. ...

We did not advocate disobedience to the police, Franklin Graham's critic says
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Press

April 1, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Yapching ...

'What's Up with All the Eggs?' and Other Classic Easter Questions
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. It is the time they mark the betrayal, trial, and c ...

Transgender Mormons Struggle to Feel at Home in Their Bodies and Their Religion
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metaphors, to describe the disconnect he felt between his body and soul. Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metap ...

Is the U.S. a Model of Interfaith Harmony for a Violent World?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Is religion the cause of so much of the violence racking today’s world? Or is faith just one of many factors? Or collateral damage? Is religion the cause of so much of the violen ...

Subversives in Christ
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Drew G.I. Hart There's liberating, countercultural potential when the black church and Anabaptist traditions meet.  ...

Lent: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

In this reflection, Rev. Dr. John Dickson talks about total dependency on the bread of life. In this reflection, Rev. Dr. John Dickson talk about total dependency on the bread of ...

The Beginners' Guide to the Sound of Sap
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Joy after all, does not make its home in things but jumps out into the space between them. Joy is found, discovered, and unwrapped. It finds its existence not as an object but as a gift always being given. It ...

7 Reasons Christians Refuse Change
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

How can some Christians exude such cruelty and ignorance while simultaneously claiming to follow Jesus — a humble man who was radically loving and ultimately died for sake of humanity? ...

Understand Islam beyond stereotypes
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Press

to the editor of March  23 titled : "Media must be honest about role of Islam." My response ... confusion with the March 23 letter to the  editor. (interfaith dialog, Islam, Faith ...

Hope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 7:15pm | Type: Blog

Most of us have that area of our lives where we struggle to hope. For me it is that space down deep where I hide the dream of a family: a loving husband and laughing children and a rockin’ writing and speaking ...

Agree to Disagree: Millennials Talk Sex and Morals
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to consensual sexual ethics among millennials, all behaviors are on the table … if the time is right. For the same generation in which no single religious group claims more than about one in 10, ...

A Muslim Actor Plays Jesus. It Works.
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Haaz to explore the uniqueness of this moment in his career and how the experience of embodying the life and teachings of Jesus has left him forever changed. In a ...

Church of England Loses No Time, Appoints Third Woman Bishop and First to Oversee a Diocese
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s commitment to advance the cause of women took another step forward March 26 with the appointment of Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next Bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of Engla ...

Let's Drop the Anti-Semitic Messages this Good Friday
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur on the same date: Friday, April 3. The coincidence is no accident. This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur o ...

Why Having a Pop-Up Church for Good Friday Is Brilliant
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

No preaching. No altar call. No liturgy, church building, no judgment, guilt or fear. Just coming together to sing, share joy, and give. My friend sent this link to me the other ...

HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ Questions the Future of Scientology
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

The film is so unsparing that the filmmakers and others who study Scientology say they hope it will prompt internal changes and greater transparency in the church, something it has resisted in the past. ...

The ‘Pope Francis Effect?' Some Early Data Suggest It Could Be Real
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and ...

Subversive Little Crumbs
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

There’s a story that says Jesus’ followers recognized him by the way he broke bread. They didn’t see him in the bread itself, but in the radical things he did with the bread. I st ...

New Rooms in the Interfaith Movement
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Eboo Patel ...

Catholics and Anglicans Prepare Ecumenical Burial Fit for a King
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Richard was the last king of England to die in battle while attempting to defend his throne from Henry VII. Tens of thousands of people in Leicester — England’s most religiously d ...

Telling Old Stories, Again and Again
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

When enough people feel unheard, unacceptable, not OK, the system will collapse. At a church workshop last week, I set aside my carefully planned teaching and just let people talk ...

Sabbath Dissonance
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

“to do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit.” (Philippians  2:3 ) His plea wasn’t for good ...

Pope Francis Takes a Dim View of the Death Penalty, but Not All Catholics are Convinced
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The pope said capital punishment “contradicts God’s plan for man and society” and “does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.” On March 20, Pope Francis ...

British Ponder Charitable Tax Relief Status of Controversial Exclusive Brethren Schools
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Eight former teachers have spoken to the media and described school buses segregated by gender, classroom racism, and textbooks with pages on evolution, fossil fuels, and sexual reproduction ripped out. ...

A New Voice Against the Corrupting Influence of Money in Elections
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The Pope is a welcome addition to the growing national movement in the United States that aims to refocus government on fulfilling the needs and concerns of everyday voters, not on granting special favors to ...

Bodies of 7 Children Killed in NYC ‘Hotplate’ Fire Arrive in Israel
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Arutz Sheva, and The Associated Press reported March 23. The bodies ... in Israel for burial, Israeli network Arutz Sheva and The Associated Press reported March 23. Funeral ... and The Associated Press reported March 23. house fire,New York City,orthodox jews,Sassoon family ...

Americans Don’t Cite ‘God, Family, Country’ Quite Like the Cliche Goes
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

“God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not really how most Americans see the strongest influences on their personal identity. “God, family ...

Black Lesbian Bishop Yvette Flunder Is ‘Using My Energy to Find Peace’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

“I’m not using my energy for useless fights.” Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, Calif., and leader of the Fellowship of Affirming ...

Can one pastor bridge deep divides between evangelicals and mainline Protestants?
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Press

March 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

Weekly Wrap 3.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Franklin Graham, Ashley Judd, gay Mennonites, women at SXSW, happy first day of Spring! 1.  An Open Letter to Franklin Graham "Within one day, tens of thousands ...

How to Truly Help the Homeless
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. ...

BYU Graduates Complain to Accrediting Board Over School’s Treatment of Lapsed-Mormon Students
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the private school. A group of Brigham Y ...

St. Louis Archdiocese Cancels Speech by Visionary Who Saw the Virigin Mary at Medjugorje
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

To Roman Catholic officialdom, it’s unclear whether the Virgin Mary appeared to Ivan Dragicevic and five others 34 years ago in a Bosnian village. To Roman Catholic officialdom, ...

Inward-Focused or Outward? Christian Congregations at a Crossroads
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

American Christianity is at a crossroads again. American Christianity is at a crossroads — again. It’s the latest in a long string of crossroads. In the run-up to revolution, ...

What If Jesus Wasn’t the Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When we preach that Jesus is the answer, we have to be quick to prove it. And so the only stories that get told are the rags to riches, despair to hope, darkness to light stories. The complexities of sin are s ...

When the World Looks Back
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

The truth of Easter is not always readily apparent. It requires the ability to see clearly. This means rubbing our eyes, clearing them of gunk, and focusing our vision. Lent is a ...

Will Pope Francis Have a Short Papacy? Don’t Bet On It
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

A closer reading of Francis’ remarks, and analysis from those who know the pope, say that’s not what he meant, at all. In a wide-ranging interview he gave March 13 for the second ...

Love Is the Root of All Evil
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

If this is really love, then the human heart should be categorized as a concealed weapon. Editor's Note: Christian Piatt was invited to preach at  Portland First Chri ...

The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Grant Wacker ...