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A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them. So, while the work of life and hea ...

On Scripture: An Unexpected Servant -- The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

As the New Year brings reflection over the past year, we have heard much about Pope Francis and the ways he has surprised Catholics and non-Catholics alike. As the New Year brings ...

I Hope We Never Become a 'Christian Nation' Again
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians today use the term “post-Christian” to describe the United States in conjunction with their assumptions that our nation is falling deeper and deeper into a moral decline, but this word presuppo ...

Four Reasons Churches Stink at Transformation (and What We Can Do About It)
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

The most important transformations are spiritual and emotional ones. Yet, the fitness community does transformations better than churches do. Though we have many stories of people ...

Pope Francis' Message for Washington
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

As an evangelical whose work has focused on the intersection of faith and public life, let me offer two additional reflections that will render Pope Francis more understandable to our public life. ...

Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day. My conclusion: Religion shouldn’t be this hard. After 36 years of se ...

Yes, the Pope Is Still Catholic, Despite What You Heard
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

No doubt about it, Pope Francis is generating the kind of Internet buzz and sky-high Q Scores that brand managers can only dream of. But is the pontiff becoming a victim of his own good press? ...

Church of England's Alternative Baptism Liturgy Drops Reference to Devil
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service following the introduction of an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their “sins” or reject “the ...

70 Really Is the New 50 ... If You Take Care of Yourself!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

What is so amazing is that I feel many times better today than I felt at 60, 50, or even 40. 70 really IS the new 50! Good health is a blessing from God. Self-care is a "Thank you" for the blessing. ...

Can Paul Be Redeemed?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul. “Jesus was a radical who welcomed ev ...

In Pursuit of Wholeness
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Sabath Cynthia Bourgeault Cynthia Bourgeault explains how we can both seek social ...

Five Spiritual Resolutions For 2014: What Elders, Suffering, And Loss Have Taught Me About The Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:35pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christians On Right And Left Agree; Church Must Push Back Against Trend Of Government Cynicism
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

I Pledge Allegiance To The Kingdom Of God
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Keith Giles ...

Pastor's Corner: Consider A Deeper Resolution To Compassion
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Sister M. Brigid Clingman ...

Hell and the Love of God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt Where do our ideas about hell come from? I GREW UP IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, memorizing scriptur ...

Beyond Fire and Brimstone
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian McLaren Jesus' teaching about hell flipped popular imagery of the afterlife upside down—and offered a radical, transformative ...

Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Plans to Flirt with Atheism for 12 Months
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

California pastor Ryan Bell has a novel New Year’s resolution. For one year, he proclaimed, he will “live without God.” California pastor  Ryan Bell  has a novel New Year’s reso ...

Help! I Love Jesus but Hate Christianity!
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Sentiments of frustration are growing among many followers of Jesus who admire Christ but despise certain things associated with him. I love the grace, forgiveness, and love th ...

Five Spiritual Resolutions for 2014: What Elders, Suffering, and Loss Have Taught Me About the Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

This past year taught me so much about the gospel and caused me to go deeper into my faith. As this new year begins, here are five spiritual resolutions I learned from last year. ...

What If We Listened?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

How about if we put down our dukes and listen? How about if we refrain from seeing differences as a threat — even if opinions are delivered in a somewhat threatening way — and instead seek to see stories? ...

My 10 Favourite Books Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

January 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Father Ron Rolheiser ...

The 25 Best Progressive Victories Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Press

January 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Dreier ...

14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

New Year's resolutions however are not just for people. I believe that there are 14 things that the church needs to do in 2014, if the church is to thrive, grow, and be relevant in the 21st century. ...

Rivers in the Desert: Why New Year's Day Is a Christian Holiday
Originally Posted: 01/01/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The celebrations of New Year’s Eve are, in some ways, just an excuse to indulge ourselves in excessive partying, but they also stand in contrast against the hopes we hold for the following day. ...

Life, Death, and Beyond
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

If our subconscious mind already knows the ultimate truth, how do we then live that in our conscious existence? I’ve been thinking about what it means to be chosen, and conversely ...

'A Disaster For The Catholic Church': Other Views
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/12/23/pope-francis-vatican-other-views-editorials-debates/4182393/ Jim Wallis, The Huffington ...

The Idolatry Of Money
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Press

December 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Mandi Smallhorne ...

The Pope's Criticisms Hit Where It Hurts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Press

December 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Letter to the Editor ...

Pope Francis 'Reminds Us Of Christ' Says US Evangelical
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Press

December 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Ekklesia ...

Views on Evolution Driven by Religion More Than Education
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education. ...

A Christmas Prayer: O God of All Children
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Let us remember all the poor babies and children who struggle to live and realize their God given potential in our own rich land and all around the world today. And commit to act to assure hope and justice for ...

On Scripture: Rising Above the Low-Water Mark of 2013 (Ephesians 1:3-14)
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

It’s a simple plan for climbing above the low-water mark of 2013. Read Ephesians 1 with fresh eyes, and let the spirit of the passage lead you to see all those you encounter as brothers and sisters, whether th ...

2013 Marked Shifts in Views on Social Issues
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

and black Protestants (23 percent) remains lower, though it rose slightly between 2001 and 2013. ...

Church of England to Consider Optional Clerical Robes
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

A well-known Anglican bishop in charge of the archbishop of Canterbury’s campaign to attract young people to the church says he’s ready to put on blue jeans and a T-shirt. A well- ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

Let the Real War on Christmas Begin!
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The real war on Christmas begins on Dec. 26 and it is waged in the most pernicious way possible: By ignoring the Christmas season altogether. And we will be completely unaware that we are participating in the ...

‘None’ could be religion’s new normal in Britain, USA
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Just in time for Christmas, new statistics show “no religion is the new religion” in Great Britain, according to a study released Monday. Merry what? Just in time for Christmas, n ...

Muslim Christmas celebrations gain a toehold
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A growing number of American Muslims celebrate Christmas, or at least partake in some ways, even if they don’t decorate their homes with trees and a light show. Indeed, many Muslim families have created their ...

A Tale of Two Christmases
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

There is one Christmas as celebrated by orthodox Christians in which we rejoice in the birth of Jesus into a manger, eventually coming to signify and proclaim the reconciliation of heaven, earth, and nations, ...

Ten Things You Can't Do at Christmas While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:38pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is what we make of it. For Christians, however, there are some very specific things you can’t do if you want to actually honor and follow the person we celebrate this season. ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

The Christmas Wars Are Over, And Christmas Won
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas sid ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

White People Need a Non-White Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

If our modern Jesus is only white, then we miss who Jesus really was and is today. In the wake of Megyn Kelly’s statement that “Jesus was a white man,” critics have quickly and un ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Examining the Christmas story in this realistic light, it seems not a story that isolates, but a story for the isolated. Our stories are not picturesque or sanitized or even comfortable. And yet, ours are the ...

Respect for Clergy Drops, But Among Republicans, Not So Much
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Clergy used to rank near the top in polls asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethics of people in various professions. This year, for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1977, fewer t ...

Pope Francis Brings Religion to the Newsstand
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

In the past week, we’ve seen Pope Francis on the cover of Time as the magazine’s “2013 Person of the Year,” followed by The New Yorker’s whimsical cover of the pope as a snow angel. ...

Is It Possible to Celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Jesus on the Same Day?
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Despite our best efforts, Christmas is associated with Santa Claus. Now, if it were the historical “Santa Claus” who gave away his best to save the lives of some children, that’d be awesome. But, no, this is t ...