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Jesus and the Top Secret Empire
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom. ...

'Why Are White People So Mean?'
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Magazine Article

from plantations in Virginia. Less than 80 years ago, 23-year-old George Armwood was tortured, ...

My Unexpected Diagnosis
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis "Control is an illusion that we all pursue." THIS IS A very personal column. Last Decemb ...

What Anxiety Feels Like (For Me and Maybe for You. With Cartoons.)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

For me, anxiety can run in circles, like a sad, neurotic dog in a too-small pen, or a hamster on a little exercise wheel. And there are different paces–different circles, different wheels–that my anxiety puts ...

Bobby McFerrin: Praying as He Sings
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

is the Psalms. Several years ago, he wrote a song based on Psalm 23, but in his version, the love of God takes ...

C. S. Lewis, Evangelical Rock Star
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

Famous author C.S. Lewis was recognized for his fictional representation of God/Jesus in the celebrated novel, Chronicles of Narnia. Famous author C.S. Lewis was recognized for hi ...

The Bible and Movies and Violence – Oh My!
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Why is there so much violence in the Bible? Because human history shows that we have a tendency to be violent. Yet violence is not inevitable. As the Bible struggles with its own violence, it also reveals that ...

Christianity for Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 6:54am | Type: Blog

There are lots of biases and assumptions about Christians out there, many of which are founded in real-life experience. ... But sometimes, if we’re being honest, they’re just wrong. And stupid. ...

13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones. During the Ch ...

Bono: David Sang the Blues and Jesus Did Some Punk Rock
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

U2 frontman Bono exchanged Bible references and bantered about music, theology, and evangelicals’ role in AIDS activism in a recent radio interview with Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. ...

Finding Joy in a Place of Need
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Here, in the midst of the squalor, in a place where people have prayed and waited for rain for years, I was encountered by something sacred. Go  Here  to read the second in this ...

‘Princesses’ Embraces a Stereotype, Leaving Some Jews Uncomfortable
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

They’re self-admitted “Jewish American Princesses,” and Bravo’s built a whole reality series, "Princesses: Long Island" around their exploits. The show follows six unmarried 20-something Jewish women ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

June 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Be skeptical and ask the hard, tough questions about our institutions — especially Washington and Wall Street. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. ...

Benedict and Francis: How Much Difference is There?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

As a millennia-old institution, the Vatican is accustomed to change at a glacial pace. But in the eyes of many outside the church — and even of some within it — the arrival of Pope Francis on the throne of St. ...

Created for the Eighth Day
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Living in the eight day is an experience of now and not yet. It's no secret that most of us find ourselves longing for chances to vacate our normal scenery and the bustle of ...

Beers and Hymns
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

A few months ago, Stephen Marsh, my fellow pastor, and I wondered whether we could spark a ministry by fusing two of our most treasured Lutheran traditions: beers and hymns. Within a few minutes of our convers ...

Divine Magic Wands
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Our problems are the results of our many individual and collective choices. We can make better choices, more compassionate choices, less selfish choices. And when we do, things start to change. ...

Sermon — Prayer, Actually — on Jesus Loving Us So Much He Wants to Throw Up
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

I’m not a fan of the over-use of the term “the Lord. ”Like when people say “I just love the Lord,” I just never really know what that means. The way it’s casually thrown around makes me uncomfortable. ...

Farmer
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

A poem by Trevor Scott Barton. Grandpa, you are my Pepa. Before me, you were Robert Elias Cunningham: son, brother, husband and father but God, through my birth, made you Grand ...

(Not) Just Another Day
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

For as long as I can remember, Father’s Day has been a challenge for me. You see, like many other children I know, I have deep painful scars when it comes to the topic of fatherhood. ...

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet for the First Time
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will meet in Rome on Friday for the first time since the two men took office in March. Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canter ...

Losing Control and Learning to Trust: My Unexpected Diagnosis
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

We have a God who will always find ways to bring love and justice into the world with and without us, and sometimes despite our best efforts and human attempts to keep “control.” ...

I Love Technology; I Hate Technology
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Maybe someday I will make peace with the fact that I will not always meet expectations. But for today technology is my angel and I am Jacob. I have been dealing with  some repetit ...

VIDEO: Rethinking Evangelism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In “ Waiting on God ,” from the July 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, Episcopal priest Linda Kaufman shares how she fell in love with Jesus all over again. ...

Southern Baptists Push for More Black Missionaries
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

As the denomination meets in Houston Tuesday and Wednesday, Luter’s trip is bringing home a stark and persistent reality: Few missionaries are black. Fred Luter had a lot of first ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

10 Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people claim to be “following Jesus” and then they do stuff like this. Sure, people who follow Jesus do these things all the time, but you can't say you are doing them because you are trying to fo ...

The Best (and Worst) Types of Christian Media
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to mass communication, Christians do some things well and some things horribly. Here’s a breakdown. When it comes to mass communication, Christians do some things we ...

Finding Grace in Reality TV
Originally Posted: 06/08/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Watch Neale Bayly Rides: Peru, on Speed Channel starting Sunday, June 9, at 9 p.m. ET, and follow the adventure at NealeBaylyRides.com. Look for follow up articles from James as the show progresses. ...

Atheists to Unveil First Monument to Unbelief on Public Land
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

After years of fights over religious monuments on public land, a county courthouse in Northern Florida will soon be the home of the nation’s first monument to atheism on public property. ...

Pope Forgoes Summer Holidays
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Breaking with another centuries-old tradition established by his predecessors, Pope Francis will remain in Rome during the summer and endure the usually stifling heat of the Eternal City. ...

Rabbi’s Message for American Jews: Change or Die
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, ordained in the liberal Reconstructionist tradition, sees a divide between generations of American Jews that could spell disaster for the community. Rabbi Si ...

Soaking in the Word of God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. AS THE SEAONS after Pentecost unfolds, ...

Waiting on God
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda Kaufman A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again. WHEN I FIRST started attending the Chu ...

Stop Telling Me What Is Anti-Christian
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

While I affirm the right of any Christian to boycott a product, show, or the like, and even to explain why in the public square, I’m weary of the heavy-handed tendency of Christians to slap the “anti-Christian ...

From the Archives: July 1994
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

of the literal West is that it will not take its place in the “cleft of the rock” (Exodus 33:21-23) and allow God ...

'God is Good. God is Great. Hope is Eternal:' Lessons in Life and Dying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

In less than 12 months, we re-established a friendship and Mike and his wife, Nancy, taught me amazing lessons about living with the prospect of dying.   My friend Mike died la ...

Audiobook (CD): On God's Side
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Product

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis’ newest book, On God’s Sid ...

Consumer Christianity: How Much Money Does It Cost to Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Christianity can quickly devolve into caste systems, where faith communities are divided by the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor. Instead of unifying ourselves in Christ, we are dividing ourselve ...

Sermon On Why Hope and Vapid Optimism Are Not The Same Thing
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

A hope that does not disappoint looks less like being idealistic about ourselves and more like being idealistic about God’s redeeming work in the world. … suffering produces en ...

Is Religious Freedom At Risk in U.S.?
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The panelists who came to assess the state of religious freedom in the nation accepted the point that their various faiths might not stand together on anything beyond the need to protect religious freedom, and ...

Hashtag Christianity
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

I have multiple online identities, the result of subconsciously trying to be a better version of myself — a better follower of Christ. But these various personalities that I portray among social media sites ar ...

Survey Shows Catholic Priests Don’t Like Mass Changes
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

A poll, conducted by researchers at St. John’s University School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., showed that almost 60 percent of priests surveyed did not like the new Roman Missal, as the liturgi ...

Godless Funerals Thrive in ‘Post-Catholic’ Ireland
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Many newly minted civil celebrants are starting their own businesses as part of Ireland’s “post-Catholic” economy. DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior des ...

The Revolution is Upon Us
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Now comes a new millennium, and Christianity wears so many different faces that it’s difficult to speak of a single “Christian movement.” Religious historians say that every 500 ...

Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

Psalm 8 unless we read with it the  23rd  and the  137th , the  22nd  and the  30th . In our ...

Is Grief a Mental Illness? New Diagnostic Changes Say 'Maybe'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At issue are questions as fundamental as how long we grieve, what clinical label we assign to sadness, and when grief transforms into mental illness. The modification also rekindles long-standing debates about ...

Humanists Find Ways to Say ‘I Do’ Without God
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

The Center for Inquiry has 23 celebrants. Because of the demand she’s seeing for marriage and funeral ...

The Christian Inferiority Complex
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians have a confidence problem. They love Christ but are ashamed of everything associated with him. They want to be known as a Christian — just not that type of Christian. ...