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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 ...

Churches have abandoned social justice
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Press

May 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Gabriel Dolan ...

Oldest Known Torah Scroll Discovered in Italy
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

An Italian university professor on Wednesday said he has found what is believed to be world’s oldest complete Torah scroll. An Italian university professor on Wednesday said he ...

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 ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

A sign outside our home’s front door says, “This family has been interrupted by the baseball season.” Both of our boys play, I coach, and my wife Joy Carroll is the Little League Baseball Commissioner. ... I g ...

Meet Robert Ingersoll, America’s Most Famous Forgotten Atheist
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Meet Robert Ingersoll, the most famous American atheist you’ve probably never heard of. Meet Robert Ingersoll, the most famous American atheist you’ve probably never heard of. ...

Is a Messiah’s Work Never Done?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

Could it be that ‘the chosen’ are in fact those who have ‘chosen’ to do God’s work in the world? The Jews believe that the Messiah is yet to come. Christians believe the Messia ...

The Death of a Church and the Rise of Something New
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

I feel fairly certain the new that is rising is not about changing our music or adding a few new service projects. What is rising from the rubble of our past churches is a radical transformation calling us bac ...

The Trinity and God’s Nonviolent Atonement
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

What’s essential to know about the early doctrine of the Trinity is that, unlike later developments, it claimed that God has nothing to do with violence. Those of us who believe that God is non-violent need to ...

On Scripture: Faith in New Places
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

A dialogue becomes possible between faith communities in the midst of the world’s brokenness, a dialogue that is rooted not in maintaining established identities but in being attentive to the cry coming from t ...

Evangelical Leaders Stand by Pastor Accused of Abuse Cover-up
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Several leading evangelical pastors and authors have come to the defense of a pastor accused in a lawsuit for covering up sexual abuse of children. Several leading evangelical pas ...

What Matters Most
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Poem 'What Matters Most' by Trevor Scott Barton Kind, tired eyes from too much seeing ... Worn, battered shoes from too much walking ... Stained, tattered shirt fr ...

My Messy Faith
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Truly, the more God's Kingdom comes and the more God's will is done, the messier life gets and the more beautiful this world becomes. The more I study theology and the ...

The Thrill of the Race
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

What I have found at the Speedway (never “Indy”) is similar to the best faith moments I have had: pure experience, no pretense, no whining, a clear focus on what matters, never for sale to high bidders, never ...

Tornadoes, Butterfly People, and Finding the Sacred in Collective Stories
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In the chaotic scenes depicted of Moore, Okla., last week, it was difficult to find God. After witnessing the profound impact of the Joplin, Mo., tornado last year from a nearb ...

Does Pope Francis Endorse Heresy? No, But He Does Raise Questions
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross. ...

Memorial Day: From Suffering to Hope
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Memorial Day reminds us of the men and women who have died for our country, but also the Savior who died on the cross. We recall their deaths with gratitude, because they continue to move us from suffering to ...

Pastor’s Tornado Tweets Stir Up a Theological Debate
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirred up a theological debate that was set off from a series of deleted tweets referencing the Book of Job. Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirre ...