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Behind the Numbers: Religious 'Nones' May Not Be Who You Think They Are
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

a religious brand (23 percent), Jones said. That group is also significantly more likely to include minorities: It’s 56 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 23 percent African-American and 7 percent other. ...

What's It Like to Have Pope Francis as Your Boss? Depends Where You Work
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? At the one-year mark of Pope Fra ...

5 Ways Money Quietly Poisons Our Faith
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It’s sometimes cliché for Christians to warn about the dangers of idolizing wealth and money, but the negative impact it can have on our faith is more subtle than we often realize. Here are a few ways it cover ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

'Homeless Jesus' Provokes Debate on What it Means to Be Christian
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., “Homeless Jesus” is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. In a small college town 20 miles north o ...

To Understand Pope Francis, Look to the Jesuits
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Figuring out why Pope Francis has upended so many expectations, how exactly he’s changed the Catholic Church in his first year and what he might be contemplating for the future has become a Catholic parlor gam ...

Survey Finds Growth, Vitality in Multisite Church Model
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location. ...

Openness, Diversity, and Magnanimity
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. Take the imposition of ashes out to the sidewalks where ...

6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Anti-Judaism
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

as condemning the scribes and the Pharisees (e.g., seven times in Matthew 23), it is not because he was having ...

Pope Francis' First Year: An Assessment
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

After I met Pope Francis during a visit to the Holy See in October, I remarked that if I were choosing a parish based upon the pastor, he would be my pastor. Now, he is the world’s pastor. ...

Lent Isn't Just a Second Chance at New Year's Resolutions
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

So here we go again. It’s that time of year — Lent, when many Christians give something up. Often it’s food, although my mom told me when I was a kid that giving up vegetables doesn’t count. ...

Working Toward Justice in the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

We must fight for justice, but we must do so in the way of Jesus. The classic sci-fi novel  Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card was adapted on to the big screen in November 2013. ...

The Middle of the Shelf
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Life is lived in the middle of the shelf, full of moments of uncertainty and doubt that serve as first drafts for stories of love and grace, learning, and faith. A few years ago, ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

SXSW 2014 Where Faith Joins The Convo
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News DJ Chuang ...

50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders To Celebrate On International Women's Day
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

Benedict XVI on John Paul II: I Always Knew He Was a Saint
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until a special high-profile ceremony next month at the Vatican. But the man who succeeded him says he has seen him in that light for years. ...

Study: Protestant Work Ethic Isn't Just Protestant Anymore
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it might be more of an atheist work ethic. America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

Court Hears Atheists' Challenge to Ground Zero Cross
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

Atheists are challenging plans to include a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 in a display at the national memorial museum that is scheduled to open this spring. ...

From the Archives: April 1992
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Wink The Myth of Redemptive Violence VIOLENCE is the ethos of our times. It is the spirituality of the ...

Pope Francis' Plan for Reform: Convert the Church
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Francis approaches the one-year mark of his papacy, his global flock and a fascinated public are starting to measure the changes he is making against the sky-high hopes for transforming an institution ...

Being There During Bad Times
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Sullivan ...

How To Help Your Child Launch Rockets
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Portwood ...

A Good Age: 'Being There' After A Family Trauma
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Sue Scheible ...

Why is the Cross Necessary?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

in our eyes is the activity of God (Psalm 118:23). The followers of Jesus, now as then, must sort out ...

'What is to prevent me from being baptized?'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord’ (Deuteronomy 23:1). ... ...

Is Social Justice 'Sexy'?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Hannah Sachs For many Millennials, getting involved in causes is a trendy thing to do. We're called to go deeper than that. ...

Cutting-Edge Orthodoxy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

traveling; it’s been really tough lately.” Then she uncorks a gorgeous meditation on Psalm 23, asking if we ...

All of Life is Repentance, But Especially Today
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

If all of life is repentance, then Ash Wednesday is the Thanksgiving Day parade. It is significant in a city like Washington, D.C., to observe people we wouldn’t expect to be Christians walking around with ash ...

What I Learned by Marrying a Priest
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Changing the world requires the leadership of women. JOY CARROLL and I were married in 1997. A yea ...

Ashes of Hope: My Love of Lent but Not of Murder on a Cross
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I think these ashes of hope are what the soul longs for. Beyond a good love story, a good hope story. To know that all of our troubles will not be squandered, but used for fodder to keep these tales of beauty- ...

Mormons Counter 'Cartoonish' Idea of Planets in the Afterlife
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Countering the notion that Mormons believe they will someday inherit their own planets, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a new statement on “Becoming Like God” that tries to put dista ...

Questions and Answers About Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection, and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ ...

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Ironically, it is when we don't focus on sin and guilt, and instead focus on unconditionally loving and accepting people just as they are, that the stage is set for repentance and remorse to actually take ...

Pope Francis, Marc Chagall, and the Jews
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Novelist Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in the fictional character Asher Lev. Novelist Chaim Potok captured the ...

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Bid for German Home-schooling Family
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a family seeking asylum in the United States because home schooling is not allowed in their native Germany. The Supreme ...

Cynthia Bourgeault -- "Sojourners" Interview
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

February 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Christopher Page ...

Tyler Francke On Ken Ham's Gospel
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

February 10, 2014 Sojo in the News James McGrath ...

Grace At Home: Thoughts On Christian Parenting From The 'Village Priest'
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

February 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Joy Carroll Wallis ...

A Tale Of Two Francises
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Press

February 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Meinrad Scherer-Emunds ...

Lisa Sharon Harper
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Lion And Lamb Festival ...

Wilson's Bookmarks
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News John Wilson ...

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism & The Failure Of Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Press

February 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rod Dreher ...

Theology Quotes: Lisa Sharon Harper
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Susan Rose Francois ...

Heritage Auctions Presents Culture, Community, & Commerce: A View Inside The Dallas Arts District
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 11:35am | Type: Press

February 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Dallas.com ...

Vatican Theologians OK Alleged Miracle Attributed to Pope Paul VI
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Vatican theologians have given their approval to a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, moving him a step closer to sainthood. Vatican theologians have given th ...

What If I'm Not Sure What I Believe?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

The thing is, the way we think about Christianity in the modern context suggests that not knowing what you believe is a problem to be solved. But in my experience, the open-ended mystery and the eager “what’s ...