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Hack the Church
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

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And God Said, 'Let There Be Darkness'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Theologically, we’re taught to hate, or at least fear, the darkness. We are children of light, God called light into being, and it was from this light that all things were formed. So what use do we have for da ...

VIDEOS: God's Greatness
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Musician Nicole C. Mullen and theologian Ellen F. Davis articulate the goodness of God in their own unique ways. ...

COMMENTARY: Free Market Compensation or a Rigged System?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

In a marketplace unfettered by ethical restraint, a sense of duty, concern for others, or even basic shame, 25 hedge fund managers gave themselves a 50 percent pay boost in 2013. ...

A Hymn-Prayer on Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

17:11-19; 7:1-10; Mark 7:24-30; Luke 7:20-35; 23:39-43 Tune: Welsh folk melody Text: Copyright © 2014 ...

Religion Newswriters Announce 2014 Contest Finalists
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Religion News Service ...

Q&A: Marilynne Robinson on Guns, Gay Marriage, and Calvinism
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson draws a wide fan base that spans lovers of serious literature, including many conservative Christians. Pulitzer-Prize winning aut ...

To the Dying Church: Sharing our Wounds
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Let’s try this difficult thing together: expose and share our wounds, and in doing so, find the beginning of healing and life. To the dying church, Sometimes you have to get w ...

Heaven Is a Home
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

If God has prepared a home for us, ought we not prepare a home for our neighbor? When I was a child, my vision of heaven was riddled with roller coasters and populated by Disney c ...

God Sets the World Right
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

[ JUNE 29 ] Difficult Words Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 ...

Cherish Each Moment — Even the Sucky Ones
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

on the morning of June 23, 2014. Per her wishes, memorial donations in her name may be made to any ...

The Many Ways to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The example mothers in Scripture do not lead caricatured lives of middle-class homemakers living a life of Pinterest or of super-career woman balancing family and economic kingdom building. Instead they are en ...

From the Archives: June 1979
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

of the poor (Proverbs 22:23), giving food to the hungry (Psalm 146:7), giving the desolate a home to dwell ...

To a Dying Church: Continue to Tell the Sacred Story
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

I remember warmly how you shared with me from an ancient letter that faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love. Dear friend, The diagnoses ar ...

To a Dying Church: Either Die or Live Like You Mean It
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

What if, freed from the concerns of playing it safe for posterity, you stomped on the gas pedal and decided to blow the doors off? What might that look like? Dear Church, I rec ...

A Crash Course In Q
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News John Murdock ...

To the Dying Church From a Millennial
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

While the studies indicate that organized communities of faith are in decline, the amount of men and women who are seeking and finding a radical faith in Jesus is increasing. Dear ...

To the Dying Church: Maybe Death Is a Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 7:10pm | Type: Blog

The reality is your reason for being, your very purpose, is to teach us about a living God. How marvelously playful and mischievous of God (and quite frankly, how very God-like of God) to figure out how to do ...

Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Atheist TV: Coming Soon to a Television Near You
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local ath ...

Answer to a Begging Woman's Prayer
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Prayer is a two-way conversation. It’s participatory. If we don’t listen for an answer, then we’re not really praying. Often, we hear an answer that requires some action on our part. ...

Evangelicals and Catholics Together Marks 20 Years
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

When evangelicals and Catholics set aside centuries of mutual suspicion 20 years ago, the idea was fairly simple: Even if we can’t always work together, at least let’s not work against each other. ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

The Struggles of Christian Parenting
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

This is probably the hardest thing about Christian parenting: wanting our kids to actually live like Christ. Every mother and father know the struggles, frustrations, unrealistic ...

Careful With the Bible Drills
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

Knowing the names of all of the books does give you a general familiarity with our sacred text. These reasons, however, are functional, not crucial to one’s faith or salvation. Co ...

For Innovation to Have a Prayer, It Needs to Start with Brokenness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

“Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. “Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. It’s like “community,” a warm and fuzzy term w ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What A Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Vatican's Doctrine Chief Blasts U.S. Nuns for Disobedience
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Catholic nuns in the U.S. have been thumbing their nose at Rome’s demands to toe the doctrinal line and they need to obey or face serious consequences, the Vatican’s enforcer of orthodoxy said in a surprisingl ...

Remembering The Life Of Glen Stassen
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...

Monday Q&A: Modesto Peace/Life Center On A Mission Since 1970
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 4, 2014 Sojo in the News John Holland ...

Do We Seek Experiences Instead of God?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Like Elijah, we have a tendency to put God in a box assuming any experience has to fall within certain parameters. Reading the Bible from the comfort of my couch, I find myself po ...

What Type of God Do You Believe In?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

It's easy to manipulate God to fit our own agendas, to use religion to rationalize our actions, to wield spirituality as a weapon, and manipulate theology to rationalize our sins. ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What a Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

What is the best meaning of the word “evangelical?" Perhaps this: a deep belief in Jesus, a consistent commitment to follow Jesus, and a real love for Jesus — one who applies Jesus’ life and teachings to ...

Botched Oklahoma Execution Reveals Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

are in control. At 6:23 p.m. yesterday, the state of Oklahoma initiated its effort ... populations over the past 30 years. 2.3 million people are in America’s prisons today. Some 55 million have ...

Are You One of Us?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:45am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up a lot. We’ve taken many steps in recognizing that everyone is an equally beloved child of God and must be treated that way. Yet, there are reminders all around us that we’ve got a long way to go ...

Pope Francis: Giving the Work Back to the People at a Rate They Can Stand
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, more than 800,000 spectators crowded the St. Peter’s Square area while 500,000 more watched on giant screens around Rome as Pope Francis canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. ...

Go Ahead and Die Already
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The passage in Luke 24:13-35 speaks to the life after death — good can come from bad. Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We ap ...

Are Married Priests Next on Pope Francis' Reform Agenda?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis likes to say that he prefers to raise questions rather than issue edicts or change doctrine, and he has certainly generated plenty of debate with his off-the-cuff remarks about gays and his cold-c ...

A Republican, a Democrat, and a Buddhist Walk into a Room …
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of dialogue is the core value of respect for others. Respect for others — people of different faiths, races, political affiliations, whatever — is one of the 10 core American values I documented i ...

What Do Our Beliefs Say About Us?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

of Jesus were identified as people of “the Way” (Acts 9:1-2; 18:25-26; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22). Before ...

A Different Kind of Spring Training
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. Proclaiming that the tomb is ...

Bible Survey: Many Americans Scramble Their Scripture
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such f ...

Selling the Peeps and Emptying the Tombs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There’s always Someone working passionately to get us out of our tombs, no matter how big the stone. The seasonal items aisle in the grocery store is a work in progress. Stuffed b ...

Does Being Pope Give You an Inside Track to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

jump-started the canonization of John Paul, who he worked with for more than 23 years. In the end, the trend ...

That Pesky Word 'Evangelical'
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News David Gushee ...

John Paul II and John XXIII: A Rush to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Across Rome, hotels are full, streets are clean, and the cash registers in the souvenir stalls are singing as the faithful pour in to the Eternal City for the dual canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope J ...

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently ...

If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” As the Pew Research Center recently ...

The Risen Christ: A Call To Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...