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The 'Racing Rev': 750-Horsepowered Faith
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Until his recent retirement, the Rev. Dale Schaefer spent most Sunday mornings wearing vestments and leading worship services at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. But whenever he had the time ...

Romero's Glasses
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a poem written by Trevor Scott Barton following reading The Violence of Love by Archbiship Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1980. ...

Catholic Priests Pushed to Become Better Preachers
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

with a preaching scenario that would challenge any 23-year-old priest-to-be. His homily was for a marriage between ...

A Season of Urgent Patience
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

During the upcoming season of Advent we ask God to provide us with a full portion of urgent patience. On the morning of Nov. 7, just hours after polling places closed and as vote ...

What, Exactly, Is a 'Fatheist'?
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

As the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard University, Chris Stedman coordinates its “Values in Action” program. In his recent book, “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious,” he te ...

Sabbath, Dammit. SABBATH!
Originally Posted: 11/24/2012 - 6:52pm | Type: Blog

Is "sabbath" a verb? Can one "sabbath?" "I'm sabbathing right now"...or..."Mike is not available right now. He's out sabbathing somewhere and cannot be reached for ...

This Thanksgiving, Sojourners is Thankful for You
Originally Posted: 11/22/2012 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

Sojourners received 23 awards in a wide range of areas, from interviews and spiritual reflections ...

Maryknoll Priest Expelled Over Support for Women’s Ordination
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

A long-running struggle between Catholic authorities and the Rev. Roy Bourgeois over his support for ordaining women has ended with Bourgeois’ dismissal from the priesthood and his religious order, the Marykno ...

Kenyan Church Leaders Say Laws Would Weaken Marriage
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 11:10pm | Type: Blog

Kenyan church leaders are lining up in opposition to proposed new marriage bills, which they say will weaken marriage by allowing cohabiting couples to register as married. One bill would bring Christian, Hindu, Muslim, civil, and customary marriages ...

Episcopal Leader Says S.C. Diocese Can’t Secede
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said on Nov. 15 that the Diocese of South Carolina can't unilaterally secede from the national church, as she urged conservatives to stay despite sharp ...

Ancient Wisdom for 21st Century Problems
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

In an attempt to make sense of the 2012 election and the unfolding David Petraeus sex scandal, I consulted the Bible and the Sayings of the Fathers, a collection of sage rabbinic teachings written between 200 ...

St. Dorothy Day? Controversial, Yes, but Bishops Push for Canonization
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Catholic bishops gathered here for their annual meeting couldn’t agree on a statement on the economy on Tuesday morning, but with a unanimous voice vote that afternoon they easily backed a measure to push ...

Why Powerful Men Get In Trouble (And Why We Care)
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

How could they not recognize the risk they bring on themselves, their careers and their families in being so apparently careless, or even reckless, with their communication? First ...

Awakenings
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

I like the image 'landscape of being' as I see my neighbors around me. I like the action 'continually jumping about' and 'moving imaginatively' as I live with my neighbors, apprec ...

What Does Communion Mean Without Atonement?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

common Protestant text for the Table,  it generally comes from I Corinthians, 11:23-26, which says: ...

Seeking Clarity
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

When life seems fragile, it's clear some things matter more than others. It reminds us that attention must be paid to family, friends, and the differences we make in our work and our faith. ...

Smell. Sip. Sacrament.
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

In coffee ceremonies back in Africa, the beans were ground by hand with a mortar and pestal. They’d be uneven. Chunky. When steeped, the coffee needed to be sieved over and over to make the final product perfe ...

Art in Life
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

In a world where the law of evolution is in effect, where there is survival of the fittest, where only the strong survive, there is an art in life where the smallest and most forgotten paint a picture of strug ...

Is God a Cosmic Jerk?: God, Satan, and the Problem of Evil
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Some claim that God causes evil. In which case, my question becomes relevant – Is God a Cosmic Jerk? Is God a Cosmic Jerk? That’s how I ask the question, but professional theo ...

Conjectural Navel Gazing (Jesus in Lint Form): A Poem
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I will not think that you don ...

It’s Not All Going to Be Okay, and That’s Okay
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

If we try to mold faith into something more certain than simply faith, it becomes something else. A crutch, perhaps, or a drug. So how or when does this happen? I get asked somet ...

New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Inherits a Divided Anglican Communion
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:52am | Type: Blog

CANTERBURY, England -- Bishop Justin Welby, a former oil executive who's emerged as a critic of corporate excess, was named Friday (Nov. 9) as the 105th archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the Church of ...

Bishop of Durham, the Right Rev. Justin Welby, Named New Archbishop of Canterbury
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The Right Rev. Justin Welby, bishop of Durham in the U.K., has been named the new Archbishop of Canterbury, succeeding the retiring Archbishop Rowan Williams as head of the Anglican Communion. ...

Emergent Christian Cliches to Avoid
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

I offer you a list of things emergent Christians can and should strike from our daily lexicon. Following the creation of my first five articles in this ongoing series about Christ ...

Neighborliness is the New Sexy — 7 Ways to Achieve It
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

There we were talking with Diana Butler Bass in an online chat and the words flowed forth: Neighborliness is the new sexy. It was ridiculous, but then I started mulling the idea over and this is what happened. ...

DIY Sacramental Tedium
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

We have far less imagination about, and sympathy for, the one who whisks the car away and then sits for long hours in his heated glass cube, watching Nigerian satellite television. And I am hardly exempt from ...

Election Day Communion
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Christians gather to celebrate unity in the midst of differences. Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. As we’ve seen these past months, in a closely divided country, elections bring ...

How Creationism Deconstructs Itself and Why Darwin’s Fish Might Be a Bully
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

“People who insist that the sacredness of Scripture depends on belief in creation in a literal six days seem never to insist on a literal reading of ‘to him who asks, give,’ or ‘sell what you have and give the ...

The Objective Gospel For Suffering Christians
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Since there was nothing within myself that could fix me, where could I look? Where could I turn? Where can any of us look? “The prevailing view in much of contemporary Christia ...

Slow Down and Know That I Am God
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

mission in the world is God’s reconciliation of all creation (see, for example, Colossians 1:15-23 ...

Rethinking Success
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

smaller; quieter, quieter.” When Sojourners started in 1971, I was 23 years old. Seven young seminary ...

Meet the Nones: Spiritual But Not Religious
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has wrapped up its three-part new mini-series on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated. Editor's Note:  Sojourners has launched  ...

On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, Foot Traffic Remains a Threat
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance masterpiece, the Vatican said the growing number of tourists who visit the historic site every year might eventually lead t ...

Reformation Day, God's Word, and Personal Faith
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps the change I am most thankful for (other than a new awareness of justification by faith alone, simul iustus et peccator, and imputed righteousness of course) is that the Reformation paved the way for ...

Calvin and God’s Gift of … Racism?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

Calvinism ... seems to be more of a “Daddy loves me best” argument than any legitimate basis for a religious movement. I’ve had a number of interesting discussions with various pe ...

First Thoughts: Did God Cause Sandy?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, thoughts on natural disasters, the divine, and 'why bad things happen to good people.' In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, though ...

Mormon Missionary Applications Soar: Up By 471 Percent
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland predicted that lowering the age limits for young Mormon missionaries would trigger a “dramatic” uptick in their numbers. Turns out, "dramatic" was ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me: Part, The Third
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Reentry is often a pain in my ass. It's true. I get a chance to get away from it all, to spend some time with friends and begin to unwind and it's glorious. But then there's the return trip ho ...

Five New Christian Clichés to Avoid
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

I was pretty amazed by the popularity of the first lists of Christian clichés I created (linked at the bottom of this article). I think it was because so many Christians saw themselves somewhere in the list an ...

A Tree-of-Life Politics of Abundance
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

When people talk about the fall of humanity in the Jewish Genesis story, we never talk much about the Tree of Life. When people talk about the fall of humanity in the Jewish Ge ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 2)
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

#5. Delivery complications: Amy was a real trooper when Mattias was born, but nothing about it was easy. Actually he and I had eerily similar experiences making our way into the world. We both were exactly the ...

Walk On The Ocean: Rob Bell, Day 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

Toad the Wet Sprocket was playing in my head. "Walk on the ocean..." but this wasn't some 1990's melancholia. Instead it was an invitation. I didn't want to swim, though I love it. I d ...

A Dissident None On The Rising Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

The truth is for most of my life I was a “none." I’ve only been a professing Christian for a very short time and I was not raised in any particular religious tradition at all. ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

“What’s your greatest fear about having another baby?” I don’t think Amy was just goading me when she asked me this back in the early stages of impending double fatherhood, but she knows we’re both pretty goo ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me (#FTW)
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the invitation to participate in what the Holy is up to? It's a spiritual posture...a social, relational, political, ecclesial posture. It's a way to share in everything and to pu ...

Tripp Hudgins' Busted Stuff: Abundant Life
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

What do you have to say about "living abundantly"? How do you deal with anxiety when you think about the future of churches? What do you have to say about "living ...

Two Reasons I'm Not A 'None'
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

It’s not surprising that a third of my peers say they are religiously unaffiliated. Our religious lives are too complex these days to fit in neat boxes with one-word labels. I may be a “Christian,” but does t ...

Meet the Nones: From Pastor to Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

The truth is I am one of growing number of people who choose not to affiliate with any organized religion. I am a “none,” and my journey to “none” started a long before I left for seminary. ...

Adventists Call Female Ordinations 'Serious Mistake'
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tuesday said recent decisions by two regional bodies to allow ordained female pastors were "serious mistakes," and women who are ordained won't be ...

Ladies: Need A Pick-Me-Up?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Take a few minutes to remember that our differences — whether it be crooked smiles, frizzy hair, or 6-foot-frame — to others look like character, enviable natural curls, or modelesque stature. You're beau ...