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On Door Prizes, Pony Rides, and a Gazillion Eggs When the Gospel Ought To Be Enough
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Easter is often referred to as the Super Bowl for Christian churches. As expected, a great amount of time, energy, ideas, and resources are invested into this weekend. And I get it. And I agree with it – in pa ...

Pope Francis Shuns Papal Apartment in Favor of Smaller Guesthouse
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 6:57am | Type: Blog

Shunning the spacious papal apartment used by his predecessors, Pope Francis has chosen to continue living in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been staying since the beginning of the conclave. ...

Just Leave Me Alone!
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

The difference between logical necessities or physical necessities and vital necessities is made clear in that in the latter we have the possibility of refusing ‘to turn away from a disaster’ – we can in fact ...

A Year After Losing Faith, Atheist Pastor Finds a New Calling
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversary that’s uncommon for an ordained minister — her first year as an atheist. This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversar ...

The Real Message of Easter
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. ...

Victims Raise Profile of ‘Spiritual Abuse’
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

Wanjico, of Casa Grande, Ariz., was 17 years old when she chose to go with the congregation and shun her mom. Looking back now, at age 49, she says it was the most devastating thing she’s ever done. ...

The Holy Week Journey
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

I urge you in love to take part in as many of the services of Holy Week as you are able, that your joy at Easter might be complete and that you might, once again, participate in the Lord's active, sacrifi ...

An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

Sermon: Knowing Our Own Minds
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:04am | Type: Blog

This is the trouble about knowing our own minds. It's not the same thing as having a thesis with a well constructed argument. And it's not the same thing as being right. ...

Gordon Cosby: My Mentor
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

In a time when egalitarianism defines nearly all relationships as the desired norm, it’s well to remember the role of mentors who maintain, purely through their own internal integrity and faithfulness, a spiri ...

Pope Francis Calls for Intensified Dialogue with Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Friday called for more intense dialogue between religious leaders, particularly Muslims, as he tries to recalibrate relations between the world’s two largest religious groups. ...

Nonviolent Resistance Through Fantasia: On Peter Rollins' 'Idolatry of God'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

My central problem with Rollins’ work is that he’s not serious enough about the problem of evil, the power of idolatrous capitalism in our world. His system is not robust enough to resist the totalizing power ...

Reclaiming the Commons
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

It appears the European commons is a legacy of historic Christianity, while American individualism is a new creation of this country’s Protestant right, or of capitalism gone wild. ...

Gordon Cosby: Teaching Us How to Live and How to Die
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

For Sojourners, Gordon was a mentor, elder, inspirer, supporter, encourager, challenger, and retreat leader. For me, personally, he was a pastor and my most important spiritual advisor and director. ...

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? Missionary Icon Turns 200
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

When journalist Henry Morton Stanley found the world’s most famous missionary barely alive at the tiny village of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on Nov. 10, 1871, he gave the English language one of it ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

At Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis Calls for Defending Environment, Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis issued a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society’s most vulnerable during his formal installation Mass at the Vatican, while qualifying his papal power as a “service” to ...

After Giving Up Religion, Atheists Try Giving Up Something Else for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

Link, 23, a Boston-based Humanist who is abstaining from alcohol. “It’s giving yourself a set amount ... of atheist Lent came from Vlad Chituc, a 23-year-old atheist blogger, who was inspired by the Swiss-born ...

Walking in the Father's Embrace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

When are we going to stop teaching that the Father has to look on Jesus to love us? Why do we teach that the Father turns away from us, abandons us because of our sin? When are we going to stop teaching that t ...

Saint Patrick, Druids, and the Snakes: The Truth is in the Middle
Originally Posted: 03/17/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Interestingly, the last glacial period (some 10,000-100,000 years ago, depending on whom you ask) beat St. Patrick to the snake banishing. But, Christian tradition has given Patrick all the credit. So, if ther ...

Urban Legends: Rethinking Inner-City Ministry
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Here is the most common myth that Christians mistakenly apply to urban areas: The Inner-City is Morally Bankrupt. I used to lead and organize inner-city mission trips. Churches, y ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 Have you ever wanted to fling the TV remote down ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

From the Archives: April 1985
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann Authority Over Death IN THE EARLY weeks of the Eastertide lectionary, there appears a s ...

An 'Unsettling:' Non-Catholics and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the white smoke got in my eyes, and rather than confusing my sight, it’s made things a little clearer. When I heard about the white smoke on Wednesday, I wrote on my ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Will simplicity and social justice become the witness of the Roman Catholic Church around the world — and will it emanate from the first pope from the Global South, which is clearly the growing future of the c ...

Bergoglio: A Pope of Paradox for a Church in Transition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 8:24pm | Type: Blog

What, in fact, does the election of Francis say about the Catholic Church at this point in its history? VATICAN CITY — A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where th ...

HABEMUS PAPAM: We Have a Pope
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 8:18pm | Type: Blog

White smoke billowed from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, followed by bells ringing from St. Peter's Basilica — signaling the election of a new pope. ...

... And Every Tongue Confess
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

I like to remind my community of believers from time to time why we do what we do. I have long felt the risk of liturgy is that it becomes rote narration, a thoughtless speechifying of sorts. So that this migh ...

Papal Election is Anyone’s to Win … or Lose
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen, a top Vaticanologist, perceived four main camps pushing different types of candidates: a pope who would overhaul the Roman Curia, the pontiff’s dysfunctional civil serv ...

The Cross: An Exposé of Human Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 6:47am | Type: Blog

of the crucifixion] Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.” (Luke 23 ...

Black Smoke: First Day of Conclave Ends Without New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave ended without the election of a new pope. VATICAN CITY — Black smoke from the chim ...

'The Bible Series'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2013 Sojo in the News The Huffington Post ...

Cardinals Begin Conclave to Elect the Next Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The doors of the Sistine Chapel closed behind the cardinals on Tuesday, marking the official start of the conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The 115 cardinal-electors walked in proces ...

Why the Next Pope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Who is selected pope of the Roman Catholic Church matters to all Christians. As the College of Cardinals begins its conclave today in Rome to select the next Pope, I find myself ...

March 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Product

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Vatican Makes Final Preparations for Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

As the Vatican prepares for the opening of the conclave today to elect a new pope, officials announced that the personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI will return to Rome for the first time since Bened ...

Sistine Chapel Plays a Key Role in Electing a New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

As if the task of choosing the Vicar of Christ and the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics wasn’t daunting enough, the voting must also take place under the gaze of Michelangelo’s brilliant but imposin ...

CrossFit: A Secular Church?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

I think CrossFit is like secular church. It offers more than weight loss or fitness. It speaks to our innate desires for community, purpose, and transformation. The first Christma ...

The ‘Tough Guy’ Option: Picking a Pope to Serve as Sheriff
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Is now the time for a pope who could be more of a Ratzinger than a Benedict? VATICAN CITY — Amid all of the prognosticating about who the cardinals could choose as the next pope i ...

Vatican: Conclave To Start on Tuesday
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

The conclave to pick a new pope will begin on Tuesday the Vatican said on Friday, resolving an open question that had dogged the cardinals meeting here over the past week. VATICAN ...

Diverse Religion Because of Diverse Creation By a Diverse Creator?
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Species don’t evolve to become like other species. They evolve into better versions of themselves. I read a lot of Trinitarian theology last semester at Duke Divinity school, most ...

'The Bible' Series: An Invitation to 'Change the World' (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

I watched with great delight as my sons, Luke and Jack, saw the first episode of “The Bible,” a History Channel special series that began this past Sunday and runs the five weeks through Easter. Film and telev ...

On the Inside Looking Out
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

We did a focus group here as part of strategic planning at Trinity Episcopal Church. CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — We did a focus group here as part of strategic planning at Trinity Epis ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

What Are We Guarding Against?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 6:36pm | Type: Blog

It's a marvel that people hate vehemently enough to end their lives and those of complete strangers as a solution to their actual suffering or perceptions of injustice. It's expensive to make this me ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

One Woman’s Journey Out of Faith, Family, and Fear
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

There were at least 5,000 honor killings in 2000, according to a U.N. report. In 2010, a British newspaper estimated the number as high as 20,000. Most honor killings involve the murder of one family member — ...

On God's Side
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Product

Jim Wallis ...