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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 ...

First Thoughts: Living With Abundant Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Theologian extraordinnaire Tripp Hudgins put together this edition of First Thoughts on living with abundance, butting up against living with anxiety. Edi ...

Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Tawahedo, and 'Being Made One'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:36pm | Type: Blog

LAKE TANA, Ethiopia — We finally returned to the boats, where the rest of our group was waiting patiently, and on our journey back to Bahir Dar, I began thinking about pilgrimage and how, perhaps, what you bel ...

Searching for the Real Martin Luther
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for debate on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and so sparked a religious reform even he could not control. ...

New Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Stirs Mixed Emotions
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Some viewpoints reflect the diverse, seemingly contradictory reactions to the young Mohawk woman who converted to Catholicism more than 300 years ago and will be declared a saint on Sunday. ...

A Sermon on Hacking Off Our Own Limbs for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Were I one for object lessons I’d have brought a nice sharp axe with me into the pulpit today. Because it’s only once in awhile that we get to hear Jesus talk about brutal self-mutilation as a sign of disciple ...

Meet the Nones: Pouring Out Love
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Whether there is a God or not, pouring as much love into the world as I can will leave the place better than I found it. And if there is a God who resembles what ancient humans set down in the Bible, so much t ...

Learning to Take It Slow
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

I was hearing the wisdom of experience: been there, didn't take the time, thought I was healed, wasn't. When I alerted my readers that I would be taking time off from ...

Because He Loved Us: A Call to Action
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

In a world that seems completely and irrevocably divorced from the teachings of Christ, where in contemporary society is there a place for the Christian voice? In a world that see ...

Meet the Nones: PBS Takes a Closer Look (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the ...

Breakaway Group Offers More Progressive Form of Catholicism
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

While the sacraments and many fundamental beliefs remain identical to those of Roman Catholicism, the ANCC presents a more progressive version of Catholicism: divorced members can take Communion, women and gay ...

Louis C.K. on Our Neighbor’s Bowl and What 'Fair' Is
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

If Jesus is, in fact, the example to which we look, let’s consider for a moment the point at which he is near death on the cross, abandoned by all who claimed to love him, taunted and tortured by figures of au ...

The Nones: Saving Perfection
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

We domesticate Jesus so easily when he's actually calling us to is something rather wild and unpredictable. Jesus is calling us to leave all of our security behind. Jesus is asking us to live with him and ...

On Religious Deserts and the Canaanite Woman
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

Personally I tend to come from the perspective that we all have opportunities to enrich one another’s perspective, and when I have the opportunity to be in an environment where the majority of people around me ...

Meet the Nones: Humbly Christian
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

Brandon Hook tells his story of why he's part of the 20 percent of Americans who identify with "no religion in particular." Editor's Note: Brandon Hook ...

Ministers and Musicians: Allies or Rivals?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Eileen Guenther, the national president of the American Guild of Organists, reveals behind-the-scenes church struggles in her new book, Rivals or a Team?: Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Cent ...

Jazz Fusion — Like It Or Not
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

There are many tensions in life that push and pull us in unpredictable directions. We may not like the melody of jazz fusion, but it’s a big part of life’s musical score. One of t ...

How Should Churches Address the 'Nones?'
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

There’s a new study out this week that shows that one-in-five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim. For those of us in the world of organized ...

50 Years Ago, Vatican II Changed the Catholic Church — And the World
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:33pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago was the first day of the Second Vatican Council, more popularly known as Vatican II, which was designed to assess the church’s role in a rapidly changing world. F ...

Meet the Nones: Words Are Unnecessary
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Perhaps most of all, I am tired of trying to find words to capture this faith experience, that is, ultimately, unexplainable. This ineffable, constant connection to this God who even if I were to run away from ...

The Story Behind the Dalai Lama’s Chair
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

For the Dalai Lama, it’s all about the oversized chair. SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Lots of rock stars expect cushy perks at the venues where they perform. Requests can include special foo ...

Meet the Nones: A General Profile of the Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

three-quarters of them voted for Barack Obama and 23 percent for John McCain, making them as strongly Democratic ... concentrated in the West and least concentrated in the South. While 23 percent of Americans live in the West, ...

Pope Benedict XVI Convenes Bishops to Confront ‘Tsunami’ of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council revolutionized life inside the Roman Catholic Church, hundreds of bishops from around the world are gathered in Rome to confront an external threat: a mounting tide ...

Mormons Lower Age for Missionaries: 19 for Women, 18 for Men
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

on missions as well. Mike Salazar, 23, called the change “inspired.” Salazar, who was originally from ...

Canada Cuts All Non-Christian Prison Chaplains
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. TORONTO — The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Chr ...

What Do We Believe: Affirmations of Faith and Invitations for Expression
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The following is my attempt to draft a Christian contextual creed. A “creed” is an authoritative expression of belief, and within many religious communities, such statements gene ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Birthday Edition
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

So yeah, it’s my birthday, and that really doesn’t have anything to do with church signs. But hey, I gotta call it something, right??? So yeah, it’s my birthday, and that really ...

50 Years After Vatican II, Should Pope John XXIII Be a Saint?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council that revolutionized the Catholic Church, will the jolly man known as the "Good Pope" be declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Ch ...

Unitarian Universalists See Chance for Growth in Growth of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Unitarian Universalists grew nationally by 15.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For Natha ...

A World Without Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

23:1-7; Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 THE LITURGICAL YEAR reaches its climax ...

The Pastor's Message
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Author Eugene Peterson has a lot to say about being and doing. And about facing life in our forties and beyond. ...