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Mother Teresa As a Psalm
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of the psalms are pure jubilation, but just as many — the “psalms of complaint” — sound like … well, like the private Mother Teresa. On Sept. 5, 1997, the world mourned when ...

Healing the Gospel: Did Jesus Die to Save Us From God?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

When did the good news become bad news? Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? Ho ...

Rebels FOR a Cause
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Friends, it’s time to wake up and get off the couch. It’s time to perform a “chuck fest” on our souls. “In order to serve our world," Bono once said, "we must betray it. ...

How a Mormon Scholar Went From Doubter to Believer
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

As an 11-year-old boy, Don Bradley went looking for gold plates. After all, Mormon founder Joseph Smith said he was directed to a set of such plates, buried in a hill near his house in upstate New York. ...

Sometimes Love is a Battlefield (Even with Jesus)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, to see our true faith, it has to be challenged, smacked in the face. Sometimes in pursuit of our real and true selves, which is the only soil where real and true faith can flourish, we have to face ...

Catholic Bishop Says Church’s Credibility on Sexual Abuse Is ‘Shredded’
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Catholic bishops' point man on sexual abuse has said that the hierarchy's credibility on fixing the problem is "shredded" and that the situation is comparable to the Reformation, w ...

Bromosapien: Evolution of the Postmodern Male (part 1)
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Thinking back to the action hero movies of my childhood, guys like Sylvester Stallone and Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger were the pictures of masculinity. Now they’ve been replaced by Tobey Maguire’s bookish Spiderman ...

Wild Goose West: Wild Spirit, Wonderful New Friends
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Hello fellow Sojourners!This is a brief missive for your enjoyment. I just returned from the Wild Goose Festival in Corvallis, Ore. Yes, Oregon and not North Carolina. You see, in a fit of wisdom, the good peo ...

Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling business empire and presided ove ...

From the Archives: Fall 1971
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

John F. Alexander Dear Jesus... Apparently you have never really understood the white man’s religion. If you ...

The Vocation of Presence
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Sometimes I fly through my schedule so fast that I zoom past the craft. A FEW YEARS back, Sojour ...

Mission: Transformed
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Garcia The Street Psalms community pursues theology from below—and that changes everything about how "missionary" work ...

Behold, The Dreamer Cometh
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Korla Masters Rev. Doug Mork Duane Shank Peggy Flanagan ...

The Lamb and the Beast
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Ron Browning Revelations abound when refugees study the Bible's last book. WHEN A GROUP of refugees from ...

Romancing the Word (September 2012)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 The letter of James seems to lie at an opposite pole ... forget what they were like” (1:23-24). There is a process of reflection that is essential ... September 9 ] ‘Conquerors of Heaven’s Will’ Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 146; ...

When the Bible Reads You (October 2012)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

October 14 ] Needle’s Eye Still Trouble for Camels Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews ... of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words … They were greatly astounded” (Mark 10:23 ... ] Eternal Intercessor Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52 ...

Is Work a Punishment From God?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

On the first Monday of September, America honors working stiffs by taking a paid day off. But does Labor Day celebrate an enterprise that God intended to be a punishment? On the f ...

Rev. Benedict Groeschel Apologizes for Sex Abuse Comments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, whose comments defending priests who sexually abuse children sparked a firestorm of controversy, on Thursday evening apologized for the remarks. NEW Y ...

It’s Official: Coke and Pepsi Are OK for Mormons
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

On Aug. 29, the LDS church posted a statement on its website saying that “the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine” and that the faith’s health-code reference to “hot drinks” “does not go beyond (tea a ...

Church No More: Part 6 — Back to Church Again
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The saying “you can't go home again,” probably originated from Tom Wolfe's novel, You Can't Go Home Again. It's the story of an author who leaves his home, writes about it from a distance a ...

Are Muslims Allowed to Dance? Depends Who You Ask
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

The Taliban in Afghanistan shocked the world this week when they beheaded 17 people, allegedly for the crime of dancing at a mixed-gender gathering. Which prompts the question: Does Islam forbid dancing? ...

New Orleans Synagogue Reopens 7 Years After Katrina
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina toppled a nearby floodwall and drowned their synagogue, and after a seven-year journey praying in hotel meeting rooms, then in rooms borrowed and rented from another congreg ...

Closed Communion and Hindrances to Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

This division at our Eucharists inflicts pain upon those of tender conscience and deep love for Christ and his bride. They are broken upon the rocks of our divisions, and it is a scandal. ...

Incoming San Francisco Archbishop Arrested for DUI, Apologizes
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 8:23am | Type: Blog

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., a leading conservative in the Catholic hierarchy who is set to become the next archbishop of San Francisco, was arrested over the weekend for drunken driving and ...

Survey: Economy Continues Negative Effect on Churches
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

in giving. While 23 percent of churches reported lower giving in 2010 than the previous year, just 15 percent ...

'This Teaching is HARD. Who Can Accept It?': A Sermon on Eucharist
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Every three years, the assigned readings during the summer include five weeks of working our way through the Gopel of John, chapter 6, and what is called the "Bread of Life Discourse." And let’s just ...

Catholic Bishop: Unions and Government Will Sign Agreement After 44 Killed in Mine Violence
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Unions and Gov't Will Sign Agreement After 44 Killed in Mine Violence in South Africa Bishop Kevin Dowling, the Catholic bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa, is co-president w ...

Where Do I Fit In?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I am stuck between two worlds — the evangelical world where I am too liberal (by virtue of my vocation and career) and the mainline Christian world where I often feel disappointed by the lack of passion. I don ...

Heaven's Heart
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

So this "soul" that we speak of — this part of our selves that isn't grounded in physical being but is spiritual (whatever that means) that we expect or hope will live on after our mortal coils ...

Amish beard-cutting Trial Attracts International Attention
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The law of God will collide with the law of man this week in a crowded federal courtroom in Cleveland, where 16 Amish defendants — 10 men with full beards, six women in white bonnets — will stand trial on char ...

Life, Death, and Connectedness in the Company of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I recognize that with each passing day we are deeply connected within the company of strangers, for they depend upon us, and we deeply depend upon them. This is, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the “single ga ...

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

I babysat often through high school and remember a mom asking the dreaded question. I answered that I wanted to be a lawyer. She asked if I had ever thought about teaching. My response? I laughed and told her ...

Mars Hill Bible Church Names Rob Bell’s Successor
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

In an email sent on Wednesday to members of the Grandville, Mich., church, leaders announced Kent Dobson had accepted the lead position. GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Mars Hill Bible Church ...

Don't F— With Me!
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Physical violence is what happens when the violent force of words is not enough. I knew it was getting serious when he pulled out a golf club and said, “Don’t f--- with me!” Did I ...

Music for Small and Tall
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Bryan Moyer is Mennonite, and his musical career was launched when he and some friends and colleagues in the Mennonite church began thinking about how the church can sing about God’s kingdom in ways that are a ...

More Than 12,000 Christians "Starving" in the Village of Rableh: Humanitarian Law is Invoked
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Mussalaha, the popular faith-led peace movement in Syria, smuggles humanitarian aid to blockaded Rableh. Agencia Fides, the Vatican news outlet for Catholic missioners, is the onl ...

Report: Number of Multisite Churches on the Increase
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

The number of congregations that host worship services at more than one physical location has grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, according to a new report. The number of ...

Federal Court Says Accused Abusive Priest Didn’t Work for the Vatican
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the Vatican from a lawsuit filed by a former Portland teenager who says he was sexually abused by a pedophile priest who was transferred from Ireland to Chicago and then Por ...

Is Skinny Dipping in the Sea of Galilee Sacrilegious?
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

More than 20 lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides, including one nude congressman, took a booze-fueled late-night swim in Israel’s Sea of Galilee last summer, Politico reported on Monday. Which leaves at least one ...

Does Megachurch ‘High’ Explain Their Success?
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes in brain chemistry – a spiritual “high” that keeps congregants coming back for mo ...

Mormon Women Seeking Middle Ground to Greater Equality
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Some Mormon women are not pushing for ordination, but they crave a more engaged and visible role for women in the Mormon church. SALT LAKE CITY — For some Mormon feminists, there ...

Group House Gives Women a Place to Discern Their Calling as Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In what is being described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Archdiocese of New Orleans has transformed a vacant church rectory into a group house where single women will live together while deciding w ...

The Wheel
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A sestina by Jennifer C. Grant. I stepped down from the train, Saw you there, old man, bent Next to the Tudor station, smiling And waving to me over the steering wheel ...

Nuns Group: We Are Not Leaving the Church
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

A leader of the group of Catholic nuns who are facing a crackdown from the Vatican said on Thursday that her members have no plans or desire to leave the church, or reconstitute their group beyond Vatican cont ...

Russian Band’s Punk Protest Prayer: Prophecy or Blasphemy?
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

The all-female Russian punk band was arrested following an uninvited “punk prayer” of protest against Russian president Vladimir Putin and his iron-fisted grip on the forthcoming election. ...

Ramadan Karim: Revelation
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: SojoMail

or Pergamum, or Thyatira, or Sardis, or Philadelphia, or Laodicea (Revelation 2-3). Imagine living in Ephesus ...

Socio-Religious Prognostication?
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

What if we simply sat in our present moment and, instead of throwing the people of the past under the bus of False Christendom or poo-pooing the Spiritualist Trends of the imagined future, we simply sought God ...

Amish Fringe Group Wants the Word ‘Cult’ be Banned From Hate-Crime Trial
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

CLEVELAND— Members of a fringe Amish group charged with committing hate crimes against fellow Amish have requested that certain words, including "cult," "splinter" and "rogue," be ...

The Power of Living Through God’s Love
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I have recently been reflecting on how I, and other fellow Christians, discover what our role is to engage in positive change and take action. What I discovered in my humble reflection was surprising simple. ...

March for Life leader Nellie Gray Dead at 88
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Nellie Gray, the longtime leader of the annual March for Life, which protests the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, has died at age 88. WASHINGTON — Nellie Gray, ...