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I Love Technology; I Hate Technology
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Maybe someday I will make peace with the fact that I will not always meet expectations. But for today technology is my angel and I am Jacob. I have been dealing with  some repetit ...

VIDEO: Rethinking Evangelism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In “ Waiting on God ,” from the July 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, Episcopal priest Linda Kaufman shares how she fell in love with Jesus all over again. ...

Southern Baptists Push for More Black Missionaries
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

As the denomination meets in Houston Tuesday and Wednesday, Luter’s trip is bringing home a stark and persistent reality: Few missionaries are black. Fred Luter had a lot of first ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

10 Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people claim to be “following Jesus” and then they do stuff like this. Sure, people who follow Jesus do these things all the time, but you can't say you are doing them because you are trying to fo ...

The Best (and Worst) Types of Christian Media
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to mass communication, Christians do some things well and some things horribly. Here’s a breakdown. When it comes to mass communication, Christians do some things we ...

Finding Grace in Reality TV
Originally Posted: 06/08/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Watch Neale Bayly Rides: Peru, on Speed Channel starting Sunday, June 9, at 9 p.m. ET, and follow the adventure at NealeBaylyRides.com. Look for follow up articles from James as the show progresses. ...

Atheists to Unveil First Monument to Unbelief on Public Land
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

After years of fights over religious monuments on public land, a county courthouse in Northern Florida will soon be the home of the nation’s first monument to atheism on public property. ...

Pope Forgoes Summer Holidays
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Breaking with another centuries-old tradition established by his predecessors, Pope Francis will remain in Rome during the summer and endure the usually stifling heat of the Eternal City. ...

Rabbi’s Message for American Jews: Change or Die
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, ordained in the liberal Reconstructionist tradition, sees a divide between generations of American Jews that could spell disaster for the community. Rabbi Si ...

Soaking in the Word of God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. AS THE SEAONS after Pentecost unfolds, ...

Waiting on God
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda Kaufman A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again. WHEN I FIRST started attending the Chu ...

Stop Telling Me What Is Anti-Christian
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

While I affirm the right of any Christian to boycott a product, show, or the like, and even to explain why in the public square, I’m weary of the heavy-handed tendency of Christians to slap the “anti-Christian ...

From the Archives: July 1994
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

of the literal West is that it will not take its place in the “cleft of the rock” (Exodus 33:21-23) and allow God ...

'God is Good. God is Great. Hope is Eternal:' Lessons in Life and Dying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

In less than 12 months, we re-established a friendship and Mike and his wife, Nancy, taught me amazing lessons about living with the prospect of dying.   My friend Mike died la ...

Audiobook (CD): On God's Side
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Product

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis’ newest book, On God’s Sid ...

Consumer Christianity: How Much Money Does It Cost to Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Christianity can quickly devolve into caste systems, where faith communities are divided by the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor. Instead of unifying ourselves in Christ, we are dividing ourselve ...

Sermon On Why Hope and Vapid Optimism Are Not The Same Thing
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

A hope that does not disappoint looks less like being idealistic about ourselves and more like being idealistic about God’s redeeming work in the world. … suffering produces en ...

Is Religious Freedom At Risk in U.S.?
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The panelists who came to assess the state of religious freedom in the nation accepted the point that their various faiths might not stand together on anything beyond the need to protect religious freedom, and ...

Churches have abandoned social justice
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Press

May 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Gabriel Dolan ...

Oldest Known Torah Scroll Discovered in Italy
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

An Italian university professor on Wednesday said he has found what is believed to be world’s oldest complete Torah scroll. An Italian university professor on Wednesday said he ...

Hashtag Christianity
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

I have multiple online identities, the result of subconsciously trying to be a better version of myself — a better follower of Christ. But these various personalities that I portray among social media sites ar ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

A sign outside our home’s front door says, “This family has been interrupted by the baseball season.” Both of our boys play, I coach, and my wife Joy Carroll is the Little League Baseball Commissioner. ... I g ...

Meet Robert Ingersoll, America’s Most Famous Forgotten Atheist
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Meet Robert Ingersoll, the most famous American atheist you’ve probably never heard of. Meet Robert Ingersoll, the most famous American atheist you’ve probably never heard of. ...

Is a Messiah’s Work Never Done?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

Could it be that ‘the chosen’ are in fact those who have ‘chosen’ to do God’s work in the world? The Jews believe that the Messiah is yet to come. Christians believe the Messia ...

The Death of a Church and the Rise of Something New
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

I feel fairly certain the new that is rising is not about changing our music or adding a few new service projects. What is rising from the rubble of our past churches is a radical transformation calling us bac ...

The Trinity and God’s Nonviolent Atonement
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

What’s essential to know about the early doctrine of the Trinity is that, unlike later developments, it claimed that God has nothing to do with violence. Those of us who believe that God is non-violent need to ...

On Scripture: Faith in New Places
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

A dialogue becomes possible between faith communities in the midst of the world’s brokenness, a dialogue that is rooted not in maintaining established identities but in being attentive to the cry coming from t ...

Evangelical Leaders Stand by Pastor Accused of Abuse Cover-up
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Several leading evangelical pastors and authors have come to the defense of a pastor accused in a lawsuit for covering up sexual abuse of children. Several leading evangelical pas ...

What Matters Most
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Poem 'What Matters Most' by Trevor Scott Barton Kind, tired eyes from too much seeing ... Worn, battered shoes from too much walking ... Stained, tattered shirt fr ...

My Messy Faith
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Truly, the more God's Kingdom comes and the more God's will is done, the messier life gets and the more beautiful this world becomes. The more I study theology and the ...

The Thrill of the Race
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

What I have found at the Speedway (never “Indy”) is similar to the best faith moments I have had: pure experience, no pretense, no whining, a clear focus on what matters, never for sale to high bidders, never ...

Tornadoes, Butterfly People, and Finding the Sacred in Collective Stories
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In the chaotic scenes depicted of Moore, Okla., last week, it was difficult to find God. After witnessing the profound impact of the Joplin, Mo., tornado last year from a nearb ...

Does Pope Francis Endorse Heresy? No, But He Does Raise Questions
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross. ...

Memorial Day: From Suffering to Hope
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Memorial Day reminds us of the men and women who have died for our country, but also the Savior who died on the cross. We recall their deaths with gratitude, because they continue to move us from suffering to ...

Pastor’s Tornado Tweets Stir Up a Theological Debate
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirred up a theological debate that was set off from a series of deleted tweets referencing the Book of Job. Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirre ...

Pope Francis on Celibacy, Feminism, and More in Two New Books
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Two new books offer further insights into the heart and mind of the former Jorge Bergoglio through his own words. In his two months as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Cat ...

Pope Francis: God Redeemed Everyone, ‘Not Just Catholics’
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is warning Catholics not to demonize those who are not members of the church, and he specifically defended atheists, saying that building walls against non-Catholics leads to “killing in the name ...

The Megachurch vs. Minichurch: Do Popularity and Growth Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In a Westernized culture captivated by success and money, we often make judgments based on the size of a church — or organization, ministry, and community. But our preconceived opinions are often wrong. ...

Chelsea Clinton to Promote Interfaith Work at NYU
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Chelsea Clinton is wearing a new professional hat, one that will take her into a religious direction. WASHINGTON — Chelsea Clinton is wearing a new professional hat ...

The Dangers of Christian 'Marriage Worship'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

What we end up with, often times, is a vacuous silence when it comes to the real, difficult issues of sexual identity, impulse, and expression. Add to that the Christian emphasis on marriage, and the result in ...

God, a Tornado, and John Piper’s 'Satanic Theology'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

While most of my friends on Facebook and Twitter lamented the devastation wrought by the Oklahoma City tornado, John Piper decided to show off his biblical acumen with this insensitive tweet. ...

Survey Shows Catholic Priests Don’t Like Mass Changes
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

A poll, conducted by researchers at St. John’s University School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., showed that almost 60 percent of priests surveyed did not like the new Roman Missal, as the liturgi ...

Godless Funerals Thrive in ‘Post-Catholic’ Ireland
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Many newly minted civil celebrants are starting their own businesses as part of Ireland’s “post-Catholic” economy. DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior des ...

The Revolution is Upon Us
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Now comes a new millennium, and Christianity wears so many different faces that it’s difficult to speak of a single “Christian movement.” Religious historians say that every 500 ...

Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

emotion and faith. We cannot understand Psalm 8 unless we read with it the  23rd  and the  137th , ...

Is Grief a Mental Illness? New Diagnostic Changes Say 'Maybe'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At issue are questions as fundamental as how long we grieve, what clinical label we assign to sadness, and when grief transforms into mental illness. The modification also rekindles long-standing debates about ...

Humanists Find Ways to Say ‘I Do’ Without God
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

The Center for Inquiry has 23 celebrants. Because of the demand she’s seeing for marriage and funeral ...

The Christian Inferiority Complex
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians have a confidence problem. They love Christ but are ashamed of everything associated with him. They want to be known as a Christian — just not that type of Christian. ...

Canadians Turning Away from Organized Religion
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

TORONTO — A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Results from the 2011 National Househo ...