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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, ...

Evangelist Billy Graham in Hospital with Bronchitis
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, was admitted to a North Carolina hospital after he developed a fever on Saturday and is now being treated for bronchitis, said his longtime spokesman, A. Larry Ross. ...

We Are One: Service Resumes at Oak Creek Gurudwara
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

We are here because of the American dream. America is the place of great opportunity, a place to earn an honest living, and a place where one can practice ones’ faith freely. But maybe this shooting is the cos ...

Sermon on Eternal Life and Living Like Liberace With Your Mom and Her Friends Forever
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

I was taught that being a Christian was all about where you will spend eternity after you die – kind of like purchasing a life-insurance plan for the hereafter. Jesus said to t ...

Want to Know God? Get Religion.
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

God is bigger than the craft that is religion. God is not what we do. Nor is God some Collective Self. God is more than we can contain in even our most imaginative moments. God is more than the people who have ...

In Defense of the Om
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

In yoga, you gain a whole new appreciation for the body God gave you — the body you spend so much of your life scrutinizing, trying to cover up, or downright hating. I grew up th ...

The Final Chapter in a Promising Young Life
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years after his death (almost to the day), driving down New York Avenue, I remembered my friend Geoffrey. I was driving when it occurred to me that it has been 20 years si ...

For Sikhs, the Soul Lives on Long After the Body Dies
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Funeral services will be held today for the six Sikhs killed at a Wisconsin temple last Sunday. The bodies of the deceased will later be cremated — but their souls will live on, Sikh tradition teaches. ...

Do the American Nuns Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

Catholic sisters gathered in St. Louis for their annual assembly on Thursday intensified discussions aimed at thwarting a Vatican takeover of their group, but hanging over the meeting was an even larger existe ...

Sikhs and Sacred Ground
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: SojoMail

August 9, 2012   GUEST COMMENTARY by Eboo Patel Sikhs an ...

Nuns Gather to Plot Response to Vatican Crackdown
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

The options under consideration by the 900 nuns — several hundred more than have attended recent gatherings — range from asking the Vatican to continue the dialogue to shuttering the LCWR and reorganizing the ...

Flash Mob Ministry: A New Model for Instant Church
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Show up somewhere, notice the needs, address them and invite others in to hear a good word, then go out and change the world. Blaine is the kind of young man who seems to have bee ...

Narrative Theology: 'You Might As Well Love'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

Last Sunday, the Catholic singer/songwriter/poet/theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama (who hails from County Cork, Ireland), took to Revolution NYC's "barstool pulpit," to share stories, poems, and wisdom ...

Street Artist Bringing Madonna Back
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

ROME — Even in the heartland of global Catholicism, a life-size Madonna on a street wall is an uncommon sight — especially if you leave the cobblestone alleyways of the historic center for the drab concrete of ...

Separation Anxiety: God is Dead! Long Live God!
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Standing in the pulpit of Riverside Church, a congregation build by Rockefeller money, Henry Emerson Fosdick calls out all of Protestant Christianity. In our desire to meet the criticisms of atheists, in our d ...

Amish Report Staggering Growth in Midwest
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

The Amish are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in North America, according to a new census by researchers at Ohio State University. MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — The Amish are on ...

The Never-Ending Story
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

To seek the welfare of the places where God sends us is no small task. Jesus would give his whole life to this task. Such a vocation demands all of who we are. The evening was wa ...

'Abstinence-Only' Exposed
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

The real message of abstinence-only is, "Don't do it, but if you do do it, (since you're sinning) don't compound the sin by planning to sin." "Ch ...

Rabbis Aim to Inject More Morality into Business
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

More than 22,300 people have taken “Money Matters,” which was first offered in January, and lawyers can get continuing legal education credit for it in 22 states. Banks make loans ...

Ode on a Summer Road Trip
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

"Car Trouble in Indiana" — a poem by God's Politics contributor Jennifer Grant about a road trip many summers ago with her husband and brother-in-law. Car Trouble ...

Bread and Circus
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Juvenal believed far too many citizens were far too willing to cooperate in their own exploitation. What I find incredibly intriguing — and disconcerting — about Juvenal’s observations is that, numerous genera ...

Tips for Achieving an 'Almost Amish' Lifestyle
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Author Nancy Sleeth offers tips for acheiving each of her principles for "almost Amish" living. Editor's Note: This post is a follow-up to yesterday's ...

Ramadan Karim: Living Like Angels
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Ramadan has stripped me bare, so that when my inner ego would usually rise up and demand recognition —something else is beginning to happen. Ramadan is no joke.  I do a 30-day ...

Snoop Drops the 'Dogg,' Becomes Snoop Lion
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

Unlike dogs, lions hold a place of pride in Rasta theology, explained Edmonds, author of a forthcoming history of the religious movement. Back in in 1993, Snoop Dogg scored a huge ...

Are the Culture Wars Real? A Case for Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

A growing number of people just don’t seem to believe that the Christian Church, in all its many forms, has much to offer them. Growing up, I heard things at camp and in youth gr ...

Ten Ways to Live 'Almost Amish'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

These principles (similar to the list that Wendell Berry laid out more than two decades ago in Home Economics) provide guidelines for a simpler, slower, more sustainable life. They offer me hope. ...

The Religious Roots of the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

When the Summer Olympics opened in London, there was a version of a religious ritual in the Olympic oath, procession of athletes and lighting of the flame. This was no accident because the modern Olympics have ...

A New Kind of Sexuality: Finding a Theological Framework
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

Whether wrestling with one the of non-heterosexual identities or the exigencies of birth control, the hidden costs of pornography, or the viability of chastity, 21st-century Christians have been confronted wit ...

Leave No Change Behind
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Brad R. Braxton Preaching for social transformation requires an abundance of courage, moral credibility, and the virtue of precision. ...

Bread From Heaven
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

and retreat leader. [ August 5 ] Growing Up in Every Way 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13; Psalm 78:23 ...

Science, Faith, and An Ongoing Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Harry Emerson Fosdick was famous for lots of things, particularly the sermon "Shall The Fundamentalists Win?" which he preached on May 21, 1922. It was a call to arms of sorts within the church, enco ...

The Lower Lights — "A Hymn Revival Vol. II"
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening… again. Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening … again. Back in 2 ...