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What If I'm Not Sure What I Believe?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

The thing is, the way we think about Christianity in the modern context suggests that not knowing what you believe is a problem to be solved. But in my experience, the open-ended mystery and the eager “what’s ...

When Leaders Let You Down
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

If we don’t learn how to deal with being let down, we’ll end up getting increasingly cynical and jaded and disconnected, and we’ll burn out and check out and get out, and nothing will ever change except that w ...

Pope Francis Overhauls Vatican Finances, Names Australian Cardinal as Comptroller
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday launched a sweeping reform of the Vatican’s scandal-plagued financial system by naming one of his closest advisers on reform, Australian Cardinal George Pell, to head a powerful new depa ...

Pope Francis Charges Cardinals to Oppose 'Any Discrimination'
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis created his first batch of new cardinals on Saturday and used the ceremony to launch a new appeal for peace amid the violence racking so many countries. Pope Francis ...

Pope Francis Uses Smartphone Video to Urge Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

In an unusually informal video made on a smartphone held by a Pentecostal pastor, Pope Francis called on all Christians to set aside their differences, explaining his “longing” for Christian unity. ...

7 Things Churches No Longer Do (But Should)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Next time you’re at church, look at the prayer request lists are accessible to the congregation — 99 percent of them will be physical ailments. Then look at what’s missing: nobody will share about marital prob ...

Radical Ruptures and Rhetorical Questions
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

In all my followings, I rarely encountered a Christian leader who dared to enact Augustine's famous words and turn the Truth loose, trusting that it will defend itself. ...

Pope Francis Calls for Flexibility, Patience as He Opens Talks on Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach th ...

After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured In Time For Tour
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra ...

For Your Calendar: 125th Annual Convention Of The Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News PR Inside ...

Cardinals Gather in Rome as Debates on Church Reform Heat Up
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday as a highly anticipated effort to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy slogged through the devi ...

The Trouble with Being Salt and Light
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

There was a time when calling someone “salt of the earth” was a compliment. It suggested a strong work ethic, moral integrity, and someone whose priorities were in proper order. Today, it seems like more of an ...

Perception Is Reality
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 7:36am | Type: Blog

The problem that is really facing the church is others’ opinions of it. Many people do not have an issue with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their opinion is formed and shaped by the experiences they ...

COMMENTARY: Jamie Coots' Snake Theology Was Not that Crazy
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

The death of Jamie Coots could be read as just another bit of evidence that the universe doesn’t much care what you believe. Physics, biology, geology — all perk along with or without our assent. ...

Science Group, Evangelicals Push New Collaboration
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical Protestants are 23 percent of the general population but 17 percent of scientists. Catholics ...

VIDEO: "Pastrix" Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., talks to CNN. N ...

Jamie Coots, Co-star of 'Snake Salvation,' Dies of a Snakebite
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the Snake Salvation reality television show, died Saturday after snakebite during a church service. He was 42. The R ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Terry LeBlanc In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous t ...

AUDIO: Carol Roth’s Work with Native Mennonites
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Carol Roth offers support, resources, and ministry to Native Mennonites and their conferences. ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...

God's Word vs. the American Bible
Originally Posted: 02/16/2014 - 6:45pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we’ve been taught to follow the commands written in the Bible, but it’s easy to pick and choose which verses we want to follow, and we tailor ‘holiness’ according to our particular comforts and ...

Why I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Yes, Valentine’s Day is about love, but the kind of selfless, dangerous sacrificial love it recognizes is trivialized by lacy cards and chocolates. I’ve done the Valentine’s Day t ...

Should Christians Pray in Public?
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

So is it possible that praying in restaurants might not be the “Dare to Be a Daniel” moment we envisioned? In fact, might it be a sign of (gulp!) a hypocrite? Should we really feel guilty for praying in restau ...

Let Your Life Be Changed
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Applications for next year's program are due March 1st, and if you or anyone you know is on the bubble in regard to applying, here are a few thoughts from this year's interns as to why you should app ...

On Anniversary of Resignation, Benedict XVI Has No Regrets
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

After a tumultuous year that saw the first papal resignation in nearly six centuries, the election of Pope Francis, and a dramatic reshaping of the church’s style and tone, the man who set those wheels in moti ...

United Methodists Postpone Thomas Ogletree's Church Trial
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding has been delayed indefinitely. The t ...

The Power of None
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

What does surprise me is our failure to see that affiliation with a traditional, God-centered religion is no longer the primary way that many Americans express their deeply rooted need for faith. ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

provision rather than human production. [ March 23 ] Risky Business Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans ... Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 LONG AFTER SAUL had proven the deficiency of a human ...

Why Does Anyone Go To Church?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What I think we need is a rhetoric about how it's entirely fine that people don't go to church. We don't need to obsessively share why we think it's so magical or why it sucks. ...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Beyond commonplace decisions are those personal, communal, and national selections that will have an impact on our lives years from now. “I knew from the beginning that as a wom ...

Whose Transformation?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:53pm | Type: Press

January 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Gail Irwin ...

COMMENTARY: My Parents Arranged my Marriage, and I'm Cool with That
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Our marriage is based on our personal beliefs in God and our shared morals and values. Editor’s note: Judilee King, 22, and Glenn Haider, 23, both grew up in the Unification Church, which is perhaps best known for its arranged ...

Survey Finds British Children and Adults Are Biblically Illiterate
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Three out of 10 British children have next to no understanding of the Bible and their parents aren’t that knowledgeable, either. Three out of 10 British children have next to no u ...

Salvation: All Is Grace
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

We elevate one belief or practice over another, then divide ourselves as Christ followers by the priority we set when, in fact, all of these are taught as saving by Christ, who alone is our salvation. ...

Does Jesus Heal Drug Addicts?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

I almost gave up on my drug-addict mother. But then I discovered that God never gives up. I almost gave up on my drug-addict mother. But then I discovered that God never gives up. ...

When Facebook Is the New Daily Moral Reference
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

When we turn to social media in moments of boredom or temporary emptiness, we lose our center. When the meaning and satisfaction in our lives comes from likes, comments, and retweets, God is no longer at the c ...

Grace at Home: Thoughts on Christian Parenting from the ‘Village Priest’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

We think that living in a family is the most serious commitment to community that anyone will ever make. Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Joy Carroll Wal ...

'Ham on Nye' Debate Doesn't Reflect Reality
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I’m embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. Whenever I hea ...

Meaningless Church Jargon
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

As someone who is constantly being told to “watch her language,” I offer the same. The church has some beautiful things to offer. Let’s all speak of God and faith and community in clear and simple language. ...

Did Pope Francis Really Say That? Probably Not
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

The tide of fake pope stories has risen so fast in recent months that the Pontifical Council for Culture issued a stern warning on its Facebook page. Did you hear that Pope Franci ...

Five Questions for Carol Roth
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Bio: Staff leader, Native Mennonite MinistriesWebsite: www.mennoniteusa.org/about/structure/related/ ...

Mormon Missionaries Find Work, Meaning in Community Service
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

In Northern California, the image of Mormon missionaries in dark suits and white shirts, knocking on doors at inconvenient times, is being replaced by the sight of these name-tag-wearing twosomes in blue jeans ...

A Shift in Priorities?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Pope Francis wants deputies, not darlings. IN MINDANAO, Philippines, a cheer went up: May ...

'Nones' and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out? THIS IS NOT a column full of hand-wr ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

Indigenous Peoples Prayer Calendar
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that refle ...

Denver Mennonites Take First Step Toward Gay Ordination
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday, a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. On Sunday, a Denver congregation ...

COMMENTARY: Blasphemy Charges Pervert Islam's Teachings
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Sentenced for professing his atheism, Alexander Aan was recently released after 18 months in an Indonesian prison. Sentenced for professing his atheism, Alexander Aan was recently ...

On Scripture: A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58: 1-9a)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Questions keep bothering us, tugging at us. The life of faith is far more dynamic than a list of creedal statements. This has been a hard winter — from Minnesota to Alabama. It’s ...

From the Archives: March 1986
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth McAlister Exodus and Community AN ASTONISHING aspect of the miracle that was the Exodus is the reco ...