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Is the Future of Church in Fantasy Faith Leagues?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

A growing majority of people outside the church doors don’t really care about the denominational logo over the entryway, the name inscribed on the stone sign by the street or the long, rich history of all the ...

Remember the Dangerous Animals
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

Blessing of the animals does too little to recognize the complex power of animals in God’s creation, or even in the life of St. Francis. This week, thousands of churches will host ...

No Man (or Nation) is an Island
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

NEW YORK — Manhattan was a traffic nightmare as the United Nations General Assembly was in session and security precautions ramped up. Iran's president gave his usual insulting address. Israel's prim ...

Who Are Our Galileos?
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

What if the world doesn't act the way people think it acts? Who thinks differently? Who are our Galileos? During this past year, Jupiter and Venus reached their peak brightne ...

Orphans Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

We were wealthy and Southern and had everything that went along with both: a close-knit community, punctilious social obligations, and money to stay afloat. In the world in which I grew up, everyone surely kne ...

Descendants Want Justice for Connecticut Witches
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Connecticut was executing suspected witches some 40 years before the infamous (and better known) trials in Salem, Mass. Scores of others were put on trial until witchcraft was no longer listed as a capital cri ...

Words of Wisdom from The Donald: "Get Even"
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

It seems like the Bible is the one piece of real estate Donald Trump is unfamiliar with. Or maybe he’s just never read any of that “Jesus” stuff in the New Testament. It seems lik ...

From the Archives: November 1981
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Lou Kownacki The Art of Waiting IN THE PAST two years, I’ve done two smart things: I went fishing last s ...

Spirited Debate
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The premise of the interview was a discussion of my book, Banned Questions About the Bible, but you’ll soon realize as you listen that we got into all sorts of other interesting topics, such as salvation, inte ...

My Morning Prayer
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

Faithful God, help us find you in those who seem to be the smallest and most forgotten ones around us, for you said you would be here with us in them. Help us have faith. Dear God ...

Pope to Society of St. Pius X: You Must Accept Second Vatican Council
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly told the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that they must accept the Second Vatican Council, a move that might seal the fate of years of negotiations to bring the gro ...

Vatican Lifts Suspension of Priest who Altered Prayers at Mass
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican. An Illinois priest who was fo ...

Giving, Receiving, and the Ethics of Music
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

What if music were ethics? What if music were ethics? You know, the art of listening and producing sounds as ethics?  I'm just thinking on the old blog here. I'm p ...

QUIRK: Why Metaphysics Matters
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

According to John Cobb, a theologian who played a crucial role in the development of process theology, metaphysics asks, "what is it in and of itself that constitutes what is truly real and actual"? ...

Raising Sons and Raising Men
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

There was something in my brother that was unstoppable — like my son, who climbs cars and fidgets restlessly and sometimes speaks out of his own impudence. This past Saturday, on ...

New “Hellbound?” Movie Explores, Challenges Christian Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 8:09am | Type: Blog

The movie breaks off from the oft-quoted pro-hell camp and considers the social and historical backdrop for hell, as well as extensive screen time for the doubters and skeptics about the reality of such a plac ...

Crosses, Stars, and New Symbols of a Movement
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The red letter “A” that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s heroine was forced to wear as a badge of shame in the classic novel The Scarlet Letter is now proudly chosen by atheists to wear on jewelry made from ceramic, silv ...

Sermon on Snot-Nosed Children, Insecurity, and The Lap of God
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

and tuck them into bed. Children are really a mess. NBW sermon 9-23-2012  <——click here ...

Muslim Parents Wrestle with Passing on Islamic Values
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

a formula that’s worked for generations. Farhat Husain was 23 when she left Pakistan in 1964 for England, ...

Finding Your Vocation: Lessons From Jim Forest
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

There is something more important than a career that we call a "vocation." A vocation may also include getting a paycheck and going to a workplace, but there is much more. ...

Missouri Remains Land of Religious Promise for Mormons
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

On the one hand, Missouri symbolizes how far Mormons have come. At least 66,000 Mormons now live in the state, more than triple the number of just three decades ago. Most recently, the LDS church has built a t ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

Five Important Questions About That 'Jesus Wife' Discovery
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

The discovery that some ancient Christians thought Jesus had a wife could shake up centuries-old Christian traditions, Karen King, a well-respected historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, s ...

Max Lucado Answers Twitter Followers’ Questions
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Prolific author Max Lucado talked to Religion News Service about grace, the topic of his 29th book, and answered a range of questions from people who follow RNS on Twitter. Lucado, 57, is the minister of preac ...

Did Jesus Have a Wife? New Historical Discovery Raises Old Question
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

A newly revealed piece of papyrus offers fresh evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married, according to a Harvard Divinity School professor. Dan Brown, ...

Sermon for Ordination: You Don't Have What It Takes — But You Have a God Who Does
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I experience the gospel to be true even when I can’t believe it. And honestly sometimes I believe the gospel even when I don’t experience it. And I suggest to you today that this is why we have and even why w ...

Can Dog Owners Still Be Good Muslims?
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Muslims' alleged canine-phobia is often cited by critics of Islam as an example of how the faith is incompatible with Western values. Some Muslims have perpetuated that narrative, such as when a Somali ca ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

Is the Dalai Lama Calling for the End of Religion?
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing when philosophers, atheists, or even religious folks on the fringes of a system call for serious reevaluation, but when the Dalai Lama says it, that’s enough to give me pause and wonder if this ...

Two young adults offer a new take on 'new monasticism'
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 5:39pm | Type: Press

September 10, 2012 Sojo in the News Jamie L Manson ...

Music and Domestic Tranquility
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

When I became an elementary school teacher, one of my goals was to teach my students to sing the Preamble. "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union ..." ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we ...

How the Lord’s Prayer Saved a 9/11 Survivor
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

“There are thousands of stories from 9/11. Some are stories of pain and survival. Many are stories of heroism. Mine is a story of faith.” For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colo ...

Where Is God in 9/11?
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

While watching the replayed video of the plane colliding with the first tower, the second tower attack came. And then there were the reports of similar attacks at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. At that mome ...

Concerts and Controversial Opera Bring Faiths Together in St. Louis
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Terrorism stories are rarely happy stories, and yet the path Timothy O'Leary has taken — from bringing the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" to St. Louis last year to a Sept. 11 mem ...

Sometimes It Hurts; A Sermon on Healing
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

You just can’t look at the cross and think “Wow, good thing Jesus did that for the people we’ve identified as being the problem around here.” The healing love of God poured out through the death and resurrecti ...

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 ...