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Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews Say No.
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Commemorating Queen Esther's efforts to save the Jews of Persia from extermination, Purim calls on Jews to rejoice in costume and to give goodies to neighbors and friends. But it's not Halloween. ...

The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 8:07pm | Type: Blog

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. ...

Lost in Translation: Eugene Peterson and His 'Message'
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Eugene Peterson has written more than 30 books on theology and the life of faith in his 80 years, but he is perhaps best known for the one book he didn’t write: The Bible. Eugene ...

N.J. Leaders Seek to Ease Anger Over NYPD Probe of Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Amid concern over the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims beyond New York City, New Jersey and federal law enforcement officials plan to hold a summit Saturday (March 3) to assure Muslim ...

Catholic Voter Guide Differs From Two Catholic Candidates
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

In unusually strong, populist tones, the guide's authors decry efforts to cut government programs for the poor and middle class while protecting tax rates for the "super-rich." They "denoun ...

Faith at the Tipping Point
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 10:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Elizabeth Palmberg An interview with theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz on solidarity, public life, and the blessin ...

Against the Night
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Belle Fox-Martin We are the lay of the land— / pocked, hilled, knowing every ember / and seed imprinted on our bones. ...

Sharia Hysteria
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Muslim cops and football coaches (oh my!) -- the next step in the right wing's efforts to keep Americans in fear ...

The Foolishness and Weakness of God
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

in Washington, D.C. [ March 4 ] No One There, Only Jesus Genesis 17:1-7; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans ...

Christopher Hitchens, Diana Butler Bass and the Third Great Awakening
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

We are not a church or a denomination after all; we are the Greater Body of Christ, or so we claim. And while institutions incline themselves toward permanence, the Body is ever-changing. While the buildings c ...

Don't Blame College for Young People Leaving the Church
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The “war on religion” has become a frequent bogeyman among Christian and political leaders. But the reason church leaders have failed to stem the tide of a generation heading for the exit door is that they kee ...

Eugene Peterson: The Pastor on Preaching, Women Clergy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Peterson, who is a Presbyterian minister (now retired from the pastorate after 30 years), grew up in Montana in the Pentecostal Christian tradition. His mother, in fact, was a preacher who later founded and pa ...

Church of England Goes High-Tech to Combat Copper Thieves
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 8:10am | Type: Blog

LONDON — The Church of England is spearheading a campaign to install high-tech movement sensors on scores of churches in a bid to stop a rash of lead and copper thieves who have targeted the roofs of religious ...

Splinter Churches Realign Mainline Protestantism
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

The question now is whether these breakaway groups signal a seismic shift in American Protestantism, or just a few fissures in the theological terrain. There's a popular sayi ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

22: Tell someone what you are grateful for (Sunday) Day 23: Introduce yourself to a neighbor ...

Renown Atheist Richard Dawkins Isn't Entirely Sure God Doesn't Exist
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

LONDON — A controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the world's "most famous atheist" now says he is not 100 percent sure that God doesn't exist — but just barely. In a 1 ...

Repairs, Fundraising at Quake-damaged National Cathedral Are Slow Going
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

the quake hit on Aug. 23, Callahan was in the shop, and thought he was having some sort of inner ear problem ...

Re-Branding Religion: A Fool's Errand?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

As Madison Avenue advertising executives could attest, as tempting as it is to try to solve a missionary slump with a marketing campaign, religious groups — like commercial businesses — should think twice befo ...

Southern Baptist Will Not Vote on Name Change
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:25am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists gather for their annual meeting this June, they will not be asked to create a new official name after top leaders decided it was not worth pursuing. When So ...

‘BUBBA’ and Other New Names Rejected by Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

As the Southern Baptist Convention recently weighed changing its name, denominational leaders were bombarded with suggestions. Hundreds of them. As the Southern Baptist Convention ...

Lutherans Find Common with Catholics on Obama Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Lutherans and Catholics are not historically known for their theological sympathy, but earlier this month the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the U.S. House that he will "stand with o ...

For Atheists of Color, ‘Coming Out’ Can Be Painful
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

They are calling on atheists of all colors to make the fourth Sunday in February -- Black History Month -- a "Day of Solidarity with Black Nonbelievers." As a child, Ali ...

How to Forget Paris
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

A friend of mine — one who’s wiser and kinder and more thoughtful than I — knows the difficult, painful unweaving I’m talking about. She, too, was carroted down the rabbit trail of a hope-filled future shared ...

Why Ash Wednesday Belongs Out of the Church and Out on the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

We are going into public with our ashes because Jesus died in public. He didn’t die in the Upper Room surrounded only by his disciples. DURHAM, N.C. -- There is something decide ...

On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians Take it to the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

This year, at least 49 Episcopal parishes across 12 states will offer ashes to passersby at train stations, bus stops and college campuses on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) as Danieley's "Ashes to Go" ...

Fat Tuesday and Skinny Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In a world filled with clutter, noise, and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we think and live.In a world of instant gratification, it’s a chance to practice delayed gratification. ...

Conversation on Prayer with President Obama
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

As we shook hands and shared this brief conversation, I was reminded that despite President Obama being arguably “the most powerful man in the world” – beneath it all was simply another broken and fallen man w ...

Jeremy Lin and Jesus: A Round Up
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

Jeremy Lin has been all the hype this week, but in case you’re still not familiar with him, or are still navigating the waters, we’ve rounded up some of the best coverage of Lin and his faith from the past wee ...

God's Glory — It's Epic
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

The approach of Transfiguration Sunday reminds me how, all through my evangelical upbringing, all those Bible passages about God's glory, and especially the parts where God demands glory, made me a bit un ...

Southern Baptists Mull Whether 'Southern' Still Fits
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church Fairhope, Ala., has struggled with whether the Southern Baptist Convention should change its name to reflect greater geographic diversity. ...

A New Hymn for Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

This coming Wednesday, Febr. 22, is Ash Wednesday. The following new hymn is based on the Revised Common Lectionary’s assigned reading of Isaiah 58:1-12 with its social justice themes. ...

Poorer, Poorer. Slower, Slower. Smaller, Smaller.
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: SojoMail

When Sojourners started in 1970, I was 23 years old. Seven young seminary students pooled $100 each ...

Company Touts 'Medical Tourism" in Israel for Sick Pilgrims
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures. Now, an Israel-based tourism company is offering a package t ...

Why Do Mormons Baptize the Dead?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for a Mormon who baptized the late parents of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. But despite calls this week from Holocaust survivor and Nobel la ...

Poorer, Poorer. Slower, Slower. Smaller, Smaller.
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

When Sojourners started in 1970, I was 23 years old. Seven young seminary students pooled $100 each ...

The Lin-carnation of Tim Tebow?
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

They're both young, successful professional athletes who are outspoken about their Christian faith. But are the comparisons between Tebow and Lin really valid? Tim Tebow ref ...

Something in the Blood
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of grace in the middle of the worst humanity has to offer. And it’s in those moments that I tend to recognize God in our midst. ...

Just Say It: Be God's Love, Grace and Mercy Today
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

"You and I have the power to change someone’s day. And so I am going to challenge you, on this Valentine’s Day, to not only tell family members you love them, but also others whom you care for." ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: The Beloved of God
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 9:26pm | Type: Blog

"I have found great beauty in religion and religion has shown me great beauty in myself and in the world," Tripp says, as he reflects on the 11 years since he's had a drink. "I'm still ...

Sermon on Jesus’ Dream Team: Rank Fishermen, Demoniacs and Sick Old Ladies
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

That famous yet fictional saint of the church, Homer Simpson once said Well, I may not know much about God, but I have to say we built a pretty nice cage for Him. As soon as ...

Don’t Read This Part of the Bible If You’re Under 30 (or a Woman)
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

whose genitals were as enormous as donkeys' (ch 23). God is full of rage in this book, ...

Jesus is Not a Fan of Sectarianism
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

As soon as I think that my friends and I have a corner on Jesus, Jesus reminds me that He’s bigger than any organization, doctrine, or philosophical system that I can wrap my brain around. ...

Today in God: Feb. 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Nuns vs. strippers. Oprah and Hasidim. A Christian TMZ.com? Muslim tweeter is in trouble. Female backlash against the GOP. Catholic television network EWTN files a lawsuit against the contraception mandate. Sa ...

Til Death (or Dementia or Illness) Us Do Part?
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

When the person you married goes through a dramatic change, what's a spouse to do? As Valentine's Day approaches, clergy, ethicists and brain injury experts agree: There are no easy answers. ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: SojoMail

February 9, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "You don’t have to b ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

“There is no distance in the Spirit.” After 30 years as a believer, I experienced the truth of that statement — powerfully and indelibly — in an unlikely place: online. “There ...

Examining John Piper's "Masculine Christianity"
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Piper, recently keynoted a conference called “God, Manhood and Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ.” On first blush, this sound both exciting and very necessary. Men are leaving organized religion in ...

Why We Fast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

In February of 2009, when I tried a month-long Ramadan fast for the book Flunking Sainthood, I felt like a failure for most of the month. In February of 2009, when I tried a month ...

UK Watchdog Group Bans Christian Ads, Says Divine Healing=False Advertising
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Britain's powerful media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming on its website and brochures that God's cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments.The Ad ...

Military Chaplains Heed Call to Serve God and Country
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

"God, I think, had better plans for me," Balbale said, looking back. And so it is for a number of military chaplains who, by twists of fate or perhaps divine Providence, found their calling to become ...