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The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

Bringing the Church Together for Justice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After having spoken at the Greenbelt Festival in England a number of times now, we at the Center for Action and Contemplation always hoped and planned that we create a similar festival for spiritualit ...

A Sermon on My Alcohol Addiction, the Tyranny of the Will, and Romans 7
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Timothy 5:23). At no place in the Bible is alcohol (or any other drug) explicitly forbidden. ... beverages were known to be habit-forming (Proverbs 23:35), resulting in violence (Proverbs 4:17) ... and stings like an adder." (Proverbs 23:29-32) John the Baptist never touched alcohol. Jesus himself ...

Shane Claiborne on Rupert Murdoch, Zondervan, and Empire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

the world's largest publisher of Bibles . For 23 years, the News Corp family has included the leading ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

Joyless Christians and The Lord of the Rings
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 ... to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

words in Matthew 18:23-35 above apply not just to forgiving others, but to mercy and compassion towards ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

Dissenters, Monastics, and Doubters: My Kind of Faith at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/01/dissenters-monastics-and-doubters-my-kind-of-faith-at-the-wild-goose-festival/" target="_self"></a>Fed up and worn out from th ...

Rediscovering Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson Love, justice, and the radical challenge raised by the untamed Christ. When I was ...

God's Care Package is Bursting
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 4:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 65:1-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The God of comfort ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

of worshipers the Father seeks. - John 4:23 Many churches today have a Many churches today have a form ... seeks. - John 4:23 Many churches today have a Many churches today have a form of godliness, yet ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

Graduates: Boast Gladly in Your Weaknesses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' note: </strong><em>This blog post is taken from a commencement address Nadia Bolz-Weber delivered for the graduates of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley ...

Wanted: An Uncool Church of Distractions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms.</p> Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms. Helms, a 12-year-old who suffers ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

and 23 year old daughter that love me and tell me so often. I get texts, cards and greetings of love ... and 23 year old daughter that love me and tell me so often. I get texts, cards and greetings of love ...

Thank God That I am a Man and Not a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's likely that some of you will take offense at the title of this post. But if you read through the post, it'll certainly make more sense in the larger context. It ...

What Would Jonathan Edwards Say About Twitter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As I play with my young son, walk to the grocery store, or wait for a subway, I feel the presence of emails I haven't answered, Facebook invites I haven't responded to, tweets I haven't sent. ...

Is Revivalist Spirituality Still Relevant Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I made my first trip to the <a href="http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/" target="_blank">Greenbelt Festival</a> in the UK last summer. I made my first tr ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

The Logic of Online Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:49pm | Type: Blog

When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. When trying to make sense of the changes that ...

Deiglis Delgado
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Bio: Volunteer with Latinos United for Clean Air (LUCA) in Fresno, California 1. How does ...

Mustard Seed Power
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 2:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Even the weakest faith can give us the strength to move mountains -- or climb them. In the go ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

Bringing in the Sheaves
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jesse Zink In the world's newest country, South Sudan, seminaries have taken on an unusual subject. God ...

For the Healing of the Nation
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alan Storey Mark's gospel tells us that healing, like suffering, should unite us. A Bible study for the health-care debate. ...

Why I Love Fire, Pentecost, and the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Blog

for a total of 49 days. (Leviticus 23:15) The fiftieth day ushers in Shavuot, hence the name ... their journey, the Hebrews "receive[d] the Torah. Thus, Leviticus 23:21 commands: 'And you shall ... (Leviticus 23:15) The fiftieth day ushers in Shavuot, hence the name Pentecost, which is Greek ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100609-sungchoi.jpg"></a>Have you heard the story of Sung-Bong Choi? I absolutely love these kinds of stories. And it's not that I just ...

Pentecost: The Coming of the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Wild Goose Festival - June 23 - 26, 2011 - Shakori Hills Farm, NC from Wild Goose on Vimeo . ... instead? Since SHAVUOT comes from Lev. Since SHAVUOT comes from Lev. 23, there does not appear ... instead? Since SHAVUOT comes from Lev. Since SHAVUOT comes from Lev. 23, there does not appear ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been a Christian all of my life. My parents taught me that God loves everyone equally and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I've been a Ch ...

Can Mindfulness Be Tweeted?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

I attended a basketball game this winter at the University of Maryland, accompanied by an intern at my workplace, a man in his twenties. I attended a basketball game this winter ...

Why Do Christians Think It's Blasphemous to Doubt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Not too long ago, a family member told me in hushed sad tones that he was praying for me. I wasn't ill. I wasn't going through a tough time. No. Not too long ago, a fami ...

Should We Seek Our Dreams or God's Will?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When young people graduate, they're often told to follow their dreams. Change the world. After all, the sky's the limit. When young people graduate, they're often t ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

His Name is Potlako
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

His name is Potlako. Potlako means "earlier than expected," I suppose he was named Potlako because he was either a premature baby or he followed soon -- too soon -- after his elder brother. ...

What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

followers will cause others to come into relationship with him (verses 21 to 23). The unity he describes ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Who is the woman at the well? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonatha ...