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Remember Death -- It Can Help You Live
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>Watching the unfolding tragedy in Japan of course has me reflecting on the past fourteen months in Haiti since the earthquake there. Watching the unfolding tragedy in ...

The Scandal and Beauty of Grace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus came to us full of grace and truth (<a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=167387230" target="_blank">John 1</a>). Jesus came to us full of gra ...

We Must Pray and Act for Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Once again, we are seeing human and environmental tragedy. In Japan, a natural disaster has destroyed all human attempts for control. Once again, we are seeing human and environme ...

One World: Of Earthquakes and Interdependence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Americans were complaining about all the snow this winter, arguing about the <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/147615-senate-republicans-introduces-bill-to-defund-npr-pbs" t ...

Who Goes to Hell is Not the Most Important Question
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

person. But, (a) is denied by Matthew 7:21-23. Matthew 25, it's true, depicts people from all ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Seeing Signs of Sickness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner-rediscovering-values.jpg"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...

A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty. Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury ...

Lent: Giving Up Coffee, or My Life?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

of God is eternal. (I Peter 2:23-25) To love this world is to alienate oneself from God's love, ... for medicinal use. (Proverbs 31:6-7; I Timothy 5:23). At no place in the Bible is alcohol (or any other drug, ... (Proverbs 20:1) Intoxicating beverages were known to be habit-forming (Proverbs 23:35), resulting ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

Meet the Martinezes: One Family's Reach For the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the [Lord], is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."</em> (James 1:27)& ...

An Apology to My Muslim Friends
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On the weekend of Oct. 6, 2001 -- less than one month after 9/11 -- my husband preached a sermon called "Religion Gone Awry." That was not the message he had originally scheduled for that weekend. ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: What is Idolatry?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

back (Exodus 33:23). In Isaiah 66:1, God says, "Heaven is My throne, and the earth is my ... dismisses demigod worship as "less intelligent" (Gita 7.23), even though He also classifies ...

My Lent: Ashes, Addiction, and the Reality of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent is late this year, thanks to an unusual alignment of the earth and heavens -- the vernal equinox, the paschal full moon -- and to the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/easter/" target="_ ...

God Uses Insignificant Persons to Change the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-February-2011/15741163_ShwH4#1198959247_g3Xko" target="_blank"></a>We have seen the collapse of Mub ...

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:58pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/Common_Prayer_A_Liturgy_for_Ordinary_Radicals_p/bk_cp.htm Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals is a collection of prayers and worship resources ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

toward Jerusalem. 23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto ... of God, and you yourselves thrust out. Matthew 7:13-23 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide ... name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from ...

Is Theology The Most Important Thing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Over the course of this past weekend and my recent post about <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/what-the-hell/" target="_blank">hell, universalism, exclusivism,</a ...

Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:02pm | Type: Blog

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008. In contemplating next weekend's National ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Luke 18:18-23 ), and finally, his famous late night conversation with Nicodemus the Pharisee ( John ...

Worship's Joys and Dangers
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley Enuma Okoro Author Enuma Okoro talks about life and liturgy. ...

Extended Interview with Enuma Okoro
Originally Posted: 03/07/2011 - 7:42am | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Betsy Shirley Enuma Okoro grew up in four countries, including Nigeria and ...

Luke 5:1 Disciples
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Ross This time they are the ones cauth, though they try to close their eyes. Here are working men wit ...

Trusting God's Inexplicable Goodness
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Reflect;ion on the Revisd Common Lectionary, Cycle A: Transfiguration, False Desire to LIfe, Can We Start Again, and Hi ...

Matthew Kelty and the Beauty of a Good Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95. His is an example of a good life and a good death. Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95 ...

The Economics of Anxiety
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011? ...

Contend for the Gospel, But Please Don't Be a Jerk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

9:19-23 "I am not anyone's slave. But I have become a slave to everyone, so that I can win ... 9:19-23 "I am not anyone's slave. But I have become a slave to everyone, so that I can win ...

How Do We Take Lent Beyond Chocolate and Caffeine?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacular of our everyday.</p> Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacula ...

Loving Your Enemies (Even When You Don't Want To)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of like to fill in sound effects that I think the crowd listening to Jesus might have responded with. Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of ...

Christians for Justice and Peace (Sticker)
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:23pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Print - Mary Magdalene
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:09pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ICNP_MM Icons by Br. Robert Lentz, ofm. Influenced by his Russian Orthodox background and a period of study with a master icono ...

Icon Print - Navaho Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:10pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Print - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:10pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Print - Oscar Romero
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:10pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Print - St. Francis of Assisi
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:11pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ICNP_SFA Icons by Br. Robert Lentz, ofm. Influenced by his Russian Orthodox background and a period of study with a master icon ...

Icon Print - Thomas Merton
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:11pm | Type: Resource

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Christians and the Apocalypse(Discussion Guide)
Originally Posted: 02/15/2011 - 10:53am | Type: Resource

Christians and the Apocalypse(Discussion Guide) Perfect for small groups or individual study! Designed to spark discussion and thought about how to live out God's call for ...

Icon Postcard - Black Elk
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:03pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ICNC_BE Icons by Br. Robert Lentz, ofm. Influenced by his Russian Orthodox background and a period of study with a master icono ...

Icon Postcard - Navaho Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:07pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ICNC_NM Icons by Br. Robert Lentz, ofm. Influenced by his Russian Orthodox background and a period of study with a master icono ...

Icon Postcard - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Notecard - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:02pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Print - Cesar Chavez
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Print - Dorothy Day
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:09pm | Type: Resource

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Icon Print - Martin Luther King Jr.
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:09pm | Type: Resource

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The Spiritual Power of Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Being blind in one eye has made me forever see in just two. While playing basketball, tennis, and hiking, I have always tried to imagine what it must be like to see in 3-D.</p> ...

How to Pray for Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here is a new update from my friend, Wafik Wahba, Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Tyndale University and Seminary. Here is a new update from my friend, Wafik Wahba, ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

to be measured by human action in accord with sound reason and virtue. Exodus 23:3 says, "Do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit." Exodus 23:6 says, "Do not deny justice to your poor ...

Experimenting With Holiness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

What does it mean to be holy? That has been the question revolving in my mind this morning. What does it mean to be holy? That has been the question revolving in my mind this morn ...