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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 ...

Music, Art, and the Pursuit of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spirituality, music, and art. I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spi ...

A Friend of the Family
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Lucy Bryan Green The secretive, elitist Capitol Hill organization has cozied up to the despots -- and, in my case, done genuine good. ...

The Church of No Lost Causes
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. A little Methodist church has a big heart for the left out and the lonley in the shadow of the nation's capital. ...

God's Love is Stronger Than Our Doubt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it's kind of weird how we've named Thomas, "Doubting" Thomas. We don't give the other characters in the New Testament little nicknames ... ...

Overcoming Depression (and Stigma) as an Asian American Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:38pm | Type: Blog

Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

Choosing Priest Instead of Princess: The Pitfalls of Ransomed Heart Ministries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, I had never heard of John and Stasi Eldredge's Ransomed Heart Ministries and their co-written book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400200385?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners- ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), we share an equality in our fallenness. Yet gays ...

8 Lessons Learned as a Pastor and Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/13/8-lessons-learned-as-a-pastor-and-mother/" target="_self"></a>I love this photo. Exemplified in this photo is where my life as ...

Commencing Hubris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I can appreciate how difficult it must be to craft a good commencement address. The need to avoid well-worn pieties while also offering something of the best-distilled wisdom of the ages. ...

A Mother's Day for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war had ended. Julia Ward H ...

Living the Resurrection on Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ...

Is It Moral to Celebrate a Person's Death?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post was written in response to a question posed by T</em>he Washington Post's<em> On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebr ...

After Bin Laden, People of Faith Must Transcend Triumphalism
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

For more than a decade, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> has been Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of the leth ...

From the Malls of America to the Destitute and Lost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats, Bible studies, or conferences because too often they focus on fashion, dieting, women's emotions, and new forms of abdominal exercises? ...

Big, Fat Kisses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My first date was a big fat sloppy hour and a half of kissing (sorry Mom and Dad) supported by the screenplay of <em>My Big Fat Greek Wedding</em>. My first date was a ...

A Reflection on Easter: Beyond Chocolate and New Bedding to the True Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've often wondered what people in America think when they actually read the story of Jesus rising from the dead for the first time. I've often wondered what people in A ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

Good Friday: Praying in the Abyss
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

In Christian confession, Good Friday is the day of loss and defeat; Sunday is the day of recovery and victory. In Christian confession, Good Friday is the day of loss and defe ...

Should Christians Celebrate Passover?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

burial on the day of Preparation. (Matthew 27:57-62; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 20:42) Passover ... involvement in the Roman legal proceedings against Jesus. (Matthew 27:12; Mark 15:3; Luke 23:5) Nor would the trial and crucifixion of Jesus have occurred. (Matthew 27:27-50; Mark 15:16-37; Luke 23:26-46; John ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Jesus Knows Sign Language
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:27pm | Type: Blog

During my last year of college, my pastor lent me the book Living Gently in a Violent World, co-authored by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas. This book is an exploration on how followers of Christ ought to liv ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Can't Forgive Your Dad, Mom, Ex-Wife, or Friend? Well, Forgiveness is a Choice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows out of our real experience of Jesus forgiving our own sins. Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows ...

Let's Not Forget: It's Not About Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/19/let-us-not-forget-its-not-about-us/" target="_self"></a>I'm very fond of this season in the Christian calendar because I c ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...