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There's Just Something About Mary: The Power of Yes
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

See, God is at work in you in much the same way God was at work in Mary. (Not necessarily in that the Holy Spirit’s going to knock you up.) But I do think that you carry in your body the blessing of God and ha ...

Rob Bell's Parting Epistle to Mars Hill: "Grace + Peace"
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell, 41, the founding pastor of Mars Hill church in western Michigan, bid adieu to his congregation in a 5,000-word epistle about grace and peace, which he preached the Sunday before Christmas to thousand ...

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 7:26am | Type: Blog

We’re a house of hospitality when we learn to wait, when we learn to open ourselves to grace, when we let love transform us, one relationship at a time. Before Leah and I moved to ...

The Virgin Mary: Soul Sister
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Surely Mary is a spiritual companion and, in that sense, “friend,” but when she walked among us, Mary was and had friends. Scared child. Proud parent. Beloved icon. Soul sister. ...

Ron Santo: “Now that’s what I’d call a God-given gift”
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Ron Santo, former Chicago Cubs third baseman and radio announcer, was finally inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame on Monday, just over a year after his death.” Ron Santo, former ...

'Say, Say the Light'
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Advent loops past the second coming to the first -- and to us, stuck waiting in the mud of existence. ...

Monasteries of the Heart
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 1:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joan Chittister A vibrant spirituality for our troubled times grows out of a centuries-old tradition. "A ...

Which Side Are You On?
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Howard-Brook A study on the Bible's "two religions." For a thousand years before Jesus, tw ...

Bearing the 'Wait' of the World
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 10:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Reflections on the Common Lectionary. The Word of God is steadfast and faithful. This is the prom ...

White House Honors National Adoption Awareness Month
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

As many of us head back to work or school and continue to recover from our post-Thanksgiving-turkey-induced food comas, let us remember that November is National Adoption Month.  While we can be thankful that over 1.5 million children have found permane ...

Hallelujah Chorus from a Mall Court Flash Mob
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Today we launch a new daily feature for the Christmas season: Video interpretations of "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Georg Friedrich Händel's Messiah. Today we laun ...

A Prayer For The Christmas Season
Originally Posted: 11/25/2011 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Lord God, I want to stay for a while in Christmas where hope is something I can cradle to my chest. I want to dwell here where music sings the promise of love, reminding me of those Mary moments in my life whe ...

Thanks(giving) Be To God!
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 12:49pm | Type: SojoMail

November 24, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "In my mind, it is ...

Thankful, Indeed
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

I’ve learned that it’s especially important for those who are always trying to change the world, to remember what they are thankful for in their world as it is! I’ve learned that ...

Thanks(giving) Be To God!
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

When I reflect on the events of the last year, it is precisely that — the epic blessing of the unexpected — that fills my soul with gratitude. For as long as I can remember, Than ...

Will the Class of 2012 Head for Main Street or Wall Street?
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

But what would it look like if we didn’t follow the money? What if Wall Street paid no more than schools or hospitals? Why do so many of America's best and brightest want to ...

The Jesuit Jester
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Father Jim Martin is a Jesuit priest, a prolific author, and official chaplain of The Colbert Nation. He's also one of the funniest guys we know — and Lord, can he tell a joke! ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

Love and Marriage: A Kardashian Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for us to scoff at Kris and Kim’s downfall, but the reality is that their marriage failed at least in part because of our society’s views of nuptial bliss. That makes us all implicitly responsibl ...

A New Matthew 25 Hymn: "O God, We Yearn For Safety"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

This Sunday’s lectionary gospel is Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The following new hymn affirms that Jesus’ parable calls us to faithfulness even when it involves risk and challenge today. ...

Dr. Billy Graham at 93: "The Father's Love," This Child's Gratitude
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:59pm | Type: Blog

As Billy Graham marks the beginning of his 94th year walking among us, Cathleen Falsani gives thanks for his clear, grace-filled Gospel message -- and for the unfailing love of the Father. ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

This morning, as I caught up on what had been going on in the world over the weekend, I stumbled across a very interesting resource -- a website that compares the frequency with which words appear in ...

How to Read the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 1:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Ten books on the shelf of one of our most respected biblical scholars. New Favorites ...

Bridging the Bible Gap
Originally Posted: 10/12/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jewel Gingerich Longenecker Seminaries train pastors on how to read the Bible. But those tools often don't reach people in the pews. ...

Practice, Practice, Practice
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley How to deepen our spirituality, one step at a time. SENSING HER spiritual life is lacking a ...

Action Heroes
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter When spurred on by God and conscience, there's no telling what trouble you might get into. A ...

With the Eyes of Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46 Power brings responsibility. Whenever we find ...

Reformation Day and You(2): Reformed and Always Reforming
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

ya." Reformation Sunday's lectionary this year is from Matthew 23. It's a powerful text ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 ... passages: Act 10:42 , Act 14:7, Romans 1:15, Romans 10:15, Romans 15:20, 1Cor 1:17, 1Cor 1:21, 1Cor 1:23 ... Romans 15:20, 1Cor 1:17, 1Cor 1:21, 1Cor 1:23, 1Cor 9:16, 1Cor 15:11, Act 10:42, Act 14:7, Gal 1:16, Eph ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

Rule No. 1 of Interfaith Relations: Faith is Required
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

I know that effective blog posts require some kind of news hook to get people interested, so, take your pick: Nearly two weeks ago, 24 Copts died in Egypt. I know that effective ...

Sermon on the Worst Parable Ever
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

(2) He lived in perfect obedience to the law Jn 8:46 Mt 17:5 1Pet 2:21-23. (3) he was a minister ...

Makoto Fujimura answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 9:52pm | Type: Blog

“Evangelical” is a dirty word in the New York art world. A friend, an artist, told me that before she understood the claims of the Bible, she thought Christianity was a weird political group, and evangelicals ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

Cold, Broken or Grumbled, Every Hallelujah Counts
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

As I lay on the kitchen floor -- my body rocking with sobs, my mouth telling my husband, "I hate my life" -- it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call a friend. To tell someone about the ...

Luci Shaw answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. Somehow we human beings need to group and categorize pe ...

Kevin Palau answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:32pm | Type: Blog

"Although Portland is hardly the only place where evangelical Christianity is evolving (and making new friends in the process), there is little doubt that evangelicals here are on the front-end of a d ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Paradigm Shift
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Autumn mornings -- when the cool rain is hitting the tin roof and the breezes blow with enough swagger to make the trees bow in admiration -- remind me of when my second daughter was born and after we ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 5:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...