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Awakening Creativity in Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Each moment is pregnant with new possibilities waiting to be born, alive with new beginnings, God's secrets not yet heard, God's dreams not yet fulfilled. Each moment is ...

Why Seminary Leadership Matters
Originally Posted: 09/09/2011 - 4:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Wheeler Good presidents and administrators influence not just schools, but the broader church. I have ...

Teachable Moments
Originally Posted: 10/04/2011 - 11:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Avedis Abovian Nikia Smith Robert Melanie Weldon-Soiset ...

SEPTEMBER Not for the Faint of Heart
Originally Posted: 09/14/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" (Matthew 21:23). The question posed by the chief priests to Jesus echoes the questions ...

OCTOBER Remembering Our Identity
Originally Posted: 09/14/2011 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

ourselves! [ October 9 ] Remembering Forward Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; ... that should elicit fear and worry. The psalmist knows that God is the true shepherd (Psalm 23:1). Starting ... nations? [ October 16 ] A Partial View Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 96:1-13; 1 Thessalonians ...

What Karl Barth Says about Blog Comments
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The comment code of conduct for the God's Politics blog includes familiar commitments to civility, courtesy, and respect, and even connects these pledges to biblical passages. ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Do you think God sent Hurricane Irene?" a young man asked me with a curious look in his eyes that was as innocent as it was pensive. "Do you think God sent Hurric ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Tools for Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon I found out that ABC news plans to dedicate it programming today to "Hunger at Home: Crisis in America." It precipitated my writing of this post which I had planned to add as a la ...

Welcome to the Gratitude Blog!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Grat ∙ i ∙ tude &nbsp;[grat-i-tood, -tyood]<p>noun The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: Sojourners expresses gratitude for all of our faithful supporters! </p><p>We in t ...

We're Connected by What We Eat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

To the farmers who grow our food, the harvesters who pick it, the transporters who bring it to market, the grocers who present it, and the cooks who prepare it. To the far ...

A Lifestyle of Enough
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

About two years ago, Minhee and I made one of the hardest decisions we've made thus far in our marriage and in our calling as parents. About two years ago, Minhee and I made ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

A Tennessee Church Welcomes its Muslim Neighbors
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

against men; for you neither go in, nor permit them that are entering to go in." (Matthew 23 ...

Here I Am!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In recent days I've been thinking through with a friend one of the enduring challenges of pastoral and catechetical ministry: how to dispel the notion that worship should be entertaining. ...

Jesus Walking on the Water: A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints, and we thought maybe during "Open Space" we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all " ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...

Jesus For President
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:21pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/Jesus_For_President_by_Shane_Claiborne_p/bk_jfp.htm By Shane Claiborne, Chris Haw, and friends (Soft Cover) Jesus for President  is a refreshing reminde ...

The Seven Deadly Social Sins Poster (New)
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:10pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/product_p/pos_sds_new.htm Sojourners' newest design of Gandhi's Seven Deadly Social Sins Poster. Mahatma Gandhi challenged our traditional understan ...

The Seven Deadly Social Sins Poster
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:09pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/product_p/pos_sds.htm Mahatma Gandhi challenged our traditional understanding of the seven deadly sins with his own version, for our time.  Dimensions: 11& ...

Christians and Islam (PDF Discussion Guide)
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:00pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/product_p/dg_cis.htm Perfect for small groups or individual study! Designed to spark discussion and thought about how to live out God's call for justice i ...

The Poverty and Justice Bible (Contemporary English Version)
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 9:13am | Type: Resource

Paperback (8 2/3 x 6 5/16 in.) (Faith and Spirituality, Life and Peace) The publishers ...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I have gotten so used to stories of violence in the news every morning that I confess they don't move me as much as they should, or used to. I have gotten so used to stories ...

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2011 - 1:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jep Hostetler How humor can help sustain the work of social justice. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but ...

The Art of Householding
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

My "life plan" -- at age 23 -- was to own little and to move where the Spirit led. My "life plan" -- at age 23 -- was to own little and to move where the Spirit led. ... 23-year-old self's quest for enlightenment was subverted by staying in place. Householding is an art ...

No Ordinary Season
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro During Ordinary time, the season after Pentecost, it might appear that not much is going on, ecclesially speaking. ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

The Conservative Radical: An Article by John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Rev. John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelical figures over the past half-century, died this Wednesday at age 90. Rev. [ Edi ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

Extended: A Friend of the Family
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lucy Bryan Green “Jesus Christ transcends all religions! Judaism – Islam – Buddhism – Hinduism… He is greater than all these – including C ...

The Bookends of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

There's something special about the bookends of our lifetimes. I became a first-time father seven months ago and a hospice chaplain just one month past. There's somethin ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greates ...

Trigger Words
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter I got accused of everything from turning my back on Christ to taking God out of the classroom! ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo &copy; 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 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo &copy; 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 1:12pm | 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 - 1:11pm | 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 - 10:15pm | 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 - 8:03am | 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 - 8:04am | 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 - 8:50am | 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 - 8:52am | 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. ...