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Have You Heard the Good News?
Originally Posted: 02/22/2011 - 5:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

be characterized by wisdom and devotion to God's purposes (verses 2-3), with a resolve to practice equity ... transformative energy and resolve. The accent in the gospel narrative is on the poetic verse 23 (a quote from ... Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23 The gospel narrative transports the baby Jesus from ...

A Seismic Shift?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

César J. Baldelomar The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr. Doubleday. ...

Korean-American Women and Ordination in the Church
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

In 2004, I was the 40th Korean-American clergywomen to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. denomination. Forty seems like such a small number when you consider that in 2011, Korean-American Clergywom ...

Come Celebrate With Us Where You Are
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

A few years ago, a bunch of activist-types and a bunch of prayer-warriors got together to create a prayer book with the goal of bringing together the Bible and the newspaper. A fe ...

Thanksgiving Alone is Not Lonely
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It had been a busy semester and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I arrived back home from an exhausting American Academy of Religion meeting. It had been a busy semester and the Tu ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

Why I Will Feast This Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my family for Thanksgiving but when the food was served, I could only watch. I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my famil ...

What Celebrities Can Teach Christians about Simple Living
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In my <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=simple-living-becomes-sexy" target="_blank">Culture Watch piece in the Decem ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe. Well, it's parable day again boys and girl ...

Pastors: God Calls us to Cross-Cultural Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As we continue to live within the ever-increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural reality, it is more and more obvious that the "black and white" matrix of the American Christian church is outdated. ...

Domestic Surveillance: FBI Spies on Catholic Workers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Since I moved into Casa Maria Catholic Worker in 1999, my work has focused around hospitality for the homeless. Since I moved into Casa Maria Catholic Worker in 1999, my work has ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 05/06/2011 - 3:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ann Barnet For three decades, Washington, D.C.'s 'Family Place' has helped -- and welcomed -- the sojourners among us. ...

5 Books on the Nitty-Gritty of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

As Passionate as the Parisians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resolving its debt crisis on the backs of the middle class. They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resol ...

Thinking About the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Not getting much sleep these days. Wondering if I'll ever get to sleep through the night again. I've heard that having small children changes your life. Consider that confirmed. ...

The Right to Act in Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the second installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...

Our Righteous Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is quite a strong tradition in the Old Testament of complaining to God about injustice and suffering. It's lamenting -- and we should perhaps reclaim this part of our tradition. ...

Herbie Hancock on Striking the Wrong Chord
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a couple of weeks ago at Sojourners, I came to an uncomfortable realization. In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a coup ...

Is it REALLY the end of Men?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Many were rightly shocked by the statistical assessment of males in our society by Hanna Rosin's article, " The End of Men ", in the Ju ...

Women in Ministry: Following Christ's Example
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

I recently spoke to a pastor who made his case for not supporting women as senior pastors. "I've asked many men this question," he said. I recently spoke to a pasto ...

Salvation Through Doctrine or Christ?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been getting into trouble lately. I've been getting into trouble lately. It all started when I asked myself the simple question, "What did the apostles preach ...

What Kind of Church Do We Want?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore and are knee-deep in that time-honored tradition of relocation: church shopping. My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore an ...

The Woman With the Bent Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then, there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. ...

Post-Colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong><a href="http://www.emergentvillage.com/events/2010-theo-conv">Emergent Village</a> will be hosting its annual Theological Conv ...

Applauding Humility (and a Good Decision by Terry Jones)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Humility is not easy. Humility is not easy. After all it shares the same root word as "humiliation." But the humility that allows us to say we are sorry and to change ou ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

Sabbath for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009">September-October issue of </a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?actio ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: We Won't Turn Back
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100826_MLK.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on ...

The Clay Talks Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"<em>You are the Potter, I am the clay</em>." I grew up singing that in youth group at church -- but never with very much enthusiasm. " You are the Pot ...

Are Christians the Only Children of God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the film "Dead Man Walking", shortly before Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn) is executed, there's a scene where Poncelet confesses his crime of rape and murder. ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

In Support of the Cordoba House (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

worship him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4: 23-24). Spirit is the animating breath. ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

of interpreting disability" (p. 23). Blessings Big government almost Big government almost ...

We Need a Clean Energy Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We need a clean energy conversion.</p> We need a clean energy conversion. If civil rights was the key issue of the previous generation, I think clean energy is one o ...

Can Muslims Follow the Biblical Christ and Still Be Muslim?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Lately, I've been hearing a lot about the "Insider Movement" which is what missionary experts refer to as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/muslims/">Muslims</a> who love a ...

Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

is misplaced fear? 1 Corinthians 10:23 tells us: "Everything is permissible-but not everything ... opposition, even if its foundation is misplaced fear? 1 Corinthians 10:23 tells us: "Everything ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Tombolombo. Tombolombo. That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language. It was one of the first words Vasco taught me when he came ...

Why I Am Not Quitting Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

By now, most of you have heard of the <em>dramatic news</em> of Anne Rice's simple statement of "quitting Christianity." I'm amazed how much coverage this has received -- everyw ...

A Hymn of Welcome for Immigrants: 'Abraham Journeyed to a New Country'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, we see <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/comprehensive-immigration-reform/">stories of immigrants</a> -- people called to settle in new lands and begin new lives for ...

Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

the median income of taxpayers initially in the top 1 percent for each period declined by about 23 percent ... in the top 1 percent for each period declined by about 23 percent to 24 percent in each time period." ...

The Fruit of the Spirit For Everyone, Not Just Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. There is ONLY one Fruit ... of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: ... gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. There is ONLY one ...

Glenn Beck and a Neighborless Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to thank <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a>. I want to thank Glenn Beck . His recent tirade against liberation theolog ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

to inciting political unrest (Luke 23:2). Pilate's first impression, remember, was that Jesus had done ... the charge suddenly was changed to inciting political unrest (Luke 23:2). Pilate's first impression, ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

The Meaning Behind 'Saved Through Childbearing'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Certainly one of the most puzzling remarks in Paul's writings is found in 1 Timothy 2:15, "But <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/women/">women</a> will be saved through <a hr ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...

11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.</p> Here are some of my favorite ...

God's Provision in a Recession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A few summers ago, my son brought a little white plastic birdbath to my dad's house and set it up in the back yard. Dad kept the birdbath clean and filled with water. A few ...