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Standing at the Gates: A Confession
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Everybody needs forgiveness. But it’s hard to face that. It feels threatening, like an accusation. So we tend to get defensive and start justifying ourselves, rather than seeing the one we’ve hurt. ...

Critical Mass
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Sue Smith Fifty years after Vatican II, will a new generation of lay Catholics lead prophetic change in the church and in the world ...

Too Much Talk?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Consensus decision-making can make an old-style Senate filibuster seem purposeful and engaging. ...

Challenges Ahead for the Post-Vatican II Church
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Sue Smith Despite the enormous success of lay involvement and Catholic outreach to the world, several trends indicate serious challenges for the Catholic Church in the United ...

The Freedom to Choose Life
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Reflections on the Common Lectionary. There is so much life for us to enter into now that Christ ...

The Way of Peace and Grace
Originally Posted: 12/29/2011 - 11:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Derek Flood Paul shows us how to wrestle with violent passages in the Hebrew Bible. THE DIVINE COMMANDS to co ...

The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 8:37pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps read  Matt 23 v14, and know that long prayers do not keep one from damnation if one's actions ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: The Horizon of Death
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

For a story about conversion, death is a necessary character. It is in the finality of death that our eyes are able to readjust and see the horizon of our life and being. It is wi ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Suffer Not the Little Children
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Children remind us what faith is. When they overflow with joy and excitement it is contagious. When I imagine Jesus telling his disciples, “Let the little children come to me,” I ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: A Chain of Our Own Making
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

“I wear the chain I forge in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it.” The spect ...

Maybe the Big Bang Wasn’t So Big
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Does the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle call into question the existence of God? If so, how does God feel about that? I figure she’ll be pissed. The international scientifi ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:22pm | Type: SojoMail

December 22, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK   Quote of the day. ...

Millennials to the Church: Wake Up or We're Outta Here
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

22:15, 23:13, and 23:14. These are about correcting children, e.g. "Withhold not correction from ...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Check it out: The New Monastics
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

You won't want to miss the great profile of our friend Shane Claiborne and the New Monastics in Huffington Post's Religion section. HuffPo's religion editor Paul Raushenbush tells the story of S ...

There's Just Something About Mary: The Power of Yes
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 9:11am | 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 - 11:50am | 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 - 8:26am | 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 - 1:40pm | 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 - 4:53pm | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 2:59pm | 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 - 3:12pm | 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 - 11:15am | 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 - 2:42pm | 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 - 2:17pm | 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 - 11:53am | 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 - 1:49pm | Type: SojoMail

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

Thankful, Indeed
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 9:51am | 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 - 3:42pm | 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 - 12:22pm | 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 - 5:59pm | 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 - 12:36pm | 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 - 12:46pm | 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 - 4:00pm | 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 - 11:59pm | 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 - 4:43pm | 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 - 4:34pm | 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 - 8:54am | 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 - 2:06pm | 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 - 12:00pm | 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 - 2:08pm | 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 - 2:08pm | 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 - 11:14am | 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 - 9:58am | 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 - 12:24pm | 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 - 12:24pm | 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 - 8:06am | 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 - 9:02am | 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 - 9:18am | 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 - 10:52pm | 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 ...