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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 ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

4:23, 13:54; Mark 1:39), expressed concern for Jairus, "one of the rulers of the synagogue" ... (Deuteronomy 23:18; I Samuel 24:14; II Kings 8:13; Psalm 22:16,20; Matthew 7:6; Luke 16:21; Revelations 22:15) ... taught in the synagogues (Matthew 4:23, 13:54; Mark 1:39), expressed concern for Jairus, "one ...

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/stopping-anti-immigrant-violence-at-its-ideological-roots/">In November 2008, a Latino man, Marcelo Lucero, was stalked and murdered</a> on a stre ...

Everyone Needs to Read This
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100708-justice-amos.jpg"></a>Everyone needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Christian needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Chr ...

Boys Don't Cry
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr ...and other lies we tell men. Why developing an inner life is essential to healing men from the explosive violence bottled u ...

Community That Transforms
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Sondra Haaga Bob Sabath Amy Barger A ...

'I Kneel to the Desert God': An interview with Richard Rodriguez
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 9:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Faith's roots in a dry land. Raised in Sacramento, California, the son of immigrants from Me ...

A Season of Generosity and Gratitude
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

(Colossians 1:22-23). Paul warns against “shifting from the hope promised by the gospel.” The faithful refuse ...

Interview With Richard Rohr
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 9:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Richard Rohr is founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a Franciscan priest of the ...

More Resources on Intentional Community
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 8:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Sabath Sondra Haaga For more on building Christian community, Bob Sabath and Sondra ...

Extended Interview on Community
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 9:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Barger Community That Transforms (Extended Interview) Community That Transforms (Extended Interview) ...

Naming Jesus Again and Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While discerning a vocation to Roman Catholic religious life years ago, I had the opportunity to go on retreat with a group of women religious. While discerning a vocation to Roma ...

Children, Church, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take away from the week. One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take awa ...

Goodbye, Styrofoam Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Although the damage was minimal, the storm turn ...

Jesus in My Father's Garden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My father is 82 years old, and for most of his life he was an avid gardener and fisherman. He lost interest in the garden after my mother died. This year I told Dad that I wanted a garden. ...