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Rachel's Wail for a Murdered Teen
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Last week the body of a young woman was found near my house. She was 17 years old. She'd been murdered. The garbag ...

What Does Our 'New Self' Look Like?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 Paul sees thathis congregation in Corinth ... to Christ" (verse 23). Belonging to Christ means to submit all of one's "wisdom" to the gospel ...

Faith and Spirituality
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 12:51pm | Type: Topic Brief

Includes Faith, reflections, devotions, Bible, prayer, scripture. (Faith and Spirituality, Life and Peace) () Includes Faith, reflections, devotions, Bible, prayer, scripture. ...

Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.</p> I used to live in a world where God ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

Our Persistent Reach for the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We set aside a national holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he welded an ethos of agape love onto the founding principles of the United States. We set aside a nati ...

How I've Learned to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. Growing up in suburban Atlanta, th ...

Acknowledging the Giver of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dreams
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110113-MLK.jpg"></a>In anticipation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (this coming Monday, January 17, I'm sharing one of my favorite M ...

In Wake of Shooting, Love is the Better Portion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A bullet discharged. Then another. And another. And another. And suddenly, a grocery store is transformed from the mundane to the horrible, hell on earth. People lay dead. A bulle ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Testament (for example, Ex. 24:15-17, Ex. 40:34-38, Kings 3:15, 1 Samuel 10:5-6, Isaiah 6:1, Eze. 11:23 ... Testament (for example, Ex. 24:15-17, Ex. 40:34-38, Kings 3:15, 1 Samuel 10:5-6, Isaiah 6:1, Eze. 11:23 ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of cr&egrave;che scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

Seeking Justice: Does it Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I arrived at <a href="http://qcafe.org/" target="_blank">Q Cafe</a> as I do on nearly every work morning to begin a new day. Yes ...

Daughters of Deborah: What is a Leader in the 21st Century?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time. She held court under Deborah's palm between Ramah and Bethel in the hills of Ephraim. ...

Does Sunday School Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? ...

Word Made Flesh, and the Indignity of Having a Human Body
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas. No, not an iPad or world peace. So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I want ...

What Does Violence in the Bible Tell Us About God?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1101&amp;article=is-god-violent" target="_blank"></a>I recently received a note from ...

Praying and Fasting in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. The holiday season is a season of feasting and of celebration. Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a ...

Apocalypse (Then and) Now
Originally Posted: 06/29/2011 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anathea Portier-Young A Bible study on the book of Daniel and empire. Apocalypses generate mixed reactions in ...

Out of the Mouths of Asses ...
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger It's often good to have a donkey with you when you pray. They provide a natural antidote to excessive piety. Take m ...

Community's Messy Grace
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove The Gifts of the Small Church by Jason Byassee. Abingdon Press. I grew up on gospel ...

Taking Sin Seriously
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rev. Lawrence W. Althouse "The Theology of the Tea Party" (by Jim Wallis, November 2010) reminded me that when I was at Union Se ...

Prioritizing The Sabbath
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeaneene Nooney My husband and I, too, have been long concerned with Sabbath-keeping ("All Who Labor," by Lauren Winner, Septemb ...

Walking With the Light of the World
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Corinthians 1:2, 7, 8). [ January 23 ] Becoming Fearless Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 There is something about the darkness ...

This Advent, Embrace a Doubting Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=159874132" target="_blank">Matthew 11: 2-11</a>, when John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and ...

Light in the Midst of the Darkest Night
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. A message that is meant for a p ...

Have Yourself a Revolutionary Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas" from consumer culture. Asking questions like:</p> Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

Different Faiths, Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past week I was afforded a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/calling/" target="_blank"><em>The Calling</em>< ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

Jon Stewart, the End Times, and the Season of Advent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last October, at the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/01/jon-stewarts-misguided-rally-to-restore-sanity/" target="_blank">Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear</a>, <a hre ...

This Advent, What Are You Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we want, we want it now. Pay-per-view. One-click shopping. Smart phones. Drive-through restaurants. We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we wan ...

A Letter To My Son: Welcome to the In-Between
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This is a letter to my son that I am not sure he will understand now, but it is one that I hope he will look back upon to give clarity to some moments of confusion and exclusion. ...

Faith, Music, and Arts at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

and art festival beginning next June 23 to 26, 2011, at the Shakori Hills campground in North Carolina. I ...

Speaking Christian with Marcus Borg
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: As part of Sojourners' commitment to bring you into discussion with a broad range of theological perspectives, writer Becky Garrison offers this ...

American 'Exceptionalism' Can Degenerate Into Superiority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them" (Matthew 23:4). What are you talking ...

The Testimony of One North Korean Girl
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/01/the-testimony-of-one-north-korean-girl/" target="_blank"></a>You need to watch this. In fact, you must watch this. Please watch ...

That Thieving Christ and Advent
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 11:04pm | Type: Blog

In this season in which we find ourselves there is an anticipatory feeling in the air. A waiting, a longing, and yearning. This is a time filled with preparations and signs and symbols. ...

Global AIDS Day and Advent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"It gets better." Those are the words of promise that many of us spoke to Internet audiences this past autumn to encourage adolescents who are considering suicide. " ...

On the Potter's Wheel
Originally Posted: 05/06/2011 - 3:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gordon Cosby What's it like to be almost human? Reflections on Jeremiah 18. N. Gordon Cosby is the foun ...

Advent in a Crumbling Empire
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Shelley Douglass The season's real message isn't pretty, but it is powerful. I've been thinking ...

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 ...