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Hidden Pictures
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

As a child, I thought the only good part of going to the doctor’s office was getting to read the "Highlights" magazine in the waiting room. The "Hidden Pictures" page was my favorite. You‘v ...

How Would Jesus Vote?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

We’d all love to claim Jesus for our team, but in doing so, we can safely assume that Jesus actually would wriggle free from such limitations. While it would be comforting to validate ourselves by claiming Jes ...

Americans View Jews, Christians Warmly; Atheists, Muslims Get Cold Shoulder
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

as “born-again” or evangelical Christians, 23 percent of Muslims in the U.S. are black, according to a Pew survey ...

Waiting for the Music
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

The attention that comes from being lost in the space, the time, the sound, in one another, grounds me like none other. I am waiting for the music to return — the sonorous graces ...

Church of England Kicks the Devil Out of Baptism Rite
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

While Christians waited to learn whether the Church of England would approve the consecration of women bishops, the church’s governing body — the General Synod — quietly voted to drop all future references to ...

Vatican Editor Says England’s Female Bishops Vote 'Complicates' Relations
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s vote to allow female bishops threatens unity with the Catholic Church, according to the editor of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. The Church o ...

8 Things the Church Needs to Say
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives, and lending our name to minor-league politicians, what would we have to say? ...

You’re Wearing a Cape. Really.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

Have you ever daydreamed about being a superhero? About being a person who can use your powers to help others, protect others, save others? Have you wished that you could be a superhero? You already are. ...

VIDEO: The Good News Club
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Why is the Good News Club threatening children with hellfire and damnation? In public schools acr ...

Have Churches Become Too Shallow?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

This is what happens when we ignore God — or simply try to make God more marketable: Jesus becomes a product. The Gospel becomes a promotional tool. Parishioners become customers. Pastors become celebrities. S ...

George Clooney Slams Story of In-law Rift Over Religion
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

George Clooney, whose love life has been well-chronicled through the years on red carpets and in paparazzi shots, rarely addresses details about his personal relationships. George ...

Silence: A Path to Action
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

What does one take to a three-day silent retreat? Apparently a lot of noise. I had such a hard time packing for my weekend away — cramming my bag with a stack of contemplative pra ...

See the First-Ever 'Papal High-five'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

What does it take to produce the first-ever papal high-five? A meeting with American televangelists, apparently. What does it take to produce the first-ever papal high-five? A mee ...

Who Do You Say I Am?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A AS A NATIVE KOREAN who has studied and taugh ...

In Kenya, a Pastor with Disabilities Breaks Barriers for Others
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

On a Sunday at the Presbyterian church in the Bahati neighborhood, a young woman haltingly approaches the pulpit with a walking cane in one hand and a Bible in the other. On a Su ...

How Soccer Differs from the World of Partisan Politics
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

After the final whistle ended a hard-fought World Cup match, Brazilian star David Luiz consoled Colombian star James Rodriguez. After the final whistle ended a hard-fought World C ...

Pope Francis' Meeting with Abuse Victims Wasn't a PR Stunt, Vatican Says
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday held his first meeting with victims of clergy sex abuse, begging for forgiveness and promising to hold “accountable” the bishops who were complicit in covering up for predatory priests. ...

Remembering 'Uncle Vincent'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Vincent's warmth lifted the temperatures of those around him. I SAT MY two boys down the nigh ...

Not Just Theology: Catholic Seminarians Go to Summer School to Learn Management Skills
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

“How many of you have ever studied a parish budget?” the Rev. David Couturier asked the 11 Catholic priests-in-training seated before him. After a few beats, just one hand went up, tentatively. ...

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gay? A New Biography Raises Questions
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

A new biography is raising questions about the life and relationships of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti-Nazi dissident whose theological writings remain widely influential among Christians. ...

Italian Archbishop Calls for 10-year Ban on Godparents to Stop Mafia Infiltration
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

After a pledge by Pope Francis to “excommunicate” mobsters from the Catholic Church, an archbishop in southern Italy has proposed a 10-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms and confirmations as a way to st ...

Football Player Tackles Expanding Communion Business
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Defensive lineman Israel Idonije was recently released from the Chicago Bears and, as a free agent, he isn’t sure what the future holds. But when he’s not on the gridiron, the Nigerian-born Idonije has another ...

Report: Minnesota Archbishop Nienstedt Under Scrutiny for Same-sex Relationships
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships w ...

Pope Francis By the Numbers
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Since his March 2013 installation Mass, Pope Francis has drawn some 6 million attendees to his audiences and Angelus, his Sunday morning address in St. Peter’s Square. He has celebrated 229 daily Masses at his ...

A Faith that Never Wavered
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

of love, and we treasured each one of your comments, emails, and prayers.  On June 23, our dear sister ...

The Holy Common Ground of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Wild Goose helps us reclaim that tribal identity, not so much just as Christians, but as fellow participants in a phenomenon that is humanity, made of heart, mind, body, and spirit. ...

'Christianity' Is Not a Personality Trait
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for many Christians to put on a disguise. This is especially true of people within church leadership. Expectations need to be fulfilled, roles need to be played, and responsibilities must be carr ...

Seeing The Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

There is a small, mud-bricked, tin-roofed building on a piece of flat land below a mountain in Kenieba, Mali. This simple structure, surrounded by courtyards, peanut fields, and scrub grass, is the church buil ...

What's So Good About Suffering?
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I’m confronted by Scripture that reminds me that suffering will be part of our lives. And I’m confronted by the tendency — which I am sure that I share with many of my sisters and brothers — to ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 7:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Engaging a Generation for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 7:22pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Shawn Casselberry, Executive Director of Mission Year, to find out more about how they empower young adults to live out their values in the context of church, community, and even daily life. ...

Wild Goose Festival Puts Spotlight on Visual Arts
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Words and music are the stock-in-trade at most Christian festivals, but the Wild Goose Festival is adding another component: the visual arts. Words and music are the stock-in-trad ...

Failing to See God's Love
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

By church rules, you are entitled to a sabbatical, perhaps three months every seven years. But when you propose it, you hear what one pastor heard the other day... You are a pasto ...

Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here are four spiritual things kids do better than adults. It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here a ...

Burying the Hatchet (Almost Literally)
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 7:35pm | Type: Blog

In time, the issues that seem to be “church dividing” may well be seen as inconsequential — just as we scratch our heads about people defending their church with axes almost 150 years ago. In Pella, it was cle ...

GO: The Biggest Word in the Great Commission
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t command his disciples to stand behind a pulpit and preach to make disciples of all nations. He didn’t suggest we threaten them with the prospect of eternal exile and damnation from their church co ...

Globe-trotting Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Almost 84, and Working Harder than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

The day before a newly-elected Pope Francis was to be formally installed at the Vatican in 2013, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica when he passed out at the altar and had ...

Atheist Or Believer? Frank Schaeffer Is A Bit Of Both
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

June 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Kimberly Winston ...

Love. Period.
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

We get to decide our story, though not entirely by ourselves. Each of us has a co-author, someone collaborating with us. We didn’t write the first sentence to our story, the one that involves our birth. The co ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

To Serve, We Must First Nourish Our Own Souls
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

When you truly experience the love of God, there is nothing you won’t do for God. However, we often push ourselves beyond measure and forget to allow God to nurture and nourish our own souls. ...

Listening As an Act of Love
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The story of Pentecost always begins with a sound; the gathering of people and a sound. So often we focus on what is being said at the time in the story and ignore all the listening that takes place. ...

Go and Make Disciples — Not Converts
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

You might be surprised to find that he isn’t telling me to share the Gospel with all who will listen (although, that is part of it); rather he is telling me (and you) to go and make disciples. The former is re ...

Pentecost and the Freedom to Be in All the Wrong Places
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Pentecost celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that our story isn’t static but dynamic, alive, and unfolding. In the same way that the disciples moved out from Jerusalem after Pentecost, we ...

Happy Birthday, Prostate Cancer, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

As I enter this new year, I am recalling again, as I often have during this past year, how much life, and those whom God has put in my life, are so ultimately and absolutely valuable and sacred to me. So I vow ...

Rick Warren to Pastors: 'There Is No Testimony Without a Test'
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Sharing how he has coped after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren, urged Southern Baptist pastors to let their times of suffering be acts of ministry. Shar ...

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push for More Married Priests
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rite Catholic churches, another sign that optional celibacy could become a fr ...

In Mixed Faith Marriages, Focus Is on 'Values,' Not 'Beliefs'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

his wife comes from a line of Southern Baptist preachers. Yet 23 years and three kids later, ...

The Evangelical Renaissance Is Over
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Press

June 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Steven Miller ...