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Is Social Justice 'Sexy'?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Hannah Sachs For many Millennials, getting involved in causes is a trendy thing to do. We're called to go deeper than that. ...

Cutting-Edge Orthodoxy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

traveling; it’s been really tough lately.” Then she uncorks a gorgeous meditation on Psalm 23, asking if we ...

All of Life is Repentance, But Especially Today
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

If all of life is repentance, then Ash Wednesday is the Thanksgiving Day parade. It is significant in a city like Washington, D.C., to observe people we wouldn’t expect to be Christians walking around with ash ...

What I Learned by Marrying a Priest
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Changing the world requires the leadership of women. JOY CARROLL and I were married in 1997. A yea ...

Ashes of Hope: My Love of Lent but Not of Murder on a Cross
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I think these ashes of hope are what the soul longs for. Beyond a good love story, a good hope story. To know that all of our troubles will not be squandered, but used for fodder to keep these tales of beauty- ...

Mormons Counter 'Cartoonish' Idea of Planets in the Afterlife
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Countering the notion that Mormons believe they will someday inherit their own planets, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a new statement on “Becoming Like God” that tries to put dista ...

Questions and Answers About Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection, and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ ...

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Ironically, it is when we don't focus on sin and guilt, and instead focus on unconditionally loving and accepting people just as they are, that the stage is set for repentance and remorse to actually take ...

Pope Francis, Marc Chagall, and the Jews
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Novelist Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in the fictional character Asher Lev. Novelist Chaim Potok captured the ...

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Bid for German Home-schooling Family
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a family seeking asylum in the United States because home schooling is not allowed in their native Germany. The Supreme ...

Cynthia Bourgeault -- "Sojourners" Interview
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

February 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Christopher Page ...

Tyler Francke On Ken Ham's Gospel
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

February 10, 2014 Sojo in the News James McGrath ...

Grace At Home: Thoughts On Christian Parenting From The 'Village Priest'
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

February 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Joy Carroll Wallis ...

A Tale Of Two Francises
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Press

February 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Meinrad Scherer-Emunds ...

Lisa Sharon Harper
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Lion And Lamb Festival ...

Wilson's Bookmarks
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News John Wilson ...

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism & The Failure Of Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Press

February 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rod Dreher ...

Theology Quotes: Lisa Sharon Harper
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Susan Rose Francois ...

Heritage Auctions Presents Culture, Community, & Commerce: A View Inside The Dallas Arts District
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 11:35am | Type: Press

February 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Dallas.com ...

Vatican Theologians OK Alleged Miracle Attributed to Pope Paul VI
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Vatican theologians have given their approval to a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, moving him a step closer to sainthood. Vatican theologians have given th ...

What If I'm Not Sure What I Believe?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

The thing is, the way we think about Christianity in the modern context suggests that not knowing what you believe is a problem to be solved. But in my experience, the open-ended mystery and the eager “what’s ...

When Leaders Let You Down
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

If we don’t learn how to deal with being let down, we’ll end up getting increasingly cynical and jaded and disconnected, and we’ll burn out and check out and get out, and nothing will ever change except that w ...

Pope Francis Overhauls Vatican Finances, Names Australian Cardinal as Comptroller
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday launched a sweeping reform of the Vatican’s scandal-plagued financial system by naming one of his closest advisers on reform, Australian Cardinal George Pell, to head a powerful new depa ...

Pope Francis Charges Cardinals to Oppose 'Any Discrimination'
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis created his first batch of new cardinals on Saturday and used the ceremony to launch a new appeal for peace amid the violence racking so many countries. Pope Francis ...

Pope Francis Uses Smartphone Video to Urge Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

In an unusually informal video made on a smartphone held by a Pentecostal pastor, Pope Francis called on all Christians to set aside their differences, explaining his “longing” for Christian unity. ...

7 Things Churches No Longer Do (But Should)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Next time you’re at church, look at the prayer request lists are accessible to the congregation — 99 percent of them will be physical ailments. Then look at what’s missing: nobody will share about marital prob ...

Radical Ruptures and Rhetorical Questions
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

In all my followings, I rarely encountered a Christian leader who dared to enact Augustine's famous words and turn the Truth loose, trusting that it will defend itself. ...

Pope Francis Calls for Flexibility, Patience as He Opens Talks on Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach th ...

After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured In Time For Tour
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra ...

For Your Calendar: 125th Annual Convention Of The Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News PR Inside ...

Cardinals Gather in Rome as Debates on Church Reform Heat Up
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday as a highly anticipated effort to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy slogged through the devi ...

The Trouble with Being Salt and Light
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

There was a time when calling someone “salt of the earth” was a compliment. It suggested a strong work ethic, moral integrity, and someone whose priorities were in proper order. Today, it seems like more of an ...

Perception Is Reality
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 7:36am | Type: Blog

The problem that is really facing the church is others’ opinions of it. Many people do not have an issue with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their opinion is formed and shaped by the experiences they ...

COMMENTARY: Jamie Coots' Snake Theology Was Not that Crazy
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

The death of Jamie Coots could be read as just another bit of evidence that the universe doesn’t much care what you believe. Physics, biology, geology — all perk along with or without our assent. ...

Science Group, Evangelicals Push New Collaboration
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical Protestants are 23 percent of the general population but 17 percent of scientists. Catholics ...

VIDEO: "Pastrix" Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., talks to CNN. N ...

Jamie Coots, Co-star of 'Snake Salvation,' Dies of a Snakebite
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the Snake Salvation reality television show, died Saturday after snakebite during a church service. He was 42. The R ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Terry LeBlanc In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous t ...

AUDIO: Carol Roth’s Work with Native Mennonites
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Carol Roth offers support, resources, and ministry to Native Mennonites and their conferences. ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...

God's Word vs. the American Bible
Originally Posted: 02/16/2014 - 6:45pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we’ve been taught to follow the commands written in the Bible, but it’s easy to pick and choose which verses we want to follow, and we tailor ‘holiness’ according to our particular comforts and ...

Why I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Yes, Valentine’s Day is about love, but the kind of selfless, dangerous sacrificial love it recognizes is trivialized by lacy cards and chocolates. I’ve done the Valentine’s Day t ...

Should Christians Pray in Public?
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

So is it possible that praying in restaurants might not be the “Dare to Be a Daniel” moment we envisioned? In fact, might it be a sign of (gulp!) a hypocrite? Should we really feel guilty for praying in restau ...

Let Your Life Be Changed
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Applications for next year's program are due March 1st, and if you or anyone you know is on the bubble in regard to applying, here are a few thoughts from this year's interns as to why you should app ...

On Anniversary of Resignation, Benedict XVI Has No Regrets
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

After a tumultuous year that saw the first papal resignation in nearly six centuries, the election of Pope Francis, and a dramatic reshaping of the church’s style and tone, the man who set those wheels in moti ...

United Methodists Postpone Thomas Ogletree's Church Trial
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding has been delayed indefinitely. The t ...

The Power of None
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

What does surprise me is our failure to see that affiliation with a traditional, God-centered religion is no longer the primary way that many Americans express their deeply rooted need for faith. ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

provision rather than human production. [ March 23 ] Risky Business Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans ... Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 LONG AFTER SAUL had proven the deficiency of a human ...

Why Does Anyone Go To Church?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What I think we need is a rhetoric about how it's entirely fine that people don't go to church. We don't need to obsessively share why we think it's so magical or why it sucks. ...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Beyond commonplace decisions are those personal, communal, and national selections that will have an impact on our lives years from now. “I knew from the beginning that as a wom ...