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'... And You Can, Too!' Greed and Every Possible Possibility
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

When we are rendered unable to commit to the blessings of life out of insistence that more and better options must be out there for us to acquire, we have turned the promise of “... and you can, too!” into the ...

For God So Loved Fred Phelps: On the Gods of Hate and Scandals
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

God is not like me or Fred Phelps. And I am thankful for that. God is not like me or Fred Phelps. And I am thankful for that. Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist ...

Wrath: The Deadly Sin of the Divine
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

This definitional conundrum raises a few questions. Is it wrong to speak of God’s wrath? Wrong to list wrath among the Deadly Sins? Or are there certain things that are only sins if humans do them but are appr ...

Social Media and the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Psalm 23 assures us that both goodness and love ... in the words of  Psalm 23  — lie down in “green pastures” beside “still waters” (which in the original Hebrew ... your soul, renews your life, and keeps you on the right path ( vv. 2-3 ). Instead of social media, ...

Grieving for Fred Phelps in Topeka
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps, famous for picketing funerals with vicious anti-gay messages, died this week. His estranged son, Nate, had posted on Facebook that the 84-year-old Phelps had been excommunicated from his own Westb ...

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps died early Thursday morning. Fred Phelps  died  early Thursday morning. Phelps was best known for his deeply rooted hatred and promulgating the tasteless sloga ...

Envy: Greed's Ugly Cousin
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

When we are envious, we gain nearly as much pleasure from the idea of the other person not having the thing we want as we do from the idea of having it ourselves. I drive a Prius. ...

i-Lust and Other Confessions in a Millennial World
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

There are several reasons why the church doesn’t like to talk about lust. I lust. The words almost seem like they could be a tagline for a new Apple product — an appropriate imag ...

The Search for Flight 370 Reveals Four Basic Truths About Humanity
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

The story reveals much more about our humanity and spirituality than we realize. Here are four simple revelations that we’ve learned about ourselves during this process: The searc ...

Sloth: Missing the Call for Sabbath
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Ironically, my approach to getting the sloth out of my life is to bring the Sabbath into it, at the end of each day. Sloth. It’s not just a strange, adorable animal we love to wat ...

Jesus Is A None: 5 Things Christians Need To Know About The "Nones"
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

Newman Center Announces Still Point Theatre Event
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Journal Gazette & Times-Courier ...

Pride: It's All About Who You Know
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

When I came to faith, I saw it as a choice I had made after carefully and rationally weighing the evidence. But as I see how irrationally God loves me, and how gracious, how astoundingly beautiful and mysterio ...

A Prayer for Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God. We lift up a prayer for the misguided – for those who hate and belittle and abuse in your name. Editor's Note: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro B ...

Allegiance
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

God doesn't want to vie for our allegiance. Yet he must, because our allegiance is divided between church attendance, theological stances, and denominational commitments (among other things), as if these ...

Mob Threats Aside, Pope Francis Will Pray with Victims of Organized Crime
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis will preside over a prayer vigil dedicated to victims of mob violence in Italy and their families. The Vatican said Monday that Pope Fran ...

Chris Thompson: Look Deeper Into Lent Than Just 'Give-Ups'
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Thompson ...

Exploring A Lenten Practice Of Sabbatical
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

March 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Tim Nafziger ...

Pastor Mark Driscoll Apologizes for Missteps, Quits Social Media
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has written a letter to his congregation to explain recent controversies, including the marketing campaign intended to place the book, Real Marriage, on The New York Tim ...

Sitting At A Tilted Table
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Religion gets misused and pulled into the table-tilting, too. The rich and privileged have historically justified their wealth and power by calling it a reward for being better than everyone else, more industr ...

11 Reasons Why People Love And Use Social Media
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Press

March 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Ken Mueller ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

In WikiWorship, Church Members Help Edit the Sermon
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept behind a new worship model called WikiWorship. Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept ...

So Much To Say
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Fischer ...

The First Year of the Pope’s Revolution
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

As I reflect on Pope Francis' first year, and have reporters asking for a sound-bite — here’s the thing I find most noteworthy. A year ago yesterday — March 13, 2013 — Pope ...

Funeral Director Caleb Wilde Posts Irreverent Thoughts on Death
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Most days, Caleb Wilde is a funeral director, discreetly making burial arrangements and guiding survivors in a time of loss. Most days, Caleb Wilde is a funeral director, discreet ...

One Year In: The Joyful Surprise Of Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

March 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Behind the Numbers: Religious 'Nones' May Not Be Who You Think They Are
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

a religious brand (23 percent), Jones said. That group is also significantly more likely to include minorities: It’s 56 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 23 percent African-American and 7 percent other. ...

What's It Like to Have Pope Francis as Your Boss? Depends Where You Work
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? At the one-year mark of Pope Fra ...

5 Ways Money Quietly Poisons Our Faith
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It’s sometimes cliché for Christians to warn about the dangers of idolizing wealth and money, but the negative impact it can have on our faith is more subtle than we often realize. Here are a few ways it cover ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

'Homeless Jesus' Provokes Debate on What it Means to Be Christian
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., “Homeless Jesus” is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. In a small college town 20 miles north o ...

To Understand Pope Francis, Look to the Jesuits
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Figuring out why Pope Francis has upended so many expectations, how exactly he’s changed the Catholic Church in his first year and what he might be contemplating for the future has become a Catholic parlor gam ...

Survey Finds Growth, Vitality in Multisite Church Model
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location. ...

Openness, Diversity, and Magnanimity
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. Take the imposition of ashes out to the sidewalks where ...

6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Anti-Judaism
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

as condemning the scribes and the Pharisees (e.g., seven times in Matthew 23), it is not because he was having ...

Pope Francis' First Year: An Assessment
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

After I met Pope Francis during a visit to the Holy See in October, I remarked that if I were choosing a parish based upon the pastor, he would be my pastor. Now, he is the world’s pastor. ...

Lent Isn't Just a Second Chance at New Year's Resolutions
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

So here we go again. It’s that time of year — Lent, when many Christians give something up. Often it’s food, although my mom told me when I was a kid that giving up vegetables doesn’t count. ...

Working Toward Justice in the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

We must fight for justice, but we must do so in the way of Jesus. The classic sci-fi novel  Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card was adapted on to the big screen in November 2013. ...

The Middle of the Shelf
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Life is lived in the middle of the shelf, full of moments of uncertainty and doubt that serve as first drafts for stories of love and grace, learning, and faith. A few years ago, ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

SXSW 2014 Where Faith Joins The Convo
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News DJ Chuang ...

50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders To Celebrate On International Women's Day
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

Benedict XVI on John Paul II: I Always Knew He Was a Saint
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until a special high-profile ceremony next month at the Vatican. But the man who succeeded him says he has seen him in that light for years. ...

Study: Protestant Work Ethic Isn't Just Protestant Anymore
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it might be more of an atheist work ethic. America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

Court Hears Atheists' Challenge to Ground Zero Cross
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

Atheists are challenging plans to include a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 in a display at the national memorial museum that is scheduled to open this spring. ...

From the Archives: April 1992
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Wink The Myth of Redemptive Violence VIOLENCE is the ethos of our times. It is the spirituality of the ...