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In Memoriam: Dr. Steve Hayner
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 7:23pm | Type: Blog

Steve Hayner’s humble and courageous leadership gave us all a glimpse of what is possible when we really love God — when we trust and choose God’s way to wholeness and peace. It ...

Relaxing into Lent: Identity and Those Voices in Your Head
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

The devil tempted Jesus three times. Each time the devil used the word “if.” And each time the devil tried to seduce Jesus into doubting his identity as God’s Son. The Christian ...

I’m Queer, and I’m (Still) an Evangelical
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

On Feb. 21, Time.com broke the news that my evangelical publisher, Destiny Image, dropped a book contract it had made with me almost a year ago because its buyers refused to sell my book due to my pro-LGBTQ ac ...

Lent: The Kingdom of God as the Truth of Easter
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the Lord’s Prayer. Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the ...

More Christian Than Celebrity
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

I am lamenting the fact that we seem to be helplessly caught up in this entangled web that tightly weaves faithful Christian living and celebrity culture. I don’t know how we can break this addiction to celebr ...

Thoughts on Lent From a Non-Churchgoer
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s because I don’t go to church right now, or because I’m not in a spiritual community like I was before I moved cities. But for whatever reason, Lent came fast and unexpected, and something inside won ...

The Changing Spirituality of Women
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

What may be new is that more women, generation by generation, are moving in the direction of men — away from faith, religious commitment, even away from vaguely spiritual views like “a deep sense of wonder abo ...

Finding Atonement in the Greatest Rivalry in College Basketball
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 2:55pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Adam Ericksen ...

Lent: Making God’s Name Beautiful
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

We are part of the family. So let’s do the family business of bringing light to the world. I love today’s Lenten reflection by the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Grey on the first verse of ...

Utah Highest, Vermont Lowest on Newest Church Attendance Poll
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent — than any other state, according to a new Gallup poll. More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent —  than any other state ...

Pastor Ousted Over LGBT Inclusion: 'There's So Much Grace'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

"It seems chaotic, and it seems scary, because so many of the old models are outdated. But God’s truth is not changed whatsoever, and God’s news is still good." Edit ...

Evangelicals pull support for Portland church over LGBT stance
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:15am | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Kevin Eckstrom ...

LGBT-Christians
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:11am | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Theresa Weiland ...

Cardinal O’Malley: The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Far from Over
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a conference at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University that some prelates were still reluctant to deal with the problem openly. The U.S. car ...

The Mark of Courage: Taking Ashes for the First Time
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Repent means, in the most literal sense, to turn in a different direction. It is less about avoiding being struck down by God than embarking on our own particular course-correction. ...

Lent Is Not Giving Up Stuff
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation of our hearts for what God has done in Christ. Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation ...

So What's the Deal With Ash Wednesday?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday. The ‘Splainer asks what having a dirty forehead has to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gai ...

Dean Smith: Reflections on an Outpouring of Love
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

I wondered if the outpouring comes from fascination with many of his qualities that on the surface may seem incongruent, but in fact work together harmoniously to make a complete human. ...

Violence Begets Violence: ISIS and its Origins
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

goes with a flood. The story pauses for seven verses to paint the picture ( 7:17-23 ). Four verses ... that was upon the face of the ground” ( 7:23 ). Few modern people actually believe God sent a literal flood ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christian Alternative to 'Fifty Shades' Makes the Same Mistakes, Just Without the Sex
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

It doesn't come with a sex dungeon, but Old Fashioned features a relationship just as unhealthy as the one in Fifty Shades of Grey. This Valentine’s Day, two films will battl ...

'No, Jesus Isn't My Boyfriend' and Other Lessons from Single Christians on Valentine's Day
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In the evangelical church, there’s far too much “Jesus is my boyfriend” or “I’m dating Jesus”-type songs and teaching that it trivializes the kind of intimacy that can exist between God and humanity. And it s ...

How Do Churches Address Alcoholism Among Their Leaders?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

“In instances where a pastor may need treatment for substance abuse, he or his church would seek services in the same way other members of their communities would,” one spokesperson said. ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

'You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.' An early fellow Sojourner, Perk Perkins, reminded me this week that not long after we ...

Does Obama Owe Christians An Apology?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Every Christian should be aware of what we are capable of when we turn our eyes away from the self-sacrificing love of Jesus and instead turn Christianity into an ideology that justifies terror, brutality, opp ...

Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Say Islamic State Represents True Islam
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say the Islamic State terrorist group offers a true representation of Islamic society, according to a pair of new surveys by LifeWa ...

Pope Francis Wants ‘Absolute Transparency’ as He Pushes Vatican Reform
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

“Reform is not an end in itself, but a means of bearing a powerful Christian witness,” Francis said. Pope Francis called for a Vatican that operates with “absolute transparency” ...

Pope Francis: Opting Not to Have Children a ‘Selfish Choice’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!” Less than a month after saying Ca ...

There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Christianity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfect Christianity. There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfec ...

Three Muslim Students Shot Dead in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

a married couple – Deah Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21 – and their sister, Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. ...

Review: 'Sojourners Internship Program' is a Real Treat
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Ten people travel to Washington, D.C. to live and work together for social justice. They will leave forever changed. Every movie is, in some way, about a journey. Sometimes it’s a ...

It Was Like This When I Got Here
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

The decline of the church is not my generation's fault. It was in decline long before I was born; it was like this when I got here. But that doesn’t mean it is too far gone. The church does a lot of thing ...

Ousted 'Bling Bishop' Makes Soft Landing in Vatican
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The German churchman christened the “Bishop of Bling” by the media for lavish expenditures he made on his residence and church offices has quietly been given a low-level post at the Vatican, nearly a year afte ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Pastors: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film Glamorizes Sexual Abuse and Violence
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which opens in theaters on Feb. 13, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades ...

Can Women Have It All? Pope Francis Says They Need 'Freedom to Choose'
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Whether women can, or should, “have it all” — both work and family — has been one of the most contentious cultural debates of the modern age and one any secular or religious figure engages at his or her peril ...

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus rejects the “whiteness” of the Transfiguration and presses into the sea of human need — humanity in all its diversity and fullness — by descending the mountain and setting his face toward the Jerusalem. ...

Lent's Lonely Road
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Divinity School. [March 1]  Now and Not Yet Gensis 12:1-7; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; ...

Obama Compares ISIS to Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery, and Jim Crow. Was He Right?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Christians should not be insulted by the facts of history. Rather, all of us should be inspired by them to recognize the dangers of extremism — wherever they lie. The conservativ ...

5 Apps for a ‘Closer Walk’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

It seems developers and faith leaders have yet to discover their collaborative sweet spot, where often-private religious inquiry best meets digital social tools. Religion writers ...

'... A Fragile Sense of Self'
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of you might be downright shocked to know that many clergy have to undergo a three-day battery of psych tests as part of the ordination process. ... When I was going through the process, I too went throug ...

The World's 4 Most Popular (Non)Religions
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

At first glance, Christianity seems at odds with an increasingly “secular” culture that views spirituality as old-fashioned and irrelevant, but our society reveals that everything — and everyone — is spiritual ...

The Old Man and the C-note
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mark V. Ewert 102-year-old priest Arturo Paoli is perhaps the most important economist you've never heard of.  ...

Quit Picking on the Pharisees!
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

into their movement (Matthew 23:15). Three times in Luke’s gospel, Pharisees invite Jesus to dine with them. ...

Pope Francis Declares Oscar Romero a Martyr, Moves Slain Archbishop Toward Sainthood
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 3 officially declared that Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated by a right-wing death squad in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, was a martyr for the faith, clearing the way for ...

Some See Junipero Serra, Pope Francis’ Next American Saint, as Less Than Holy
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Some of Serra’s sharpest critics say he was part of an imperial conquest that beat and enslaved Native Americans, raped their women, and destroyed their culture by forcing them to abandon their traditional lan ...

Who's in Control?
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Press

January 30, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Beloved Guest at Inn-Sanity
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

We all seem to be on a first-name basis with that voice. At least I’m not the only one. I’ve become a big fan of author Anne Lamott. How can you not love someone who says her th ...

Confessions of a Church Snob
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

How often is our work, our writing, or our commentary singing to God? Or are we singing to each other — or ourselves? God is so utterly beautiful and so worthy of our attention, but it’s much easier to write a ...

Weekly Wrap 1.30.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

1. WATCH: The NFL’s Chilling New Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Will Make You Stop and Listen The ad, which is set to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl and depicts a real-life 911 call, comes after a media storm unco ...