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Introducing 5 Small Loaves
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

to their heart's content, but afterward the disciples picked up 12 baskets full of leftovers! (See Mark 6:30-44 ... are simply unable to meet the overwhelming needs. But God can. And like the young boy and the 12 disciples, ...

Losing My Religion
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Randall Balmer How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism." ...

Degrees Without Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Why are so many college graduates underemployed? RECENT YEARS HAVE witnessed a deluge of headline ...

Moneyed Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform. IN ITS SEEMINGLY endless ques ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

a 12-hour training with several other families and with representatives from their own family or community. ... and 12 percent were multiracial or their heritage was unknown, according to the Child Welfare Information ...

Jesus' Most Basic Command
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Carli ...

What the NFL Doesn’t Want You to Think About
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

“Redskins.” The name of Washington, D.C.’s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. “Redskins.” The name of Was ...

Supreme Court Prayer Ruling May Spur New Alliances
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian prayers at public meetings dealt a body blow to atheist organizations. This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian pray ...

The Impact Of Cafeteria Religion On Political Engagement
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Wear ...

More U.S. Latinos Shift and Drift Outside the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

as Catholic, according to Pew’s report, which uses “Hispanic” and “Latino” interchangeably. But that’s 12 ... This includes 16 percent who call themselves evangelical, up from 12 percent in 2010. The movement out ...

Town Prayers: What Does the Supreme Court Mean By 'Coercion'?
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a city, town, or county could open its regular meetings with a sectarian (that is, Christian) prayer without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. ...

Report: Internet Hate Speech Can Lead to Acts of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a report released Tuesday by Muslim Advocates, a legal and advocacy ...

Bringing Back The Religious Left
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Gene Veith ...

The Political Future Of Religious Progressives
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Thomas Reese ...

Sojourners: Faith In Action For Social Justice
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Press

May 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Center for Children and Theology ...

Pastors Gather, Asking God to Resurrect Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

When more than 250 pastors descended upon Washington, D.C., the event made one message abundantly clear: if immigration reform is going to happen, God is going to be the one who is going to get it done. ...

Supreme Court Approves Sectarian Prayer at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constitution not only allows for prayer at government meetings, but religious prayer. The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constit ...

Open Letter to White People: Why I am Donald Sterling and So Are You
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We need to take a long, painful look in the mirror. The image we see will make us uncomfortable, but, tragically, it is us. The image staring you back at you is the image of Donald Sterling. ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn’t Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ugly racial statements of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sparked a series of hopefully historic events over the last several days. The ugly racial statements o ...

Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, And Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn't Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Anti-Poverty Efforts Need A Biblical Answer, But It's Not Socialism, Says AEI Panel
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Gryboski ...

Sarah Palin’s Dying Breed of Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

Most people in their right minds consider Sarah Palin’s statement about using waterboarding to “baptize” terrorists as insensitive at the very least. It further reinforces the notion that she will say or do ne ...

One More Time, Evangelicals Head to Hill on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Trying yet again with new voices, more than 250 evangelical pastors came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to push for immigration reform. WASHINGTON — Trying yet again with new voices, ...

Argument Over Pope Francis' 'Inequality' Tweet Misses the Point
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

But this latest interchange, happening of course between Catholics in the global “North,” misses the real point. The latest dust-up about the unscripted words of Pope Francis came ...

Why I Feel Sorry for Donald Sterling
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 7:51pm | Type: Blog

The Donald Sterling I see is a man who has tirelessly sought fulfillment in ways that have not yielded the return he desired. As such, he’s tried to backfill that emptiness by subsidizing his relationships wit ...

Survey: Most Americans Say Fighting Global Poverty Is Futile
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Despite progress in defeating extreme global poverty, most Americans see no end in sight, according to a survey sponsored by Compassion International. Despite progress in defeatin ...

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched th ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

Sarah Palin and the Beauty of Baptism
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin used baptism as a metaphor for waterboarding terrorists . Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin u ...

The Religious Left Is Struggling. Can The Cause Of Economic Justice Help It Rise Again?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Michelle Boorstein ...

President Obama Pens Pope Francis Piece for Time's 100 Most Influential List
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Time magazine has released its annual 100 Most Influential people list, and, to no one's surprise, Pope Francis is featured. What may be surprising is who the magazine chose to write about the pontiff — P ...

Can There Be a Rational Compromise on the Pledge of Allegiance?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Yet another Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit has been filed, this time with New Jersey humanists challenging the requirement that each school day begin with recitation of the pledge describing the United States as ...

Army Approves 'Humanist' As Religious Preference
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

effective April 12 for all members of the Army. In practical terms, the change means that humanists could ...

Commandment Against Stealing Has Roots In Injunction Against Kidnapping
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rob Wilson-Black ...

Values & Capitalism On Campus: Gordon College
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Values and Capitalism ...

Turning Toward Pentecost: Remembering the Women
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

This Easter Sunday, we must remember the women. The women were there at the foot of Jesus’ cross. The women were there when they laid him in the tomb. The women walked throu ...

Most Voters Favor Prayer, Minus Jesus, at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer – as long the public prayer is generic and not specifically ...

When Immigration Takes a Human Face
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

As the “immigration issue” continues to be discussed in our country, for me, it is becoming much less of a political talking point and much more about genuine, human relationship. They are my friends. They are ...

SCHEDULE: Catch Easter Weekend Specials On Fox News Channel
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Press

April 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Fox News Insider ...

Gov. Bobby Jindal to Keynote Liberty University's Commencement Ceremony
Originally Posted: 04/18/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, widely considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, will be the commencement speaker at Liberty University on May 10. ...

Putting the Immigration Debate in Human Terms
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently stated that people who come into the country unauthorized to find work and support their families are doing so as “an act of love.” In a Miami Herald op-ed, Archbishop Tho ...

Louisiana Legislature Should Read The Bible Before Elevating It
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2014 Jarvis DeBerry The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) ...

Muslims Welcome Shuttering of NYPD Spying Unit
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and civil rights groups welcomed the news that the New York City Police Department’s Demographics Unit will disband but said they still fear they may be targets of warrantless surveillance. ...

Payday Lending: Time to Crack the Trap in Minnesota
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

The practices of most contemporary payday lenders are similar to those condemned in the sacred texts and teachings of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. As the Hebrew Bible declares, “If you lend money to my pe ...

Immigration Advocates Plot A Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Naureen Khan ...

Advocates Push For Immigration Reform Despite Resistance
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Press

April 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Bartholomew Sullivan ...

Immigration, Resurrection, And The Battle For The American Soul
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Murthy Celebrates Outstanding Immigrants at AIC Awards In Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Press

April 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Kevin Parker ...

Another Pro-Life Issue
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Press

April 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...