Sojourners Magazine: May 2016
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Conservative pastor Rev. Rob Schenck has spent most of his life as an anti-abortion activist, but after witnessing countless mass shootings here in the United States, Schenck switched his focus to understanding--and challenging--the pro-gun enthusiasm that permeates his evangelical community. In our cover story, read Schenck’s declaration of “a theological emergency” about the idolatry of gun culture.
Why one conservative evangelical is skeptical about pro-gun enthusiasm
Jesus shook up his followers with his radical inclusion of children. Perhaps our Sunday worship should do the same.
A child-centered worship service encourages a sticky faith.
How do we help the youngest members of the church understand the gospel's call to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves?
In the Michigan water crisis, the roots of the problem go a lot deeper than contaminated pipes.
Why U.S. airstrikes on another Arab country is a very bad idea.
For 23 hours a day, I was kept in a windowless room smaller than a horse stable. How does this make us safer?
The rich and varied roots of black environmental liberation theology.
Morgan Freeman shepherds a cable TV journey through the world's faiths.
Pillars of Cloud and Fire: The Politics of Exodus in African American Biblical Interpretation, by Herbert Robinson Marbury. NYU Press.
Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, by Drew G.I. Hart. Herald Press.
Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights, by Susan R. Holman. Oxford University Press.
From The Soulmaking Room, copyright 2016 by Dee Dee Risher. Published by Upper Rooms Books.
The well-meaning 21st century colonialist may come in a T-shirt and a hoodie instead of khakis and a pith helmet.
Four May culture recommendations from our editors.
If comic portrayals of bad leadership are comforting, serious cinematic explorations of bad leadership might help us learn how to avoid it.
Preferential Option for the Poor
Reflections from the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
"We recognize life is messy, so our worship is messy too."
We need faith-inspired courage to stand up to our enemies when they are strong and our friends when they are wrong.
Funny Business by Ed Spivey Jr.
At many colleges we visited, it was apparent that "success" was defined in mostly monetary terms.