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Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
Almightly God, your son revealed your power in the most unexpected ways, challenging us to embrace simplicity, humility, and weakness. Like the star that rose to shine for the newborn King, grant us the joy to signal the presence of your son to others, letting the witness of our lives lead the way to your son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 23 hours ago
"Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though, in truth, his dreaming must not be out of proportion to his waking!" - Margaret Fuller Margaret Fuller, Summer on the Lakes + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 23 hours ago
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.   - John 1:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 23 hours ago
We pray that we may strive to give birth to the living Word of God in our world, through the power of the Holy Spirit. May our daily spiritual renewal lead us also to daily physical renewal as we trust and hope in our life-giving Creator who sent Jesus to bring us into God's eternal presence. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 23 hours ago
1. Utah’s Salvation Army Marches to the Beat of Service The big red kettles and bell ringers are gone until next Christmastime, but the Salvation Army’s congregations worship all year long.2. Are You a 'Duck Dynasty' American or a 'Downton Abbey' American? Fans of these two TV family sagas live in parallel worlds. Which show best reflects your faith and values?3. Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame More than 700 people participated in an experiment aimed at mapping their bodily sensations in connection with specific emotions. Turns out we feel different emotions in different parts of the body.4. And Now There's Facial Recognition for the People in Your Pupils Shakespeare said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also a mirror for what we see.5. Pastor Andy Stanley Tells Christians ‘How to Be Rich’ In his new book, How to Be Rich, Pastor Andy Stanley has a message for American Christians: “You’re wealthy. Now starting acting like it.”6. One in Four Alums Leading Interfaith Group Is Nonreligious A survey of young people involved in Interfaith Youth Core — a leading interfaith organization in the United States that works with college and university campuses to equip young people for cooperative service and dialogue around shared values — found that nearly 1 in 4 IFYC alums identify as atheist (4.7 percent), agnostic (7.1 percent), secular humanist (5.3 percent), or spiritual but not religious (6.5 percent). 7. Faith and the Obama White House Slide show of President Barack Obama’s moments of faith in 2013.8. Esquire’s Best-Dressed Man of 2013 Is Pope Francis  The magazine calls the pope’s attire an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy.9. Three Things Big Data Tell Us About How People Use the Bible YouVersion, a popular Bible app, released its summary of its Bible usage data from 2013, showing how people use their apps to read and share the Bible.10. Evolutionary Beliefs Six in 10 Americans believe in evolution, while a third reject the notion, according to a Pew Research Center study. Sixty-four percent of white evangelical Protestants, meanwhile, believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, while only 15 percent of white mainline Protestants share this opinion.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
 Our King and Savior now draws near: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia. Unto us a child is born: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.  - Max Lucado Max Lucado, God Came Near + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
 Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!" But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay! - Psalm 70:4-5
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
"Here is the Christ child living among us, God become man with his power writ small. Child in a manger, infant of Mary, outcast and stranger, Lord of all." - Godfrey Rust Godfrey Rust, from A Child Is Born + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! - Psalm 148:7-10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;  what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? - Psalm 8:3-4
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 4 days ago
“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” - Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 4 days ago
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. - Luke 2:20 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 4 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 23 hours ago
“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” - J.I. Packer J.I. Packer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 23 hours ago
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 23 hours ago
May God strengthen us according to the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed. Amen.  - From Take Our Moments and Our Days: Advent through Pentecost
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 23 hours ago
We love providing you with daily scripture passages and quotes! Support this and all of Sojourners' work by giving your year-end gift today. 1. Holiday Deliveries — Tetris Style Ever think about all the trucks that delivered all those holiday goodies? Check out this three-minute time-lapse video at just one UPS parking lot.2. Fewer 'Toys from Hell' Under Christmas Tree this Year This should be a relief as your kids play with all those new toys: There were only 31 toy recalls in fiscal 2013 — and none of them involved a lead violation, one of the most common forms of manufacturing trouble, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 3. 100 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year Top 10 lists are a dime a dozen, so the BBC has come up with a list of 100 “news facts” from the past year including that the name Lucifer is banned in New Zealand.4. Myth of Christian Unity Hollis Phelps wonders if “liberal Christians” and “conservative Christians” are worshipping the same God.  5. The Bible in 10 Minutes a Day Justin Taylor gives tips on how to read the Bible in a year.6. Was There Really a Star Over Bethlehem? Physicist Aaron Adair, author of the new book, The Star of Bethlehem, says it’s unlikely.7. Brooklyn Church a Home for Arab Christians The Salam Arabic Lutheran Church is a kaleidoscope of Middle East Christianity— Greek and Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Iraqi Chaldeans, Lebanese Maronites, Egyptian Copts and Greek Orthodox from the Galilee in northern Israel.8. Farewell to Iconic BuildingsAmong the buildings demolished in 2013 were several once considered futuristic, such as the Pan Am Worldport Terminal at New York's JFK International Airport and Houston’s Astrodome9. Sojo’s Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourners blog articles of the past year.10. The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013 Jim Wallis lists his favorite posts from the past year.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor, Robert Wilson-Black 35 weeks 1 day ago
Listen as Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black asks Jim Wallis about his recent fast for immigration reform. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
"It is now, at Advent, that I am given the chance to suspend all expectation...and instead to revel in the mystery." - Jerusalem Jackson Greer Jerusalem Jackson Greer,  A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. - Psalm 72:11-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
O Word, now wrapped in human skin, speak peace on earth through your children. Come, let us sing to the Lord. Let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation. Teach us how to tend to you in your self-imposed vulnerability with us. Prepare us in these tender moments to see what incarnation means in our world. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”  - Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:9-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
God of prophetic promise, your radiance penetrates our wintry night. Come to us in tender compassion, that we too may walk the path of peace in holiness and without fear. We pray in the name of the One whose birth a heavenly host heralded. Amen - From Take Our Moments and Our Days: Advent through Pentecost
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 3 days ago
If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time.” - Edward Hays Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 3 days ago
[John] will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. - Luke 1:16-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 3 days ago
Every generous act of giving is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. Source of every perfect gift, to ful?ll your own purpose you gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of ?rst fruits of your creatures. - From Take Our Moments and Our Days: Advent through Pentecost
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 4 days ago
"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before ... What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon."   - Jan L. Richardson Jan L. Richardson, Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 4 days ago
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. - Isaiah 7:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 4 days ago
Heavenly God, send your Holy Spirit to help us continue to turn your minds and heart to your Son, led by your divine love that we strive to share with those around us. We pray for our love to manifest through acts of service, justice, and compassion. May we imitate the self-giving ministry of our Savior who revealed to us the way of love through word and deed. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 23 hours ago
"One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace that gives us that faith." - Michelle Blake Michelle Blake, The Tentmaker + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 23 hours ago
The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. - Luke 1:30-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 23 hours ago
God of abundant life, your son Jesus Christ opened for us the door to your heavenly glory. Grant us the faith and courage to be like Mary and to allow your grace to work through us. May the story of the Annunciation assure us of the power of the Holy Spirit, as nothing is impossible with God. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 23 hours ago
We love keeping you informed with the Weekly Wrap! Support this and all of Sojourners’ work by giving your year-end gift today. 1. The United States of Religion Maps highlight such things as which religions are predominant by county and state, which states have the most religious adherents and the biggest non-Christian religion in each state. 2. And, Speaking of Maps Kansas State University geographers have created a map of the spatial distribution of the seven deadly sins across the United States. Considering high rate of obesity in this country, we’re surprisingly not very gluttonous. 3. Christmas Light Show Like You’ve Never Seen A Japanese resorts displays 7 million sparkling, colorful and changing LEDs, revolving around Mount Fuji. 4. Airline Pulls Off a Christmas Stunt Westjet Airline passengers get more than their luggage when the airline plays Santa. 5. When It Comes to Sermons, Live Beats Video So much for online church services. A new survey by LifeWay Research finds that most people would rather hear real-life preacher than view a video sermon.  6. Christmas in America: Belief in the Virgin birth and visits from Santa Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, pretends Santa will visit on Christmas Eve, while 73 percent of adults in the Pew survey believe Jesus was born of a virgin. Meanwhile a survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Services finds a plurality of Americans agree stores and businesses should greet their customers with “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings” instead of “merry Christmas,” and 26 percent see Dec. 25 as a cultural holiday, not a holy day. 7. Is Evangelical Christianity in America Losing Its Power? Writer Jim Hinch looks at Rev. Robert Schuller’s Chrystal Cathedral in California’s Orange County and sees trouble. 8. The 60 Best Immigration Reform Pictures of the Year Activists for immigration reform have held rallies, gone on hunger strikes, conducted acts of civil disobedience and tweeted/emailed/called/faxed/petitioned members of Congress, fighting for a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans. 9. 13 for 13 — Intriguing Religion and Faith Findings for the Year The Public Religion Research Institute’s top 13 findings from 2013 provide such tidbits as how many American believe God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events and what percentage of Americans favor a path allowing undocumented Americans to become citizens. 10. Flying Spaghetti Monster Joins Christmas Trees in Public Holiday Displays A university group sets up satirical display at a Wisconsin state capitol holiday display whiles other get into the act.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 1 day ago
"A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, … and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.”  - Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 1 day ago
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 1 day ago
God of love, may we praise you wholeheartedly for the blessings we experience in our lives and recognize these as part of the fulfillment of your promise. We pray for trust in God's promise of the fullness of life, especially in times we feel lost, directionless, hopeless, and sad. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 1 day ago
As you make your winter reading list or shop for gifts, consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors. Or, buy yourself a gift for 2014.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 2 days ago
"God is coming! God is coming! All the element we swim in, this existence, Echoes ahead the advent. God is coming! Can’t you feel it?"  - Walter Wangerin, Jr. Walter Wangerin, Jr., from "The Signs of the Times," in The Manger Is Empty + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 2 days ago
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. - John 1:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 2 days ago
All-powerful God, your son Jesus Christ revealed to us the depth of your power as he humbled himself from the cradle to the cross, teaching us the power of love, service, and compassion. May we imitate his example by humbling ourselves to reveal your love to those around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 3 days ago
"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up." - Anne Lamott Anne Lamott + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 3 days ago
Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old. - Micah 7:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 3 days ago
God of wisdom, you sent your son to set us on the path of knowledge, so that it may lead us to share your divine love with those around us. Teach us wisdom to embody that love and shine the light of your son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 4 days ago
"For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning — not home, but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last." - Frederick Buechner Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail