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The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

Shine the Light of Advent on Child Prostitution
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Tens of thousands of homeless children (perhaps more) are on the streets in the United States. Reliable numbers are hard to find, because these children for the most part are invisible — and prey to sex traffi ...

Immigration Reform: It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Saying an opening prayer at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. was both an honor and a blessing for me. The theme of the homily, by my good friend Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, was ...

Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

As we patiently anticipate the light of Christ entering anew this Advent season, we must cling steadfastly to the hope we profess. For our help comes from the Lord, who ensures that hope ultimately triumphs ov ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

There's a 'War on Christmas' -- Just Not the One You Think
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

It is not the cashier’s job to share the church’s story of God coming to the world. This story of the incarnation of God is my story to tell, the church’s story to tell, all of Christ’s followers story to tell ...

Would It Be Okay If You Hugged Me? What a Tearful Teenage Boy Taught Me About Advent
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

God had seemed absent, hiding in the shadows of painful circumstances. But it turns out he was with me all the time, and was taking each horrible, painful detail and working it for good. ...

God, Santa, Gifts and a Story for Preschoolers
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Santa as a model to imitate: He gives gifts for the joy of it and so should we. When I was 4 and 5 years old, my parents hung our stockings up at the beginning of Advent. Each mor ...

Fast for Families: Fasting and Waiting for Immigration Reform in Advent
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

On the first day of Advent, author begins a fast for immigration reform. On the first day of Advent, I began to fast for immigration reform. I’m not a recent immigrant or a pol ...

There's a Difference Between Expectancy and Expectation
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

We had an image in our mind of what Christmas was going to be and, come hell or high water, it would come to pass. We’d manufacture the feelings we searched for by setting up the perfect scene, and by making s ...

What Are We Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

So much of our religion has become about waiting. Waiting for heaven. Waiting for God to respond to a prayer and to change something. Waiting. What if we’ve got it backward? Much ...

Why Racism Is (Almost) Omnipotent
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

This Advent season presents the church with a great moment — an opportunity — to sharpen its discernment. It is an opportunity for the church and the world to experience a new birth in love, racial justice, an ...

Advent: Fasting for the Reign of God
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

There is an awesome moment in the opening chapter of the book of Luke where the writer frames his gospel as an epic celestial battle taking place in the heavenly realm: This is the story of the reign of men vs ...

Extremes Stretch One’s Faith, Then Leave Us With Hope
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

The reminder of Advent is the sure sense of hope. “O Come Immanuel and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here. Rejoice, rejoice . ” The strange contrast of m ...

An Advent Tune-Up for Faith
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Advent gives us time to 'winterize' ourselves. Thinking back, I haven’t always been great about getting my car “winterized.” I grew up in fairly temperate Kansas, and mo ...

12 Unique Gifts With a Positive Impact
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities. ...

The New Commonwealth of God
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A A PROFOUND SENSE of expectation launches a ...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Philip Metres If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled? The c ...

Alternative Seasonal Reading
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books that can be interesting, grounding, and inspiring companions for a complicated time of year. ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

Waiting for the Coming
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God. ADVENT IS UPON US: W ...

It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel ... Peace
Originally Posted: 12/23/2012 - 2:14am | Type: Blog

That kind of peace is what descended on my heart and mind in the wake of my father’s death. I didn’t do anything to get it to arrive. I didn’t pray the right prayer or read the right thing. It just … arrived. ...

What Are You Singing: I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
Originally Posted: 12/21/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

This Christmas I hope those “three ships” will sail toward the light of my Advent candles. And that I’m ready to receive the treasures they bear. One carol I’ve been humming this ...

On Scripture: Can We Speak of God’s Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, and the results are frequently terrible. The rest of the church has a responsibility to get angry and repudiate the statem ...

Advent and Expectations
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Advent allows us to realign our expectations to His plan. Social justice will not happen in the way that we devise. If God came as this baby Jesus, how will God right all things wrong? ...

The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

Sojo is ready to celebrate this season of Advent, our Savior’s birth, and all of the family time and Christmas cookies that come with it. So here it is: The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit. ...

What To Do WIth Empty Space
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

What would it look like for me to let myself be filled with the joy that comes from anticipating God's promises? "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord h ...

Advent: In Anticipation of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

While the Season of Advent is viewed in various ways, one method is to perceive it in anticipation of reconciliation, for such personal and public reconciliation is dearly needed in our present day and age. ...

Advent: Our Christmas Hope
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

This Advent, as we wait for the true light who is coming into the world (John 1:9) we pause and reflect on our Christmas hope. As a friend said last night, we do not linger forever in uncertainty but as an exp ...

The Power of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Many Christians may be surprised to hear a sermon during Advent that focuses on challenging our cultural assumptions about the meaning of Christmas, but doing so may be the most faithful witness a pastor can o ...

The Waiting
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Advent, a season during which Christians honor and attempt to approximate the longing for a Messiah more than 2,000 years ago, is often described as a chance to exercise our patience muscles. ...

The Annunciation – A Divinely Human Moment
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

The beautiful anonymity and soft innocence of a young girl in Nazareth would be stripped by an angelic visitation. Who could ever envision the global veneration soon to commence? ...

The Seeds of Epiphany
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper May God cause us to cry out to those mountains of injustice, "Oh freedom!" In th ...

Been There, Bordered That. So Why Are We Still So Afraid?
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

We disregard the good news at our doorstep, the opportunity to live with Jesus among us, and keep on building walls at our threshold. Perhaps that's why the angels of the Bible repeat this admonishment -- ...

A Season of Urgent Patience
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

During the upcoming season of Advent we ask God to provide us with a full portion of urgent patience. On the morning of Nov. 7, just hours after polling places closed and as vote ...

Top 10 Advent Resources of 2012
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Elaina Ramsey Center yourself during this busy holiday season with our to ...

The Season to Put on Beauty
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C “TAKE OFF THE garment of your sorrow and afflic ...

A Series of Curious Events ... and a Chicken
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger With a warm hen under my arm, I remembered Jesus' plea over another empire-ridden city. ...

Pregnant with Possibility
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Donna Schaper Advent marinates us as we prepare to taste Christ's arrival. THE TASTE OF the election sti ...

From the Archives: November 1981
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Lou Kownacki The Art of Waiting IN THE PAST two years, I’ve done two smart things: I went fishing last s ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: With the Cathedral Choir from New Jersey
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today: The Cathedral Choir of New Jersey. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Junior High Lunch Table
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today Handel's "Hallelujah" is brought to you by the junior high students from O ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

No matter how much we give to those around us, it can never match the Light of the World entering into the darkness to be with us. Emmanuel, God with us, is the gift that can’t be out given. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kuwa na Krismasi njema!
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from the POTS Chorus o ...

The "War" on Christmas: And Then They Came for the Poinsettias
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Forget about that creche on the town green or the menorah outside the public library that the nice folks from Lubavitch Chabad will light for the first time tonight. Now the Special Ops Humbug Unit of the War ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Karen Peris of the Innocence Mission
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

The Innocence Mission's rendition of "Away in a Manger" is a prime example of what Karen Peris' voice can do. It's in high rotation in my Christmas 2011 mix on iTunes and rarely fails ...

There's Just Something About Mary: The Power of Yes
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

See, God is at work in you in much the same way God was at work in Mary. (Not necessarily in that the Holy Spirit’s going to knock you up.) But I do think that you carry in your body the blessing of God and ha ...