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The Grand Jury, Ferguson and Michael Brown
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Disquiet Time: How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The book of Revelation and I have a complicated relationship. We flirted a little bit, back in high school, at least until it got me kicked out of church. I was asked to contribu ...

Church of England Kicks the Devil Out of Baptism Rite
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

While Christians waited to learn whether the Church of England would approve the consecration of women bishops, the church’s governing body — the General Synod — quietly voted to drop all future references to ...

Could Baptizing Children of Gay Couples Become a New Battleground?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

The default position for most bishops — reiterated in a major Vatican document released on Thursday — is that if the parents pledge to raise the child Catholic, then no girl or boy should be refused baptism. ...

Southern Baptists Meet as Membership, Baptism Decline Continues
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

For Southern Baptists, it’s happened again: Another annual report shows the denomination is losing members and baptizing fewer people. For Southern Baptists, it’s happened again: ...

Sarah Palin’s Dying Breed of Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 8:13am | 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 ...

Sarah Palin and the Beauty of Baptism
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 3:19pm | 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 Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

'What is to prevent me from being baptized?'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. A Bible study. LUKE'S SECOND VOL ...

Salvation: All Is Grace
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

We elevate one belief or practice over another, then divide ourselves as Christ followers by the priority we set when, in fact, all of these are taught as saving by Christ, who alone is our salvation. ...

Church of England's Alternative Baptism Liturgy Drops Reference to Devil
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service following the introduction of an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their “sins” or reject “the ...

Moving into Epiphany's Light
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A. A NEW CALENDAR YEAR marks the end of the ...

Baptism Rates Slide Despite High-Profile Boosts
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby christened Prince George, a future king of England on Wednesday. The rite of baptism got big press as Ar ...

SLIDESHOW: 'Rev. Riverkeeper' in Action
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dottie Yunger puts her faith into action as the Anacostia Riverkeeper. As Dottie Yunger writes in ...

Water Initiatives Get Congregations to Pledge to Conserve
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, water has become more than a ritual element used in Christian baptismal rites or in Jewish and Muslim cleansing ceremonies. It has become a focus for worshippers seeking to go beyond water’ ...

A River Runs Through It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Water in the New Testament "HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?" pondered the middle-aged wom ...

'Rev. Riverkeeper'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Dottie Yunger One minister's effort to keep the Anacostia River "baptizable." THE ANACOSTIA RI ...

From the Archives: November 1994
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Parker Losing Innocence I GREW UP in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived “out in the booneys,” ...

The ‘Cold-Call Pope’ Reaches Out and Touches a Lot of People
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Of all the novelties that Pope Francis has brought to the Vatican, few have endeared him to the public — and unsettled his aides — as much as his penchant for picking up the phone and calling someone out of th ...

One Baptism, One Faith
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

John Klassen A recent agreement between U.S. churches marks important ecumenical progress. AFTER SEVEN YEARS ...

Sermon on Baptism and the Devil
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

While I am certain evil exists I’m not sure it’s in the form of a red man with horns and pitchfork and tail. That image that terrified me as a child is now a bit too cartoon-y for me to take seriously. ...

John the Baptist's Revolutionary Message
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

My sister read aloud. Chapter 1: Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth, babies on the way. Chapter 2: Jesus, prophesies. Chapter 3: John the Baptist, and wait, what? Every Christmas, my fami ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 Huffington Post: An Interview with United States 39 th President Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United ...

Jesus Walking on the Water: A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints, and we thought maybe during "Open Space" we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all " ...

A Song and Reflection on Immigration and the Border Town
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/16/a-song-and-reflection-on-immigration-and-the-border-town/" target="_self"></a> I was recent ...

Baptizing for Life
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 3:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Addiction is not an individual disease; it's a family sickness. My 7-year-old nephew s ...

Who Goes to Hell is Not the Most Important Question
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Reality check: Gandhi's in hell."<br /> "Really? Gandhi's in hell? And we have confirmation of this?"</p> "Reality check: Gandhi� ...

The Economics of Anxiety
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011? ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

This Advent, Embrace a Doubting Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=159874132" target="_blank">Matthew 11: 2-11</a>, when John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and ...

Are Mennonites Taking Over the World?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Not likely.</p> Not likely. But Mark Tooley wonders in The American Spectator magazine whether Mennonites are taking over a big enough part of Christianity to be d ...

Flag vs. Font: Pledging Our Allegiance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">"You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever." (The Book of Common Prayer) " ...

Wondrous, Inexplicable, Demanding Newness
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C The biblical writers, in a rich varie ...

Billy Graham's Theological Humility Should Challenge Evangelical Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every three years, young evangelists from around the world gather in Portland Oregon to attend a conference put on by the Next Generation Alliance, an organization dedicated to mentoring the next g ...

Don't Isolate Gender from the Biblical Big Picture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The gender discussion in the church today is captured succinctly by New Testament scholar Gordon Fee in <em><a title="http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102710879856&amp;s=5547&amp;e=0012JIqccVLH ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

Baptism's True Claim
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers To wade in the water is to be immersed in our Lord's perverse ethic of gain through loss. Je ...