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From the Archives: January 1981
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Hanks Why People are Poor.  IF A POLL WERE to be taken in North American churches concerning the causes ...

Tackling the Hard Questions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee It's time for Bible-believing Christians to take a new look at what scripture teaches us about gays and lesbians—and ...

Weekly Wrap 11.7.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

1. GoldieBlox Releases Action Figure for Girls “Fashion dolls teach girls to value beauty over brains. One is sold every 3 seconds.” That’s how the ad releasing a new action figure for girls opens. Looks like ...

Make Way for the Female Antihero: TV Takes a Page from the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Over the past several years, TV has become saturated with male antiheroes. Breaking Bad made a meth dealer Emmy gold, and Dexter garnered a cult following behind a sociopathic vigilante. But hey, boys will be ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

The Biblical Case for Limiting Money in Politics
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

It is in the context of gross, growing inequality of income and political power that we must wrestle with our question of whether allowing unlimited political donations is morally desirable or unacceptable. ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. The Pe ...

How The Bible Understands Justice
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

From the Archives: July 1991
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Morrison An Issue of Justice MOST discussions about the Bible and homosexuality are limited to a hand ...

We Can't Afford Dirty Energy: Thoughts on Turkey, Appalachia, and Humility
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

We can’t afford dirty energy. It’s costing precious lives. We need to respond to the wonders of God’s creation with humility and obedience to God’s will. Two weeks ago in Soma, Tu ...

VIDEO: Matthew Vines on "God and the Gay Christian"
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Matthew Vines sits down with Sojourners to discuss his first book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of ...

COMMENTARY: Is the Hobby Lobby Bible Elective Objective?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

On April 14, the school board in Mustang, Okla., voted to institute an elective Bible course. This is not news. More than a thousand U.S. public schools offer Bible as literature courses. ...

My Dad's Worst Day
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Vines Excerpt from God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, Convergent Books OURS IS A CHRISTIAN F ...

Bible Survey: Many Americans Scramble Their Scripture
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such f ...

Even Jesus had a Tax Man
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year. Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many refe ...

For Those Who Study or Think About God
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Those who have made a profession out of talking about, writing about, thinking about God seem determined to make our profession an idol. "It's about God, stupid." I ...

Did Jesus Pray to Allah?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan McAnnally-Linz Miroslav Volf Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims fro ...

Q&A: 'Noah' Director Darren Aronofsky on Justice vs. Mercy
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

The Noah epic releasing in theaters this Friday promises to be controversial, with director Darren Aronofsky calling it “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” The Noah ...

'Noah' Spurs Debate Pitting Art vs. Bible
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

With the release of the movie Noah a couple of weeks away, the waters of controversy are already rising fast. With the release of the movie Noah  a couple of weeks away, the w ...

Hobby Lobby's Steve Green Stands on Faith Against Obamacare Mandate
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Once Steve Green sets his path, there’s no turning back. Once Steve Green sets his path, there’s no turning back. Not when he and his high school girlfriend, Jackie, totaled th ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

An Open Letter to Christian Men (From One of You)
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Christian men - males who are caught up in the ancient, raw, and radical Jesus movement, this is to you: It's high time we say something. Christian men - males who are caught ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...

When Facebook Is the New Daily Moral Reference
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

When we turn to social media in moments of boredom or temporary emptiness, we lose our center. When the meaning and satisfaction in our lives comes from likes, comments, and retweets, God is no longer at the c ...

On Scripture: A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58: 1-9a)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Questions keep bothering us, tugging at us. The life of faith is far more dynamic than a list of creedal statements. This has been a hard winter — from Minnesota to Alabama. It’s ...

Justice Delayed: About That Time We Executed A Child With A Bible
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. Certai ...

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

It troubles me that many Christians easily absorb popular sentiments against undocumented immigrants. Many Christians seem oblivious to the horrible conditions in which people are living, conditions that cause ...

In 'David and Goliath,' Gladwell Provides Fresh Perspective on the Underdog
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

In the same clear, concise style that made his other books so intriguing, Gladwell challenges yet another widespread assumption — that being the underdog tends to make one an underdog forevermore. ...

Top 12 Pastor Stunts: Living as an Atheist Is Just the Latest Ministry Gimmick
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

A California pastor made headlines this month when he announced that he will live like an atheist for a year to see what it’s like on the other side of belief. But Ryan Bell is actually just the latest “stunt ...

The Bible, Costco, and Fiction: On Foolish Christians and Multiplying Hot Dogs
Originally Posted: 11/21/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

The religion section of The Huffington Post published an article on Tuesday about how some Christians are responding to Costco. Unfortunately, it wasn’t about how Christians are celebrating the fact that this ...

A Year of Living Beth Moore-ishly
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Being snarky and cynical, while generating a lot of great material for writing and holding court at parties, never got me very far with God. Beth Moore helped reintroduce me to the “One and Only,” (even writin ...

Can God Take a Tweet? 'The Twible' Delivers Holy Writ with Twitter Wit
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Nearly every home has at least one Bible, although few read it. Nearly every home has at least one Bible, although few read it. But 16 percent of Americans log on to Twitter ev ...

What Good Is a Ph.D. for Reading the Bible?
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

While a Ph.D. is not necessary in order to read and/or understand the Bible, my reading of the Bible since receiving my doctorate promotes the inclusion of far more people than my reading of the Bible before m ...

Atheists Use Popular Bible App to Evangelize About Unbelief
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Like lots of college students, Lauren has a smartphone loaded with some of the most popular apps around — Facebook, Twitter, and eBay. And like a lot of unbelievers, she asked to not use her full name because ...

'A Sower Went Out to Sow'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation. ...

Organization Outlines Continued Efforts to Cut Poverty in Half
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Last week, Half in Ten released its third annual report on its commitment to and efforts toward U.S. poverty reduction. Last week, Half in Ten released its third annual report on ...

On Scripture: Hearing Job — Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

For those of us not currently in the midst of healing from such suffering, maybe Job challenges us not only to allow space for the suffering in our communities, but also to advocate on their behalf. ...

Hollywood Looks to the Bible for Screenplay Potential
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as source material for upcoming mainstream films: the Bible. Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as sou ...

On Scripture: Studying the Law As We Study The Word (2 Timothy 2:8-15)
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Are we credible teachers of the word? Can we stand and share God’s word accurately? As people of faith, we are not only called to study and apply the word, but we are also called to teach the word correctly. A ...

Jim Wallis on the Shutdown: 'It's Unbiblical'
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis gives his commentary on the government shutdown. Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.   ...

Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green Unveils ‘Oldest Jewish Prayer Book Ever Found’
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical businessman Steve Green on Thursday unveiled what he called “the oldest Jewish prayer book ever found” and will add it to the collection of religious artifacts that will form the core of the Bible ...

10 Bible Verses about Water
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors God's word is rich with images of water. Drink up. Water not only sustains our bodies and co ...

Study: Too Much Religion Can Harm Economy
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

Too much religion can harm a society’s economy by undermining the drive for financial success, according to a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. ...

The Bible as Icon
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

I jest about the Bible culture I received along with the faith, the ways the Bible itself (and I mean the object) became an icon (and far too often, an idol) expressive of our belief and hopes — and ultimately ...

Who Is My Enemy?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

I used to blame governments, and churches, and institutions all day long. Now I’ve stuck a piece of tape over my mouth. I’m going to leave it there as a reminder that everything I speak out against has its ori ...

Transcending a Genocidal God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The History Channel's The Bible, like so much of so-callled "religious pop culture," seemed to be the produ ...

Redefining Faith
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

We often assume and speak as if faith = belief. If this leads to action, that is wonderful. Yet we still assume it is possible to speak about faith even if there is no action. La ...

Stories That Change the World
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:03am | Type: Press

April 25, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Still A Believer: A Talk with Singer-Songwriter Nataly Dawn
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

A while back I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Nataly Dawn about faith and songwriting. Dawn grew up in France, went to Stanford for undergrad, and made it big on Y ...