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When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

What Moves Mountains?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Do you have faith the size of a mustard seed? That's all we need. LOVE. THAT'S W ...

A Reign of Terror
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom. W.W. Norton and Company. AMID ...

Love. Period.
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

We get to decide our story, though not entirely by ourselves. Each of us has a co-author, someone collaborating with us. We didn’t write the first sentence to our story, the one that involves our birth. The co ...

An Unexpected Journey
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

We celebrate commitments made, successes honored, and loves found. The Christian faith, we realize, is rarely about solutions; it is about the authentic and real journey of life and a common trust that our God ...

5 Reasons to Love/Hate the Internet
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Here are a few reasons why I, as an individual millennial, find myself loving and hating the World Wide Web. I was born in 1990. That puts me squarely in the middle of what is ref ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

An Aching Heart
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared experiences. We love someone, and our hearts ache with them and for them at times. We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared exp ...

To the Dying Church: Get Offline and Get Outside
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Dying church, it’s time to rise! Get up! Get offline and get outside and greet the day. There’s plenty for you to do and I can think of nobody else who is needed right now than You ...

My Dad's Worst Day
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

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

The Many Ways to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The example mothers in Scripture do not lead caricatured lives of middle-class homemakers living a life of Pinterest or of super-career woman balancing family and economic kingdom building. Instead they are en ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

Rethinking What It Means to be a Christian
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

More and more, I’m seeing that the issue is not doctrine; it’s attitude. It’s not theology; it’s posture. It’s not the brain; it’s the heart. “You are not only a coward but a non- ...

The Politics of Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Politics refers to “the affairs of the city” and “influencing other people on a civic or in ...

Making a Difference through Love — and Red Plastic Diamonds
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

At 5 a.m. on a Friday last August, 20-year-old Joshua Jank’s condition was worsening. Nurses at his hospice home in Fort Wayne, Ind. told his mother to gather anyone who wanted to say a last goodbye. ...

Not This Time -- A Reflection on the Resurrection of Lazarus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Life is stronger than death, that love is stronger than hate, that resurrection is possible through the Living Word of God. Editor's Note: This post is adapted from a sermo ...

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The First Year of the Pope’s Revolution
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

As I reflect on Pope Francis' first year, and have reporters asking for a sound-bite — here’s the thing I find most noteworthy. A year ago yesterday — March 13, 2013 — Pope ...

Just ‘Love the Sinner.’ Period.
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

I hate the phrase because I think it’s a totally screwed-up, backwards, un-Christlike, and unbiblical way to approach ministry and the world in general. I hate the phrase, “Love t ...

Why I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Yes, Valentine’s Day is about love, but the kind of selfless, dangerous sacrificial love it recognizes is trivialized by lacy cards and chocolates. I’ve done the Valentine’s Day t ...

Marriage: What's Love Got to Do with It? Historically, Very Little
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

On Valentine’s Day, American husbands and wives of every age, faith, and region will shower their beloveds with symbols of undying affection — flowers, chocolates, moonlit dinners, kisses. ...

'Salaam, Love' Counters Stereotypes of Muslim Men
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men and how they treat women. Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men a ...

Friendship as Justice
Originally Posted: 01/24/2014 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Friends don’t pity; they love. Justice work, at its best, is as simple as making a friend. Overheard on a Facebook conversation last week: “There is really not much difference bet ...

When Christians Love Theology More Than People
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

The practical application of your love is just as important as the theology behind it. Our faith is evidenced by how we treat others. Does the reality of your life reflect the theory behind your spiritual beli ...

Be a Light
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Don’t wait for someone else to bring the light. Be the light. Light is important to us. Those of us who live in the Midwest are reminded of how much we need it during this time of ...

For Love and Family
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey People go to great lengths for those they love, especially when it comes to immigration reform. ...

A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them. So, while the work of life and hea ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

Hell and the Love of God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt Where do our ideas about hell come from? I GREW UP IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, memorizing scriptur ...

On Scripture: Happy are Those Whose Help is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Happy are those whose help is the God of this Jesse — Jesse Lewis of Newtown, Conn. — who in his short life, mastered three words it takes most of us a lifetime to learn: nurture, heal, love. ...

Is Love All We Need?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

By its nature, love has no minimums and no limits. It challenges the assumptions and the motivations behind all of our behaviors. Love leaves no part of our lives untouched. The B ...

Sandy Hook Anniversary Reminds Us That Love Endures
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

We tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict and violence, the end of all suffering. But if peace requires such impossible circumstances to exist, we’ll never realize it. ...

Removing Our Hats -- And Changing Everything
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

What seem like very small, ordinary acts often have immense and lasting impacts. And every interaction that we have — even with a stranger on the street — can leave some sort of mark, either helpful or hurtful ...

Have You Tried the Six Varieties of Love?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Can six loves known to the Greeks inspire us to move beyond our current addiction to romantic love, which has 94 percent of young people hoping — but often failing — to find a unique soul mate who can satisfy ...

Why This Protestant Loves Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

I appreciate Benedict for writing beautiful words on love, but I love Pope Francis because he’s publicly living those words. When Pope Benedict XVI retired in February, I wrote an ...

Five Traits of a False Prophet
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

I got to thinking about what folks like Theresa Caputo have in common, be they prosperity-preaching ministers, self-help “Jesus light” media darlings, or channels for the dearly departed from Jersey Shore. Fol ...

Has Drone Firepower Conquered Christ's Love?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

As we seek faithful ways to engage governments with the spirit of Jesus’s love and reconciliation, we must remember some essentials. For centuries, followers of Jesus have wondere ...

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 ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

From the Archives: Fall 1972
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Ediger Witness to the Lord IT CAME TO pass in the summer of ’72 that many young people gathered in Dall ...

True Biblical Hospitality: Loving Immigrants, Strangers, and Enemies
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Based on our English definition, most everyone would consider themselves hospitable. But are we really? I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite moments in life is when I pu ...

Church of the Open Doors
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change at a Community Called Glide. HarperOne ...

Wounding and Welcome in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper TWO Y ...

Waiting on God
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda Kaufman A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again. WHEN I FIRST started attending the Chu ...

With Piercing Wit and Deep Affection
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Byassee When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Suprising Places, Even the Church. Jericho Books ...

A Testimony of God's Grace and Love
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Leroy Barber Five principles for a lasting marriage. MARRIAGE IS A wonderful thing. Yet it seems to be taking ...

From the Archives: June-July 1974
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Edith Black The Mark of True Faith COMING TO know Christ can be likened to culture shock, when all the old eg ...

Experiments in Love
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

What would it be like if, instead of responding to violence with vengeance, we, as leaders, imagined ways for love to drive out hate? When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in ...

Walking in the Father's Embrace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

When are we going to stop teaching that the Father has to look on Jesus to love us? Why do we teach that the Father turns away from us, abandons us because of our sin? When are we going to stop teaching that t ...

Ohio’s Rob Portman Becomes First GOP Senator to Support Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay. ...