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5 Simple Living Tips for Millennial Christians
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

It’s been said that one of the greatest tricks devil ever played was convincing most of the world he doesn’t exist. His greatest encore might be wrapping up vice in the midst of a big ball of virtue and lettin ...

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. ...

Not Just Theology: Catholic Seminarians Go to Summer School to Learn Management Skills
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

“How many of you have ever studied a parish budget?” the Rev. David Couturier asked the 11 Catholic priests-in-training seated before him. After a few beats, just one hand went up, tentatively. ...

MAP: The Keystone XL's Path of Destruction
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill A map of the proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline. In “The Earth is the Lord’s (a ...

The Expectation Deficit
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper The civil right of equal opportunity never ensured the human right of equal access. RECENT ...

A Noah State of Mind
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The problem is not with the ark, but with the ark mentality it represents. AS THIS IS wri ...

Beauty in Battered Places
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina. “THE CHURCH radicalized me,” celebrat ...

The Earth is the Lord's (and just look what we're doing with it)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Cal DeWitt As we put creation's author to the test—with projects like the Keystone XL pipeline—there will be consequences. ...

Degrees Without Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Why are so many college graduates underemployed? RECENT YEARS HAVE witnessed a deluge of headline ...

Moneyed Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform. IN ITS SEEMINGLY endless ques ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Churches in the "127 Movement" are opening their hearts, homes, and families to welcome children in the foster ca ...

10 Personal Decisions for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Christ's upside-down kingdom offers a different and subversive message: Lose your life and you'll find it. ...

The Supreme Court's Assault on Democracy
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court has decided that people (individual human beings or corporations) have the right to donate to an unlimited number of political candidates — therefore removing the aggreg ...

Supreme Court Doubles Down on Money as Speech
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Court has made its vision of the future of electoral politics clear. What is unclear is how Americans will respond to the increasing influence money is having in our political system. ...

5 Ways Money Quietly Poisons Our Faith
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

It’s sometimes cliché for Christians to warn about the dangers of idolizing wealth and money, but the negative impact it can have on our faith is more subtle than we often realize. Here are a few ways it cover ...

Time to Change the Rules? Examining Our Relationship With Money
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Jesus was quite clear that our allegiance was to be with the POOR, not the barons of Wall Street. I have a confession to make. I am addicted to office supplies. I grew up in a ...

Watching Super Bowl Ads with the Little Prince: From Delusion to Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Our convoluted logic about desire leads us to falsely conclude that if our desires are not our own then that must mean we are inauthentic at the core of our being, more like puppets rather than independent, se ...

Pope Francis Lays Out a Blueprint for His Papacy in 'Evangelii Gaudium'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Laying out a blueprint for the issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a biting critique of capitalism, calling on world leaders to fight against poverty and for the rich to ...

Financial Gain from Infidelity? A Christian Response
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Rather than promising to join together singles of similar faiths and interests, AshleyMadison.com is an online site for married people seeking extramarital relations. Its tagline is simple: “Life is Short. Hav ...

Inequality Means More than Just Money
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The movie showcases the stories of Americans with various economic standing, highlighting the great gap between those on the bottom and those flying high. Robert Reich pulls up in ...

On Scripture: Shrewd Christians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

The economic health of the nation has long been a concern to people of faith, because we care for the poor, and poverty has been a persistent problem in rural area and urban centers alike. What’s more, we know ...

A Heartless Cult of Money
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Pope Francis 'Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them.' [T]HE MAJORITY OF THE me ...

And You Wonder Why People Aren’t Christians: Transportation Edition
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

I’ve said many times before that I believe that some people who were Christians and left the faith or those who reject Christianity altogether do so not because of any objection to the teachings of Jesus Chris ...

The Death of a Talking Point: Immigration Reform Could Save Taxpayers $1 Trillion
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The CBO found that bipartisan immigration reform in the Senate would trim nearly $1 trillion off the federal deficit, while spurring the economy and creating jobs. People of faith ...

Consumer Christianity: How Much Money Does It Cost to Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Christianity can quickly devolve into caste systems, where faith communities are divided by the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor. Instead of unifying ourselves in Christ, we are dividing ourselve ...

Money: The God of This World
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 8:23am | Type: Blog

We fight wars to keep it and to gain more of it. We damage the earth, deny social services to the poor, and pay ever smaller wages for ever longer hours, because to do otherwise would be bad for business. We d ...

No Room at the Inn
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully. REV. ...

A Testimony of God's Grace and Love
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

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

The $588 Million I (Thankfully) Didn’t Win
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Even though their effective taxes are lower than they were during the Reagan years and far lower than during the great prosperity of the post-World War II era, the wealthy are lobbying fiercely to pay even les ...

Loan Stars
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry The new Louisville Loan Club is a way to protect people from the shark pool of payday lenders. ...

Getting Started
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry Your congregation—large or small—has more to invest than you might expect. WANT TO PUT money to ...

Multiplying Loaves
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry A small congregation in Kentucky demonstrates how your church may have more money—and power—than you think. ...

PACs Gone Wild
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman Big Money's corrupting influence on the elections is way out of hand. Here's how to fix it. ...

Rotten to the Core
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman With political integrity drowning in big money, it's too late for small tweaks. The whole system needs a reboot. ...

How To Reclaim A Rigged Economy
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It by Chuck Collins ...

Economics: Daily Show Correspondents Explain It All
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

The Daily Show correspondents weigh in on why economists are more than just nerdy, high-panted economic yodas with no accountability. More inside the blog. Economists The corre ...

Evil is as Evil Does
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Microsoft was an extortionist, but Google is a pickpocket. FOR MORE THAN a decade Google ...

The U.S. Supreme Court: Health Care, Immigration, Juvenile Justice and More
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 1:39pm | Type: SojoMail

June 28, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We're going to ge ...

Why Getting money Out of Politics is Good for Business
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Motions on the ballots at the annual meetings of Bank of America and 3M will act as referenda on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. From  Newsweek M ...

Will We Be Able to Afford Medicare?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Yes, I know that health-care costs have spiraled out of control. Yes, I understand that the government will not be able to afford Medicare much longer, especially since the ratio of workers to retired people h ...

Why Fixing the Economy is Easier Than We Think
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Paul Krugman talks about his new book, and why fixing the economy is easier than we think. In an interview with  Rolling Stone ,  Paul K ...

When a City Can't Afford an Election
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Apart from the state of public discourse and apathy concerns of the weary voter, another issue is creeping up that could pose a problem for potential turnout—money. If the GOP pr ...

Vicar Sentenced for Conducting Sham Marriages
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

A Church of England vicar has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for conducting hundreds of bogus weddings and illegally pocketing more than 30,000 pounds ($48,000) in fees. ...

Isaiah and the Foreclosure Crisis
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger What does God's "settlement" look like? Today’s Washington Post sits ope ...

Banking For the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Mitchell Banking used to be an agreement between neighbors, not a transaction between chairmen of the board. It's time for a n ...

Tithing: No Buts About It
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: SojoMail

March 15, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A huge problem is that the ...

Down and Outraged
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Shefa Siegel A dispatch from the shrinking middle class. FOR A PERSON from the educated middle class who is g ...

Why I Love Credit Unions
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The bigger the financial corporation, the quicker your dollar exits your community. I final ...

Power, Prayer and Money
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes connections forged at the prayer breakfast have been used or manipulated for less than godly purposes. It’s easy for politics to intrude. It’s been several years since I ...

Chris Hedges' Occupy Wall Street Statement
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 4:30am | Type: Blog

Christ Hedges' statement on Occupy Wall Street. Editor's Note: Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges made this statement in New York City's Zuccotti Park on Thurs ...