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VIDEO: RavelUnravel
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Videos of people of several religious backgrounds expressing their faith.  Project Interfaith, an ...

Why Are Religious Survey Results So Confusing?
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Reading religion surveys can seem like confronting the Tower of Babel: stacked questions, confusing terms, unscientific methodology. It gets even crazier when results are contradictory. How does that happen? ...

3 Ways 'All Are Welcome' Is Hurting the Church
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Saying “All Are Welcome” may reflect a genuine, well-meaning desire to reflect inclusivity. But in reality, this slogan seems to have lost its meaning. Here's why I've found it's hurting the chu ...

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

Religion Loses Clout: Why Many Say That’s a Bad Thing
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics. More Americans today say  religion’s in ...

What Saved My Faith
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Darkness existed in the forms of misogyny, empire-building, anti-intellectualism, and systematic marginalization of GLBT persons; they were injustices coated with spiritual language — wolves in sheep’s clothin ...

Religion, in the Right Hands
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It’s important that we always differentiate between religion and God. The two are distinct. God is always much bigger than any and all of our religions. I was privileged to attend ...

How I Kissed Evangelizing Goodbye
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

What I came to discover is how much the world craves a listening ear. The biggest problem I have with evangelizing is that you enter into a relationship with a prescribed intention, and that stands in the way ...

8 Things the Church Needs to Say
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives, and lending our name to minor-league politicians, what would we have to say? ...

How to Respond to Online Religious Wars
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

There is a religious war being waged online, but love will win. For the religious, this is Good News indeed. The history of religious wars in human civilization is a tragic commen ...

Silence for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

I met Dr. Iva Beranek the summer of 2004, during the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Pilgrimage for Reconciliation journey through Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia. Having come of age in Vukovina, just outside of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, during ...

The Holy Common Ground of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Wild Goose helps us reclaim that tribal identity, not so much just as Christians, but as fellow participants in a phenomenon that is humanity, made of heart, mind, body, and spirit. ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here are four spiritual things kids do better than adults. It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here a ...

The Face Of Evil (Religious Dogma)
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Press

May 31, 2014 Sojo in the News James Rogers ...

Smiling Back
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

You can smile at someone, but you can’t really smile with someone until you’ve cried with them, too. Shared their pain, their doubts, their questions, their uncertainty, even their despair. And their joy as we ...

5 Reasons Gay Marriage Is Winning
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

After four same-sex couples filed suit Wednesday challenging Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, neighboring North Dakota is the only state that isn’t facing a challenge to its gay marriage ban — at least not ...

Abducting Girls in the Name of God
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Invoking the name of God to justify human barbarity is a painfully tragic and an ongoing occurrence. If hearing these lies about God breaks our hearts, we can only imagine they must also break the heart of God ...

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 ...

The Religious Left Is Struggling. Can The Cause Of Economic Justice Help It Rise Again?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Michelle Boorstein ...

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently ...

According to the Bible, You Might Be a Christian If …
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

To be human is to be imperfect, and although we shouldn’t glorify sin or purposefully live in sin, we need to be careful about labeling others at “heretics,” “unbelievers,” and “sinners.” Because in reality, c ...

Tragedy Begets Resilience
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

How would our injured victims respond? Within days, the answer was clear. They would remain resilient. Among the many images of the marathon victims that emerged shortly after th ...

A Moral Crisis in Africa
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As a Christian, I grieve over the unspeakable violence wrongly done in the name of faith. FOR THE ...

Allegiance
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

God doesn't want to vie for our allegiance. Yet he must, because our allegiance is divided between church attendance, theological stances, and denominational commitments (among other things), as if these ...

From the Archives: April 1992
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Wink The Myth of Redemptive Violence VIOLENCE is the ethos of our times. It is the spirituality of the ...

Why is the Cross Necessary?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A THIS GENERATION IS wired a bit differently ...

Dear Feminism, Let's Talk About Religion
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Caryn Riswold ...

The Trouble with Being Salt and Light
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

There was a time when calling someone “salt of the earth” was a compliment. It suggested a strong work ethic, moral integrity, and someone whose priorities were in proper order. Today, it seems like more of an ...

Perception Is Reality
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 6:36am | Type: Blog

The problem that is really facing the church is others’ opinions of it. Many people do not have an issue with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their opinion is formed and shaped by the experiences they ...

The Power of None
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

What does surprise me is our failure to see that affiliation with a traditional, God-centered religion is no longer the primary way that many Americans express their deeply rooted need for faith. ...

What's Wrong With Inequality
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Press

January 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Elise Amyx ...

'Nones' and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 12:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out? THIS IS NOT a column full of hand-wr ...

David Brooks and Religious Hostility: Tasting Goodness
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Why do religious believers spend so much energy reinforcing their (our – I’m one of those orthodox believers) borders, building thicker and higher dividing walls designed to keep out the underserving, the sinn ...

Breaking Out
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

We build many individual shells. Ideas and beliefs easily harden into a shell of certainty and leave us in a small, dark space. We all have prejudices and fears that act like shells, keeping us apart from othe ...

When Christians Love Theology More Than People
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 11:16am | 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 ...

Wanted: A New Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

It’s been three months since the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook resigned as the State Department’s religious freedom watchdog, and those who decry religious persecution in Syria, Sudan, and elsewhere are wondering ho ...

Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day. My conclusion: Religion shouldn’t be this hard. After 36 years of se ...

In Missouri, Oak Scouts Offers an Alternative to the Boy Scouts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

As the Boy Scouts of America gets ready to admit gay youth, one Missouri organization has already broken away, but not because it favors tradition. As the Boy Scouts of America g ...

Views on Evolution Driven by Religion More Than Education
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education. ...

Poll: 76 Percent Of Americans Are True Believers
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Press

October 29, 2013 Sojo in the News Lisa Furgison ...

Dear Young Christians: Reject Legalism, NOT Discipline!
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

In many ways, discipline and legalism share many of the same characteristics: repetition, rules, accountability, and work (to name just a few). But there is one important difference: attitude. ...

Malala Yousafzai and the Tradition of Islamic Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Christians like myself must hear our Muslim brothers and sisters’ call for nonviolence as a result of their faith, not as a contradiction of their faith. Malala Yousafzai has capt ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

8 Ways to Survive Christian Culture
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 6:20am | Type: Blog

Christian culture, along with the spiritual leaders, churches, institutions, communities, and other entities it consists of, are supposed to make our faith stronger. But in many cases the opposite happens, and ...

Replacing Faith with Curiosity
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Rather than trying to claim, and lean on, a steadfast and immovable certainty about the existence and nature of God, and the existence and nature of Jesus, I find myself more curious about them – in an active, ...

Meet the ‘Nominals’ Who Are Drifting From Judaism and Christianity
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Meet the “Nominals” — people who claim a religious identity but may live it in name only. They’re rarely at worship services and indifferent to doctrine. And they’re surprisingly  ...

Meet the Nones: Jewish Americans Increasingly Disaffiliating
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

About 22 percent of Jews now describe themselves as having no religion, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews. The top religion story of 2012 was the “rise of ...

Help Thou My Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Ahlgrim A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt. LAST YEAR on NPR’s “All Things Considered ...

Science vs. Religion: A Race to Destruction?
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Science for the sake of science, or religion for the sake of religion, nearly always possesses within it the potential for great danger, especially if the humanity that both were meant to serve comes second to ...