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Results for Repentance

'Forgive Us'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:28pm | Type: Press

October 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Forgive Us
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I’ve been struck by the way that Forgive Us is a clarion call to not be conformed to the patters of this world. Chapter by chapter the authors demonstrate the dastardly consequences of complicity. ...

Let Us Demonstrate to the World How Repentance Works
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Confession and repentance are messy and painful, and they don’t come natural to us. Our human heart is in a natural state of denial. Without an external agent, God, we are unable to recognize our prejudices, o ...

Forgive Us, Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Often we do not know how our words and actions affect and harm others. However, ignorance is not an excuse. As the body of Christ, we must be willing to look deeply at the implications of the choices we make. ...

Engaging Ferguson's Youth with Humility and Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Since the tragic death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, the authentic leadership of the moment has emerged from young people of color. The question is, will we adopt a spirit of arrogance by crowding ou ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

All of Life is Repentance, But Especially Today
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

If all of life is repentance, then Ash Wednesday is the Thanksgiving Day parade. It is significant in a city like Washington, D.C., to observe people we wouldn’t expect to be Christians walking around with ash ...

What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Before we see any leveling-off within the institutional church, there will be many more church closures, consolidation of shrinking denominations, and an increasing number of people called to, and already work ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

'Fighting Words' from the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper More than 80 bills to restrict voter access were introduced in 2013. BACK IN THE day, when ...

9mm Golden Calves
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Magazine Article

James E. Atwood The U.S. should repent of seeing guns as sacred; sane laws would be a start. BACK IN 1990, th ...

The Season to Put on Beauty
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C “TAKE OFF THE garment of your sorrow and afflic ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Jesus radically broke with the prevailing culture and paradigms of his day. He reached across social, cultural, religious and ethnic boundaries. He built bridges, spanned the gap, and reconciled us to each oth ...

Why Ash Wednesday Belongs Out of the Church and Out on the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

We are going into public with our ashes because Jesus died in public. He didn’t die in the Upper Room surrounded only by his disciples. DURHAM, N.C. -- There is something decide ...

Ash Wednesday: Restoring the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics and many others will walk around with ashen crosses (or, by the end of the day, what look like indeterminate smudges) on our foreheads. Those ashes are strong symbols of core princi ...

Rewriting History: Thanksgiving or Genocide?
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

I’m not suggesting we not be thankful. But if it were up to me, I’d repeal the official day of Thanksgiving that was sanctioned by Congress because no matter how we want to re-tell or re-write that story, we a ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Tools for Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon I found out that ABC news plans to dedicate it programming today to "Hunger at Home: Crisis in America." It precipitated my writing of this post which I had planned to add as a la ...

Harold Camping, Rapture, and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The rapture date and prediction has come and gone.</p> The rapture date and prediction has come and gone. By now, all of you have heard about the frenzy around 89-year-o ...

In a Broken World, I Long for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Like all of you, I was stunned some days ago as I started soaking in the breaking news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death via U.S. military operations.</p> Like all ...

America's National Humiliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.</p> Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started f ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

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 ...

After the Spill, We Can't Forget the Gulf
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is hard to imagine that it's been six months since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/" target="_blank">BP oil spill</a> in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Applauding Humility (and a Good Decision by Terry Jones)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Humility is not easy. Humility is not easy. After all it shares the same root word as "humiliation." But the humility that allows us to say we are sorry and to change ou ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Angel Island: History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: This statement was delivered at an interfaith prayer vigil at the U.S. Editor's Note ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100901-restoringhonor1.jpg"></a>Glenn Beck is wrong on so much: wrong on social justice and liberation theology. His logic is often flawed. ...

Mosques, Churches, Terror, and Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. We set up par ...

We Need a Clean Energy Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We need a clean energy conversion.</p> We need a clean energy conversion. If civil rights was the key issue of the previous generation, I think clean energy is one o ...

Glenn Beck and a Neighborless Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to thank <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a>. I want to thank Glenn Beck . His recent tirade against liberation theolog ...

Why I Remain a Catholic Priest, Despite Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. My ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

Poisoned Sea, Impoverished Soul: A Litany of Lament Over a Despoiled Ocean
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the beginning, darkness covered the face of the deep.</p> <p>Then the Breath of Heaven swept across the waters, blessing the sea with all manner of creatures.</p> ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

Gulf Oil Spill: Watching a Disaster Unfold with a Log in My Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Watching a disaster unfold on the news is always heartbreaking, but when it occurs in your hometown and you are far away, it can be debilitating. Watching a disaster unfold on the ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Toyota: Can a Corporation Repent?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Will Toyota repent? Will Toyota repent? Last week Toyota announced yet another recall , this time of the Lexus GX 460 and the Land Cruiser Prado, luxury SUVs that had rece ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

An Emerging Introspection Round-up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

The Darkness of Easy Hate and the Light of Easter's Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598909340_QiDdc"></a>Hate is easy and the domain of the lazy. This insight came in the ...

Johnny Be Good
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger It was a remarkable moment in November when Johnny Lee Clary, a 50-year-old white Oklahoman, knelt before Bishop George ...

Don't Give Anything Up for Lent -- Give Yourself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why?</p> Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why? Lent is the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Holy Satu ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I had a most instructive conversation this week wit ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...