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Welcoming the Stranger (Even If It’s Against the Law)
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Philadelphia faith leaders announced that they will welcome immigrant families even if it is against the law. They are building a movement of "sanctuary congregations" and have dreams that the U.S. w ...

Spiritual Cultivation
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. Simon & Schuster. SOIL AND SACR ...

Pastor Who Granted Sanctuary to Meet with ICE Officials
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

A New Jersey pastor who granted sanctuary to an Indonesian immigrant in his church is scheduled to meet with an ICE public advocate next week to address the situation but said he remains skeptical given the wo ...

Refugee Defies Deportation, Seeks Sanctuary at Church
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. — Saul Timisela was ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark early on the morning of March 1 to be deported. Instead, the Indonesian Christian took sanctuary ...

Occupy St. Paul’s: Thanks Be to God
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

What makes Christian faith most unique among all the religions of the world is, indeed, the incarnation. In Jesus Christ, God hits the streets — that’s what Incarnation means. LON ...

A Church Sanctuary for the Occupy Movement
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Our churches should swing their doors wide and greet the Occupiers with open arms, offering them sanctuary and a feast to say “thank you” for having the courage to take a sacred stand against injustice and ine ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities. But that's not what I want to talk about. [ Editors' ...

As Passionate as the Parisians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resolving its debt crisis on the backs of the middle class. They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resol ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

Americans With Disabilities and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It seems a bit strange when you think about. ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I first heard the announcement to rise for "the presentation of the colors," I didn't understand what that was. When I first heard the announcement to rise for ...

What's in a Name? Living in a "Rule of Law" City
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, the mayor of Costa Mesa -- where I live -- proposed and passed a proclamation declaring our city a "Rule of Law" city. It is not that we were in total anarchy before May. ...

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism. ...

Immigration Enforcement Goes From Bad to Worse in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial immigration legislation in Arizona. The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial i ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

Now that a Wise Latina is a Supreme Court Justice ...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in Honduras. Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. My family and I will leave the twin cities, our Bethel University, our Sanc ...

Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A standard definition of community development often goes something like this:</p> A standard definition of community development often goes something like this: Commu ...

Audio: Who is in Control? Wealth and Wisdom
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>It's always difficult to find just a few minutes from Pastor Efrem's sermons to highli ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! In ...