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Pastors Do Not Talk About "Domestic Violence" With The Church, Says US Survey
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Inforgospel ...

The Church Has Been Left Behind
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

The church has been left behind — but friends, this is a good thing! We — the church — were left behind on the hill on that day of ascension, but we were not left to stand staring into the sky. ...

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 ...

In WikiWorship, Church Members Help Edit the Sermon
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept behind a new worship model called WikiWorship. Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

It was my first year of seminary. The Twin Towers were destroyed, tumbled to the ground. So many people assumed that everyone would go rushing back to the churches. It was the turn of the millennium and we sta ...

What Imams Talk About During Eid
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

Eid, which follows the Muslim fast of Ramadan, is a time when Muslims are supposed to unite, forgive grievances, and contribute to charity. In a sign of their growing numbers, many congregations held two or th ...

'This Teaching is HARD. Who Can Accept It?': A Sermon on Eucharist
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Every three years, the assigned readings during the summer include five weeks of working our way through the Gopel of John, chapter 6, and what is called the "Bread of Life Discourse." And let’s just ...

Learning How to Live Well
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we have to get out of the way and let the Spirit do his thing — that requires intentionality. Other times we’ll have to choose to love or choose to forgive or choose to speak the truth, and as we con ...

Church of the Laptop-Bound: Sunday June 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

Couldn't quite get yourself together to make it to church this weekend? We've got you covered. Here for you edification and instruction, are three good lessons in video and audio form, from pastors T ...

Agape Doesn't Mean "Potluck"
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

If we knew that the people entering the doors of this, our little House for all Sinners and Saints, were actually Jesus’ friends, that they were those whom Jesus loved then despite what we thought of their per ...

The Bouquet
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

“God doesn’t loves us as a flower but as a bouquet.” Most every Sunday Ruth or Lily Janousek hands me a drawing on the way out the door. I have quite a collection. Lily and Rut ...

Sermon on Losing Your Life and How Jesus Isn’t Your Magical Puppy
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

See, I wrote another sermon this week. A real one. I worked on it all week. And then yesterday afternoon I threw it away and just wrote you this letter instead. Because I realized that in my sermon I was tryin ...

Sermon on Jesus’ Dream Team: Rank Fishermen, Demoniacs and Sick Old Ladies
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

That famous yet fictional saint of the church, Homer Simpson once said Well, I may not know much about God, but I have to say we built a pretty nice cage for Him. As soon as ...

Sunday Sermon Superfans: An Introduction
Originally Posted: 01/08/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Heard an exceptionally good sermon, homily, teaching, preaching, lesson or message in church this Sunday? Share it with us. Did you hear a particularly good sermon, homily, teac ...

The Feast of Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Christ threw in his lot entirely with those whom the doors of power shut out. He would talk with anyone, eat with everyone, and, in the end, died among the refuse of his people. He was a leader who led from be ...

What Would Jonathan Edwards Say About Twitter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As I play with my young son, walk to the grocery store, or wait for a subway, I feel the presence of emails I haven't answered, Facebook invites I haven't responded to, tweets I haven't sent. ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

The Elephant in the Sanctuary: Women and Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I concluded my celebration of Women's History Month (March) with a sober realization that the abuse of females is inseparable from the study of women's history.</p> ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Power of Grief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Exposing Darkness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: What is Idolatry?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: Coming Close Enough to Measure Character
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<em style="font-style: italic;">Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather. ...

Why Are There So Few Solo Women Church Planters?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Church planting is its own weird thing. It takes a certain personality to think you might, just might, be able to (with tons of help from God) start a church from scratch. Chur ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

An Ordination by Archbishop Tutu and Valentine's Day Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Saturday, Jan. 30, I attended a service in which one of my colleagues was being ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church together with ten others who were being ordained either as priests or dea ...

From 'Strangers at Our Gates' to Brothers and Sisters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Just say it: Feliz Just say it: Feliz Interesting article. When I Interesting article. When I saw the title of this, I thought of Mel White's book, "Stranger at ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

Why Big D Needs a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Residents of the Lone Star state are known as proud folk, but there are a few startling facts that should make everyone -- not just ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

Why I Choose to Be at Times, 'an Angry Asian Man'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We often speak of 'loving our neighbors,' but it's really hard when we don't even know our neighbors. I see this to be a growing problem -- not just in the Church but our larger so ...