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Immigration: The Unforgivable Sin?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Surely justice requires that, like all other crimes, there be consequences for immigration violations that fit the severity of the crime? When I share the story of how brutal ...

From the Archives: July 1991
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Morrison An Issue of Justice MOST discussions about the Bible and homosexuality are limited to a hand ...

5 Reasons Christians Avoid Accountability and Don't Confront Sin
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becoming extinct within church communities Here are some reasons why. Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becomin ...

And God Said, 'Let There Be Darkness'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Theologically, we’re taught to hate, or at least fear, the darkness. We are children of light, God called light into being, and it was from this light that all things were formed. So what use do we have for da ...

The Joy Of Forgiveness And The Seven Deadly Sins
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Press

March 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christianity's Most Common and Subtle Sin
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Ever since Adam tried to blame Eve (Gen. 3:12), Moses tried to downplay his ability to lead God’s people out of Israel (Exodus 3), Aaron tried to deflect blame for the Golden Calf onto others (Exodus 32:22), G ...

'... And You Can, Too!' Greed and Every Possible Possibility
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

When we are rendered unable to commit to the blessings of life out of insistence that more and better options must be out there for us to acquire, we have turned the promise of “... and you can, too!” into the ...

Wrath: The Deadly Sin of the Divine
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

This definitional conundrum raises a few questions. Is it wrong to speak of God’s wrath? Wrong to list wrath among the Deadly Sins? Or are there certain things that are only sins if humans do them but are appr ...

i-Lust and Other Confessions in a Millennial World
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

There are several reasons why the church doesn’t like to talk about lust. I lust. The words almost seem like they could be a tagline for a new Apple product — an appropriate imag ...

Sloth: Missing the Call for Sabbath
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Ironically, my approach to getting the sloth out of my life is to bring the Sabbath into it, at the end of each day. Sloth. It’s not just a strange, adorable animal we love to wat ...

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Ironically, it is when we don't focus on sin and guilt, and instead focus on unconditionally loving and accepting people just as they are, that the stage is set for repentance and remorse to actually take ...

Just ‘Love the Sinner.’ Period.
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

I hate the phrase because I think it’s a totally screwed-up, backwards, un-Christlike, and unbiblical way to approach ministry and the world in general. I hate the phrase, “Love t ...

Church to Go
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Mullen City of God: Faith in the Streets. Jericho Books. IN HER LATEST book, Sara Miles—author of the ...

Is Wealth a Sin?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

What if we need the insanely wealthy to realize a kingdom-inspired vision for our world? A recent report by OXFAM offered some sobering data about both the concentration and f ...

Sin and Simplicity -- Why Jesus Always Borrowed Stuff
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an experiment, give something away every day. Just one thing. Unclog one tiny artery of your life. See what happens. Every family, including my own, has its “keepers” and “give ...

A Pilgrimage Not of Her Choosing
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Debbie McLeod Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf. I CAN’T WRITE a completely unbiased, academic revie ...

From the Archives: November-December 1999
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Will Campbell We've Lost the War on Drugs THIS STORY IS about the loss of a war and the sin and insanity ...

Are Sinners 'Hellbound?'
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Let’s not put our God to the test, shall we, by forcing God to choose whose prayer to answer, yours or those sinful others. Instead, I suggest we abandon the whole punishment and reward project all together. ...

'Rev. Riverkeeper'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Dottie Yunger One minister's effort to keep the Anacostia River "baptizable." THE ANACOSTIA RI ...

Racism: America's Original Sin
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The Legacy of White Racism [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "America's Original Sin," which appeared in the November 1987 issue of Sojour ...

From the Archives: July 1994
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Our Script Matters THE FUNCTION of healthy religion and church is to provide individuals and soc ...

What Jesus Didn't Say
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Rather than telling people caught in desperate sin how far their sin has removed them from God, why not invite them to come to worship? Think of how much difference there is between saying “Stop being such a s ...

A Man Had Two Sons — Luke 15:11
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

It’s one of the deepest and most enduring themes of the Bible; from Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, and many more — the two sons, with jealousy, strife, and even murder between them, and almo ...

The Growing Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III The heart of our faith calls us to attack poverty, the "cruel thief of dreams." IN AM ...

Faith and Doubt Dancing on Good Friday (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 4)
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Good Friday is good because on that day Jesus revealed who God is at a fundamental level. God is the one who responds to our violence and destruction with the forgiveness and love that defined Jesus’ life. “Lo ...

Good Friday: How Deep the Father's Love Is For Us
Originally Posted: 03/29/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

If anything we think we knew about God before Jesus arrives in Mary's womb contradicts what we see and hear of Jesus in the Gospels, then we are the ones who are mistaken. ...

Walking in the Father's Embrace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

When are we going to stop teaching that the Father has to look on Jesus to love us? Why do we teach that the Father turns away from us, abandons us because of our sin? When are we going to stop teaching that t ...

The Cross: An Exposé of Human Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

We commit sacrifice when we scapegoat, demonize, marginalize, expel, persecute or kill others in the name of our own safety and security or to bolster our belief in our own goodness. ...

Dresden's Shrove Tuesday
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Judith Werner Deep with one savior’s death, how many more? In observance of which, the Dresden burghers as usual held Shrove Tuesday circuses around Our Lady’s Church, the Fraue ...

Gandalf, Gollum, and the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Theological considerations should frame the Christian response to capital punishment. EARLY I ...

Billy Graham: Punish America or Apologize to Sodom & Gomorrah
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Could it not be argued on as many bases that we’re advancing in positive ways — even particularly with regard to affirmation of the rights of the marginalized — as we can for moral decline? ...

Is Hating My Body a Sin?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Hating one’s body usually involves sin: a distortion of the relationship God desires to have with us, and the relationships God desires for us to have with others and with creation. ...

Sin and Chewing Gum
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

What drives so many people to atheism is not selfishness or hedonism, but the experience of abandonment in the face of suffering, grief, and injustice. Yesterday, I was walking th ...

Rooting for Tiger Woods Now More Than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

But shouldn’t we be the first ones to come alongside those who have fallen to show mercy, love, grace and compassion? Of all people in this world, shouldn’t Christians always root for restoration? ...

Adam, Eve and That Damned Snake
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Because now, according to this version of what the story is about, every person born after that inherited original sin from Eve. That’s right. Eve messed it up for everyone by eating some piece of fruit God to ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Standing at the Gates: A Confession
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Everybody needs forgiveness. But it’s hard to face that. It feels threatening, like an accusation. So we tend to get defensive and start justifying ourselves, rather than seeing the one we’ve hurt. ...

Sermon on the Worst Parable Ever
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

Must-Read du Jour: Why the Antichrist Matters in U.S. Politics (NYT)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today's Must-Read du Jour comes from an op-ed by Matthew Avery Sutton in the New York Times. Sutton, an associate professor of history at Washington State University, and author of Aimee Semple McPherson ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, Part 2
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection. I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection . Rollins posted the introduction a ...