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Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our mission was, is, and always will be centered in Jesus Christ.  ORTHODOXY AND orthopraxy—strang ...

Israeli Institute Gets $2.2 Million to Help Christians Study Jewish Thought
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

A new institute in Jerusalem has been awarded $2.2 million to help Christians and Jews study Jewish texts, launching what’s being billed as a new kind of Jewish-Christian cooperation. ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Maria-Pia Negro A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way.  MULTIRACIAL CHURCHES are bec ...

Waiting for the Music
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

The attention that comes from being lost in the space, the time, the sound, in one another, grounds me like none other. I am waiting for the music to return — the sonorous graces ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

Tapping the Sacred Power of Song
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Sophia Har Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music, by Thomas H. Troeger MUSIC IS OFTEN re ...

Can Grounded Faith Save Us?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Barry K. Morris The Earth Manifesto: Saving Nature with Engaged Ecology, by David TraceyA Political Theology of Climate Change, by Michae ...

The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper ... and Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Pride, greed, hatred, bitterness, fear, and ignorance often cause Christians to promote distrust instead of unity — but what if Christians were more patient, graceful, and forgiving of each other? ...

For Those Who Study or Think About God
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Those who have made a profession out of talking about, writing about, thinking about God seem determined to make our profession an idol. "It's about God, stupid." I ...

A Watershed Moment
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers In the face of ecocide, the choice before us is stark: discipleship or denial. OUR HISTORY IS incr ...

For the Love of God, Love Others
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

As we try to follow Jesus and grow in our Christian faith, it's time we honestly evaluate the motivations behind our faith. How do our culture, upbringing, experiences, desires, and hundreds of other fact ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism & The Failure Of Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Press

February 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rod Dreher ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 12:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Terry LeBlanc In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous t ...

Salvation: All Is Grace
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

We elevate one belief or practice over another, then divide ourselves as Christ followers by the priority we set when, in fact, all of these are taught as saving by Christ, who alone is our salvation. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear ...

Birmingham Before the Dream
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

The Rev. José Humphreys Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. IVP Books. ...

Indigenous Peoples Prayer Calendar
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that reflect an Indigenous understanding of God. Terry LeBlanc’s co ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...

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 ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay ...

God Loves Our Bikini Bodies
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Leah Kostamo Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community by Leah Kostamo MY MOTHER-IN-LAW wears a bi ...

VIDEO: Lifting Up Women's Voices
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Learn more about the Sojourners Women and Girls (SWAG) work. For far too long, women have been tr ...

New and Improved Christmas Hymns
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

As a public service, I have written historically accurate versions of three of the most beloved holiday hymns. Without personally endorsing any of the theology below, I also offer some alternatives to those wh ...

Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of G ...

Finding God in the Trials of Job
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

The world of Christian theology has seen its fair share of writings that address horrible suffering and the confusion about God’s character that it causes. The biblical character of Job shows us how, as believ ...

Syrian Debate Highlights Division in 'Just War' Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of diplomacy could prevent the conflict from claiming at least one more v ...

Newest ‘Values Voters’ Adversary to America: The Emergent Church
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emergent Church movement. Christian conservat ...

Presbyterians Stir Theology Debate by Rejecting Popular New Hymn
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

The committee putting together a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA) dropped the popular hymn “In Christ Alone” because the song’s authors refused to change a phrase about the wrath of God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...

The Danger of 'Orphan Theology'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Kathryn Joyce Has the uptick in Christians eager to adopt overseas done ...

Too Happy?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirit ...

Is a Messiah’s Work Never Done?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Could it be that ‘the chosen’ are in fact those who have ‘chosen’ to do God’s work in the world? The Jews believe that the Messiah is yet to come. Christians believe the Messia ...

The Trinity and God’s Nonviolent Atonement
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

What’s essential to know about the early doctrine of the Trinity is that, unlike later developments, it claimed that God has nothing to do with violence. Those of us who believe that God is non-violent need to ...

Pastor’s Tornado Tweets Stir Up a Theological Debate
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirred up a theological debate that was set off from a series of deleted tweets referencing the Book of Job. Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirre ...

The Megachurch vs. Minichurch: Do Popularity and Growth Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

In a Westernized culture captivated by success and money, we often make judgments based on the size of a church — or organization, ministry, and community. But our preconceived opinions are often wrong. ...

God, a Tornado, and John Piper’s 'Satanic Theology'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

While most of my friends on Facebook and Twitter lamented the devastation wrought by the Oklahoma City tornado, John Piper decided to show off his biblical acumen with this insensitive tweet. ...

Power of a Personal Pronoun: 5 Suggestions for Gender Inclusivity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

With such small words, I felt included. I felt like I belonged and maybe, just maybe, I too could do systematic theology. Maybe I didn’t need a dumbed-down version just because I was a woman. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern / Kinship Across Borders: ...

What God Has Joined
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society w ...

Mark Driscoll: Gas-Guzzlers a Mark of Masculinity
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

"I know who made the environment. He's coming back and he's going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV." And after presenting his driving credentials, Rev. Driscoll reportedly added:&q ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

SNL’s 'DJesus Uncrossed,' Mark Driscoll, and the American Worship of Satan
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

To the accusation that a nonviolent Jesus is a projection of my own wussy imagination: That is false and, in fact, the reverse is true – a violent Jesus is a god made in our own image. ...

Satan and Hell: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We can argue day and night about whether fear-based theology is effective, biblically accurate, or even necessary. But it’s worthwhile to consider where our contemporary ideas about hell and Satan even come fr ...

Uncertainty's Graces
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Sullivan Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God. Jericho Books. JU ...

Top-Notch Theology (or Not)
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Who speaks for God? Must be this guy... DIVINING GOD'S intent is incredibly easy—all you h ...

A 'Historic Moment' on Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It's more human to deny the evidence, attack the messengers, and try to delay any response. A ...

John McCain’s Theology of War is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

John McCain angrily insisted on “right” and “wrong” answers to his questions of Chuck Hagel yesterday. As a theologian and a religious leader, I want to say that John McCain is “wrong.” ...