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A Faith that Never Wavered
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Zab experienced many highs and lows over the past nine years as she battled Hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia, but her talent and wit never waned — blessing each member of the staff, community, and our Sojourners ...

The Holy Common Ground of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Wild Goose helps us reclaim that tribal identity, not so much just as Christians, but as fellow participants in a phenomenon that is humanity, made of heart, mind, body, and spirit. ...

'Christianity' Is Not a Personality Trait
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for many Christians to put on a disguise. This is especially true of people within church leadership. Expectations need to be fulfilled, roles need to be played, and responsibilities must be carr ...

Conservatives May Hold the Key to Ending the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Ralph Reed’s recent Road to Majority conservative confab in the nation’s capital had an unlikely exhibitor in the conference hall: opponents of the death penalty. Ralph Reed’s rec ...

Seeing The Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

There is a small, mud-bricked, tin-roofed building on a piece of flat land below a mountain in Kenieba, Mali. This simple structure, surrounded by courtyards, peanut fields, and scrub grass, is the church buil ...

Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

On our U.S. currency are inscribed the words: “In God, we trust.” Many of us have believed that those words referred to trusting in the God of Abraham. But I am convinced that there is another word that is imp ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

Raising Girls In A World Where They Are Less Than Human
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

In learning to love these little girls, I began to ask more and more questions about the place of women in the world, in the church, and in everyday life. I have two daughters. ...

What's So Good About Suffering?
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I’m confronted by Scripture that reminds me that suffering will be part of our lives. And I’m confronted by the tendency — which I am sure that I share with many of my sisters and brothers — to ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

On Domestic Violence, the Church Has a Long Way to Go
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

We need both to develop a theology that can lead survivors of abuse to freedom and safety and to increase the day-to-day knowledge of pastors in the complicated but essential role they have when someone in an ...

'Punk Jews' Highlights Judaism's 'Myriad Flavors'
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 6:56am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been told that it's sacrilegious to set an old hymn to a new tune or has been chastised for listening to Sufjan Stevens because it "isn't Christian music" can probably relate ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Engaging a Generation for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Shawn Casselberry, Executive Director of Mission Year, to find out more about how they empower young adults to live out their values in the context of church, community, and even daily life. ...

Wild Goose Festival Puts Spotlight on Visual Arts
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Words and music are the stock-in-trade at most Christian festivals, but the Wild Goose Festival is adding another component: the visual arts. Words and music are the stock-in-trad ...

Failing to See God's Love
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

By church rules, you are entitled to a sabbatical, perhaps three months every seven years. But when you propose it, you hear what one pastor heard the other day... You are a pasto ...

Excommunicated Mormon Kate Kelly: 'I've Done Nothing Wrong and Have Nothing to Repent'
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Women’s ordination advocate Kate Kelly said it’s unlikely she will seek rebaptism anytime soon into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which excommunicated her Monday. ...

Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here are four spiritual things kids do better than adults. It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here a ...

Awaiting Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling, Public Favors Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Obamacare. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to ...

Presbyterians Narrowly Vote to Divest from 3 Companies Involved in Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Friday to divest church funds from three American companies it cited for profiting from the oppression of Palestinians within Israel’s occupied territories. ...

Burying the Hatchet (Almost Literally)
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 8:35pm | Type: Blog

The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church . For 17 years he served as General Secretary ...

Left Behind, Failed Peace, and the Human Implications of (Bad) Theology
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Ignoring the remarkable movements of peacemaking, reconciliation, and collaboration in the Holy Land, we often choose only to amplify of the violence, discord, and disintegration of the region. ...

Georgia Execution Would Be First Since Botched Oklahoma Effort
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

After an unusual six-week lapse in executions in the nation since a botched effort in Oklahoma on April 29, two men could face lethal-injection deaths in Georgia and Missouri Tuesday night or early Wednesday. ...

Kenya's Religious Leaders Semand Government Response to Deadly Terror Attack
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

Christian and Muslim leaders united Tuesday to demand government action after a deadly terror attack in Kenya’s coastal region. Christian and Muslim leaders united Tuesday to dema ...

Why I Am Still In Detroit
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. I am still in Detroit to ...

GO: The Biggest Word in the Great Commission
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t command his disciples to stand behind a pulpit and preach to make disciples of all nations. He didn’t suggest we threaten them with the prospect of eternal exile and damnation from their church co ...

Marching Through Death’s Desert
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

It’s 93 degrees in Texas today. And Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty … and he is not alone. ...

Despite Tougher Laws, India Can't Shake Rape Culture
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Despite tougher laws against sexual violence, the grisly rape and murder of two teenage girls found hanging from a tree shows India has a long way to go to safeguard women in its male-dominated, socially strat ...

New York's The King's College Becomes First in U.S. to Accept Bitcoin for Tuition
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The King’s College, a Christian liberal arts school in New York City, announced on Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Coin.co, making it the first accredited college in the United States to acce ...

Globe-trotting Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Almost 84, and Working Harder than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The day before a newly-elected Pope Francis was to be formally installed at the Vatican in 2013, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica when he passed out at the altar and had ...

The Overflow
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Women get to choose the life we want, and most of us will choose fountain and flowing, over and over again. … my cup overflows. -Psalm 23 Women have a lot to offer — and ...

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Founding Mothers: Remember the Women
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I love the 4th of July! It’s coming around again quickly, and I’m seriously deciding where I’m going to be based on which city has the best fireworks. I know. It’s a little crazy for someone who preaches about ...

The New Normal?
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’s known for cowboys, mountains, skiing, smoking pot, the Broncos, but also — mass school shootings. I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’ ...

Slavery, Surrogacy, and Society: Making a Future in the Wilderness
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

heard the voice of the boy “in the place where he is” (21:17). The angel empowers Hagar with courage ...

Atheist Or Believer? Frank Schaeffer Is A Bit Of Both
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Press

June 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Kimberly Winston ...

Love. Period.
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

We get to decide our story, though not entirely by ourselves. Each of us has a co-author, someone collaborating with us. We didn’t write the first sentence to our story, the one that involves our birth. The co ...

The Lunacy of a Nation
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

A tragedy is when something happens that no one could have helped: an accident, a natural disaster, a crime that could not have been foreseen or prevented. On June 10 , Emilio ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

Boy Scouts' Gay Leader Ban Preserves Worst Stereotypes, Holder Says
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Taking aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s continuing ban on gay adult leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said the prohibition perpetuates “the worst kind of stereotypes.” Takin ...

To Serve, We Must First Nourish Our Own Souls
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

When you truly experience the love of God, there is nothing you won’t do for God. However, we often push ourselves beyond measure and forget to allow God to nurture and nourish our own souls. ...

At Angelina Jolie-Chaired Summit, Faith Leaders Work to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from across Africa and England came together Wednesday to discuss the role clergy should play in preventing and responding to sexual violence. Religious leaders ...

Listening As an Act of Love
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The story of Pentecost always begins with a sound; the gathering of people and a sound. So often we focus on what is being said at the time in the story and ignore all the listening that takes place. ...

Go and Make Disciples — Not Converts
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

You might be surprised to find that he isn’t telling me to share the Gospel with all who will listen (although, that is part of it); rather he is telling me (and you) to go and make disciples. The former is re ...

Pentecost and the Freedom to Be in All the Wrong Places
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Pentecost celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that our story isn’t static but dynamic, alive, and unfolding. In the same way that the disciples moved out from Jerusalem after Pentecost, we ...

COMMENTARY: What Power Madness Has Done to Women — and Men
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

We have weapons, and, in our brokenness, we tend to use whatever weapons we think will work. We have weapons, and, in our brokenness, we tend to use whatever weapons we think will ...

A Prayer for the Nation on the Event of Another Shooting
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieves. Yet again, the life of a child has been cut dreadfully short. Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieve ...

Happy Birthday, Prostate Cancer, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

As I enter this new year, I am recalling again, as I often have during this past year, how much life, and those whom God has put in my life, are so ultimately and absolutely valuable and sacred to me. So I vow ...

Rick Warren to Pastors: 'There Is No Testimony Without a Test'
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Sharing how he has coped after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren, urged Southern Baptist pastors to let their times of suffering be acts of ministry. Shar ...