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On Capital Punishment, Don’t Start with the Old Testament
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

who’ve hit or cursed you (Exodus 21:15-17)? Off with their heads! Have you worked on the Sabbath ... in Deuteronomy 17:6 that someone could only be put to death on the evidence of two or three witnesses? Why don’t ...

Part IV: Identifying With the Oppressor
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

“I committed genocide. I would rather stay in prison than to see the eyes of whom I have committed crimes against.” Over banana beer and fried plantains, we sat around a com ...

The Passion of Relisha Rudd
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 6:35pm | Type: Blog

The first ominous sign that the Relisha Rudd case was slipping from the local Washington, D.C. imagination was when the police alert signs posted on the roads into the city had their messages changed, or were ...

No Time for the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

By all accounts, Clayton Lockett did a terrible thing. ... Some might even say that Clayton Lockett got what he deserved for his crime. But was what the state of Oklahoma did on Monday really about Clayton Loc ...

Capital Punishment and the Power of Art
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on Tuesday has refocused the nation on the inherent contradictions in the death penalty. But here in Wisconsin last week, an opera helped focus the attentio ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What a Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

What is the best meaning of the word “evangelical?" Perhaps this: a deep belief in Jesus, a consistent commitment to follow Jesus, and a real love for Jesus — one who applies Jesus’ life and teachings to ...

A Different Kind Of Spring Training
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Berea College Graduation Set For Sunday, EKU On May 10
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:41am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Richmond Register ...

Botched Oklahoma Execution Reveals Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

What happened in Oklahoma last night reveals perhaps our deepest national self-deception — that, no matter what goes wrong, we will fix it because we are in control. At 6:23 p.m. ...

WATCH: Dule Hill, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers Join Fight Against Sexual Assault in New PSA
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 7:29am | Type: Blog

As part of yesterday's announcement of new initiatives to combat sexual assault on college campuses, the administration released this public service announcement, joining forces with leading actors Benici ...

Are You One of Us?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:45am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up a lot. We’ve taken many steps in recognizing that everyone is an equally beloved child of God and must be treated that way. Yet, there are reminders all around us that we’ve got a long way to go ...

Vatican Says Bureaucratic Reforms Won't Happen Until 2015
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or Curia, before 2015, the Vatican said Tuesday. Pope ...

Pope Francis: Giving the Work Back to the People at a Rate They Can Stand
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, more than 800,000 spectators crowded the St. Peter’s Square area while 500,000 more watched on giant screens around Rome as Pope Francis canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. ...

Biden Announces New Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Today Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of new initiatives aimed at addressing sexual violence on college campuses and launched NotAlone.gov — a website that pools campus reporting data and points bo ...

5 Points To Take From Time Magazine's List Of Top 100 Influencers
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Press

April 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Ventures ...

A Tribute to Glen Stassen
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Glen Stassen died on Saturday, April 26th, in Pasadena. A brief tribute from one of many blessed by his life and ministry. Editor's Note : This piece originally app ...

The Church in a Media-Saturated Society
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

What does it mean for us, and especially for our children to live in a media-saturated society with all this information and “info-tainment” thrown into our faces? I grew up in th ...

Go Ahead and Die Already
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The passage in Luke 24:13-35 speaks to the life after death — good can come from bad. Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We ap ...

Tennessee Death Row Inmates Invite Governor to Pray With Them
Originally Posted: 04/26/2014 - 8:25pm | Type: Blog

Last week, the men on Tennessee’s death row, four of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Gov. Bill Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants, to join them for prayer ...

Dangote, Okonjo-Iweala, Other Africans Make Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Press

April 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Niyi Aderibigbe ...

Pope Francis Broaches a Rare Topic: Abortion
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reiterated his strong opposition to abortion on Friday, saying it “compounds the grief of many women” already succumbing to what he called the “pressures of secular culture.” ...

Are Married Priests Next on Pope Francis' Reform Agenda?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis likes to say that he prefers to raise questions rather than issue edicts or change doctrine, and he has certainly generated plenty of debate with his off-the-cuff remarks about gays and his cold-c ...

Twitter Reacts To Honorees From Africa On 2014 TIME 100
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Maddy Fry ...

U.S. Doctors Killed at Afghan Hospital Run by Christian Charity
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

An Afghan security guard allegedly shot and killed three Americans at a hospital in Kabul on Thursday. The three killed were doctors, including a visiting father and son. An Afgha ...

A Republican, a Democrat, and a Buddhist Walk into a Room …
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of dialogue is the core value of respect for others. Respect for others — people of different faiths, races, political affiliations, whatever — is one of the 10 core American values I documented i ...

What Do Our Beliefs Say About Us?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

If our beliefs contribute to or result in violence, we may need to reconsider our beliefs. What do your beliefs say about you? Like many people, I was troubled when I heard about ...

A Different Kind of Spring Training
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. Proclaiming that the tomb is ...

Bible Survey: Many Americans Scramble Their Scripture
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such f ...

Selling the Peeps and Emptying the Tombs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There’s always Someone working passionately to get us out of our tombs, no matter how big the stone. The seasonal items aisle in the grocery store is a work in progress. Stuffed b ...

Imam Omar Kobine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga and The Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christian Organization Delivers Life-Saving Vaccines
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. While it is estimated that vaccinations save the lives of 2.5 million children every year, another 1.5 million children die each year from diseases that can be prevented ...

Does Being Pope Give You an Inside Track to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis canonizes Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, Catholics across the spectrum will have reason to cheer: Liberals credit John with opening the church to the modern world in the 1960s, ...

That Pesky Word 'Evangelical'
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News David Gushee ...

Part III: Embodying Life
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

To be at home in the discomforting memory of death and destruction, silence and agony, offers a light into the dark memories we would rather forget. In remembering the places from which we came, home is where ...

He Is Risen... Play Ball... Amen
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

April 19, 2014 Sojo in the News John Longhurst ...

Nigerian Christians Begin Three-day Fast After Schoolgirls Kidnapped
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Christians began a three-day prayer and fasting period after Islamist Boko Haram militants kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria and desperate parents joined the search in a remote forest. ...

John Paul II and John XXIII: A Rush to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Barbarigo, a 17th-century Venetian cardinal for whom John XXIII had a particular veneration. Santo subito! ...

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently ...

Liturgical Nostalgimania
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

We are retooling liturgies left and right. This practice is neither good or bad, but there is an ethical ambiguity that may need to be addressed.The new is born of ideations of the old. Then sold in the liturg ...

Papa Don't Preach — But Family-Friendly Work Policies Would Be Nice
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

To be sure, growing up in a two-parent family is a child's best hedge against poverty , not only in America but in the other OECD countries as well (even Switzerland). But the reality is that a high perce ...

If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” As the Pew Research Center recently ...

Neon Tree's Tyler Glenn Is Gay, Mormon, and Proud of It
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

KISS may have been on the cover of the April 10 issue of Rolling Stone, but the most eye-opening headline may have been the one that proclaimed: “Gay, Mormon & Finally Out.” K ...

The Risen Christ: A Call To Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

An Occupied Cross Before an Empty Tomb
Originally Posted: 04/19/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

But here’s the truth of what I’ve learned about cynicism and what I know about the cross. Cynicism is often masked as wisdom. “I’ve been here,” it says. “I know how things go. They don’t ever change.” It procl ...

Bleeding Joyfully
Originally Posted: 04/18/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

I admire those who learn not only to accept the blood-stained moments, but to embrace them. They develop a capacity to see beyond the momentary hurt. They recognize that bleeding is part of the grand process o ...

Jews Ordered to Register in East Ukraine
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part ...

The Risen Christ: A Call to Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I reme ...

A God Torn to Pieces: Good Friday, Nietzsche, and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians don’t know Christ. To know Christ is to know that in his life, death, and resurrection Christ freely offers forgiveness to all – even to those who have become “murderers of all murderers.” ...

Humor Makes 'Heaven' Accessible
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in "Heaven Is for Real." A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case fo ...

Can You Question the Resurrection and Still Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the N ...