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Boy Scouts' Gay Leader Ban Preserves Worst Stereotypes, Holder Says
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:47pm | 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 - 1:01pm | 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 - 9:15am | 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 - 3:06pm | 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 - 1:35pm | 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 - 11:11am | 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 - 3:46pm | 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 - 7:56am | 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 - 2:48pm | 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 - 10:55am | 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 ...

St. Louis Archbishop Carlson Said He's Not Sure He Knew Sexual Abuse Was a Crime
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson claimed to be uncertain that he knew sexual abuse of a child by a priest constituted a crime when he was auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, according ...

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push for More Married Priests
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rite Catholic churches, another sign that optional celibacy could become a fr ...

Seattle Pacific Shooting Hero Hopes Shooter Finds 'the Grace of God'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Jon Meis, the first person to respond to the campus shooting at Seattle Pacific University, released a statement this morning. Jon Meis, the first person to respond to the campus ...

In Mixed Faith Marriages, Focus Is on 'Values,' Not 'Beliefs'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have been toe-tagged from the start. If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have ...

Pope Francis Calls for 'Courage' Toward Peace Between Israel, Palestine
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis dived into the Middle East peace process on Sunday, urging the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to act with courage and end what he called the “spiral of hatred and violence” during a historic p ...

#SurvivorPrivilege
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

In his opinon column published on June 6, George Will suggests that colleges have "become the victims of progressivism." In his opinon column published on June 6,  Geor ...

Darren Aronofsky Adapts Another Flood Story... Sort Of!
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Press

June 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Chattaway ...

We Need to Talk About Mental Health
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

One in four individuals will suffer with a mental health issue in a given year — and that these statistics can often be our friends, family, or ourselves. Conversations about the ...

Vincent Harding Dies At 82; Historian Wrote Controversial King Speech
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 12:34pm | Type: Press

May 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Steve Chawkins ...

The Evangelical Renaissance Is Over
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Press

June 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Steven Miller ...

Remembering D-Day: Sacrifice, Gratitude, and Lessons Learned
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

My father and his young friends believed they were trying to stop an enormous evil from talking over the world, and most of them enlisted. My dad’s story in the Pacific, and the stores of those who went to Eur ...

The Face Of Evil (Religious Dogma)
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Press

May 31, 2014 Sojo in the News James Rogers ...

Moral Mondays' William Barber To Speak At WNC Festival
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

June 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Carol Motsinger ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber / Anicent Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo by NAWA / Invisible Hands by ...

The Church Has Been Left Behind
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 2:03pm | 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. ...

COMMENTARY: Christianity's New Look on Gays
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? If ...

Southern Baptists Meet as Membership, Baptism Decline Continues
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

of Southern Baptist churches reported “0 baptisms” 60 percent said they had baptized no youth (ages 12-17 ...

Dynasties and Birthrights
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 JACOB'S DREAM journey ...

They've Got Your Number...
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. And they're using it for themselves. I’VE BEEN SPENDING a lot of time with my credit card ...

Hora Tertia
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Madeline Mysko I consider the moonflower: / how the big spent blooms look like / three linen tea towels rinsed and wrung out ...

The Strength to be Uncool
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel A lot of problems stem from people lacking the courage to follow their moral core. DURING THE WINT ...

To the Women of Syria
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I wish I could end the war ravaging your country. I wish I could sit beside you on a cushion on ...

Maleficent the Feminist? A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Feminism has always been its own worst enemy when it strives to create women in the image of men rather than encourage women to abandon rivalry with men and seek their flourishing elsewhere. This is a story ab ...

May Our Tweets Rise Up Like Incense
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Donna Schaper From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting to the Digital Age. Pilgrim Press. YOU DON’T HAVE to b ...

Letting Go—And Its Complications
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne. FORGI ...

Breaking Down the Invisible Walls
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books. OVER THE PAST 2, ...

The Future Isn't What It Used To Be
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum "See," we tell ourselves, "we were so good once. How bad could we really be?" ...

The Power to Heal
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill A conversation with writer and performer Daniel Beaty. “I AM A storyteller,” says Daniel Bea ...

Why I Stay in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles. A QUESTION ASKED of me 100 times in ...

No Longer the 'Best Kept Secret'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Allio Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics. ...

An Iconic Faith
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

grew up with Orthodox traditions at home, but the Catholic Church in practice. At 17 he joined ...

Pastor Says Released Soldier Has Mental Toughness to Recover
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The newly freed soldier who spent nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan has the mental and physical toughness to survive the experience, his former pastor said. The newly ...

Giving Thanks for a True Disciple
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life. MY DEAR FRIEND Glen St ...

Want to See the Face of God?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

A 26-year-old man was driving his pickup truck over a causeway on Lake Pontchartrain. His truck plunged over the railing and into the water. What happened next is inspiring. Did y ...

To A Dying Church: We Cannot Escape Our Mortality
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And, speaking as one of your pastors, I think this is a very good thing. Dear Church, You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And ...

Why I Marched on McDonald's
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from three dozen cities to the company’s corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from th ...

Survey: Four in 10 Americans Support Controversial Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections. ...

Renewed Hope: Pope Francis' Prayer at Bethlehem Separation Wall
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

The most iconic moment during the Pope’s visit to Bethlehem did not take place in the Manger Square, nor the Nativity Church. It took place next to the Separation Wall. Recently I ...

Smiling Back
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

You can smile at someone, but you can’t really smile with someone until you’ve cried with them, too. Shared their pain, their doubts, their questions, their uncertainty, even their despair. And their joy as we ...

As the World Turns
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

Some die for choosing, others for not choosing. But they all die because they are women. Rogers was mentally ill, and there is debate about whether it was his illness or a misogynistic culture that caused his ...