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The Rise and Fall of the American Seminary
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

As other major denominations are finding, the days of the residential three-year seminary are ending. Fewer prospective ordinands can afford the cost and dislocation of attending a residential seminary. ...

No Left Turns: How We Normalize Dysfunction
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

For everything we do, especially under the auspices of Church, we need to stop and ask ourselves: why do we do that? What would happen if we stopped, or if we did it differently? And why am I so blind to the i ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Paternal Insights edited by Anderson Campbell / Sing Freedom by Robert F. Darden / In Between by finelinefilms.org / More th ...

Full-Body Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.  THE CRY OF the church to the world should be “Forgive us.” At a time when the American ...

Cooking Up Meaning
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jose Humphreys Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau.  CHEF IS A small-budget film with an all-star ...

Life After A Death
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child, by Linda Lawrence Hunt. Westminster J ...

Boomtown Stories
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The purpose of art is to help us live better.  HIGHBROW FILM criticism and fanboy comment page ...

The Christ of Compton
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Jesus appears on Adult Swim, as he did in Palestine, in a manner both obscure and mysterious. ...

What’s So 'Domestic' About Violence?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Domestic violence is also withholding money or limiting financial freedom. It is verbal assault. Domestic violence is hindering access to family and social circles. I carry a pur ...

A New Afghan Generation Rises Against Violence
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Most people outside Afghanistan are too far away to preoccupy themselves over what the former British envoy to Afghanistan called an ‘eye wateringly expensive exercise in military futility.’ ...

From the Archives: November 1993
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Chuck Matthei Economics as if Values Mattered  DESPITE APPEARANCES, economics is in essence a very personal a ...

'It Couldn't Happen Among Christians!'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Even after the Ray Rice video, churches are in denial about sexual violence.  WHEN IT COM ...

Principles for Prophetic Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab   As Christians concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of ...

Broken Cisterns
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab Before it all fell apart earlier this year, and before this summer's carnage in Gaza, the Israeli-Palestine peace p ...

Weekly Wrap 10.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’ The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering. 2. Lipstick and Seminary “Du ...

Churches must ‘address the spiritual and moral realities behind’ domestic violence, Moore says
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Barry Bolin ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why the NFL Is Better for Women than the U.S. Senate
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Maybe the only reason [Goodell is] attempting to implement changes is because of public pressure, the loss of public sponsorship, and the fact that his job is on the line. But at least Goodell cares enough abo ...

Make Way for the Female Antihero: TV Takes a Page from the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Over the past several years, TV has become saturated with male antiheroes. Breaking Bad made a meth dealer Emmy gold, and Dexter garnered a cult following behind a sociopathic vigilante. But hey, boys will be ...

The Strange Nostalgia of 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

The rapture movie is neither hot nor cold. So why was it made? A roundtable of religion writers discuss. Editor’s Note : ‘ Left Behind ’ starring Nicolas Cage hits ...

What Do Americans Pray for? Themselves. And Maybe a Sports Team
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, accor ...

How to Keep Moving
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

You come to a point where some of your dreams starts to feel a little out of reach. Or, your dreams come true and you find out that they’re not at all what you expected and maybe not at all what you really wan ...

A Legacy of Praying Women
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Change is going to come, but not through politics, or legislation, nor the occasional controversy, like the firestorm that recently brewed in the NFL. Change comes through a collective value, a collective visi ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

As the Washington, D.C., premiere of Warner Bros.’ new movie, The Good Lie, came to a close, I could barely see the credits through my tears, but the noise of the crowd around me erupting into cheers and the s ...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

In Israel, Biblical Land-Use Laws Call for Creative Workarounds
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

On Oct. 3, when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year. ...

And That Is Grace ...
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

We like to put flesh-and-blood on the notion that we are recipients of some great gift that arrives unexpectedly and is given freely. Someone or something that comes into our life and significantly changes it ...

Why Multigenerational House Sharing May Be the Wave of the Future
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

As early Christians discovered in their bold experiment in communal living, multigenerational living requires putting the other first, not oneself; approaching decisions with humility; an attitude of gratitude ...

How I Learned That Feminism Isn’t Disconnected From Faith
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

17:70). All humans regardless of gender, race, class, or any other social construction of worth are equal ...

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

Religious Leaders Try to Cope with Islamic State Attacks
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also kno ...

Evangelicals Add One More Guest to the Wedding Party: Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

In an age of big-ticket destination weddings and reality show “bridezillas,” some evangelical Christians are opting for what writer Catherine Strode Parks calls “A Christ-Centered Wedding.” ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

RECIPE: Bread for Michaelmas, A 'Locavore Feast Day' for Urbanites
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Never heard of Michaelmas? Neither had I, until I read the recipe for struan in Peter Reinhart’s Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise and Method as Metaphor. The ancient Celts baked struan, bread made with ...

ON Scripture: In Compassion and Sympathy, A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Christ-followers are given another angle of vision, another mirror into our souls, in the person of Jesus Christ. No passage of Scripture points more acutely to this image than one of this week’s lectionary te ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious v ...

Americans Divided on Religious Liberty: The Freedom to Practice My Religion or the Freedom to Avoid Yours
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to concerns over religious liberty, Americans are divided as to which is in more imminent danger: the ability to practice one’s religion without government inference, or the consequences to freed ...

Muslim Scholars Tell Islamic State: You Don’t Understand Islam
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms. ...

The Jewish High Holy Days Explained
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around the world will turn the page on the Jewish calendar to begin the new year, Rosh Hashanah. Happy 5775 ! At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around t ...

Pope Francis Orders Accused Envoy Jozef Wesolowski Put Under House Arrest
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis had ordered the arrest of a former Polish archbishop accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic because the case was “so serious,” the Vatican said Sept. 23. ...

#UpForSchool -- Sign the World's Biggest Petition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

September 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Gordon Brown ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

The Key to Real Community: Tear Down that Firewall
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning at 5:30 I woke up to a disconcerting email: Suspicious Sign-In Prevented. Please check your Google activity immediately. In my half-asleep bleariness, I clicked the link and filled in my pa ...

Jewish Resolutions for the Jewish New Year
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewi ...

The Emptiness of Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

The empty shoes came in all shapes and sizes — cowboy boots and sneakers, children’s sparkly shoes and women’s dress shoes. They filled step after step going up toward the entrance of the Wisconsin State Capit ...

Immigration Reform a 'Moral Test'
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Press

June 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...

5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Few things are presented more inaccurately than Christianity. Often marketed through evangelism as a joyful, peaceful, loving, easy way to overcome the hardships of this world, in reality practicing Christiani ...

Churches Shun Mental Illness; Offer Little Help to Sufferers, Families
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist members who have a mental health crisis, a new LifeWay Research ...

The Ice Bucket Competitor: Can the Quran Challenge Go Viral?
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Move over Ice Bucket Challenge. Muslims have a new take on the viral social media phenomenon: the Quran Challenge. Move over Ice Bucket Challenge. Muslims have a new take on the v ...