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Disputable Matters
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Five books that are changing the evangelical discussion about LGBT Christians and the church.  ...

Leaders Across all Faiths Gather for Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

given dignity to the all children of Adam” (The Noble Qur’an, 17:70). The command to “protect ...

5 Takeaways from Pope Francis' Latest Interview
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

on Dec. 17, he conceded that he’s no longer a young man. “I do have some aches and pains, and at my age ...

Considering 12 Sides of Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

I grew up reading Scripture, have written several books about Jesus and the Bible, but somehow I’m always left with a sense that there’s more — a lot more — about Jesus and about being a follower than we gener ...

No Nukes!
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Gerson This Spring, thousands will gather in New York to say no to nuclear weapons.  IN APRIL, THOUSAN ...

You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The prophet’s road is lonely not because she escapes the hubbub of everyday life in order to retreat and draw near to God. No, the prophet’s road is lonely because she is called to the most troubled corners of ...

Collateral Damage
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Does Christianity have a future in Iraq?  THE U.S. AND other nations are increasingly aware th ...

Vatican on Nuclear Disarmament: 'Time for Abolition'
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

17,000 nuclear weapons, enough to destroy the world many times over. But the moral backing ... of the world's 17,000 nuclear weapons. Image cou This week, at a conference in Vienna, Austria ...

Tackling the Hard Questions
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee It's time for Bible-believing Christians to take a new look at what scripture teaches us about gays and lesbians—and ...

January 2015
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Magazine Issue

January, 2015 What the Bible Says (and doesn't say) about gays, lesbians, and the church. ...

Rhythms
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Christianity’s rhythm is cyclic, repetitive. Still, in the same way that we can continually find new gusts of loveliness and truth in old Scriptures our eyes have taken in before, each Advent is a fresh encou ...

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Disappoint Christians? It Depends
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Before Zamperini’s death, Jolie showed him rough cuts of the film. From all accounts, he had no complaints. I made a new friend — Angelina Jolie,” Zamperini said. “The gal really loves me. She hugs me and kis ...

Does a New Book Question Pope Francis' Legitimacy?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Was there a secret plot to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio at the papal conclave last year? Did Bergoglio — who became Pope Francis at that conclave — give the go-ahead to such a plan? And does that cam ...

SONG: 'Don’t Shoot!' – A Lament
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Fleeceboi’s cries haunted me as young people among us broke into tears and the clergy surrounded them with hands raised in prayer and sobs of deep lament. St. Louis County Prosec ...

Hope in the Christ’s Resurrection
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

I don’t have hope this Advent because of the great work Sojourners is doing here in Washington, D.C., or because I try my hardest to live a righteous and loving life. I only have hope because of this Jesus. ...

Shore
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

After the monsoon, after work, I catch you with your face in the hot laundry, the syntax of spring held together by sap, hanging wild and worried and crazy in the lowest branch. In the ripe country, sa ...

Can 'Good Will Hunting' Help You Decide What to Do with Your Life?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

It probably can’t. It may help you ponder the kind of person you hope to become, and it might even help you orient yourself towards the next few baby steps you take in this life, but decide what you want to do ...

Elevating the Issues: Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 2:16pm | Type: Product

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‘The Red Tent:' A Bloody Tale with a Timely Twist
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

It is time to return Dinah’s voice to her — and not only in a Lifetime miniseries. Imagine: The Sabbath when her story is read in synagogue could become an annual Sabbath Against Violence To Women. ...

This Is Jesus, in His Glory
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

"This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 As the people walked into the sanctuary, the worship team behind us started to sing. “This is Jesus, ...

Will Faith Stay Safe or Stand Tall?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

If faith couldn’t address the dark sides, then it was just ritualized nostalgia. It was an in-crowd affirming itself; it was nice people gathering for pleasing ceremonies and making no discernible difference i ...

What Ever Happened to Rob Bell, the Pastor Who Questioned the Gates of Hell?
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

In 2011, his book “Love Wins” pushed the evangelical envelope on the nature of heaven, hell, and salvation. Many dismissed him as a modern-day heretic, unwilling to embrace traditional evangelicals beliefs abo ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

Out of the Silence
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

One summer my cousin Betty and I sneaked through the barbed-wire fence of a neighbor’s orchard and ate so many wild plums right off the tree that we almost made ourselves sick. Betty was 13 and I was 9, and I ...

Online Troll or Therapist? Atheist Evangelists See Their Work as a Calling
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Max is not alone in classifying his online commenting as more benevolent than belittling. Several atheist super-commenters mentioned a concern for others as motivation for spending up to 10 hours a day arguing ...

Waiting for Heaven
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

But wait! What if we‘ve got it backward? To revisit that waiting-goes-both-ways thing: Instead of us waiting on God, what if God is waiting on us? John Dominic Crossan poses that question in his book The Pow ...

Finding The Perfect Gift
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Like a lot of people, I love giving presents almost as much as receiving them. And the best gifts of all are ones that come with a clear understanding of the recipient in mind — ones that involve thought and c ...

A Season of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

With all of this pain and heartache in the world, I often find myself asking, “Where is the hope?” “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes ...

Pope Francis Makes Overtures to Orthodox and Muslims
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Never mind that Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim. The most enduring image of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey was the moment when he bowed his head and asked for the blessing of the leader of Eastern Ort ...

'Peace, Peace.' But For Whom?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Wherever peace is elusive, the first ones to suffer are the vulnerable. When I was living in China, taxis were a convenient and cheap mode of transportation. One time, our taxi ...

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow: 50 Years of Song in 'Love of Community'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

A just-released album, DISCOVERED: Live in Concert, includes 12 live songs never before heard on their albums. And on Dec. 1 (check local listings), PBS will air 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary — a new docu ...

Pope Francis Urges Europeans to Reject ‘Throwaway Culture’
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

The 77-year-old pontiff is well-known for his attacks on consumerism and for his compassion for the poor. More recently, Francis has turned his attention to bioethics issues, describing abortion, embryonic ste ...

A Homeless Man and A Candy Cane
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

James was playing cards with several other nursing home residents in a room that doubles as their dining area. The “stakes” for their game was a stash of candy from a Christmas party earlier in the day. He saw ...

November Sings the Blues
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Late November is Vitamin D season. The dregs of the year threaten to swamp the spirit, clinging to each rough edge of the soul, and frequent shots of sunshine and warm coziness are needed just to keep the deep ...

Report: Solutions to Hunger, Poverty Must Focus on Empowering Women
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

This morning, Bread for the World, released the 2015 Hunger Report, When Women Flourish, We Can End Hunger. The comprehensive analysis focuses on the imperative role the empowerment of women and girls plays in ...

Obama Extends U.S. Combat Role in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan for at least another year. ...

It's Time Again: Depression and the Holidays
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

. We don’t want anybody to say, “You’ll get over it,” or “Other people have many more reasons to be depressed than you.” So on top of feeling depressed, we feel guilty about being depressed. The prophet Isaia ...

What Families Want — And How the Church Can Help
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Churches have spent millions attempting to cater to the needs of the young families in their communities. "Come here! Bring your kids! We have a replica-sized Noah's Ark with real, live animals — a ...

Ten Commandments for Atheists: A Guide for Nonbelievers Who Want to Explore Their Values
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

“There are lots of books out there about why you should not believe in God,” Bayer said. “But there aren’t any about what do secular people believe in. I think that’s the question John and I felt hadn’t been a ...

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Church to Embrace Hierarchical Accountability
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops acco ...

Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

Faith Groups Take a Stand for Global Education
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

People of faith can play an important role in helping each child of God realize his/her potential. I remember the day my mother stopped helping me with my homework. I was in m ...

Central African Republic Faith Leaders Wage Holy Peace
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

“When politicians wanted to use the religious fibers to divide the people, whether to maintain power or to conquer it, we stood up as if we were a single man to say ‘non’ to this war and ‘yes’ to peace.” ...

Brittany Maynard Advocates from the Grave
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

In the video, Maynard concludes: “If there’s one message to come away from everything that I’ve been through, it is no matter what life kind of presents you with, is never be afraid to use your own voice. And ...

Five Reasons Why We Want to Believe Jesus Was Married
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

And so it continues today, as modern Christians see Jesus as a successful businessman, a proto-Marxist, a political zealot, a vegetarian, or maybe a gay man. Or, more commonly, married with children — an Ozzie ...

Faith Leaders Join Consumer Advocates to Push for Lower Payday Loan Rates
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instead of the exorbitant three-digit rates currently charged to people in several ...

Shooting at Florida State University
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Early Thursday morning a gunman opened fire in a library at Florida State University, wounding three students before being fatally shot by police officers. Wielding a handgun, the shooter entered the library a ...

An Advent-Shaped Faith
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The high liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent have always held a special place in my heart because of their emphasis on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. But Advent has special significance because ...

Pope Francis' Visit to Philadelphia Won't Focus on Hot-Button Sex Issues
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

the elderly and the disabled. On Nov. 17, Francis  confirmed that he would attend the event  on his first ...

An Interview with Elaina Ramsey, Sojourners' Women and Girls Campaign Associate
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Meet Sojourners' Women and Girls Campaign Associate, Elaina Ramsey Thanks to the support of our donors, activists, and subscribers, we are pleased to announce that we have hi ...