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5 Takeaways from Tuesday's White House Celebration of Gospel Music
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

First lady Michelle Obama hosted a discussion with musicians and students on gospel music at the White House on April 14, praising gospel’s role as “a ray of hope” in American history. ...

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

I urge you to prayerfully consider adding your own voice in support of the diplomatic process and share the opportunity with others. Read it, discuss it in your churches, and add your name. This is a historic ...

Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ: Overcoming the Place of Shame
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Our culture is run by cycles of shame, but we don’t have to be. Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ had a similar experience — they both occupied the place of shame. In 1998, Monica ...

Faith leaders support Iran framework deal
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:11pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

U.S. Catholic bishops back Obama on Iran, warn Congress against meddling
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Sojo in the News David Gibson ...

One Year Later, Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Still Missing
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by terror group Boko Haram, more than 200 kidnapped children remain missing. One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigeri ...

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. Oh … and Jesus.
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Time to change the algorithms of despair in our newsfeeds into algorithms of hope. Lately I’ve noticed that the “prayers of the people” at my church are beginning to sound like th ...

Anglican Communion’s New Secretary General Draws Praise from Africa, Condemnation Elsewhere
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

African Anglicans welcomed the appointment of a Nigerian bishop as the next secretary general of the 85 million-member Anglican Communion, even as others criticized the appointment because of his anti-gay comm ...

RELEASE: Christian leaders rally support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Press Releases A large and diverse group of Christian ...

‘Radical Muslims’ Clothing Line Attempts to Shatter Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

The phrase elicits images of ISIS militants. What about a man in an ankle-length garment and cotton headscarf carving the air with his skateboard? Radical Muslims. The phrase eli ...

Can You Imagine Injustice?
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Imagination doesn’t hide or replace truth — it reveals it. For people benefitting from systematic wealth, power, comfort, favor, and convenience, it can be difficult to relate to ...

When Parenting Meets #FeedFear
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

I want my children to be smart about their surroundings, but I don’t want them to fear everything and everyone around them. Where does "stranger danger" impede "love your neighbor?" ...

Iran – In relationship with the other
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:39am | Type: Press

April 11, 2015 Sojo in the News Robert Azzi ...

Digging Under Mount Moriah with TV’s ‘Dig’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Archaic prayers, hidden keys, and secret religious orders — such are the elements of the latest episode of the USA Network’s biblical conspiracy action series Dig. Archaic prayer ...

Kenya Cracks Down on Al-Shabab Funding and Recruitment After Garissa Attack
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

This week, Kenya froze the accounts of 85 groups and individuals, including bus companies and Muslim rights organizations, allegedly linked to the group. Faced with a fierce enemy ...

The Problem with Creating ‘Christian’ Versions of Things
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

The problem with Christian-specific events — especially those run under the best of intentions, as Christian Fashion Week appeared to be — is that they hermetically seal off any good intentions from reaching t ...

Alan Chambers: President Obama Is Right to Try to End Ex-Gay Therapy for Minors
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

who wanted this freedom. I got married in 1998, and for more than 17 years have found it easy ...

None Shall Make Them Afraid: 5 Virtues of Responsible News Consumption
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

If God’s people are indeed shaped by a perfect love that casts out fear, how then do we begin embodying an alternative to the newsfeed of fear in the way that we read, tell, and embody stories? ...

Barack Obama: 'We are called to follow the example of Christ'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Carey Lodge ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

4 notable remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Adelle Banks ...

White House Easter event welcomes cross-section of Christians
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Patricia Zapor ...

Journalism and the Sacred Work of Disseminating Knowledge
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

There’s an old adage in journalism that if it bleeds, it leads. It sounds kind of savage and it’s often that principle people quip when complaining about excessive violence in the news. That criticism isn’t wr ...

What I Learned From Praying at the White House
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 7:49pm | Type: Blog

Every one of us has sin in our lives that separates us from God — addictions, hidden failings, anger problems — and every one of us needs the saving power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to redeem and restore ...

Grace Bats Last
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

Not even death is a final out. It’s more like the first pitch in the next game, one that’s also played on grace‘s home field. Which means that even then — especially then — grace gets the final say. ...

Women Rabbis Are Forging a Path Outside Denominational Judaism
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

These communities have grabbed the attention of more conventional Jewish leaders because they have enjoyed success where mainstream synagogues and institutions often struggle: attracting young Jews. ...

Ishtar vs. Easter: Pick Your Story
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The meme is attributed to Richard Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science and is meant to debunk Christianity and Easter as just another example of an ancient myth. The reasoning goes like this – Christiani ...

The First Time Resurrection Mattered to Me
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it came because this was the first time I gardened. Or felt depression. Or intimately walked through the liturgical season with the same people. I’ve celebrated Easter befor ...

'The Salt of the Earth:' Gorgeous Photos in Stark Perspective
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

The Salt of the Earth is a film about perspective, and that's what gives it that extra emotional oomph. Why do we engage with art? What is about a poem, painting, film, or ph ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here’s why. For Christians, Easter is not just a day — it is a season, and, indeed, a way of l ...

'Arriving at Amen' Arrives, For Some
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

The helpful but scattershot guide to spiritual practice. Arriving at Amen , the forthcoming memoir-infused  guide to spiritual practices  by Leah Libresco, reads like a fanta ...

Small Band of Mormons Register Their Opposition to Church Leaders
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

For the first time in decades, a small band of Mormons who disagree with their church stood during the semi-annual General Conference on April 4 and publicly shouted “opposed” to sustaining the top Mormon lead ...

Local event anticipates Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:52am | Type: Press

April 4, 2015 Sojo in the News D. Andrew Kille ...

Fight for something
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:48am | Type: Press

April 3, 2015 Sojo in the News Father Kevin J Barr ...

Religious Freedom or Discrimination?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Press

April 2, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Cardinal Walter Kasper, ‘the Pope’s Theologian,’ Reveals the Brains Behind Francis’ Heart
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure that the pontiff’s legacy endures long after this pope leaves the scene. Pope Francis has repeatedly said he expects his papacy to be a ...

Celebrate Resurrection by Selling All Your Possessions
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Acts makes it seem so clear, so easy. Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational acces ...

The Mundane Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/05/2015 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

I received no specialized message from the divine about my own pain and struggle. That morning, I realized that might be the point. Jesus came to make resurrection mundane. It wa ...

Easter, the Game Changer
Originally Posted: 04/04/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In cultures where Christianity has become the dominant power, the resurrection of Jesus has been turned into the triumph of the victors. The way “Jesus is Risen” is proclaimed, it sounds like bragging — essent ...

'I Was an Idiot' as a Sign of Grace
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 8:42pm | Type: Blog

We do not live in a state of constant condemnation because we are unable to move from the couch to running a marathon in under three hours on our first day of training. Rather, we experience grace every day th ...

Lent: Thine Be the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us that the Lord's Prayer "is not about us." CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us th ...

Songs of Ourselves: Grief, Hope, and Sufjan Stevens
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

What is Good Friday about, after all, if not that even the Architect can die by His own creation? Sufjan Stevens’ newest album,  Carrie & Lowell ( out now), is a heartbreaki ...

Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' As a Holy Week Reflection
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 8:11pm | Type: Blog

I don't want to redeem Hozier, to explain his lyrics or attempt to say why he's wrong and church is not dog-like devotion ... Now is not the time or place for a defense or even a confession. Rather i ...

Holy Week in an Unholy World
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

There is nothing more evil than what happened that “Good” Friday. We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out ...

Preliminary Deal on Iran Nuclear Program Reached
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear program today. The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear progra ...

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Have we made God into a monster? Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of b ...

At Least 147 Killed, Hundreds Rescued in Kenyan University Attack that Targeted Christians
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Somalia’s al-Shabab militants shot and killed more than 147 people, wounded dozens of others and held hundreds hostage April 2 at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya. ...

Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps...
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. ...like the Koch brothers, who have really nice bootstraps.  WITH THE NEXT election still almos ...

A Recipe for 'Greater Works'
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Friendship Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 THERE  IS AN odd relationship between ... more fulsome, more rich, more a source of flourishing. [ May 17 ] All in All Acts ... 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 IN JOHN 3, Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the dark. He asks ...

Trials and Tribulations
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The extraordinary film Leviathan takes place in a tiny coastal town on the other side of the world, but it relates to all ...