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What Saved My Faith
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Darkness existed in the forms of misogyny, empire-building, anti-intellectualism, and systematic marginalization of GLBT persons; they were injustices coated with spiritual language — wolves in sheep’s clothin ...

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?
Originally Posted: 08/16/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Despite the swell of division and resulting violence, part of the issue is that we have such a sharply tuned and inexhaustible news cycle that places every tragedy, from St. Louis to Ukraine, right before us, ...

The Church Has Left the Building
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Last year I spoke at a missional church conference in Southern California. The guy who spoke before me asked every one of these missional pastors do a simple exercise. “Turn to the person sitting next to you,” he said, “and tell them the names of you ...

3 Ways to Cultivate Joy While Working for Change
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I’ve been considering three approaches in cultivating joy, a God-given, buoyant energy, in the midst of some weighty work. I was among millions across the globe wrapped up in the ...

The Nature of Joy
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

As tanks open fire on the humble homes of the Gazan poor and rockets rain down on a terrified Israeli populace we are compelled to ask, “How do we keep coming back to this profane and violent place called war? ...

From 30,000 Feet, Pope Francis Reaches Out to Beijing
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

At Beijing’s oldest Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, Mary Zhang, 54, eagerly awaited the arrival of Pope Francis—at cruising altitude. “I’m very excited. It’s the first time the pope has flown over China,” ...

Needed: An International Strategy in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

If military action needs to be taken to protect civilians from further ISIS aggression, it should be multilateral not unilateral. American leadership no doubt will remain important, but the authorization for a ...

Remember That Our Lives Matter
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

We need to (re)learn to be more human. And most importantly, remind yourself that YOU are loved. Not just merely by your loved ones but also by the ONE who created all that is good and beautiful. ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Baby Makes 3: More Unmarried New Moms Cohabiting
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Nearly three in five births to unmarried women across the United States were to women living with their partner — marking the first time a majority of these births were to women in cohabiting relationships, ac ...

Suicide and Pain: What Are We Missing?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

While I believe that we should never replace God by trying to be the Savior, I do believe we should be a place where those who are hurting can come. Yesterday morning I was prepar ...

Where is the Joy?
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

How do you talk about joy in times like these and not sound like a traveling salesman with a bottle of snake oil up his sleeve? Recently, I received word that Robert Gittelson, the cofounder of Conservatives ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

WATCH: 7 Video Clips That Showcase Robin Williams' Brilliance
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

We lost a funny man on Monday to a sad and persistent disease. Robin Williams passed away Monday night of an apparent suicide. We lost a funny man on Monday to a sad and persisten ...

Five Reasons post-Christianity Is Good for Us
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

For many leaders within organized Christian circles, this is all a call to arms, a warning shot across the proverbial bow to wake us up from our slumber and engage the impinging culture war with renewed commit ...

Are We the United States of Dystopia? The Politics of 'The Giver'
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

This Friday, a movie version of the classic novel “The Giver” opens in theaters with an impressive cast, including Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. This Friday, a mov ...

Suicide a Risk Even for Beloved Characters Like Robin Williams
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

That a “universally beloved” entertainer such as Robin Williams could commit suicide “speaks to the power of psychiatric illness,” mental health experts say. That a “universally b ...

Jesus Wasn't American—Neither Is The Bible
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, American values are often completely in conflict with the Gospel of Jesus. We point to the Bible and use verses like Romans 13:1-7 to show that it’s actually God-ordained to submit to our gover ...

On the Other Side of Suicide
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

No one is exempt from being unhappy. Even from being depressed at times. Though it may not be something I would consider, I can’t ignore — nor judge — those who feel that maybe we’d be better off without them. ...

Mark Driscoll's Books Pulled from the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay Stores
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s second largest Christian book retailer has pulled megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll’s books from its website and 186 stores. The nation’s second largest Christian book ...

God Isn't Punishing Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. F ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

ON Scripture: Acknowledging our Divine Positioning
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

of people for life-giving, sustaining, and reviving. Genesis 45:1-17 is relevant for modern readers ...

Deconstructing God's Mission
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

All people in all places are missionaries, for all people in all places participate within a particular mission in some shape or form. Missionaries are as diverse as the human community itself. ...

Religion, in the Right Hands
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It’s important that we always differentiate between religion and God. The two are distinct. God is always much bigger than any and all of our religions. I was privileged to attend ...

How I Kissed Evangelizing Goodbye
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

What I came to discover is how much the world craves a listening ear. The biggest problem I have with evangelizing is that you enter into a relationship with a prescribed intention, and that stands in the way ...

Some Nigerians Call for Banning the Hijab to Prevent Female Suicide Bombers
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

In northern Nigeria, mounting fears of militant female suicide bombers have raised calls to ban the hijab, or the veil that covers the head, chest and, in some cases, the entire body. Last week, four women be ...

Acts29 to Mark Driscoll: 'Please Step Down from Ministry'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Controversial Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll has been removed from membership in Acts29, an international church planting network that Driscoll helped found. The notice to Driscoll and his church comes in the ...

Losing Religion at College?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

You don’t need a doctoral degree to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades. Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking. ...

Richard Dawkins: Atheism’s Asset or Liability?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

It was 2006’s “The God Delusion” that many credit with sparking a growing interest in atheism in the U.S. Along with best-selling books by the other members of the “Four Horsemen” of atheism—the late Christoph ...

The View from Africa
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Seeing life so big and so real in this cradle of civilization was just what we needed — and it all felt so far away from Washington, D.C. Sabbath should change our perspective and restore us again. ...

War Is Abortion: Pro-Life Christians Should Care About Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Brian Gorman ...

Imam Mujahid Congratulates Rabbi Saperstein
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Council for a Parliament of the Worl ...

When This Is Why I Tell My Stories
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Preston Yancey ...

Why I Accept Mark Driscoll's Apology ... And You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Well, we’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder. Well, we’ve just concluded another week in Amer ...

Five Reasons Progressive Christians Secretly Love Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Anyone who reads my stuff with some regularity probably already knows that Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll isn’t exactly on my speed dial list, and I’m probably not in his. From his misogynistic quips to his he ...

Should Pastors Complain About Their Salaries?
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Conversation And Slowing Down
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 12:30pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Smith ...

Theologian Couple Talk About Spirituality And Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Press

August 6, 2014 Sojo in the News The Witness ...

Does God Hate Shrimp? When Biblical Citation Goes Awry
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

August 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Filler ...

Second American Ebola Patient Arrives in US
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

A small plane carrying Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient from Liberia, arrived in the United States on Tuesday, making a brief refueling stop in Bangor, Maine, en route to Atlanta and Emory Uni ...

'Silence Is Betrayal:' Speaking Out for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

1:17, which instructs us to, "learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend ... face." As a Christian I march because of verses like Isaiah 1:17, which instructs us to, "learn ... Isaiah 1:17, which instructs us to, "learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend ...

A 'Discipleship of Equals'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

tells us to “let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” (18:17). While this may sound ...

Six Questions for Kelly and Peter Shenk Koontz
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Peter and Kelly Shenk Koontz know the difficulties and joys of peacebuilding in Kabul, Afghanistan. ...

Catholic Sisters Are Redefining Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger True power is energy that bears fruit. A new model of leadership that’s been refined in the ...

A Theology of Interfaith Cooperation
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel We can work with others even while disagreeing on significant issues. SUMMER IS READNG time and th ...

Smiles from the Inside
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels The Za'atari refugee camp is the fourth largest city in Jordan. I'M DREAMING. Ten youn ...

Bonhoeffer's Harlem Renaissance
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Reggie L. Williams Excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, by Reggie L. Williams ...

Taking the Long Road Home
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. IVP Books. HERE’S WHAT Slow Ch ...

An Ambiguous Political Prophet
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Colamosca The Kennan Diaries. W. W. Norton & Company. THE KENNAN DIARIES , carefully edited by Fr ...