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Weekly Wrap 2.27.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

The last meals of inmates on death row, net neutrality, Jim Inhofe's snowball, and what science has to say about #TheDress debate. 1.  PHOTOS: Painter Immortalized Las ...

3 Ways Relics and Artifacts Can Help Us ‘Find Jesus’
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

Artifacts can be a way to take us out of ourselves in hopes of discovering something about Jesus that is not filtered through the lens of our own desires. Why are we so fascinated ...

Islamic State Refugees Grow Disgruntled: ‘We Loved Them so Much’
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Hassan, a chain-smoking 20-year-old from Syria, sits in a cafe across the border from his homeland, one of thousands who escaped the clutches of the Islamic State group. Hassan, a ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Steve Hayner
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 8:23pm | Type: Blog

Steve Hayner’s humble and courageous leadership gave us all a glimpse of what is possible when we really love God — when we trust and choose God’s way to wholeness and peace. It ...

5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

While Bill O’Reilly rightly condemns ISIS as evil, he frames the conflict as a “holy war” that ISIS is waging against the West, Christians, and anyone else who does not share ISIS’ extreme views. ... While it ...

Supreme Court Wrestles with Accommodating Religious Faith on the Job
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Title VII doesn’t require accommodating baseball caps, but it does require accommodating religious practice. Samantha Elauf was a teenager who loved clothes and applied to work in ...

Bugsplat
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Bugsplat is software used to calculate and reduce the death of innocent people in drone strikes. It's also how Predator drone operators talk about the people whom the American military kills in these miss ...

Relaxing into Lent: Identity and Those Voices in Your Head
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

The devil tempted Jesus three times. Each time the devil used the word “if.” And each time the devil tried to seduce Jesus into doubting his identity as God’s Son. The Christian ...

I’m Queer, and I’m (Still) an Evangelical
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

On Feb. 21, Time.com broke the news that my evangelical publisher, Destiny Image, dropped a book contract it had made with me almost a year ago because its buyers refused to sell my book due to my pro-LGBTQ ac ...

Lent: The Kingdom of God as the Truth of Easter
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the Lord’s Prayer. Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the ...

More Christian Than Celebrity
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I am lamenting the fact that we seem to be helplessly caught up in this entangled web that tightly weaves faithful Christian living and celebrity culture. I don’t know how we can break this addiction to celebr ...

Thoughts on Lent From a Non-Churchgoer
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s because I don’t go to church right now, or because I’m not in a spiritual community like I was before I moved cities. But for whatever reason, Lent came fast and unexpected, and something inside won ...

Bill O’Reilly Battles It Out With Liberal Pastor Over ‘Holy War’ and the Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:10am | Type: Press

February 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

It Takes a Life Cult to Beat a Death Cult
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Press

February 23, 2015 Sojo in the News John Grant ...

Reclaiming 'Angry' Feminism and Other Lessons from 'She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry'
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Bras weren’t the only things the second wave feminists burned in the ‘60s. Bras weren’t the only things the second-wave feminists burned in the ‘60s. But that’s all I learned abo ...

The Changing Spirituality of Women
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

What may be new is that more women, generation by generation, are moving in the direction of men — away from faith, religious commitment, even away from vaguely spiritual views like “a deep sense of wonder abo ...

Confronting the Jihad
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Bill O'Reilly ...

Pastor to O’Reilly: ISIS Will Take Advantage of Your ‘Holy War’ Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Matt Wilstein ...

Finding Atonement in the Greatest Rivalry in College Basketball
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Adam Ericksen ...

4 Questions to Ask Before We Wish Death Upon ISIS
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

With the unimaginable evils being committed by ISIS and other terror groups around the world, many Christians are calling for their violent destruction — some even voluntarily taking up arms. At first glance t ...

The Front Page Rule
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

It brings home a core fact about drones: that you can't surrender to a drone. Enemy soldiers, and people merely suspected of being, or intending to become, enemy soldiers, are killed at home gardening, or ...

Lent: Making God’s Name Beautiful
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

We are part of the family. So let’s do the family business of bringing light to the world. I love today’s Lenten reflection by the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Grey on the first verse of ...

Utah Highest, Vermont Lowest on Newest Church Attendance Poll
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

are in the South. At the bottom of the list is Vermont, Gallup reports, “where 17 percent of residents say ...

Pastor Ousted Over LGBT Inclusion: 'There's So Much Grace'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

"It seems chaotic, and it seems scary, because so many of the old models are outdated. But God’s truth is not changed whatsoever, and God’s news is still good." Edit ...

WATCH: A Brief History of Overt Racism in Professional Soccer
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

a train as they chanted racist lyrics after the Chelsea vs. PSG match on Feb. 17, it was only the most ... in Paris amidst racist chants — February 17, 2015 Not only do the fans prevent a black man ...

Evangelicals pull support for Portland church over LGBT stance
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Kevin Eckstrom ... http://www.religionnews.com/2015/02/17/evangelicals-pull-support-portland-church-lgbt-stance/ An evangelical pastor has ...

LGBT-Christians
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 ... http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/02/17/3648670_letter-lgbt-christians.html?rh=1 "Does what Paul so ... here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/02/17 ...

Cardinal O’Malley: The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Far from Over
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

are disastrous,” he said in his speech. O’Malley said last week, after the 17-member commission held its first ...

The Mark of Courage: Taking Ashes for the First Time
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Repent means, in the most literal sense, to turn in a different direction. It is less about avoiding being struck down by God than embarking on our own particular course-correction. ...

Lent Is Not Giving Up Stuff
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation of our hearts for what God has done in Christ. Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation ...

Why I’m Giving Up Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

To wage peace, we must first (and continually!) wage war on the evil within that keeps us from embracing our vocation as ambassadors of reconciliation (II Cor 5). The violence of ...

So What's the Deal With Ash Wednesday?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday. The ‘Splainer asks what having a dirty forehead has to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gai ...

Rape Culture Is Real
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

An escalation of rhetorical debate distracts from the real concern that rape culture theory was developed to address — that we help socialize dangerous behavior in our children. ...

Dean Smith: Reflections on an Outpouring of Love
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

I could not help but be distracted by my own memories of long ago when I was 17. I had a mentor who ...

Violence Begets Violence: ISIS and its Origins
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

goes with a flood. The story pauses for seven verses to paint the picture ( 7:17-23 ). Four verses ...

Pope Francis Condemns Islamic State’s Executions of Christians in Libya
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 16 denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.” ...

Way to #RiseForTheRaise!
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

We are grateful for all of those who took the time to put their love into action this Valentine's day. Many thanks to our friends and supporters for rallying together to #R ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christian Alternative to 'Fifty Shades' Makes the Same Mistakes, Just Without the Sex
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

It doesn't come with a sex dungeon, but Old Fashioned features a relationship just as unhealthy as the one in Fifty Shades of Grey. This Valentine’s Day, two films will battl ...

'No, Jesus Isn't My Boyfriend' and Other Lessons from Single Christians on Valentine's Day
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

In the evangelical church, there’s far too much “Jesus is my boyfriend” or “I’m dating Jesus”-type songs and teaching that it trivializes the kind of intimacy that can exist between God and humanity. And it s ...

In Over My Spirit: Faithful Dissent on Full LGBTQ Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

5 parameters for evangelicals discerning the parameters of faithful dissent. My heart breaks. My head hurts. My spirit is broken on the question of LGBTQ inclusion in Christ’s chu ...

How Do Churches Address Alcoholism Among Their Leaders?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

“In instances where a pastor may need treatment for substance abuse, he or his church would seek services in the same way other members of their communities would,” one spokesperson said. ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

history 879-254 (.776 win pct.), 11 Final Four appearances, 2 national championships, 17 Atlantic Coast Conference ...

Does Obama Owe Christians An Apology?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Every Christian should be aware of what we are capable of when we turn our eyes away from the self-sacrificing love of Jesus and instead turn Christianity into an ideology that justifies terror, brutality, opp ...

Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Say Islamic State Represents True Islam
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say the Islamic State terrorist group offers a true representation of Islamic society, according to a pair of new surveys by LifeWa ...

Pope Francis Wants ‘Absolute Transparency’ as He Pushes Vatican Reform
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

“Reform is not an end in itself, but a means of bearing a powerful Christian witness,” Francis said. Pope Francis called for a Vatican that operates with “absolute transparency” ...

Drones Make War Too Easy, Too Remote, Faith Leaders Say
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep American soldiers out of harm’s way. ...

Parking Spat as Motive for Triple Murder? N.C. Muslims Don’t Buy It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Preliminary police reports describe a long-simmering dispute over parking as the motive for the killings of three Muslim students at a Chapel Hill condominium Feb. 10. Preliminar ...

Are Foreign Aid Workers Unprepared for Violence Abroad?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The risk of foreign aid work, especially for young people, has again been thrust into the national spotlight after the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller. Mueller, a foreign aid worker, was confirmed dead Feb. 10 after being taken hostage by Islamic ...

Pope Francis: Opting Not to Have Children a ‘Selfish Choice’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!” Less than a month after saying Ca ...