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The Problem with Labels
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

It’s easy to classify people, communities, institutions, organizations, and ideas into systems and label them accordingly. But Christianity and the people who embody it are extremely complex. ...

In Praise of Slow Response
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

What if we didn’t talk at each other down a never-ending spiral of false assumptions in a vomit-inducing quest for relevancy? What if reflection and prayer and confession that we don’t know how we feel about s ...

Hack the Church
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Early Christianity spearheaded technological innovations with global ramifications, most notably in the invention of the codex. Today’s faithful hackers, armed with code, workshops, and participatory-minded th ...

'Kosher Lust': Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Says It's More Important Than Love
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, spiritual counselor to Michael Jackson, onetime Republican candidate for Congress, and author of the best-selling “Kosher Sex” and “Kosher Jesus,” has a new book for Jews and n ...

Antonio Banderas May Be Cast as Pope Francis in Biopic
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

declined to speculate on whether the film would be completed and ready for release on Dec. 17, the pope’s ...

Iranian Women Shed Veils for Facebook Page
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Thousands of Iranian women are sending photos of themselves without their hijab, or veil, to a new London-based Facebook page dedicated to allowing them “stealthy freedoms.” Thous ...

And God Said, 'Let There Be Darkness'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Theologically, we’re taught to hate, or at least fear, the darkness. We are children of light, God called light into being, and it was from this light that all things were formed. So what use do we have for da ...

PHOTOS: Rebuilding After Haiyan
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A slideshow of the rebuilding efforts in Tacloban City, Philippines, in the wake of Haiyan. On No ...

VIDEOS: God's Greatness
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Musician Nicole C. Mullen and theologian Ellen F. Davis articulate the goodness of God in their own unique ways. ...

Multi-faith Group Backs US Bipartisan Support For Persecuted Middle East Christians
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Press

May 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Ecumenical News International ...

Abducting Girls In The Name Of God
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Press

May 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

COMMENTARY: Free Market Compensation or a Rigged System?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

In a marketplace unfettered by ethical restraint, a sense of duty, concern for others, or even basic shame, 25 hedge fund managers gave themselves a 50 percent pay boost in 2013. ...

June 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Product

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June 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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A Hymn-Prayer on Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

17:11-19; 7:1-10; Mark 7:24-30; Luke 7:20-35; 23:39-43 Tune: Welsh folk melody Text: Copyright © 2014 ...

The God-Believing Atheist: A Q&A with Frank Schaeffer
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

One phrase comes to mind, time and again, when I think of Frank Schaeffer: “THINK AGAIN.” Any time I think I have a handle on things theological, he seems to find the thread, hanging from the edges, and gives ...

Where The Culture War's Fault Lines Really Lie
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Noah Toly ...

Religion Newswriters Announce 2014 Contest Finalists
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Press

Newswriters Association today released the list of finalists in its 17 contests. The finalists are listed ... Association today released the list of finalists in its 17 contests. The finalists are listed below by medium ... Columbia, Mo. — Religion Newswriters Association today released the list of finalists in its 17 contests. ...

If It Weren’t for Jesus, I Might be Pro-Death Penalty Too
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

We dare not forget the story – of a God who so loved the world that Jesus was sent, not to condemn the world but to save it. We must not forget that much of the Bible was written by murderers who were given a ...

Abducting Girls in the Name of God
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Invoking the name of God to justify human barbarity is a painfully tragic and an ongoing occurrence. If hearing these lies about God breaks our hearts, we can only imagine they must also break the heart of God ...

English Fashion Designer Launches Updated Clerical Line for Women
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

A London-trained fashion designer has launched a new range of clerical wear for women in the Church of England. A London-trained fashion designer has launched a new range of cleri ...

Q&A: Marilynne Robinson on Guns, Gay Marriage, and Calvinism
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson draws a wide fan base that spans lovers of serious literature, including many conservative Christians. Pulitzer-Prize winning aut ...

Stripping Away the Stigma: Christian Ministries Help Women Escape Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

17 years dancing in Dallas strip clubs, find a new path. Ministry volunteers listened to her ...

6 Times Pastors Went On Late-Night TV
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jesse Carey ...

To the Dying Church: Sharing our Wounds
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Let’s try this difficult thing together: expose and share our wounds, and in doing so, find the beginning of healing and life. To the dying church, Sometimes you have to get w ...

Lisa Sharon Harper Urges Prayer To #UpliftNigeria
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News KineticsLive.com ...

175 Leaders Urge U.S. Support In Christianity's Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Jayson Casper ...

Exporting Democracy...
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. ...although maybe we should have kept a little for ourselves. FOR MORE THAN two centuries, the ...

Heaven Is a Home
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

If God has prepared a home for us, ought we not prepare a home for our neighbor? When I was a child, my vision of heaven was riddled with roller coasters and populated by Disney c ...

God Sets the World Right
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11 HAVING BEEN promised what the disciples assume will ...

Cherish Each Moment — Even the Sucky Ones
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "If communion isn't a little edgy, you may not be doing it right." -- A tribute to Elizabeth Palmberg (1970-2014) ...

Nuns Say They Will Continue Dialogue Despite Vatican Criticisms
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

The American nuns who were publicly scolded by the Vatican’s top doctrinal official for disobedience and promoting unorthodox beliefs have rejected the criticisms. The American nu ...

The Many Ways to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The example mothers in Scripture do not lead caricatured lives of middle-class homemakers living a life of Pinterest or of super-career woman balancing family and economic kingdom building. Instead they are en ...

From the Archives: June 1979
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Dick Taylor Touching Christ AS CHRISTIANS, we affirm that God, whose presence fills every nook and cranny of ...

To a Dying Church: Continue to Tell the Sacred Story
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

I remember warmly how you shared with me from an ancient letter that faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love. Dear friend, The diagnoses ar ...

In the Wake of Haiyan's Wrath
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR After long delays in relief operations, rebuilding in the Philippines slowly continues. ...

A Call For Help For Mideast Christians
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Movsesian ...

To a Dying Church: Either Die or Live Like You Mean It
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

What if, freed from the concerns of playing it safe for posterity, you stomped on the gas pedal and decided to blow the doors off? What might that look like? Dear Church, I rec ...

A Crash Course In Q
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News John Murdock ...

Who is Allah? #BringBackOurGirls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s abduction of these innocent girls is the bastardization of Islam because it is the bastardization of Allah. To justify abducting and selling young girls into slavery in the name of Allah is to red ...

To the Dying Church From a Millennial
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

While the studies indicate that organized communities of faith are in decline, the amount of men and women who are seeking and finding a radical faith in Jesus is increasing. Dear ...

Vatican Calls for Release of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican issued an urgent appeal Thursday for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The Vatican issued an urgen ...

To the Dying Church: Maybe Death Is a Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 7:10pm | Type: Blog

The reality is your reason for being, your very purpose, is to teach us about a living God. How marvelously playful and mischievous of God (and quite frankly, how very God-like of God) to figure out how to do ...

Indonesian Woman Gang-raped, Faces Caning for Adultery
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Islamic religious police in Indonesia plan to publicly flog a 25-year-old widow and a married man for adultery after vigilantes gang-raped her as punishment for having extramarital sex, according to media repo ...

In a Nutshell: What Is Boko Haram?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is among the most vicious terrorist groups operating in North Africa, home to some of the worst Islamist extremists in the world. Boko Haram is among the most vicious t ...

American Christians Pledge Solidarity With Persecuted Christians In Egypt, Iraq And Syria
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Nina Shea ...

Christian Leaders Stand In Solidarity With Imperiled Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:53am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jeffrey Walton ...

Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Nigerian Cardinal: Schoolgirls' Abduction Is Shameful
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The kidnapping of 300 teenage schoolgirls by the Islamist group Boko Haram has shamed Nigeria, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan said Wednesday. The kidnapping of 300 teenage sch ...

Atheist TV: Coming Soon to a Television Near You
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local ath ...