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Muslims on Edge after Paris Terrorist Attack on Satirical Magazine
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Europe is no stranger to terrorist attacks. Bombings in Spain and Britain killed and injured hundreds of people a decade ago. Algerian Islamists also targeted France in the 1990s. ...

Lessons from a Trafficking Survivor
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Although human trafficking is ultimately about supply and demand, human trafficking is an evil that gets its start in many different ways. Racism, gender and educational inequality, and any and all causes of v ...

Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era. From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, ...

Remembering J. Edward Guinan, Passionate Advocate for D.C.’s Most Vulnerable
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

"Ed was really a catalyst for creating that framework where regardless of who you were, there was something you could do to contribute to social justice." Kathleen Tho ...

The Nonviolent Atonement: God’s Grace Upon Grace
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

There is a pernicious theological claim that states God responds mimetically to us — when we turn away from God, God turns away from us. That’s a lie. Don’t believe it. She was ...

Shooting in Paris: 12 Dead After Attack on Satirical Magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

Armed with AK-47s and a rocket-launcher, three masked attackers opened fire in the office of a French newspaper, killing two police officers and ten staff. Armed with AK-47s and a ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Witnessing: Prophecty, Politics, and Wisdom edited by Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella / Forward Together: A Moral Me ...

The Pope and Pandora's Box
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger 'He is a person who has been consistent all his life.'  JOURNALIST Elisabetta Piq ...

Meet the New Boss (looks familiar)
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. From one grim-faced, aging, white guy to another.  IN MID-JANUARY, the gavel of power will chan ...

On the Outskirts of Heaven
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

February 22 ] Come to the Mercy Seat Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 ...

The Persistent Strain
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum White supremacy may have weakened, but it can still make us sick.  THE WEEK leading up to ...

Recharting Our Course
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Caton How Maps Change Things. Woodlake.  USERS OF MAPS—that’s all of us—may suppose that what we see is ...

Tell Me A Story
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne.  PREACHERS, politicians, and other public speakers know that a ...

Born Again, or Blind?
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Without dismissing our conversion experiences of receiving sight, I am afraid in some ways we have become handicapped by our privilege of sight. I am more and more convinced that ...

A Year of Great Films
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 8:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the 10 best films of 2014 (many more are worthy, but 10 are all that will fit).  ...

Redemptive Verses
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Poet and Vietnam vet Bruce Weigl writes of war and reconciliation.  POET BRUCE WEIGL inhab ...

Stop Using God to Justify Abuse
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

John W. Kinney A sidebar to 'Snakeology' I HAD AN EXPERIANCE with a young man who was having diffi ...

The Slippery Slope of 'Snakeology'
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

John W. Kinney Theology is not about domination. That's the snake talking.  RECENTLY, several highly pu ...

15 Things the Church Needs to Do In 2015
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote 14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014, and many of ...

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Casey Fleming A pregnant feminist reflects on the need for good male mentors in a society loaded with damaging masculine norms.  ...

The Possibility of Heaven
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Edwidge Danticat "After all, hadn't God led me here so you and I can deal with this together?" my mother said.  ...

Nothing Religious About It
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Central African Republic faith leaders say war is not perpetrated in God's name.  SINCE WA ...

Want to See Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church? Look at His New Cardinals
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reinforced his radical reshaping of the Catholic Church by naming 20 new cardinals from countries as far afield as Ethiopia, Tonga, Thailand, and Panama. Pope Francis ...

On a Firm Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Five years after the hemisphere's most catastrophic disaster in a century, Haiti seeks to build back better.  ...

February 2015
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Issue

February, 2015 Haiti: Five Years After the Quake February 1, 2015 ...

The Long March from ‘Exodus’ to ‘Selma’
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

But the most important thing about “Exodus” actually takes us beyond the movie itself — and points us in a direction that leads us to another epic film of the season. Here is one ...

Pope Francis Names New Cardinals From Around the Globe, None From U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 from 14 different nations but leaving several leading U.S. archbishops off the list. Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 ...

Terrorism 'Insurance' Expires
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

The Terrorism RIsk Insurance Act expired January 1. In 2002, at a time when insurance providers were unwilling to provide coverage for losses resulting from acts of terrorism, a ...

A New Year’s Hope: End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 5:57pm | Type: Press

December 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Kyle Christofalo ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 5:53pm | Type: Press

December 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Using ‘Flower Speech’ and New Facebook Tools, Myanmar Fights Online Hate Speech
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In Myanmar, a new set of Facebook stickers carry a deeper message than the usual “Like” thumbs-up Facebook icon: “End hate speech with flower speech.” Sometimes a smiley-face emot ...

The Many Sins of Newsweek’s Expose on The Bible
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

It is a tradition in American journalism as predictable as Easter and Christmas itself: a cover story purporting to reveal the true story behind the Bible we thought we knew. It ...

Can Cardinal Timothy Dolan Be Gotham’s Peacemaker?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

In his own backyard, the current archbishop of New York is much more of a mediating figure, seen as a community leader as well as a churchman. To much of the country, Cardinal Ti ...

20 Favorite Posts From 2014
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

could apply the same line of questioning to church. 17.  Four Challenges for Christians After ...

Christmas Found On a Trailways Bus
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:46pm | Type: Press

December 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelley Jon Donham ...

Oh come all ye faithful?
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:42pm | Type: Press

December 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jennifer Epstein ...

Can You See Your God Through My Spectacles?
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

What I learned living cross-culturally as a Christian is that some people have mistaken the Good News to be changing out old spectacles for new ones. We have reduced the Gospel to be an exchange of values and ...

5 Ways I'm the Worst at Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

When people experienced healing in Jesus' presence, he never said, “Hey, I did that!” He always told them that it was their own faith that made them well. That’s pretty amazing to consider. And inspiring. ...

Every Christmas Carol A Protest Song
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

The trouble with how we’ve treated Christmas is we’ve screened out the Emperors, and so we’ve missed the point of the angels. I need a word of hope. In verse 1 of chapter 2 ...

The Subversive Peace of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Jesus was born, he was killed, and he rose again to subvert the whole theological and political system of violence with God’s nonviolent love. He reveals the absurdity of believing that the means of violence c ...

Campfires of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Many events this year feel like they have sucked the hope right out of us. And yet, even in the midst of terrible events and stories, the possibilities of hope still exist depending on what we decide to do for ...

Your Story Stinks … Oh, and Peace on Earth
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

At this time of year, we hear verses and songs about peace on Earth. With so much war and acrimony in every nook of the world and cyberspace, this notion of peace can sound pretty absurd. ...

All I Want for Christmas Is Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

I am longing for the gift of uncertainty, a type of profound mystery that welcomes questions, a faith that requires a leap of faith to sustain. Have you ever been enamored by a ch ...

The Christmas Truce: A Lesson from 100 Years Ago
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

One hundred years ago, during the First World War, the Christmas truce took place between British, German, and French soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front. On Christmas Eve 1914, soldiers from opposin ...

Converting People: I Don't Buy It
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

To be more specific, I don’t believe in people converting people. Conversion, obviously, happens. And other people may be there, even standing by and handing the convert a pamphlet. The convert may even be say ...

American Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 8:32pm | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

Terrorists Win: 'The Interview,' North Korea, and the Tragic Irony of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

This conflict is fundamentally about violence. And the truth about violence is that it puts us all on the same level of morality. North Korea and the United States are enslaved to the same logic of violence. W ...

Dreaming of God With Us
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

I want to talk about Joseph’s two decisions. I want to talk about angels. I want to talk about dreams. And I want to talk about how we might today dream that God is with us (Emmanuel). ...

In Celebration of the 'Average' Church
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 7:52pm | Type: Blog

Let me tell you why I, a pastor of one of those "average" churches, still bother. You may have never attended an "average" church, but you've certainly ...

Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Matthew 5:17 .  I actually believe he did something far more radical than just nullifying a few ...