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Plunging into the Political Fray. Or Not.
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Remind me again what lawyers do. I forget. THE TAR SANDS in Alberta, Canada, have been in the n ...

A Way Out of No Way
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Diana L. Hayes Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality by Diana L. Hayes AFRICAN-AMERICAN ...

August 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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August 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Monkey finds hidden camera, photographs self --- IKEA slumber party --- The Hobbit to be three films --- funniest faces in the Olympics. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

QUIRK: Johan's Ark, a Museum That Follows Biblical Proportions
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

A wealthy Dutchman builds a replica of Noah’s Ark, following the measurements outlined in the book of Genesis. A wealthy Dutchman builds a replica of Noah’s Ark, following the mea ...

In the Stacks, July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Books of note. Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many books being publ ...

GODSPEED: Female Swimmer Accused of Doping, Found Not Guilty
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

For those of you who don’t speak in sports lingo or Britishisms, that translates to “Chinese coaches reject claims that their star swimmer, Ye Shiwen, has been taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs.” ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 30, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Arrested Development filming continues --- recap July entirely in charts --- the wonders of a felt-tipped pen --- hairchitecture. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

MedalCount.com Customizes the Way You Follow the 2012 Olympics
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

If you're following the 2012 Summer Olympics, you probably know that China currently holds the overall team-lead with 14 medals in total. But if you're looking to see how many medals Djibouti or Bang ...

Video Monday: 'Wagon Wheel'
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Old Crow Medicine Show 's Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua first met in the seventh grade in Harrisonburg, Virginia in Rockingham County, and began playing music together. They performed open mics at the Little Grill diner which was "really th ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Olympic enthusiasts beware: here's a video of slow motion, French music, and men throwing rocks with their non-dominant hand --- 2012 Newport Folk Festival --- the wisdom of Ralph Wiggum --- Arrested Deve ...

QUIRK: Justin Buber and Other Philosophical Pop Stars
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Step aside Reinhod Bieber, there’s a new 20th century philosopher/pop star in town: Justin Buber. That’s right, the Bieb’s popular songs and tweets and Martin Buber’s existential Jewish thought combine in a wa ...

QUIRK: USA Olympic Swim Team Does 'Call Me Maybe'
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Not only are they the best athletes of their generation, but they’re also solid lip syncers… Yes, it’s the video you’ve all been waiting for: The USA Olympic Swimming Team takes some time off from the pool a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Highlights of the 2012 Euro tournament are reenacted with string --- Tim Heidecker beats Bob Dylan in releasing a song about the Titanic --- Philadelphia to open world's first Pizza restaurant and museum ...

QUIRK: Some Londoners Slow to Catch the Olympic Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Billions will tune into the Summer Olympics in London over the coming weeks, excited to see their favorite athletes competing for those coveted Gold Medals. Hundreds of thousands more will brave the wind and rain of the traditional British ‘summer’ ...

GODSPEED: Religion at the Olympics, from Greece to London
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honor a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days. The ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Watch the 30 minute documentary Baseball in a time of Cholera --- NASA's vegan food plans for 2030 mission --- edible cookie cup for coffee --- which Bryan Cranston character said it? --- new form of soci ...

Bryan Fischer: Blame Darwin, Liberals, Gays for Aurora Shooting
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

In Fischer's estimation, because of our sexual moral decay and his consistent and ongoing attack on the virtues of evolution, James Holmes killed more than a dozen people in a suburban movie theater in Co ...

QUIRK: Mary Poppins to Fight Voldemort in Olympic Opening Ceremony?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Yahoo Sports reports: "If a British newspaper report is correct (and, oh, how we hope it is), Mary Poppins and Lord Voldemort will clash in a tense battle scene during Friday's Opening Ceremony of th ...

QUIRK: Stop Motion Super Mario in Post-Its
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Using 7,000 Post-it notes, this bored employee takes "playing video games at work" to a whole new level. In this stop-motion animation, Super Mario comes to life around the office, dodging clocks and ...

Some Assembly Required: A Conversation About Faith and Family
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 8:27pm | Type: Blog

as a single mother after her son Sam’s birth. When Sam turned 19, he told his mom that he and girlfriend ...

Olympics Won’t Include Memorial Moment for Murdered Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:29am | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Despite international pressure — including support from both U.S. presidential candidates — the International Olympic Committee has refused to include a moment of silence at Friday's (July 27) ...

Colbert, Cardinal Dolan to Match Wits in Comedy Slam
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

NEW YORK — So who is the funniest Catholic in the Western world: New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan or Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert? It's a tough call for anyone who has followed either man's i ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Bruce Springsteen surprises memorial concertgoers in Oslo with a performance of "We Shall Overcome" --- Banksy's controversial Olympic art raises questions in London --- Lord Voldemort's Su ...

The America I Love
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Vignettes from a Midwestern summer baseball game. It’s a hot summer evening in a Midwestern town. The grass is glimmering in the bright lights, contrasting with the brown dirt of ...

She Said: What's Not to Like About 'The Dark Knight Rises'?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

What's not to like about The Dark Knight Rises? Nolan relies on some of his favorite actors (and composer) for an exciting finale to one of the most celebrated superheroes of both print and the big screen ...

He Said: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is a Redemption Tale
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

"The Dark Knight Rises" is a story about redemption. It is a tale of finding courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, in spite of overwhelming physical and spiritual suffering. ...

The Age of Innocence: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'
Originally Posted: 07/22/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

I liked this film so much I've already seen it twice. "Moonrise Kingdom" is so good, in fact, I almost couldn't bring myself to write about it for fear of not doing it justice. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

What's in the water? A crocodile or a log? --- Dancey tune to begin the weekend, from Hot Chip --- the art of local coffee --- children judge books by their covers --- and women are dropping "the F b ...

Let's Talk About (Complementary) Sex
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

For those unfamiliar, there are (at least) two camps in the Christian conversation about gender roles, one of which we can call “egalitarian,” and the other calls itself “complementarian.” The implication of t ...

Links of Awesomeness: July 18, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Carpenter Nick Offerman takes another break from his workshop to read tweets from young celebrities --- Pete Seeger stops by WNYC to talk about his new book --- Fictitious Dishes photo gallery features meals f ...

Nobody is Quite Ready for Tomorrow: The Advent of ‘The Hybrid Age’
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

In their book, "Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization," Ayesha and Prag Khanna examine how we have reached this moment, and what that means for our futures, and for g ...

Mandela: An Audio History
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

This award-winning series was produced by the audio collective at Radio Diaries and was broadcast on NPR in 2004. In Mandela: An Audio History , the voices of activists ...

St. Paul Saints Baseball Team to Become ‘Mr. Paul Aints’ on Atheist Night
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group. For one hot A ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 17, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Sax Grams, adventures of a traveling saxophone player --- indie drummer releases solo music --- Detorit native golfs across his city --- wine cork portraits --- Tom Waits narrates life of artist John Baldessar ...

QUIRK: PhD Comics Explains "The God Particle"
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

But the best part about the whole discussion is that it is animated! The folks at PhD comics “a grad student comic strip,” break down the entire talk with clever visuals and an engaging presentation style. ...

'With a brush and an eye full of light': Patti Smith's Spiritual Exploration
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

"Oh Lord let me die on the back of adventure/ With a brush and an eye full of light." These lines from the 10-minute "Constantine’s Dream" sum up "Banga" — the latest album from ...

Let the Good Vibes Roll: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

As I listen to Here, the flowery vibes flood my mind with peace and goodwill. It's the psychedelic dream of a bygone era I never knew. But as a Millennial pursuer of peace, justice, and equality, these tu ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots perform a new protest song on fracking , on Late Night . [ Late Night Tumblr ] Two students in Beijing bypass the government by allowing areas of China to see their poor air quality – ...

16 Christian Leaders and Their Cartoon Counterparts
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Today it's our great pleasure to bring you 16 Christian Leaders and Their Cartoon Counterparts, including our buddy Brian McLaren (over there to your left with Turtleman from Finding Nemo), Rick Warren, R ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

How to prepare for an outdoor movie – famous people caught wearing Bill Cosby sweaters – Abraham Lincoln band aides – famous art recreated from torn magazines –how to impersonate Barack Obama. See these and mo ...

QUIRK: Politicians Who Look Like Disney Characters
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

When you're in the public eye, it's only a matter of time before you're known, not by your name, but as "that guy who looks like Pinocchio." In this hilarious compilation of look-alike ...

Is Hating My Body a Sin?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Hating one’s body usually involves sin: a distortion of the relationship God desires to have with us, and the relationships God desires for us to have with others and with creation. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

95 seconds of 90s television nostalgia – Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass prepare for the release of their first feature film Sleepwalk With Me – Arrested Development set to film in one month – Earnest Hemingway&# ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 11, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

John Hodgman reads a story of aliens buying the rights to all of humanity's music – Face Math – The United Shapes of America – rising R&B star Frank Ocean – 1,000 parachuting teddy bears for free spee ...

Book Reviews: Four for the Summer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

expect in an Anne Tyler novel (it's her 19th): Lovable, socially awkward characters. Family ties ...

Hellbound? New Film Explores Ideas, Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 7:17pm | Type: Blog

If you believe that all non-Christians are going to hell, then that means that not only would Hitler be there, but so would most of his victims.How could it be just for someone to go from the fires of Auschwit ...

QUIRK: How to Top 'The Dog Ate My Homework' Excuse
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

According to the Associated Press, a 22-year-old student in Brazil claimed she was abducted and held hostage for 24 hours. She later confessed, saying: "she 'didn't want to upset her mother ...

Hotel Replaces Bibles with Kindles
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

According to CNN: Last year, Gideons International distributed more than 84 million printed copies of the Bible around the world to students, hospitals, members of the military and, of course, hotels, where they are a ubiquitous sight i ...