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Coloring the Story
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ben Sutter Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith. Herald Press. THE GRAPHIC NOVEL  Radical Jesus , edit ...

Bringing the Word to Life
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. Herald Press. ONE YEAR MY small group decided to ha ...

The Harvest of Fidelity
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger This Day: New & Collected Sabbath Poems. Counterpoint. THE STILL, ATTENTIVE, affectiona ...

Cine-Monastic Disciplines
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Without conscious resistance, the flattened culture of entertainment globalization is going to continue to dominate. ...

'Son of God' Falls into Trap of Most Jesus Depictions
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 11:39pm | Type: Blog

While Son of God leaves much to be desired (as maybe it should), this is a movie I could see some Christian audiences enjoying for the way it repackages the well-known story of Jesus’ life. ...

Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum He didn't just sing for the audience. He got them to sing for themselves. WHEN I MOV ...

Prophet in a Cracker Dress
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Liuan Huska From galleries to the street, artist Nora Howell is unafraid of tough topics. ONE RECENT WINTER d ...

New 'Miracle Machine' Turns Water to Wine (in Three Days)
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

A new device called The Miracle Machine promises to make pre-aged wine in about three days. By turning water into wine, Jesus used his first miracle to keep the wedding feast goin ...

Literary LEO 2014
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Press

January 28, 2014 Sojo in the News LEO Weekly ...

The Social Contract In A Dignitarian Society
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

March 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Robert Fuller ...

The Blades of Grass in the Garden of Gethsemane Speak to Me
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Zach Czaia There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurre ...

Italian Publisher Unveils Magazine Dedicated to Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

Il Mio Papa, a new weekly magazine that will focus entirely on Pope Francis — complete with a weekly centerfold poster of the pontiff — is scheduled to hit Italian newsstands on Wednesday. ...

Up Ahead? Massive Social Change, Experts Say
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

National attention on a proposed Arizona law allowing business owners to deny service for religious reasons to gay people signals how attitudes on social issues have shifted dramatically in recent years. ...

Is New Katy Perry Video Blasphemous? Some Think So
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Nearly 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding that YouTube take down a Katy Perry video they say is blasphemous and offensive to Muslims. Nearly 60,000 people h ...

Russell Crowe Really Wants Pope Francis to See 'Noah'
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Actor Russell Crowe is using social media to try to cajole Pope Francis into seeing his latest film, the controversial “Noah,” which stars Crowe as the waterlogged biblical patriarch. ...

Vatican City Consumes More Wine Per Capita Than Any Other Country
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Tiny Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world, according to information from the California-based Wine Institute. Tiny Vatican City consumes ...

Tim Chey's 'Final: The Rapture' Adapts 'Horror Movie' Label
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

The words “Christian” and “horror movie” rarely appear in the same sentence, much less in the same film’s promotional material. The words “Christian” and “horror movie” rarely app ...

NBC’s 'Parenthood:' When the Winning Strategy is Losing
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

The strange truth about conflict is that we do not fight because we want different things. If we want different things, what is there to fight about? The writers of Parenthood ...

Roma Downey: Why We Cut Satan From 'Son of God'
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Tired of cursing the darkness, my husband Mark and I wanted to shine a light. To do this, we set up a production company called LightWorkers Media. I played an angel on “Touched ...

VIDEO: A Tribute to Pete Seeger
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In remembrance of Pete Seeger In " Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir " ( Sojou ...

The (Anti)Gospel of Francis Underwood
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Will you trample over others or will you empty yourself, taking the very nature of a servant? In short, will you choose the way of Frances Underwood or the way of Jesus Christ? ...

Rick Warren, Others, Rent Theaters for Premiere of 'Son of God'
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Christian leaders, including megachurch pastor Rick Warren, plan to rent every screen in numerous multiplex theaters across 10 cities for the premiere of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s upcoming Jesus film Son ...

Adapt or Die
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Okay, so maybe not actually die. Just change. And quickly. THIS YEAR IS shaping up to be one of ...

What Shopping Malls Can Learn from Churches
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

The enclosed mall at Hillsdale Shopping Center had everything on a Friday morning: 1.3 million square feet of glistening space, top-drawer retailers like Nordstrom, reliable outlets like Macy’s, and teen-focus ...

The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen McCoy Sometimes even we— / pierced with arrow-words, with brassy / cacophonies of slurs—stand in calm. ...

A Spirituality of Solitude
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Marking the centennial of pacifist poet William Stafford Miles of yellow wheat bend; the ...

Not Afraid of the Dark
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and p ...

Church to Go
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Mullen City of God: Faith in the Streets. Jericho Books. IN HER LATEST book, Sara Miles—author of the ...

Shifting the Frame
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III U.S. cinema has been an enforcer of our racialized imagination—but that’s changing. “CINEMA IS ...

What 'Frozen' Teaches us about Power, Privilege, and Community
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Disney has given us a story to help us reflect more deeply on the powers inherent in our interconnectedness, and how we can best move towards life, leaving the death of winter behind. ...

The Prophets of Sundance
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

In days of old, God used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention. Today’s prophets are often the truth-telling artists, singers, songwriters, and filmmakers whose modern version of “Thus sayeth the Lord” bursts ...

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

and widows, and they were even to be afforded the same treatment as citizens (Deut. 10:18–19). Israelites ...

New Jersey Family Sought $20,000 to Name Baby Girl
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Taking their cue from a tried-and-true fundraising technique, one New Jersey family tried to sell the right to name their baby. Taking their cue from a tried-and-true fundraising ...

Best Buy Commercial Points Way to Greater Muslim Acceptance
Originally Posted: 01/24/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

A new Best Buy commercial for a Sharp 60-inch television that seemed ordinary is, in one way, extraordinary. Viewers watching the American Football Conference championship game be ...

In 'David and Goliath,' Gladwell Provides Fresh Perspective on the Underdog
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

In the same clear, concise style that made his other books so intriguing, Gladwell challenges yet another widespread assumption — that being the underdog tends to make one an underdog forevermore. ...

Marc Chagall’s Jesus Paintings Focus of Jewish Museum Exhibit
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

At a moment when the world is flush with new books and ever-evolving interpretations of Jesus, one of the last century’s artistic masters is providing art lovers with a striking take on the first-century relig ...

Three Worlds Collide in 'Jerusalem,' the City and the Film
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

When the producers of Jerusalem, a new movie for IMAX and other giant screen theaters, decided to approach the topic, they wanted to bring a fresh perspective to the long history. ...

As I Walk Through the Sudden Valley: A Psalm, a Prayer
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

and self-medicating. ( AD 1:19 ) I did it again, didn’t I? I’m so self-centered. From now on, I want you to just tell ... to be there for family. I’d hate to miss it because I was too proud. ( AD 1:19 ) Oh, my God! ( AD 3:1 ) “Thou ...

A Year in Music
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

This year I have been trying something new to me. I’m trying my hands at a little music or concert review. It’s a chance to experiment with this nascent methodology I’m developing. ...

Sojo Authors Have the Right Stuff for Under Your Tree
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors.   Bible & Theology Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation ,  by Reta Halteman F ...

New and Improved Christmas Hymns
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

As a public service, I have written historically accurate versions of three of the most beloved holiday hymns. Without personally endorsing any of the theology below, I also offer some alternatives to those wh ...

Pax on Both Their Houses
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East. North Atlantic Books. ...

Brothers in Faith and Defiance
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Colamosca No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State. New York Review ...

Cowboys, Indians, and Reconciliation?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press ...

Missed Reckonings
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Fifty years ago, a kind of innocence was taken, and a kind of brokenness remains unrepaired. T ...

Net Neutrality: The Final Battle?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Will corporations and the courts turn our free and untidy marketplace of ideas into yet another exclusive gated commu ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/05/2014 - 10:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sister Churches: American Congregations and Their Partners Abroad by Janel Kragt Bakker / The State of Arizona by Catherine ...

God 'Beneath the Ordinary'
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield The rabbi recognized poetry as November's calling and inveighed against his betrayal of it. ...

Shepherds
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Harry C. Kiely The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.” Night. The sheep huddled agains ...

Why Switchfoot Won’t Write Christian Songs
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Way back in the day (circa 2004), Switchfoot's lead singer, Jon Foreman, was asked if the band is a “Christian” band. Even though it's been a while, his response is worth looking at again. ...