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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. ...

Famed Architect Santiago Calatrava Catches Vatican’s Eye
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

of his plan to complete the 19th-century Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York (work ...

Two World-Class Libraries Launch Online Archive of Ancient Scriptures
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Two of the world’s great libraries — the Vatican Library in Rome and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University — have scanned and loaded the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient Hebrew, Greek, and early Chris ...

Gareth Higgins on Peace, Politics, and Our Nation's 'Cinematic States'
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people like movies; Gareth Higgins loves movies. But the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival and long-time peace activist engages popular culture with a different eye than most of us. I asked ...

#GivingTuesday -- A Day to Give Back
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

“Gray” Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday — and Giving Tuesday? For the second year in a row, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals are coming together to create a national day of ...

Meet Sally Lloyd-Jones, the Most Successful Christian Author You’ve Never Heard of
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

How do you get kids to read one of the world’s oldest books? Ask Sally Lloyd-Jones, whose The Jesus Storybook Bible recently passed the critical mark of one million copies sold. H ...

Archbishop of Canterbury: The Cross Has Become a Fashion Symbol
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

The Christian cross has become little more than a piece of jewelry worn around the necks of celebrities, said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Christian cross has become ...

'Lost Faces of the Bible' Reconstructs Four Skeletal Remains Using Science, Forensics
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

Many artistic renderings of biblical figures hang in churches and museums, but no one really knows what they and their contemporaries looked like. Many artistic renderings of bibl ...

Hollywood: Whitewashing the Bible
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 9:41pm | Type: Blog

Following the success of the History Channel's mini-series, The Bible, which appeared weekly last March, Hollywood seems to have renewed an avenue in which Biblical adaptations are allowed to enjoy a sign ...

Mary J. Blige, My Guardian Angel
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

When I think about the guardian angels who I’ve been told surround me like spiritual body guards, I picture the Angel In Charge as looking and sounding a lot like the Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige. ...

'Jerusalem,' a Tribute to the Holy City, Comes to the Giant Screen
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

It may be as close as a person can get to praying at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall, without actually going there. It may be as close as ...

Can God Take a Tweet? 'The Twible' Delivers Holy Writ with Twitter Wit
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Nearly every home has at least one Bible, although few read it. Nearly every home has at least one Bible, although few read it. But 16 percent of Americans log on to Twitter ev ...

It's Started: The Christmas Onslaught
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

It's started. I was following the Twitter feed for  the conversation  between  Nadia Bolz-Weber  and  Amy Butler  at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. ( #nadiaandamy ) about the present realities and possible futures of Christia ...

Rapper Shad Wrestles with Humanity and Humility
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

There is no mistaking it: Shad Kabango's music is authentic and tenacious. With incredible humility, he speaks from his heart, with no fear of calling out the inconsistencies he sees in the world. ...

Not So Merry Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Sorry, kids, but Santa has some bad news. DESPITE THE heart-felt and hand-written requests from ...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Philip Metres If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled? The c ...

Alternative Seasonal Reading
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books that can be interesting, grounding, and inspiring companions for a complicated time of year. ...

A Pilgrimage Not of Her Choosing
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Debbie McLeod Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf. I CAN’T WRITE a completely unbiased, academic revie ...

Works of Economic Fiction
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The Fatherless series (book one and two). FaithWords. JAMES DOBSON and Kurt Bruner get thr ...

Faith and the Executioner
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Liturgical Press. IN ...

Making Once Enough
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins About Time is funny, beguiling, and even profound. I RECENTLY saw a photograph of me taken on ...

A Benevolent Baron
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The Post's credible voice for corporate centrism is a large part of what Bezos wants for his $250 million. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A blog by David Hilfiker / Sing to the Moon by Laure Mvula / High Rise Stories:Voices from Chicago Public Houses by Audrey P ...

Digging
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra ...

ICYMI: Brooklyn-Based Lucius' Vintage Pop Tunes Are A Must Listen
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Brooklyn-based Lucius have managed to craft an album with diverse songs, catchy hooks, and really powerful vocals and harmonies stick in your head for days. It seems rare these da ...

The God of Rap
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

No, this is not a critique of consumerism or materialism within hip-hop culture. On the opening night of the  Yeezus Tour , multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rapper Kanye Wes ...

Boo! You're Saved
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Can you be scared into salvation? Can you be scared into salvation? For the past 41 years, Liberty University’s “ Scaremare ” has attracted thousands to its haunted attractio ...

What Happens When We Accept Our Own Mortality?
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Knocking on Heaven's Door tells what can happen when a person's mind and body endure a series of shocks that would naturally lead to decline and death — except that, through various technological int ...

Hollywood Looks to the Bible for Screenplay Potential
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as source material for upcoming mainstream films: the Bible. Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as sou ...

ICYMI: Heavy Hearts on The Head and the Heart's Sophomore Release
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

While not nearly as upbeat as their last record, “Let’s Be Still” is perhaps deeper and rawer. The standout songs don’t pull it up enough to eclipse its predecessor, but it’s still worth giving a listen. ...