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I’ll Take my Salvation Without the Snakes, Please
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

If there were such a thing as “spiritual hazard pay” for columnists, I would be filing a claim after watching the first two episodes of the new series “Snake Salvation,” which debuts Tuesday, Sept. 10, on the ...

The Unsilenced Voice of Seamus Heaney
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

In [the poem's] few words, Seamus Heaney told me a lifetime about his spirituality and beliefs, history, and hopes. But it was the act of his offering me the precious poem that said even more about the si ...

The Cardinal on Colbert: Dolan Does Comedy Central
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the most famous funny man in the American hierarchy, went on The Colbert Report Tuesday night to trade ...

'I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You:' Album Review
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

In previous albums, Derek has been more critical of what we could refer to as the “Christian Right” — those who vote for politicians just because they are anti-gay marriage (“Freddy Please”) or that support ev ...

Catching Up and Catching Grace with Singer-Songwriter Sam Phillips
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

"Push Any Button,” the first new physical album in five years from singer-songwriter Sam Phillips, is a blithe, fetching exploration of life’s flip side — after the flush of youth, after the heartbreak, a ...

Problems with Christian Contemporary Music: An Interview with Trey Pearson of 'Everyday Sunday'
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

No offense to the artists that are ruling Christian music, but it's just not at the peak of the creative music spectrum. It almost never is. It always feels behind, and that's because the gatekeepers ...

'You've Got Mail,' A Swedish Movie About Death, Kissing Dating Goodbye, and Finding Love Despite Pride and Prejudice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Even for the awkward girl who is afraid of the sound of her own voice and of the possibility of finding someone attractive, there’s the possibility of love, and that, however improbably, changes everything. ...

Steve Jobs: Prophet of a New Religion
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

The truth about Jobs and religion may be that, in this arena as in others, he was ahead of the cutting edge. The new movie about Steve Jobs is short on anything explicitly religio ...

'The Butler:' Owning Our Collective Story
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

My eyes are continually covered by the veil of white privilege. I must constantly tear it away and see the world as it is, not as I have enjoyed it.  As people stepped on our toes ...

'Zealot:' How Reza Aslan Constructed a False Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Kings 19:10). Connecting that story from Elijah to Jesus is fallacious. After all, the closest ...

The Spirituality of Fun.
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

I love Fun.. I especially love the wacky period at the end of the band’s name. But Some Nights is full of philosophical and spiritual gold. It asks questions about identity, friendship, violence, and the purpo ...

3 Reasons I Really Did Not Like Michael Pollan's Newest, 'Cooked'
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

I really did not like Michael Pollan's newest offering, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Here are three reasons why. I really did not like Michael Pollan's ...

PBS' Series 'Life of Muhammad' May Surprise Viewers
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

He’s born poor. By age 6, he’s an orphan. Two years later, he loses his grandfather. Yet he overcomes his circumstances, develops a reputation for business integrity and progressive views on marriage. Then he ...

'The Butler' and His D.C. Church — A Man of Steady Faith
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Eugene Allen served eight presidents as a White House butler, and his legendary career is the inspiration for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a film starring Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and a host of A-list Hollywood ...

Church Gardening As Peacemaking Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Fred Bahnson’s first bit of advice when he started planning a church garden eight years ago came from an elderly tobacco farmer who grabbed a handful of soil, rolled it around in his fingers and shook his head ...

Let It Ring: Indigo Girls Grace The Goose
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

To be frank, I have been to a lot of secular music festivals that pay admirable lip service to activism, but these did not feel like they were anything close to being part of a movement. Wild Goose, on the oth ...

A Thoroughly Modern Mystic Makes His Way to the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The duo’s Merton film, while factually based, is not a documentary. Rather, it is an epic tale of spiritual, emotional and cultural transformation in the 1960s. And, yes, it is a love story. ...

Troy Bronsink’s 'Songs To Pray By' Travels To Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

A solo Bronsink will be presenting his musical work tomorrow at the Wild Goose Festival. We both took a break from packing and planning our journeys to North Carolina for this email interview. ...

Wives Find Renewed Faith After Husbands ‘Visit’ Heaven
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

a plane crash he survived at age 19. She intersperses her narrative with questions she asked her husband, ...

Second Time Around: Wild Goose Mixtape 2013
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

I’m excited to share this mixtape in honor of the Wild Goose Festival, Aug. 8-11 in Hot Springs, N.C. I’m excited to share this mixtape in honor of the Wild Goose Festival , A ...

Be nice. They're listening (and taking notes).
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. If you have something to hide, hide it better. SINCE WE NOW know the federal government has bee ...

The Passing of a Prophet
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum "We're all bastards," Will Campbell wrote, 'but God loves us anyway." ...

The Danger of 'Orphan Theology'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Kathryn Joyce Has the uptick in Christians eager to adopt overseas done ...

Toward Life Abundant
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. Fortress Press. CYNTHIA MOE- ...

Misery Loves Comedy
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Nadia Bolz-Weber Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber DURING MY E ...

Meditating on Memory
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins When we experience movies like memories, we meditate rather than consume, and do what Pascal suggested was the antidote to ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The March by PBS / Secular Days, Sacred Moments edited by David Cooper / One True Vine by Mavis Staples / The Israeli-Palest ...

'Write Your Life, Live Your Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Gene Luen Yang Comic book creator Gene Luen Yang on his latest work, Boxe ...

They Will Kill You
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Ewuare X. Osayande Excerpt from Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander they will ki ...

'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Shares Story of 'Rediscovering God'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Hollywood producers often break every rule when it comes to publicizing faith and politics. But A&E’s smash hit reality show, Duck Dynasty, puts it front and center. Hollywood ...

The Forgiving Corpse: A Parable
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

I’m pretty sure that Keith Huff did not intend to write a Christian allegory, but the themes of life, death, and resurrection reverberate through the play. Oddly enough, I think Stewart’s story can function as ...

Can a Horror Film Lead People to God?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

of ghost-hunting “consultants of demonic witchcraft.” In 1971, they were called to a 19th-century Rhode Island ...

David Wimbish: Life, Death, Fundraising, and Festivals
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

At the 2012  Wild Goose , for an afternoon set at a tent tucked away on the backwoods of the festival site, a young North Carolina band blew minds and won fans. More than just a band — more like a multicolored movement of sonic jubilee —  David Wimbi ...

Donna Schaper’s Grace at The Table is Gracious and Delicious
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Human beings seem to come with certain built-in spiritual inclinations, and gratitude is chief among them. Human beings seem to come with certain built-in spiritual inclinations, ...

Is Church Still a Curator of Culture?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

I'm not entirely proud of this, but I am man enough to admit Amy and I also are big fans of the reality show American Idol. For the two people reading this who don't know what that is, it's a si ...

SLIDESHOW: City Beautiful
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Marvel at the beautiful stories to tell in U.S. cities If you keep your eyes open, there is bea ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Live Simply by Franciscan Media / Who is Dayani Crystal? by Pulse Films / Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Con ...

The Accidental Moral Mirror of Monsters University
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

It struck me that the movie presents – probably quite by accident – an opportunity to talk about a deep moral reality. So what follows will only begin obliquely by talking about cute monsters ...

Animal Collective: ‘With It’
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Animal Collective create intricate soundscapes that take themselves and their listeners into an experience that, whether they like it or not, is reminiscent — at the least — of an experiential look at eternal ...

Love One Another (some restrictions apply)
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Sorry. Disasters aren't budgeted this year. NOTHING MOVES ME more than a heartfelt tweet. ...

Lessons in Creating Ubuntu
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Conversations in Transition: Leading South African Voices. David Philip Publishers Conversations ...

Church of the Open Doors
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change at a Community Called Glide. HarperOne ...

A New Wave
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ...

Beauty as Antidote
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If beauty heals the world, and the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better, who's up for demanding a ...

Too Happy?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirit ...

Beyond 'Ruin Porn'
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Reimagining the geographies of the city—a place where the story of our salvation is played out. ...

Struggle of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Leigh Donaldson Early morning before he unlocks the church gate the rector kneels before the gridiron fence surrounding the Cathedral, not in prayer but to c ...

Superman: Jesus Figure or ‘Anti-Christ?'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Superman has always had a bit of a messiah complex, born as a modern-day Moses in the imagination of two Jewish guys during the Depression and over the years developing and amplifying his Christlike characteri ...

Noted author at Aspen Chapel this Wednesday
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:13pm | Type: Press

June 24, 2013 Sojo in the News The Aspen Times ...

Internationally-known social justice advocate, author speaks at Aspen Chapel
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

June 25, 2013 Sojo in the News Staff Reporter ...