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Stephen Colbert on Pope Francis, Cardinal Dolan and (of Course) Stephen Colbert
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

The great and the good — and lots of politicians and TV pundits, too — gathered Thursday to hear comedian Stephen Colbert roast and toast everyone from Pope Francis to his host for the evening, Cardinal Timoth ...

'The Fifth Estate:' Is WikiLeaks Good for America?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Despite this latest round of drama revolving around WikiLeaks and its lightning rod of a front man, the question still remains: Is WikiLeaks good for America? Am I the only one wh ...

Malcolm Gladwell on His Return to Faith While Writing 'David and Goliath'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Author Malcolm Gladwell may not be known for writing on religion. His New York Times best-selling books “The Tipping Point,” “Outliers,” “Blink” and “What the Dog Saw” deal with the unexpected twists in social ...

‘Gravity’ and the Unanswered Questions of Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Reviews of the new hit movie Gravity note that it’s an unusually fine science fiction film. What they don’t mention is that the main character represents an increasingly common theme in American religion: The ...

The Mythical World of Tom Clancy
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

Read more from our review of the first five Clancy novels, A Clearly Present Danger, in the Sojourners magazine archives. The books of Tom Clancy, who passed away this week, cont ...

Thou Who Art in Me
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Manaster Be the pulse driven from a broken shell. And fallen, fallen light renew! — William Bl ...

NASA's Earthbound Solutions
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Domestic space flight is an idea whose time has come. WITH THE HEAT of mid-year finally over—ju ...

Spiritual Cultivation
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. Simon & Schuster. SOIL AND SACR ...

Fields of Faith and Doubt
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Baseball as a Road to God. Gotham Books. IN MY MEMORY from nearly 50 years ago, the great pitcher ...

Coloring in Oppression
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemary Radford Ruether Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and its Relevance Today. Strategic Book Publishing. ...

Complexities of Struggle and Love
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The makers of The Butler have told a kind of truth about the struggle for "beloved community" that has rarely be ...

Learning from the Unspeakable
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum JFK's assasination provides us with lessons about the dangers of secret wars and unaccountable power. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventist ...

Apocalypse Redux
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathryn Reklis Why are blockbuster movies so bad at imagining life after the end of the world? EVERY SUMMER b ...

WATCH: The Head and the Heart's New Single Written in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Seattle-based folk group The Head and the Heart released their newest single, "Another Story," off of their anticipated upcoming album, Let's Be Still. Seattle-base ...

Beyond One-Sided Either/Or Christianity
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 7:58am | Type: Blog

We live in a church context where so many embrace unbiblical either/or understandings of Christianity: Either evangelism or social action, either inward journey or outward journey. And on and on. ...

The Book Every Christian Needs to Read This Fall
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Whether it was Schaeffer's intention or not (and I suspect on some level it was), he has created a character who represents everything that disturbs many progressive Christians about fundamentalist, evang ...

Beyoncé, Religion, and the Crowd: Desiring Mercy, Not Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 7:58am | Type: Blog

It was a depressing beginning to the week. I mimetically absorbed much of this violence, hatred, and racism. Misanthropy settled into my soul and I began to loathe myself and the entire freakin’ human race. Bu ...

Al-Jazeera America Joins U.S. Cable Television Noise
Originally Posted: 09/18/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Before its Aug. 20 launch, officials at Al-Jazeera America emphasized that, despite its Middle Eastern roots and ownership, the fledgling cable news network would be aimed squarely at a U.S. audience. ...

I’ll Take my Salvation Without the Snakes, Please
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:03pm | 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 - 8:37am | 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 - 8:02am | 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 - 7:44am | 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 - 11:13am | 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 - 9:26am | 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 - 2:01pm | 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 - 7:55am | 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 - 7:45am | 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 - 3:34pm | 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 - 12:16pm | 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 - 12:46pm | 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 - 10:50am | 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 - 4:01pm | 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 - 9:06am | 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 - 10:35am | 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 - 3:46pm | 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 - 10:03am | 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 - 9:47am | 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 - 12:44pm | 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 - 8:38am | 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 - 8:38am | 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 - 8:38am | 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 - 8:38am | 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 - 8:38am | 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 - 12:07pm | 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 - 8:38am | 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 - 9:16am | 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 - 8:59am | 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 - 2:17pm | 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 - 12:29pm | 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 ...