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From Lent To Love: From Your Friendly Neighborhood Troubadour
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

If you read the text as a propositional description of God, it can be a rather disturbing image as God keens agonizingly one minute, and rages menacingly the next. It is almost a frightening glimpse of someon ...

Father Abraham and the Jews
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

In his recent book, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, Brandeis University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna recounts an important but little-known event in 1863 in Lincoln’s quest for full civil, religious, and ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees, Part 3
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

This week, in the run-up to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, we've been taking a look at each of the Best Picture nominees, the stories they tell, and the spiritual questions (and answers) they offe ...

Sojo Session: Branches
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Our friends and up-and-coming musicians Branches trekked all the way from California and stopped by our office in D.C. last week to play a couple of their songs during their East Coast tour! ...

The Gospel Roots of the ‘Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll’
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

Before Elvis and Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash. Before Aretha and Whitney and Beyonce. Before the blues met gospel and conceived rock ‘n’ roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Be ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees, Part 2
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

early 19th century France, Jean Valjean, a man imprisoned years earlier for stealing a loaf of bread, ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

The fragility of life. The servanthood of love. The (im)morality of war. The fundamentals of mercy and justice. The power of grace and forgiveness. The oneness of creation. The personal (and spiritual) toll of ...

ICYMI: February Music
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Just as the winter months tend to bring a mellower, melancholic feel to life, so too can music. And some of this month’s more obscure releases do just that. If you’re looking for an album to check out on a dre ...

People Get Ready - Danny Duncan Collum | Sojourners Magazine - February 2013
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Danny Duncan Collum ...

Is God the Missing Character in 'Downton Abbey'?
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

The third season of the megahit PBS series “Downton Abbey” wraps up on Sunday, capping another must-see run of ruin and redemption at Lord Grantham’s stately English manor. Yet some are still left puzzled over ...

TRIVIA: Media Monopoly
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Who controls the airwaves? Find out who is controlling the airwaves—play a rousing game of Medi ...

QUIRK: Ex-Benedict — Who Will Be the Next Pope?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Who will be the next pope? With the Pope's unexpected resignation , and consequent endless "Ex-Benedict" memes , millions have taken to the Internet to voice ...

Living with Big Pharma
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. You should expect some side effects. AS WE MOVE along in 2013, more initiatives will be coming ...

Uncertainty's Graces
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Sullivan Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God. Jericho Books. JU ...

'But Why?'
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Houppert Chasing Gideon. The New Press. TODAY, Greg Bright, 56, sits on the cement porch of his yellow ...

A Tropical Quest
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Mercer University Press. ...

To Protect and To Heal
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press. OVER DINN ...

Oscars and the Big Picture
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins We shouldn't really expect the Oscars to grasp the point of history, though this year the films nominated for Best Pi ...

Air Wars
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The best evidence against Murdoch is the existence of Fox News. AS THIS IS written, the F ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things by Ken Wytsma / Girl Rising / Summoned from the Margin: Homec ...

Can You Hear My Song?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

between a human being and an animal, because everything is vanity" (Ecclesiastes 3:19 ...

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Bathanti Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgot ...

Punch Brothers: God-Honoring Musicianship
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

People often say the mark of a true “master of a craft” is one who makes something ridiculously difficult look easy. Chris Thile, former member of Nickel Creek and front man for folk group Punch Brothers, is o ...

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'The Convert' Comes to Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Gurira. The Convert  is set in late 19 th  Century Southern Africa (modern-day Zimbabwe). ...

In the Stacks, January 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/31/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

This week's book reviews. 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 ...

Book Review: 'Rob Bell and a New American Christianity'
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

There's the shift within American Christianity, and Rob Bell is leading the way. "Can we watch a video with that guy who has the weird hair and the dark rimmed glasses ...

Sundance Diary: Imagining the World As It Ought To Be
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

It’s been said that Hollywood films comfort the afflicted while Sundance films afflict the comfortable. Film offers a vicarious entry to the world the way it is, and the films I saw at the 2013 Sundance Film F ...

In the Stacks, January 23, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

This week's book reviews. 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 ...

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Tortures the Truth About Interrogations
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

Nothing was tortured more in the making of Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty than the truth about torture. Nothing was tortured more in the making of Kathryn Bigelow’s fil ...

Passings 2012
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

music. Levon Helm,  71, April 19. As drummer and singer with The Band, and then with his own ...

Art As An Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

I’m cloaked in Bible stories and Christian tradition, and therefore I live in hope that there’s a Creator and that this God is working quietly to heal the world. Almost two years ...

People Get Ready
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The "hope and dreams" in Springsteen's song are those of the immigrant, the refugee, and the runaway s ...

Getting to Green
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society. IN THE FO ...

Sleeper Awake!
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Will O'Brien Unto Us the Sun by Aimee Wilson. Self-released. IN THE TITLE song of Aimee Wilson's ne ...

Crossing the Belief Divide
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the R ...

Top 10 of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the best films released in 2012. THE BEST experiences I had at the cine ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Landing on a Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT / After Kony: Staging Hope by First Run Feature / Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew / The Las ...

Tigers By the Tale
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Sandi Villarreal For Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, stories help light the way through chaos and despair. ...

Dresden's Shrove Tuesday
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Judith Werner Deep with one savior’s death, how many more? In observance of which, the Dresden burghers as usual held Shrove Tuesday circuses around Our Lady’s Church, the Fraue ...

Finding God in Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Who would have thought that a chance encounter in a kids pizza joint and a subsequent search online for some pop culture trivia would reveal a glimpse of the as-yet-unrealized but nearly tangible kingdom of Go ...

Homebrewed CultureCast with 'The Shack' author, Wm. Paul Young
Originally Posted: 12/28/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

This week’s guest is Wm. Paul Young, author of the wildly popular novel The Shack, which has sold 18 million copies to date. This week’s episode was recorded in the youth group ro ...

Unexpected Grace in Les Miz
Originally Posted: 12/27/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

is being released from 19 winters of imprisonment for having stolen some bread to save his sister’s son ...

Climbing Into Their Skin
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Have you ever read a book you wish you'd written? I'm reading one now. It's The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams by Darcy Frey. Have you ever read a book ...

On Scripture: The Hell of Parenting — A Study of 1 Samuel
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

19 is heart rending: “His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, ...

Christmas Music That Isn't Horrible
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

A roundup of this year's best Christmas albums. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and even though most of us probably started cranking the Christmas tunes the day afte ...

First Look — 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

One of the most striking things about the film is just how carefully Peter Jackson manages to balance the childlike qualities of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – written some 18 years before the Lord of the Rings ...