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New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | 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 - 9:58am | 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 - 8:40am | 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 - 4:29pm | 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 ...

February 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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'The Convert' Comes to Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 10:51am | 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 - 1:37pm | 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 - 11:17am | 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 - 4:56pm | 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 - 1:36pm | 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 - 11:20am | 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 - 4:32pm | 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 - 3:51pm | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 10:30am | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 9:55am | 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 - 9:09am | 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 - 10:16am | 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 - 10:27am | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 9:32am | 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 - 4:23pm | 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 - 11:02am | 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 ...

Be Kind, Rewind: 10 Best Spiritual TV Series to Gift This Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

This Christmas, for the spirituality-and-pop-culture enthusiasts on your gifting list, consider the following: Be kind and rewind.Give the gift that keeps on giving ... long after the series has been cancelled ...

In the Stacks
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 2:26pm | 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 ...

Folk Artist Noah Gundersen Talks with Sojourners
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen stopped by the Sojourners office to talk with our Brandon Hook about music, his new album Family, God, and creativity. The Seattle-based folk artist was recently ...

VIDEO: Editor vs. Stink Bugs
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Watch what happens when stink bugs invade the Sojourners editorial retreat. If you guffawed at Ed ...

December 2012 Sojourners Magazine
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December 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Helping Boys Become Readers
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Many boys at my school struggle with reading. Most are more interested in video games and outdoor activities than books. Our school is not an anomaly. Many boys at my school str ...

On 200th Birthday, There’s No ‘Bah Humbug’ for Charles Dickens
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

‘Tis the season for “Bah Humbug” and “God bless us every one,” especially as the world caps off a year of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of novelist Charles Dickens. ...

Note to Stink Bugs: Die!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. What's next, frogs and locusts? I DON'T WANT to keep harping about this climate chang ...

The Place of the Green Wand
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Theodore Deppe Something called a GiveBox appeared / this fall on Falckensteinstrasse, and my first gift Some ...

The Fracture of Good Order
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Forest The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era. Oxford University Press ...

The Circle of Life
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Nyambura J. Njoroge Adapted from "Women as Compassionate Champions: The Doers and the Leaders," by Nyambura J. Njorage, in Wome ...

Power and the Poor
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Magazine Article

poverty rate from 19 percent to 11 percent. Smiley and West successfully contend that government programs ...

Assassins and Psychopaths
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Three of the best films of the year: Samsara, Looper, and Seven Psychopaths. THREE OF THE best ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson by Kristin LeMay / Grace and Mercy by Jonathan Butler / Gather at t ...

Vehicles for Grace
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley Francisco X. Stork Betsy Shirley talks to author Francisco X. Stork abou ...

QUIRK: We. Can't. Breathe. (or Stephen Colbert Does Liturgical Dance)
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Stephen Colbert, a practicing Catholic and sometimes CCD teacher, does a "liturgical dance" number to the hymn, "King of Glory." You're welcome. Stephen ...

CULTURE WATCH: Yeasayer — Musical Mad Scientists
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

There are some artists whose work leaves you walking away thinking, “How in the world did they do that?” The Yeasayer performance at the 9:30 Club in D.C. on Nov. 15 was one such performance. ...

The Borgias: New Book Aims to Dispel the “Black Legend” of the Papacy
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY -- Their lives steeped in intrigue, treason and lust, and set against a backdrop of luscious Italian landscapes and Renaissance masterpieces, the Borgias are probably the most famous -- or infamou ...