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To Spiritually Thrive, We Must First Spiritually Survive (And Help Others Do the Same)
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On numerous occasions we get pulled back into a right relationship with God only because people were willing to love us, and this wouldn’t have happened without individuals selflessly making the decision to in ...

Stop Taking Attendance
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

After years in the ministry, I have come to the conclusion that the church needs to stop taking attendance — immediately. At a church I used to serve there was a well-intentioned ...

A Funeral, a Stick Figure, and Joy
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Maybe joy is about seeing the debris that washes into our lives at any given moment and choosing to make something of it. Doing it because it brings us and others a little joy. Th ...

Churches Must Be Safe Places
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Safety in church is a matter of solid and secure leadership, self-discipline by all, effective norms for behavior and putting dignity and respect ahead of winning and getting. Chu ...

Mark Driscoll to Step Down While Mars Hill Reviews Charges
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Controversial Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while church leaders review formal charges lodged by a group of pastors that he abused his power. ...

God Hears the Cries of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush and a World on Fire
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

their cry for help rose up to God.” (Exodus 2:23). God hears their groaning and remembers the covenant ...

Fallout in the Neighborhood When a Catholic School Closes
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? That’s the question  Nico ...

James Foley’s Parents Draw on Faith After Journalist Son’s Execution
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television Wednesday to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their son, conflict journalist James Foley. ...

Stopped Cold By A Pepsi Can
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s a reminder that we have to leave the safe harbor in order to visit new places and chart a new course for ourselves and others. That whenever we try something new, we’re going to be awful at it at fi ...

Anxiety and Christian Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I would challenge theology that suggests that prayer is a “cure” for any kind of suffering, but the fact remains that my ability to manage my anxiety rests in my relationship with God. Though I do not believe ...

Pope Francis Hints He Might One Day Retire
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Addressing journalists on his return from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late August 18, Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may only have “two or three” years left to li ...

Gratitude as Resistance: An Ancient Idea for our Collective Anxiety
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

My point: if it’s joy we are looking for, we might need to shift our attention pretty dramatically. This is especially for those of us who want to be on the pioneering front edge of God’s restorative work. ...

Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity with Paul (Romans 12:1-8)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Clergy must lead this charge against obesity in America, which means that our spirituality will need to get a whole lot sweatier. Do you want to know a secret about working out? H ...

What Saved My Faith
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Darkness existed in the forms of misogyny, empire-building, anti-intellectualism, and systematic marginalization of GLBT persons; they were injustices coated with spiritual language — wolves in sheep’s clothin ...

The Church Has Left the Building
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Last year I spoke at a missional church conference in Southern California. The guy who spoke before me asked every one of these missional pastors do a simple exercise. “Turn to the person sitting next to you,” he said, “and tell them the names of you ...

3 Ways to Cultivate Joy While Working for Change
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

I’ve been considering three approaches in cultivating joy, a God-given, buoyant energy, in the midst of some weighty work. I was among millions across the globe wrapped up in the ...

The Nature of Joy
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

As tanks open fire on the humble homes of the Gazan poor and rockets rain down on a terrified Israeli populace we are compelled to ask, “How do we keep coming back to this profane and violent place called war? ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Suicide and Pain: What Are We Missing?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

While I believe that we should never replace God by trying to be the Savior, I do believe we should be a place where those who are hurting can come. Yesterday morning I was prepar ...

Where is the Joy?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

How do you talk about joy in times like these and not sound like a traveling salesman with a bottle of snake oil up his sleeve? Recently, I received word that Robert Gittelson, the cofounder of Conservatives ...

Five Reasons post-Christianity Is Good for Us
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

For many leaders within organized Christian circles, this is all a call to arms, a warning shot across the proverbial bow to wake us up from our slumber and engage the impinging culture war with renewed commit ...

Jesus Wasn't American—Neither Is The Bible
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, American values are often completely in conflict with the Gospel of Jesus. We point to the Bible and use verses like Romans 13:1-7 to show that it’s actually God-ordained to submit to our gover ...

On the Other Side of Suicide
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

No one is exempt from being unhappy. Even from being depressed at times. Though it may not be something I would consider, I can’t ignore — nor judge — those who feel that maybe we’d be better off without them. ...

Mark Driscoll's Books Pulled from the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay Stores
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s second largest Christian book retailer has pulled megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll’s books from its website and 186 stores. The nation’s second largest Christian book ...

God Isn't Punishing Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. F ...

ON Scripture: Acknowledging our Divine Positioning
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

When confronted with the uncomfortable presence of so many relegated to the social margins of our society, we tend to shrink inward lest the enormity of life’s injustices overwhelm us. When we hear of another ...

Deconstructing God's Mission
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

All people in all places are missionaries, for all people in all places participate within a particular mission in some shape or form. Missionaries are as diverse as the human community itself. ...

Religion, in the Right Hands
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

It’s important that we always differentiate between religion and God. The two are distinct. God is always much bigger than any and all of our religions. I was privileged to attend ...

How I Kissed Evangelizing Goodbye
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

What I came to discover is how much the world craves a listening ear. The biggest problem I have with evangelizing is that you enter into a relationship with a prescribed intention, and that stands in the way ...

Acts29 to Mark Driscoll: 'Please Step Down from Ministry'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Controversial Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll has been removed from membership in Acts29, an international church planting network that Driscoll helped found. The notice to Driscoll and his church comes in the ...

Losing Religion at College?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

You don’t need a doctoral degree to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades. Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking. ...

Richard Dawkins: Atheism’s Asset or Liability?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

It was 2006’s “The God Delusion” that many credit with sparking a growing interest in atheism in the U.S. Along with best-selling books by the other members of the “Four Horsemen” of atheism—the late Christoph ...

The View from Africa
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Seeing life so big and so real in this cradle of civilization was just what we needed — and it all felt so far away from Washington, D.C. Sabbath should change our perspective and restore us again. ...

Imam Mujahid Congratulates Rabbi Saperstein
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Council for a Parliament of the Worl ...

When This Is Why I Tell My Stories
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Preston Yancey ...

Why I Accept Mark Driscoll's Apology ... And You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Well, we’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder. Well, we’ve just concluded another week in Amer ...

Five Reasons Progressive Christians Secretly Love Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Anyone who reads my stuff with some regularity probably already knows that Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll isn’t exactly on my speed dial list, and I’m probably not in his. From his misogynistic quips to his he ...

Should Pastors Complain About Their Salaries?
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:00pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Conversation And Slowing Down
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Smith ...

Theologian Couple Talk About Spirituality And Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Press

August 6, 2014 Sojo in the News The Witness ...

Does God Hate Shrimp? When Biblical Citation Goes Awry
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Press

August 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Filler ...

A 'Discipleship of Equals'
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 “THE PARENTS have eaten sour grapes, ...

Catholic Sisters Are Redefining Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger True power is energy that bears fruit. A new model of leadership that’s been refined in the ...

A Theology of Interfaith Cooperation
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel We can work with others even while disagreeing on significant issues. SUMMER IS READNG time and th ...

Being a Neighbor
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

We get only so many days. Only so many chances to embrace someone you love and tell them how you really feel. Only so many chances to remind someone of the many ways they are remarkable. ...

Gay, Christian, and … Celibate: The Changing Face of the Homosexuality Debate
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom r ...

On Scripture: Our Dysfunctional Families
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. If you grew up in the 80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s stor ...

A Summit for Change
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis "When I claim to be a Christian, it should be a radical statement." IN JUNE, SOJOURNERS ...

Russell Moore on Sex (Answers to the Questions You Didn't Ask)
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Issues of the kind that belong on the therapist's couch are the kinds of topics that frequently crowd the inbox of Russell Moore, who recently marked his first anniversary as the Southern Baptist Conventi ...

Lessons from the World's Loneliest Whale
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

We send out our words and hope that someone will hear them and sing back to us. We send our words over the water ... and listen ... and hope. In the northern Pacific Ocean, there ...