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Jean Vanier: A Prophet for the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

With all that is happening in the world today, it can seem like there is no hope and everything is going down the tubes with no way to stop the flow. With all that is happening i ...

Pentecostalism in a Postmodern Culture
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Pentecostalism today, growing faster than any expression of world Christianity, lives in its own messy diversity, often struggling to find its unique voice. But its resolute reliance on the Spirit is its liber ...

Author Phyllis Tickle Faces Death Just as She Enjoyed Life: ‘The Dying Is My Next Career’
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle. Over the past generatio ...

Weekly Wrap 5.22.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Model breastfeeding, Fox News vs Jesus, 'Street Sense,' Bin Laden's bookshelf, and more! 1.  Why We Need More Covers Like ELLE’s, Featuring Breastfeeding Mod ...

John M. Templeton Jr., Philanthropist Devoted to Science and Religion, Dies at 75
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Templeton is survived by his wife, two daughters, six grandchildren, and a brother, Christopher. John M. Templeton, Jr., a pediatric surgeon who left medicine behind to carry on ...

Top 12 Award-Winning Articles from This Month's Associated Church Press Awards
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners Magazine and Online win big at the Associated Church Press Awards Earlier in May, Sojourners attended the Associated Church Press awards ceremony in Toronto and took ho ...

5 Ways Churches Inflicted Pain on Themselves
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that Christianity isn’t in trouble at all. Churches are in trouble. Denominations are in trouble. Religious institutions like seminaries are in trouble. Professional church leaders are in trouble ...

Is It Heresy for Baptists to Baptize a Baby? One Pastor’s Example Sets Off a Debate
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

A Southern Baptist seminary president compared the notion of Baptists baptizing infants to vegetarians eating steak. The sprinkling-style baptism of a Dayton, Ohio, infant — a sce ...

More Than Numbers: Beyond American Christianity's 'Crisis'
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

Many of the polarizing, divisive issues in the American church, such as gay marriage, abortion, and the death penalty, are being discussed by the global church outside the context of the binary lenses of the A ...

Finding God in Plain Sight
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 6:59am | Type: Blog

The lesson was about how we often see things, but don’t necessarily recognize what’s there. We have to look hard to find things. Sometimes it helps to turn the picture sideways or upside-down so we can recogni ...

The Redemption of Don Draper
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

In many ways, Don Draper is the incarnation of advertising itself: the lie that we are defined by things, that we derive meaning from what we consume. In Sunday’s finale of the c ...

How to Use the Gift of Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

A breakthrough act of the Holy Spirit today would be the biggest miracle ever, if that breakthrough made us lose our capacity to hate, discriminate, and oppress, and instead, work against economic, racial, sex ...

Pining for 1950s Religiosity and Missing the Bigger Picture
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Ariz., wins the top prize for this year’s silliest religious idea so far. State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Ariz., wins the top prize for this year’s silliest ...

Is It Good or Bad When Churches Shrink?
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

This isn’t a crisis. We don’t need to defend ourselves. We don’t need to obsess over whose team is in the lead. America’s religious landscape  has changed. According to  a ...

Breaking Silence, U.S. Nuns Say Vatican Probe Cleared Up Confusion, Reinforced Their Mission
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Those involved in the talks said that after a rocky start, the talks settled into a constructive dialogue that cleared up many misunderstandings that Vatican officials had about the sisters. ...

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle Boosts His Profile Again with Charity Post
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

23 years. During the January visit, Tagle acted as the pontiff’s host and watched as a record 6 ...

‘The New Black’ Opens New Dialogue About LGBT and Religion in Black Community
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Americans should condemn? Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Amer ...

How Sojourners Kept Me in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Almost eight years ago, I showed up to work at Sojourners for the first time as a member of Sojourners’ Intern Cycle 24. It saved my faith and it changed my life. This week’s head ...

How to Forgive the 'Peeping Tom' Rabbi
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

In the Washington area there is shock over the Freundel scandal. As a former student, I, too, was shocked. When I was in grad school on the path that would eventually lead me to b ...

The Rise and Fall of American Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

What Christians must understand — and accept — about these statistics is that religious data about a country doesn’t accurately reflect its corporate actions pertaining to following Christ. ...

Unless We Change: Children Lead the Way to Peace
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

We think that it is children who bicker and demand attention, but maybe it’s us. We think that we are the ones with wisdom to pass on to our children, but maybe they are the wise ones. Perhaps it’s time to lea ...

Southern Baptists to Open Their Ranks to Missionaries Who Speak in Tongues
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The new policy, approved by the denomination’s International Mission Board on May 13, reverses a policy that was put in place 10 years ago. After decade-long resistance, the South ...

'Where's God When...?' 3 Authors Launch Tour to Talk Loss, Doubt, and Healing
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Wm Paul Young, Reba Riley, and Christian Piatt are launching a two-stop tour in Seattle and Portland this weekend to help others hear and share their own stories of grief, heartbreak, and healing. ...

Orthodox Jewish Commencement Speaker Finds a Shabbat Workaround
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

“So, this is awkward,” his video begins. Senior Don Greenberg was looking forward to addressing his fellow students as a commencement speaker at Binghamton University’s engineerin ...

Persecution or Clanging Cymbal?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

What if Christians aren’t being persecuted? What if our loss of influence in culture is because we lost our saltiness? What if people are trying to get us to be quiet because we have become a loud, obnoxious, ...

Five Problems With Christian Evangelism (and What to Do Instead)
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 7:26pm | Type: Blog

Here are some all-too-common examples of how we misstep when trying in one way or another to share our faith with others. Most of us can agree that Christians have a bit of a PR p ...

Meet the Gay Celibate Catholic Who's Shaking Up the Sexuality Debates
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

“My deepest identity will always be ‘child of God.’” A few decades ago, there were two options for people who wanted to follow Jesus but were attracted to the same gender: They c ...

Christians Lose Ground, ‘Nones’ Soar in New Portrait of U.S. Religion
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

This trend “is big, it’s broad, and it’s everywhere,” said Alan Cooperman, Pew’s director of religion research. The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it ...

When Leaving Faith Means Finding It Again
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Like grooves on a vinyl record, our past has left its mark. We can break with those grooves for sure, but we cannot pretend they never existed. I’ll never forget that conversation ...

New Palestinian Saints Highlight Region’s Beleaguered Christians
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

The coming canonizations have been described by the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, as a “sign of hope” for the region. Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palesti ...

Liberation Theology’s Founder Basks in a Belated Rehabilitation Under Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome. It used to be that ...

Praying for Prisoners with Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Why wouldn’t Jesus be praying also for those who are in prison? Why wouldn’t we? If you ask Jesus to pray the table prayer, you need to be ready to keep your eyes closed for a lon ...

'Deflategate' and How Not to Scapegoat Tom Brady
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

I have so many reasons to hate Tom Brady. As I said after he beat my beloved Seahawks in the Super Bowl, I have one primary reason for hating him. My wife thinks he’s hot. Yup. I hate Tom Brady. But there’s another reason to hate Tom Brady. ...

How Moms Set Children’s Spiritual Compass and Why it Matters
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Children don’t just inherit parents’ spirituality, says psychologist Lisa Miller in her new book, The Spiritual Child. She writes that the essential sense of a transcendent power in the world — one that will l ...

Dr. Montessori’s Struggle to Balance Career and Motherhood
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

All moms know that we will make mistakes, especially in difficult situations, but Maria’s choice reminds us that the story of a mother and child isn’t over until love writes the ending. ...

Is the Proliferation of Denominations a Failure to Die to Ourselves?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Denominations proliferate in Korea, Rev. Lee said, because church leaders have failed to die to themselves. People are concerned about recognition and their reputation, taking the glory for themselves, instead ...

Liturgy and Mission: Why Rachel Held Evans and Keith Anderson Are Right
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Why do we set the two practices — what we do in worship and what we do after — at odds with one another? Is it simple geography? One happens behind the ecclesial closed doors while the other is more public? I ...

Testing Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

run into opposition. Just before he leaves for Tyre, both Mark 7:1-23 and Matthew 15:1-20 recount ... impure food but evil intentions that come out of the human heart (7:17-23). So when Jesus leaves ...

Plans Announced for England’s First Women-Only Mosque
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Women such as Raza and Goma argue that nowhere in the Quran are female imams expressly forbidden. The country’s first women-only mosque will open in Bradford, a 19th-century indu ...

Folk Religions Thrive with Women's Spirit
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Folk religions such as Santa Muerte and spiritism are thriving around the world, often powered by women as followers — and leaders. In her Georgia home, Tammy Bloome says her ros ...

Liberia’s United Methodists Keep Ban on Divorced Clergy Becoming Bishops
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

The church’s leaders say the ban brings moral credibility to the office and guides the conduct of those who want to be bishop. In the United States, United Methodists are fighting ...

Why David Brooks Is My Rabbi
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

Reading Brooks’ book feels like attending an interminable Yom Kippur service. Is David Brooks becoming a Christian? That’s the question that some people have been asking ab ...

Muslim Kosovars Rediscover Their Long-Forgotten Roman Catholic Roots
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Under the Ottoman Empire, which ruled Kosovo from the early 15th century until 1912, most Albanian Kosovars converted to Islam. The Catholic priest followed the village elders up ...

For Mother’s Day, a Place to Mourn the Babies Who Never Came Home
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Most Holy Redeemer’s Remembrance Garden honors the youngest of lost lives, and comforts young, recently bereaved parents. The night she miscarried in 1968, Dorothy Caruso remember ...

Vatican Blasts Muhammad Cartoons as Pouring ‘Gasoline on the Fire’
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous.” The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons o ...

The Soulful Bells of Summer
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

17:57-18:5,10-16; Psalm 107:1-3,23-32; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 TO PREACH WITH St. Mark is to preach ...

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a ‘Foot Soldier’ for Civil Rights, Turns His Eye to LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gay organizations should be more inclusive of black leaders, he says, and black groups need to be more welcoming of gay leaders. The Rev. Gil Caldwell walked onto the campus of Du ...

Tell Me About Eternity: A Reflection on Mothers, Death, and God’s Love
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

All I know is that nothing can separate us from the eternal love of God. Knowing that, I think, is enough. We sat there staring at her mother’s 92 year old lifeless body. After t ...

Our Addiction to Busy
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Maybe there is a way to get all this stuff done and not miss out on opportunities to wonder. Opportunities to be fully alive to ourselves, the world, and those around us. Opportunities to be reminded that we a ...

Why Does Islam Ban Images of the Prophet Muhammad?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Why do images of the founder of Islam — even cartoons drawn by amateurs — incite so much anger in some people that they are motivated to violence? On May 3 in Garland, Texas,  tw ...