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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Dominique DuBois Gilliard Part of "setting captives free" is helping see the invisible bonds of structural racism.  ...

Don’t Tell Me that God Is In Control: On Tragedy, Sin, and Sovereignty
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

The fact is that God doesn’t promise to keep us safe from what’s wrong in the world – not from reckless drivers, not from cancer, and not from violence. But I do believe that God is sovereign in two ways. ...

What the Church Can Learn from the YMCA
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

How has the West Seattle YMCA managed to do what the Church often only dreams of doing? Last week I was a little under the weather, so when my husband and kids took off after chu ...

QUIZ: What's Your Lenten Personality?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

How do you treat this holy (dreaded) season? Find out with our quiz! Lent comes for us all. Well, for some of us, anyway. What's your Lenten personality? Find out with our qu ...

Private
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

Following Jesus isn't about uniformity but conformity to the life of the one who walked this Earth and laid down his life for even those who stood in opposition to him. A fri ...

Let it Be
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Every age must be baptized, this one as much as any before it. Every age must be baptized, this one as much as any before it. The world made by men is passing away; successive ...

As One Evangelical Church ‘Comes Out’ for LGBT Rights, Others Cast a Wary Eye
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Pastor Stan Mitchell’s announcement that his evangelical GracePointe Church would fully affirm gay members met with a standing ovation from some, stunned silence from others, but everybody prayed together quie ...

Five Reasons Saying 'The Bible Clearly States' Is Dangerous
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord . Deuteronomy 23:1)? And have you considered ...

Lent: Why the Lord’s Prayer Matters
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

It’s why the poor matters. It’s why the stranger matters. It’s why the environment matters. As well as being a good surfer and a great mate, I believe Hillsong’s pastor Chrishan ...

7 Ways to Live a Faithful Life
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Too often, perversions of our world’s religious traditions make the daily news for their violence, corruption, greed, and prejudice. Meanwhile, authentic representatives of those traditions are often busy doin ...

Perceiving Reality Differently: #Dressgate and the Church
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

If you thought I was going to be one of those bloggers who was above using the recent viral #dressgate as blog fodder, you would be wrong. In fact, as soon as the dress started trending, I knew I would be writing about it because it so perfectly encapsu ...

An Apology to the Church
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

In an effort to share my love and passion for my faith, I have picked and poked and criticized the church, and maybe that is a bit unfair. I have been a minister going on six years, and during that time, I hav ...

Weekly Wrap 2.27.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

homelands is in grave peril.” 5.  In 23 States, the Largest Religious Group Is Now ‘Unaffiliated’ ...

3 Ways Relics and Artifacts Can Help Us ‘Find Jesus’
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

Artifacts can be a way to take us out of ourselves in hopes of discovering something about Jesus that is not filtered through the lens of our own desires. Why are we so fascinated ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Steve Hayner
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 8:23pm | Type: Blog

Steve Hayner’s humble and courageous leadership gave us all a glimpse of what is possible when we really love God — when we trust and choose God’s way to wholeness and peace. It ...

Relaxing into Lent: Identity and Those Voices in Your Head
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

The devil tempted Jesus three times. Each time the devil used the word “if.” And each time the devil tried to seduce Jesus into doubting his identity as God’s Son. The Christian ...

I’m Queer, and I’m (Still) an Evangelical
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

On Feb. 21, Time.com broke the news that my evangelical publisher, Destiny Image, dropped a book contract it had made with me almost a year ago because its buyers refused to sell my book due to my pro-LGBTQ ac ...

Lent: The Kingdom of God as the Truth of Easter
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the Lord’s Prayer. Australian Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares a powerful reflection on the ...

More Christian Than Celebrity
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I am lamenting the fact that we seem to be helplessly caught up in this entangled web that tightly weaves faithful Christian living and celebrity culture. I don’t know how we can break this addiction to celebr ...

Thoughts on Lent From a Non-Churchgoer
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s because I don’t go to church right now, or because I’m not in a spiritual community like I was before I moved cities. But for whatever reason, Lent came fast and unexpected, and something inside won ...

The Changing Spirituality of Women
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

What may be new is that more women, generation by generation, are moving in the direction of men — away from faith, religious commitment, even away from vaguely spiritual views like “a deep sense of wonder abo ...

Finding Atonement in the Greatest Rivalry in College Basketball
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Adam Ericksen ...

Lent: Making God’s Name Beautiful
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

We are part of the family. So let’s do the family business of bringing light to the world. I love today’s Lenten reflection by the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Grey on the first verse of ...

Utah Highest, Vermont Lowest on Newest Church Attendance Poll
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent — than any other state, according to a new Gallup poll. More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent —  than any other state ...

Pastor Ousted Over LGBT Inclusion: 'There's So Much Grace'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

"It seems chaotic, and it seems scary, because so many of the old models are outdated. But God’s truth is not changed whatsoever, and God’s news is still good." Edit ...

Evangelicals pull support for Portland church over LGBT stance
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Kevin Eckstrom ...

LGBT-Christians
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Theresa Weiland ...

Cardinal O’Malley: The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Far from Over
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a conference at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University that some prelates were still reluctant to deal with the problem openly. The U.S. car ...

The Mark of Courage: Taking Ashes for the First Time
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Repent means, in the most literal sense, to turn in a different direction. It is less about avoiding being struck down by God than embarking on our own particular course-correction. ...

Lent Is Not Giving Up Stuff
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation of our hearts for what God has done in Christ. Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation ...

So What's the Deal With Ash Wednesday?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday. The ‘Splainer asks what having a dirty forehead has to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gai ...

Dean Smith: Reflections on an Outpouring of Love
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

I wondered if the outpouring comes from fascination with many of his qualities that on the surface may seem incongruent, but in fact work together harmoniously to make a complete human. ...

Violence Begets Violence: ISIS and its Origins
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

goes with a flood. The story pauses for seven verses to paint the picture ( 7:17-23 ). Four verses ... that was upon the face of the ground” ( 7:23 ). Few modern people actually believe God sent a literal flood ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christian Alternative to 'Fifty Shades' Makes the Same Mistakes, Just Without the Sex
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

It doesn't come with a sex dungeon, but Old Fashioned features a relationship just as unhealthy as the one in Fifty Shades of Grey. This Valentine’s Day, two films will battl ...

'No, Jesus Isn't My Boyfriend' and Other Lessons from Single Christians on Valentine's Day
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

In the evangelical church, there’s far too much “Jesus is my boyfriend” or “I’m dating Jesus”-type songs and teaching that it trivializes the kind of intimacy that can exist between God and humanity. And it s ...

How Do Churches Address Alcoholism Among Their Leaders?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

“In instances where a pastor may need treatment for substance abuse, he or his church would seek services in the same way other members of their communities would,” one spokesperson said. ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

'You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.' An early fellow Sojourner, Perk Perkins, reminded me this week that not long after we ...

Does Obama Owe Christians An Apology?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Every Christian should be aware of what we are capable of when we turn our eyes away from the self-sacrificing love of Jesus and instead turn Christianity into an ideology that justifies terror, brutality, opp ...

Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Say Islamic State Represents True Islam
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say the Islamic State terrorist group offers a true representation of Islamic society, according to a pair of new surveys by LifeWa ...

Pope Francis Wants ‘Absolute Transparency’ as He Pushes Vatican Reform
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

“Reform is not an end in itself, but a means of bearing a powerful Christian witness,” Francis said. Pope Francis called for a Vatican that operates with “absolute transparency” ...

Pope Francis: Opting Not to Have Children a ‘Selfish Choice’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!” Less than a month after saying Ca ...

There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Christianity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfect Christianity. There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfec ...

Three Muslim Students Shot Dead in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

a married couple – Deah Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21 – and their sister, Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. ...

Review: 'Sojourners Internship Program' is a Real Treat
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Ten people travel to Washington, D.C. to live and work together for social justice. They will leave forever changed. Every movie is, in some way, about a journey. Sometimes it’s a ...

It Was Like This When I Got Here
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

The decline of the church is not my generation's fault. It was in decline long before I was born; it was like this when I got here. But that doesn’t mean it is too far gone. The church does a lot of thing ...

Ousted 'Bling Bishop' Makes Soft Landing in Vatican
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The German churchman christened the “Bishop of Bling” by the media for lavish expenditures he made on his residence and church offices has quietly been given a low-level post at the Vatican, nearly a year afte ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Pastors: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film Glamorizes Sexual Abuse and Violence
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which opens in theaters on Feb. 13, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades ...

Can Women Have It All? Pope Francis Says They Need 'Freedom to Choose'
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Whether women can, or should, “have it all” — both work and family — has been one of the most contentious cultural debates of the modern age and one any secular or religious figure engages at his or her peril ...