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What Do We Mean By 'Putting Christ Back in Christmas'?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

As a person who would say that Jesus is the most important thing in my life, who has devoted my life to the service of God’s Kingdom, and spends all of my waking moments trying be faithful to that devotion, I ...

Removing Our Hats -- And Changing Everything
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

What seem like very small, ordinary acts often have immense and lasting impacts. And every interaction that we have — even with a stranger on the street — can leave some sort of mark, either helpful or hurtful ...

The Spirituality of Katy Perry -- Pointing Toward Unconditional Love
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Despite Katy Perry's "Unconditional" love song, in real life, romantic feelings are highly conditional. They come and they go. But God's love is unconditional. ...

Finding God in the Trials of Job
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

The world of Christian theology has seen its fair share of writings that address horrible suffering and the confusion about God’s character that it causes. The biblical character of Job shows us how, as believ ...

Is Pope Francis Sneaking Out of the Vatican? Maybe Not, but He Wouldn't Be the First
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican officials say reports that Pope Francis has been slipping out at night to visit the homeless in Rome are “simply not true,” though that hasn’t stopped the stories from capturing the public imagination. ...

Seven Lies About Christianity -- Which Christians Believe
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Christianity is great, but not everything we say or believe about it is necessarily true Christianity is great, but not everything we say or believe about it is necessarily true. ...

There's a Difference Between Expectancy and Expectation
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

We had an image in our mind of what Christmas was going to be and, come hell or high water, it would come to pass. We’d manufacture the feelings we searched for by setting up the perfect scene, and by making s ...

Stop Living Every Day Like It's Snark Week
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

We live in a culture in which snarkiness and witty remarks are not only the norm, but also in which skill in those areas is prized. It’s easy to forget that Jesus has the words of life — not cutting, snide, or ...

‘Crown jewel’ of American Printing Fetches $14.2 Million in Record Auction
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

One of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book (and the first book of Scripture) printed in English in America, was sold for $14.2 million, the highest price ever recorded for a print boo ...

A Very Cheney Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The holidays are a perfect arena for family combat and we can take some small comfort that even the Cheney family is not immune. I sympathize with the Cheney family this Thanksgiv ...

Let's Get Beyond Arguments of Christian Privilege/Persecution
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Arguments over religious privilege and persecution may blind us to the real challenge our culture poses to our attempts to live in faithful community. I cherish Christian friends ...

Requiem for a Holiday
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

I am declaring that Thanksgiving to some is obsolete, if not dead. Tomorrow, millions of people will gather across this great nation to celebrate Thanksgiving: the time in our ca ...

A Twist on the Thankfulness Trend
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Think about your reasons to be thankful a little differently, considering the redemptive strains present in all areas in your life, not just the ones you would usually say while waiting for someone to pass you ...

Jim Wallis | On God's Side
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Armstrong ...

Aging Expert Vern Bengtson: Boomers Will Return to Church
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it comes to religion. Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it com ...

En Route to Sotheby’s, Bay Psalm Book Traces Nation’s Seesaw Religious History
Originally Posted: 11/21/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

more. The book, on display at Sotheby’s Manhattan headquarters, opened to Psalm 23, is physically ... Psalm 23 to the tune of “Amazing Grace.”  (“The Lord to mee a shepheard is; Want therefore shall not I . ...

The Bible, Costco, and Fiction: On Foolish Christians and Multiplying Hot Dogs
Originally Posted: 11/21/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

The religion section of The Huffington Post published an article on Tuesday about how some Christians are responding to Costco. Unfortunately, it wasn’t about how Christians are celebrating the fact that this ...

A Year of Living Beth Moore-ishly
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Being snarky and cynical, while generating a lot of great material for writing and holding court at parties, never got me very far with God. Beth Moore helped reintroduce me to the “One and Only,” (even writin ...

Church of England 'One Generation from Extinction’ Says Former Archbishop
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can attract more young people now. A former archbishop of ...

Should Christians Shop On Thanksgiving? Christian Leaders Offer Their Opinion
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Press

November 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

On Scripture: The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Is Thanksgiving dead? Not as long as Jesus Christ is alive among us, at the center of creation and the community of faith. But it is our job to respond by giving thanks for the gifts of forgiveness, for the gi ...

Go Long, for Life
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Fear of failure keeps you in the short game, and ironically this often becomes a predictor of failure. Growing up I played a lot of football. In my neighborhood there was a const ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting the Death Penalty for Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

Luke’s story of Jesus’ dying on the cross ( Luke 23:33-43 ) is the gospel reading for Christ the King ... References: Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 13:3; Luke 10:25-37; John 8:2-11: Matthew 5:38-48; Luke 23 ...

Advent: Fasting for the Reign of God
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

There is an awesome moment in the opening chapter of the book of Luke where the writer frames his gospel as an epic celestial battle taking place in the heavenly realm: This is the story of the reign of men vs ...

Why This Protestant Loves Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

I appreciate Benedict for writing beautiful words on love, but I love Pope Francis because he’s publicly living those words. When Pope Benedict XVI retired in February, I wrote an ...

Catholic Bishops' New President Can Help Hierarchy Pivot Toward Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

After serving as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past three years, there was little surprise when Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected this week to the top ...

A New Hope: Pope Francis and Reform of Papacy
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

For the first time in a while, I'm feeling optimistic about the direction of the Catholic church's hierarchy in general and about the office of the papacy in particular. ...

Extremes Stretch One’s Faith, Then Leave Us With Hope
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

The reminder of Advent is the sure sense of hope. “O Come Immanuel and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here. Rejoice, rejoice . ” The strange contrast of m ...

'Gothic Piles' No Longer Necessary for Finding Faith
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

It’s a struggle, both here and elsewhere in the 21st-century Christian world. Buildings with “beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God,” as Luke described the temple in ancient Jerusalem, are falling into d ...

Serpent Handler-TV Star Has New Cause: Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency raided the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollete last Thursday and seized 53 venomous snakes — including timber rattlesnakes, copperheads, and several exo ...

Vatican to Display Bones of St. Peter for First Time
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican said it would display for the first time bones believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the leader of Jesus’ 12 apostles, to mark the end of the Year of Faith on Nov. 24. ...

An Advent Tune-Up for Faith
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Advent gives us time to 'winterize' ourselves. Thinking back, I haven’t always been great about getting my car “winterized.” I grew up in fairly temperate Kansas, and mo ...

12 Unique Gifts With a Positive Impact
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities. ...

Rise in Italian Catholic Church Attendance Attributed to "Francis Effect"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

There’s word Roman Catholic Church attendance is climbing throughout Italy. Blame it on “the Francis effect.” First, the name  “Francesco” leapfrogged to No. 1  on the list of t ...

What Good Is a Ph.D. for Reading the Bible?
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

While a Ph.D. is not necessary in order to read and/or understand the Bible, my reading of the Bible since receiving my doctorate promotes the inclusion of far more people than my reading of the Bible before m ...

December 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Product

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An Edgy Pastor Whose Edginess Isn’t Just Shtick
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber has a bold and unmistakable voice, preaching the gospel of grace in a way the world needs to hear. And we might not listen if her appearance, vocabulary, and backstory were more neat, pio ...

Despite 'Huge' Hesitancy, Seminaries Branch Out in Online Degrees
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

Theological education has increasingly left brick-and-mortar schools and headed back to congregations and family homes as more seminarians study online. Theological education has ...

Tim Keller, Other Evangelicals Stand by Doug Birdsall After Dismissal From American Bible Society
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

A group of leading evangelicals is expressing concern over the recent dismissal of the American Bible Society‘s new president after just six months on the job. A group of leading ...

'Church Rescue' Propels Unlikely Reality TV Stars: Church Consultants
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

They’ve rescued bars and restaurants and shabby houses, but this month reality television stars are set to rescue something new. They’ve rescued bars and restaurants and shabby ho ...

As Catholic Bishops Meet, the 'Francis Effect' Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather on Monday for their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, one of their chief duties will be choosing a new slate of leaders to guide the American hierarchy for the next th ...

The New Commonwealth of God
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23 THE WORDS OF the ancient prophet Isaiah record what is done—a ...

A Protocol of Respect
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper The people of a land are given spiritual authority and responsibility to steward the land. ...

Atheists Use Popular Bible App to Evangelize About Unbelief
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Like lots of college students, Lauren has a smartphone loaded with some of the most popular apps around — Facebook, Twitter, and eBay. And like a lot of unbelievers, she asked to not use her full name because ...

A Whale of a Lesson
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

The blue whale and the second graders modeled sympathy and compassion for all of us. This SOLE lesson brought heart to my classroom. “A blue whale’s heart is as big as a Volkswage ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

'A Sower Went Out to Sow'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation. ...

Waiting for the Coming
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God. ADVENT IS UPON US: W ...

Vatican: Female Cardinals Aren't 'Even Remotely Realistic'
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on Monday moved to quash speculation that at least two women would be among the cardinals that Pope Francis will name in February, saying such a move was “not a realistic possibility.” ...

Australia's Hillsong Church Exports Its Influence Through Praise and Preaching
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” can be found in many churches across the U.S. on any given Sunday. The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” can be found in ma ...