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The Miracle of Christmas Bread
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger "Food brings people together." THURSDAY NIGHT is baking night at Panadería El Lat ...

On Scripture: Happy are Those Whose Help is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Happy are those whose help is the God of this Jesse — Jesse Lewis of Newtown, Conn. — who in his short life, mastered three words it takes most of us a lifetime to learn: nurture, heal, love. ...

Why My Family Says 'No' to the Santa Claus Myth
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

We have chosen to say “no” to Santa based on our faith, our understanding of social psychology, and commitment to economic justice. A few weeks ago a well-meaning adult asked my y ...

From the Archives: January 1988
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Murphy Davis The Cost of Community THERE ARE DAYS, to tell the truth, that you just have to wonder if it’s wo ...

How Much of Christ Can We Stand in Christmas?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for Christ in Christmas. Time for new life, time for hope, time for the faithful to say yes to God. Time for peace, not war. Time for repentance, not comfort at any cost. Time for justice and mercy a ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

Breaking Down Walls and Individualism
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) but we choose to fight alone. However, ...

There's a 'War on Christmas' -- Just Not the One You Think
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

It is not the cashier’s job to share the church’s story of God coming to the world. This story of the incarnation of God is my story to tell, the church’s story to tell, all of Christ’s followers story to tell ...

Would It Be Okay If You Hugged Me? What a Tearful Teenage Boy Taught Me About Advent
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

God had seemed absent, hiding in the shadows of painful circumstances. But it turns out he was with me all the time, and was taking each horrible, painful detail and working it for good. ...

Trekkies, Klingons and the Language of Worship
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Do we just use words that we have seen over and over without giving thought to mean to the sacred outsider? Or do we find ourselves trying to use a language that speaks to those with whom we have often disagre ...

Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of G ...

Pope Francis Is Not a Standard Bearer for the Right or the Left
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

What Francis is doing is prophetic, not political, and we should recognize that he’s playing, to his credit, in a whole different arena. It’s one thing to say  kind words  about ...

God, Santa, Gifts and a Story for Preschoolers
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Santa as a model to imitate: He gives gifts for the joy of it and so should we. When I was 4 and 5 years old, my parents hung our stockings up at the beginning of Advent. Each mor ...

Is Love All We Need?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

By its nature, love has no minimums and no limits. It challenges the assumptions and the motivations behind all of our behaviors. Love leaves no part of our lives untouched. The B ...

Sandy Hook Anniversary Reminds Us That Love Endures
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

We tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict and violence, the end of all suffering. But if peace requires such impossible circumstances to exist, we’ll never realize it. ...

Moving into Epiphany's Light
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sermon on the Mount, Jesus acts (Matthew 4:23). So when we finally hear the voice claiming Jesus ... 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 These readings would leave a trail of scandal if practiced by the people ...

Sin and Simplicity -- Why Jesus Always Borrowed Stuff
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an experiment, give something away every day. Just one thing. Unclog one tiny artery of your life. See what happens. Every family, including my own, has its “keepers” and “give ...

Christmas Needs a New Tagline
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, we have yet to find those few, powerful words to create a tagline worthy of Christmas, a tagline that will connect “consumers” with the promise of Christmas. This is not to say we shouldn’t try. ...

Are Those Really St. Peter’s Bones on Display at the Vatican?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis cradled the small box said to contain nine bone fragments believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the first pope, he fanned the flames of a long-standing debate over the authenticity ...

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. ...