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Weekly Wrap 3.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Franklin Graham, Ashley Judd, gay Mennonites, women at SXSW, happy first day of Spring! 1.  An Open Letter to Franklin Graham "Within one day, tens of thousands ...

How to Truly Help the Homeless
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. ...

BYU Graduates Complain to Accrediting Board Over School’s Treatment of Lapsed-Mormon Students
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the private school. A group of Brigham Y ...

St. Louis Archdiocese Cancels Speech by Visionary Who Saw the Virigin Mary at Medjugorje
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

To Roman Catholic officialdom, it’s unclear whether the Virgin Mary appeared to Ivan Dragicevic and five others 34 years ago in a Bosnian village. To Roman Catholic officialdom, ...

Inward-Focused or Outward? Christian Congregations at a Crossroads
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

American Christianity is at a crossroads again. American Christianity is at a crossroads — again. It’s the latest in a long string of crossroads. In the run-up to revolution, ...

What If Jesus Wasn’t the Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When we preach that Jesus is the answer, we have to be quick to prove it. And so the only stories that get told are the rags to riches, despair to hope, darkness to light stories. The complexities of sin are s ...

When the World Looks Back
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

The truth of Easter is not always readily apparent. It requires the ability to see clearly. This means rubbing our eyes, clearing them of gunk, and focusing our vision. Lent is a ...

Will Pope Francis Have a Short Papacy? Don’t Bet On It
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

A closer reading of Francis’ remarks, and analysis from those who know the pope, say that’s not what he meant, at all. In a wide-ranging interview he gave March 13 for the second ...

Love Is the Root of All Evil
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

If this is really love, then the human heart should be categorized as a concealed weapon. Editor's Note: Christian Piatt was invited to preach at  Portland First Chri ...

The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Grant Wacker ...

When Christians Love Their Religion More Than Their God
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Imagine if Christians introduced people to their God instead of their religion. Instead of promoting Christ, Christians often promote … their theology their culture ...

'Little White Lie' — Untangling Family Secrets, Finding New Identity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

and will reach a larger audience when  PBS’s Independent Lens airs it on March 23 , revolves around ...

Vatican Drops Image of Bound Woman after Complaints
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Following complaints, the Vatican’s cultural office has removed an image of a naked female torso bound in ropes that was used to advertise a women’s conference. Following complai ...

Pope Francis: ‘All I Want Is to Go Out for a Pizza!’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has given a lengthy — and fascinating — interview to a Mexican television station, which broadcast it on March 13 to mark the second anniversary of his election. The ...

7.5 Million Americans Lost Their Religion Since 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

digits. The 2014 GSS showed that nones are 23 percent of the population, up 3 points from 2012. How ...

Who Was St. Patrick, and Would He Drink Green Beer?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

It’s a pretty safe bet he would have loved a beer, green or otherwise. For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick . For the rest ...

How a Week With Monks Changed My Views on Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

My greatest struggle has not been that I have been so committed to “giving up stuff” for Lent that I have forgotten that God’s grace is unconditional. Rather, I have tended to avoid the discomfort of giving up ...

Between Two Cultures: How to Be Evangelical Without Evangelizing
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s not that we don’t love the evangelical church, or don’t attend an evangelical congregation. It’s just that we don’t identify with all aspects of the American version of evangelicalism. ...

Pope Francis Has History, But Not Time, on His Side in Reform Push
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, how? And what’s on the table — traditions, rites, doctrine, none of the above? Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, h ...

A New Hymn on Jesus’ Protest: When Christ Went to the Temple
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Churches that support Sojourners have copyright permission to use “When Christ Went to the Temple” in their local church. Jesus’ protest in the Temple is a very important story th ...

Ideology Over Humanity: The Problem With Criticizing Fred Craddock on His Funeral Day
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

The day of Craddock's funeral, the president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., called Craddock's essential claims to be “dead wrong,” claiming that it led to “no true pr ...

When the Way of Jesus Doesn’t Work: Finding Peace with a Divided Self
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

A surprising thing happens whenever I bless the negative voices within myself. They become much less negative. In fact, they start to become helpful. It was a rough week at work. ...

Q&A: Rachel Held Evans on the Ills of American Christianity and Leaving Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

If you try to woo us back with skinny jeans and coffee shops, it may actually backfire. Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the a ...

The Siege Mentality of Christian Radio Stations
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

This siege mentality seemed basic to every preacher I heard. I suppose it’s one way to rally the troops. Get them fearful, angry, and suspicious. On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimag ...

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

"Let me put it this way. If no one else was watching, if you were doing this only for yourself, would you still do it?” she said. I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, ...

Vatican Knew about Theft of Michelangelo Letters, Refused Ransom Demand
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on March 9 said it has received a ransom demand to recover letters signed by Michelangelo, stolen from the Holy See nearly 20 years ago. The Vatican on March 9 said i ...

Two Years In, Pope Francis Faces Headwinds in Reforming the Vatican. Here’s How He Can Prevail
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Can Francis change the culture, and the system? One reason the cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis two years ago on March 13 was ...

Easter and a Love Supreme
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

April 26 ] Love Abides Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 ... Psalm 23 may be our most familiar verse in this lectionary, but it’s also the trickiest. Psalm 23 has ...

#BlackLivesMatter Meet Stokely Carmichael
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger These national uprisings are part of an ongoing black liberation narrative.  IN AN undistin ...

Is the Language of Business Enough?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel If we are closed to faith language, we may find ourselves burned up and frozen out.  I’M PRIVILEGE ...

Lent: Remembering Those in Transit
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

sat ( 107:10 ), some became fools ( 107:17 ), some set out to sea ( 107:23 ). Here are four ...

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 ...