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3 Reasons I Wouldn't Send My Daughter to a Christian School
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

It might sound counterintuitive for an ordained Christian minister to say, but there are a few reasons I would not send my daughter to some Christian schools. In the past few mont ...

Christians....Does God Want You To Be A Democrat or Republican?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

October 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Jerrell http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hipolitix/2014/10/24/christiansdoes-god-want-you-to-be-a-democrat-or-republican Her first book, Evangelical ...

Protestant Theologians Reconsider Purgatory
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

But Walls is a leading exponent of an effort to convince Protestants — and maybe a few Catholics — that purgatory is a teaching they can, and should, embrace. And he’s having a degree of success, even among so ...

Why Every Christian Needs Doubt
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Doubt, I would argue, is that state of change that allows for the questions to continue and faith to grow. And as the husks of beliefs that were wrong, too small, or in other ways insufficient fall aside, they ...

Evangelical Leader Russell Moore Denounces Ex-Gay Therapy
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has denounced reparative therapy, the controversial idea that people who are gay or have same-sex attraction could become straight. Southern ...

Still Looking for a Costume?
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Yes, you can go Trick-or-Treating as Jesus this year. There is a Jesus costume. I was browsing an elaborate Halloween store and came across an aisle of religious-oriented costumes ...

Why Churches Must Embrace 'The Beloved Community' and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Press

October 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Pope Francis: ‘Evolution … Is Not Inconsistent with the Notion of Creation’
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” the pope said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the cr ...

Frank Schaefer Wins Final Reinstatement with Methodists
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Seven years after officiating at the wedding of his gay son, the Rev. Frank Schaefer has been reinstated as a clergyman in the United Methodist Church. Seven years after officiati ...

Secularism Grows as More U.S. Christians Turn ‘Churchless’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

of identity, belief and practice in more than 23,000 interviews in 20 surveys. The research looked at church ...

'Left Behind' Elitists
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Given these interpretations of the theology found in the Left Behind series I would like to take the conversation to the next level. What has not yet been said in any blog that I have read is that premillennia ...

Top Anglican Calls for Lifting Seal of Confessional in Child Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

He said that the Church of England must break the confidentiality of confession in cases where people disclosed the abuse of children. “If someone tells you a child has been abused, the confession doesn’t seem ...

Southern Baptist Seminary Clears President after Dispute over Muslim Student
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have affirmed the school’s president, Paige Patterson, after investigating his decision to admit a Muslim student into the school’s Ph.D. program. Patterson, one of the most revered Southern B ...

Now You Can Eat with Pope Francis … or At Least Cook His Favorite Dishes
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

They say you can feast like a king, and now you can eat like a pope after a young chef from the Vatican’s Swiss Guards published a cookbook featuring the favorite recipes of Pope Francis and his predecessors. ...

Mark Driscoll Shares His Experiences After Resignation
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

The controversial founder of Mars Hill Church who stepped down last week offered a brief address at the Gateway Conference on Oct. 20. Initially, he and conference organizers agreed that he would not give a fo ...

7 Lessons from the Vatican’s Wild and Crazy Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Oct. 19 without reaching a consensus on a number of hot-button topics. So where does ...

Reformation Then and Now - Dismantling Walls Today
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Who or what can defeat and break the walls, the towers, the fortresses we construct? Who or what can overcome oppression in the land? Where do we turn when creation shakes and societies are in an uproar? ...

Greek Orthodox Launch Rebuilding of St. Nicholas, the Only Church Destroyed on 9/11
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Leaders of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center broke ground on a new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: Rendering to Caesar and to God
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

“Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes?” “Is it lawful to pay taxes when they prop up Caesar’s rule?” So some people asked of Jesus, wanting him to seem a fool. Saying “no” would be sedition; saying “yes” would b ...

Change in Translation Epitomizes Bishops’ Debate Over Gays
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

The lobbying at the two-week summit of church leaders — a synod on family life that is set to wrap up Saturday with a final report — was epitomized by the retranslation of a headline from “welcoming homosexual ...

Pope Paul VI Is Almost a Saint: Here Are 4 of His Biggest Legacies
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Despite the many affinities between the two popes, Faggioli said that “the difference between Paul and Francis is the kind of boldness, courage — in a way, recklessness — that Francis clearly has. He’s taking ...

U.S. Archbishop Urges Both Sides to Cool Down at Vatican
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

After two days of fighting between happy liberals and angry conservatives, the Vatican on Oct. 15 dispatched a leading moderate from the U.S. church to tell both sides to temper their expectations about impend ...

Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill Church
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

of plagiarism charges. A front-page story in The New York Times on Aug. 23 had suggested that Driscoll’s ...

Let Us Demonstrate to the World How Repentance Works
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Confession and repentance are messy and painful, and they don’t come natural to us. Our human heart is in a natural state of denial. Without an external agent, God, we are unable to recognize our prejudices, o ...

From Church Triumphant to ‘Least of These’
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

The most far-reaching implication is this: We are discovering that the world can get along without us. Few are asking for our authoritative guidance. Our clergy aren’t seen as “thought leaders” or our institut ...

Conscience vs. Authority at Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

If there is a common thread among issues as diverse as contraception, divorce, premarital sex and homosexuality, it may be the limits of the church’s authority over Catholics’ behavior and consciences. ...

Forgive Us, Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Often we do not know how our words and actions affect and harm others. However, ignorance is not an excuse. As the body of Christ, we must be willing to look deeply at the implications of the choices we make. ...

Israeli Institute Gets $2.2 Million to Help Christians Study Jewish Thought
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

A new institute in Jerusalem has been awarded $2.2 million to help Christians and Jews study Jewish texts, launching what’s being billed as a new kind of Jewish-Christian cooperation. ...

The Lives of Others
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Psalm 43; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12  In the third chapter of Micah, the prophet ... things are done (verse 11). In Matthew 23:1-12, Jesus also confronts some unjust leaders. Here, Jesus’ ... with the temptation to an anti-Jewish reading of chapter 23. All the main characters of Matthew—including Jesus—were ...

Tending the Soil of the Soul to Keep the Weeds Away
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

After services as a boy growing up in Minnesota, I can still recall my father’s reflections as I sat uncomfortably in my powder-blue polyester suit in the back seat of our rusting family car. We were trying to ...

Conference Explores Whether the 'Shroud of Turin' Could Be the Burial Cloth of Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a crucifixion has inspired decades of debate over whether it could be Jesus’ b ...

Seminaries Awarded $1.5 million to Include Science in Coursework
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include science in their curricula, the American Association for the Advanc ...

Stanley Hauerwas Drops Out of General Theological Seminary Lecture Series After Controversy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has declined a series of lectures he was scheduled to give at New York’s General Theological Seminary in November in the wake of the crisis roiling the school. ...

Russian Pastor Reflects on Religious Persecution
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

A Russian pastor whose grandfather was killed for being a Christian toured the U.S. recently, studying church ministries and providing a rare, first-person look at Russia’s complex religious landscape after wi ...

The Rise and Fall of the American Seminary
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

As other major denominations are finding, the days of the residential three-year seminary are ending. Fewer prospective ordinands can afford the cost and dislocation of attending a residential seminary. ...

No Left Turns: How We Normalize Dysfunction
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

For everything we do, especially under the auspices of Church, we need to stop and ask ourselves: why do we do that? What would happen if we stopped, or if we did it differently? And why am I so blind to the i ...

From the Archives: November 1993
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Chuck Matthei Economics as if Values Mattered  DESPITE APPEARANCES, economics is in essence a very personal a ...

What Do Americans Pray for? Themselves. And Maybe a Sports Team
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, accor ...

How to Keep Moving
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

You come to a point where some of your dreams starts to feel a little out of reach. Or, your dreams come true and you find out that they’re not at all what you expected and maybe not at all what you really wan ...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

And That Is Grace ...
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

We like to put flesh-and-blood on the notion that we are recipients of some great gift that arrives unexpectedly and is given freely. Someone or something that comes into our life and significantly changes it ...

Why Multigenerational House Sharing May Be the Wave of the Future
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

am back in our Manhattan apartment, where our youngest son, age 23, is living at home until he lands ...

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

Evangelicals Add One More Guest to the Wedding Party: Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

In an age of big-ticket destination weddings and reality show “bridezillas,” some evangelical Christians are opting for what writer Catherine Strode Parks calls “A Christ-Centered Wedding.” ...

RECIPE: Bread for Michaelmas, A 'Locavore Feast Day' for Urbanites
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Never heard of Michaelmas? Neither had I, until I read the recipe for struan in Peter Reinhart’s Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise and Method as Metaphor. The ancient Celts baked struan, bread made with ...

Americans Divided on Religious Liberty: The Freedom to Practice My Religion or the Freedom to Avoid Yours
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to concerns over religious liberty, Americans are divided as to which is in more imminent danger: the ability to practice one’s religion without government inference, or the consequences to freed ...

The Jewish High Holy Days Explained
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around the world will turn the page on the Jewish calendar to begin the new year, Rosh Hashanah. Happy 5775 ! At sundown on Sept. 24, Jews around t ...

The Key to Real Community: Tear Down that Firewall
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning at 5:30 I woke up to a disconcerting email: Suspicious Sign-In Prevented. Please check your Google activity immediately. In my half-asleep bleariness, I clicked the link and filled in my pa ...

Jewish Resolutions for the Jewish New Year
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewi ...

Immigration Reform a 'Moral Test'
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Press

June 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...