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Pope Francis' Meeting with Abuse Victims Wasn't a PR Stunt, Vatican Says
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday held his first meeting with victims of clergy sex abuse, begging for forgiveness and promising to hold “accountable” the bishops who were complicit in covering up for predatory priests. ...

Remembering 'Uncle Vincent'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Vincent's warmth lifted the temperatures of those around him. I SAT MY two boys down the nigh ...

Not Just Theology: Catholic Seminarians Go to Summer School to Learn Management Skills
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

“How many of you have ever studied a parish budget?” the Rev. David Couturier asked the 11 Catholic priests-in-training seated before him. After a few beats, just one hand went up, tentatively. ...

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gay? A New Biography Raises Questions
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

A new biography is raising questions about the life and relationships of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti-Nazi dissident whose theological writings remain widely influential among Christians. ...

Italian Archbishop Calls for 10-year Ban on Godparents to Stop Mafia Infiltration
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

After a pledge by Pope Francis to “excommunicate” mobsters from the Catholic Church, an archbishop in southern Italy has proposed a 10-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms and confirmations as a way to st ...

Football Player Tackles Expanding Communion Business
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Defensive lineman Israel Idonije was recently released from the Chicago Bears and, as a free agent, he isn’t sure what the future holds. But when he’s not on the gridiron, the Nigerian-born Idonije has another ...

Report: Minnesota Archbishop Nienstedt Under Scrutiny for Same-sex Relationships
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships w ...

Pope Francis By the Numbers
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Since his March 2013 installation Mass, Pope Francis has drawn some 6 million attendees to his audiences and Angelus, his Sunday morning address in St. Peter’s Square. He has celebrated 229 daily Masses at his ...

A Faith that Never Wavered
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

of love, and we treasured each one of your comments, emails, and prayers.  On June 23, our dear sister ...

The Holy Common Ground of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Wild Goose helps us reclaim that tribal identity, not so much just as Christians, but as fellow participants in a phenomenon that is humanity, made of heart, mind, body, and spirit. ...

'Christianity' Is Not a Personality Trait
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for many Christians to put on a disguise. This is especially true of people within church leadership. Expectations need to be fulfilled, roles need to be played, and responsibilities must be carr ...

Seeing The Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

There is a small, mud-bricked, tin-roofed building on a piece of flat land below a mountain in Kenieba, Mali. This simple structure, surrounded by courtyards, peanut fields, and scrub grass, is the church buil ...

What's So Good About Suffering?
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I’m confronted by Scripture that reminds me that suffering will be part of our lives. And I’m confronted by the tendency — which I am sure that I share with many of my sisters and brothers — to ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Engaging a Generation for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Shawn Casselberry, Executive Director of Mission Year, to find out more about how they empower young adults to live out their values in the context of church, community, and even daily life. ...

Wild Goose Festival Puts Spotlight on Visual Arts
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Words and music are the stock-in-trade at most Christian festivals, but the Wild Goose Festival is adding another component: the visual arts. Words and music are the stock-in-trad ...

Failing to See God's Love
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

By church rules, you are entitled to a sabbatical, perhaps three months every seven years. But when you propose it, you hear what one pastor heard the other day... You are a pasto ...

Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here are four spiritual things kids do better than adults. It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here a ...

Burying the Hatchet (Almost Literally)
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 8:35pm | Type: Blog

In time, the issues that seem to be “church dividing” may well be seen as inconsequential — just as we scratch our heads about people defending their church with axes almost 150 years ago. In Pella, it was cle ...

GO: The Biggest Word in the Great Commission
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t command his disciples to stand behind a pulpit and preach to make disciples of all nations. He didn’t suggest we threaten them with the prospect of eternal exile and damnation from their church co ...

Globe-trotting Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Almost 84, and Working Harder than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The day before a newly-elected Pope Francis was to be formally installed at the Vatican in 2013, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica when he passed out at the altar and had ...

Atheist Or Believer? Frank Schaeffer Is A Bit Of Both
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Press

June 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Kimberly Winston ...

Love. Period.
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

We get to decide our story, though not entirely by ourselves. Each of us has a co-author, someone collaborating with us. We didn’t write the first sentence to our story, the one that involves our birth. The co ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

To Serve, We Must First Nourish Our Own Souls
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

When you truly experience the love of God, there is nothing you won’t do for God. However, we often push ourselves beyond measure and forget to allow God to nurture and nourish our own souls. ...

Listening As an Act of Love
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The story of Pentecost always begins with a sound; the gathering of people and a sound. So often we focus on what is being said at the time in the story and ignore all the listening that takes place. ...

Go and Make Disciples — Not Converts
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

You might be surprised to find that he isn’t telling me to share the Gospel with all who will listen (although, that is part of it); rather he is telling me (and you) to go and make disciples. The former is re ...

Pentecost and the Freedom to Be in All the Wrong Places
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Pentecost celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that our story isn’t static but dynamic, alive, and unfolding. In the same way that the disciples moved out from Jerusalem after Pentecost, we ...

Happy Birthday, Prostate Cancer, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

As I enter this new year, I am recalling again, as I often have during this past year, how much life, and those whom God has put in my life, are so ultimately and absolutely valuable and sacred to me. So I vow ...

Rick Warren to Pastors: 'There Is No Testimony Without a Test'
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Sharing how he has coped after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren, urged Southern Baptist pastors to let their times of suffering be acts of ministry. Shar ...

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push for More Married Priests
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rite Catholic churches, another sign that optional celibacy could become a fr ...

In Mixed Faith Marriages, Focus Is on 'Values,' Not 'Beliefs'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

his wife comes from a line of Southern Baptist preachers. Yet 23 years and three kids later, ...

The Evangelical Renaissance Is Over
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Press

June 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Steven Miller ...

The Face Of Evil (Religious Dogma)
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Press

May 31, 2014 Sojo in the News James Rogers ...

Moral Mondays' William Barber To Speak At WNC Festival
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:52am | Type: Press

June 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Carol Motsinger ...

The Church Has Been Left Behind
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

The church has been left behind — but friends, this is a good thing! We — the church — were left behind on the hill on that day of ascension, but we were not left to stand staring into the sky. ...

COMMENTARY: Christianity's New Look on Gays
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? If ...

Southern Baptists Meet as Membership, Baptism Decline Continues
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

For Southern Baptists, it’s happened again: Another annual report shows the denomination is losing members and baptizing fewer people. For Southern Baptists, it’s happened again: ...

Dynasties and Birthrights
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

65:1-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 SIBLING RIVALRY continues to produce tension in our ... divine intentions. While God responds to our prayers (see Genesis 25:23), the divine intention remains ... 13:1-23) need be not only an evangelism strategy for reaching those outside the community of faith. Instead ...

The Strength to be Uncool
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel A lot of problems stem from people lacking the courage to follow their moral core. DURING THE WINT ...

Why I Stay in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles. A QUESTION ASKED of me 100 times in ...

No Longer the 'Best Kept Secret'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Allio Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics. ...

An Iconic Faith
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Patricia Zapor You may not recognize Robert Lentz's name, but you probably know the work of his hands. F ...

Giving Thanks for a True Disciple
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life. MY DEAR FRIEND Glen St ...

Want to See the Face of God?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

A 26-year-old man was driving his pickup truck over a causeway on Lake Pontchartrain. His truck plunged over the railing and into the water. What happened next is inspiring. Did y ...

To A Dying Church: We Cannot Escape Our Mortality
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And, speaking as one of your pastors, I think this is a very good thing. Dear Church, You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And ...

Smiling Back
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

You can smile at someone, but you can’t really smile with someone until you’ve cried with them, too. Shared their pain, their doubts, their questions, their uncertainty, even their despair. And their joy as we ...

The First Multimedia Blowup Moment
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

The moment of Pentecost was an enormous multisensory event. It was the equivalent of a something going viral on social media — but on an even grander scale. Can you imagine sittin ...

Weekly Wrap 5.30.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 5.30.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds Self-identified nerd Arthu ...