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How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What a Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

What is the best meaning of the word “evangelical?" Perhaps this: a deep belief in Jesus, a consistent commitment to follow Jesus, and a real love for Jesus — one who applies Jesus’ life and teachings to ...

Botched Oklahoma Execution Reveals Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

are in control. At 6:23 p.m. yesterday, the state of Oklahoma initiated its effort ... populations over the past 30 years. 2.3 million people are in America’s prisons today. Some 55 million have ...

Are You One of Us?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:45am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up a lot. We’ve taken many steps in recognizing that everyone is an equally beloved child of God and must be treated that way. Yet, there are reminders all around us that we’ve got a long way to go ...

Pope Francis: Giving the Work Back to the People at a Rate They Can Stand
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, more than 800,000 spectators crowded the St. Peter’s Square area while 500,000 more watched on giant screens around Rome as Pope Francis canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. ...

Go Ahead and Die Already
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The passage in Luke 24:13-35 speaks to the life after death — good can come from bad. Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We ap ...

Are Married Priests Next on Pope Francis' Reform Agenda?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis likes to say that he prefers to raise questions rather than issue edicts or change doctrine, and he has certainly generated plenty of debate with his off-the-cuff remarks about gays and his cold-c ...

A Republican, a Democrat, and a Buddhist Walk into a Room …
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of dialogue is the core value of respect for others. Respect for others — people of different faiths, races, political affiliations, whatever — is one of the 10 core American values I documented i ...

What Do Our Beliefs Say About Us?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

of Jesus were identified as people of “the Way” (Acts 9:1-2; 18:25-26; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22). Before ...

A Different Kind of Spring Training
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. This Holy Week, I realized God's hope in a place other than church. Proclaiming that the tomb is ...

Bible Survey: Many Americans Scramble Their Scripture
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such f ...

Selling the Peeps and Emptying the Tombs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There’s always Someone working passionately to get us out of our tombs, no matter how big the stone. The seasonal items aisle in the grocery store is a work in progress. Stuffed b ...

Does Being Pope Give You an Inside Track to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

jump-started the canonization of John Paul, who he worked with for more than 23 years. In the end, the trend ...

That Pesky Word 'Evangelical'
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News David Gushee ...

John Paul II and John XXIII: A Rush to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Across Rome, hotels are full, streets are clean, and the cash registers in the souvenir stalls are singing as the faithful pour in to the Eternal City for the dual canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope J ...

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently ...

If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” As the Pew Research Center recently ...

The Risen Christ: A Call To Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

An Occupied Cross Before an Empty Tomb
Originally Posted: 04/19/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

But here’s the truth of what I’ve learned about cynicism and what I know about the cross. Cynicism is often masked as wisdom. “I’ve been here,” it says. “I know how things go. They don’t ever change.” It procl ...

Bleeding Joyfully
Originally Posted: 04/18/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

I admire those who learn not only to accept the blood-stained moments, but to embrace them. They develop a capacity to see beyond the momentary hurt. They recognize that bleeding is part of the grand process o ...

The Risen Christ: A Call to Conversion
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I reme ...

A God Torn to Pieces: Good Friday, Nietzsche, and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians don’t know Christ. To know Christ is to know that in his life, death, and resurrection Christ freely offers forgiveness to all – even to those who have become “murderers of all murderers.” ...

Can You Question the Resurrection and Still Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the N ...

Resurrection: Calculating the Probabilities
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

This Holy Week let us be filled with doubt in what passes for normal experience. It seems an important exercise for Christians to undertake because we are as tempted as anyone born in this age to explain away ...

Millennials: Antisocial, Selfish, and Afraid?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that one of the biggest desires of millennials is that we would be involved in deeply intimate communities that allow us to express ourselves openly, ask the questions to arise in our minds witho ...

Holy Week Reflection: God Made Flesh
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

We can say a great deal about God because of Jesus Christ. We can also rule out a lot about God because of Jesus Christ. The Cross is an inexhaustible mystery, but among the many ...

According to the Bible, You Might Be a Christian If …
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

a Criminal: the thief on the cross (Luke 23: 40-43) You’re a Drunkard : Noah (Gen. 9:20-23 ... NOT Be a Christian If … You perform miracles, cast out demons, and do mighty works : (Matt. 7:21-23) You ...

When Pope Francis Washes Women's Feet, Arguments Follow. Who's Right?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will also observe the Holy Thursday rite, though not in a cathedral like Morlino but at a center for people with disabilities. There he will wash the feet of a number of residents, all lay people ...

Holy Week: Journeying from Empire to Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

We are empire, my friends. We are Judas. And Jesus is speaking directly to us with his words and actions, offering us salvation from the powers that will ultimately kill even him. ...

Break Bread Together? Or Drive-Thru Alone?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

What we know as communion became institutionalized. Ritual replaced meal. The bread-breaking became a set-apart observance with strict regulation and legalistic definition. Inter ...

We Need Your Prayers
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

It’s been a year of struggle and a year of rejoicing. We wanted to give you a glimpse into our lives here at Sojourners and also ask for your prayers. As we move into Holy Week ou ...

The Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons from Passover
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As has been borne out by various terrorist attacks around the globe, terrorism breeds fear — its intended consequence. Too often this fear becomes fear of a religious group. We, as Jews, know intimately the pe ...

Tragedy Begets Resilience
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

How would our injured victims respond? Within days, the answer was clear. They would remain resilient. Among the many images of the marathon victims that emerged shortly after th ...

President Obama Mourns Kansas Tragedy: 'We're All Children of God'
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday called for people of all faiths to deter gun violence and anti-Semitism, one day after a gunman killed three people at Jewish centers in suburban Kansas City. ...

What Gethsemane Teaches Us about Suffering
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus utters his agonizing prayer, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” ...

Rethinking What It Means to be a Christian
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

More and more, I’m seeing that the issue is not doctrine; it’s attitude. It’s not theology; it’s posture. It’s not the brain; it’s the heart. “You are not only a coward but a non- ...

The Politics of Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Politics refers to “the affairs of the city” and “influencing other people on a civic or in ...

Making a Difference through Love — and Red Plastic Diamonds
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

At 5 a.m. on a Friday last August, 20-year-old Joshua Jank’s condition was worsening. Nurses at his hospice home in Fort Wayne, Ind. told his mother to gather anyone who wanted to say a last goodbye. ...

The 'In' and the 'Out': How Some of Our Churches Operate More like Night Clubs
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Why do we continue pedaling the Gospel as a VIP pass to get through the red, velvet rope segregating the church from the rest of the world? Last summer I took a trip to Las Vegas ...

Rigorous Truth: Baseball, Errors, and Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

That truth about baseball is the truth about life: Errors are part of the rigorous truth of being human. When I was growing up, I had three older cousins who were my models for be ...

Three Reasons We’re Better Together
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

The reason that I do interfaith, and the reason I signed the pledge to be Better Together, is because I believe that religion can be used as a tool for good in all three layers that King is referencing: in our ...

Responding to Heartache with Action
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 6:43am | Type: Blog

Thank you for being such good company. Thank you for keeping us going. “As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, 'If you, even you, had ...

Not This Time -- A Reflection on the Resurrection of Lazarus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Life is stronger than death, that love is stronger than hate, that resurrection is possible through the Living Word of God. Editor's Note: This post is adapted from a sermo ...

He Doesn’t Just Listen to the Sunday Sermon; He Draws It
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in one of the pews near the back of Grace and Peace Fellowship  ST. LOUIS (RNS) On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in ...

Folding Up Our Tents
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Political groups talk about expanding their tents to include some of those who vote the other way. Religious groups create requirements to stay under their tents and expel anyone who doesn’t meet them. There a ...

The Joy Of Forgiveness And The Seven Deadly Sins
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Press

March 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Workshops: From Catholic Living To Social Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2014 Sojo in the News The Tidings ...

Attendees: They Came, They Saw, They Said...
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2014 Sojo in the News The Tidings ...

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Palm-Powered Protest
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

When we strive to protest with Matthew 21 in mind, we must ask ourselves that question from the crowd, “Who is this?” Our protests should honor the one whom we follow: Jesus, the peaceful one, riding on a donk ...