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The Dead Don’t Die; They Just Reboot
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

It seems like the stuff of science fiction, to consider the possibility of people uploading the entirety of their life experience, or even some iteration of what we understand to be their consciousness, to a n ...

Why I Shared My Sexuality Story
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

I shared my sexuality story chiefly because, as L’Engle says, vulnerability is one of the essential ingredients to being alive. And, I would add, to being human. “When we were ...

Death and Dying Resources
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Resources for living well in the midst of death and grief. Death is the inevitable end to our lives and the lives of our loved ones. In the U.S., however, we often choose to ignore t ...

What Rock and Roll and the Church Have in Common
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

The way we define, distinguish, and conduct ourselves, though of utmost importance to many of us, is of little or no interest to those beyond the walls. We are sure we have something that is precious and worth ...

Rewrite Those Epitaphs
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

Our scripture texts this week are an invitation to reflection on mortality. Sunday, April 6 is National Epitaph Day. Reading through a list of bizarre and unique holidays is fa ...

For the Love of God, Love Others
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

As we try to follow Jesus and grow in our Christian faith, it's time we honestly evaluate the motivations behind our faith. How do our culture, upbringing, experiences, desires, and hundreds of other fact ...

Keepers of the Keys
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Are we helping people get where they need to go? Or are we more interested in demonstrating our power by locking doors? One night after working a college basketball game, I s ...

Sloth: When Working Isn’t Enough
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

The spiritual sin of sloth shows its face when I’m inattentive to my spiritual needs, when I know the spiritual good that can come from a certain decision and I determine not to follow through ...

7 Reasons God Just Might Be Psyched About the Millennial Generation
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I think there is a lot to be excited about in the generation that’s poised to inherit the world … after we move out of our parents’ houses, that is. Millennials ar ...

Envy: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

I think what lies at the heart of the mix-up between jealousy and envy is not only the result of many of us zoning out during English class, but may also be a consequence of the way our culture objectifies peo ...

What Caring Looks Like
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

I believe that love requires honesty. As Christians, we are told to love the world, which includes being honest with the world. But truth without care isn’t love. It’s an easy, trendy way to feel good about ou ...

The Joy of Forgiveness and the Seven Deadly Sins
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Lent is rarely talked about as a celebration, but it is an opportunity to revel in the joy of forgiveness. I live in Washington D.C., a city in which mistakes are messaged and sho ...

8-year-old Student Not Feminine Enough, Christian School Says
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

The family of a little girl in western Virginia has removed her from her private Christian school after administrators said she did not appear feminine enough. The family of a lit ...

Pope Francis Fired 'Bishop Bling.' Will More Follow?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

The news that Pope Francis fired — or “accepted the resignation of” — the German churchman known as “Bishop Bling” because of his big-spending ways has touched off speculation among Catholics that other dismis ...

Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR) To Hold 125th Annual Convention In Chicago -- March 30-April 2, 2014
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Press

March 24, 2014 Sojo in the News http://www.einpresswire.com/article ...

Faith in Action: A Look at Public Theology Professor Mike McCurry
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

We talked with former press secretary for former President Bill Clinton and Wesley Theological Seminary professor of public theology Mike McCurry on faith and action. “Public theo ...

Salty Speech
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Press

March 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Ervin Stutzman ...

Salty Speech
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Press

March 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Ervin Stutzman ...

The Fast I Choose: Fasting And The Mission Of The Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Press

March 25, 2014 Sojo in the News John Gromek ...

Gluttony: Battling a Culture of Convenience
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

I am a glutton for a life of convenience and first world problems and a god that works with my schedule. But what I want to be is a disciple to the God who requires more than what is convenient. What I want is ...

'I Want You To Want Me' — That Other Kind of Lust
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Is it possible that lust works in multiple ways? Is it possible that the all-consuming desire to be desired is just as lustful as the all-consuming desire to have? Thought experim ...

Phelps Touched on Fears and Anger Many Feel
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

As anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps passes on to whatever is his reward, we need to ask how he managed to inspire a following. As anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps passes on to whatever ...

Gluttony: A Manifestation of Discontent
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The solution to gluttony, I discovered, is not not-eating. Taking on gluttony head first, or rather stomach first, does not mean cutting off my food supply and shunning my taste buds. Gluttony for me is not ju ...

World Vision to Recognize Employees' Same-Sex Marriages
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has announced that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, a groundbreaking change for an evangelical instituti ...

Q&A: 'Noah' Director Darren Aronofsky on Justice vs. Mercy
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

The Noah epic releasing in theaters this Friday promises to be controversial, with director Darren Aronofsky calling it “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” The Noah ...

Irish Abuse Victim, Boston Cardinal Named to Vatican Sex Abuse Panel
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

An Irish woman who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child is among eight members of a special commission appointed by Pope Francis on Saturday to start the long and arduous process of confronting the church’s ...

'... And You Can, Too!' Greed and Every Possible Possibility
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

When we are rendered unable to commit to the blessings of life out of insistence that more and better options must be out there for us to acquire, we have turned the promise of “... and you can, too!” into the ...

For God So Loved Fred Phelps: On the Gods of Hate and Scandals
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

God is not like me or Fred Phelps. And I am thankful for that. God is not like me or Fred Phelps. And I am thankful for that. Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist ...

Wrath: The Deadly Sin of the Divine
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

This definitional conundrum raises a few questions. Is it wrong to speak of God’s wrath? Wrong to list wrath among the Deadly Sins? Or are there certain things that are only sins if humans do them but are appr ...

Social Media and the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Psalm 23 assures us that both goodness and love ... in the words of  Psalm 23  — lie down in “green pastures” beside “still waters” (which in the original Hebrew ... your soul, renews your life, and keeps you on the right path ( vv. 2-3 ). Instead of social media, ...

Grieving for Fred Phelps in Topeka
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps, famous for picketing funerals with vicious anti-gay messages, died this week. His estranged son, Nate, had posted on Facebook that the 84-year-old Phelps had been excommunicated from his own Westb ...

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps died early Thursday morning. Fred Phelps  died  early Thursday morning. Phelps was best known for his deeply rooted hatred and promulgating the tasteless sloga ...

Envy: Greed's Ugly Cousin
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

When we are envious, we gain nearly as much pleasure from the idea of the other person not having the thing we want as we do from the idea of having it ourselves. I drive a Prius. ...

i-Lust and Other Confessions in a Millennial World
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

There are several reasons why the church doesn’t like to talk about lust. I lust. The words almost seem like they could be a tagline for a new Apple product — an appropriate imag ...

The Search for Flight 370 Reveals Four Basic Truths About Humanity
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

The story reveals much more about our humanity and spirituality than we realize. Here are four simple revelations that we’ve learned about ourselves during this process: The searc ...

Sloth: Missing the Call for Sabbath
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Ironically, my approach to getting the sloth out of my life is to bring the Sabbath into it, at the end of each day. Sloth. It’s not just a strange, adorable animal we love to wat ...

Jesus Is A None: 5 Things Christians Need To Know About The "Nones"
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

Newman Center Announces Still Point Theatre Event
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Press

March 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Journal Gazette & Times-Courier ...

Pride: It's All About Who You Know
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

When I came to faith, I saw it as a choice I had made after carefully and rationally weighing the evidence. But as I see how irrationally God loves me, and how gracious, how astoundingly beautiful and mysterio ...

A Prayer for Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God. We lift up a prayer for the misguided – for those who hate and belittle and abuse in your name. Editor's Note: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro B ...

Allegiance
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

God doesn't want to vie for our allegiance. Yet he must, because our allegiance is divided between church attendance, theological stances, and denominational commitments (among other things), as if these ...

Mob Threats Aside, Pope Francis Will Pray with Victims of Organized Crime
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis will preside over a prayer vigil dedicated to victims of mob violence in Italy and their families. The Vatican said Monday that Pope Fran ...

Chris Thompson: Look Deeper Into Lent Than Just 'Give-Ups'
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Thompson ...

Exploring A Lenten Practice Of Sabbatical
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

March 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Tim Nafziger ...

Pastor Mark Driscoll Apologizes for Missteps, Quits Social Media
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has written a letter to his congregation to explain recent controversies, including the marketing campaign intended to place the book, Real Marriage, on The New York Tim ...

Sitting At A Tilted Table
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Religion gets misused and pulled into the table-tilting, too. The rich and privileged have historically justified their wealth and power by calling it a reward for being better than everyone else, more industr ...

11 Reasons Why People Love And Use Social Media
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Press

March 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Ken Mueller ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

In WikiWorship, Church Members Help Edit the Sermon
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept behind a new worship model called WikiWorship. Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept ...

So Much To Say
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Fischer ...