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Study: Protestant Work Ethic Isn't Just Protestant Anymore
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it might be more of an atheist work ethic. America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

During Lent, we journey with Jesus, who shows us how to escape the demons that tempt us to break our relationship with God and others. “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilder ...

Court Hears Atheists' Challenge to Ground Zero Cross
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

Atheists are challenging plans to include a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 in a display at the national memorial museum that is scheduled to open this spring. ...

From the Archives: April 1992
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Wink The Myth of Redemptive Violence VIOLENCE is the ethos of our times. It is the spirituality of the ...

Pope Francis' Plan for Reform: Convert the Church
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Francis approaches the one-year mark of his papacy, his global flock and a fascinated public are starting to measure the changes he is making against the sky-high hopes for transforming an institution ...

Being There During Bad Times
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Sullivan ...

How To Help Your Child Launch Rockets
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Portwood ...

A Good Age: 'Being There' After A Family Trauma
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Sue Scheible ...

Why is the Cross Necessary?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

in our eyes is the activity of God (Psalm 118:23). The followers of Jesus, now as then, must sort out ...

'What is to prevent me from being baptized?'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

of the Lord’ (Deuteronomy 23:1). ... Unable to procreate or be circumcised and thus carry on the covenant line, ...

Is Social Justice 'Sexy'?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Hannah Sachs For many Millennials, getting involved in causes is a trendy thing to do. We're called to go deeper than that. ...

Cutting-Edge Orthodoxy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

traveling; it’s been really tough lately.” Then she uncorks a gorgeous meditation on Psalm 23, asking if we ...

All of Life is Repentance, But Especially Today
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

If all of life is repentance, then Ash Wednesday is the Thanksgiving Day parade. It is significant in a city like Washington, D.C., to observe people we wouldn’t expect to be Christians walking around with ash ...

What I Learned by Marrying a Priest
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Changing the world requires the leadership of women. JOY CARROLL and I were married in 1997. A yea ...

Ashes of Hope: My Love of Lent but Not of Murder on a Cross
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I think these ashes of hope are what the soul longs for. Beyond a good love story, a good hope story. To know that all of our troubles will not be squandered, but used for fodder to keep these tales of beauty- ...

Mormons Counter 'Cartoonish' Idea of Planets in the Afterlife
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Countering the notion that Mormons believe they will someday inherit their own planets, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a new statement on “Becoming Like God” that tries to put dista ...

Questions and Answers About Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection, and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ ...

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Ironically, it is when we don't focus on sin and guilt, and instead focus on unconditionally loving and accepting people just as they are, that the stage is set for repentance and remorse to actually take ...

Pope Francis, Marc Chagall, and the Jews
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Novelist Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in the fictional character Asher Lev. Novelist Chaim Potok captured the ...

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Bid for German Home-schooling Family
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a family seeking asylum in the United States because home schooling is not allowed in their native Germany. The Supreme ...

Cynthia Bourgeault -- "Sojourners" Interview
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

February 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Christopher Page ...

Tyler Francke On Ken Ham's Gospel
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

February 10, 2014 Sojo in the News James McGrath ...

Grace At Home: Thoughts On Christian Parenting From The 'Village Priest'
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

February 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Joy Carroll Wallis ...

A Tale Of Two Francises
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Press

February 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Meinrad Scherer-Emunds ...

Lisa Sharon Harper
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Lion And Lamb Festival ...

Wilson's Bookmarks
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News John Wilson ...

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism & The Failure Of Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Press

February 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rod Dreher ...

Theology Quotes: Lisa Sharon Harper
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Susan Rose Francois ...

Heritage Auctions Presents Culture, Community, & Commerce: A View Inside The Dallas Arts District
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 11:35am | Type: Press

February 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Dallas.com ...

Vatican Theologians OK Alleged Miracle Attributed to Pope Paul VI
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Vatican theologians have given their approval to a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, moving him a step closer to sainthood. Vatican theologians have given th ...

What If I'm Not Sure What I Believe?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

The thing is, the way we think about Christianity in the modern context suggests that not knowing what you believe is a problem to be solved. But in my experience, the open-ended mystery and the eager “what’s ...

When Leaders Let You Down
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

If we don’t learn how to deal with being let down, we’ll end up getting increasingly cynical and jaded and disconnected, and we’ll burn out and check out and get out, and nothing will ever change except that w ...

Pope Francis Overhauls Vatican Finances, Names Australian Cardinal as Comptroller
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday launched a sweeping reform of the Vatican’s scandal-plagued financial system by naming one of his closest advisers on reform, Australian Cardinal George Pell, to head a powerful new depa ...

Pope Francis Charges Cardinals to Oppose 'Any Discrimination'
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis created his first batch of new cardinals on Saturday and used the ceremony to launch a new appeal for peace amid the violence racking so many countries. Pope Francis ...

Pope Francis Uses Smartphone Video to Urge Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

In an unusually informal video made on a smartphone held by a Pentecostal pastor, Pope Francis called on all Christians to set aside their differences, explaining his “longing” for Christian unity. ...

7 Things Churches No Longer Do (But Should)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Next time you’re at church, look at the prayer request lists are accessible to the congregation — 99 percent of them will be physical ailments. Then look at what’s missing: nobody will share about marital prob ...

Radical Ruptures and Rhetorical Questions
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

In all my followings, I rarely encountered a Christian leader who dared to enact Augustine's famous words and turn the Truth loose, trusting that it will defend itself. ...

Pope Francis Calls for Flexibility, Patience as He Opens Talks on Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach th ...

After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured In Time For Tour
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra ...

For Your Calendar: 125th Annual Convention Of The Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News PR Inside ...

Cardinals Gather in Rome as Debates on Church Reform Heat Up
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday as a highly anticipated effort to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy slogged through the devi ...

The Trouble with Being Salt and Light
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

There was a time when calling someone “salt of the earth” was a compliment. It suggested a strong work ethic, moral integrity, and someone whose priorities were in proper order. Today, it seems like more of an ...

Perception Is Reality
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 7:36am | Type: Blog

The problem that is really facing the church is others’ opinions of it. Many people do not have an issue with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their opinion is formed and shaped by the experiences they ...

COMMENTARY: Jamie Coots' Snake Theology Was Not that Crazy
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

The death of Jamie Coots could be read as just another bit of evidence that the universe doesn’t much care what you believe. Physics, biology, geology — all perk along with or without our assent. ...

Science Group, Evangelicals Push New Collaboration
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical Protestants are 23 percent of the general population but 17 percent of scientists. Catholics ...

VIDEO: "Pastrix" Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., talks to CNN. N ...

Jamie Coots, Co-star of 'Snake Salvation,' Dies of a Snakebite
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the Snake Salvation reality television show, died Saturday after snakebite during a church service. He was 42. The R ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Terry LeBlanc In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous t ...