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Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Atheist TV: Coming Soon to a Television Near You
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local ath ...

Answer to a Begging Woman's Prayer
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Prayer is a two-way conversation. It’s participatory. If we don’t listen for an answer, then we’re not really praying. Often, we hear an answer that requires some action on our part. ...

Evangelicals and Catholics Together Marks 20 Years
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

When evangelicals and Catholics set aside centuries of mutual suspicion 20 years ago, the idea was fairly simple: Even if we can’t always work together, at least let’s not work against each other. ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

The Struggles of Christian Parenting
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

This is probably the hardest thing about Christian parenting: wanting our kids to actually live like Christ. Every mother and father know the struggles, frustrations, unrealistic ...

Careful With the Bible Drills
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 6:21am | Type: Blog

Knowing the names of all of the books does give you a general familiarity with our sacred text. These reasons, however, are functional, not crucial to one’s faith or salvation. Co ...

For Innovation to Have a Prayer, It Needs to Start with Brokenness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

“Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. “Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. It’s like “community,” a warm and fuzzy term w ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What A Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Vatican's Doctrine Chief Blasts U.S. Nuns for Disobedience
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Catholic nuns in the U.S. have been thumbing their nose at Rome’s demands to toe the doctrinal line and they need to obey or face serious consequences, the Vatican’s enforcer of orthodoxy said in a surprisingl ...

Remembering The Life Of Glen Stassen
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...

Monday Q&A: Modesto Peace/Life Center On A Mission Since 1970
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 2:52pm | Type: Press

May 4, 2014 Sojo in the News John Holland ...

Do We Seek Experiences Instead of God?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Like Elijah, we have a tendency to put God in a box assuming any experience has to fall within certain parameters. Reading the Bible from the comfort of my couch, I find myself po ...

What Type of God Do You Believe In?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

It's easy to manipulate God to fit our own agendas, to use religion to rationalize our actions, to wield spirituality as a weapon, and manipulate theology to rationalize our sins. ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 10:42am | 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 - 8:49am | 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 - 12:58pm | 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 - 5:45am | 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 - 12:24pm | 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 - 9:50am | 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 - 3:43pm | 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 - 2:41pm | 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 - 10:37am | 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 - 9:49am | 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 - 5:05pm | 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 - 7:58am | 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 - 3:11pm | 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 - 8:59am | 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 - 3:27pm | 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 - 3:17pm | 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 - 3:59pm | 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 - 9:18am | Type: Press

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

An Occupied Cross Before an Empty Tomb
Originally Posted: 04/19/2014 - 4:28pm | 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 - 10:34am | 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 - 9:36am | 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 - 3:56pm | 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 - 2:24pm | 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 - 12:17pm | 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 - 12:24pm | 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 - 9:43am | 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 - 9:59am | 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 - 8:15am | 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 - 3:20pm | 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 - 10:09am | 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 - 9:04am | 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 - 2:55pm | 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 - 2:58pm | 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 - 3:46pm | 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 - 3:41pm | 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 - 1:17pm | 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- ...