The Common Good

Results for Faith and Spirituality

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- ...

The Politics of Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 8:30pm | 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 - 9:22am | 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 - 2:19pm | 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 - 9:15am | 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 - 6:12am | 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 - 5:43am | 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 - 2:45pm | 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 - 12:49pm | 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 - 8:19am | 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 - 4:01pm | Type: Press

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

Workshops: From Catholic Living To Social Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Press

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

Attendees: They Came, They Saw, They Said...
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:11pm | Type: Press

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

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 12:35pm | Type: Press

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

Palm-Powered Protest
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 10:49am | 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 ...

Pastor of Florida Megachurch Resigns Over 'Moral Failure'
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Florida megachurch pastor Bob Coy has resigned from his 20,000-member Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale congregation over a “moral failing.” Florida megachurch pastor Bob Coy has res ...

Telling a Resurrection Story
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Opinion Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24: 13-15 TODAY'S ... Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 IN THE INTRODUCTION to Mark Labberton’s The Dangerous Act ... enemies (Psalm 23:5) than to calculating the bandit’s thievery (John 10:1)? What gives credibility ...

Christianity's Most Common and Subtle Sin
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Ever since Adam tried to blame Eve (Gen. 3:12), Moses tried to downplay his ability to lead God’s people out of Israel (Exodus 3), Aaron tried to deflect blame for the Golden Calf onto others (Exodus 32:22), G ...

How Conservative Evangelicals Misunderstand Millennials
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

The old guard has confused orthodoxy with their political and moral interpretations of Scripture. Yesterday morning, an op-ed piece went live on CNN by a young evangelical author ...

Listen to the Silence: Thoughts on World Vision and the Pitfalls of Modern Communcation
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When it comes to issues so central to the Christian life, faithfulness requires thoughtful dialogue, tenacious endurance, and meaningful change from the bottom up. These are impor ...

The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper ... and Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Pride, greed, hatred, bitterness, fear, and ignorance often cause Christians to promote distrust instead of unity — but what if Christians were more patient, graceful, and forgiving of each other? ...

One Hump or Two?
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 9:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Another test of biblical authority by unscrupulous scientists. RESEARCHERS from Tel Aviv Univer ...

Easter with Czeslaw Milosz: Cento
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 9:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen Gunton So that for a short moment there is no death. From white villages Easter bells resound. ...

Studying Interfaith Leadership
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 9:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel This may be a field whose time has come. CAN YOU GO to school to become an interfaith leader? An i ...

Holding On and Letting Go
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Belinda Acosta In a death-denying culture, how do we learn to accompany the dying and the grieving? I WAS PRE ...

Hope Springs Eternal
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

The key emotion of my baseball experience is hope over despair, which is also the most important meaning of Easter for us as Christians. Oh my, did I need Opening Day this year. O ...

For Those Who Study or Think About God
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Those who have made a profession out of talking about, writing about, thinking about God seem determined to make our profession an idol. "It's about God, stupid." I ...

Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 6:31am | Type: Blog

I don’t know any adult who would willingly repeat adolescence. Yet here we are — we Christians seeking hope, grace, mercy, and purpose, we believers in a God of justice — treating our faith as an endless adole ...

Vatican to Broadcast John Paul II's Canonization in 3-D
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

For the first time viewers will be able to watch the historic event live in 3-D movie theaters in 20 countries across North and South America and Europe. VATICAN CITY — While mill ...

Did Jesus Pray to Allah?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:24am | Type: Magazine Article

(literally “the God”) found in John 20:28, Matthew 1:23, and elsewhere, there is no good option in Arabic ...

A Moral Crisis in Africa
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As a Christian, I grieve over the unspeakable violence wrongly done in the name of faith. FOR THE ...

The Dead Don’t Die; They Just Reboot
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 8:31am | 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 - 8:03am | 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 - 10:09am | 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 - 1:58pm | 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 - 9:22am | 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 - 8:12am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 4:05pm | 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 - 3:50pm | 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 - 1:23pm | 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 - 11:54am | 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 - 10:20am | 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 - 4:15pm | 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 - 4:09pm | 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 - 3:15pm | Type: Press

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