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What Makes a Christian Argument?
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Paul's famous passage on love isn't about the content of our arguments. It's about the process. I’m not talking content here, folks. I’m talking  style . I’m not ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Handwriting on the Wall for Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it’s leaving little doubt which way it’s leaning. The Supreme Court will decide w ...

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Homegrown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us. This  post  first appeared on BillM ...

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

in New York and 12 year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, protests under the banners of #ferguson, ...

Why Suing Over a Biblically Based Theme Park Isn't Really Biblical
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

to anyone who brought legal action against them? ( Matthew 5:40 ) What about Romans 12:18’s direction ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Press

February 6, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Can We Expect from Pope Francis' Address to Congress?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

The Francis Revolution is crossing the Atlantic and coming to the heart of the nation’s Capitol. News broke yesterday that Pope Francis has accepted Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a rare joint se ...

Weekly Wrap 2.6.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

The assassination of MLK's mother, Harper Lee's new novel, no prayer in public schools, Republicans against prisons. 1.  MLK's Mother Was Assassinated, Too: ...

It’s Official: Pope Francis to Address Congress in September
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

No pope or religious leader who serves as a head of state has ever addressed Congress, according to the U.S. House Historian’s Office. Pope Francis will make an unprecedented add ...

Obama Condemns ‘Distorted’ Faith at National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Feb. 5 called for an emphasis on what is just about the world’s religions as a way to counter the ways faith has been distorted across the globe. President Oba ...

Vaccines and Abortion? The Links Are Cloudy and Complicated
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

With measles outbreaks in 14 states and health authorities imploring parents to weigh the minimal risks of vaccines against the ravages of preventable disease, some Christians are raising an objection of a com ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. ... Darren has become an ally, partner, brother, and dear friend. And I want you to hea ...

Executions Are Down and Abolition May Not Be Far Behind
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

and Missouri. February has just begun, but nine of its 12 scheduled executions have been halted. Last year ... he didn’t commit, convicted solely on the testimony of a 12-year-old boy who recanted. Jackson was ...

From the Archives: March 1988
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Garry Wills A Marketable God RELIGION AND electoral politics tend to be mutually debasing. Take the apparent ...

Turning Money Into Media
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ben Cohen Ben & Jerry's cofounder on how to fight back against big money in politics.  AS ICE CREAM ...

Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Jesus
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Evangelicals are no longer automatically taking a one-sided approach to conflict in the Middle East—and with that cha ...

Christie’s Vaccine Statements Aside, N.J. Already Allows Parents to Refuse on Religious Grounds
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

A parent need only submit a signed statement indicating “immunization interferes with the free exercise of the pupil’s religious rights,” according to the health department website. ...

Religious College Presidents Concerned with Common Threats to Their Schools
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Should religious colleges be bound by the same union and labor rules as secular universities? Or be rated by the same criteria? Should religious colleges be bound by the same uni ...

Choosing the Side of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today.  THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIA ...

Super Bowl Ads: One Long Sugar High
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

These commercials expose what we all really crave — and none of the companies who invested in Super Bowl commercials are selling it. The Super Bowl is the most watched night of te ...

China Warns Obama Against Meeting with Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

China warned the United States on Feb. 2 that it was opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama “in any manner” after the White House said U.S. President Barack Obama would attend an event with the exiled ...

The Unfinished Business of Selma
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The film should remind viewers that the march toward equality for all citizens did not end at Selma — there is still much road to be covered. The journey to end systems of injusti ...

Gatekeepers of Redemption: Conservative Evangelicals Are Changing Their Mind on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Cost, imperfections, and the loss of innocent lives: these three factors have compelled some conservatives and evangelicals to change their minds and go against the death penalty. ...

For the Love of ‘Paddington:’ A Movie Review
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Paddington asks us to consider if our fears are legitimate or whether we are frightened of a cuddly bear who will open our shut-up hearts and change our lives for the better. We may never know which it is. But ...

Freedom of the Press Trumps Respect for Religion in a New Survey
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

so. 12 percent offered no opinion Cathy Lynn Grossman  is a senior national ...

Vatican to Offer Haircuts, Shaves as well as Showers to Rome’s Homeless
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. T ...

The Faces of a Movement
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Who's Who of "Selma" Selma , reviewed by Gareth Higgins in "Moved, or ...

Widows, Orphans, and #BlackLivesMatter
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

12 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise 40 percent of the  prison population . ...

Why I got arrested in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

‘American Sniper’ Studio Condemns Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

As American Sniper continues raking in money at the box office, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee remains worried about “serious threats” being made to Arabs and Muslims. ...

Who's in Control?
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

We know who is really in control, and it’s not us — not even the wealthy and powerful among us, who often live under the illusion of control. What a resting place we can find in God when we remember that truth ...

Alliance of Catholics and Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce or Cohabitation
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

A high-profile group of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions “a graver threat” than divorce or cohabitation, o ...

The Social Cost of Not Vaccinating Children
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Anti-vaccine parents are turning their children into little walking time bombs. They ought to be charged for endangering their children and others. The entirely preventable Calif ...

Mormon Apostles Call for Statewide LGBT Protections
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Jan. 27 for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as lo ...

Separation of Church and State Is Important, But So Is Faith in Congress
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Press

January 27, 2015 Sojo in the News Serene Jones ...

Seriously, what if born-again Christians did set Louisiana's budget?
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 2:48pm | Type: Press

January 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Obama Prods India on Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely “profess, practice, and propagate” religion. ...

When Florida Police Used Mug Shots of Black Men as Target Practice, Clergy Responded with #UseMeInstead
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

After outraged critics drew attention to the police department, clergy across the country began to post photos of their own faces with the hashtag #UseMeInstead. National Guard Sg ...

Pope Francis and America’s Shifting Views Toward Catholics
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Did you catch the shoutout to Pope Francis during President Obama’s State of the Union address? It’s only the third time in history that’s happened. Did you catch the shoutout to ...

How Franklin Graham Transformed a Debate about Duke Chapel into a Culture War
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

He has given the faithful of both camps what they want to hear, further proving the lasting legacy of the Graham name, for better or worse. Franklin Graham’s  Facebook fulminati ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'Defy Hollywood, See Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:58am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Christopher Rosen ...

Jim Wallis: 'Ferguson is a parable about how black men are treated'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Press

January 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

State of the Union and Inequality: What Are You Going to Do Now?
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:41am | Type: Press

January 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Five Reasons Why Citizens United Matters Five Years Later
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are welcome to the same free speech rights that are allotted to individuals and can therefore spend f ...

The Religious Politics of Abortion Are More Nuanced Than We Think
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

Abortion politics are never very far beneath the surface in American life, but every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, handed down Jan. 22, 1973, they take cente ...

WATCH: Rev. William Barber II — Fusion Politics and the Future of Movements
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper interviewed Rev. Dr. William Barber II about his new book, Forward Together, which chronicles the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. ...

State of the Union and Inequality: What Are You Going to Do Now?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The state of the union certainly isn’t good for the poorest and most vulnerable Americans, especially for the children who live in poverty — one in every five American children, and one of every three children ...

Davos identifies the next major global theme: Include the Excluded – or else
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:16am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Press

January 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...