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Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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September-October 2013
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Issue

September, 2013 - October, 2013 Pastor, Prophet ... Reformer? Pope Francis' contagious spirit shakes up the church. ...

N.J. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged in Federal Court
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to “respect the rights of clients to make decisions,” according to a federal lawsuit f ...

N.C. Governor Allows Anti-Shariah Bill to Become Law
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will ...

Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Obscure Its Critique
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century. Millions of American schoolchildren who never experienced Jim Crow or whites-only water fountains know the phrase “I have a dream.” But scholars say it wou ...

Memories of the March
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

“I think we got a long ways to go but I do think that there’s been a lot of changes. I don’t think you’ll ever see what Martin Luther King dreamed in reality, in total. I think we’ll always have to strive for ...

Feds Offer Atheists a Clergy Tax Break That They Don’t Want
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

of $15,000 a year. But the couple says they can’t claim that as tax-free income since they are not clergy. ...

Are Atheists Smarter Than Believers? Not Exactly.
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows that the smarter you are, the less likely you are to believe in God. A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows th ...

Reformers Want Congress to End Ban on Pulpit Politicking
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

In a report sent Wednesday to Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has spent years investigating the finances of high-profile televangelists, the commission called the regulation of speech of religiou ...

ACLU Says Magistrate Can’t Order ‘Messiah’ Name Change
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. NASHVILLE, Te ...

This Week, a Major Shift on Crime
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

On Monday, a federal judge in New York found the state's stop-and-frisk policies to be unconsitutional racial profiling. The same day, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal prosecutor ...

Study: Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ More Accepting of Gays
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it’s turning away from the church’s vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant attitude. A new voice i ...

Partisan Fighting Spells Trouble for Church Insurance Under Obamacare
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans’ insistence on repealing the law. ...

Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church Announce Support for Bill to End Sex Trafficking in U.S.
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Days after a cross-country FBI operation arrested 152 sex traffickers across the US, Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, announced his support for a bill in the House of Representa ...

The Party of No Compromise
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice GOP attempts to circumvent the health-care law range from the inane to downright bullying. I SPENT M ...

The City of God & The City of Cain
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Myer Boulton How taking it to the streets is changing theological education. MY FIRST GUIDED tour of ...

The World as God Intends
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Stetzer New data shows that Protestant churches, including evangelicals, are increasingly involved in social action ministries. ...

Reza Aslan Defends Controversial New Book on Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

about Jesus. Aslan said his interest in Jesus started at age 15, when he joined a Young Life group ...

'Simple is the New Chic'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice In John Carr's view, Pope Francis is already shaking up the Catholic Church—and the best is yet to come. ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

'Fighting Words' from the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper More than 80 bills to restrict voter access were introduced in 2013. BACK IN THE day, when ...

'Forward Together, Not One Step Back!'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove A grassroots resistance movement emerges in North Carolina. THOSE WHO BELIEVE in fr ...

Equal Protection — for All
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians. THIS SUMMER, t ...

Pope Francis on Gays Reveals a House Divided
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

I continue to be impressed and pleased by the direction this pope seems to be taking. And the very fact that he has broken rank with the traditional Catholic teaching about homosexuality is, within his own par ...

So Much Is At Stake: Reform and Race
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Politics really isn’t the problem here. Nobody wants to talk about what is at the very heart of the problem: race. The battles over immigration reform and race have weighed heavil ...

Actually, the U.S. is NOT Spending More Than Any Other Country on Health
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Old News: U.S. spends more on healthcare, gets worse results. Interesting Spin on Old News: Medical and social spending should be seen as a whole. Really Disheartening Current Situation: Many U.S. legislators ...

Reza Aslan on Fox News: Punch, Counter-Punch
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Despite what Ms. Green and Dr. Aslan want us to believe, our choice is never between a biased point of view and the unvarnished truth. Our choice always involves which interpretative lens we are going to use t ...

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Press

July 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Derek Flood ...

Pope Francis Says He Won’t Judge Gay Priests
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis announced Monday in an airborne news conference that he’s ‘not one to judge’ the sexual orientation of Catholic priests. Pope Francis announced Monday in an airborne ...

N.C. Muslims Hope Gov. Pat McCrory Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

North Carolina Muslims hope they can persuade Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to veto a bill that prohibits state judges from considering “foreign law.” North Carolina Muslims hop ...

Pope Delights Crowds With Message of Reform
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

of the 1.5 million-strong-crowd seemed even more prolonged and intense as Francis abandoned all protocol ...

Pope to Brazilians: Don’t Ignore the Periphery
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

It’s not every day that the pope drops in for a visit to your home. But Maria da Penha dos Santos lucked out when Pope Francis chose to enter her small yellow two-story house in the rundown slum of Varginha. ...

Muslims Criticize Bloomberg Veto of NYPD Watchdog
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

Muslim-American civil rights groups are criticizing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for vetoing a bill on Tuesday that would have created an independent inspector general to oversee the New York City Pol ...

Shariah 101: What Is It and Why Do States Want to Ban It?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but nearly everyone agrees that “foreign laws” really means Shariah, or Islamic law. ...

House Rejects Call to Allow Nonreligious Military Chaplains
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

House lawmakers late Tuesday approved an amendment to a Pentagon spending bill to prevent the appointment of nonreligious military chaplains. House lawmakers late Tuesday approved ...

The Evolution of Southern Baptist Ethicist Russell Moore
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Russell Moore, the new chief ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention, has Jesus in his heart, Wendell Berry on his bookshelf, and Merle Haggard on his iPod. Russell Moore, th ...

Humanists Want a Military Chaplain to Call their Own
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

If Jason Heap has his way, he’ll trade his Oxford tweeds for the crisp whites of a newly minted U.S. Navy chaplain. If Jason Heap has his way, he’ll trade his Oxford tweeds for th ...

Catholic Church of the Beatitudes: Skeptical, Perhaps; Cynical, No Thanks!
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Press

July 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Thomas Heck ...

Tweet Your Way Out of Purgatory (But There’s Work Involved)
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this life and the next. Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this ...

Mandela Said to Be ‘Steadily Improving’ on 95th Birthday
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela turned 95-years-old today and in honor of his parity work throughout South Africa, people of all races are joining together and celebrating his legacy in the form of song and offerings. ...

Lawmakers Ask Obama for Religious Diversity Summit
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

bombings on April 15. A religious diversity summit would bring together religious leaders, politicians, ...

Senate Reaches Tentative Deal to Avert Filibuster Showdown
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Following Monday’s three hour closed-door caucus, members of the Senate have begun the confirmation process of President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees, avoiding what the Washington Post calls a &quo ...

Are Miracles Really Needed to Become a Saint?
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

When the Vatican announced this month that Pope Francis would formally elevate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to sainthood, two things stood out. When the Vatican announced thi ...

Moral Mondays: Clergy Are Changing Their Language
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The point is to change the language and speak in terms that hungry legislators can understand. The point is to stay in role and not go mucking around in a political or economic pragmatism, which we do not und ...

Vatican’s New Legal Guide Adds Offenses for Abuse, Leaking Documents
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the Vatican’s criminal laws, introducing specific offenses for child sexual abuse and leaking confidential documents. Pope Fr ...

Farm Bill Passes House, Without Food Stamp Funding
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

For the first time in 50 years, the House of Representatives cut mention of food stamps from the Farm Bill, which passed the House yesterday. For the first time in 50 years, the ...

Napolitano to Resign DHS Seat, Head to University of California
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

After serving four years as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Janet Napolitano is set to resign on Friday. The Los Angeles Times reports Napolitano will become president of the University Of Cal ...

August 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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August 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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