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Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 1 day ago
Almighty God, preserve us from losing sight of eternal salvation. Grant that we turn from our earthly accomplishments to give you praise and glory in our daily lives. May the love of God and salvation in Jesus Christ remain our ultimate value. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 1 day ago
 1. The 5 Photos You Need to See of President Obama's Meeting With Pope Francis Laughing, joking, exchanging gifts. Check out these photos of President Obama's Thursday meeting with the pontiff. 2. Alarm raised over violence in Sudan's Darfur The United Nations and the African Union have sounded an alarm over worsening violence in Sudan's western Darfur region, which is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and hampering the distribution of aid. 3. Again, Don't Stop Sponsoring Kids And while the responses to the controversy were many and varied, one thread rang throughout: regardless of the organization's policy, change of policy, reversal of change — don't stop sponsoring the kids World Vision serves.  4. What I Saw When I Gave Up Mirrors for Lent "As Christians, we subscribe to the belief that we all bear the image of God. Our best faces are already put forward—not because of Botox or Clinique but because of a divine Creator. As parents, we have the responsibility to model what it means to be secure in our identities, not only spiritually but physically as well." 5. WATCH: Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That's Almost Too Real McSweeny's "This Is A Generic Brand Video" script comes to "life" in this hilarious of actual stock footage. "Lest you think we’re a faceless entity, Look at all these attractive people. Here’s some of them talking and laughing And close-ups of hands passing canned goods to each other. In a setting that evokes community service." 6. Lawmakers Call for Full Accountability From BP on Lake Michigan Oil Spill The spill, while likely cleaned up soon, is of concern to many given plans to begin shipping tar sands across the Great Lakes by barge.  7. 'Noah:' Deeply, Passionately Biblical Since trailers started trickling out, people have criticized filmmaker Darren Aronofsky for taking the story of Noah to Hollywood. But, as Cathleen Falsani points out after interviewing the producer and writer and seeing the film, "They breathed new life into an ancient story, putting flesh and blood and a racing heartbeat into one of the Bible’s most emotionally complex and spiritually confounding stories." 8. Leaving the World a Little Better Not the type to fast or give something up for Lent? Maybe it's not part of your faith tradition. But if you're still looking for a way to observe the holy season, read this blogger's take. "Every relationship is an opportunity to leave others better than we found them." 9. Will Women Ever Feel Completely Safe on Mass Transit?  "As cities try to figure out how to boost transit ridership, and unpredictable gas prices force people to reconsider their commute, the threat of harassment and assault has been granted surprisingly little airtime. But short of solving the widespread societal problems of harassment and sexism — a tall order for even the most committed activist — there are piecemeal solutions cities can undertake to convey to women that they care about their safety on public transportation." 10. Supreme Court Divided as it Hears Argument on Contraceptive Coverage The Washington Post offers a helpful breakdown of the two cases before the Supreme Court on the matter of the contraceptive coverage mandate. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 2 days ago
"If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless." - Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 2 days ago
Then Isaiah said: "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 2 days ago
God of salvation, you entered into the mess of our world. We pray that you uplift us weary mortals when we try to control our own lives. Help us see your signs and find hope in the ways you work in our lives. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 3 days ago
"A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God's commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands."  - Edwin Louis Cole Edwin Louis Cole + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 3 days ago
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" - Matthew 4:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 3 days ago
God of comfort, send your Spirit of wisdom to open our eyes to see the value in the gifts that strengthen and nourish us to live a Christian life of service. May the Holy Spirit inspire us to perform acts of care and kindness to ease and comfort those around us. May our hearts also be open to recieve that same care and kindness in return. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 4 days ago
"'We the people;' it is a very eloquent beginning. But when the Constitution of the United States was completed on the seventeenth of September, 1787, I was not included in the 'We the people.' I felt for many years that somehow George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake." - Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 4 days ago
Hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. - Romans 5:5-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 4 days ago
Lord, keep us from making excuses for the sake of disobedience and spiritual death. Help us remember that all of humanity is invited to feast at your table, especially those we would name as enemies. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 5 days ago
"This country can have no more democracy than it accords and guarantees to the humblest and weakest citizen." - James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 5 days ago
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart. - Psalm 32:10-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 22 weeks 5 days ago
Glorious God, grant us the fervor in faith to recognize your glory in our midst and to praise you wholeheartedly for all the ways you reveal yourself to us. Preserve us from bringing harm to human life as created by you in the divine image. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 1 day ago
"The church must never become a government factory, carrying on a nationalized industry of religion with the people as the bolts and nuts; with God reduced to the role of cramped advocate of current national policy. Surely the pages of history are replete and the examples in many a foreign country convincing that this kind of church-state union — whatever the original motives, or however noble the original purposes — winds up with a state that is less than stable and a church that is less than sanctified, and with the poor still hungry." - Glenn Archer Glenn Archer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 1 day ago
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." - John 4:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 1 day ago
Lord, keep us from making excuses for the sake of disobedience and spiritual death. Help us remember that all of humanity is invited to feast at your table, especially those we would name as enemies. Amen. -Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 1 day ago
1. 'Frozen,' Evangelical Purity Culture, and What It's Like Being a Girl "The narrative of purity culture — not unlike the narrative of many, many Disney princesses — implicitly and sometimes explicitly promises that passive virtue will exert a sort of magnetic pull on worthy young men, who will come flocking to her father for permission to ‘court’ her."2. Urban Church Planting Plantations Christena Cleveland examines the trend of white suburban church planters flocking into urban centers to "save the city," disregarding the indigenous religious leaders already working. A helpful reminder.3. WATCH: ReMoved This is why fostering is so important: "It would be impossible to fully understand the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system, but this short narrative film portrays that saga in a poetic light, with brushes of fear, anger, sadness, and a tiny bit of hope." - Santa Barbara Independent Watch the full short film.4. A God With Teeth Esther Emery writes for A Deeper Story about the transforming power of nature, and a God who is bigger than it all. "I never had a pastor say, 'It says it right here, on page three. We were charged to steward the earth. Now get to stewarding.' I did it anyway."5. 7 Deadly Sins: A Lenten Series We all know the seven deadly sins. From pride to sloth and envy, our daily sins sometimes go unnoticed. Join Sojouners as we dig into how the deadly sins still root themselves in our lives today. And while you're at it, you might as well listen to the 7Deadly playlist curated by our own associate web editor, Catherine Woodiwiss.6 . Patriarchy and Abusive Churches Rachel Held Evans highlights the Bill Gothard abuse allegations to talk about sexual abuse in the church: "My evangelical brothers and sisters, we have an abuse problem and we need to talk about it."7. Generational Poverty: Understanding a Different Culture "The church that wants to reach its neighbors with the message of the gospel and see the community thrive must understand its neighbors’ culture. Offering middle-class solutions to generational poverty problems can be extraordinarily helpful, but without knowing, loving, and appreciating the venerable aspects of the generational poverty culture, those solutions will not be embraced and will fail to generate lasting change."8. Ukraine, Russia, Crimea: How the Story Evolved With new news coming out of Crimea by the day, USA Today provides a helpful breakdown of the crisis.9. American Jesus Madness Who needs March Madness when you can vote in a bracket that includes Rachel Held Evans v. Every Calvinist Dude on the Internet? They're down to the final four, and it's between A God Article's (and Sojourners') Mark Sandlin v. Nadia Bolz-Weber's Tattoos and Willem Defoe (in The Last Temptation of Christ) v. Greg Boyd. Cast your vote!10. WATCH: Elementary School Choir's Cover of Pharrell's 'Happy' Will Make Your Whole Week Better Because you need a little happy to kick off your weekend.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 2 days ago
"One thing we know, which the white man may one day discover, our God is the same God. You may think now that you own Him as you wish to own our land; but you cannot. He is the God of man, and His compassion is equal for the red man and the white. This earth is precious to Him, and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator." - Chief Seattle Chief Seattle of the Suquamish + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 2 days ago
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; [the Lord] will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. - Psalm 121:5-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 2 days ago
Heavenly Creator, by your Son's light we discover ourselves as your true daughters and sons in Christ. We seek not to judge by appearances. Grant that we continue to follow the illuminated path of Christ's salvation toward you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 3 days ago
"One way to begin to see how vastly indulgent we usually are is to fast. It is a long day that is not broken by the usual three meals. One finds out what an astonishing amount of time is spent in the planning, purchasing, preparing, eating, and cleaning up of meals." - Elisabeth Elliot Elisabeth Elliot + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 3 days ago
"One way to begin to see how vastly indulgent we usually are is to fast. It is a long day that is not broken by the usual three meals. One finds out what an astonishing amount of time is spent in the planning, purchasing, preparing, eating, and cleaning up of meals." - Elisabeth Elliot Elisabeth Elliot + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 3 days ago
Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for [God] is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. - Joel 2:12-13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 3 days ago
Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for [God] is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. - Joel 2:12-13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 3 days ago
God of the oppressed, we call out to you. Hear our cries of anguish and see the suffering of your people. Your daughters and sons are condemning each other. Help us remember our commonality in you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 3 days ago
God of the oppressed, we call out to you. Hear our cries of anguish and see the suffering of your people. Your daughters and sons are condemning each other. Help us remember our commonality in you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 4 days ago
"All that is sweet, delightful, and amiable in this world, in the serenity of the air, the fineness of seasons, the joy of light, the melody of sounds, the beauty of colors, the fragrancy of smells, the splendor our precious stones, is nothing else but Heaven breaking through the veil of this world, manifesting itself in such a degree and darting forth in such variety so much of its own nature." - William Law  William Law + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 4 days ago
And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man's trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. - Romans 5:16-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 4 days ago
God of forgiveness, we come before you seeking your merciful love. May we be aware of our need for forgivenes, as we seek to also forgive others. Help us open our minds to see you in the world. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 5 days ago
"To the servant of God every place is the right place, and every time is the right time." - Catherine of Siena Catherine of Siena + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 5 days ago
Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." - Genesis 12:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 23 weeks 5 days ago
God of grace and glory, you fling the stars into the heavens; you see every sparrow fall. Deepen our trust in the mystery of your power shining through Christ Jesus, that we may live your love for the world. Amen. - Adapted from Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 1 day ago
"It's in death and new life when love is made. It's when you're unashamed and finally unafraid. When you confront the pain, face death, and you'll see in the end, only love remains." - Shadrach Kabango Shadrach Kabango + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 1 day ago
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 1 day ago
 Lord, help us distinguish between the love that keeps merely human affection in the center of things and love you bore in your sacrificial life, death, and resurrection. O Love that keeps the heavens turning, draw us to you in all our yearnings. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 1 day ago
1. Pope Francis' 10 Most Quotable Quotes of the Year Yesterday, the pope celebrated his one-year anniversary. And while there was certainly many, many to choose from, Catholic News Service compiles his top 10 quotes. 2 . Twitter Conversation Responds to Myth That Clothing Encourages Sexual Violence "Pink princess pajamas. Jeans and a t-shirt. Sweatpants and a baggy sweater. When Twitter user Christina Fox (@Steenfox) asked her followers, “What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” some answered with these clothes." 3. America's Most Unequal Metros Income inequality has risen across the board in U.S. metro areas over the past two decades. But which metros are feeling it the most? Does your city make the list? 4. Fake Magazine Covers That Expose Real Inequality "What would happen if, instead of celebrities and supermodels, magazine covers showcased women and girls who are invisible to society?" Check out the photo gallery to see. 5. Catholics, Evangelicals Press GOP on Immigration Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders joined together Wednesday to meet with top House Republicans and tell them a vote on immigration reform must come before August. 6. How Helpful — and How Christian — Is Dave Ramsey's Financial Advice? Anyone who has gone through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class can probably extol its virtues and it's debt-free result. But how biblical is its basis? 7. BP Closer to Restoring U.S. Operations After Deal With Government Agency An agreement that includes five years of EPA monitoring means the BP is allowed to bid for new projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is still mired in civil lawsuits and cleanup efforts after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. 8. Poll: Americans Think Hurricane Katrina Worse Crisis Than Syria On the 3-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria, a new poll shows how little Americans still understand about the issue. So far the conflict in Syria has affected more than 9 million people. Read more about the conflict at the link. 9. Brief Moments When I Did Not Hate the Bible "Over and over, I commission myself to read Scripture in a way that makes my heart sing. To interpret it in ways that free me. To regard it with joy instead of obligation. To read it, or not read it, and know that Jesus loves me anyway." 10. Dads Pose With Their Babies in New Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign While the American Academy of Pediatrics has affirmed and reaffirmed its guidelines that breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first year of life, many women struggle due to lack of support — like one mom who was told she couldn't breastfeed onboard an airplane. The new "If I Could, I Would" photo series shows men with their babies as a sign of support for breastfeeding moms.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 2 days ago
"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now." - Joan Baez  Joan Baez + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 2 days ago
The plans of the mind belong to mortals, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All one’s ways may be pure in one’s own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. - Proverbs 16:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 2 days ago
God of wholeness, you call us to live life to the fullest, and to embrace your joy in body, mind, and spirit. Illuminate our senses to see our authentic needs more clearly, and grant us the desire to be made whole in you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 3 days ago
"Our greatest victories are won on our knees and with empty stomachs." - Julio C. Ruibal Julio C. Ruibal + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 3 days ago
As servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left. - 2 Corinthians 6:4-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 3 days ago
Lord, before the heat of the noonday comes, we are already feeling as though our lives are not full enough. Instill in us this morning the assurance that you are enough for us, God. Your love, your call, your work, is enough. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 4 days ago
"Rivers of living water are to be poured out over the whole world, to ensure that people, like fishes caught in a net, can be restored to wholeness." - Bingen Hildegard of Hildegard of Bingen + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 4 days ago
If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in [God's] ways, and observing [God's] commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. - Deuteronomy 30:16 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 4 days ago
God of healing, may your miraculous signs in our world inspire us to deeper faith to see your presence in the ordinary. Give us faith to always see hopeful possibility in the light of your grace. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 5 days ago
“Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” - Fred Rogers  Fred Rogers + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 5 days ago
But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. - Matthew 5:39-42 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 24 weeks 5 days ago
Lord God, when the hungry are fed, the sick healed, the lonely made family, the outcast brought in, the sinner forgiven, the tyrant transformed, and the enemy reconciled, we know your work by the fruit it produces. May our lives bear fruit worthy of your name. Amen. -Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 25 weeks 1 day ago
"Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice." - Corazon Aquino Corazon Aquino + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail