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Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 3 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 36 weeks 4 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 36 weeks 4 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 36 weeks 4 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 37 weeks 18 hours 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 37 weeks 18 hours 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 37 weeks 18 hours 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 37 weeks 18 hours 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 37 weeks 1 day 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 37 weeks 1 day 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 37 weeks 1 day 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 37 weeks 2 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 37 weeks 2 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 37 weeks 2 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 37 weeks 3 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 37 weeks 3 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 37 weeks 3 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 37 weeks 4 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 37 weeks 4 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 37 weeks 4 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 38 weeks 16 hours 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
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 16 hours ago
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. - Psalm 51:14-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 16 hours ago
God of justice, we pray that we may always point to the love of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May we come readily to encounter the Lord in reconciliation and find joy, peace, and conversion of heart through confessing our sins. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 16 hours ago
1. Why Do We Need an International Women's Day? Saturday is International Women's Day. The Guardian offers a great take on the day as four gender-equality campaigners share their views on feminism and the backlash against women's rights.2. The Bible Reduced to Minimalist Posters Design nerds, unite! This beautiful series of graphics depicts the books of the Bible as retro posters. Fast Company highlights designer Joseph Novak, a Presbyterian pastor, and his gallery of biblical graphics. His intent? Encouraging people to think more deeply about the Bible. Done and done.3. To #Ashtag or Not to #Ashtag? The age-old debate of publicly wearing ashes to commemorate the beginning of Lent (a time of self-examination and repentance) vs. the biblical "pray in a closet" exhortation went on steroids this year as Christians pondered whether #ashtag selflies were an appropriate form of prayer and penitence.4. Everything I Know About Racism I Learned in the Church "As a millenial, I’ve lived most of my years in our so-called 'post-racial' American church. Yet my earliest and most painful experiences of racism have all occurred in the church – at the hands of sincere Christians. And unfortunately, my stories are consistent with the stories of many other people my age and younger."5. Unreal Sales for Mark Driscoll's Real Marriage Did the megachurch pastor buy his way on to the New York Times bestseller list? And what are the implications for bestseller lists and for Christian witness?6. Baptist Target Gun Enthusiasts for Outreach It's long been a staple for some large evangelical churches to lure in the unchurched with raffles, bands, bright lights and bold colors. But now … guns?7. Millennials in Adulthood While many in the media still paint millennials with a certain teen-angsty brush, it's worth noting that the high end of the generation is now in their 30s. Pew Research takes a closer look at the generation as adults in its new study. Highlights = less religious, less attached to political parties.8. QUIZ: Do You Really Have a Clue How Much Water You Use? Answer: probably not. Take this quiz at The Atlantic Cities to find out.9. So, What Is This 'Lent' Thing? Want to go a step further in your lenten study and reflection? Check out this blog series on Lent, and follow throughout these 40 days for weekly study and inspiration.10. WATCH: Baby Girl Directs Her Church Choir CUTE BABY ALERT! This future church choir director takes her job very, very seriously.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 1 day ago
 "Unlock the silence and let us speak to the world." - Ingrid Washinawatok Ingrid Washinawatok + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 1 day ago
Jesus said to them, "The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light." After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. - John 12:35-36 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 1 day ago
God of repentance, remind us of your continual light. We often fall into darkness and lose sight of your bright light. May our hearts and our minds be turned from our own darkness towards your brilliance. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 2 days ago
“It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe Harriet Beecher Stowe + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 2 days ago
Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. - Isaiah 58:5-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 2 days ago
Loving God, source and author of life, we come before you humbly to recall our finitude in face of your infinite love and mercy. Help us remember our dependance on you as we begin the journey towards the cross this Lenten season. May we follow your will as we recognize our own humanity. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 3 days ago
"We regard words as coming from original being — a sacred spiritual being. The orator is coming from a place of prayer and as such attempts to be persuasive. Words are not objects to be wasted. They represent the accumulated knowledge, cultural values, the vision of an entire people or peoples. We believe the proof of a thing or idea is in the doing." - Lee Maracle Lee Maracle + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 3 days ago
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. - Matthew 5:13-15 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 3 days ago
God of mercy, you have given us life, and tilled our soil day by day to nurture us. You grant us innumerable opportunities to do good with the graces we have recieived, and bear fruit. Please forgive the ways we have held back this love and care for others. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 4 days ago
"We're here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don't have time to carry grudges; you don't have time to cling to the need to be right." - Anne Lamott  Anne Lamott + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 4 days ago
Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain. Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; give me life in your ways. Confirm to your servant your promise, which is for those who fear you. - Psalm 119:36-38 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 38 weeks 4 days ago
Lord, you call us out of captivity into the freedom of your beloved community. As we pass through the wilderness spaces of our lives, grant us ears to hear you, eyes to see you, and hearts to ache for you, that we might not turn away from the brothers and sisters who help us remember who we are. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 16 hours ago
"The whole world is run on bluff. No race, no nation, no man has any divine right to take advantage of others. Why allow the other fellow to bluff you?" - Marcus Garvey Marcus Garvey + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 16 hours ago
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. - 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 16 hours ago
Lord, as we continually answer the call to follow you, help us discern how to use our talents and gifts in ways that nurture your kingdom. Keep us from the tragedy of blaspheming your name because we have succumbed to a watered-down faith. Make our spirits restless whenever we think that the way things are is the way things have to be. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 16 hours ago
1. Walking the Second Mile: Jesus, Discrimination, and 'Religious Freedom' Rachel Held Evans addresses the failed anti-gay legislation attempts in Arizona and Kansas: "Crying persecution every time one doesn’t get one’s way is an insult to the very real religious persecution happening in the world today.  It's no way to be a good citizen and certainly no way to advance the gospel in the world." 2. How Obama Is Trying to Lift Up Young Men of Color: A Q&A with Joshua Dubois Joshua Dubois, former director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, sits down with the Washington Post to talk about President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative: "What I believe the president is saying … is that these boys and men matter just as much as any other American. And if they succeed, that’s something that will help all of us. It will help the entire country." 3. Border Control Killings of Migrants Raise Questions on Training, Accountability More than 20 fatal shootings of civilians by U.S. Border Patrol agents since 2010 expose massive problems within the federal agency.  4. MAP: Does Your State Pay a Fair Wage? As the federal minimum wage stagnates at $7.25 an hour, many states have taken the lead to raise wages on their own. Check out the map to view the 21 states that now have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum wage. Where does yours stand? 5. Recline! Why 'Leaning In' is Killing Us Another take on the ubiquitous and ever-evolving "having it all" debate, this time from Foreign Policy: "Ladies, if we want to rule the world — or even just gain an equitable share of leadership positions — we need to stop leaning in. It's killing us." 6. 10 Mr. Rogers Quotes You Need to Read On the anniversary of his death, Relevant magazine compiles some of his wisdom, like: "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes." 7. How Anti-Poverty Measures Marginalize Fathers "The biggest flaw in anti-poverty policies is that they don’t take into account the role that fathers play in children’s lives." 8. A Prayer: Belong From Sarah Bessey at SheLovesMagazine.com: "For those of us who have been told that we are too much—too loud, too opinionated, too smart, too bold, too quiet, too curvy, too skinny, too sexual, too intense, too feeling, too soft, too tough, too bossy, too tender, too young, too old, too liberal, too conservative—may we say: you belong here with us." 9. A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180K More Rapes by 2099 The Atlantic Cities reports on a controversial new study that correlates a rise in temperatures with a rise in violent crime and property crime.  10. To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You From Jim Wallis: "Differing theological views on important issues of sexuality will need time, patience, deep biblical reflection, respectful discourse, and religious liberty to be worked out in the churches. But the perception of Christian faith is in grave danger when Christians try to use the law to publically discriminate against those who don’t adhere to their point of view."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 day ago
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 day ago
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. - Psalm 130:3-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 day ago
God of mercy, preserve us from the depths of despair and grant us the courage to always return to you. We praise you for your profound love that is ever mindful to seek out all who are lost, alone, directionless, and need help. We ask you to send us your Spirit to help us share your love as we praise you for allowing us to take part in bringing delight and joy into the hearts of those who recieve it. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 2 days ago
"If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander." - Mary McLeod Bethune Mary McLeod Bethune + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 2 days ago
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? - Matthew 5:44-46 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 2 days ago
God our refuge, may we always find our peace in you in the midst of our often chaotic lives. Grant us the faith to make you the center of our lives, protecting us from the ravaging stormsof stress and worry. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 3 days ago
"I am proud of being a Negro. Nor have I ever tried to beg tolerance from anyone. Superiority is not proved by color, but by the brain, by education, by willpower, by moral courage." - José Celso Barbosa José Celso Barbosa + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 3 days ago
Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. - Exodus 3:7-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 3 days ago
God of justice, give us the wisdom to recognize the gifts of those around us and to encourage them to use these gifts in a way that proclaims your kingdom. Empower us by your Spirit to stand up for your goodness and truth, trusting in your sovereignty to prevail over persecution and oppression in our world today. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 4 days ago
"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise." - Marian Anderson Marian Anderson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail