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Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 1 day ago
If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time.” - Edward Hays Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 1 day ago
[John] will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. - Luke 1:16-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 1 day ago
Every generous act of giving is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. Source of every perfect gift, to ful?ll your own purpose you gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of ?rst fruits of your creatures. - From Take Our Moments and Our Days: Advent through Pentecost
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 2 days ago
"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before ... What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon."   - Jan L. Richardson Jan L. Richardson, Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 2 days ago
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 7:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 2 days ago
Heavenly God, send your Holy Spirit to help us continue to turn your minds and heart to your Son, led by your divine love that we strive to share with those around us. We pray for our love to manifest through acts of service, justice, and compassion. May we imitate the self-giving ministry of our Savior who revealed to us the way of love through word and deed. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 5 days ago
"One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace that gives us that faith." - Michelle Blake Michelle Blake, The Tentmaker + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 5 days ago
The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. - Luke 1:30-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 5 days ago
God of abundant life, your son Jesus Christ opened for us the door to your heavenly glory. Grant us the faith and courage to be like Mary and to allow your grace to work through us. May the story of the Annunciation assure us of the power of the Holy Spirit, as nothing is impossible with God. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 5 days ago
We love keeping you informed with the Weekly Wrap! Support this and all of Sojourners’ work by giving your year-end gift today. 1. The United States of Religion Maps highlight such things as which religions are predominant by county and state, which states have the most religious adherents and the biggest non-Christian religion in each state. 2. And, Speaking of Maps Kansas State University geographers have created a map of the spatial distribution of the seven deadly sins across the United States. Considering high rate of obesity in this country, we’re surprisingly not very gluttonous. 3. Christmas Light Show Like You’ve Never Seen A Japanese resorts displays 7 million sparkling, colorful and changing LEDs, revolving around Mount Fuji. 4. Airline Pulls Off a Christmas Stunt Westjet Airline passengers get more than their luggage when the airline plays Santa. 5. When It Comes to Sermons, Live Beats Video So much for online church services. A new survey by LifeWay Research finds that most people would rather hear real-life preacher than view a video sermon.  6. Christmas in America: Belief in the Virgin birth and visits from Santa Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, pretends Santa will visit on Christmas Eve, while 73 percent of adults in the Pew survey believe Jesus was born of a virgin. Meanwhile a survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Services finds a plurality of Americans agree stores and businesses should greet their customers with “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings” instead of “merry Christmas,” and 26 percent see Dec. 25 as a cultural holiday, not a holy day. 7. Is Evangelical Christianity in America Losing Its Power? Writer Jim Hinch looks at Rev. Robert Schuller’s Chrystal Cathedral in California’s Orange County and sees trouble. 8. The 60 Best Immigration Reform Pictures of the Year Activists for immigration reform have held rallies, gone on hunger strikes, conducted acts of civil disobedience and tweeted/emailed/called/faxed/petitioned members of Congress, fighting for a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans. 9. 13 for 13 — Intriguing Religion and Faith Findings for the Year The Public Religion Research Institute’s top 13 findings from 2013 provide such tidbits as how many American believe God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events and what percentage of Americans favor a path allowing undocumented Americans to become citizens. 10. Flying Spaghetti Monster Joins Christmas Trees in Public Holiday Displays A university group sets up satirical display at a Wisconsin state capitol holiday display whiles other get into the act.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 6 days ago
"A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, … and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.”  - Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 6 days ago
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 6 days ago
God of love, may we praise you wholeheartedly for the blessings we experience in our lives and recognize these as part of the fulfillment of your promise. We pray for trust in God's promise of the fullness of life, especially in times we feel lost, directionless, hopeless, and sad. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 6 days ago
As you make your winter reading list or shop for gifts, consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors. Or, buy yourself a gift for 2014.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 hours ago
"God is coming! God is coming! All the element we swim in, this existence, Echoes ahead the advent. God is coming! Can’t you feel it?"  - Walter Wangerin, Jr. Walter Wangerin, Jr., from "The Signs of the Times," in The Manger Is Empty + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 hours ago
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. - John 1:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 hours ago
All-powerful God, your son Jesus Christ revealed to us the depth of your power as he humbled himself from the cradle to the cross, teaching us the power of love, service, and compassion. May we imitate his example by humbling ourselves to reveal your love to those around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 1 day ago
"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up." - Anne Lamott Anne Lamott + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 1 day ago
Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old. - Micah 7:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 1 day ago
God of wisdom, you sent your son to set us on the path of knowledge, so that it may lead us to share your divine love with those around us. Teach us wisdom to embody that love and shine the light of your son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
"For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning — not home, but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last." - Frederick Buechner Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that [God] may teach us [God's] ways and that we may walk in [God's] paths." For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. - Micah 4:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
God of our salvation, we rejoice as we await our Lord, and celebrate the signs of your kingdom unfolding around us. May your Holy Spirit lead us to triumph and heavenly glory, surrounding the throne of your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 5 days ago
"Our hope is found in the promise that God speaks, “Let there be light,” in those seemingly dark, dead, and chaotic spaces of our lives. Our hope is found in witnessing the power of the spirit continually hovering over and healing the deep wells of our tears." - Gail Song Bantum Gail Song Bantum + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 5 days ago
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you." - Isaiah 35:3-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 5 days ago
God our light and salvation, may the light of your son shine in our hearts as we prepare for his coming as Savior of the world. May the light of Christ fill our darkest moments as we continue with joyful hope to encounter our Savior. May our teaching, worship, service, and fellowship help shine the light of Jesus Christ in our world. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 5 days ago
We love keeping you informed with the Weekly Wrap! Support this and all of Sojourners’ work by giving your year-end gift today. 1. Movies for the Soul Bet you didn’t expect Die Hard to join It’s a Wonderful Life and A Charlie Brown Christmas among the feel-good flicks for the holiday season. 2. 101 Christian Women Speakers In light of recent criticisms that Christian conferences feature few women speakers, Rachel Held Evans has put together a list of 101 women she describes as just a small portion of the talent, wisdom, expertise, passion, and faith present among women in the church. No surprise to us, Sojourner’s own Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilization, makes the cut. 3. Advent, German Embassy Style The German Embassy has an interactive advent calendar including music, recipes and games. 4. The Number One Target for Religious Lobbyists Find out which federal legislation draws the most attention from religious groups. You may be surprised. 5. Ten to Tweet Blogger Jana Reis gives her top 10 list of Christian writers to follow on Twitter. We’ll add one more to her list: @jimwallis. 6. The 500 Muslims of the Year Forbes has its 400 American billionaires, People has its 50 “beautiful people,” Time has its “Person of the Year,” and the Royale Islamic Strategic Studies Center has its “Muslim 500 — the World’s Most Influential Muslims.” Topping the list: Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Saudi King Abdullah and Iranian Grand Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei. 7. Nuts for Nutella You probably think the popular hazelnut spread comes from Italy. This globalization map will tell you otherwise. 8. ‘Home Alone’ Can Teach You to Pray? No, we didn’t know either, but this writer believes that Macaulay Culkin’s character can help us to understand the words of the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:13 and Mark 10:15. 9. Letter to Santa From a 10-Month-Old Ah, those things that a baby wants to touch — but shouldn’t.  10. WATCH: ''Evil Did Not Win'' At Sandy Hook As we approach the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, we remember all those affected by the tragedy. The mother of Emilie Parker, a 6-year-old victim of the shooting, speaks from her pain, "Evil did not win." Warning: Have the tissues nearby.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
"The world has changed: Wake up! Give yourself the gift of a new day. The world has changed: This doesn not mean you were never hurt. The world has changed: Rise! Yes & shine! Resist the siren call of disbelief. The world has changed: Don't let yourself remain asleep to it." - Alice Walker Alice Walker, from "The World Has Changed" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
"The world has changed: Wake up! Give yourself the gift of a new day. The world has changed: This doesn not mean you were never hurt. The world has changed: Rise! Yes & shine! Resist the siren call of disbelief. The world has changed: Don't let yourself remain asleep to it." - Alice Walker Alice Walker, from "The World Has Changed" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
Tthe LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; [the LORD] upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked [the LORD] brings to ruin. - Psalm 146:8-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
Tthe LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; [the LORD] upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked [the LORD] brings to ruin. - Psalm 146:8-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
Heavenly Creator, grant us the faith to encounter you in the world around us and the humility to thank and praise you as the source of all the good we do. We pray that our faith might increase, especially in the face of the temptation of pride. Let your light shine through all aspects of our lives. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
Heavenly Creator, grant us the faith to encounter you in the world around us and the humility to thank and praise you as the source of all the good we do. We pray that our faith might increase, especially in the face of the temptation of pride. Let your light shine through all aspects of our lives. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 hours ago
 "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of." - Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 hours ago
Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. - James 5:9-10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 hours ago
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever Christ may send you. May Christ guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May Christ bring you home rejoicing at the wodners he has shown you. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy of Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 1 day ago
“Advent: the time to listen for footsteps - you can't hear footsteps when you're running yourself.” - Bill McKibben  Bill McKibben + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 1 day ago
A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. - Isaiah 11:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 1 day ago
You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, want us to wait for the right time in which to discover who we are, where we must go, who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you … for the waiting time. - From the Iona Community Worship Book
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 2 days ago
"Most of us don't lack compassion so much as we avoid it. We resist compassion in the United States with a peculiar hypocrisy, extolling the virtues of volunteerism, for instance, while making volunteerism more of a necessity by diminishing our budgetary commitments to the poor and powerless. ... Our primary response to human suffering appears to be making sure it occurs on the other side fo town or the other side of the world." - Marianne Williamson Marianne Williamson, in Everyday Grace + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 2 days ago
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be [God's] glorious name for ever; may [God's] glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen. - Psalm 72:18-19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 2 days ago
All-powerful God, we acknowledge that your son was born into the darkness and messiness of this world. We offer the messiness and darkness in our own lives to you. We pray that we may reconcile with God, neighbor, and self as we prepare for the coming of our Lord.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
"If, in spite of our inner contradictions, we set out again every morning towards Christ, it is not with any kind of normality in mind. It is with the ultimate goal in view, the goal beyond our hopes, that of becoming conformed to the very likeness of Jesus himself." - Brother Roger of Taizé Brother Roger of Taizé + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'" - Matthew 3:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
Lord, when we strive after healing in the world and nourishment for those who hunger, we find you at our side. Whenever we long to see your face, help us not to avoid the corners of our communities where you most often dwell. Stir our hearts that we might seek and find you today in those places where you have promised to be. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
1. Research Shows Those Who Give Feel, and Look, Better Philanthropy isn’t just good for the soul; it’s good for our health and looks, too. 2. A Religious Sting Operation A Mormon bishop goes church disguised as a homeless man in order to teach his congregation something about compassion 3. Hug It Out for YouTube A YouTube mascot has been moving through Karachi, Pakistan, with a placard: "If you want me back, hug me.” The video service has been banned in Pakistan for more than a year. 4. In 1968, Minimum Wage Kept Family of Three Out of Poverty Graph illustrates what would happen to the minimum wage in relationship to poverty if Congress passes a bill to gradually increase the minimum. 5. The Pope in Disguise? Vatican officials deny reports the pope has been slipping out at night to visit the poor in Rome, but such tales seem in line with Francis’ unconventional and pastoral style. 6. Celibacy, Sex, and the Priest While Pope Francis speaks a lot about change, clerical celibacy hasn’t gotten much attention. Bill Keller of the New York Times tells the story of one of his teaching nuns who married a priest later in life. Keller says, “If I’m an émigré from the country of Catholicism, the Hydars would be best described as dissidents who stayed. They ended up in one of the many small communities of disaffected Catholics.” 7. Tips for Jesus! Forget 15, 18, or 20 percent tips for the wait staff, the anonymous person (or people) behind @TipsforJesus has been way more generous than that. 8. A Pastor's Confession on Immigration A Pastor repents of his previous stance on immigration, telling of the story of those around him. 9. They’re Tough on the Outside, But Inside... These mean looking bikers aren’t what you might have first thought. They’re helping protect children who have been sexually abused. 10. How the Media Treated Women in 2013 There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren't changing fast enough. Check out an overview of how the media treated women this year
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren't changing fast enough. Check out an overview of how the media treated women this year below courtesy of the folks over at Miss Representation.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement:"Nelson Mandela was the most important political leader of the 20th century. While Roosevelt and Churchill helped protect the West and the world from Hitler’s Nazism, Mandela heroically exemplified the historic movement against colonialism and racism that oppressed the global south, depicted so dramatically in South Africa’s apartheid. And from a Christian point of view, Nelson Mandela combined justice and reconciliation like no other political leader of his time, shaped by the spiritual formation of 27 years in prison. Mandela’s life has blessed the world with courage and hope. For me, Nelson Mandela has been an ideal of what leaders can be. Being with him after his release from prison, and being present at his presidential inauguration, gave me a sense of a moral authority that I have never experienced with any other political leader."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 days ago
"If our life's destiny is centered only on our five senses, then it is earthly, but if we can connect from within and find an internal spirit of Truth, it becomes heavenly. This is pure love that has no boundries. This is the love that Jesus talk about." - Otto Monica Monica Jeddah Otto + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 days ago
And again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:12-13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail