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The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. I’ve been blessed to have so many talented and diverse writers share their voices and views alongside me on the God’s Politics blog. I want to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite posts from this past year with you, in no particular order.

From Ryan Herring's post "God of Rap"
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We had so many great posts this year that explored the different facets of our faith. If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you look at:

What Good is a Ph.D. for reading the Bible? by Rev. Dr. Guy Nave

Five Things That Are Holding Christianity Back by Christian Piatt

10 reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry by Eugene Cho

Women and Girls

Since the 1970s, Sojourners has been committed to resisting sexism in all its forms, while affirming the integrity and equality of women and men in the church and in the larger world. This year we’ve been even more intentional about looking at these topics through our blog and magazine. Here is a wonderful post by our Associate Web Editor Catherine Woodiwiss about being made in the image of God:

In the Image of God: Sex, Power, and ‘Masculine Christianity’ by Catherine Woodiwiss


We have always been at the forefront of examining cultural trends and how they intersect with our faith. Here are two great articles by former and current Sojourners interns that are sure to be thought-provoking:

ICYMI: Vampire Weekend Wrestle with Faith ... Wait, Really? by Brandon Hook

The God of Rap by Ryan Herring


Here is a great piece that focuses on impolite conversations about religion and politics:

Bringing America Back to Life by Shane Claiborne

We hear from countless readers every year that the stories, articles, and reflections they read on God’s Politics fuels their own work for justice. Without the generous contributions of readers like you, we wouldn’t be able to provide a forum for all of these voices. Will you make a year-end donation to Sojourners to make sure we can continue to share these voices for justice and peace? If everyone who opened this email today contributed just $5, we would be well on our way to covering the costs of God’s Politics for all of 2014!

Thank you for your partnership and support. God bless you and your families in this season of Advent.

Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners. His book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good, is now available. Watch the Story of the Common Good HERE. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.

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