The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

Biblical Ambiguity Doesn't Diminish Authority

A student once asked me whether in my opinion Mark Twain actually said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.
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Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase
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Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught

I know of two priests who have decided to stay with their people in the so-called No-Fire Zone in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians are trapped in a living hell.
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Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians

A few weeks ago, I read Brian McLaren's post on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching.
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No Blank Check for the IMF

At the G20 Summit in London in April, the Obama administration committed to providing $100 billion in new resources to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to respond to the global recession.
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Postville Community Leaders Rally Around Immigration Reform

Postville, Iowa, is a powerful place. Tuesday, hundreds of community members and people of faith from across the country gathered to pray and reflect on the traumatic events of May 12, 2008.
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Sojourners Magazine Awards

Sojourners magazine received many honors at the joint annual conventions of the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) a
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Are We Offering Grace, or Just Another Program?

I really like Marlena, but that doesn't mean she is a good person. She is smart and easy to talk to, but only if you are talking about her stuff.
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Breaking Out of the Socially Contructed Box

"What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not choosing just one!" I told my wife on the phone.
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Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed

"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad Mad-Maxesque Hollywood adaption of the Crusades set in our contemporary context. The scene gets more chilling and horrific:
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