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The Disunion of the Church
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Right now when I see the lived reality of the church in our world, it seems we are more in a state of dis-union than communion. One of the greatest sermons I ever heard on the sub ...

Why the Body of Christ is Not White
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Contrary to the common cliché often given in response to these difficult topics, when it comes to white American people, the facts reveal that "some of our best friends" simply are not black. ...

Human Trafficking: Community Is Essential
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

What does community look like when working on a social issue? Diedrich Boenhoeffer wrote about it. Pastors preach about it. Churches strive for it. Community . It is a co ...

Three Barriers Hijacking Christians' Ability to Love Our 'Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Rather than rally together as a family navigating a season of trauma, we have used this moment to divide, stir hatred and misunderstanding, point fingers, and more than anything, view those on the opposite sid ...

An Invitation to Disruption: A Call to White Churches
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Here’s a sacred invitation, perhaps even a kairos moment, to make your voices heard in ways that speak to solidarity with suffering. It was July 19, 2013, and we were leaving New ...

Breaking Down the Invisible Walls
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books. OVER THE PAST 2, ...

To A Dying Church: We Cannot Escape Our Mortality
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And, speaking as one of your pastors, I think this is a very good thing. Dear Church, You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And ...

From the Archives: January 1988
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Murphy Davis The Cost of Community THERE ARE DAYS, to tell the truth, that you just have to wonder if it’s wo ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

The Parameters We Prefer Jesus to Work Under
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I’m really grateful that Jesus has always tended to disregard people’s preferred parameters for how he should do things, and that he always just seems to keep seeing people, touching them, healing them and the ...

Refusing to be Forgotten
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 1:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang Korean sex slaves—so-called "comfort women"—stand up for respect and justice. TORU HASHI ...

WATCH: Jim Wallis Talks Trayvon Martin, Race, and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict earlier this month to give his thoughts on race, faith, and truth. Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict ...

We Are Christ: Broken and Shared For the Life of the World
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

A respectful, bright young high school student asked me yesterday if Baptism and the Eucharist were not merely symbols. "When Paul talks about Christ being 'in us' or about 'putting on� ...

What Shane Claiborne (and Mother Teresa) Got Wrong About the Body of Christ
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

Confronted daily with the reality of a body whose parts are most definitely not all healthy or strong, I am perhaps better acquainted than more able-bodied believers with just what a perfect metaphor the human ...

Paul's Letter to the 1%
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger The apostle's attack on elitism in Corinthian church and society speaks a clear message about inequality today. ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Jesus radically broke with the prevailing culture and paradigms of his day. He reached across social, cultural, religious and ethnic boundaries. He built bridges, spanned the gap, and reconciled us to each oth ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

I'm Not that Kind of Feminist
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run stories on the so-called feminism of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...

Rebuilding Haiti With a Passion for Business
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/rebuilding-haiti-with-a-passion-for-business/" target="_self"></a>Evelien de Gier moved to Haiti 28 years ago from the Netherla ...

Embracing Creation Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the annual <a href="http://www.dayofsilence.org/" target="_blank">National Day of Silence</a>, a day where students across America pledge to be silent for a day in orde ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

The Global Church Must Hold Politicians Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the great things about <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa is ...

The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to get people to stop believing in him. We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to ...

This Election Season, Let's Focus on Truth and Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Let's try it. For the next six weeks before the election, let's ...

We Have Our Brother Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I rejoice that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/my-phone-conversation-with-terry-jones/" target="_blank">Pastor Terry Jones</a> and his church have decided never to burn ...

Why I'm at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was concerned last week when I received a phone call from a person who informed me that there was no way I could both be a Christian and work for Sojourners. I was concerned l ...

Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Listen to Glenn Beck and it would be reasonable to think that the answe ...

Health Care and a New Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital. About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively ...

Mysticism for Mathematicians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I've always longed to see the world through a poet's eyes -- to see the magical in the everyday and to be able to weave words in such a way as to convey that magic to others. ...

Power and the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

Mennonite College Follows First Playing of National Anthem with St. Francis' Peace Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the beginning, <a href="../2010/03/01/mennonite-college-will-now-play-national-anthem-before-sporting-events/">I opposed Goshen's landmark decision </a>to play the national anth ...

Lent Isn't About Denial -- It's About Transformation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The point of Lent is not denial.</p> The point of Lent is not denial. But for a long time I thought it was. Everything I heard about Lent revolved around acts of self-de ...

What Would Jesus Do in Palestine?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598941252_ZXPyp"></a>It was 3 a.m. when they came barreling into town -- Israeli jeeps ...

Joint Response to Zondervan and Deadly Viper Authors from Asian American Leaders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing,</p> To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing, When we received ...