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Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried in Undisclosed Location
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

An undisclosed community on Wednesday accepted the body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which is now “entombed,” according to police in Worcester, Mass. An undisclose ...

Where Are the Christians on Burying Tsarnaev?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 7:11am | Type: Blog

Soon after the Boston Marathon bombings, local Christian leaders stepped swiftly into the public eye, convening vigils and urging peaceful healing in the wake of senseless violence. But their public voices hav ...

What Jim Wallis, Chicago, and Free-Market Economists Can Teach Us About the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Press

April 26, 2013 Sojo in the News Tyler Castle ...

Experiments in Love
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

What would it be like if, instead of responding to violence with vengeance, we, as leaders, imagined ways for love to drive out hate? When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in ...

President Obama, Mourner in Chief
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s legacy is still a work in progress, though even sympathetic commentators are seeing him now, in his fifth year, as too slow to act, too cerebral to brawl, and too little respected by his politic ...

What We Find On Higher Ground
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

Of course the higher ground, the refuge from tragedy, is God’s. People seem to sense that instinctively, regardless of faith tradition. The harder, more humbling realization is that all of it — the flooded pl ...

Boston Amputees Face Long Spiritual Struggle Ahead
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

For these victims, the path forward involves relearning almost everything, from getting out of bed to getting in a car. Whether they go on to lead satisfying lives depends largely on how they handle the spirit ...

Surprising Our 'Enemies:' What If We Flipped the Script?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 8:36am | Type: Blog

When our personal, political, and national enemies strike us, they expect us to strike back. That’s been the human script since the foundations of human culture. What if we surprised our enemies and changed th ...

Isolated in America
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

In feeling isolated, the alleged bomber isn’t alone. Isolation is the new normal in America. I wonder if social isolation — not extremist religion or Chechen roots — explains th ...

Boston Mosque Says Bombing Suspect Had Outbursts But Wasn’t Violent
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Leaders at the Islamic Society of Boston‘s mosque in Cambridge say Tsarnaev, 26, who died early Friday after a shootout with police, “disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology” of the mosque, but t ...

Green Pastures and Valleys of Death
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Last week was one in which what God envisions for our world seemed so very, very far away. Last week was one in which what God envisions for our world seemed so very, very far a ...

A Man Had Two Sons — Luke 15:11
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

It’s one of the deepest and most enduring themes of the Bible; from Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, and many more — the two sons, with jealousy, strife, and even murder between them, and almo ...

Muslim Leaders: We Stand Against Terrorism
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

As the manhunt intensified in and around Boston, Muslim leaders convened a press conference Friday to denounce the attacks and to urge the media not to link their faith with violent extremism. ...

Boston Bombings Bring Chaplains into New Ground
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In a week when Boston hospitals cared for more than 170 bomb victims, staff chaplains were suddenly in great demand. They moved calmly from emergency departments to waiting rooms and employee lounges, offering ...

America's Rough Week
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. ...

Talking to My Son About Boston
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

“I heard someone dropped a bomb on Boston,” said Mattias, my 9-year-old son, over breakfast while I scrolled through the breaking news reports. I woke up this morning, like everyo ...

We Are in a Battle for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

I hear it over and over again both during my conversations on the road, and as I skim the headlines each day, that we are in a battle for the common good. From Boston to Washington, we are facing many fronts. ...

Heartbreak Beyond Heartbreak (Hill)
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

The beauty of Jesus’ story is that we soon forget the brutality of the robbers due to the caring example of the Good Samaritan. Thirty-four years ago – and about that many pounds ...

Boston Bombings: Deliver Us from Evil
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

I hate admitting that I’m vulnerable. But the president’s words didn’t reassure me. They made me feel more vulnerable because the phrase “full weight of justice” is always a veiled call to violence. ...

Boston, Bombs, and the Scandal of God’s Criminal Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 7:48am | Type: Blog

As we journey forward in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, may we be confronted and comforted by the reality of God’s abundant grace. I am tormented by what took place at ...

On Scripture: May April Tragedies Bring May Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Let the church “gather crying tears that fill a million oceans.” For we are people of the resurrection. And we confess, despite all evidence to the contrary, that death will not win. ...

Today, We Pray for Our Enemies
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

It is in times and tragedies like those that happened in Boston that our call to pray for our enemies is most difficult. May we be faithful to pray for them despite our circumstances. ...